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Moss Park Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1288 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 7 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
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Posted June 23, 2014

Moss Park has been a fantastic experience for my kindergartner. We moved down from NJ earlier this year and were concerned about the new school. My daughter's teachers were fantastic. She was reading like crazy at a higher level in just a couple of months. She made friends with no issues. They had days for the parents. Every week there was some kind of extracurricular activity as well as things going on in the school. Also, the communication from the teachers was great. There are a lot of kids at the school, but that is most likely due to the gaining popularity of the Lake Nona area. I know that there are more schools scheduled to be built in the near future. I am so pleased with Moss Park. Concerned and involved parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2014

Moss Park is a fine school. We have a kindergartner there this year. She has learned soooo much. She enjoys school, the teachers and the friends she has made this year. She is excited to go back next year for first grade. I like the way the principal has committed to communicating with parents and our teachers are very responsive to any email or phone call I make with a question. No question that the car line is long but it comes with having a lot of kids in the school. I am glad we attend there and when I tell other friends about our school, they can't believe how great the learning environment is, great activities, good teachers, extremely active PTA and committed SAC committee. I am glad we are here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2014

Moss park has changed for the worse! So glad we rented our home before we buy in this area. The high school is even scarier! If you don't speak Spanish run and run fast! Your treated like a visitor from another planted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2014

My child used to love school, but my child's 3rd grade teacher, who is new to the school this year, has made my child frightened to attend school. The teacher yells at the kids for MINOR problems. If she taught in the hood, she needs to go back to the hood, because she's dealing with different kids. Harsh, punitive teaching styles do NOT work with Moss Park kids. I really hope she reads this and knows I'm talking about her. If she is, here is my message for her: You have destroyed my child's love for school this year with your punitive, rule heavy, nonsense. I really hope you look back on this year and re-evaluate how you treated your students. I just hope my child can re-adjust next year with a new teacher. Going to the principal does nothing, writing letters to the teacher does nothing. You know what she does? She verbally attacks the class when she's contact by a parent (MANY parents, not just one) for something unfair. P.S. Your teaching style shows just how untrained, unqualified, and insecure you are as teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2014

First, it is not the pricipal's fault that the school is overcrowded! This is an OCPS issue. The principal can't turn away children wanting 2 enroll here. I'm a parent of a 4th and 5th grder. I have been with this school for 6 yrs now. I must admit, the overcrowding has caused MANY annoying inconveniences for the parents like car pick up and drop offs. Parents can still eat with their children outside. But not in d cafeteria because d admin has removed d round tables used inside the cafeteria for parents. Why? Because there is NO space for the round tables. The admin has bought more long tables for students to eat in. Moss park elem is NOT hiding anything from you. I'm an active school volunteer at MPE. Mayb parents can help around our school so they will know how hard the principal is working to make this school effective for the 1,200+ kids enrolled here. Parents-- keep an open mind. The teachers here are great and very hard working. The principal is NOT mean, I hv emailed her numerous times and she has addressed my concerns in each & everyone of them. My kids are doing excellently here, earning for themselves all 5's in fcat for 2 yrs now. I have no bad words for this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

WHAT A MESS! Starting in the parking lot... If you are a car rider it does not matter what time you leave your house it will take you 30mins to an hour to wait in that line. But yet you have this LONG bus line and even when the buses are already gone.. its now 8:30 and the line is still out to Moss Park Road but NO no one can pull in there.. EVEN if you are running late for work you get stopped and reprimanded like you are a child. The principal has such a horrible attitude to all!!. AND not letting us walk into the school? Even when you know us? No parent is allowed in the cafeteria??? I have a 15 year old and every school he has ever gone to we were allowed to visit him at lunch. What are you hiding Moss Park??? I am surprised the rating only dropped from a 10 to a 9. I wont be surprised if it drops lower next year. and this having two teachers per class for 30-35 kids in each classroom! HOLY overcrowded. SUCH a disappointment. We moved to our community JUST so our kids could go to this school. Luckily we rented and didn't buy. When our lease is up.. bye bye Moss Park.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

Who is running the parking lot at this school? What a mess and the worst system I've ever seen. Lets open up the bus loop which makes more sense than driving through a parking lot where people are trying to get in/out of parking spaces. It seems that kids in school busses have more priority to get to school on time than car riders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2013

Moss Park could and should be a great school. I have had kids there for 3 years and this year I have seen a change for the worse. When Mrs. Moss was there it was a very happy, positive place to send my kids. Mrs. Moss was always walking around with a smile on her face and was very happy to see all of the kids. Most of the kids there today don't even know who the new principle or administartion is, and the ones that do know her are scared of her because "she is mean" and does not seem happy even being there. I think the principle needs to be in high school. She has taken away some of the fun activities like plays the kids used to do, she did not even allow them to celebrate halloween. It is a very buisness oriented atmosphere and that is not a good thing for young children. There has even been mulitple teachers quit during the year because of the leadership, or should I say lack of leadership. This administration did not even know which class my son was in on meet your teacher. You can feel a since of tension at the school that is coming from the top, through the teachers and into the classroom. It seems everyone is walking on eggshells, afraid to wake the bear. SAD/FRUSTRATED DAD
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

