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Ortega Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 425 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted September 6, 2014

The school is safe (controlled access), clean, has a quality feel to it when you walk through the hallways. Located in affluent area; the turn-out of parents at school events is surprising even during a work day! Although my son's teachers are nice, I worry about them being able to comply with the new Common Core Standards and ADEQUATELY teach my child. Perhaps it's a learning curve, but I hope it's not at the expense of my child's acheivement. PARENTS: as hard as it is, know what your child is being taught and ask them PROBING QUESTIONS to ensure they're learning. The other thing that I and a few other parents have noticed is the chilly reception that one gets from the principals and teachers. Perhaps it's generational, but I am accustomed to being greeted and acknowledged no matter if it is FAKE. My advice to them is to at least pretend to be friendly and not aggravated. I like that the children at this school always seem to be orderly and supervised. As far as school improvement, I can't say, but in my son's class, I would like to see a little more PURPOSEFULLY DRIVEN home work given, we busy parents could use advice and perhaps an abbreviated schedule of what is being taught.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

My daughter attends Ortega as 4th grader and I must say that her teacher was chosen by the district as one of the top 15 teachers in the county. He is always willing to help my daughter out whenever she needs extra help with a particular skill she is struggling with. The front office sec. is always pleasant and greets all parents with a smile. Since the museum magnet theme my daughter has gone several great "learning expeditions" that she has come home and rave about. I also love the fact that they now have a full time security guard, a after school chorus, and a fabulous PE teacher that started a track team with all grade levels. The teachers at Ortega are VERY involved with their students and support not only their school life but I have witnessed several of the teachers attending their students extra curriculum activities on the weekend such as football games, basketball games, and soccer games. The administration makes sure that there is consistency through out the school. If a teacher is absent you can almost guarantee that the sub that is the classroom is one that has been at Ortega and knows the students by name and has a relationship with the students too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2013

I am outraged by the bullying that continues to go on at this school. No assistance from teachers or staff and it continues to be a problem. Also - the teachers desire to engage the children have gone completely down hill over the last three years that I have had a child at this school and it's very disappointing. The communication SUCKS and the lack of care and concern from teachers is clearly there - lots of favortism for particular students...just not fair.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2013

My son will not be attending this school again next school year. Very disappointed with this school, his teacher waited until the of this school year to tell me that he won't be going to the next grade. I talked to her on the phone & was sending notes to her. I feel this school failed my son!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2013

This school has exceeded all of my expectations with the 3 year old Museum Studies program. The children are engaged in researching science and social studies subjects, while incorporating reading, math, and writing across the curriculum. Ortega is ahead of the Common Core Curriculum and takes an innovative approach to teaching the whole child and also encouraging student docents to in turn teach exhibit visitors on 3 exhibit nights a year. My fourth grade daughter loves her classmates and her teachers. I love the diversity of not only races, but also of socio-economic classes, ability levels, and artistic strengths ( like the world we live in). There is a job for all students to participate in and shine with the use of their strengths. My daughter is NOT an artist, but she can research anything. I am super happy that we discovered this gem of a little school. Embrace our diversity with us as your student actually learns in a fun and creative way!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2013

I am not longer a student at Ortega i am a now a student at jeb but the thing is i see that people are bad mouthing my old school i went to that school from k to 5th and i don't regret it at all. Thanks to that school im in all adv. classes and im already almost done with algebra 1 and if it wasn't for Ortega i would probably be in intensive classes and i wouldn't be one of the smartest kids in 7th grade now you guys can say what you want i know the teacher can teach right because i was sitting in the same classes your kids are just a few years ago. If your kids don't get what the teachers are teaching then its because your kids aren't listening in class to the teachers and i get some teacher have a lot of kids but sometimes that happens and there nothing you can do about that. The school isn't that big... most schools are bigger then Ortega that's why theres not as many kids in the classrooms the school was an A school when i went there and i think it still is and if its not then its a B school but that shouldn't stop you from sending your kids there its a great school and i wish i could go back to it and i miss all the teachers and people that work there


Posted March 17, 2013

I HAD 3 CHILDREN IN THIS SCHOOL I HAVE TAKEN 1 OUT I HAVE 1 IN 4TH GRADE CURRENTLY ON THE VERGE OF FAILING I'M USING OUTSIDE TUTORING. MY YOUNGEST IN 1ST GRADE AND I SEND HER TO TUTORING IN WHICH I PAY FOR AS WELL AND SHE'S A STRAIGHT A STUDENT TO KEEP HER AHEAD DUE TO THE LACK OF TEACHING AT THIS SCHOOL. I WORK 12HR DAYS SO ITS HARD TO MAKE MYSELF AVAILABLE TO REALLY TALK TO THE TEACHERS LIKE I WANT TO BUT I KNOW ITS MORE THAT CAN BE DONE. MY MIDDLE SON I HAD TO TAKE OUT OF THIS SCHOOL BECOUSE HE WAS SCARED TO ASK QUESTIONS IN CLASS DUE TO HIS TEACHERS DONT ASK POLICY....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2012

