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Fern Creek Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 353 students

 

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Posted September 26, 2013

The teachers, Principle truly do care for their students. My son attends Kindergarten and LOVES going to school and enjoys all his teachers too. I volunteer some time to assist his teacher and the children love when I come. My son is proud of me! I applaud Fern Creek and those Organizations who assist in helping our Colonial Town Elementary Schools be TOPS!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

Fern Creek is a gem. The teachers are caring and they teach kids to be assertive and direct. I am so happy we found Fern Creek!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

Fern Creek Elementary School is an amazing school. The school has been rated an 'A' school three years in a row. The faculty and staff has high expectations for all students. They encourage parent participation as they are working together as a school family to increase student achievement and behaviors. They use a variety of programs to meet the needs of the students. They use researched based interventions for remediating students and enrichment activities to challenge students. The school is open to suggestions and ideas from parents and the community. They are also open and honest with parents in regards to all student's academic and behavior progress. The expectation is that the parent will work with and support the school. They always listen but always do what is in the best interest of the child.


Posted September 22, 2006

I absolutely LOVE Fern Creek. My daughter is five and she loves it also. She's not the best behaved child, but she can't wait to go to school every day. Whenever there is a problem, the school calls me or my husband right away. They let me know the circumstances of what happened, the punishment(s) that they tired, their side and her side of what happened and if they belive any further action needs to be taken. She comes home singing all kinds of new and different songs, counting things, and generally happy. She gets really excited about the rewards they give to her class and specifically to her and that gives her motivation to behave and perform better. I LOVE FERN CREEK!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2006

Great school. I would be happy to send all my kids to this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2006

At FernCreek there is a standard of excellence that students are expected to achieve. They are taught to take responsibility for their choices in academics and behavior and are given immense community and school support to help them rise up to these high standards and expectations that took this school from a 'D' to a well deserved 'A'. Support and resources include a highly involved and personable principal, Title I resources (supplies, books, grants), a mentor program, free tutoring, a Conscious Discipline program, individualized academic technology software and computer labs, a Science Academy & Gifted Program, student recognition and leadership opportunities, reading incentives and family academic nights. Many of the teachers will tell you they choose to teach at Fern Creek because of the strong community atmosphere and their heart for the students--a very diverse and special clientele who learn to soar high above their challenges into a bright future.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 18, 2006

Fern creek has been a big disappointment. I have a special needs child with some behavior problems. The program promised more than what they could offer. In short I had to pull my son out in the middle of the school year. Parents do not be fooled because it is an A school... Be cautious of staff and administration ... you as a parent will not be heard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2005

The Principal, Faculty and staff at Fern Creek have proven again why I believe they are number one! They are 110% dedicated to the success of our children. Thank you all for every thing you do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2005

My son attended first grade at Ferncreek Elementary. There is a fantastic interdisciplinary team at this school from an outstanding Principal Mrs. Whitney to the most supportive administrative team and excellent teachers. There is a strong spirit of community and team spirit that I have not found anywhere else. You would be amazed at the creative way they use resources from the community to give every opportunity they can to children. Music is offered(violin lessons), art, sports. The children even have their own in-house TV station where they anchor the morning 'school news'. The academic program is strong, and parents are welcome to be involved. I will always be grateful for everything they did for my son Matthew and wish them all the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2005

The principle at Fern Creek is wonderful and actively involved in the school programs. The student of the week/month program motivates kids to achieve higher potentials. The RIF program is great. I was involved in all acpects of my child's education and kept informed of programs. The music teacher was active and put together several programs during the year that my child really enjoyed.
—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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
62%
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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
72%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
42%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
95%

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 "B".
  • 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
Black 47%
White 24%
Hispanic 20%
Asian 5%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 168%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 29%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 71%66%61%
Master's degree 29%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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School Leader's name
  • MR. PATRICK GALATOWITSCH
Fax number
  • (407) 897-2417

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1121 North Fern Creek Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: (407) 897-6410

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