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Schwarzkopf Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 654 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 7 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
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Posted Monday, October 27, 2014

My children started in this school and are flourishing! The teaching has been excellent and the engagement of the teachers has been just fantastic. I an a pretty involved parent and I work with public education in the state. Gotta say, Schwarzkopf is a a great place. Like anything else, the good news about schools today is that we as parents have options. We do need to take a minute to understand what educational structure or school will work best for our children and their specific needs, both educationally and emotionally. I think that as parents and as people who respond to comment on these forums, we have to make sure that we are separating our children's needs and a school's performance. For me, this school is excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2014

It took me a long time to finally write this review, because I understand that there is good and bad in every school and not every parent/child's experience will be the same. However, after two years, I have come to the conclusion that this school is AVERAGE at best. It's not the worst, but it is far from a great experience for a child. I don't have enough room here to fully explain the whys and hows, but if you send your child here, I believe you will be in agreement on the following points: 1. Militant, robotic structure--meant to get kids to behave, but kills the nature of Kindergarteners and Grades 1-2. The chance for kids to be free (within reason) should be recess and lunchtime, but the controlling culture of this school destroys even those brief moments of release. The cafeteria staff are overzealous in their use of power to intimidate the kids. 2. Overemphasis on busywork instead of stimulating and inspiring naturally inquisitive minds. Less time micro-managing via 'behavior charting' /organizing colored folders/BOOSTERTHON, and more time actually teaching. 3. If your child has an issue, the fa ade is a listening one, but you are on your own. Wish I had more room....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2014

This school is substandard and sneaky with their grading-'good' kids are those considered as favorites by staff- We had severe issues wherein a disabled child was NOT taken seriously and maltreated by teachers in disbelief. We actually had CPS do an investigation of the matter, and chose to leave there and transfer to another much better school site with compassionate intelligence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2014

I've had 2 children attend K-5th at Schwarzkopf, one "graduated" last year and the other this year. Overall I was very pleased with the school. On average the teachers administration very were good. I would recommend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

Great school. My son has been there almost six years now and it has been a great experience for him. The teachers are kind and caring. It is a wonderful environment for the kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2014

My child attended Schwarzkopf Elementary for a few years. I could not keep my child there one more year. The school was such a disappointment. They gave busy work in school and for homework. My child was far from excited to learn and was always bored. They do not challenge or motivate the "good" students. We are attending a different school now and my child has never been happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

This school is fantastic! I moved in from out of state a while ago and I have to say that the first school that my child went to was a disappointment compared to Connecticut schools. However, I knew from my first phone call to the school that this school was fantastic! The office staff are very polite and readily answer all questions with ease. I have not heard my daughter mention any bullying either, which makes me feel more secure in the school as a whole. Ms Evarts is a phenomenal teacher, she challenges my child and helps my child succeed! I also appreciate the communications through email from the teacher because I work a hectic schedule, but she always notifues me of topics regarding my daughter that are relevant to me! A+ school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2013

i have 2 children in this school. Both are doing well. My main concern about this school is they hold children back. one of my children is very advanced in math, science and reading. so advanced she/he recieves perfect scores on fcat each year. They will not allow my child to test out to skip a grade, so each day my child sits bored to tears. My other student has an iep and has had difficulty with teachers not wanting to be flexible in my childs learning style. This school is intent on keeping robotic teachers just because they have taught for a long time. There are only a few bad seeds but those bad teachers have a huge impact. My child with the iep, had to be removed from a class because the teacher refused to comply with iep recommendations. There is still another teacher my child came in contact with that constantly yells and seems generally unhappy. This teacher never smiles and behaves like a robot. Thankfully, this wasnt a permanent assignment , it was only a special event. I have to say MOST of the teachers are great, but this school needs some changes. The principle seems uninvolved and lets the vice handle most everything...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2013

Unfortunately the same person who now seems absolutely psychotic keeps giving the school a one star review. If you look beyond the same one star review the same person gives it three times Schwarzkopf ranks well. It's no wonder their poor kid can't get a decent education, look at the parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

All 3 of my children have attended Schwarzkopf - my last going into 5th grade next year. It is a wonderful school - the teachers are dedicated and the leadership is responsive. As a parent, it is very important that you are involved and know what is going on. I would like to see Edline implemented which is a great tool used at the middle/HS level. Also, extra-curricular activities could be improved. The last couple of years they had mini-courses such as Spanish or Fitness that would occur after school (for a fee) but they didn't offer it this year. All in all, it is a great school with wonderful teachers and I would highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2012

They are awful! They are a hands off kind of school. They send home graded paperwork that shows 100% when actually it's incorrect. This gives a mixed message to the students. They send work home that is not even finished! They do not grade work with incorrect spelling nor practice spelling at all. They tell parents "the school does not feel this is as important". This is a life skill needed for our future adults. The 5 years our children have attended we have had each teacher tell us:This is not how we do things...It's out of our control...I do not have time. They do not give consequences to kids who do act out as it would break their spirit . The Principle,Vice, and counselors are rarely there when asking to speak to them & never return calls. Any kind of paperwork you do get from the school (Wednesday's) it's about asking for money, not based on education. The smart kids do get left behind, are ignored, bored, & are not challenged. They never smile, they always look put out, and agitated when picking up our children. Drive by yourself & take a peek at this demeanor. At the end of each year you are given a paper to grade the school & the staff. It's been low marks each year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2012

We just found out that the homework that our daughter was bringing home (without being graded) the students graded their own work! The teacher does not look at it either. We also found out that the homework we take the time with, after a busy day at work, does not count for a grade. The teacher informed us this is a school policy. What?!?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2010

The staff is great, and they are truly concerned about the children's well-being. My wife substitutes at the school, is very familiar with day-to-day operations, and has no complaints what-so-ever. While the school is great, the district bends to the teacher's union like a Gumby doll. Students seems to be home more than at school, have a full week off for Thanksgiving, over a week off for Christmas, over a week off for spring break, and have a half-day every other Wednesday. I'm not sure how they get away with this much time off school, but they do, and it's a constant source of angst among the parents. It's nearly impossible to have a dual-income household without your kids spending an inordinate amount of time in after-school care or daycare. Again, no complaints about the school or staff, but the district needs to get some
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

Excellent staff that genuinely cares about the individual student. Situated in a great community, providing a wonderful environment for the students while honoring the beliefs of a great American hero.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

I highly recommend this school my daughter goes there and the staff and teachers are very nice this school deserves five stars
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

Good School. They are really strict about the kids being late though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2006

Due to a recent move, my daughter started at Schwarzkopf in the 4th grade. I think it's a good school academically however I am very disappointed in the extracurricular activities - especially for 5th graders as compared to other schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2005

I would strongly recommend Schwartzkopf. My oldest son went there from K- 5th and loved it. The teachers are all excellent - except one. She was his 4th grade teacher who definitely preferred girls over boys and was rather obvious about it. Overall though the staff is excellent, and the education is excellent. Highly recommend!
—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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
66%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
98%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
95%
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

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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 54%
Hispanic 30%
Black 7%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 5%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

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