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Thacker Avenue Elementary School For International Studies

Public | PK-5 | 888 students

 

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Posted April 18, 2014

Thacker Avenue School, in my opinion is the best school in Osceola County. The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. The TEACHERS ARE OUTSTANDING. They teach the program, and does not leave a child behind. They work with the children on an individual level. Sometimes students are left behind, or not challenged. BUT THIS IS NOT SO AT THACKER. EACH CHILD IS TREATED AS AN INDIVIDUAL. And the teachers go the extra mile to help all students. As one teacher told me: we challenge the exceptional students first, so that they do not feel left out, then the children that needs to be challenged and more time spent with them, we deal with them on an individual basis. This way no child is left behind. Each child gets the individual teaching they need. Thank you for allowing me to
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2014

I love Ms. Nellis kindergarten teacher, if she represents what Thacker elementary is, then they are a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

Our school is the best in town. We teach in an inquiry based learning which it goes perfectly with Common Core Standards. When I first came to this school, I was impressed in seeing teachers that are always striving for the best. I love TAESIS!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 17, 2013

Looking at the State of Florida average this is NOT one of the greatest school, I have a 27 months old who is already reading so I don't think this school will be the best choice for her. I am not even sure if there are better schools in the area prefferebly for gifted kids. we are moving to the Area next month and my kids school is the priority number one, if I can guide her read at this age then I must be a caring parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

This is my daughter's second year at TAESIS (Thacker Avenue Elementary School for International Studies) and we are really pleased with the school, the teachers, and the new principal. The IB approach is exceptional, using a project-based learning technique that gives the kids a hands-on, problem-solving experience that gives them a great advantage over traditional learning. We highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

I am so very pleased with the education my son has received at Thacker Avenue Elementary for the last 2 1/2 years. The IB approach to teaching / learning suites him perfectly. I have a well rounded global thinking 2nd grader. The Admin staff, principles and teachers truly care about their students. It's a happy, fun, bright atmosphere to learn in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2012

My granddaughter adjusted to this school very well in Kindergarten and before the end of the school year she could read as a third grade level student. My granddaughter was tested for progress outside of the school, so we believe the test is 100% correct and hopefully she will continue on that road. I believe that the school should be doing more to get to the top of the list on the best schools in Kissimmee. You can do it!


Posted July 11, 2012

TAESIS has gone through many positive changes! They are currently preparing for authorization as an International Baccalaureate Primary Year's Programme school. Through inquiry and looking at concepts in depth, the students are learning how to be thinking global citizens. Definitely a school worth looking at for a programme that promotes learning experiences for all children.


Posted February 7, 2009

it is the best school ever with hardworking students and faculty!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

Students are given a well rounded education through academic programs. There are many opportunities for music, art, and other extracurricular activities. Parent involvement could be improved. Many parents do not come for parent conferences even when asked to do so by the teacher. It only hurts the child.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 11, 2005

My daughters attended Thacker & it's been a great school for them to grow in. The staff is supportive & willing to work with parents to find the best path to get the most out of their child's public education. My eldest daughter was somewhat advanced when she entered 5th grade, so she was offered the option to move into a more advance classroom. The class was more challenging than the regular classes which helped her to score high on the FCAT tests. She's now in middle school, but still misses her teachers from Thacker. My youngest daughter was more of a challenge for the school. She's Dyslexic, ADHD, CD & ODD. The staff and teachers have been great since my daughter was evaluated and placed in the ESE Program. She was unable to read or write 2yrs ago, but has made major advances and actually passed the 3rd Grade FCAT tests!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2005

Dual language program which is optional, is awesome, teaches the kids to read, write, & speak both Spanish & English. Extracurricular activities are great, they include; Law, hands on Science lab, Music, P.E.,and Art. Parental involvement isn't so great, but only the parents can change that! Staff & principal are awesome, couldn't ask for better. Safety is top notch with a police officer on duty. Overall this is a great school, We wouldn't put our children anywhere else.
—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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
47%
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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
75%
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

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
42%

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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 63%
White 20%
Black 12%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 194%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 232%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 60%60%61%
Master's degree 36%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MR. BEN OSYPIAN
Fax number
  • (407) 935-3549

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301 North Thacker Avenue
Kissimmee, FL 34741
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