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Joseph Williams Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 566 students

 

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Posted June 4, 2013

What a great school! We feel so lucky that our child attended this school in 4th and 5th grade where she really developed confidence and higher level critical thinking, and gained a group of friends that were wonderfully open and caring about others. The teachers are amazing, dedicated people that teach in an individualized manner, going well beyond textbook and worksheet learning--they fully engage the kids in the content of lessons with participatory and collaborative learning experiences that make the classes so much fun for the kids. I was always impressed and never disappointed in my child's education at Williams. The 5th grade teachers in particular are exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

I wanted to speak to the review below which says that there are no clubs or sports at Williams. That may have been true then, but now there are many clubs, including chess, art and a "green" club. There is also after school soccer. This is our first year in the magnet program, and we are very happy with it. Just be forewarned, the homework load is quite heavy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

The Magnet Academy for Gifted Students is exceptional. Additionally, the principal of Williams Elementary, Mrs. Fortner, is very hands-on with the students and communicates with the parents very well. The teachers at Williams and in the Gifted Program are all great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2009

Every teacher is committed to making sure every child has all the tools they need to succeed in life both academically and socially! You will not meet a more committed and caring staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2009

5 stars love it keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2008

The magnet program is wonderful due to the quality and dedication of its teachers. However, ther drawback is that the program is definitely a 'school within a school.' If you don't know, Williams is in the poorest part of Gainesville (high crime area, etc). For the magnet kids, there is little interaction with the 'regular school population' and when there is the magnet kids are sometimes verbally bullied. I noted this on an internal review of the school. There are also no after school sports for the kids and the only clubs are chess ($100 a year) and engineering (grades 3-5). I miss the 'neighborhood school' atmosphere of other elementary schools; in that way, I feel my child is losing out, but he is definitely getting the academic quality he needs (and we want for him). There are better schools for regular programs, tho.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2008

My child has been attending the magnet program at Williams for three years.It is like no place else!ALL the teachers are outstanding (regular and magnet)Afterschool, music, Spanish, Pe, THEY'RE ALL WODERFUL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2005

The principal is wonderful along with the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2005

I would rate their academic program as excellant. Music and art are encouraged. Higher levels of parent envolvement are present.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 18, 2004

Williams is a great school that really cares about each student. Most teacher are trained right here in Gainesville at the University of Florida.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2003

My son has been attending Williams for 3 years. In this time, I have found that the teachers are not only very concerned and supportive of both children and their families, but also enthusiastic about their job and the importance of their role among the kids, their families, and the community. Williams has some of the nicest teachers I've seen in more than one country--Mrs. Latsko and the P.E. Coach among them. Thank you for generosity, teachers from Williams!
—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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
85%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
45%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
98%

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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • 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
Black 70%
White 15%
Asian 7%
Two or more races 4%
Hispanic 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 172%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 20%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 38%44%61%
Master's degree 58%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 5%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. KARLA HUTCHINSON
Fax number
  • (352) 955-6759

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Music room
  • Science lab
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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1245 Southeast 7th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32641
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Phone: (352) 955-6719

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