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Hobe Sound Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 664 students

 

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Posted March 20, 2014

Very happy with our transition to HSE. My son's teachers are fabulous and administration is top notch. Even though it's only been a few months, my son has many new friends and his teachers know him. Communication is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

Hobe Sound Elementary School is a wonderful, holistic, educationally sound caring community of talented, hard-working professionals. I have had the pleasure of being a substitute teacher in this facility several times and find its staff truly dedicated to delivering the best instructional practices while encouraging and motivating every child to feel unique and special.


Posted February 4, 2011

This school has strong leadership, great curriculum, great teachers and great incentives for kids; such as, NEST cards that they can trade in for a reward. There are awards and ceremeny given out every quarter for honor roll students; the principal has a special breakfast for straight A students. At the end of the year, all the students who read the Sunshine State books get trophies! There are lots of educational after school-programs offered for little or no cost; such as, social studies academic games, or Mad Science Lab. The facility is very clean. I also like the fact that they are strict, and any bullying is dealt with head on. I love the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2010

The administration is stellar. Hobe Sound Elementary is lucky to have Mrs. Gibbons and Mr. Gore as principal and vice-principal. I was skeptical coming from a private school, but the school has challenges and meets them head on and all issues are addressed and handled well. Teachers are very responsive. As with any school, there are going to be little things; such as, not liking the way they have to teach a certain curriculum. That doesn't have to do with the school, but the Florida public school standards. This school does so much to motivate and reward the children for their hard work; it's impressive. Parental involvment is high also. I can't say enough good things about this school, everything from curriculum, to the great teachers and administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2009

Our 1st Grade experience was very good. I feel the children were a little behind in Math as compared with two other 1st grade classes in different states. Our teacher, Mrs. Newman was wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2009

I think the school is great mostly because of the after school program and summer camp that's run by mrs. Ingram she really works great with kids and knows what she's doing thanks mrs ingram your awsome
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2007

Having moved here from New England, I was somewhat skeptical about the schools in Florida, but this particular school has been great for both of my kids. The facility is beautiful and always very clean. The after school program has been great, too, lead by Mrs. Ingram. She's fantastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2006

Now that we have our new school, we have been provided with not only more programs but excellent teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2006

Unfortunately, all Florida public schools have to adhere to FCATs, more unfortunately is that our children spend most of their time trying to learn how to take the FCAT and not on just try to learn how to read, write and math. Hobe Sound tries their best, but I feel they are overwhelmed with the amount of students, crippled teachers (great teachers just not enough resources for them to excel). Again, not just this public elementary, but all in Florida are not doing right by our children. Giving them PE, Science, Art, Music and Computers only 1 hour 1 time a week. On the brighter side The extended day program is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2006

I love that HSE is a small, 'community' school. I love that the principal is an African American woman. I love that the school has a junior master gardeners program. I love that many of the teachers have been there long enough that our babysitters ooften had the same teachers! That said , it is time for some to retire. In my opinion FCAT scores are given too much focus at school, but I suspect that is problem everywhere thanks to the no child left unstressed law.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2005

Amazing school with wonderful teachers! The change to uniforms has been a success!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 20, 2004

We just moved to Hobe Sound. We settled there because of strong schools and a great lifestyle. HSE is pretty good. We moved from a city and state with far better education than Florida is supposed to provide, but HSE has been pretty solid. The teachers and parents seem dedicated. There is far too much emphasis on the FCAT -- in fact, the kids do very little between the test and the end of school. But the school provides a solid foundation for learning with a strong reward system for Accelerated Reader and grade achievement. They have a real leader in their principal, which helps.
—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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
67%

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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
52%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
95%
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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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
White 70%
Hispanic 17%
Black 9%
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 172%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 211%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 77%68%61%
Master's degree 23%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 15%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MS. JOAN B GIBBONS
Fax number
  • (772) 219-1546

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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11555 Southeast Gomez Avenue
Hobe Sound, FL 33455
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