We relocated in a community that was zoned for Moss Park Elementary School. We are overall unhappy with the behavioral management and grading system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2013

I also have an ESE student and the staffing specialist is NOT trying to get them out of schol. She has done amazing things to help ensure my child had the best learning environment possible. My kids have been in this school since it opened and while there were bumps the first couple of years they have everything under control now. This is an excellent school and if parents are having trouble then it is probably due to their own lack of participation. I have found the teachers more than willing to help my child learn in many different ways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2013

II have an ESE child at this school, and have had an amazing experience. I DO NOT feel at all the staffing specialist is trying to get my child out of the school. In fact she has done everything in her power to help my child to succeed.. She has been extremely kind and caring with my child, and I have not had a better experience. My child learns differently as well, and they are always trying new and different techniques with him. The Speech and Langue teacher is amazing as well as the ESE teacher, and the staff. I have had very wonderful and pleasant experience. My child feels loved and taken care of and that is what matters to me. Perhaps you are a difficult person and don't let them do their job. I hope the McKay Scholarship works out for you, however I get the feeling that you won t be happy anywhere you are. .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2013

If you have an ESE child you should think twice before enrolling your child in this school. The teachers do not understand that most ESE children learn differently and instead of trying new teaching techniques they will rather flunk your child than to what is right. There is ongoing discrimination against the ESE students and parents of such students at this school. The staffing specialist is doing every thing in her power to prevent ESE children from staying there because she is afraid these students can jeopardize the schools rating. We are just waiting for March to come around so we can take a McKay scholarship and leave the public school system forever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2012

If only I had read this 2-star posting before enrolling my child: May 23, 2011 "I wish I could say something positive about MPE, but..."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

The teachers are attentive and the admin are friendly. We were new this year and I couldnt be more pleased with the schools here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2012

This school is a dream elementary school...I have loved it since the moment I walked in with my kids. The teachers are amazing and the principal is hands-on. There is so much creativity and enthusiasm throughout the school with the teachers & students. I am so sad to leave and wish they could stay here until high school! :) I can't say enough about Moss Park...I feel it is the best of the best!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2011

I have 2 sons, aged 7 & 8 years old who are both intellectually gifted children. They are thriving at Moss Park Elementary. Both my sons have teachers who continually stimulate them with advance work, projects and reading materials. They do numerous projects within the school-year, and 2 play within a year. Mrs Moss is strict and runs a tight shift. Of all the elementary schools here in the SouthEast Orlando area, Moss Park beats them all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2011

I wish I could say something positive about MPE, but my son is in 5th grade and it is is first and last year there. My son has never been a more unhappy kid. He's had to do about 7 major projects this school year, which is more than my other 3 chrildren who are in middle and high school. This is the first time my son has hated school. He's usually an "A" "B" student, but I feel like his teachers are not very nuturing and have a different agenda than teachers who enter the profession because they really want to see children succeed. I just can't wait until my child and I can start a new year at Lake Nona Middle School where I know the teachers really care about their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2010

We have two girls that attend Moss Park E.S. We love this school. Mrs. Moss is the best principal ever. This school is her heart and soul. She and her staff does so much for the children. The teachers are some of the most dedicated and loving people I know. We love MPE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2010

My oldest daughter transferred to Moss Park from Northlake Park, when Moss Park first opened. The difference in school, although only a few miles away from eachother is extreme. Mrs. Moss is a horrible principal, and the curriculum is not taught nearly as well than they did at Northlake Park. The car line is ridiculous! It should not take me an hour to wait for my kids, especially when it is hot or raining outside. The school nurse is horrible, who put a bandaid on my daughter's dislocated elbow and sent her home with a note saying she had a scrape on her elbow. The list goes on and on. If you are able to go to Northlake over Moss Park I would do it in a heartbeat!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2010

My kids have been going to this school for 2 school years now and we LOVE this school. The environment and staff are GREAT. Thank you MPE teachers for all the love and support you show the children!
—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.

212 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

212 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

215 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

215 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

215 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
92%
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.

210 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

211 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

211 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
61%
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.

167 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
99%

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 "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
White 44%
Hispanic 36%
Black 9%
Asian 8%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 13%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 65%66%61%
Master's degree 32%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%1%1%
Other degree 1%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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9301 North Shore Golf Club Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32832
Phone: (407) 249-4747

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