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Sandhill Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 810 students

 

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Posted August 23, 2013

Sandhill Elementary has a very kind, caring, and helpful staff. The daily communication from teacher to parents through notes in the calendar binder is very effective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2013

Sandhill is an A+ in my book!!! Most of the teachers and staff at Sandhill are wonderful, however, there are a few not so great(and not so friendly). The office and lunch staff know a lot of the students' by name. This is a school with a high poverty rate and yet maintains an "A" grade, I think that says a lot. My son is excelling in school and I have no doubt it's because he has excellent teachers, a great principal, and an awesome support staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

This is an awesome school... It is almost like private school but free...my second grader is in a clasroom with 12 kids.... my kindergardener has 17 kids and an aid in the room...my fifth grade has 23 kids but two teachers that's what I said two teachers... they are excelling... The school gives very clear dirrections on how to help your child achieve... the staff is incredible... the office staff knows all the kid's names... their safety procedures for dropping off and picking up is first rate... The school is rated an A school... where 200 out of 200 preschoolers achieved the ready for reading program...look at the facts scores, way above the rest of Polk and at the top of Florida schools... I came from up North where the school are supposedly better but this school is way better... The rest of the country needs to follow their plans for a better community... and for you racist, this is a color blind community where everyone is accepted. God, family values, and politeness are extremely important to this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2010

Sandhill Elementary School has dedicated teachers who focus on making sure students are successful. This is an excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2009

My kids transfered here from Medulla elementary in Lakeland. I have to say their grades improved and the things they were learning was amazing. I have to say that Mrs. Pennington is a wonderful and amazing teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

I enrolled my girls here and I have to say, Mrs. Konemann is one of there best teachers. My youngest daughter has health problems and the entire staff has been so wonderful to our entire family. I could not ask for a more devoted school, not just to her but to all of there children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2009

My kids go to Sandhill Elementary. In the past two years the school has improve dramatically. Our new score is an 'A' thanks to the hard work of our principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

I am very happy to write about two of the best teacher that my kids have in this school. Mrs. Malfa and Mrs. Chouinard , they work really hard with the kids to make sure that they learn. They are amazing teachers and amazing persons. This school need more teachers like them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2008

I am writing this because I absolutely love my child's teacher! Mrs. Malfa is an asset to any school. Over the course of the year my daughter has turned her poor grades around to excellent ones. She is a teacher who pushes the students to excel and it pays. She is amazing and if you send your child here ask for her! As far as the grounds, they are well maintained. Some of the teachers aren't so amazing though so you need to make sure you weed out the good and bad ones. School is a 3 out of 5 in my book. Mrs. Malfa... 5 out of 5!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2008

This school has given me nothing but problems! My child is a white male which is a minority in this school. There is more Hispanics which means my son has to put up with the teacher having to translate half of the day. This leaves to have to work on his own and his grades have dropped. The Principal is new and I don't know much about her, but overall I am not satisfied with the staff, area and the other students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2006

I am not happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2005

The school is ok but the neighborhood it is in leaves much to be desired.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

My child has attended 4 years at this school. She has always done very well. We have had great teachers. She is an 'A' student, not just because she is smart, but because her teachers have pushed her to excel. She is white, female, which is the minority at this school. The parent involvement is poor because of a language barrier. The principle is new, I don't know much about her. The Assistant Principle has been when the school for probably the school's begining. The school is only 4 years old. The assistant principle is sometimes gruff, but I believe she has the best interest of the children in mind while in turn trying to abide by the Polk County School Board standards. Overall, we have been well pleased.
—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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
59%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
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 56% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
43%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
57%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
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 "B".
  • 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 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 48%
White 28%
Black 21%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 195%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 227%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 64%66%61%
Master's degree 34%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MS. LINDA CLARK
Fax number
  • (863) 419-3167

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1801 Tyner Road
Haines City, FL 33844
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