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Cranberry Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 760 students

 

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Posted May 18, 2014

I could not ask for BETTER! I just asked both my children if they like Cranberry Elementary School. My son is in 5th grade and a daughter in 2nd grade which they both attend Cranberry. They like it very much but have an over load of work. They don't mind the work because they know it is part of learning. My son is an advanced straight A student and is now going to Pine View School(6th in the nation and 1st in the Florida School ranking) next year. Thank you Mrs. Pappas for your teaching abilities and all your personal attention. I have had some issues with other teachers for scolding. This is a no tolerant school!!! I live in this area so they can go Cranberry. I work 30 miles away in Sarasota. I will evaluate this school to be 9 out of 10!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

School is outstanding. My daughter is in the first grade there and never has she taken so much interest. Love how they make sure to keep the parents involved as much as possible with all the events they have. Definitely a grade A in my book!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

My daughter starts kindergarden this year and I am so excited for her ! Also my niece loved it and they really enjoyed having such a Great Principal! Uniforms are a great idea kids should not worry about appearance its about learning.She is motivating and cares for her kids playing an active part in her schools shows good work ethic! I am Excited to join one of the Best Schools in NorthPort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

I love Cranberry. I have a a child in kindergarten and one in 1st grade at this time and both of them are thriving academically and socially. I can tell all of the teachers that teach my kids care deeply about them and my children respond well to their style. As a parent I really appreciate Cranberry's commitment to teaching respect and I love their standards when it comes to the quality of the children's work. I volunteer whenever I can and I am always treated with open arms when I am there. I believe the principal is doing a great job of leading by example when it comes to showing children how to carry themselves in life. Both Mrs McCloud and Mr Carey are great leaders. A special thank you goes out to Ms Lang and Mrs Kemble for making my children want to become better students & citizens. No wonder these teachers are held in such high regard! I cannot thank them enough for the inspiration they have instilled in my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

I see a lot of complaining: Uniforms-my son is in fourth grade first year getting bullied would probable be more bullying if not for uniforms. FCAT-all public schools do it not Cranberries fault teachers are not happy about it either. Put voice on that in a large group to the right place. Certified teachers-All teachers have to be certified to teach. Today even subs unless your grandfathered in. Parent involvement-no body should say they can not get involved I have set on SAC board for four years and seats always half empty and only one meeting a month. Sign up sheets are sent home every year. Take the time to sign up and get PALS approved. Like I tell my son do you want to step up and fix a problem or complain and make a bigger problem. I have one complaint and that is stop rewarding a child that is disruptive 80% of the time and thinking he is going to change those kids need their parents made accountable. Remember they are still young kids. Kids that do generally listen are over looked because of so much focus on disruptive ones.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

There are two ways to view this school - It's academic results &/or It's child appropriateness. I have 2 children that go to Cranberry and academically - they are thriving. They are doing very well and are held to a decently high standard. That being said - I don't like this school. It has an amazing way of requiring each child to be in the little box they have deemed appropriate. I love the idea of the uniforms (I myself went to a uniform school as a child) and I understand that you need kids to seek out attention and be disruptive by using clothes, hair, etc to get attention. BUT - kids are kids and should be allowed to shine and little individuals. My daughter was reprimanded because she wore character socks one day.....are you kidding me - she's 7. Another thing that really shows how they feel about their school is the lack of any and all holiday parties. I was told by the principle that they "disrupt the learning environment" - SERIOUSLY! I wish I could completely explain why I don't like this school - but it is more just a general feeling. It's principle is cold and it ripples through. But, my kids do like it - but they don't know what is missing and I do....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2012

A school where they hire teachers who are "not qualified to teach" so they say they have to break up the classrooms and move students around. Everything is based on the all important FCAT, including the schools grade, (thats not from parents and students liking the school). If your child does not fall into line he or she will be tested for everything under the sun, to try and be pawned off elsewhere. If their grades are not honor roll they will be constantly insinuated to be sent to other schools as to not effect the schools grade by the FCAT grade.This is a school where they think its ok for teachers to tear up drawings and stories students make. And any hint of individualism is to be snuffed out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2011

I love cranberry school. I have seen a couple of comments about the Ass. Principal not saying things to parents. There are a lot of kids that go to that school, and he shows that he knows the kids by name, which means he has taken the time to get to know them. This is about your child, be thankful there is someone there that takes that kind of time with your children. All the staff at that school., shows how much they care. Some people have also written about to much stress on testing. Be thankful there is staff that takes pride in teaching your child, and they take it personally when they want your child to succeed. They also receive a lot of rewards for succeeding. I know some schools do not even acknowledge the effort children put into school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2011

