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Pinewood Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 615 students

 

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Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The curriculum needs to be stepped up, big time! My son has a prosthesis so in the mornings at 7:20am when there is no one to open the front door on the K-2 side is very upsetting. Someone is supposed to open the door by 7:15am to let the children inside to line up for breakfast. So many times I parked my car and walked around the building with my son to make sure he gets inside the cafeteria. Second issue, the security at the school was an issue for me so I decided to contact someone to get involved with the PTA and to attend meetings. I called the school and was given a number to contact the PTA president, left a message and she never called me back. Third issue, I was expecting some type of report to see what my son reading level is for kindergarten, never got one. Fourth issue, never had a meet and greet with the principal or any emails throughout the school year. I think keeping in touch with the parents shows the level of commitment. Finally, security security security!! Pick up and drop off procedures are lacking organizational effort. I never drove off until I saw my son walk directly into the cafeteria. My son is now at North Broward Academy of Excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2014

This school is horrible the teachers and staff are very unsupportive and the principal rarely does anything and the worst teacher Geri D'Elia is rude disrespectful and threatens children, if they talk they can not go to lunch and they have horrible orginazation this school is the worst school ever don't send your children they were a D school 2 years and in a row and it deserves to be shut down. (Geri D'Elia puts her hands on children spits in there face and her breath stinks)


Posted September 4, 2014

This school is horrible the teachers and staff are very unsupportive and the principal rarely does anything and the worst teacher Geri D'Elia is rude disrespectful and threatens children, if they talk they can not go to lunch and they have horrible organization this school is the worst school ever don't send your children they were a D school 2 years and in a row and it deserves to be shut down. (Geri D'Elia puts her hands on children spits in there face and her breath freaks)


Posted August 29, 2013

Pinewood is a decent school the faculty and staff are kind and courteous. The students are from a good combination of households, races and classes. Pinewood is an older school with a few facilities issues, but the teachers are what make the school, not what it looks like. We tried another fancier school and I brought my son right back to Pinewood. My son had a very difficult time at the fancier school, making connections with faculty and students. It seems that everyone at Pinewood remembered him and welcomed him back with open arms. Every school has it's good and bad, but it is up to the parents to get involved and help make the students experience a possitive one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

This school is family oriented for middle class families.Children gets great attention from staff. More publicity would help this school. My daughter is now in 5th grade and has made honor role every year, she loves her school motivated everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

My son is still active at this school since 2nd grade. Now his going on the 5th grade. So far im not to pleased about this school. They are bullies and the principal dont do anything about it. The only good thing about this year, Is that my son got an excellent teacher that kept him focus and prepared him for the FCAT's. She did a great job. Thanks Ms. DiAntonio. Hope we can have you again in the 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2013

i go to this school it ok year I'll be graduating from pinewood its my school i like it their , but i have to tell you the truth the restroom needs to be clean every minute , but its not theirs kocroach and ants in the classroom , bathroom , and lunchroom ........ some of the teachers are mean an some are nice ,,,.... !!!!!!! its your choice if you want to send your child to pinewood if it was my choice i wouldn't send my child their ..................................


Posted October 10, 2012

My daughters who are in 5th and 2nd grade had there first day of school here today. How do I transfer them. My oldest daughter's class is in the building. My youngest is out of the building a good distance in a classroom that resembles a trailer. My kids told me they do not have a play ground. They have to play in a field. When I picked my kids up today it was horrible. Complete mass confusion..my oldest daughter had to walk in the pouring rain around the school to meet her sister at the south side of the school so that I could pick them up. My youngest daughter who is in 2nd grade was doing kindergarten homework and had a substitute that had to find out from class on what she was suppose to do. My kids also informed me that the teachers gave them the answers to most of the work they did today. I really am worried about their education now and really want to find out how I transfer them to a different school.. I gave this school one star because I had to if I did not I would have not gave them any stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2012

Mi hijo va a esta escuela y me gustan sus maestra, siempre estan al pendiente y todos los dias hacen cosas en el salon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2010

My son is in the ESE program for Kindergarten. I honestly think that these people go there to collect a paycheck. I do not see anything special about the way they deal with the children or parents. This morning I recieved a phonecall at work from my son's teacher, saying he will not be eating lunch because I didn't send $3.00. This is the most ridiculous thing I ever heard. On a daily basis, my son gets home filthy from school. His uniform is usually soiled and his sneakers full of sand and dirt. Since the first day I visited the school, I've had issues with these people. They were not welcoming or helpful as I enrolled my child. On the contrary, they were giving me hell because they were busy and made me feel like I was a bother. I'm definitely looking for another school as I type (literally.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

My child is in kindergarten and I have found myself very involved in her progress. The school makes sure to keep you in the loop of your childs progress and expectations. The teacher does a good job of keeping order in her classroom. I recently attending an orientation with the principal there, however I was disappointed that she did not introduce herself and make us feel confident about her leadership. I am satisfied with the teachers academic plans and that all the teachers are doing the same thing. So far, I am very satisfied with Pinewood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2006

My Daughter is in the 5th Grade at Pinewood and she enjoys it. Academy standard is very high. There is constant communication between me and her teacher. School keeps us informed by newsletters almost everyday. The teachers are great, and so is the Principal Ms. Goodrum. Environment is safe. Alot of 'family nights'.I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2005

My daughter was there for K. The teachers were great. Very good teaching plans and style. They have good safety regulations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2005

My son is in the ESE program and he is doing wonderful. He has gain self-esteem and learning so much. His speech is so much better. The teachers and staff are very caring. My son wants to go to school and he loves his teacher. The teachers and staff seem to be in control and not the other way around. I would recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2004

I was very disappointed in this school and have transferred my daughter out on the 3rd day. Both the teacher and school staff were disorganized. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2004

I have never been more ready to put my kids in Catholic school then I am now. This school does not stand up to its own code of conduct. The teachers need to go to North Florida and see what a dedicated teacher is! I cry every morning when I have to leave my kids there. Someone needs to take a closer look at the teaching, and the staff behavior. Every child can be a leader, at another school! This school is pointing the finger at everyone but them selves! 'We have a Wonderful school' thats a lie. Florida is behind alot of schools in other states, and schools like this are why we fall short every year of being better then the year before.
—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 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
44%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
81%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
30%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


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 16%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%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 36%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. KARLA G ORANGE
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1600 Southwest 83rd Avenue
North Lauderdale, FL 33068
Phone: (754) 322-7950

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