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West Defuniak Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 650 students

 

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Posted May 16, 2007

I have nothing but good to say about WDE. My daughter has ADHD and can be a challenge at times but she is also very smart, which is something the former school that she went to never believed. Every teacher she has had here has been great about communicating with me through e-mail, phone and or note about her struggles and accomplishments. They have given me useful advice that has helped me to help her. She has come from being on the verge of failing when we moved here 2&1/2 school years ago to making B's, C's and even a few A's and not because they dummed anything down but because each of her teachers have been willing to stay in close contact with me and let me know when she is doing well and when she is slipping. The Principle, Counselor and staff are great as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2006

I now have my third child enrolled in west defuniak. There is simply nothing but good to say. Wde has always strongly encouraged parent involvement. The teachers that I have had experience with have always truly cared about the individual child, and always provide extra assistance when it is needed. What most impresses me is that my son's class prays before going to lunch. Strong christian beliefs are abundant in this school. If your child attends this school, you will truly be part of a whole new family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2005

West Defuniak Elementary has provided a strong academic basis for all three of my children. The teachers are warm and caring, but also maintain the level of control needed to provide the most effective environment for the process of learning. This school also promotes appropriate social interaction by guiding these children from multicultural backgrounds as they learn how to accept and relate to each other. We moved to Defuniak Springs when my eldest was in second grade, and have been thankful for the academic foundation all three have received at West Defuniak Elementary. Parental involvement is strongly encouraged, and greatly appreciated. All in all, a lovely 'small town' feel school providing the educational background enabling youngsters to succeed.
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Posted August 6, 2004

My third child started K here this year. This a wonderful school. The teachers and administration are always available if you have concerns. Not only the educational value of this school, but the morals taught, mostly by example, have put my ninth grader and my sixth grader on the right track to a great future. Both have been on the A B Honor Roll throughout their school years and have never been in any kind of trouble. I credit much of these blessings to the early education they received at WDE. R. Waggoner
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Posted June 28, 2004

Excellent learning environment! Both my children have received a great education at WDES. Teachers are caring and helpful. Administration is responsive and easy to contact. We have nothing but good things to say about this wonderful school.
—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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
52%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
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 56% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
45%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "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 66%
Hispanic 16%
Black 13%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 59%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 78%68%61%
Master's degree 22%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MRS. DARLENE PAUL
Fax number
  • (850) 892-1259

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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815 Lincoln Avenue
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435
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Phone: (850) 892-1250

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