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Plato Academy Palm Harbor Charter School

Charter | K-8 | 364 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted January 16, 2013

We placed our child in the school because we were looking for a classroom of similar educational abilities. The public school system places a child in a grade based on a birthday and not the child's learning level. We were impressed by the fact that Plato Academy tested each child - and placed them according - so the classroom was never bogged down by a slow learners. Many of the teacher are just beginning their career's and have a fresh outlook toward teaching. The principal makes every effort to improve the school but does not rely or look for parental input. It has been a better experience for our child than our neighborhood elementary school but we are not quite convinced that we will stay for middle school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

Great school. It's focused in on all the right areas and the students all seem engaged and happy to be there. My child's teachers are simply wonderful and I feel like they do very well instilling a solid base of character values. The clubs are varied and interesting and there's a sense of enthusiam about the school. Only downside for me is the principal--she comes off as very cold and aloof. Maybe she was just having a bad day on our meeting, but she stares through you in the halls. Not a bad teacher yet, though, and the desk staff (Dorris in particular) is friendly and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

We were intrigued by the idea of sending our children to a starter school but were pretty happy with where they were (Safety Harbor Elementary School). I looked into it and was informed a short time later there was an opening for my son who was in 5th grade. It ended up being one of the best moves we made. There was a period of adjustment but in a good way. Each student has a laptop assigned to them and the classes are smaller so they get a lot of attention from the teachers. They are also held responsible for daily and weekly assignments and have to learn to stay organized quickly. Once my son got the hang of it, I saw what I already thought was a good student blossom even more. I also wondered how he would take to learning Greek since it was completely new to him... He loves it! He finds examples all the time now of words that take their root in Greek origins and seems to have a lot of fun with it. He is also excited because we have an opportunity to travel with his class to Greece during the next summer vacation. The bottom line is I highly recommend this school and cannot wait until my daughter gets to attend next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2011

Last I checked, this is a forum to rate schools -- NOT the reviewer of said school. If a parent and their child is pleased with Plato, wonderful! However, as previously stated, Plato did NOT fit our family. Please, keep your thoughts and negative words about MY family to yourself (post from Oct. 31), thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2011

I admit I have to laugh a little bit at Sept 2 review. Perhaps her "profoundly intelligent" child should be placed in a think tank. No school, outside perhaps homeschooling or a Spring Valley school (there's one in Palm Harbor) are prepared for a child who is allegedly two or three years ahead of his peers. Child psychologists will tell you that perhaps you should pursue academic pursuits outside of the classroom rather than place undue stress on the child and force them to be seen as a pituitary freek by his friends. Also, profound intelligence is relative. I have a very bright son, but I'm not going to insit a school buld a curriculum based on my analysis. Anway, as for Plato, we're very pleased. Active, engaging teachers, private school atmosphere, and they really try to keep the parents and juds involved with activities and through communication. We love it. I feel like my child is safe, stimulated, and happy. He's bright, and they do nothing to discourage that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2011

Great school. Family friendly, kids love it. Great communication with teachers. My kids motivation for reading, writing and academic staff grew up. I feel great coming there.
—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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
100%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
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 53% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
n/a
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
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 47% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
n/a
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2010-2011.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

2014

 
 
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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 80%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 3%
Black 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 52%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/AN/A
Female 48%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 79%60%61%
Master's degree 21%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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1601 Curlew Road
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
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