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West Creek Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 669 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted October 24, 2013

Very disappointed that I transferred my child to this school. I have no way of knowing how he is doing except by ProgressBook. The problem is that the teacher does not put in grades regularly, so at the end of the first quarter I am now discovering (via a website and not the teacher) that he is failing in many areas. That is a true testimony of the school system letting a child fall through the cracks. And I second the previous comment...if your child is not an academic achiever the school does not want them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2013

Absolutely horrible! It's funny how they always say, "Communication between the parent and the teacher is important." Yet some of the teachers at this school do not want to communicate with the parent. How am I supposed to ensure that my child gets the wants-to-communicate-openly teacher every year? Why is it that we were not informed about Open House until the day of? How much damage needs to be done to my child's education BEFORE I get contacted by the teacher? And yes, the principal is more concerned with reputation rather than helping students get the education they need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2013

This school has several amazing teachers and yes teachers that don't put too much effort. I will say that the new principal has taken an active role in trying to change the school to be the best performing school all around. My son just finished 5th grade and I can honestly say that the new principal is making major changes to set high standards academically for all students. I feel that when I had concerns about teachers, she took an active role to remedy the situation. Even though there are teachers that didn't do their best, I can honestly say that there are many that put their heart and soul into their job. I can't wait to see all the great outcomes of this new principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2013

My sons teacher in 5th grade allowed him to just sit at his desk and do nothing because he had passable grades on tests. This left my son to be set up for failure at his new school where the teacher would not just let him sit at his desk and do nothing. I cannot believe this has happened to my family. This is the worst school I have ever experienced in my life. My son has suffered psychologically, emotionally, and even physically in academics while attending this school. No one really cares. They just push the kids through the grades and pass the kids, Rotten and Lazy teacher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2012

Our daughter just started kindergarten this year and had a hard time adapting to all of the change...this school and its faculty have been absolutely amazing! Communication is great, patience and positivity have been just amazing. I cannot say enough good things about this school and the teachers. I do wish they had more extracurricular after school activities...my daughter has now adapted and loves going to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2010

Great school. My kindergartner was very well looked after. They run a tight ship and seem very well organized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

Worst elementary school ever. The Principle truthfully could care less about your child if it affects her schools' reputation. BEWARE!


Posted April 16, 2010

WCES has some very good teachers.the principal runs a tight ship.she is very concerned about the students and is present at every event, whether on school property or at community functions involving students from her school.she is also responsive to parent concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2009

We moved 2 years ago from California and this is like being at a privite school with out the fees. Very caring teachers. My kids can't wait for vacation to be over just to get back to school. They love the school. My husband works 2 hours away and we didn't relocate just because of the school. Not knowing the area moving from California I'm so glad that we found this school. Thank you West Creek.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2008

I think West Creek is a very good school. Dr. Fritzler has always treated me with respect and I believe she has done an excellent job. Two of my children have studied there and I am pleased with WCE. I can't say all the teachers are good unfortunately (as anywhere else), but some of them are excellent, like Miss Koza or Mr Elliot who is the best teacher my children have had so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2008

Not at all parent friendly. I received a horrible welcome the first time I brought my girl to school. I just wanted to walk her to her class and see where she studied and was denied access....even though it was my first visit....the leaders are very cold and impersonal. I had to leave her in tears.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2008

Teach only to the FCAT and provide limited challenging programs for real world applications.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2007

I think West Creek E.S. is a top notch school, but it could be better under different leadership. There has been way too much staff turn over.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

West Creek is one of the best elementary schools I have ever encountered. In many ways, it functions more like a private school than a public school. Dr. Fritzler knows each and every child's name and their parents in the entire school. Every child is assessed individually and given the appropriate curriculum they need. In one classroom, you could have several different students working at different levels in the same subject. Classroom placement is decided by what is best for the individual child. Great care is taken to make sure each classroom has the make-up to ensure academic success for all. Dr. Fritzler's policy is requests aren't necessary because great care is taken with classroom placements. However, with Dr. Fritzler's open door policy, she will always listen to any parents requests or concerns. West Creek has the best administration and faculty I have ever encountered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

West Creek has the potential to be a great school if the leadership team could learn to stand up to the parents. There are too many PTA/volunteer moms spending each and every day in the classrooms.It is not good for their children or ours. Parental involvement is good but parental obsession is not healthy! The impact of this can be seen by looking at the make up of the classroom. Dr. Fritzler please place the students based on their needs not their parents. They all count on you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

This school provides opportunities to your child to go as far as they want through many special challenging programs. Some of the programs could be hard or challenging at first. But we always encourage our kids to try them out first before saying 'No'. We are fortunate to have a principal Dr. Fritzler and Ms. Koza who are not afraid to challenge kids out of their academic comfort zones. We will have three daughters next year at West Creek and we are 100% behind supporting the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2007

We are very happy and impressed with this School. Teachers are very good here. Kids are challenged! We have one child in 2nd grade and one in 4th grade, they are both extremely content and excelling in their work here. It's much better than the last School they went to in Dr Phillips area. We can't say enough about how great this School is. You rock West Creek.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2007

West Creek Elementary is one of the best schools we have ever encountered.Dr. Fritzler is an exceptional principal.Her faculty are incredible educators.Dr. Fritzler encourages many special programs at her school for both ends of the academic range.Her gifted program is phenomenal and Ms. Kozas' students just took 1st place at Districts in the Future Problem Solvers competition.You often hear Dr. Fritzler say 'the children come first'. This premise is lived every day at WCES. Parental involvement is encouraged in all areas. Parents can serve on SAC, PTA, in the classroom and for special activities.Father/Daughter Dances,Faculty/Student basketball games etc.,etc., take place on a regular basis. As community members for many years,we wonder about people who make negative comments anonymously.Dr. Fritzler has an open door policy and any concern is addressed. We are so proud to be a part of this school. The Miller Family-Parents,The Kyger Family-Grandparents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2007

West Creek Elementary School is one of the best in the area. I am not sure who is saying they are not challenging the students but I know for a fact West Creek is doing things that many schools are not. Students are constantly working on the computers to complete projects and do research. How many 1st graders do you know that can do a PowerPoint presentation? The teachers at WCES are very friendly and go out of their way to make the children feel welcome. West Creek is top notch!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 1, 2007

Wow I was surprised that other parents shared that same thoughts I do on the impersonalism in the school
—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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
82%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
70%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
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 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 43%
White 32%
Asian 15%
Black 6%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 5%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 74%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%66%61%
Master's degree 32%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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