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Tropical Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 643 students

 
 

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Posted January 29, 2014

Tropical has long been a vastly overrated educational institution. The neighborhood is a blend of 90% elitist families and 10% regular folks. More parents hang out around this school during daytime hours than probably any other in the county with Suntree the possible exception -- they don't work for a living. The focus is more on test scores than improving conditions within and around the classrooms. Kids aren't taught proper methods of communication with their peers, or how to blend in a melting pot society. It's the closest thing to a prep school mentality on taxpayer dime. Exclusivity without delivering quality education. Nasty, snobbish attitudes abound from the parents, staff, and teachers. It reflects in the student population. This is the "me, me, me" self-entitlement, princes and princesses school if you're looking for one. Search elsewhere to educate your children in the real world and arm them with broad people skills.


Posted December 18, 2013

since the new principal came this year things have drastically went downhill. The office staff that has been here for years retired just about a month ago. The new office staff is completely rude very unprofessional. The teachers at the school, for the most part, are wonderful. Unfortunately most of the administration only care about receiving federal money. Because of that they are quick to label a child with something like a ADHD. I know several parents that are pulling their children out of school come January so they can homeschool their kids... It's the only way there will be no child left behind. I would highly recommend pulling your children out of school anyway... Simply due to the fact that this new Common Core that's being pushed by our federal government is a joke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2012

Horrible horrible school. Run down, dirty cafeteria and the 2nd grade teachers are burnt out! The office staff is rude and the principals are more interested in what they are wearing than what the kids are doing. So much bullying going on! So sad. Very overworked teachers and not much caring on the administrative part. Terrible speech program. How this school is rated a 10 is beyound me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2010

I attended Tropical from the time I was in Kindergarten to 6th grade and I can honestly say that the only thing I can really have a negative comment on is the students. The teachers themselves are amazing and will in a heartbeat take care of the students. Now I have no idea why any of the people would have a negative comment on the faculty, I grew up with the office staff and in my experience they are amazing people, they were nothing but KIND to the people who deserved it and to the students, and they have PLENTY of after school activities, that take place in Before-and-after school care, such as cheerleading spanish, karate, lego club, patrols, book bash, ect. The principal was amazing and absolutely kind-hearted. Like I said this school is amazing.


Posted March 15, 2010

I am a grandparent of a child that attends Tropical elementary and I am very pleased with the quality of education my grandson is receiving. Great school, great principal all around positive learning environment.


Posted November 23, 2009

The learning aspect of the school was okay. It was nothing special. No after school activities. Office staff extremely rude to parents including my own. Nurse also very rude. Physical Education classes are harsh.


Posted November 13, 2008

Both my children attended Tropical Elementary. I was pleased with the school Educationally and they they were prepared for Middle School. However, I felt that the principal seemed to cater to the wealthy families in the community. Often allowing them to pick classes and teachers, the same kids always picked for special assignments etc, etc,. Not enough activites offered to children. No tutor program for children who are weak in subjects. Office staff are rude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2008

In response to the Sept 2004 comment. It sounds like this is a parent in denial about their child's servere behavior problems. Tropical deals with every sitiation on an individual basis and has an extremely positive learning environment! The administration is responsive and is typically available to meet with parents at a moments notice. From my perspective the teachers you say are allowed to do whatever they want are professionals and should be given that autonomy. If there is an issue I am sure it is handled in a confidential manner; that would be between the teacher and admininstration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2008

I love the teachers and staff of this school! They are responsive and caring, and it is a true neighborhood school. We are consistently an 'A' school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2006

My daughter has attended Tropical Elementary for the last three years and will be moving on to middle school next year. I can truly tell you that she received an excellent education at Tropical and was always dealt with repectfully and with caring. The parent and other support organizations at Tropical are outstanding and deserve to be commended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2006

Academic programs seem decent, but there's not a foreign language program. Rotating activities seem to be enjoyable by the children. Teachers don't have as much parental support in the classroom, so they don't do as many special activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2005

We just moved into the area and have been very impressed with the hard work of the principal and the teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2005

great school. well organized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2005

My son is in K at this school. The teachers are great but I wish there was more involvement in the classrooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

I have to comment on the review of September 2004. That is definately not my experience of Tropical. It is anything but punitive and I have been very impressed by how well organised and orderly the school is. The office staff have always been very helpful. I can only guess this person has an ongoing dispute, that hasn't been addressed to their satisfaction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2005

I didnt like how kids do not have many activity's to choose from for example, have drama club, band,or home ec. A lot of children including myself wanted to have things to do after school. There are things at after care that you could do , but had to be a member at after care to join. I was not very happy when i was unable to do alot .There are baseball and basketball leages at kiwannas but i would rather just have to drive down to the school for these things , not go to cape canaveral and all differant places! -anoymous
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 17, 2005

Tropical is an excellent school for your child to attend. Their academic success is consistent and their attention to your child is sincere. I highly recommend attendance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2004

I requested my grandson be transferred to Tropical Elementary staring with the August 2004 school year. Thus far it has been a perfect match. Whenever I have phoned his teacher I have received a call back within twenty four hours, always by the next morning. He has always answered my questions in a direct and understandable manner. My child has experienced no phyisical confrontation. He has only been offerred 'help' by his school mates. Inofrmation and newsletters and timely and accurate. The school seems well organized and keeps the students engaged. I am more than pleased thus far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2004

I enrolled my child in Tropical Elementary August, 2004. So far it has been an excellent choice for my son. He is engaged by his teachers, and classmates have been friendly and helpful. Teachers are well informed and answer your questions promptly. I am well pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2004

Tropical has some quality teachers and others that are totally lacking and have nothing to offer students. The atmosphere at Tropical is very punitive in nature. It is not a positive learning environment at all, but one that promotes negative consequences. Teachers are allowed to do whatever they want with no leadership or adherence to county wide standards. The Principal is unwilling to deal with problem teachers or issues head on and certainly falls short on doing her job effectively. The office staff are generally rude and discourteous. There is no respect given to students by the majority of employess right down to the cafeteria workers. In comparison to other Brevard County schools, Tropical has a great deal to improve on and learn. An 'A' school doesn't mean a wonderful and happy 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 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
89%
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 52% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
87%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
93%
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 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 78% 42%
Hispanic 10% 29%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Black N/A 23%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 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 53%58%61%
Master's degree 45%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%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

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