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Old Town Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 548 students

 

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Posted August 12, 2013

Old Town Elementary in my opinion is a great school! Mrs. Tillis is a no nonsense but gentle soul when it comes to her kids. She runs a tight ship and that is the only way to be when dealing with so many children, parents, grandparents, staff, etc. You have to run things like a business. I have all the utmost respect for her! As for the rest of the staff, the teachers are wonderful! I find they are truly interested in helping our kids get the best education that they deserve! They go out of the way to treat the kids as individuals and give them one on one time. My two grandchildren will be starting their third year in O.T.E. in just a few days and they still look forward to going to school every day ! I am so glad that we chose O.T.E. to introduce them to the world of education!!!So I would like to thank Mrs. Tillis and her staff for their LOVE and DEDICATION to all of the children at O.T.E.S!! Sincerely, D and B' s Grandma


Posted May 30, 2013

My school is / was Old Town Elementary. I is my opinion if you are going to send your child to this school or any other public school in Dixie County , you should reconsider your options. My child attended school there and for the first few years and after becoming involved with my child's education I found there to be some disparity. The district is heavily influenced by colloquial standards and if you are looking for a progressive school and a district this is not the one. There is little parent involvement in Old Town Elementary simply because parents feel helpless and without voice and if the boat rocks, well that's a whole other issue. If it was not for nepotism there would not be a staff. The entire district could improve if there was just a change of staff and more parent influence at the School Board Level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2012

Too bad Mr Sonny is not at the school now. We need a new principal. The one we have only cares about her stationary. I don't like the fact that you cannot call the teachers after school. -Daniel
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2006

i think all the teachers at this school put the students first but the most outstanding teacher award would have to go to mrs. marchant and mr. pyne. he is the best math teacher the state of florida has.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2005

My girls left Gilchrist County this year and started attending Old Town Elementary. I am beyond impressed with the differences in their classes. The teachers seem much happier to be there, the administration gives a darn about the kids, not just politics, and the Principal, Sonny, is just a great guy. I have seen him, in many ways, show a direct and personal interest in his students, and his teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%

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 63% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
82%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
58%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
White 91%
Hispanic 5%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 79%74%61%
Master's degree 21%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%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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School Leader's name
  • MRS. KAREN TILLIS
Fax number
  • (352) 542-8797

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221 Se 136th Ave Bldg 1
Old Town, FL 32680
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