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Stephen Foster Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 671 students

 

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Posted October 11, 2010

The teachers have helped my daughter to excel in all areas. Without their help I would not be able to do this. But they really could use lots of help with the play ground and other special class needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2009

My son is Mrs. Town's Kindergarten class and so far I love the experiences. Mrs. Town is organized, creative, and positively encouraging with students. She is great at reinforcing good behavior and keeping students on task with learning. The principal, Mr. Cassaw, is friendly and professional at all times. The school is clean and includes new technology. I have observed at several local schools (including Nova) and I am most impressed with Stephen Foster Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2009

This is the first year for our daughter attending school. Her teacher is Mrs. Genov (kindergarten) and she is wonderful. Very attentive and caring- she makes sure our daughter stays challenged. Our daughter also attends a first grade class- Mrs. Pendergrast - for reading as she is an advanced reader. They go to great lengths at this school to keep her busy and challenged. The staff is wonderful- Mr. Cassaw and Mrs. Menendez have been wonderful to deal with- they are very hands on and accessible. They work hard at building great relationships with not only the students but with the parents. When you call or email with a concern or question you get an answer very quickly. If you are considering this school -don't hesitate, you won't be disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

Stephen Foster is a great school, all 3 of my kids went there for their Elementary years. I attribute the success of the school to Mr. Cassaw, he is a wonderful principal, he loves his job and he all his staff seem to get along well with him. He is very hands on, and you always seem him wandering around the grounds interacting with everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2007

My daughter is one of the top 4 students in her class and I attribute that to her teacher Mrs. Rupp. She is by far the best match for my little girl, she welcomes parents with open arms and always makes us feel like we actully have an impact on the class even if it's just for our ego's :-) I volunteer at least 1 a week if not more and I love her open door policy. The children love her and you can see it reflected in there grades. She can regconize the above average children and she encourages their learning at a higher level by giving them more challenging work, I have to say the even though the school is a 7 I give Mrs. Rupp a 10. I believe that Stephen Foster is the best school for any child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2006

My son, Johnathan Goodwin, started kindergarten this year at Stephen Foster, and I must say that I am very impressed with how well he is doing. He has received and A+ on all his Math Test, and has also done extremely well in all his school work. His teacher, Ms. Town, has told m what a great joy he is in the class and she also enjoys his eagerness to learn. She informed me that he is a great student and I couldn't be happier with the feedback that I get. He was nervous to start kindergarten after being with the same children in Pre-K for two years, but he has informed me that he absolutely loves Stephen Foster. We are very lucky to have a school like this one. He has enjoys Music, PE, Spanish and Computer Lab. He gets along with all the other students. Thank you, Anita Wright
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2006

This school has been a great elementary school for my 2 children. Although some teachers are not always the best suited/matched to my children's style of learning but with good parent/teacher communication and parent involvment the kinks can be ironed out. Parents on this campus need to speak out more to help make the postive changes for the future growth of this school. When parents just 'go along'...the things they gripe about will stay the same for years. Teachers at this school are good, but teacher and staff trainings on inclusion techniques need to be a higher prioity to insure more up to date and research based techniques and ideas be instilled on an ongoing basis. The principle is a great leader with a high standard for his campus, students, teachers and other staff members. There's not an active SAF committee at this school,in fact nobody knows what it is for!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2005

Stephen Foster is a very great school that offers great support to its students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2005

This is an excellent school. The principal is a very dedicated and hard-working man. It earned at 'A' in the FCAT and this a solid A not a barely A. In fact, all the students did great overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

My son started school there this year and I have had a great experience so far. The Kindergarten teachers are great and my son is learning so much so quick.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2004

My child did O.K. at Stpehen Foster this past school year. We as parents felt that his teacher could have taken a litlle bit more one on one time with him. He did pass and hopefully will do better at his new school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2004

I would like to say thank you to Ms Sarafino for the help she has givin my son. I really feel stephan foster school is a very good school. the teacher ans staff are very good with the kids from what I have seen. I just want to say thank you for the care and suppost you give to your students
—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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
53%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
77%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
47%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
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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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
Hispanic 44%
White 28%
Black 25%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 64%53%61%
Master's degree 31%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 9%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MR. RICARDO GRIMALDO
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  • (754) 323-5790

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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3471 Southwest 22nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Phone: (754) 323-5750

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