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C. W. Norton Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 675 students

 

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Posted June 9, 2012

I have been very happy at this school. There is a nice small neighborhood school feeling to this school. When you walk down the halls everyone seems happy and the teachers seem to know all the kids. The education seems to be excellent too, especially the science program. They are getting a new principle this year though, so well have to see if it stays ths good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2012

Norton is an excellent school. The teachers are very good and caring. The school day is planned out with thoughtfulness and the extra curricular teachers are great too. There is lots of communication with parents and they keep us updated. They have fun activities for the kids, great field trips and lots of special events. We are very picky about our kids education and have been pleasantly surprised by the quality there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

The teachers and librarians sincerely want to help all the children do well and reach their potentials.


Posted October 19, 2009

I love Norton Elementary. I both my kids go to school there. I was also a teacher at Norton for 2 years and was sad to leave when I took on a new position. All of the teachers have high expectations for all of thier students. I taught a special needs class and my students were always included in all parts of school life as well as acadmics. My personal children have excelled both academically and social at Norton. Norton has a diverese mix of students and everyone here gets along. A quality that is required not only at school but in the real world. I there are so many things that I can say about this school that there wouldn't be enough words to express my thoughts. After taking on another position, I still drive my kids over 30 minutes across town just so they can attend Norton Elementary, even when there is a school only 2 miles from my home. I love this place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

This is a very proactive school - every child and parent are invited to participate. The staff is extremely helpful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

I love C.W. Norton Elementary because the teachers are very passionate about their students. They want them to learn to their fullest and truly care about each and every student in the class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

They care so very much about the students!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2009

the teachers are great!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

It is a warm and caring environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

As a total Kagan school, we integrate effective strategies/structures for engaging all students in the learning process simultaneously. Children are enjoying it, and positive behaviors and attitudes are a result!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 25, 2009

Excellent school! This was our first year at Norton. To start with, the Principal is great and seems so caring while professional. The lady at the front desk in the office always greeted me. Miss Jennifer Phillips (kindergarten) and Miss DeBarre are both excellent teachers who communicate with the parents. Miss Phillips is serious about making sure the children learn to read. I was so impressed with the advanced techniques she uses and follows through with. Kindergartners today are not doing what Kindergartners were doing 10 years ago but still the keep to the abilities of the children. Both of my children are happy with their teachers. Both of my children are good readers thanks to this school and their teachers. Also, if your child attends this school, they will be required to do regular reading tests at their own pace (such an awesome option for a reading grade).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2008

My daughter's teacher has been supportive of my new role as 'school parent' (we're in Kindergarted) and is always available for whatever concerns I may have. My daughter is thriving, and excited to be here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

One of my sons who went here received excellent reading support through ESE (Mrs. Mikell is Awesome)! The school is pretty good; however, I never got a real welcoming feeling there, and parents are very cliquish. Also, with around 800 students, it is way too large for an Elem.school. My girls attend Glen Springs , and it is almost smaller by half; much better for younger kids. Overall, Norton is above average IMO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2008

The third grade team at Norton is beyond compare. The teachers work very closely with one another which makes everything so much easier as a parent. My child has thrived more this year than ever before. You can't go wrong with any of the third grade teachers! They set the bar high!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2007

We're military, and are only here for a short time. My child has learned a great bit at Norton, and we are pleased with the school. We were, however, just left with that empty feeling when describing Norton. My child has gym, art, music and library/computer lab. But my child would come home talking continually of how some kids in the class were just so disruptive. I later learned from another parent that choosing the right teacher is imperative. We like Norton, and have no plans to change for the short time we have left.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2006

I disagree w/Dec'04 reviewer; one of my sons has had reading problems and has been followed VERY closely and given LOTS of supplemental help; Mrs. Mikell for reading once/day, accomodation for tests, and speech twice/week for a couple years now. They are always sending progress reports home. My other two sons do not have these special needs, but seem to learn a lot and Like Norton. I have been treated fairly by the teachers and counselors, and when problem(s) have arose occasionally, I have been able to be heard by administration and to have my concern dealt with /not ignored. I am above-average happy with Norton and if I had one wish it would be that Norton would be a smaller school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2006

The quality of academic programs are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2006

Great school! I did my student teaching at Norton and loved it. The teachers are dedicated, creative and love to teach. Administration is wonderful to work with. Norton is like a giant family.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 8, 2006

Norton was a wonderful experience for my entire family. Since we have moved out of state we havent found a school to take their place. School has wonderful communication skills. They handled problem solving very well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2006

Norton is a wonderful school. The teachers are very organized and work together to make sure all students are working on the same things. Their are a lot of opportunities for parents to be involved. We loved our short time at Norton.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
49%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
75%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
48%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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 48%
Black 30%
Hispanic 8%
Two or more races 8%
Asian 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 52%44%61%
Master's degree 46%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. KIM NEAL
Fax number
  • (352) 955-7126

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2200 Northwest 45th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32605
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