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Crystal Springs Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1028 students

 
 

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Posted January 10, 2013

The school is 26 years old this year. Some things are not the same as 26 years ago. However, the teachers are still the hardest working group of people anywhere. If excellent instruction is what you are after as a parent, then you should not be disappointed. The faculty is constantly being trained on the latest techniques. They bring experience and expertise into the classroom. Some reviewers on here seem to be focusing on the wrong things. In a large school there have to be rules. Rules will almost always upset some people. Crystal Springs has produced many doctors, engineers, lawyers, and other professionals. So, educational opportunities are definitely here. It is what the student and parents decide to make of it.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 23, 2012

I'm a substitute teacher and former student of Crystal Springs. I can't believe how much things have changed-and not for the better. I've had several discipline problems and the other teachers seem to be getting tired of having to deal with the same problems day after day. The actual instruction isn't bad though. The teachers are devoted and most are well-qualified. There does seem to be a disconnect between the teachers and the principal though. Crystal Springs isn't the great school that it was but it is still way better than most of the other schools I've worked at.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 29, 2011

I have worked here as a substitute teacher, and I would NOT send my children to this school. While it is far from being the worst school in the area, if you have high expectations when it comes to your children's school, you would be greatly disappointed with Crystal Springs. It is just a negative, restricting, environment where all the teachers (and administration too) harp and lecture about all the things the students are not allowed to do. God forbid a child has a small toy in his or her backpack, because at Crystal Springs they are toy nazis! Let's not have any fun at school! That's the vibe I got there. It was very sad. It's no wonder the kids don't like school, at Crystal Springs the make it seem and feel like a horrible place to be. School should be a caring, nurturing environment for learning and exploration, not a prison with books. Just my two cents.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 11, 2010

Hard working faculty. Many extracurricular activities. Huge school servicing over 1200 students. The teachers are what has made the school great for over the past 24 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2010

This year my child is a 5th grader and has been going to Crystal Springs since 2nd grade cannot wait for it to be over! Ever since the new principle took over in 2009 alot has changed. One of the big issues is the principle or asst never call you back. Why does it take 2 months and several e-mails, voicemails, and hand written messages to get a response. Every news letter says..."Loving your children" or "Keeping your kids safe" then why can't you call a parent back when her child is jumped on a bus by a bully or held back after class by a teacher because she needed to get something out of the students backpack and I'm outside waiting and all the staff says "Huh I dunno where she is?" Wow thats a job well done! Can't wait 1 year
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2010

My son has attended Crystal Springs for 3 years now and the new principal, Ms. Jamie Johnson is great! She is genuinely concerned about the success of your children and really does listen to the parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2009

Our child has attended this school since kindergarten and is now in the 2nd grade. I have never been so disappointed with the parent/teacher communication as I have been this year. I have spoken with the Asst. Principal and no response at all after a week. Had to reach back out to her for a status on the concern(s) we as parents had about our strained Parent/Teacher relationship. Teacher totally unresponsive and this is why higher adminsitration was contacted. All of our child's other teachers were fine until now. Very disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2009

GREAT SCHOOL!!! Excellent Staff. Standards and support are great. Both are children came through Crystal Springs and I thank the good Lord for allowing for such a great opportunity and good environment for our kids during the elementary years. We need more schools with a commitment to the students, education and overall involvement. Wise and good parents have a strong voice in this school. Parents are encouraged and welcomed to attend - unannounced- anytime of any day. This school really take SECURITY serious! I appreciate the principal Ms. Davis for that. Good Job! Keep our children safe!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2007

I have a son who is enrolled in the TMH Kindergarten class. So far it has been a great school year as far as his academic skills are concerned. He is in good hands with a wonder, highly qualified, caring, and very professional teacher Mrs.S. Johnson. Since he has been in her classroom, he has shown some great improvement with his cognitive skills and communcation skills. Kudos to this teacher because she is a blessing to me and my son! However, I strongly encourage the Target team to stay on top and be prompt with providing additional asisstance to students like my son who needs his speech therepy to be back in session. Remember that our children are our future and we as parents of these students desire all the help that we possibly can get so that our child would not be left behind!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2007

my son has gone to this school and he made strait A's since he has been here and now he is in 5th grade. He has been in the talent show doing his karate also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2007

My daughter went to this school for Kinder. and that was it. The princapals didnt care about my concerns, and did nothing. I will never send my children to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

My son entered public school for the first time 2006/07. His fourth grade teachers Mrs. Browning and Mrs. Hall are awesome. They were patient with him transitioning from private school. He is now certified as a gifted student thanks to the attention and thorough observations of the Counselor and his teachers. And it has made a vast difference. Props go out to the teachers and counselors especially. The office personnel as well as the extended day staff is also wonderful. The Principal is lucky to have such a wonderful group of people working in her school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2006

A well-rounded school with a stable faculty. Children have fun here while they learn. Homework assignments are consistent throughout the year and there are extracurricular activities. A strong PTA accounts for many improvements such as upgraded playground. This school is located in a fine and developing and prosperous community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2006

Great multi-cultural school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2006

We love our school. My daughter has struggled this year and the teachers have stepped in and helped in every way they can. I am very impressed by this school and the love they show for their kids education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2005

This is a good school. The teachers are dedicated to their profesion. They don`t have a good art or music program or any other extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2005

My son is now in 5th grade here. He started in kindergarten. All of his teachers he has had through the years have been nice and helpful when problems arose. There are a lot of parents involved in helping at the school ecspecially in the lower grades. I am planning on sending my youngest one to this school when he comes of age.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2004

Crystal Springs Elementary school is just beginning to develop as a standards-based school. There is a bright future ahead for the students of this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 4, 2004

Crystal springs is anvery nice school all four of my chidren attened this school last year and i was very pleased.My 41/2yr old went there for pre k and her teachers mrs kidd and mrs beacton ,i have to say were the best teachers anyone could have asked for they taught my daughter with love and kindness and she will never forget them i sad to hear that the pre k department is now closed they such excellent teachers.All of my children enjoyed this school last year.Mrs.(3Rd) hansen/dixon,(5th) bryant, (1st)tinc are four of the best teachers in the school.The only draw back is this scool did'nt have a music dept.And full time nurse.I do recommend this school to anybodyyour kids will learn at this school.Excellent choice for a elementary school.Katrina blunt
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2004

Crystal Springs is a great school. My older children had a wonderful foundation to start JR High with (and believe me when i tell you they needed it, if only jr high could be as good) the teachers are wonderful, caring, and qualified!
—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.

174 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

174 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
82%
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.

154 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
41%
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.

190 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
96%

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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 46%
Black 35%
Hispanic 10%
Two or more races 6%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 39%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 69%65%61%
Master's degree 28%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 3%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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