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Wendell Watson Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 773 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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Posted May 26, 2014

Wendell Watson has outstanding teachers. I have two children that have been there since kg they are both straight A students. I am simply amazed that in some of the reviews parents are putting blame on the teachers for their child not performing well. As I see it parents should get more involved in their child's education. The teachers have eight hours a day to teach as much as they can. Get involved people. What happened to the days when parents cared?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2014

I found this site looking for Wendall Watson's phone number. My son has went here for 3 years and I couldn't believe the reviews. Yes, some are older and Yes this is Florida so schools Have to teach to the FCAT. But, I couldn't be happier with a Public school than here. Mr's Liberg is great,the office ladies, Mr's Michalski, Mrs' Sangster and Mr's Rodrigez couldn't be more helpful in any interaction I have had with them. Mr's Carlson, my sons 3rd grade teacher is the best I have seen so far in Florida. Very involved and really cares about her students. We get email's daily from her , late at night on her time reminding us of what is going on the next day and even a merry x-mas on school breaks. What I do notice is lack of involvement from most Parents, sad but true. We were the only parents to show up for Teacher conference's. Teachers can only teach children who want to learn and if Parent's are not involved helping, making their kids study and behave instead of Blaming everyone else for their lack of parenting then How can a teacher teach those children. Keep up the Great Work Wendall Watson, we appreciate all the hard work you put into public education in Florida. The Smith's
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2013

What can I say....does not deserve a 7 out of 10. My son went there because he could not get into a charter school. Aparently, 2nd grade teacher yells alot. No playground!!! 2nd graders thrown into a empty yard to take a break. No playground, no balls, no games nothing.... Just grass. He came home crying every day. Oh yeah, fun for a kid. His grades fell drastically in just 1 1/2 months. That says alot!! Called twice for a parent/teacher conference. Teacher never responded. We're just bidding our time till he gets into better school, a charter or Montessori school. At this point I think home schooling would b a better option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2009

(moved) My two children transferd with straight A's to Wendell Watson . In one year they dropped to average grades. I should have went with my gut feeling at the beginning of the year. My children will not go back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2009

My son attended this school for two years. Although it has a very good grade, I question the staff's ability to handle misbehaving children. He has attended two other schools where teachers and the school psychologist utilized methods to work around his ADHD with success in terms of behavior in the classroom. This school was not willing to work this method. I was told repeatedly to just put him on medication by various staff members. I am very thankful that he's out of that school and is at a good one that is actually helping him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2007

We have been at several schools in the last Thirteen years and by far Wendell Watson is the best. You will not find a more caring principle or staff then at WWE. They truly want every child succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2006

I am very dissappionted in this school. I have come from out of state my daughter loved school until she came her. There is to much about this FCAT and there not teaching the childern. I am going to have to take my child out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2006

Wendell Watson is an excellent school, Mrs. Herring and Mrs. Apgar do a great job. Everyone I have come in contact with has been very professional and my son has had a very positive experience. Things are orderly, clean and overall run very well. Hats off to Wendell Watson! Teachers have been great also...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2005

The alpha program with Mrs. Davis was wonderful. She was an amazing teacher and mentor for the children. My son had Mrs. Tharpe for Kindergarten and she truly kept him under her wing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2004

My son has attended Wendell Watson for Kindergarten and First Grade. It has been such a positive experience that he loves going to school. He is very bright and is constantly challenged to learn and grow even though he has exceeded the requirements for the grade. The staff are professional and friendly. They welcome volunteers to help out in a variety of areas around the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I have two children in Wendell Watson and I am very disapointed. It is almost March and I still do not know who the Principal is. I went to a program at the school in the evening and if she was there I would have never known because she never got up to address the parents. There are no incentive programs for the kids, like student of the month, honor roll or anything else parents can attend and meet each other or school staff. I am looking for another school to put my kids in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2004

I have two children in Wendell Watson Elementary, and I can say nothing but good about the entire staff. They are caring and concerned about the welfare and education of the students. It is unfortunate that the state grades the schools based on test scores, because yes they are teaching to the test. However, given the strict guidelines under the Sunshine State Standards, they are doing their very best to teach all that is required, and to prepare these children for what faces them in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2003

I have been very disappointed in this school. I have a son who had been a good student prior to attending Wendell Watson and getting a teacher who I feel is resonsible for him being so far behind other students in the middle school. They concentrate more on maintaining the 'A' rating with the FCAT than preparing the children for middle school.
—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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%
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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
90%
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 "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 62%
Hispanic 17%
Black 16%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 7%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 92%66%61%
Master's degree 8%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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