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Spirit Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 682 students

 

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Posted April 14, 2014

My kids have gone to this school for four years and I am disappointed to be leaving here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

Ok so im in 8th grade now but i went to Spirit Elem. kindergarten-4th grade and i had the worst time in my other school. I loved Spirit. It had so many fun activities. I also had my favorite teacher EVER who was Mr.Philips. He was amazing and would do a lot of fun things with us and also a lot of help with our work as well this school was a very good school when i went there i just dont know how it is today...


Posted May 28, 2012

My son loves this school as do I! His teacher, Mrs. Hinson is nothing short of amazing! We are in constant commmunication and she helps my son soar to exceed all expectations! The principal is very sweet and always willing to do whatever it takes to help ALL of her students rise above the rest. His pe coach, coach D, always goes above any expectations to make sure all of his students get the attention they need and teaches them to always stay positive and healthy. He is a true role model. With these three constantly looking out for the kids best interest and nothing else makes this the best school to trust your children in. This is an amazing school and my son loves it as much as I do
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

I am so happy with Spirit Elementary and my Kindergarten daughter has thrived here. The new Principal is always visible and is so approachable as is the Vice Principal. Her teacher Miss Simpson is wonderful and both the music teachers and art teachers truly have the kids best interests at heart. We were considering private school at one point as an option because of things we had heard about public schools in Deltona, but we couldn't be happier with Spirit and look forward to many years there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2011

With the change in principal this year, and more personal involvement within the school, I have found Spirit to be a great place for my children. Many new technologies have been introduced to the staff including document cameras and mobi boards which bring student enrichment and academics excelling. If you, as a parent, involve yourself within the school, you are more likely to better understand your child and his needs. The school is very open and loves to see parents helping in all aspects. Student excellece is attrributed by the teachers, staff, and administration at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2010

I went to Spirit from 3rd to 5th grade. I have to say, out of the schools I went to all over the world, this was the best. I had wonderful teachers & passed all tests & exams with flying colors. The teachers there are approachable, nice & intelligent. & Spirit does many activities for students. There is a very high level of parent involvement & that is a key to a stundents success. What a great school!(:


Posted July 8, 2010

This school's agenda is fun activities but very academically challenged. I am not sure if they deserve the funding they receive as a Title one school. The next principal who takes over is going to have to whip the teachers into shape because I think the teachers were just allowed to skim over the information to students and those lucky few who grasp it by a few threads get to move on to either an inexperienced teacher or one who has been allowed to remain static in their teaching processes. I hope these teachers will retire rather than move to another school where they can mimic the same stale behavior for as long as they can before they retire.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2010

My child has the greatest time there they have great teachers and staff. Thery have alot of fun activities for the children like movie night, science night and much more. They have a news team that reports the school news and safty patrols. I recomend this shool to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2008

This is a great school! I love the Assistant principal and the teachers. The principal is a little to laid back though. I would recommend Ms. Harrington for 4th grade and Mrs. Gier for 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2008

I used to think this was a great school, however over the last couple of years I have had a significant change of mind. This year when I needed help with my child due to some difficulties he/she was having I got absolutly NO WHERE. My childs teacher was not willing to help in any way as well as the assistant principal, she was as well not willing to help in any way. My child struggled all yaer long which made for a very stressfull year for our whole family. I believe that if your child can go to school and need no help from the staff at all you will probably be fine however if there are any issues, dont look to the Assistant principal for any help. We will not be returning to Spirit Elementary next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2008

Great school, great teachers, great principal...a good place to be
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

Great school!great principal. Dr. Travis is very involved in the school and you can walk up and talk to him whenever you like!you'll find him any where walking around campus at any time of the day. The teachers are great too! ms. Tulli 1st grade , and mrs. Liberty 2nd grade, are both wonderful teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2005

This is a great school! The principal is very involved in the day to day activities of the school. It truly shows that he is very concerned about every one of his students and wants them all to suceed. It was rated an 'A' School last year. My children go there and I would not want them anywhere else. This is truly a great school with a great enviornment for both parents and students!
—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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
78%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
68%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
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 "B".
  • 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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 49%
Hispanic 39%
Black 9%
Asian 2%
Two or more races 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 17%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 59%56%61%
Master's degree 41%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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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School Leader's name
  • MR. THOMAS VAUGHAN
Fax number
  • (386) 789-7284

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1500 Meadowlark Drive
Deltona, FL 32725
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