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Southside Estates Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 517 students

 

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Posted May 15, 2014

I posted a review before school started this year hoping for the best. Well this year has been the worst. No communication, teachers not caring or listening to the children, children getting hurt and it going unreported, only 1-2 day advance notice of pta meetings, school functions, field trips, etc, horrible parking situation. The new principal has no problem scheduling a meeting for you and listening to your concerns and saying it will be resolved but doesn't follow through to fix the problem. I really think the teachers that once cared are at the end of their rope with this school. I've even heard them complaining that the school has no funds to help with classroom supplies so they are having to use their own money. My sons class didn't have homework for 2 weeks once this year because their wasn't any ink for the printer. I'm assuming the reason his teacher couldn't ask another teacher for help is because she doesn't care anymore. If teachers aren't getting the support they need it will funnel down to non support of my child. I've seen it too many times already here. Enough is enough with this place. I am looking into other schools for next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

I have had many issues with this school. The MAJOR issues being the parking and the entrance to the schools parking lot. There gates are supposed to be open during the times of 8:00am -8:30am every morning. With only one of these gates open it causes a major traffic jam early in the morning, you have cars coming in and out of one lane, having to wait on cars to back up before you can even pull through. Students walk across this parking lot daily. This is a big concern of mine as I have already held a meeting with the schools Principal to resolve this matter and it still is closed during the times she told me it would stay open. This causes students to not only be late but puts them at more risk of being hurt. I am highly upset with the way the staff runs things around here. If a matter is brought up not only once but twice it should have been resolved by now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

I have a 3rd grader at this School who also attended 2nd there after we moved from NC. At first glance it is not that appealing and I wasn't used to the outside classroom wings because it does not seem secure. My child did veru well at the school the Prinicpal last year was nice and handled any situations I had urgently and in a professional manner. There is a new Principal this year and I hope she is as nice and prompt. I LOVED my sons teacher Mrs McGruder she is now his 3rd grade teacher as well.. I could not be more happier because I know he will get everything he needs, she is very caring, she is agreat teacher and cares about each child and their education. My motto is to make sure the teacher knows you as the parent and get an understanding of expectations as a parent and teacher it will make the year a lot better than not being informed. Ask questions get involved in your kids education the teachers are there to do their kob we as parents have to do ours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

They already have me aggravated .....I have two children attending this school and wanted to just drive up there ONCE to meet both teachers today. Well the NEW assistant principal said I couldn't meet up with the other teacher I would have to COME BACK up at 12:00 GRRRR. Drive back up there really how ridiculous is that I'm ALREADY UP THERE and have LOADS of stuff to get accomplished today. They should take in consideration that the parents with more than one child should be able to meet both their children's teachers at the same time so we don't have to make ANOTHER trip back. RIDICULOUS!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

southside estates is a great. the principal is great i love her attitude on things,and the teacher my daughter was great.she always had my daughters best interest at heart. if there was ever an issue it was solved. of cousre kids will be kids that will never change but the school was quite good for my daughter. we will have to see how this year goes....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2010

A lot of changes taking place with the new Principal. It disappoints me that Mrs. Latimer was sent to a new school and we were given a principal who has a record for D and F schools for 7 years. So she is sent to a school with an 'A' status? She changed my child's teacher starting in March. She could care less how I feel about it or any other parents and their concerns. I've asked questions and she refuses to answer or put anything in writing to the parents, at least the ones I have spoken with. I can't be the only parent with concerns. Is she willing to take responsibility for my child's education if he fails in his new teacher's class? I bet not! If there are other parents concerns, she will ignore you unless you write her a letter---not talk to her--write. Promises broken.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2010

They do not follow through. Your child is just a number to them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2009

The school earned an 'A' grade this year due to the hardwork and dedication of all stakeholders. I am very happy with the teachers that work at the school. High expectations and individualized instruction are the norm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2009

Southside Estates is a school that does okay socially, but not too hot academically.The teachers are wonderful and do a great job. I just believe they could have better standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2008

I am a parent of 4 kids. Three of them are currently enrolled at Southside. My son was behind because of his hearing loss and his speech. We ended up keeping him back 1 year and he repeated 1st grade because he missed the 1st 9weeks with Mrs. Lauzon so he needed a little more time to catch up. Thanks to Mrs. Lauzon and the rest of the teachers he has had since 1st grade he learned everything he need to know. He is now ready for third grade. My only complaint is that since he is in ESE he is missing some important lessons that my daughter is learning in 3rd grade. I wish there was a way for them to incorporate the other lesson so he won't have any problems in middle school when he won't be enrolled in ESE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

I transfered my son to Southside Estates because of a program the school offered called STARS. He had failed 2nd and the program was designed to help him catch up. I was so impressed by how well he did in just one year that I transfered my other two kids to the school. The school itself is a little outdated with it's open campus, but the teachers and staff really care about those kids. Not just how well they are performing in school, but also, how well they are performing in life. I've been very impressed and strongly believe that that score the schools get doesn't make a difference. It all in the parent/teacher communication and this school was quick to return any calls I made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

I am a parent of 4 kids and they have all have attended Southside Estates Elementary. I have been very pleased with the teachers and faculty of this school. I feel that my kids have received the best education and opportunities that were available to them. It is a good, safe environment for kids with teachers that care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2006

I am enrolled in this school, and everyday im so eager to tell my mom everything that happened. i am in 5th grade, and have been in this school Since pre-K. So after all those years of being in this school, i have experinced that they have music every 3 weeks, art every 3 weeks, and libary every 3 weeks, and P.E every week. The Physical Education coach, Coach Hawk,Cares about the level of physical activities and excersize the children get. whole 7 years i have been at Southside estates Elem, i have had only 2 'Mean' Teachers, Whom i shall not reveal there names.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2004

Southside Estates doesn't even have a physical education coach this year! Also, they are always talking about how much work they have to do to prepare for the FCAT, yet they waste the kids time by giving them busy work every night. This may be fine in 1st grade but not for 5th.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

I feel that school is a fair school. I don't see that they get their student ready for the upper grades. My grandson is in the ese classes and should be in middle school next school year. His school work doesn't seem like work for a student going to middle school. On a postive note the teacher work with you to help any way they can.


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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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
49%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
90%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
39%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
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 "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
White 40%
Black 33%
Hispanic 17%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 50%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 93%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 74%65%61%
Master's degree 26%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 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. ANASTASIA WASHINGTON
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