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Denham Oaks Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 730 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted November 11, 2013

Your students want to wish Principal Mardee Powers a speedy recovery, after having a tumor removed from her insides in October 2013. She missed 2 weeks of school and she WAS missed. Get better soon!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

We have had a great experience with this school. One of the biggest surprise for me was how involve the principal is. She is always participating like one of us the the events, also is very approchable to parents. Parents and teachers also work together, its a friendly environment. I feel at home. My son started Kindergarten last year and I was so scared leaving him all day in a new place and community I wasn't familiar with. Everything came to place pretty fast. Everyone was helpful and guided us. I love this school and look forward to more years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

I will have two of my three children at Denham Oaks this year. We are very pleased with this school. The administration is fantastic- great communication with parents. The teachers are wonderful- nurturing & challenging at the same time. There are plenty of social events to get involved in throughout the year. The principal, Mrs. Powers, seems to really have her heart in this school. She's in the car line most days, at every social event, and even answered the phone when I called the school this morning! I have recommended this school to several friends & acquaintances and will continue to do so. I am excited to say that I WILL have all three of my children attending Denham Oaks next year! Keep it up Denham Oaks!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2013

I am truly pleased with Denham Oaks. My daughter just completed her first year there. Her teacher, the principal and every staff member I've encountered takes interest in your child's success and well being. I was hoping my daughter would be challenged enough, but still praised for her achievements and that's exactly what we got.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

wonderful school and administration. Teachers have been very good and easily accessible. we have two children at Denham Oaks
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

Teachers and staff are wonderful, understanding to kids. Keep up the great work. Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2013

Great school! Very happy with the teachers and staff. Teachers are doing a great job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2012

I have two children enrolled at Denham Oaks, a 5th grader and a kindergartner. I am also a teacher in a secondary level public school. Our whole family loves DOES! The school zones were a major consideration when we bought our home. My husband and I were determined that our children would be able to attend here. I don't know of any other school that tries so hard to involve parents. My children's assignments can be rigorous, but the joy of learning is never stifled. Also, the students have more opportunities for enrichment than I see at other schools. The fine arts are alive and well, not a victim of budget cuts like you see elsewhere. Denham Oaks is a great place for children to learn and grow!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

I was shocked to see that someone has insulted Mrs. Powers - how inappropraite...My son began in kindergarten and now is entering his final year at Denham Oaks. Mrs. Powers is one of the reasons this school is so great. What principal do you see on the front lines every day - her office door is always open and she takes the time for any concern with students, staff, or parents. I proudly sing the praises of this school and know it well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2011

The ethnicity breakdown is quite accurate and quite telling as I was very disappointed and disturbed by the lack of African-American activities - in particular MLK Day. I quietly inquired and during the entire month of February (Black History Month) I did not see any interactive or participatory activities - not one poster, not any notice of anything. Can anyone explain why? I find it hard to believe that is is simply an oversight.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2011

The school in general is really not great. The biggest downfall is the administration. Ms. Powers is much too interested in her own agenda rather than facilitating a good learning environment for the students. She does not follow proper procedures nor is she professional in her dealings with parents. She is much too concerned with the CYA aspect of administration that she has no idea how to do her job effectively. My family is so fed up with the administrations' lack of looking to other avenues of the educational system. With someone else at the helm, the school and staff have potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2010

My daughter just started kindergarten, and Denham Oaks had a Kindergarten Camp for a half day a couple of weeks before the first day of school. My daughter felt very confident in going to this school and has really enjoyed going to school each day as she knew what to expect and had a chance to meet the other kindergarten students and teachers. I think this program is awesome!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2010

My daughter loved her 3rd grade teachers and and the rest the staff. The principal was no exception. The teachers are genuinely loving and nurturing; the children learn accountability and respect. My daughter learned more than was expected for the FCAT and she blossomed spiritually. She is just as excited about the 4th grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2009

My children both go to this school and i love it. I talk to lots of parents about how wonderful denham oaks is. My daughter is in her last year and is scared to leave, she has been so loved and well taken care of. The staff is warm, loving, caring, professional and excellent. Pta is wonderful in organizing events. I give 5 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

My son just started this year as a Kindergartener and I must say I am very impressed with the school and his teacher. He loves everything about going to school and looks forward to it everyday. I also love that there is not an overwhelming amount of homework and yet my son can read at a 1st grade level and loves to write. I just can't say enough good things about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2009

This is the best school every. My children both love the teachers and staff. My only concern was that there was only one male teacher until this year. Now they have added a wonderful new P.E. instructor who has really brightened the campus. My daughters loved the Disco unit he did a few months ago. Before your critize DOE. I encourage you to stop by and visit the teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

My experience with my six year old was horrible. Her teacher had no experience teaching kids in her age group. There were more activities for the parents than the kids and teachers come across as unprofessional and unorganized. Computers were introduced to my child in the second half of the school year. I did not like this school in the least.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2008

My children go to this school, and I have to say that the previous comment is way off basis. My 2 children always tell me about the different things they get to do music class including playing instruments. My daughter is in chorus. Next year my son is looking forward to Orff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

school lacks stimulation for younger children. k5 should allow children to play instruments in music-allow them to sing in chorus they can do so much more then the school allows them to do. School does not see outside of the box and children do so my child tends to be bored and shows no interest in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2008

The principal and assistant principal are dynamic and motivating! The teachers are dedicated to best practice. It's a wonderful school!
—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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
64%
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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
73%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
59%
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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
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 57%
Hispanic 28%
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 6%N/A9%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 71%63%61%
Master's degree 29%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 13%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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