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Valleyview Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 776 students

 
 

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Posted January 16, 2013

We have been at this school for my child's 2nd 3rd 4th grade years. I also find the staff unfriendly and uncooperative. Teachers and office staff. They are only worried about FCAT scores.NOT the overall well being of the child or if they are struggling and or retaining information and need help . Calls are not returned promptly. Complete lack of compassion for each child's individual needs. You must fit into a perfect square box here. I can not get out of this school fast enough. I have talked to several other moms with the same experience as my self and mentioned below. This school is NOT what it portrays to be AT ALL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2012

I need to know about what I can do for my son's school photographs, thanks for your time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2012

With my kids coming from a private school setting, I was very concerned about them going to ANY public school. But, I have been very happy and pleased with Valleyview. Everyone there is very helpful. Having children with learning struggles, the administration, the staff and the teachers took a first-hand approach to helping my children succeed. More so than the magnet school did or the private school did. When I have requested meetings, they have been scheduled timely and I've always been invited to attend the follow-ups. Their focus on FCAT is not the school's fault but the fault of the Florida DOE and No Child Left Behind Act. They do everything within their power to ensure that their students get a good education and are well-rounded with Art, Music, Science, PE and extra-curriculars like chorus. I think the school is wonderful and have been very pleased with my experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2011

My first impression was that I found the office staff and prinicipal rather cold and uncooperative, I chalked it up to them just having a bad day but a yr later unfortunately the first impression stands. Teacher parent communication is discouraged to the point of being dismissive, the main concern is only FCAT scores not the overall learning experience, Arts are ignored and barely any extracurricular activities. Dissapointing experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2009

My initial response to this school was that it puts way too much pressure on parents and students for FCAT (just to keep their A status). I was not impressed by my child's teacher at first but after several meeting with her she has shown she does want what is best for my child, as for the school itself I still feel they are not as friendly as they appear to be, and academics is their only concern. The child in whole should be their priority not their standings! The 'Arts' is not considered and that is very sad to see. I would not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2008

In the aftermath of Katrina we came to Lakeland more than halfway through the school year. We were worried that our son would not adjust well to a new school as he was having some post traumatic stress and seperation issues. It was a tough time for him. When we registered him at Vallyview we let the staff and principal know what was going on. They were amazing ! They took him around and told him about the school and asked him questions. They didn't pity him or let on what they knew. On his first day of school they were ready when we arrived. We called ahead to let them know he was already in tears. They took it from there. He had a great day and made friends quickly. It was all uphill from there. We are eternally grateful and highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

We moved here in the middle of the school year and our first thought was this place it too structured. We read reviews and worried too much emphasis was placed on testing and academics. We have been so pleased with our sons progress. He is challenged and has advanced his reading level by 3 grades in 8 months. His teacher is always prepared and happy to answer any quesions or address any concerns. We are so happy we did not let the few negative reviews affect our decision. This is an amazing school and we feel our son is safe and well cared for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

This school has been wonderful for my children. I thought it would be overwhelming for my son entering kindergarten because of the school's size, but he's adjusted very well. The teachers are tough and caring at the same time which means a lot. I love this school and don't won't my kids going to any other.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2008

Principal, Staff, Teachers, Alpha program...in one word, fantastic! I am amazed that this is a public school and could not have picked better if I had unlimited resources. Safety, progressive education, computer resources, clean, Alpha program, Chess Club, friendly, involved, structured in the most positive manner, and challenging to the average child. I would gladly pay to send our son here. I give Valleyview my highest recommendation!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2007

I have been a Valleyview parent since 2000 and cannot recommend this school more highly. I have volunteered hundreds of hours and have been nothing but impressed by the teachers and staff. The year-round schedule is wonderful and the children thrive with no startup and shutdown problems. The school also feels smaller than it's enrollment count as there is always a chunk of students 'off track' at all times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2007

Great School - My son loves it and feels challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2007

I have known about this school for 10 years; the teachers are more worried about FCAT then how they teach their students, they are quick to judge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

My experience at VV was horrific. I encountered nothing but resistance when I wanted to be an 'involved parent'. There is no joy, just high test scores. Academics are important but so is the joy and love of learning. If you'd like a happy well-rounded, well-educated child go somewhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

The all-year school year took some getting used to, but now I LOVE it! We are so much more flexible with vacation plans. My daughter never get out of the school mode, and has no problems catching on again when her break is over. Teachers are wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2006

The focus is very academic, little focus on the 'whole child.' Students only have P.E. twice a week. The year round schedule can get difficult.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2006

Has been a great school for a number of years. New principal has eliminated clubs and is 'all business'. Still a great school with lots of Parent involement
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

This school has little communication with parents. We've been here for almost a year and we've had very little communication from the school. The staff is very unfriendly and impersonable. We've had nothing but bad vibes from this school. One good thing we've experienced is my daughter's teacher has been great this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2005

Though a large school, it has a smaller school feel. The teachers are professionals and very good with the students. The staff are friendly, warm and courteous. Coming from the Northeast I wasn't sure what to expect but this school has far exceeded my expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2005

Educationally this school is exceptional. Although, there is no extra activities for the children which I think is terrible and as for the atmosphere, I feel as though it resembles a prison .Office staff and administration could be a little more friendly and a little more convincing that they actually like their jobs. Teachers we have had have been wonderful but you can tell they are under lots of pressure and stress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2004

Mrs. Racette teaches Kindergarten at Valleyview Elementary. She is by far the best teacher I have ever seen. My daughter learned so much from her. A teacher-student relationship is very important in getting the education our young ones need. Thank you Mrs. Racette!
—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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
65%
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.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
54%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 58% 42%
Black 19% 23%
Hispanic 13% 29%
Asian 8% 3%
Two or more races 2% 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 40%N/A59%
Source: 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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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2900 State Rd 540a E
Lakeland, FL 33813
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