Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Fishhawk Creek Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 999 students

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
Based on 3 ratings
2012:
Based on 11 ratings
2011:
Based on 7 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

52 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted August 11, 2014

The teacher was absent frequently and not very smart. She actually told my daughter that princesses do not exist. Can you imagine a teacher oblivious to the many countries with monarchies still in existence? The school itself is well maintained and the campus is very nice. The front counter administration personnel are wonderful as is the school nurse. Theprincipal is not approachable, but the remainder of the staff are great. As for parent involvement, room moms of FHC could make for a dramatic reality show.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2014

Our family, like many others, have experienced different schools in different states. Our son has been a student at Fishhawk Creek for two years and he's excelling wonderfully. All of his teachers are kind and compassionate and give him the motivation to succeed. We are very pleased with our experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2014

If you are military and moving way out here for this school--don't. Average at best--not a 10 in my book. The commute is 45 minutes minimum every day, which would be fine if the school were great. The principal is, well I'm not sure, but not friendly, able to communicate or willing to listen. Maybe Bevis is better???
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

What A Huge Disappointment! One of the main reasons we moved here was because of the "great" public schools. FHC has been anything but. If you have a gifted student, do NOT send your child to this school. The administration is mediocre, at best. The principle is unresponsive, and thoroughly supports a teacher who is clearly disqualified to instruct our student. Lame, lame, lame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

If you have a child on an IEP or special needs, even minor learning disabilities, DO NOT ENROLL THEM IN FHC! Terrible, terrible, terrible! The school is HORRIBLE with helping special needs students! They only care about test scores!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

Coming from a DOD school system, we hoped for a better teaching and learning experience for our son. The teacher separates boys from girls in the seating arrangement, is unorganized, and fickle. The principal is unavailable, ineffective and lacks the leadership qualities to assist the teachers to be better. It is unfortunate, because there are other teachers and staff at this school that are great. We have had a few conferences, but the lack of communication has not improved. The leadership in this school needs to change so that the teachers will have a firm, supportive, and innovative team structure to depend on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

My daughter is just about to complete her first year (2nd grade) at this school. We have been very happy here. The teachers do a good job motivating the kids. Highly recommend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2012

We moved to this district from a small, poor, rural school district in Michigan that only has a Greatschools rating of "5." Let me tell you, I would choose that district over FHC every day of the week and twice on Sunday. The only positives for FHC are that there is no violence, and the teachers actually teach, but as for any "best in the area" ratings, FHC isn't that good...other districts are worse. The principal is unresponsive and has a "well, Stowers is up the road if you don't like us" attitude. The policies of the district are ridiculous -- uniforms for a public school? They do have a waiver to opt out of uniforms, which we signed for my oldest daughter...after the principal lectured us on how we were bad parents for doing it. My youngest girl is super-smart, but a bit ADD, and they treat her like she's mentally challenged, send her to the counselor's office to play for the day, and are mean to her on the school bus. I hate watching her hang her head and physically shrink as she approaches the bus. If you are a conformist suburbanite, with "yes ma'am, no ma'am" kids, you will love FHC. If you think for yourself and teach your kids to do the same, well, good luck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2012

Both of my kids are thriving at this school. Great memories of their former teachers each time they progress to the next grade. Wonderful environment, many opportunities to get involved, not overwhealmed with fundraising . . . all is good. Teachers are first-rate and principal seems around all the time to me. Seems to know most kids by name and considering there are 1000 kids . . . that's something.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2012

I AGREE WIYH THE MAJORITY NEGATIVE FEEDBACK, THIS SCHOOL JUST CARE ABOUT GIFTED KIDS, FEW TEACHERS CARE ABOUT THE STUDENTS GRADES, OF COURSE , THOSE ARE NOT THEIR KIDS. I HAVE 2 KIDS , ONE WAS A BRILLANT STUDENT WITHOUT NEEDING ANY HELP FROM THEM, MY YOUNGEST ONE, STRUGGLING SINCE K, WE HAVE TO PAID PRIVATE TUTTORING SINCE THEN, UNBELIEVEBLE...TO GET HER TO PASS HER GRADES. EVEN , DOING THAT, WE ARE STILL HAVING HARD TIME W HER GRADES. .AT HOME WE NEVER KNOW WICH TEST OR HOME WORK ARE DUE NEXT DAY MOST OF THE TIME. WE HAVE TO TAKE HER WORD FOR IT. THIS YEAR SO FAR , THE COMMUNICATION TEACHER -PARENT- PRINCIPAL IS THE WORST EVER. JUST WAITING FOR WINTER BREAK TO MOVE MY CHILD TO ANOTHER SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2012

This school is horrible all around. My child had 1 good teacher. It was his 3rd grade teacher. They cater to the "gifted" children..not to children that have a difficult time learning. They do not care and why should they. They get paid whether your child learns or not. Children with learning disabilities are sort of pushed under the rug. If your child can learn with little guidance, they will do fine at this school. Good luck getting in touch with the principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2012

