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Pershing Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 363 students

 
 

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Posted June 10, 2011

I am a parent that just watched my last child walk off of the Pershing campus for middle school. I have been involved with this school since 1997 and can't say enough about the teachers and administration. Wherever there are children, there will always be "issues" to deal with...just like at home! But every adult at Pershing has their heart in the right place and their focus is on encouraging these kids to be the very best they can, and preparing them for the future. I only wish that teachers were respected more in our society. The amount of work they do on campus and OFF campus (on their own time, with their own money) should be recognized and appreciated more. Teachers spend more time during the school year with our kids than we do! So I am sad that Pershing will not be a part of our daily lives anymore. I will miss the hugs form the kids and the teachers. We are very lucky to have Pershing Elementary in our community. Happy almost 50th Pershing! You have been such a wonderful place for our family. PS To future parents at Pershing - GET INVOLVED! VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME! The kids will love you for it!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2011

I am a parent that is appauled at the conduct of some of the teachers as well as many students at pershing. I feel that amount of physical aggression that continues to go on at the school with little or no disciplinary response by administration is unacceptable. For a school with few children I would think getting the negative situation under control would have been swift. I feel that the new administration if failing to allow our children to feel as though they are in a safe environment. The majority of the teachers I have been in contact with are loving and care for the children. I am disappointed at the school that use to be known as the gem. Yes my child has a wonderful teacher and she has done her best to help my child thrive in a classroom that she cares for greatly. I am praying and hoping that next year is a better year at pershing because if not more parents will begin to either homeschool or transfer to charter schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2010

I've had two children finish Pershing and it was woderful until the change in Principals. Dr. McCoy has "my way or no way" attitude. Trust in what theother parent stated regarding only a small number of partent in the inner circle, learn it the hard way last year when they were talking about closing Pershing, she would not send home letter to the parent to inform them of what was going on. It wasn't until someone call our Dis. school Board member to inform him of it ,then letters were sent home. Have 2 children at the school now, the only thing I can say that wonderful about Pershing is the Teachers the reason we stay, sadly they are affair to speak out too. Also note the enrolment at Pershing is not 472, it's about 350 at most and next year 25 more FAMILIES are leavin for CharterSch. What doesthat say!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2009

Pershing is a great school! The principal, Dr. Cupid-McCoy is so involved and she knows each and every child by name it seems as you walk around the school. The teachers are good, I don't say great because I feel that the teachers are not up with the times, they are very set in their ways, not open to much more than what they already know. They have been teaching since we were in school, times have changed a lot since then. The principal is awesome and makes the school a safe, fun, caring learning enviroment. My children are in there second year at Pershing and they love it!!! Dr. Cupid-McCoy rocks!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2008

We heard nothing but great things about Pershing when we first moved to Orlando and Pershing 3 years ago. I was extremely excited at first. The first 1/2 of the 1st year was great. Since the prinicipal change at that time my excitement has dwindeld. I feel there is an 'inner circle' of parents that seem to be the only parents who are informed of what's going on in the school. It has taken me 3 years to finally be 'allowed' to be somewhat in the know of what is going on in my own childs school. There is a lack of communication between the administration and parents. I'm also very disappointed in the lack of special programs and special events for families that aren't just a fundraiser. It seems the only grades that matter in this school are 3rd-5th. They can't even manage a spelling bee.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2007

Pershing is a very good school for the average child. However, if your child has special needs or is 'different' in other ways, you should look elsewhere. Most of the teachers have been there for a very long time and are very set in their ways. They don't want to adapt and are quite intolerant overall. Thankfully, they have a wonderful principal in Dr. Cupid-McCoy who is absolutely a parent's dream - she cares about children above everything else, and will stick up for them no matter what. She has met a lot of resistance from the teachers, though. We are now at another small school in the area and feel much more welcomed by the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2007

Pershing Elementary is a wonderful, small community based school. Without a doubt, the quality education the school provides can be attributed to it's wonderful, dedicated teachers. My daughter is just finishing 5th grade, and each year she has had fantastic, caring teachers. My son is following, also with very good teachers. You come to campus, and the staff know who you are by name. The kids feel safe, and they are learning too! Parental involvement is high here. Pershing also has a excellent extended day program. They do so many fun activities. This school is just as good as any private school in the area. We love Pershing Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2006

Small class size, high level of parental involvement. This is a small community school. It's curriculum is unfortunately geared toward the state mandated test, FCAT and testing your child is what this school will do from kindergarten until he/she leaves!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2005

Pershing is a wonderful, public elementary school that encourages reinforcement of the reading and math skills that they learn in class at home every day. The parents are very involved at the school and the extended day program is an outstanding value for the money. I feel lucky to have had the chance for my sons to go there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2005

My Daughter has gone to Pershing Elementary since pre-k. She enjoys the school and the teachers are great. I do believe that a more one on one environment would be helpful. The children get along great and I have had no problem with school bullys.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2005

Pershing is consistently an 'A' school. There is a tremendous amount of parent involvement and many of the teachers are from the Pershing area. The teachers are very devoted to the success of the children and will make extra time to assist children that are struggling. Pershing also received the 5-Star Award from the state this year. Additionally, Pershing was recognized by the state for making 'adequate yearly progress', a recognition not achieved by most schools, because schools must out perform themselves year after year to be recognized. We are fortunate to have such a quality public school in our area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2005

Quality teachers, excellent PE program. Very safe campus and well maintained.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

Pershing is a great school academically. My daughter had some learning disabilities and they were very involved in making her learning experience as beneficial as possible. She received speech and OT there. They kept me informed regularly. Music and PE were provided. Afterschool programs were also available. Chorus and reading and math homework clubs. Lots of school sponsored acvivites, dance, carnival, skating, field trips, etc. We were sad to leave after 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2004

Pershing is a terrific school. My stepdaughters for there for 5th gr., 3-5th, and my son was there for PK-1. Principal knows every child, teachers are qualified and caring, very involved parents. You can't go wrong!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

57 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
79%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

58 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
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
White 49%
Black 27%
Hispanic 18%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 35%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 90%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 67%66%61%
Master's degree 33%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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1800 Pershing Avenue
Orlando, FL 32806
Phone: (407) 858-3160

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