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Windy Hill Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 657 students

 

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Posted January 13, 2014

Worst school I have ever had the displeasure of being a part of. Avoid at all cost, or your children will surely be kept below their current or potential level. I will hopefully get my children into a new school during the magnet/choice period for the next school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

Windy Hill elementary school is a magnet school for technology they need the money so they can by new play grounds for the children and supplies also new equipment for our tv show what I like about the school is that they can make sure the smaller kids are quiet by putting on shows like blues clues and dora at the end and beginning of the day


Posted September 12, 2011

My son went to Kindegarden here and I pulled him out after that. He complained of the lady in the cafeteria screaming at him and others just not friendly. When I would volunteer for field trips or visit the front office for any reason, they were extremely rude and unfriendly to ME the parent. So I can only imagine how they would treat a child. I would not recommend anyone attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

I really like this school. My son joined the school in the second grade and is now going into the 5th there. My daughter is starting Kindergarten this fall. The teachers and staff are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2011

the faculty was very nice they gave me alot of help with my son i think i picked a great school this time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2010

I just read a review from 2007 about teachers being hard on kids and making them cry. It is now 2009-2010 school year and I just witness the same attitude from some teachers there. And the lady from the office with long grayish hair, who also works in the cafeteria yells at the children in the cafeteria very rudely. I've seen children cry from her. I have viewed the principal and vice prin. as positive attitudes.PLEASE monitor the teachers and other workers attitude it can cuz anger as well as sadness!!


Posted August 11, 2009

This school is making great strives. I am very pleased with the teachers ability and willingness to work with the students..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

I was concerned to send my child to windy hill as i have heard things about the school that didnt please me ... however after going to the school and meeting with her new teacher and the new guidance councelor for this year i felt 100% at ease. Ms Brown is a 2nd grade teacher who has been with the school for years and my daughter absolutely loves her. Her teaching style from what i observed is very singled out. She works with all the children one on one and is very patient(more patient than i would be :) Alot has changed since last year and i view these changes as good
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2008

Windy Hill is a really good school. The teachers that I have worked with seem to also understand that all kids don't learn the same. They take each 'individual' child into consideration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2007

I am a Grandparent. My Grand-Daughter is in Kindergarten. I have witnessed several occasions resulting in teacher actions causing these younger children to cry and feel unable to perform at a more confident level. I believe this teacher is much too hard on the students, and am concerned that the children's future memories of this year will stay with them for quite a while. We will not be attending Windy Hill next school year. Submitted by a very concerned Grandparent.


Posted October 2, 2007

Windy Hill is a good school with the potential to be a great one. There are many areas the school can improve but I believe our Principal has the vision and drive to make our grade reflect our Altitude. I believe Windy Hill can be a great school if more parents would take more of an interest in the school and their children. All great schools have strong PTA/PTO. Windy Hill falls short in this area. We, as parents, cannot put our children education in the hands of the school only. It must be a joint effort, Parents and Teachers working together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2007

Windy Hill is under new administration and most of the changes are great. Many parents had a hard time adjusting but, the school is a safer environment for the kids. If parents have a problem with the school they should get more involved so they can make suggestions for more change or they realize that the changes are good. There are many ways to get involved and by joining the PTA a parent can be involved and sometimes included in the change process or at least have a voice. Get to know your child's teacher, volunteer in the library, or join the PTA before judging the school. You will also find that there are already many parents involved but it's always the same ones. We need new faces.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2006

I am concerned about the level of information the staff has when it comes to ESE students. I was told a very disturbing piece of information in reference to my son's mental capability before tests were given, they made this assumption off of a year old IEP, and I had to prompt them to perform current tests to better evaluate my son. I feel that the staff should fully inform themselves of a students capability and academic skills before making assumptions, especially before going to the parent with the information.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2006

This school is under new administration. There have been many positive and negative changes. Security at the school as been improved. I feel my child is safe when she goes to school. However, many 'extra' activities are not happening this year. My daughter misses having the extra opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2005

The teachers do not really help teach the students work and what is expected. I find the parents are having to do alot of what is supposed be learned in the classroom. I feel they do not spend too much time teach the children so the know what to do. This is a low quailty school and I think I will turn to a private school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2005

Wonderful school. Great parental involvement. They encourage reading by having bingo/reading nights. The teachers are excellent. They push the kids to do better than they can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2003

Windy Hill is a great school. The teachers really care about the students.. my kids love it! I only wish they offered more extracurricular activities.
—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 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
40%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
32%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "B".

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 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 32% 42%
Black 31% 23%
Hispanic 26% 29%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Asian 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 65%65%61%
Master's degree 33%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • Mr. Calvin Reddick
Fax number
  • (904) 565-2702

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3831 Forest Blvd
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