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Metrowest Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1474 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
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Posted April 20, 2014

We have been an A school over a 12 year period. Our teachers are wonderful and help the school be the best it can be. We have a wonderful supportive staff. The secret to our school being great is that we are the picture of diversity, in every sense, and yet everyone gets along. Oh, and by the way, with a student population of nearly 1500, some of our middle schools would like to say that!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 18, 2014

Our school is amazing with all that we do for all 1499 of our students!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 8, 2014

Absolutely horrible school starting with the Principal and working down. If you have the choice to send your child to another school, you shouldn't hesitate. You will be happy you did. Zero communication, zero parental involvement allowed, zero accountability. Your child will be in prison like atmosphere for all their elementary school days if you are not careful. This school is run like a walmart, with no sense of family or community. I don't care that there are 1500 students here, a little effort could go a long way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2014

I just graduated out of this school last year and I loved it! my teachers were all nice and they helped me out of academic stress and failure. one thing I really did not like was the Before School Program. They were all extremely rude to my parents and I, they would take us to breakfast late everyday and im proud that my parents took me out of it. Other that this is one of the best schools out there (: . - Class of 2013 student !


Posted February 1, 2014

We moved to this school in Nov 2013. The first thing I noticed was that when I requested to meet with their new teachers during the first week, they asked me why? They complied, but it was clear that they thought meeting with me was some sort of extra thing. Also the front office stops answering the phones promptly at 3pm and the only way to get a hold of a teacher outside of school hours is via email which has a 24 hour turn around time minimum. Cafeteria smells of urine due to perpetually unclean restroom next to it. Principal is totally MIA, never ever have seen her. I saw the school nurse tell a girl crying and complaining of shortness of breath to get back on the bus and go home. No security at car rider line, I once picked up someone else's kid without staff knowing and they once put a boy I was supposed to be picking up, on the bus, even though he'd been coming with me for the previous two weeks. The overall feeling is that they do not want parents to "bother" them. Any meetings or discussions out of their routine is seen as a bother and interruption. They may have higher test scores but their caring and friendly environment is nonexistent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2013

horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Metrowest Elementary school is a diverse school that serves about 1500 students. Our school stands up high because of the great administration and highly qualified teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 24, 2013

My school is amazing. The teacher's and staff are caring and considerate. The teacher's are amazingly dedicated and hard working. We get to work with wonderful kids and nice families.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 24, 2013

I love MetroWest Elementary School. I have had an association with this school since 2000. It has the largest enrollment in our county and it still maintains and "A" status. The staff is helpful, the teachers are dedicated and the student's are learners. They do their best to keep the children safe with a closed campus policy. This is a school I would highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

The best school ever, population are very diverse and the teacher are great. the administrator are amaizing and always try to help student, parents and staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

My daughter has just completed her 4th grade. She has recd very good FCAT grades in maths and reading i.e 5 & 4 . good grades reflects back on both efforts from teachers and student inc parents. i met with school teacher in all PTA meetings and they were very good in explaining childs progress. they organize musicals etc too. only thing which i feel school should focus too is on games, social development of kids after school hours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

We have two kids that started at MetroWest this year. Our daughter (5) is in Kindergarten and our son (4) is in Exceptional Student Education Program. We have been "extremely happy" with the progression of both kids and that is a direct reflection the dedicated teachers and staff. Our son receives speech therapy twice a week through the school and we have seen a HUGE improvement in his ability to talk (almost immediately once getting into the program). And our daughter's reading, writing and story telling is well beyond where I thought she would be. I guess Kindergarten is the new 1st Grade. Sure there were a few hiccups in the beginning, but that was mainly due to the fact we were going through our first school year (lots has changed since I was in elementary in the '70's)!! Thank you to all the great MetroWest teachers and staff!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2012

This is good school and I have enjoyed the years but I heard many students complain about lunch. I send my daughter with a lunch everyday. But I must say she was in 5th grade and nobody got as much work. The teacher was very unorganized and always losing assignments. So, she just put it as missing work decreasing my daughter's grades. I think I will look forward for middle school much more than I did for elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2012

I have raised several children and this is by far one of the worst schools in Orange County when it comes to helping students succeed. The principal is not interested in parents which has to make you believe there is no interest in the students either. They dont care about the community and the kids as someone else wrote is a true statement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2012

I am a parent and I so dissapointed int he schools approach to parent involvement in the school. On one hand they complain that there is not enough but when you want to participate they tell you no. I walk my child to school every day, participate as a volunteer for the school and try to help if needed. I was just told I could not walk my child to class anymore..... It really makes me think that they dont care about the community and the kids. Why not and what harm is it doing to the school.??? My child loves her class and does great but we now have to deal with this issue and see how it will be resolved. The school has changed for the better in technology but has gone backwards with humanity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2012

I agree with many of these parents. This is by far the worst communicating school. I have2 children in 5th grade. The one is special need and we did not get off to a very good start. I now have a wonderful relationship with that teacher but now having problems with my other childs teacher. I have sent numerous letters to her and no response. My child has about 4 hours of homework each night and then teacher wants to know why we helped her. What is the length of time an 11 year old can stay focused. 8am-3pm and then 3:30pm-8pm I do not call this a life. I may think differently if my child was coming home with A's. Then I get told I should pay for a tutor to teach her what she should be learning at school. Ok now we have just also added another 2hrs to her day studying. Still no A's
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Best teachers, Best students and Best staff in Orlando, Florida. Most important is that the children respect each other and parents are very involved in thier children's progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

My son is in kindergarten and I commend Mrs.R for all her time and dedication. I am involved in volunteering in this school and todate I have only seen 3 other parents involved in the classroom, Still there is a lot of criticism for all her hard work. Parents wake up and smell the coffee, schooling is not a baby sitting club you have to be involved with your childs extra curricular activities,in school and at home. Please get more involved for your childs sake. Mrs. R you are truly a gem. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I am an Environmental Scientist. They do extra effort to raise Environmentally Aware Kids, which is very good for our planet in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2008

I have had nothing but positive experiences with this school. All the teachers have been fantastic, and I especially love my daughter's current second grade teacher.
—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.

248 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

248 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
67%
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.

253 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

253 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

244 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

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.

246 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

246 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

246 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
63%

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.

211 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
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

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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
Black 33%
Hispanic 32%
White 24%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 132%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 221%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 73%66%61%
Master's degree 27%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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