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Heights Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1134 students

 

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Posted September 2, 2014

Heights is run like a military environment and the principal punishes children on a mass scale, not for individual behavior. Our children were coming home crying everyday and hating school. We are one of many families that have chosen to remove our children from this horrible environment because we feel that we have no alternative. The principal will not even speak with the parents. She completely shuts them out and has basically allowed for very limited parental involvement in the school. She is very mean to the children, parents and teachers. It is a terrible environment to be in as a whole. Be forewarned that if you ever have an issue with your child at school, she will make it about you and your child and the fault will be in your lap. Salko will never investigate a situation or accept blame for anything. Many families who have left are now working on documentation to be submitted to the board so that it is at least on record for everyone to see. Children should be in an educational environment which fosters love of learning and happiness. She needs to be removed from Heights so that the children can have positive memories of their elementary years, not nightmares!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2014

Not a top notch school at all! Our child was picked on and bullied all year and since the culprits mother was an OVER INVOLVED and over opinionated type with to much time and money on her hands the ongoing issues where never resolved. Diane Salco is terrible to talk to and try to approach with issues. She is uptight and rude and if she doesn't deem you to be a rich or wealthy family she will dismiss you like trash! Our daughter was light years ahead of others as mediocrity is the norm. School has misleading educational scores but that's because I believe they "teach to the test". Also had lunch at the school one time with my daughter and the lunch room was a free for all and I witnessed several teacher/staff yelling and raising their voices at students. Ok I guess for the average student just going through the motions of school being a part of life but in no way conducive to students with higher aspirations looking to challenge themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

(cont. from below) The parents are rarely invited in the school for events. I can understand why after going to "student led conferences." While there, I heard a lunchlady yelling her head off at a child. Also, forget having a standard parent-teacher conference- our conference consisted of reading self evaluations our children had written and then parents filling out the same sheet. The teacher provided no feedback or insight. It was just another one of their lazy shortcuts. Morning drop off is a nightmare. You have a 15 minute window and half of that time only half of their new "traffic pattern" is available, meaning many people have to make a dangerous U turn on Gladiolus, not to mention increased traffic at the children's crosswalk. The staff is rarely outside directing traffic, only 1-2 volunteers. My child has only had 4-5 science lessons all year. They have almost exclusively focused on math an reading. I can only assume they are "teaching to a test." I have already taken the steps to remove my child from Heights. I only regret that she has 2 more months to serve there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2014

Diane Salko has 0 people skills. She demoralizes her staff. I know several great teachers have left because of her. She cares about scores and attracting wealthy families, not children learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

We checked out a lot of schools before moving from Nashville to Fort Myers in 2013 and Heights was our number one elementary school choice. Excellent staff, our son is challenged in both the regular and gifted programs, the facility is great and the learning environment is top notch. Ms Salko and her team have done a great job with this IB World School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

Very good school, everyone nice and friendly. Mrs Salko she is the best ,she really know how to make work teachers and students . My son was from kindergarten, this year he finished 5th. As a parent I am very happy with school and staff . If you have any question one phone call or e-mail to school and you will get help immediately . My son was very happy to be at Heights . He loved every teacher he got.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2013

We are very happy with Heights Elementary. We moved to FL from a small town in MN and didn't know what to expect at such a large school & we were overwhelmed with the school choice situation. My daughter is in her 2nd year at Heights and is doing very well. I will be sending my other daughter next year for kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2012

This school is one of the worst schools that my child has attended. My child has encountered bullying from the same group of girls since the beginning of the school year, and it continues to get worse. Per her teacher, Mrs. Wendland, she is unaware of the bullying, but then she contradictorily admits that it happens mostly at lunchtime. I have spoken to both Mrs. Wendland as well as the principal since my daughter first began telling me about the bullying and 6 months later it is still going on. Absolutely disgusting behavior from many of the students attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2012

Love,love,love Heights!! We have been a Heights family since 2008 and cannot be happier! I have had three of my kids at Heights so we have experienced everything this school has to offer. All the teachers are very involved as are parents. Heights is better than the private school my children attended prior to moving to Ft.Myers-They are THAT good. My younger two children are at Heights with one graduating next year and I am very sad to see him leave an excellent school like Heights (the middle schools & High Schools leave much to be desired here in Ft.Myers). If you can get your kids into Heights you will be very thankful!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2011

Still loving Heights after being there for four years now. I couldn't ask for more caring and engaged teachers. My child loves this school and it's staff. The parent involvement is phenomenal! PTA and the Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) both work hard to make this school the best in Lee County. If you are considering a public school instead of a private school the IB program is what got me leaning toward Heights.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

We LOVE this school. My daughter transferred here after KIndergarten from one of the "best" schools (rated a 10) in the district, and we couldn't be happier!! The teachers here are amazing, and my daughter has learned so much more, and seems to be ahead of the students at her old school. The IB curriculum has encouraged her to be well-rounded, and despite the number of students at the school, she has always felt safe, and well-cared for. Her first and second grade teachers are two of the best I have ever seen teach in the 12 years we have lived in this district. The Principal and AP are very professional and have a handle on any issues that come up. I am very proud to be a Heights parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

My son went to this school for three days. First time in his life he heard the 'F' word in the hallways on his very first day of school. His teacher said he needed to be in advanced class but they only have advanced classes for one hour a week! The staff was happy that he was there saying that he would bring up the test scores. Lastly, the school focused on making the right choices. IT seems to me if your child needs help with bad behavior this is the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

My son has been attending Heights Elementary for the last three years and we both love this school. They have the best teachers I have ever seen. The only thing I think that needs improvment is their office staff every time I come to the office the staff are talking to each other and do not stop to greet anyone. They just keep taking until their conversation is over and then will ask you what you need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2009

My two children have excelled at Heights. Everyone from teachers to admin. staff have been nothing but helpful and caring. I love this school, and more importantly, so do my kids. Thank you to Mrs. Gill and Mrs. Shannon!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

Great teachers, great admin, great library, great building!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

All teachers and staff put in beyond a 100% they all work as a great team with the interests of the children number 1. Everyone is always so friendly and always wearing a smile; it makes you feel welcomed everytime you enter the school! the enthusiasm and committment for what they do is so obvious and what a great message it sends to our children!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

Teachers and staff are well beyond expectation. They work hard to make sure kids learn - and have fun learning, building a lifelong love of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Mrs. Shannon is exeptional!!! Her dedication to mold yound minds is present at every step of the way. The school is a supporter of the IB program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Heights is a really great school. My son is in kindergarten and is learning a lot and loves to go to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

I love Heights Elementary because of the faculty and staff. It's an IB school, so that curriculum reinforces great principles of citizenship and tolerance. The students minds drive the curriculum. The school is gorgeous, with fantastic enrichment classes.
—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.

185 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

185 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%
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.

179 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

179 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

178 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
88%
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.

159 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

159 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

159 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
39%
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.

147 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
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 54%
Hispanic 33%
Black 7%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 155%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 25%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 65%66%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 1%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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  • MRS. DIANE SALKO
Fax number
  • (239) 481-3154

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