I have enjoyed most of my experience with this school. My oldest daughter came here in first grade and couldn't read at all. By the time first grade was over, however, she was up to level and has continued to improve in her reading. My kids also really enjoy art and music. My experience with the teachers has been very positive. My kids have had hard-working, caring teachers each year so far. My only negatives would be the fundraisers, which I feel are pushed just a little too hard, and being nickeled and dimed to death. As for Ms. Bush, I really like her. Once when my daughter missed the bus, she drove her home because I didn't have a car to go get her with. I'm sure she has her shortcomings, but she does seem to care about the students; and that goes a long way in my book.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2012

Chorus is great! Teachers and school would be much better under different guidance. Pam Bush is just not a great principle and does not inspire an encouraging environment. AGP is a joke. If you want your kid in it they are in. They are not all that, yet they brag themselves to other kids. My son has Aspergers .and this school nearly ruined him. They have no understanding of special needs nor any staff for it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2012

I have had two children at this school, starting in 2006. They, together have had 9 different teachers. Three of which were great. There are great teachers but it's hit and miss, its a parent scramble at the end of the year, b/c we are all waiting for the teacher placement forms to be put out. We are not permitted to request a teacher, which is fine, its who we DON'T want that keeps us on our toes. It's a shame to be in such a great district and have our principal not respond to the issues our school has. Most parents know that the principal is what she is...unresponsive. Its sad but true. We are right around the corner from the Number one school in the state, and we are #122..that is b/c she wont hire new teachers or move them to a more appropriate teaching level due to their personalities or lack there of. This principal has had her own teachers remove their children from certain classrooms..and still keeps that teacher on staff. I don't understand that. There is huge parent involvement in this school...most are stay at home moms. That's a huge plus. I don't know what needs to happen, if I could move, I would. All u can do is start asking around, and find out who u DONT want
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2012

My child has been as FHCE for two years and in those two years I had to challenge teachers, admin and principle. My child hate going to school, except for music and art those teachers actually allow the children to have fun instead of TEST TEST TEST. Since year one I've been trying to get my child into another school by the way of the choice program but each year we haven't been approved. This school make my child feel like an infant they can't walk their self to class when there late they must always have an escort. They can't sign themselves into school ADULT ONLY. This school doesn't prepare the children to do things for themselves. Once they hit middle school they will be shocked that they are responsible for themselves and not hand holding. They are not allowed to socialize in lunch. The lunch and the school in forces that age old comment "Children should be seen and not heard" If you are looking at this school don't walk but run away!! A child should have an overall experience at school socializing, education not just TEST TEST which is all that FHCE cares about that is why they are 10 by the board cause they push it from day one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2012

This school babies the children which makes the children unprepared for middle school. The principal would rather pass a over a problem to teachers or parent rather then handle it herself. The teachers I've interactive with would rather blame a child for missing work and not tell the parent until it's too late. Overall don't walk but run away from this school unless you want problem after problem to hurt your child education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2012

Yes, it is true that there are no recesses. Teachers have the option to schedule their own recesses. My 2nd grader has 2 a week and my 4th grader doesn't have any. The teachers are good, and the students do learn a lot. I am not happy with the principal for multiple reasons. My biggest complaint is that the school heavily ephasizes testing, so much so that I feel it stresses out the kids, or can take the fun out of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2012

There is a reason this school is rated a 10 out of 10...it is THAT good! There are NO silent lunches and curriculum is current with the times, meaning these kids are getting the education they deserve, it is fast paced and on the same quality of a private school. The kids do wear uniforms and the enviroment is foscused on education. If parents want to get involved there are MANY avenues to get involved, sometimes things are what you put into it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2011

I am preparing to move from illinois in the next couple of weeks and my child will attend Fishhawk is it true that there is no recess and silent lunch? This makes me very worried. Also why is everyone so unhappy with the principal?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2011

We recently transferred here from Northern Illinois to the FHC community. My eldest daughter who excelled in school is now behind and little to no assistance is provided. Requests for conferences are unacknowledged. My once outgoing and enthusiastic girl is now a depressed and nervous wreck. She is constantly worried that she is in trouble for the simplest of things. I will be re-evaluating her continuing in this system next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

174 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%
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.

168 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

168 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

162 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
93%
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.

207 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

207 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

207 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
84%
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.

190 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%

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 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 73%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 5%
Black 5%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/A9%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 65%67%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%1%
Other degree 1%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

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

School Leader's name
  • MRS. PAMELA BUSH
Fax number
  • (813) 651-2154
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Sports

Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

Apply

 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Apply now
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

16815 Dorman Road
Lithia, FL 33547
Website: Click here
Phone: (813) 651-2150

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools







ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT