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Dover Shores Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 643 students

 

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Posted June 7, 2014

Absolutely love Dover Shores! I have been so lucky to get great teachers who have pushed my child to excel. Although the school buildings are not the newest, they are set up in a manner which are safer for the children. They have an excellent swim program also!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2014

I went to this school for all of my elementary years. I was very sad to leave. All the teachers are amazing. They were super nice and they would encourage you and care for you. Everyone would be happy to attend this school. This school is definetly a five star school.


Posted April 23, 2014

Dover Shores Elementary is a special school, with an exceptional principal, and especially the devoted and highly personalized approach by wonderful teachers, try and get Ms. Jimenez for 3 or 4 grade, she is the best, my children have gone on to be honor students and top of their class since leaving, Great school in every respect,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

I went to school here for 6 years. And I was bullied bunch of times. Dover shores kids throw garbage all of the cafiertiria. What is that I say everyday when i walk into the lunch room. I'll give it a zero if I could.


Posted December 6, 2013

I have had repeated experiences of teachers mistreating my child and lying to me at Dover Shores. A teacher at this school has even gone so far as to share confidential information about my child. This school is also severely lacking in it's leadership department. My heart goes out to the children who attend school there and the few good teachers they may have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2013

If I could give zero stars I would. Teachers let children fall behind without notifying parents until report cards come out. Principal lets teachers do whatever they please. Send your kids to this school if you could care less about their futures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2013

My child has attended Dover Shores since Kindergarten and we were so very fortunate to have a new teacher for his beginning year. She is FANTASTIC. Dr. Hart consistently shows his care and support as do most of the faculty, staff and PTA. However, the cafe workers are disgraceful reducing children to tears or just plain ignoring them when they need help (I have witnessed). Many don't even have a minor grasp of English, which is ridiculous. In addition, there are several teachers who need to reevaluate why they are teaching at all because their attitude and actions toward elementary school children is cruel, nasty and permanently damaging. When my family moved to Dover Manor, we looked forward to my son having a great experience at Dover Shores, but the demographics have changed so much that it is now a Title I school filled with behavior issues, bullies, and severe learning deficiencies that force teachers to be police rather than instructors. It is unfair that students who are ready for the rigors and challenges of more in-depth or demanding assignments must be sidelined while a teacher's time is focused on behavioral problems or deficient intelligence.FIND A REAL DEAN!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2012

I attended this school for all six years of elementary, and I loved it! The teachers are so awesome. They actually make it challenging while not cramming it in at once. It was sad to leave after being there for six years. By far, the best school I've been too yet. The school used to be on the edge, but ever since the new principal (Dr. Hart) came, it deals with problems much better. Always a falcon! Class of 2009!


Posted June 4, 2009

It has very great people and the social gatherings for the kids is wonderful!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2008

I had a great experience with the principal's leadership. I am especially thankful to the dean of students for his forsight in coming up with different programs to help stimulate academics and self-esteem through his 'eat Lunch Wth the Dean'. My daughter is very shy and she pleaded with me to help her get signed up to be able to participate in the dean's program. I contacted him and he made sure my daughter was able to participate. It really made her day. The dean of students really made my daughter feel special and a part of her peers and Dover Shores, thank you a lot!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2008

I am a parent of 2 Dover Shores students, one just completed 5th grade and one going into 3rd grade for 08-09 school year. I am on the PTA board and put in 300 hours last year. Our school is awesome and Dr. Hart has been a breath of fresh air for our school. Our teachers and staff are one of a kind and for the most all love their job and all DSES students. We have a 5th grade teacher that has been there for 28 yrs. and he rocks. Both my children are straight A students mostly because I stay involved and there teachers do all that they can to make sure they succeed. The only thing I would like to see is more parents (especially the one's that like to complain from the sofa) get involved in our school and help us make a difference!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2008

We moved from this school because the violence and discipline is a nightmare. The 'dean of Discipline' is a joke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2007

The school is a very well educated school. Has its defects like every other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2006

We could not be more pleased with the well-rounded education our children have recieved at Dover Shores. The teachers are truly gifted educators and are lead by a strong administrative team. We specifically bought our home so our children could attend DSES. The afterschool program offered by the City of Orlando is wonderful. The staff does not 'babysit', they are actively involved with the children providing additional enrichment and encouragement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2006

This school is not as good as some think it is. The principal has some issues she needs to work through and it not very friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2006

My daughter has learned so much and has a very diverse group of fellow students. Her understanding of Spanish is incredible as well as her grasp of math, science and social studies. In Kindergarten, she already knows what a line of symmetry is! However, I seem to be the only parent volunteering to do things with the kids. A couple of students constantly act out and make it difficult for our child (and others in the class) to focus on learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2006

Dover Shores is an excellent school. I wish my son could go to a middle school with the same structure as Dover Shore. Unfortunately, he can't. I'll miss Dover when he graduates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2005

The teachers at Dover Shores are awesome! They really care about the students! On the down side, the organization of the school as a whole needs work. There is a lack of clear communication between the parents and the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2005

I went here as a child and the campus remains the same. Very clean and child friendly. The teachers seem to be enthusiatic but not often challenging enough. Excellent parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2005

This is a wonderful neighborhood school with a faculty and staff that genuinely cares about its students. My son had a great experience during his time at Dover Shores and we will miss the family environment that has been created there.
—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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
36%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
43%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
84%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
36%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
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 "B".
  • 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
Hispanic 53%
White 23%
Black 21%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 215%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 57%66%61%
Master's degree 41%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 2%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
  • DR. RANDALL HART
Fax number
  • (407) 249-4401

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1200 Gaston Foster Road
Orlando, FL 32812
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