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North Fort Myers Academy For The Arts

Public | PK-8 | 1031 students

 

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Posted June 27, 2014

I believe the school is satisfactory for education, and it's quite easy to make friends, however there are a few problems that should be assessed. One being, don't address students who want to report bullying and the accused in the same room, this can start a fight or make the victim (whoever they are) uncomfortable telling the entire story. Two being to arrange/transport a student to a different pace than school ONLY under parents notification or consent (this is a personal matter that affected me greatly), and only a few teachers need to be a bit more sensitive and "benefit of the doubt" like when handling a distressed student (myself). Otherwise most of the teachers were friendly and didn't take anything when it came to discipline. I was mostly happy with the results, but that is my personal opinion on the entire matter here. As long as the right principal is in, the possibilities are endless. Thank you.


Posted January 8, 2013

I love this school. Basically if you don't have a type of art in mind you can find one that you'll like because of the many electives they offer. Most of the teachers will practically bend over backwards to help you. Our art programs are so spectacular that last year we were named best art school in the country. People constantly walk out of our shows amazed that it was a middle school production and that middleschoolers sewed the costumes, designed the set and backdrop, manned the lights and sounds, and preformed in it. They have a strict uniform policy which can help prepare students for real life. Even if you're not artsy you'll love this school, there are other electives like TV production and computer.


Posted July 13, 2012

I absolutely love this school! 4 out of my 5 children attend this school grades 1st, 4th, 6th and 7th and they all are doing wonderful, they love this school and so do I! I would recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2011

This school doesn't care about your child's success. My child scored high on the FCATS entering the school and was in all advanced classes. After a year with this school she is one point away from failing math and hates school now. When I asked the school for help, they said they only provide tutoring for students who are failing the "FCAT" not a class. Seems they only care about keeping their "A" grade status and getting more grant funds for their special arts programs. It's hard to rate this school because there are a few shining stars fon staff and I do love the arts program, but when you need help - you will not get it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2009

I love this school I dont want to go to any other school but this one its so awsome
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 8, 2009

this is the best school for both of my childeren everybody is nice and even respectful
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2009

This ia a great school. It made an A anmet all AYP for NCLB. It is also an Arts Achive Model School,a Positive Behavior Model School, and a CRISS Demostration School. What a great placefr kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2008

I am a former student of NFMAA. I absoultely LOVED it. Teachers actually care. They want you to succeed. Great Arts program. I recommend Drama, and Physical Education, Ms. Black is a excellent teacher. The only thing I don't agree on, is the DRESS CODE. If the werent worried about punishing us maybe we could get or A+ rating. I hope this review helped.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2008

i have had my issues with the school, but honestly, they have always made a quick effort to get them resolved. The teachers are great at communicating, but you have to make the first move. Otherwise my children enjoy the variety of arts they didn't get in a non-magnet school. Uniform policy is strict, and they have stiff rules about fighting and bulling...but that is a definite plus to me. Dr. Santini is wonderful and they have alot of positive reward systems to inspire the children to do thier best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2007

This school would be a fantastic school if they weren't so preoccupied with what the children wear and how they wear it. Harsh penalties are doled out for even the slightest offenses and are tallied up to equal even harsher penalties as the school year progresses. If they focused on education as much as clothing and discipline, their school grade would probably be able to move from the 'C' that they have now. They also have low FCAT scores (probably due to the lack of educational focus). No help is afforded by the teachers, with whom I have had conferences to get past these issues. Discipline is their main focus at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2006

The school has a lot of fantastic teachers who get to know the students as individuals. I am impressed with their dedication and commitment to creating a welcoming and comfortable environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2005

The gifted program at this school is great, along with the arts.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2005

This is my 1st graders first year at NFMAA. I can't say enough about the staff that deals with him. I have never seen him come home happier than I do this yr. Anytime that I have had to deal with the staff they have been overly friendly and concerned. Most days you can walk in any time and see them full of smiles... Mr Santini seems to be right on the level with them, such as when he ate the worms to help with morale! My hats off to you all at NFMAA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2004

I personally love this school. I moved here from NJ 3 years ago and my two children have been enrolled in a school in Fort Myers and another in Cape Coral. I found this school to serve the children better in all academic, arts, and displinary areas. The principal Dr. Santini has brought so much to the school and really shows genuine care for these kids. I wouldn't send my children anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2004

I am in the 8th grade at this school. I have been going to NFMAA formerly known as Suncoast since Pre-K. They have great opportunitys for students. We also have alot of parent involvement. I would recomend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 8, 2004

My child has been at this school since August and has shown such improvement in his learning skills, I think because of the efforts the teachers here give to each and every student. Children learn because they want to. Thank you N.Ft Myers for having such wonderful faculty members and a Board of Education that really is all for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

I have two daughters one in 2nd and one in 8th grade they have been there three years and love it! We live right by other schools but rather take an hour bus ride to go to N.F.M.A.A.Teachers are great! New school is wonderful! We will be very up set if school chioce stops for us next year and we have to stay in the Cape.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

My son started kindergarten this year. So far, I think it's a great school. He has violin and Spanish once a week which I think is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
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 63% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
94%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
57%
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 53% in 2014.

186 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

187 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
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.

179 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

179 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
68%

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 47% in 2014.

164 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

164 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

163 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

161 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
85%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

144 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
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

Algebra I

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

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
n/a
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 61%
Hispanic 28%
Black 7%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 64%66%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%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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  • DR. DOUGLAS SANTINI
Fax number
  • (239) 997-6762

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1856 Arts Way
North Fort Myers, FL 33917
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