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Wekiva Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 677 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted February 12, 2014

Wekiva elementary is not the good school it used to be 5-10 years ago. My son's 1st grade experience has also thus far been deplorable and a complete disappointment just like the other parent posted. Clueless and out of touch are the only words that comes to mind when dealing with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

Wekiva is an excellent school, all the way around. I agree with the other reviewers about our excellent teachers and our terrific parent involvement. Because some of the older reviews mention that the gifted program is "not worth it," I feel compelled to write that the gifted program has changed for the better over the past few years. It has been transformed from a once a week "enrichment" class to an all day, every day, accelerated class, taught by gifted-certified teachers. The gifted students and other bright, high-achieving students are clustered together in one or two classes per grade. Clustering the kids by ability allows the teachers to challenge all the students, instead of teaching to the lowest common denominator, and my children are enjoying school so much more now. The school's gifted coordinator is amazing and still provides extra enrichment activities to most of the gifted classes once a week (not in 5th grade, though).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2013

Just moved into area in December, cannot say enough good things about school. Miss Shannon is exceptional. The gifted program is great
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

Unlike the poster below, we have had a great experience with Wekiva. We, too, purchased a home specifically because of the school. Great extracurricular offerings, solid teachers, strong parental involvement -- it all adds up to an excellent experience. The almost-constant barrage of fundraising events gets tiresome, but you have to give the staff and PTA credit for making sure things are done to make up for the shortsightedness of Seminole County residents(and state government officials) who seem unconcerned with the public education system. All in all, an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2012

Purchased a home in the Wekiva area after reading the some of the excellent reviews on this elementary school. My son's kindergarten and 1st grade experience thus far have been deplorable. A complete disappointment. We will be relocating for the 2012/2013 just so that my son does not have to attend this school again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2011

We are thrilled with this excellent school! My husband and I, and our three kids, have recently moved to the Wekiva area. I have two kids that attend Wekiva Elementary, and we are very pleased with the school thus far. One of my children has Autism and has an IEP in place from another school, Wekiva and their excellent staff have worked tirelessly to make sure everything has gone like clockwork for our child. The staff is incredible! The teachers are engaged, caring and very enthusiastic. The parents are all very friendly and my kids are making tons of friends. I highly recommend Wekiva - both the school and the area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2010

My husband and I actually left this school and went to another one due to the purchase of a house. However, after being at the new school for 2 years we decided we had to move back into Wekiva's area. The administrators, teachers and other staff are not only professional and engaging with the children but show an obvious love for what they do. The parents are involved in so many different ways and levels that it is amazing what this school can do. We will never move our childre out of this school again and highly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2010

Wekiva is a good school. Not great but very good. A lot depends on the teacher your child gets and I'd recommend that parents ask around at play dates and PTA meetings, about the feeling in the classroom. Some teachers are better for girls or for boys and you need to know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I could not ask for more in a school. My son's education is supported by a network of teachers, administrators and volunteers who genuinely care about his progress and well-being. I love that this school has a sciene program, something that has all but disappeared in early education. My daughter will start kindergarten in the Fall and I am confident that she will be in good hands, as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Wekiva Elementary is a fantastic school because the parents, teachers, and administration work together fantastically to the benefit of every student that walks through the doors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2009

as the grandmother for a new 5th grader and mom to 3 a As a grandmother of an up and coming 5th grader and the mom of 3 Wekiva 'graduates',I feel that my granddaughter is getting a great start to her education as my 3 children did when they were students there and they are all college graduates. , 3 children radmotherof anew 5thgrader


Posted June 3, 2008

I must say that I absolutely love this school. I feel my son is safe and in wonderful hands; he is going into 1st grade in the fall and his kindergarten year has been a very memorable one that I will cherish, and he will not forget. He enjoys going to school and his teacher is beyond wonderful. Wekiva Elementary has exceeded all of my expectations. I couldn't be more pleased. I do not want to move from this area primarily because of this awesome school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2007

I believe what makes Wekiva Elementary school great is the parent involvement and the teachers. My kids have yet to have a 'sub-par' teacher. There are so many parents involved, it is sometimes hard to find a need for all of them. They usually have to draw names to see which parents get to go on a field trip. Wekiva is always rated very high with test scores, but I think student/teacher/parent happiness with the school is more important than test grades any day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2007

My daughter was in kindergarten and we found out we we're moving to the northeast. I used this website to find the best school to the new area we moved to and it does not shine a light to Wekiva Elementary. Lots of parental involvement and dedicated teachers help make this school shine. My only negative would be the pressure on the kids and teachers to perform well on FCAT. I believe the scores of this test determine state funding for the school. You will not be sorry sending your kid(s) to this school, I wish I could.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

Wekiva is a fantastic school that provides a safe and fun learning environment for my children. The teachers and administration are top rate and really care about each individual student. Parental involvement is great and encouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2007

Overall, I feel Wekiva Elem. is great. I love the location & sense of community. All of my son's teachers have been terrific. I do, however, wish that more resources were available for struggling students (ie: reading).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2007

Overall, Wekiva is a very good school. Gifted enrichment program not worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2006

It depends on the teacher! It was very frustrating. I also had a hard time with the parent volunteers there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

My daughter has been at Wekiva for 3 years and for the most part we are satisfied. My biggest complaint is that they teach only to the FCAT and that is the main focus. The school is in a great location and the parental involvement is wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2006

All three of our kids have attended Wekiva and it has been the main reason we have lived in this area for over 10 years. The school staffs excellent teachers and they always put children first. Parent involvement is huge an we couldn't be happier with the education our kids have gained at Wekiva. The parents and children have always been treated with dignity and respect and the school enforces an excellent 'bully-free' environment. IF you are considering moving to central florida area based on schools, Wekiva Elementary is by far the best choice for your kids.
—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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
77%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%
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

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
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 69% 42%
Hispanic 21% 29%
Black 4% 23%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 32%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 51%53%61%
Master's degree 49%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%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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1450 E Wekiva Trl
Longwood, FL 32779
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Phone: (407) 746-3150

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