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Hidden Oak Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 726 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
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2011:
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Posted October 11, 2014

We just moved here from Wyoming in August. My son started 3rd grade at Hidden Oak and has Mrs. Freedman as his teacher and he couldn't be more happy. He has made lots of friends and everyone has been very friendly and organized. The school is very clean and I love how involved the teachers, staff and parents are with the students and their goals. We look forward to many more years. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2014

After a plan of five years, my family moved to Gainesville FL from south Florida, looking for a calm place to live, and a good school for my son. We follow the Hidden Oak Elementary info for several years, and decided to send our son this school, so we buy a house in the neighborhood of this school. It was a wonderful decision was, because this school is qualified 10/10, discipline, respect and safety are priorities there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

My son is in Kindergarten at Hidden Oaks and I am very impressed with all aspects of this school. The staff is wonderful- Each and every one of them cares about every child there. They are very involved with not only daily routines but also additional events the school holds ex: dances, fundraisers, holiday events. Parent involvement is very encouraged. They reward children not only for grades but also being respectful, responsible and caring. It is always clean and I feel my child is safe there. We still have 5 years there, but as it stands I can't find one negative thing about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

I think hidden oak is a grate school . My son is in first grade there and his teacher is so caring and realy trys to work one on one with her students .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

Great school with great supporting and caring teachers. I'm glad this is were my children are going.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2011

This is a wonderful wonderful school. This was the first school I ever took my daughter to and I, honestly, had no idea until we had to move out of the area and went to a terrible school, how good we had it. She has severe learning disabilities and they were excellent in helping her. The teachers and parents are very involved and there are many programs available for the children. We are considering going back to Gainesville from Miami just for this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2009

This is a great school and a wonderful learning environment. I am so glad we are able to send our child to this school. The teachers and staff really care about the students, and about teaching them well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2009

My son started Kindergarten at Hidden Oak this year and I have volunteered there several times. the teachers and environment are great
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2008

My first child graduated from Hidden Oak, my second child is in 3rd grade, and my baby is about to start Kindergarten in the fall. I am so pleased with this school - they have really shown to be caring and understanding when it comes to the needs of my children. The teachers are enthusiastic about their jobs, the parents are very involved, Dr. Richardson is dedicated to 'her' school, and Mr. Knowles is always there when you need him@ The only - and I mean ONLY - disappointment I have is that the gifted program is not a full day dedicated classroom. I would love to see a gifted program that is a separate class and not a pull-out. Other than that, I highly recommend Hidden Oak to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

I have been very pleased with my daughter's 6 years at Hidden Oak. She just started a challenging middle school program and we both know she was very well prepared! We loved each one of her Hidden Oak teachers and always found them accessible. The Orff/music program was excellent preparation for middle school band! My child loved art and PE and was challenged -- I am glad to know that additional time for physical activity is required this year--once a week was not enough. The afterschool enrichment program was tops. I love it that each grade has one major performance with all kids involved. Hidden Oak is an excellent school with excellent teachers, principal, and staff. We will always look at elementary school as a very special time in our lives. Thanks, everyone. You play a large part in launching our kids and do a truly wonderful job at Hidden Oak!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

Love the staff at this school. So far I have only dealt with K, 1st and 2nd, plus music, art, computer, library, staff, BUT...these people are the best I have ever come across. I feel so fortunate to have my son in Ms. Rawl's class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2006

from what i have seen this school is great. I hear it is a very sought after school as far as getting a career there. The school is in an ideal setting surrounded by great neighborhoods and lots of families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2005

I love this school. It has a very warm, caring atmosphere, and the children get everything they need. Parents can become very involved in the child's education and are welcomed to become volunteers. They are then actually welcomed and can become great volunteers to the school and the students. Dr. Richardson is a wonderful, hard-working principal, and I feel very fortunate to have my two children (K and 3rd)attend Hidden Oak.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2005

My daughter loves attending Hidden Oak. The staff is friendly and caring. I have noticed a high level of parent involvment. The staff take extra precaution to ensure the safety of the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2004

They have a very high student teacher ratio even after they added extra teachers. The school zones have been changed so hopefully this will improve for the school year 2004-05.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2004

We have been very pleased with our children's educational experience at Hidden Oak. The Principal's desire for excellence by every person in the school is reflected in the classroom and individual child. The teachers strive to meet each child's individual educational and social needs. They develop a personal relationship and bond with their students and families that enforces the educational experience. My children are challenged daily in the classroom and show a continuous desire for achieving their best. We have been impressed by every teacher at Hidden Oak. The Principal truly hires the best teachers! We recommend Hidden Oak without reservation to any family in Alachua County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

The school population has increased to more than the school was built to handle. class rooms are being held in portable buildings and in the center of all grade quads. Rezoning is about to take place in the Alachua County schools, which should help this problem. The teachers really care about the children and do a wonderful job in teaching.


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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.

153 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

152 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
86%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%
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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 55%
Black 17%
Asian 11%
Hispanic 10%
Two or more races 7%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 35%44%61%
Master's degree 61%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 4%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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