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Walsingham Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 558 students

 

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Posted May 23, 2014

Overall, I'm not impressed. More needs to be done about bullying in the school. The teachers are quick to accuse students of being disrespectful but are themselves disrespectful and bullying.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2014

Walsingham Elementary has a faculty that averages 15 plus years together. This is because of the camaraderie and climate of the school. Despite the strain of a new curriculum (Common Core), the teachers continue to bond together helping to provide a positive learning and working environment. Masters degrees are commonplace as we encourage each other to continue with lifelong learning. We host nationally awarded teachers. The student population is a nice mix of cultures, and socioeconomic levels. In general, the parents are supportive and demonstrate that they care about their child's education and are willing to help at home. The only other place better than ours, would have to be a fundamental..
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 28, 2014

Don't even waist your time here. No programs, bad reading , bad math, not organized. No customer service (parents). Good or pros free food, uniforms, pta.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2011

Why would a public school have mandatory uniforms? My son is in pre-k and still has to wear the clone suit. This is the dumbest idea. It nearly impossible to find clothes in his size that is within their guide lines. Whatever happened to freedom of expression and letting kids be their selves? This isn t a military school or a private school. I am so glad my son will not be attending this school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

My child has been going here for half a school year. He transferred with great grades, and within two weeks was failing, getting into fights, doing things hed never done. The communication with his teach is a total runaround, almost nonexistent. out of many many calls, the teacher has returned one of my calls, and she never directly answers questions. they do not seem to care about students here. principal nordmark seems to be one of the few good people here. ive never had trouble in other schools they way i have since being in Pinellas county. I get no communication from the school, other than in the form of voicemail, and usually a day before school events take place. it is ridiculous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2006

Quality of academic program as experienced for 3 years in a row for my special ed.son was a wonderful experince.Always looking for fullfill his needs. Experinced opportunity to participate on music class(chorus on his last year(5th grader)awesome experience. We as parent have the oportunities to have our voices and choices count. Wonderful for this Asperguer's Syndrome (classification of Autism).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2005

I love this school. The teachers are very concerned with the children's education and they like to envolve the parents in the child's progress. The Academic Program is wonderful and they offer the child to enroll for studies related to nature where they get to plant trees in the back of the school, etc. The school had two concernt a year for the children enrolled in the music program. The planting of the trees was an extracurricular activity that the children participated in after class and on Saturday morning. Parents are involved in all the childrens progress and assignments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

My daughters are in 1st and 2nd grade this year and have attended their previous years as well. I have been very pleased with their teachers and I find that my girls are both intrested and challenged by the academic work provided. I would love to see more music and art, but that is a county decision. I feel like the staff does their very best to reach out to parents for home support and involvement. I am always receiving information about school activities and programs. Mr. Nordmark is wonderful. He is always available and can be seen around the school all day. He even opens car doors every morning for the children. He obviously cares. The rest is up to us; the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2005

I think that this is a great school. Both of my kids enjoyed their classes and I also found that the teachers maintained open communication with me as a parent. I think no matter what 'grade' a school is, what really matters most is the parent's involovement in what is going on at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2005

The academic programs were lacking in my opinion. The music and art programs seemed to be practically non existant and parent involment was low.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2005

We find the school to be fine as long as the parents are involved in their child (ren) daily work, teachers, PTA and SAC. We have always found Mr. Nordmark to be available to communicate with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

Some teachers are great and some are not. Some teachers are only there for the money and not students. Music and art are only offered 2 times a week. No sports are offered. extra activities are none. With alot of spanish and other languages spoken at this school not a very high parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2004

Over the past four years this school has disappionted us in their ability to help our child develop in areas needed. We are currently looking for another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2003

I brought my children to Walisngham, then in 1st and 3rd grade, from a school not following the County schedule. My 3rd grader was so behind we thought he might have been retained, that ended up not happening. Instead Walsingham worked as a whole and got my children up where they needed to be to graduate successfully to the next grade. The following year another problem arose and once again it became team work to address the problem and help my child be successful and rise to the next level. They never have once turned they'er back on the needs of my children no matter what they were, no matter how big or small the challenge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2003

My daughter attended Walsingham K thru 3rd grade. Her 2nd grade teacher was injured and missed 6 months of school. During that time, instead of getting a steady substitute teacher in the class, they had a different 'adult' playing babysitter on a daily basis. It wasn't until the last month of the teachers absense that they actually had the same substitute on a regular basis. During the first 5 months, there was no homework. Her third grade teacher actually told me, during a conference that whe was late to, because she forgot, that she was 'only there marking her time until retirement.' This teacher (if thats what you want to call her) never got up in front of the class and taught. Each days the students would copy work off of the chalkboard and that was it. My children are now in private school, getting the proper education they deserve.
—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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
49%

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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
89%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
51%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
99%

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 62%
Hispanic 16%
Black 11%
Asian 7%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 58%60%61%
Master's degree 40%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%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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School Leader's name
  • MR. JESSLEY A HATHAWAY
Fax number
  • (727) 588-6990

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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9099 Walsingham Road
Largo, FL 33773
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Phone: (727) 588-3519

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