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James W. Sikes Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 895 students

 

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Posted July 8, 2013

Both my children started attending this school 2 years ago after having an awful experience at another school in Brandon. They love it and the teachers have been great. Never any issues with bullying or work. The office staff is pleasant and helpful. It a great school and the teacher s are wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2013

My Daughter attended Sikes Elementary from Fall 2011 until Fall 2012. We moved out of state just after the start of her 1st grade year. We had a horrible experience at this school. Her kindergarten teacher was cold and yelled a lot. She also said things to the children that were untrue or told stories that were too much for 5 year olds to handle or understand. I spoke with and overheard several other teachers who just seemed to be burnt-out on teaching and children in general. The majority of the office staff that I dealt with was also cold and unpleasant. The children are not held to an acceptable level of expectations for behavior. My daughter would come home in tears almost everyday, and getting her to school was a major fight with tantrums and tears every morning. She had horrible anxiety because of school. On top of all that, the education level was horrible. Most of what they learned was what the kids should have already known, trying to catch up kids that were not even ready for kindergarten, or teaching just what they needed to know for the testing. I ended up supplementing at home with extra lessons, just so she wouldn't be behind when we moved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

My daughter is a first grader, and so far the teachers have been very competitive, caring, motivating, and knowledgeable. They have immediately recognized the strenghts and weaknesses of my daughter as well as her potential and work with her. The extracurricular activities are both educational and fun. I've been able to speak with the principal, and I can tell he is very committed and has great leadership skills. The school is very well-organized and is pro parents involvement. I'm glad my daughter goes to Sikes and she loves it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2007

When we brought our daughter to Sikes she was behind. If it wasn't for the care her 3rd grade teacher gave, she would have given up on school. She was in a private school and making good grades, but when she transferred she not only didn't know anyone but couldn't keep up. The teacher made her feel that it wasn't her fault that she was behind, but her previous school. She was pulled back to 2nd grade but she loves school again and still talks to her 3rd grade teacher. I can only hope that she gets the same teacher again for 3rd grade next year. Sikes was a blessing for us and our daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

We are looking to transfer our child out of this school due to the lack of accountability on the faculties part. Instead of helping a child that is struggling they would prefer to have them listed as disabled or listed as ADD. We found that this makes a difference when it comes to testing them at the middle of the year with FCAT. The school has a new Principal who, finally, seems to care more about the students then Principles in the past. We have had major issues with 2 teachers. They do have a few great teachers that are truly asset to the school. But these are far and few between from what we have seen so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

My son has attended this school since kindergarten and he will be entering the 5th grade next year. This school cares about the students. Every grade participates in music, arts and sports. They have great extracurricular activities. My husband and I are involved when it comes to our sons education and this school prefers parents involvement in fact they encourage it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2006

My two children have enjoyed their experience at Sikes Elementary. The school has many incentives to keep their students motivated to succeed in their academics. Significant preparation for the FCATS. Many fine programs for parents in order to get involved...(PE Show, teaching your kids how to be good readers, Talent show, Kindergarten show, etc...) Nice, clean campus.
—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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
53%
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
82%
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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

154 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
46%
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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
89%
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
White 55%
Hispanic 29%
Black 11%
Asian 2%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 167%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 211%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 75%66%61%
Master's degree 25%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00
School end time
  • 2:30
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MRS. LAURA STARNER
Fax number
  • (863) 648-3187

Programs

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  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

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Parent involvement
  • Our school has a very strong and a active pta that raises money for student incentives and teacher supplies. they also provide thousands of volunteer hours during the school year. the area businesses take an active role in the school by providing needed supplies, resources and volunteer hours.
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  • We have been graded an "A" school for the past six years and we met AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress).
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