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James M. Anderson Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 504 students

 

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Posted November 8, 2007

As with any school,Anderson Elementary has good and bad points. Personally, I feel that the good outweighs the bad. Both of my children currently attend this school and both are above average in all areas. Many teachers/staff members should be commended for going above and beyond their duties. Especially the guidance counselor, Mrs. Faith Hill. Anderson Elementary is truly blessed to have her. It is people like her, that make Anderson Elementary School a success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2007

Teacher at this school should be commended for allowing students to pray at a moment of silence. This is wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2004

My son has attended Anderson Elementary for three years. In that time, we have been blessed with wonderful teachers and staff members. The teachers at Anderson put children first and it shows. The educators at this school go above and beyond the expectations of parents. I am very pleased to have my son attend James Anderson Elementary. I believe they should receive an A+ for their accomplishments. Basing a school's grade on FCAT scores is ridiculous. Teachers that work in the public school system work for less money, less supply money and longer hours. These teachers should be praised for there time and effort in educating our youth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2004

Unfortunately, James M. Anderson has a problem with violence and theft of student possessions with little or no recovery or resolution. Anderson Elementary has no musical, choral, or art instruction whatsoever. I personally feel that the arts are an integral part of education and also gives a student self-esteem in other academic areas. There is no PTA, so parental involvement is minimal. Elementary, Junior High, & High School students all ride the bus together so there is alot of instances where the older students harass the younger ones. This school also has morning bible study which concerns me with regard to the separation of church & state. Overall, James Anderson Elementary has little to offer a student to succeed in all aspects of life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2004

Unfortunately, James M. Anderson has a problem with violence and theft of student possessions with little or no recovery or resolution. Anderson Elementary has no musical, choral, or art instruction whatsoever. I personally feel that the arts are an integral part of education and also gives a student self-esteem in other academic areas. There is no PTA, so parental involvement is minimal. Elementary, Junior High, & High School students all ride the bus together so there is alot of instances where the older students harass the younger ones. This school also has morning bible study which concerns me with regard to the separation of church & state. Overall, James Anderson Elementary has little to offer a student to succeed in all aspects of life.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
51%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
71%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
42%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
82%
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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 81%
Black 12%
Hispanic 4%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 94%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 70%74%61%
Master's degree 30%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%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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  • MR. MICHAEL THOMAS
Fax number
  • (352) 498-1342

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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815 County Road 351
Cross City, FL 32628
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