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North County K-8 Center

Public | PK-8 | 364 students

 

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Posted September 24, 2013

North County k-8 center is so fun and the teacher are so easy to talk to. But I wish some of my friend would come back. The school is so much easier then a middle school and every one is so friendly I'm so glad I stayed


Posted June 23, 2013

This school has great teachers in a lot of the grade levels but the principal that is there right now is sub-par. She is not friendly towards many of the students and when my children had their awards ceremony, she didn't even care enough to stay. My daughter loves her teachers and they really go out of their way to help her with her academics. So, great teachers; not so great administrator. Because of the hard work of the teachers, the school is now a B school. Kudos to the teachers! Maybe now more parents will get involved and bring the school back to its glory days.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

North County Elementary School has inproved. The principle at the time didnt have alot of support but this years principle Ms. Robinson puts down the law. But one thing im still at question about the funds but North County Has Inproved
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

My son goes to this school. He is in kindergarden. His teacher is Chantel Lafortune and she is great. Every report card has shown great improvements. If all his future teachers in this school are as great as she has been, then I think the children that go there will become wonderful assets to society. After all these are the years when they are shaped and molded for a promising future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2009

North County Elementary School is a very good school the teachers work very hard inspite of the little to no parent support. There are extremely high demands put on them. The lack of the school funds, the amount of foster childrenand latch key kids they have to deal with does not make it any easier. This is a Title 1 shcool and I I tell u it is incredible to see these teachers at there best. Hang in there guys and Mrs. Collins it can only get better! Parent of children for the last 3years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

The principal does not show parent nor students respect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2008

This School has high violence between students.There is a lot of bullying. Many parents that send children to the school are not involved in there children's education at all. The teachers are at a loss because the parents are not involved and don't care so they don't either. The principal is not adequate and frankly does not care for the students. There are very few teachers who have the passion to teach at the school. The lunch is not always fully cooked for the kids and lunch mothers steel money from the kids. There are so many behavioral issues that all the children suffer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2006

there is no parent involvement and after school activities are non-existant
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2006

I have been a parent at this school for the last 5 years and the change in administration is making things very difficult for us parents. The new principal is making her own rules and regulations as to how to run the school which is not how it is to be when i speak to the school district. As a working parent I do not need the school administration to make my life more difficult and will discuss my concerns with anyone in school government who cares to listen and take action about this matter, a school is ran by a district and not by an individual .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2005

I believe that what is needed is more sports activities for the children and for the school to look into cleaning up around the school area
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2005

North County Elementary is an urban public school whose main emphasis is cultural unity and not academic excellence. The unsaid but open rule is conformity and not thinking in original and innovative ways. Children are given lessons on the importance of 'identifying with community' instead of academics. The emphasis at North County as far as I can see is job security for teachers and not what is best for students. If you are black and conforming and you think the government not paying teachers enough is your child's problem, this is the place for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2005

I see that I am not the only parent having problems at the school. I just hope that this new school year it will be easier for parents to talk and bring about some changes. As I see it the principal does not want red flags brought up around the school because then the easy job with no real obligations goes down the drain. I believe a principal should stand behind 'all' her students not just those she feels kin to. I hope all will be better this year. Thank you for the chance to vent. It is'nt easy being a student or a parent at North County Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2004

My son seems not to be excelling @ this school. From what I'm told from him and other students in his class afraid to ask questions because their teacher seems to make fun of them or point them out in front of the other students. I've spoken to principle about the and other parents have well. But seem to have been just brushed aside. Even when calling the school noone ever calls back unless you leave message. Next step is to the school board. In process now trying to tranfer out. Seems to be impossible and don't know why when the state has given them a d for the school grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2004

I had an opportunity to work with a few teachers at this school. Unfortunately, my experience with them left much to be desired. Without naming names, the teachers that I worked with had little experience, and most regretable, little love for the art of teaching. I hope that this upcoming year, more positive and dedicated teachers join this school.
—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 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
33%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
19%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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 55% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
26%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
31%
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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
n/a
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
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 51% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
92%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "D".

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

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
Black 91% 23%
Hispanic 7% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races N/A 3%
White N/A 42%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 95%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 48%58%61%
Master's degree 45%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%2%1%
Other degree 3%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 7%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Fax number
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3250 NW 207th St
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