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West Navarre Intermediate School

Public | PK, 3 | 1021 students


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Posted June 7, 2013

Great school, great Staff, very nice teachers that care about teaching. My daughter has excelled in this school and the FCAT scores prove it. Best school district BY FAR in the State of Florida.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 17, 2012

My son has graduated from this school and my daughter is now attending. We have had NO issues to speak of. The teachers are fantastic and care about their students. They do the best they can within the budget constraints they face so don't be surprised if there is no gymnasium or band class. They may teach to alot of the FCAT but what do you want them to teach to? Liberal philosophy? Finger painting? They teach the 3 Rs well and throw in other honest learning such as social studies and science. Tomorrow when we have more money than we know what to do with we can buy all new band equipment, a new gym and playground, ipads for all the students and have a 5:1 student to teacher ratio. Until then the basics will have to do and West Navarre does it well. Look at it this way, other schools teach to the FCAT as well...and still fail.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 1, 2011

the principle at this school is the rudest person ive every met she should never became a principle my child has been in holly navarre inter. since kindergarten we moved and now he has to go to west navarre and its the worst school im going to move back to the holly navarre district that's how bad the principle is
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 9, 2009

They are on top of everything and very happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 17, 2009

My daughter went to this school for three years before we moved out of state. I agree with the other reviews that way TOO much emphasis was put on the FCAT. I also did not feel welcome and was treated very rudely on more than one occasion by the principal (Ratliff). My daughter did have some great teachers there, but they were limited with what they could do because of the principal's 'rule'. I wouldn't want my son to go there because the kids weren't allowed to be kids, they didn't have recess or get to do anything fun. It was just study, study, study for the FCAT. It was a blessing we moved.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 24, 2009

My child attends West Navarre Intermediate School. I could not be more happy with a school. They employ WONDERFUL teachers and staff. I rate the school an absolute 10!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 22, 2009

hi im a student at WNIS i love it there i think its the best school in the world they have very good way of teaching and i dont want to have any other school
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 30, 2009

We just moved here from California and to say WNIS is far superior to the school my daughter attended there would be an understatement. My daughter loves her teacher and welcomes the academic challenges with open arms. WNIS is very well-organized and appears to have a large number of parents involved in the school, although I haven't seen a newsletter from the PTO yet. The office staff (especially Caroline) is very helpful and informative. The pick-up/drop-off works really well. The only complaint I have is the librarian, who has more than on one occasion, discouraged my daughter from reading. Yes, I agree that there is way too much emphasis on the FCAT, which in all fairness, is how schools and principals are rated. The majority of schools in the U.S. focus on passing their standardized tests instead of actually 'teaching,' albeit WNIS does spend a little more than I'm used to.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 2, 2008

This school and florida schools for that matter put way too much attention on FCAT. The principal of this school rules with an iron fist and the parents are not involed at all. Notes arent even sent home for discipline issues.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 13, 2008

My child has attended school here since she was in kindergarten (before it changed to an intermediate school) and I've had nothing but positive experiences here. My child has had some special-needs issues, and the school has always been helpful. Last year, when she had some academic issues, the teacher called us in for a conference and set out a plan to deal with those issues and she improved. She has loved all of her teachers. Of course it's not perfect, but not many schools are. I read some of these reviews and wonder if our kids are at the same school! I've always been greeted warmly when I've come in and felt welcome when I can for lunch or to volunteer.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 19, 2008

I enjoyed this school a lot and disagree with most of the reviews said. The teachers enjoy teaching there students and give the students some laughs there is lots of times where they let the students earn there free time. Some of the teachers are strict that is true. But they do it so they don't have to see the children get hurt. The less strict teachers get the job done and allow lots of time for recess. I think my class deserved the amount of time given. But unless we acted horrible that day then we were allowed to soacialize at recess. And had plenty fo time to do it. If you did not have or couldn;t afford the equipment listed then the teachers would help to try and see if there was any way to get that supplies for that child. And i think that this is a very good school and plebty of children will enjoy it. And that is my full opinion on it.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 18, 2008

This school has poor facilities, and has too much focus on the FCAT. The teachers hardly allow any recess, and hardly let the kids socialize at all. They are strict, but ignorant of some children's needs. The principals don't show a lot of respect to the kids, and ther needs to be better parent-teacher communication services.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 22, 2007

The quality of academic programs at this school seems very much on a case by case basis. While both of my sons teachers, last year and this year, were wonderful. Last year we routinely saw grueling hours worth of homework every night. This year we were told to expect very little. This year also welcomes a new Principle, so I guess it's a wait and see situation. The reception area could definitely be more 'approachable' and welcoming, instead of making you feel you are in the way and not wanted on the premises. It can be somewhat intimidating and almost seems like your efforts to participate in your childs education are being thwarted. There definitely seems to be a breakdown in communication between office staff and Teachers, with the (front) office staff seeming to have the authority over teachers, often leaving them in the dark about parents attempts at communication.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 3, 2007

My daughters went to this school for two years. I liked some of the teachers but others are too slow to respond to a child's needs. Too much emphases on FCAT and not enough on actual teaching to retain. Remember, study hard for a test and then dump the information. It was a shame seeing the teachers only caring about students who could give the classroom high FCAT scores. What about the ones who need the extra nudge? Some of you were too quick to get them out of your class--this is what I experienced.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 22, 2007

I am not a fan of this school. I have been very disappointed about the level of communication between administration and parents. This is my first year at this schoool after being rezoned from a nearby school. The teachers seem ill informed as well. Walking through the halls is chilling. Noone seems to be very friendly and welcoming. I as a parent do not feel welcome to volunteer and work in the school. I am very involved at the primary level and would have liked to have been here as well. There are not as many programs offered and those that are aren't advertised or well prepared for. My personal experience this year has been negative. I have plans to ask for permission to rezone next year as I will have two students attending intermediate.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 11, 2006

This school's principal is very hands-on in her approach to curriculum, in order to maintain high student test scores in reading and math. The school is continuing to work on developing a program to improve student writing. Music and art are given only once per week, though, and sports are only part of PE (which is given daily). Parents are very involved in volunteering in the classrooms, media center, on field trips, etc. Overall, I am mostly pleased with the education my children are receiving here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 31, 2005

My child went to WNES for only one year, and now we really miss it. A brand new modern facility with closed circuit tv and air conditioning is no small matter to be taken for granted! The teachers and staff were very friendly. Given the choice, I would send my child there again!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 17, 2005

The school is going above the grade level in teaching what they should know and do for that grade. They just should do work for each child grade level.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 13, 2005

I am not thrilled with this school. The teachers seem unhappy, which in turn rubs off on the kids. Nobody ever smiles. The kids don't get recess and they have no time to socialize or makes friends. I think the teachers are too focused on the FCAT and they do too many work sheets to perpare the kids for taking this test. They don't learn any skills for dealing with real life.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 2, 2004

Friendly, good teachers, slow to react to children with learning difficulties.
—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.

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

292 students were tested at this school in 2014.









The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

295 students were tested at this school in 2014.








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

  • 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 78%
Hispanic 10%
Two or more races 7%
Black 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 16%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 79%65%61%
Master's degree 21%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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1970 Cotton Bay Lane
Navarre, FL 32566
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