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Shenandoah Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 554 students

 
 

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Posted May 21, 2013

This school has exceeded our expectations. The current principal, Mr McCloe, is responsive and enthusiastic, and he seems driven to keep improving. The accelerated reader program has been a perfect fit for our child. We are happy with the teachers and the after-care program. The art teacher and music teachers are superstars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2011

I would have agreed with all the positive feedback until this year. It seems that parent involvement is way down. The reason for this could be that some teachers actually blow off parent's participation. Concerned parents, who are truly involved with their children, are ostracized. If you question the way an incident is handled (or not handled) in school, you are labeled a difficult parent. If you continue to want the best for your child, you become a problem. It would appear that some children are more precious than others and deserve a higher level of "equality". They are all SPECIAL!! Not just the ones with special circumstances and no child should be made to feel that they don't matter .


Posted April 26, 2010

Shenandoah has been a wonderful school for my kids. The Principal is very cutting edge and academic focused. Both of my kids are reading above grade level and LOVE to get up for school every day. I think that says alot for the learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2010

Is amazing how all the staff work together to help each student! My son attend this school at Kindergarten!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2010

Shenandoah Elementary is a public school that feels a lot like a private academy. Excellent teachers, impressive parental involvement and a Foundation established and financial supported by parents/community to purchase additional supplies and resources for the school. Recent budget cuts have reduced Music and Art programs, but we have been there for 4 years with our daughter and we would not consider any other school in Orlando. We looked at many private schools when she started Kindergarten and Shenandoah's reputation won us over. Many of the private schools use the same curriculum as Orange County, but they do not buy the full curriculm package. - an important thing to consider. I am very pleased with the academics and gifted program. at Shenandoah We fill in music and art through extra curricular activities and it works very well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

Teachers and support tff who truly care and involved parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2008

Awesome school. My daughter attended two other Elementary schools before Shenandoah, and there is no comparison. She has had wonderful classroom teachers, great Art, Music, and PE teachers, a super Media Specialist, two superb principals. I just can't say enough good things about the school. The children are treated respectfully, and the instruction is great. There is LOTS of parent involvement encouraged by the school. The school population has changed recently, and we were afraid the school would lower expectations, but that has not happened. The teachers are totally dedicated - when I pass the school after hours, I see teachers' cars there until very late (Hours after Extended Day has ended - I sometimes wonder when they see their own families!)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2008

I am the teacher who 'couldn't spell the name of the school.' Sorry. it was a typo. All our regular volunteers have nametags in the office, and other visitors are asked to wear a sticker with the date, etc. on it. They sign in for security AND so we can keep track of all their hours. We DO have parents who refuse to sign in, even though they have been asked. Perhaps this parent is one. We are trying to correct the problem. Also, the Additions co-ordinator has no record of your hours if you don't sign in. I listed the SAY baseball as a school activity, since the school provided the facilities in the past. (Most Elementary schools do not have their own sports teams). The lack of music programs is due to the construction/renovation and is only temporary.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 25, 2008

Scary that the teacher who wrote the previous review can't spell the name of the school... I have had kids at Shenandoah for 10+ years and it has been a wonderful experience for all of us. I have been on PTA and have volunteered in many other capacities over the years (am still at the school several times a week) and have never signed in or been asked to wear a badge. The teachers we have had have been fantastic, the writer below must not have been one of them or is clearly in the dark about how things are run. SAY baseball is not a school sponsored activity and there is no Talent Show or music programs this year. There are no extracurricular sports at Shenandoah. Academically, things used to be much better, but with the decline of the surrounding area the school is sure to head downhill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

I am Shanandoah teacher, and I would like to correct some misconceptions in other reviews: 1) I have morning duty at one of the entrances, and ALL visitors who are not wearing an OCPS ID badge are asked to sign in at the office before entering classroom areas 2) There are tables set aside in the cafeteria where parents may eat with their children, and parents do this every day 3) Parents are requested to notify Extended Day if their child will be absent. If not, the Extended Day personnel check with the classroom teacher about how the child left school, and if not satisfied call the child's home 4)Safety Patrols supervise before and after school with adult help 5) Extracurricular activites include SAY baseball, Chorus, Talent Show, PTA skate nights. 6) Technology includes computer lab, audio enhancement, interactive classroom technology, classroom computers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 13, 2007

My kids and I love this school. They have many great teachers and faculty and my kids learn while having fun. The only thing is I wish they were able to learn a foreign language here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2006

This school has proven to be what it was graded as: Grade A. Excellent curriculum, touching all academic programs in fun, creative ways. Parent involvement is highly encouraged and has a high percentage of involvement. Very safe and supportive staff. Teachers are unbelievably educated in their field. Two thumbs up overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2006

Academic program is good. No separation in children skill level between classes, minimum of 5-classes per grade. Teacher's spend less time with students whose parents are involved more time with the students whose parents that aren't. We had to go with Kumon to excel our child and keep her mind stimulated. Accelerated Reader program is really good in the early grades. However, Teachers will give goal levels of 50 points per quin (4th and 5th grade) for students at or beyond grade level reading. And, those students who are behind in reading only 15~20 points. Should be same for everyone to receive their quota or 'A' and anything beyond be extra credit. Local Private School who has a top-feeder program to the local prep-schools requires 16-points per quarter. Other time is focused on vocabulary building, as it should. No sports extracurricular activities. Parent involvement is good amongst parents living in single family homes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2006

Shenandoah is a good academic school although it is limited in extracurricular activities. The majority of teachers are excellent and the class size is reasonable for the most part. They practice a lot of writing skills for FCAT. The school is older and could be cleaner in the bathrooms. I would like to see some foreign language taught and more advanced computer skills. I feel that this school is behind in technology.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

Two children finished there. One child still there. I would do it all over again without hesitation. Parental involvement is as good as I have ever seen at any school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

This is a very good public school. The academics are great, the kids don't have too much homework, and still seem to learn the concepts. Probably the biggest reason it's so successful is parental involvement. The volunteers allow teachers (most are great) the extra time to spend with the children. It is growing a lot, like Orlando, but the principal really cares so I'm sure she'll try to keep it on track.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2005

This school is a very important part of the community. All of the parents in my neighborhood whose children attend the school speak of it very highly. Class sizes are fairly large, though, and the school is overcrowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2004

Wonderful teachers that do their best...bogged down with FCAT & other testing results...school as a whole needs more emphasis on individual students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2004

This has been a wonderful school for my daughter and my nephews. The teachers are very dedicated and helpful and the school has a lot of extra activities they provide to envoke school spirit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2004

Shenandoah is a wonderful elementary school. The teachers are top-notch and the principal has to be one of the best around. The parent support at this school is phenominal.
—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 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
69%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
64%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
89%
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

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 48% 42%
Hispanic 41% 29%
Black 7% 23%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 56%66%61%
Master's degree 44%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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4827 S Conway Rd
Orlando, FL 32812
Phone: (407) 858-3180

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