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Sunshine Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 682 students

 

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Posted April 30, 2014

MY SON SCHOOL HAS WONDERFUL TEACHERS WHO CARE ABOUT THERE STUDENTS AND ARE VERY CONCERNED WITH THERE EDUCATION. EVEN WITH LIMITED RESOURCES THE DEDICATION OF THE PRINCIPAL AND ALL OTHER STAFF WHO GIVE THERE TIMELY FREELY WITHOUT COMPLAINT TO MAKE SURE OUR KIDS HAVE THE QUALITY EDUCATION THAT WILL TAKE THEM TO THE NEXT LEVEL OF THERE ACADEMIC SUCCESS. SUNSHINE SHINES BRIGHTLY!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

My school sunshine elementary is good school.I would like the program for giftes classes can be better ,for childrens that not pass the first exsam with second chance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

Sunshine elementary is an awesome school. My grandchildren are in the 3rd and 5th grade. And they love going to school everyday, and love there teachers. When they come home the conversations are endless about there day in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

Sunshine Elementary provides an impressive learning environment. My son has excelled academically way beyond my expectations. Last year the school was graded as a 'B' school, it's now an 'A' school. This does not surprise me because Mr. Jackson, Mrs. Reed and the many other teachers are there after hours and on weekends participating in activities and services geared towards providing the best for our children. Their dedication to this school and our children is evident, it's why we're an 'A' school this year. I feel the care and education of my son is in good hands from the time I drop him off in the morning, til the time I pick him up in the evening (aftercare).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2009

My son is new to the school, he is in a wheelchair, and I think the staff is fantastic and vey accomodating. I would recommend it tot any parents. Keisha
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2008

caring teachers and staff always keeping the parents informed on their childs sicess
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2008

Once again, nothing but beautiful comments regarding Sunshine Elementary. Mr. Jackson, is an outstanding administrator. We are blessed with magnificent teachers. It is sad to see Ms. Macri, not at Sunshine. She is a real big lost. Also, the new teachers are very enthusiastic and that seems to be rubbing . U off. the ohter teachers. I am so thankful for Sunshine Elmenetary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

My daughter will be going in the 4th grade at sunshine in August. She has always been an A student since started there. Ms Macri was a great teacher in 3rd grade. The staff on a whole is great. My daughter also loves this school. She learns a lot from there. Tanya.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

I find this school amazing the staff such as Ms. Zelenty which is my daughter teacher is excellent she points out everything to you. If your child needs academic help she informs you and also give options on how this can be fixed. Also the school police which is Officer Lockheart he's a very nice person and takes his job very seriously which do counts. This is also great with punctuality all students must arrive to school on time. And each day they are given homework which is a great thing. I think Sunshine ROCKS!! Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2006

I currently have my two boys in the school and so far from kinder all to 2nd grade all seems amazing. The boys have amazing teachers that just push them all the way to do the best. The entire staff is welcoming and wonderful to all of us. Our family has received the best from this school and hope it continues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2006

My kids in grades 1,3, and 5 for the 2005-2006 school year loved this school. I loved it as well. The teachers they had were very open and welcomed me whenever I felt or they felt it was needed. My 2 and 4 graders are looking forward to the upcoming school year. Sunshine is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

My daughter attended Sunshine 1st through 5th grade. With each grade level except 2nd, her teachers were very supportive and concerned with her doing well. They recognized her potential and challenged her to do her best. The lines of communication between myself and her teachers were also very open. Any responses I needed were usually done within 24 hrs by planner or phone call. The aftercare activities were well supervised and I felt at ease knowing she was being taken care of. The facility is well kept and students have the necessary supplies to get their work done. There was not enough parental involvement with PTA througout the five years she was there though. But overall, a positive experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2004

I think Sunshine Elementary is a great school. The student/teacher experience is very hands on and it makes my child very comfortable knowing that he always has someone available to help him. It is a very safe environment and they always keep me well informed about new things and how I can improve my childs learning and developmental skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2003

Teachers should focus more on the child's proformance than what race the child is and being that there are a lot of Spanish teachers at Sunshine this happens alot, my daughter complains alot about this matter and it should stop.


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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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
48%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
88%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
34%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 70%
Hispanic 20%
White 5%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 1%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 64%53%61%
Master's degree 30%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 7%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. DONNA PATTON
Fax number
  • (754) 323-7740

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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7737 Lasalle Boulevard
Miramar, FL 33023
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