My son started Cranberry last year in the Pre-K program. I have to say they were wonderful with him. He LOVES going to school and just adores his teacher. For a child who NEVER interacted with children and was around adults the first 3 years of his life he adjusted wonderfully. Now as a mother of 2 I'm looking forward to the coming years with Cranberry. Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2010

Both principals are wonderful and teacher are to great school to attend in north port
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

The teachers/staff make sure each child feels special by knowing names, asking questions,expecting respect,readiness. It is an'A' school. My child looks forward to going daily.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2009

My son has attended Cranberry for 2yrs. now. I have been very happy with the way Mrs.Daniels runs her school. Being a block mom I can tell you the children love Mr.Carey. I think the uniforms are great because it teaches our children respect for the way they look, even if it's not what they wear normally. I think that with more parent involvement the school would be if not close to the top in the state. If I had a complaint it would be over lack of parental support aswell as showing respect to the rules and dropping their children off and picking them up properly. What is that teaching our children? As for the teachers,there will always be a bad apple in a bunch but we have been lucky to have had the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2009

Cranberry is one of the best schools I have ever seen. I am very surprised by some negative comments about extra curricular activities and being invited to school. This school goes above and beyond in communication. We get phone calls, newsletters, and invitaions all the time in our child's agenda. The teachers are top notch. Almost all of them have at least a master's degree with many more having higher degrees. There are many who are Nationally certified as well. Yes, there is a focus on FCAT, but it's not crammed down their throat. The administration is the best. I like the high expectations, especially in fourth grade. My children have not only learned many academic things, but problem solving and social issues as well. My kids are better people because of this school. Sometimes it's hard to hear the truth about your child, but these teachers are here to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2008

ok.....we just moved here from Ma and I have to say I am extremely happy with Cranberry so far. Parent involvement? Let me tell you something, I was never invited to have lunch with my child or invited to the book fair in Ma. My daughter who entered first grade 3/4 of the way through is excelling and comes home happy every day. In Ma she was miserable and her teachers were always complaining about her. Here she has been touted for being so polite and well behaved. Her reading has already improved by at least 20%. I have no problems with the uniform as she never has to worry about looking like she is 'poorer' then the other children when she's not wearing $100 pants.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2007

I like Cranberry school and I don't think these comments are negative. They are just how some parents feel about certain issues. I do agree somewhat about Mr. Carey in that he speaks when he feels like it and will pass right by a parent and not speak, or say good morning to a student and not the parent. I am pretty much satisfied with everything else about the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2007

Cranberry is so focused on the FCAT. My third grader was scared to death he wasn't going to pass the FCAT. The PTO is nothing but a popularity contest, like I'm back in school. They make these little kids wear uniforms, but the middle and high school get to wear all the clothes they want, doesn't make since. These kids are not enjoying elementary like I did. Just because a class is 'State of the art', doesn't mean it's a great. I don't remember being scared to death about passing a test or being in uniform in third grade. Staff is OK nothing fabulous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2007

i like this school but I do not like the asssistant principal. He has no manners towards some of the parents and seem not to like outspoken parents. i though most schools like parent involvement but he seem to think that parents should not come to him with issues about kids having problem with other kids... i say too bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2007

I have two boys and one in now in middle school but i love Cranberry the staff is great and when i call to the school Gladis and kim are very quick to know what they are doing and if not they would find out . As for Mrs Daniels and Mr Carry they are great and have the childrens best intrests always first. Kepp up the good work Cranberry!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2007

I am really surprised to read any negative comments about Cranberry. Last year was the first year our three children attended, and we were thrilled with the teachers, principal, communication, academics, and family-inclusion as compared with the private school they had attended previously. Cranberry cannot be faulted for the FCAT focus. What I did see this past year was an extremely dedicated staff that worked overtime to help all of the children succeed on this state-mandated test. This school has excellent art and music programs, whereas our old private school devoted no real time for these activities. Additionally, the science lab is unbelievably advanced, and the staff is wonderful. Thank you Sarasota County for this great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2007

I have 2 children in Cranberry. One going into 1st and the other going into 5th (she's been there since 2nd). The only thing that they have ever complained about is the uniforms, and not even that often. They love the teachers, we haven't had a bad experience yet. They can't wait to start in August. The extracurriculars are decent and they seem be adding new activities for parents to do with their children every year. FCAT is deffinately a big part of their focus, but I think that's because of the pressure put on this and all schools in FL. There is little contact between parents and teachers unless you are a parent who has the time to volunteer. All in all I do like this school and feel that my children are getting a good education.
—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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
69%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
96%

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 66%
Hispanic 15%
Black 10%
Two or more races 6%
Asian 2%
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 61%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 21%41%61%
Master's degree 77%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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2775 Shalimar Terrace
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