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Humanities and Fine Arts Charter School

Charter | K-5 | 159 students

Promoting academic success & creativity by infusion of Humanities & Fine Arts.
 
 

 
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5 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted October 11, 2013

My wife and I have two children at HFACS. We have a child in kindergarten. He has homework daily and is eager to learn. He states everyday when we pick him up I had a great day and I love this school! I love to hear that coming from my child regarding his school. Keep up the great work HFACS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

My wife and I have two children at HFACS. We are very involved in our children's educations and social development. We are at the dinner table evey night doing homework and this gives us a great opportunity to guage their development. Our 3rd grader was shy and would recluse himself from answering questions and verbally expressing himself. This has changed since he has been at HFACS. He answers questions openly in class, verbally expresses himself, has become fascinated with Jazz and Classical music. He wakes up in the morning eager to go to school! Thank you Dr. Smalley and faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

I transfered my 3rd grader and Kindergarten students to this school two weeks after the school year started. I have noticed significant changes in there studies and their growth. My 3rd grader once did not enjoy homework and was very shy, now he is proactive in his homework and reading more. He has also broken the shy stage and is expressing himself more. Now as for my Kindergarten, he has improved his motor skills and is proactive with homework. I love the fact that they are more attentive to Fine Arts. I am finding that they notice genre of music and loves Classical and Jazz, all because of the instruments that they are majoring. Love it! Glad I made this decision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2012

Positives-lots of parent involvement, they teach the arts, small classes, rigorous Common Core curriculum Negatives: I loved this school at the start. However, the communication is poor and there seems to be a disconnect between the parents and the school. Homework is willy nilly--sometimes there is some sometimes there is not--sometimes there are spelling tests sometimes there are not. There is no clear pattern. No weekly/monthly newsletters for parents etc. and it takes teachers a long time to get back to parents. High teacher turnover rate. Demographics are deeply imbalanced. Moved on and haven't looked back. I hope they can work out the kinks because they are onto a good thing with the arts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2011

My Kindergartener has only been at this school for 5 months and he has already grown by leaps and bounds socially, academically and emotionally. The curriculum is carefully balanced providing students with a mix of academics (reading, math, science, social studies, language arts) and arts education (dance, music, drama, oration, art). Dr Smalley and Dr Haynes are incredibly leaders who have really taken off running with their belief that "every child is a star". The directors, teachers, custodians and even cafeteria staff know each of the 130 children by name, and treat them like family. The teachers are caring and individualize instruction for all children. Students receive targeted instruction in reading and math and will switch groups and classes as their needs change. My child is happier and better prepared for the future than he had been in public school. The level of parental involvement is great compared to local schools, and each family is required to volunteer 40 hours per year. The HFACS is really providing a meaningful and rich education for all children in Lake County. I can't wait to see how much greater the school gets in the years to come.
—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.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
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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.

15 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

15 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

15 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
0%

2013

 
 
35%
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.

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

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2012

 
 
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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.

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n/a

2011

 
 
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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

This school did not receive a grade in 2011-2012.

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
Black 46%
White 30%
Hispanic 16%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 46%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/AN/A
Female 54%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 73%62%61%
Master's degree 27%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 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Sheila Smalley
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (352) 315-4326

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Humanities
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Internet access
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • All students pick Majors. In addition, participation in Interest Focus Groups is once a week. Through the exploration of the arts, students have the opportunity to develop higher-order thinking and creative problem solving skills.
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10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
136
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
136
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213 N. Lee St
Leesburg, FL 34748
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Phone: (352) 315-4322

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