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Spook Hill Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 626 students

 

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Posted April 21, 2010

I give this school a five star rating all four of my kids have went to Spook Hill love the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2009

This is an excellent school both inside and out. The teachers are eager to help and very involved with both students and parents. My child is a 3rd generation student here which I am very proud to say!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2008

after my son being a ese at another school in lake wales for 3 years and getting no help i done alot of thinking and research and decided to move him to spook hill it had to be approved by the school board but with alot of patience and help he was finally approved i have to say it was one of the best changes i have ever made for him not only is he getting the much needed help but he can read now i think spook hill is one of the best school in lake wales there is not enough stars to say here thanks spook hill and all your wonderful teachers !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2008

I just recently got married and now I have a stepdaughter who attends spook hill and she loves it here!!!!


Posted July 16, 2007

I have been a spook hill parent for seven years, my daughter just graduated from 5th grade, they have been great years, academically she did great,the teachers are wonderful,for the parent that wrote the PTO is a joke, obviously has not had experience with other schools PTO, Spook Hills PTO runs great and offers the children a lot of extras, for instance Caspers Birthday is free and is funded by the PTO, I also have another child at Spook Hill and would not change schools.I am glad it did not go charter. Spook Hill has had a change over in administration over the years, we now have a good principle and an assistant principle that is strong where discipline is concerned, I would recommend Spook Hill to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

I was very distressed about my daughter attending Spook Hill. Then she was blessed with a very wonderful kindergarten teacher. I am as involved with my daughter's school as I can be with a three year old at home. As the year progressed I started to notice little things that were a little distrubing to me. That is very aggrevating to me because Spook Hill is really trying to become a better school but now it look like it is going down hill again. We are looking at sending her somewhere else next year. The PTO is a joke!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2006

This school has improved tremendusly over the past few years. It's a good thing they never joined the Charter School system because it has been a disaster. The teachers are excellent, especially the reading specialist. She has helped many to catch up to their reading level. Both of my children went to Spook Hill and have done very good in the upper grades. I say thank you Spook Hill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2004

I am very disappointed that the Principal has allowed this school to deteriorate to the lowest of lows in just a short period of time. For example: * The entire PTO board has resigned * The entire volunteer staff has resigned * The entire SAC committee has resigned * Teacher morale is at an all-time low. * The principal refuses to listen to the parents. Her favorite line is 'That is an administrative decision.' * At the last PTO meeting there were only 5 attendees consisting of three teachers, my wife, and myself. * The principal is a 'ghost' in the school (no pun intended). I visit the school several days each week and I have never seen her outside of the school office.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

I have a child in the second grade at Spool Hill. I think it is a great school. I wouldn't want my child to go to any of the other schools in Lake Wales.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2003

My oldest child graduated from Spook Hill in May of 2003 and I have another child currently in the third grade. I was distressed to see the comments posted here by another parent. Under the guidance of the current principal, the school has improved from a Florida State C to a B grade. I have found this principal to be a person of vision, who cares about students, parents and academic achievement. While Spook Hill, like any school, has both strengths and weaknesses, overall I sincerely believe it to be the strongest school in the City of Lake Wales. The teachers currently at Spook Hill are mostly caring committed professionals who want the best for their students. Communication, flexibility, and cooperation between individual teachers and some parents could use improvement. As to the local charter school vote, I too was disappointed with the teachers overwhelming rejection, but that does not at this time reflect poorly upon the performance of the school which has improved each of the five years I have had children at the school. I hope that this issue will be revisited at a future time. I believe there is room for positive change in our PE program. However the dance instruction, which culminates in a Rhythms Program each year, is the shining star of the PE program and teaches skills that can be built upon for a lifetime of physical fitness. I am an advocate for my children and an activist at the school who takes up issues and concerns as they arise with the teachers or the administration. I believe that is more appropriate than bashing the school on a public forum for the mistakes of a few.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2003

My child has just moved on to 6th grade. Our experience with Spook Hill was not good. She had 3 principals in 6 years. This was very confusing for the children. The first principal was great the 2nd was awful! and the third was no better then the second. I feel most teachers at Spook Hill need to retire or move on. Spook Hill would be good to keep about 3 teachers and let the others move on. I built a home in the Spook Hill district just so my child could attend that school. I do feel that was a mistake. I also wish I had sent her to private school rather then Spook Hill. I know personally of at least 4 families who are looking for other schools for their children to attend next year. They are willing to send their children to C & D schools, just so they don't have to attend that school next year. I also think it was a huge mistake for the teacher to vote down charter schools! That just proves how uninformed these 'teachers' choose to be. When the studies prove that Spook Hill is the one elementary school that would benifit the most from that move! The only thing my child learned in the physical education program is to dance. They are unwilling to teach physical education unless you consider the bunny hop physical education.


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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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
44%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
92%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
43%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
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 "B".
  • 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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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
White 42%
Black 31%
Hispanic 24%
Two or more races 3%
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 82%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 78%66%61%
Master's degree 20%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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  • MR. JOHN E EDWARDS
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  • (863) 678-4210

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321 Doctor JA Wiltshire Avenue
Lake Wales, FL 33853
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