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Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 739 students

 
 

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5 stars

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Based on 6 ratings
2011:
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Posted October 1, 2008

A fantastic school, beats any elementary school. Great teachers and a wonderful way of learning. All children should have the chance to learn as this school teaches.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2008

VSY has a very strong determination for students to succeed. That's the good news and, in some ways, the bad news. My kindergartner has impressed me over and over, and enjoys the Montessori manipulatives. The downfall is this- pressure and anxiety overflow because of FCAT and testing- (NCLB?) This may or may not be burdening staff, but it IS effecting the kids. I have seen and heard administrators and parents discuss student anxiety and pressure- as young as 1st grade. P.E., Art, and Music cut to a minimum. Teacher/school pressure for good test scores is increasing and there is currently a need for balance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2007

My children have attended VSY for 8 years and it has been an excellent experience, educationally and otherwise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2007

VSY is an incredible school.The teachers are amazing and the parents are extremely involved. The families all have one thing in common-the education of their children takes priority. If you can get in, this school, in my opinion, is better than Pinecrest or University School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2007

Academically, the school is as good as you'll get in a public school. The keys here are that the parents are very active and the teachers and staff are excellent. Unfortunately, all public schools are subject to the FCAT program, which takes away greatly from curriculum in better schools such as these, and financially punishes teachers from schools where money is greatly needed This also ensures that a true Montessori environment cannot be realized, or even approached. Too bad. No child left behind also means no child allowed to completely flourish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

VSY is a fabulous magnet program offering a Montessori education for elementary school aged children. I am fortunate my daughter is able to attend and would pay for this education if it was a private school. The academic programs are of high quality and the children has a tremendous amount of school spirit and respect for their school. Like any public school there could always be more activities provided,especially the extra curricular ones but VSY does the best it can on a public school budget. The level of parent involvement is amazing and that is because parents are just so thrilled to have been able to get their kids in the school and they want it to be successful. If you can get your child in, you are one of the lucky ones.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Great school. Ranked as one of the best in the state and it really is. They do so many wonderful things for the student and for the family. It is the best school I have ever seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2006

Our son was at VSY from 1-5. Montessori system with class size of 25 or so. Excellent academics and good FCAT scores. This is an 'A' school and is in a good neighborhood close to downtown. It is a magnet program and has a lottery system for admission. Sports are very limited with a small rec field but there is a good arts and music program. Parent involvement is very high and there are loads of PTA activities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2006

As far as public schools go - this one seems to be one of the better. I can only comment on Pre K - K. The kids seem to be introduced new lessons regularly and the teacher parent communication is what you put into it. The biggest downfall to me is there is no second language being taught as a part of the curriculum except through limited song. They even discontinued the after school language program. I feel this is important to start at a young age.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2005

My son has gone to VSY since he was 3 years old. VYS is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2005

The teachers are fabulous and provide lots of individual attention to the students. My child has made so much progress in such a short time. My only complaint is with the administrative staff, whom find to be unpleasant to deal with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2005

The Best Montessori and the Best School in Broward. Parent involvement is amazing and the curriculum is the best. Great Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2005

Great school with so much to offer - especially extras in the areas of art, music, etc. BUT_ you must start out in 'the program' as early as possible ( Kindergarten is ideal). It is a very specific type of 'training' that is hard to adapt to if you are coming from another environment. However, it is a wonderful, enriching program that cannot compare with any other school in the Broward system. Tremendous parent involvement- came from another school in Broward- like night and day! Only negative- long bus ride and with mix age group ( akso mix of other schools so my very young children had an hour and a half bus ride that was sometimes opure tourture at the hands of some horrible six graders!)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2005

Excellent teacher quality. They are a true montessori school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2005

great PTA, lots of successful school functions and fundraisers, kids are happy and well adjusted and have a love of learning, 23 day rotation of specials such as music, science, p.e.,art and media, and we love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2005

The principal who took over last year is definitely a great improvement over the one before. However, my own experience has been that it is easier and more effective to speak with the vice-principal. My daughter's teacher has been somewhat thoughtless and rude with my daughter, on several occasions. However, my daughter's grades have not been seriously affected by her teacher's insensitivity. Her teacher makes negative comments about my daughter's clothing and appearance, because she can say nothing about my daughter's work ethic and grades. I am glad that my daughter is moving into middle school, next year. Other than this one teacher, though, I must say that my daughter has benefited tremendously, by studying in this school. I strongly recommend this school to any parent who is truly involved in his/her child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2005

This is a great school in almost every way. They meet the district standards and also have a great Montessori program. The principal and teachers all seem very committed to doing what is right for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2005

This is a great school with great teachers, a dynamic principal and involved parents. It has a wonderful Montessori program and a diverse student population.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 4, 2005

Class size was a little bigger than I would have liked, however, teachers were all professional and the children are happy, motivated and excited about school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2004

This is a great school with caring staff and an involved parent group. They all work together to make education fun and meaningful for the kids. The principal seems committed to working with everyone and doing what is right for the 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 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
72%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
100%

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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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 State average
White 54% 42%
Black 23% 23%
Hispanic 17% 29%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 29%53%61%
Master's degree 52%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%2%1%
Other degree 15%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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