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Griffin Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 558 students

 
 

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Posted June 4, 2014

I am incredibly impressed with this school. The teachers, the principal, the staff, the specialists (ESE, Speech, etc.), and Aftercare personnel are absolutely devoted to educating the WHOLE CHILD in a warm and caring manner, not simply looking for a test score-increase to validate their efficacy. I have a daughter in 4th grade and she has really blossomed at this school and has learned a great deal! Her teacher is fantastic! The best specials teachers are right here (especially Art and P.E.). I will say that the school considers parents as partners and that makes all the difference. I'll be sad next year as it will be her last at Griffin and she will be moving on to middle school. I wish Griffin could be a K-8!!! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2014

My son has been at Griffin for the past 4 years and everything about it is wonderful. You simply cannot go wrong with the small learning community and family atmosphere. I had been at a small charter school prior and they could have cared less to know who I was. Bravo to the principal, teachers, staff, resource officer, and the PTA for an all-around excellent elementary school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2009

I cannot say enough about Griffin Elementary. The PTA is fantastic really keeps the parents involved. From the Principal down to the lunch ladies, this school is wonderful, loving and caring. Susan Ruder, Debbie Brobst and Jackie Deferrari are some of the nicest, most genuine people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

My 4 Grandkids attend this school and I could not be happier.The teachers are caring and involved, the ratio of kids to teachers is also more than adequate, the extra programs are great and most importantly, the kids are happy!!!The teachers, principal and staff more than deserve an A ++.


Posted September 17, 2008

Both my sons have attended Griffin Elementary from Kindergarten through 5th grade. My youngest is now in 5th grade. We bought our house because it is in the Griffin Elementary boundaries and I am very glad we did. I have only known of one or two teachers at the school who would not be considered excellent and they are no longer teaching there. Most parents in this neighborhood are very involved in their children's education and that's another reason why Griffin is such a good school. The class size is always kept down to under or around 20 while other schools nearby are overcrowded. The P.E. teacher is an award winning and dedicated teacher. The librarian (media instructor) is full of enthusiasm and the scince lab at the school really gets the kids excited about science. I could go on and on...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

Almost at the end of an exhausting 1st year with my son about to finish Kindergerten and I know we couldn't have been in more capable hands. Great teacher, Great parent involvement and activities for the kids year round! Mrs. DeFerrari really thinks of the kids as her own and takes GENUINE interest in them!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2006

Both my sons attend this school, this school help my kids with their reading and math now my 12 year old will be in gem and advance program. I advise all parent to send their to griffin elementary school the teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2006

Griffin Elementary is a wonderful school. The teachers are very caring and true professionals. The parents are very much involved and this makes a great difference. Cooper City is a lovely community and a safe one to say the least.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2006

my son has been there for two years and the school is just great.you can tell that the teacher really care about the kids there.and that the parents really care about sending there kids to a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2005

Good overall school. But I would re-look the progress made academically by the cluster program children. When it comes to mainstreaming them, they will really have a difficult time doing it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2005

Very good test results. The school is a small one in today's world and that is an advantage
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2005

Overall, I think schools need to stop pigeon holing children and start mainstreaming. The teachers I've encountered are well-meaning for the most part, however. I just think the special education portion needs a fresh perspective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2005

Griffin Elementary School is the closest thing to private school. The classes are small and the teachers really care about their 'kids'. They go above and beyond to help each and every one of their students. Mrs. Novotny is like a second mother to all students who attend her school and the office staff are all very helpful and always show how much they care about all of the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2005

This school is many great teachers and if very family centeral. It is a safe, loving learning enviorment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

Creative, energetic teachers. Outstanding gifted program. Safe. Not overcrowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2005

Good school with high academic standards; warm, friendly environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2004

School is good, with the exception of a few 'certain' teachers, but I am sure that is true about any school. Great PTA activities and parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2004

Griffin Elementary is an outstanding school. It encourages parental involvement and sets high academic standards.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
87%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
56%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 56%
Hispanic 31%
Black 6%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 55%53%61%
Master's degree 45%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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5050 Southwest 116th Avenue
Cooper City, FL 33330
Phone: (754) 323-5900

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