I HAVE 3 CHILDREN THAT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL. AND I FIND MYSELF RETEACHING ALL SUBJECTS WHEN CHILDREN COME FROM SCHOOL. I HAVE BEEN TO SEVERAL PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES AND I FIND THAT EACH TEACHER HAVE WAY TO MANY STUDENTS IN EACH CLASS. SOME OR EVEN SCARING THE CHILDREN AND KEEPING THEM FROM ASKING QUESTIONS. THIS IS WHY A LOT OF THE FCAT SCORES ARE BELOW STATE AVERAGE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

My child has attended Ortega for two years and at first, we had real concerns; new principal, change in magnet status, etc. As a parent I felt their growing pains, but we were determined to support our neighborhood school. And yes, parental involvement is limited as most families are not from immediate neighborhoods. So, I volunteered & became part of a team that is absolutely dedicated to bringing the best education possible to these children. Staff saw an opportunity, capitalized on it & now they are a museum magnet- one of 7 in the nation! I wasn t crazy about this initially as I couldn t imagine a less exciting choice for my 7 year old son who has zero artistic ambitions. But he recently asked if we could go to MOSH & I was floored. Of course, it was to see the Snot Exhibit, but he loved it. The staff at Ortega has repaid my faith three fold, you can feel them pulling together as a team, teachers are focused & caring, the Principal is accessible & a natural leader. Ortega s recent Grade A is proof that yes, they are small, but they are truly an academic force to be reckoned with. I would strongly recommend this small, determined, close-knit & fantastic school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2011

This is a great little family school, where the education is superb and the children LOVE to come to school. The new Museum Magnet program has far exceeded all of our expectations with total involvement of the children. My daughter can't wait for the next exhibit night!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2011

My son attends Ortega as a magnet student and I couldn't be happier. We chose this school after looking at almost every private school and nearby public schools (literally). I know he is getting the best possible education here and he is able to explore his interests. The new Museum Magnet program is broad based and allows him to explore a variety of curriculum areas. The monthly learning expeditions to museums, dedicated teachers, small family-like atmosphere, and innovative curriculum make this a great fit for our son!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2008

I am a parent from a 'bad zoning area' that has donated alot of time and effort to Ortega. My child is soaring academically and has never had a behavior issue. Our family also LOVES the faculty and staff at Ortega. We all want our children to have the best education possible. We all believe in Ortega or we would not be here writing about it. If you want to make a difference DONATE your TIME and help these troubled children by setting a positive example. Show them what you believe thier families are not!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2008

I am completely amazed by the teachers and staff in this school. It is as though my son is there's. I truely LOVE this staff. Thanks for all you do Ortega!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2007

Ortega as a school is very good. Great teachers and a great principal . The problem is that there are children with behavior issues that stem and even encouraged from their home life which makes it very unsafe for your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2007

Lovely location, bad zoning. Unfortunately, kids are not encouraged by parents. Therefore, teachers are spending their time correcting behaviors instead of teaching (not their fault). Poor parent involvement led to me putting my child in private school and paying lots of money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Academic curriculum is perfect, its the availability of teachers time to teach it is the problem. Unfortunately, too much time is spent on correcting other childrens behavior instead of on learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2006

I was unhappy with how some of the staff treated some of the parents, especially when they thought that the parents were uneducated. My daughter second grade teacher, Ms. Price was very helpful when dealing with a problem related to school that she needed help with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

Two of my three children attended Ortega and of the four schools they've attended Ortega is far and away the best. The teachers are outstanding, I couldn't ask for a better principal and the parent involvement is through the roof. I was crushed when we were forced to relocate. My seven year old cried for weeks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

My daughter attended Ortega from grades K-5. She and I both loved it. I hated to see her have to leave this year. I wish it went through the 12th grade. There are many wonderful teachers there and the office staff is very helpful and friendly. I also appreciated the principals interest and participation in all the students cirriculum.
—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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
55%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
37%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
90%
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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • 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
Black 45%
White 34%
Hispanic 12%
Two or more races 6%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 164%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 24%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 59%65%61%
Master's degree 37%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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