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Clifford O Taylor/Kirklane Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1241 students

 

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Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My son has attended this school for 2nd Grade and now he is there for 3rd Grade the teachers he has had so far have been amazing! but as far as the office staff they cannot seem to get it together for the life of them!! had some very rude office staff we have encountered! to top it off my sons Step father is the one who enrolled him in the school and they give him the hardest time when coming to pick him up! i have filled out at least 5-7 contact pick up information forms and everyone of those forms just seems to magically disappear and in turn what should be a simple 5 minute pick up always turns into a 45 min to an hour pick up that is just becoming a nightmare NOT to forget the drop off system in the morning is HORRENDOUS!!!!!!!! about as worse as the office staff!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

My daughter's kindergarten teacher is very sweet. Aside from that, this is a poorly run facility. Dropping off and picking up my daughter is always a nightmare. I can't even unbuckle, hug and kiss my daughter goodbye without being harrased by a faculty member. I agree on the licence plate thing. Quite ridiculous. Any time I've had an issue and went to address it with the office faculty, they respond with attitude. Not only has the staff disrespected me... But my five year old as well. I will be unenrolling my child and finding a better facility for her to attend. Do not waist you childs potential. Please look into other options if you can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

The pickup/dropoff of car riders has got to be the most unorganized thing I've EVER encountered. Their security measure for assuring each child gets into the appropriate vehicle is a plastic licence plate you write your child's name and grade on. This is ridiculous. Anyone could get a blank one from your local store and write your childs name on it. Absolutely moronic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2011

My son just started grade K this year and so far the teacher is doing great. The only issue I have is with the ESE coordinator who lacks the people skills needed to deal with a parent of child who basically can't speak for himself. She doesn't understand that issues may arise that are unforeseen and that she and the parent should calmly work together to solve it. Instead she tried to push her I am supreme attitude around and things got out of hand. Either she needs more training with her 'bed side manners' or they need to find another ESE coordinator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2011

My daughter started kindergarden there last year!! It was going great she had a really good teacher till, the 2nd week of school (mind you this was her first year) she was served w/ two lunch detentions for being late to class because she kept getting lost and she has extreme anxiety... that was such a poor move and i refused her to serve it and they did it anyways without my permission!! very sad no one answered my question when I asked where was the hallway supervisors to direct her!! hopefully this year is better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2010

I love pretty much everything about the school, except for when it comes to picking up the children after school or anything eles that involves a little bit of organization.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2009

I When my daughter went there for her fist year a kindegatener I was nervous but as time went on she loved it and so did I it is a great school the teachers staff and faculty are great and friendly I give it 5 + stars.Her teacher was Ms.Taveras she was the greatest teacher and helped me with evrything.my daughter loves her and still asks about her till this day we moved so she doesnt attend that school this year we were really upset :( .


Posted March 26, 2009

I am a parent of a dual lang student who is absolutely excelling at both Spanish and also English. She feels a part of the school, people recognize her and praise her. The cirriculum is a gradual knowledge with a solid foundation. The teachers are willing to meet with you at any time to discuss your child. The principal is available and I can see a true effort to encourage learning, education and the building of character in the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

This school offers the Dual Language Program for students which in today's workplace in South Florida, speaking, writing, and reading spanish is a must!!! Great teachers!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2008

This school has awesome options for the kids. They keep up with the children and update parents frequently. There is something at the school to keep parents involved at least weekly, whether SAC, Dual Language, Reading GIrl Scouts, etc. I ahve been very impressed with the goals, the encouragement, and the participation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2008

they make a lot of activities for the kids and parents the security is good
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2007

This school has been great . They know the kids by name in the halls and a lot of the parents that way also. You get what you plant, way to go CO Taylor
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2006

Three of my children attend C.O. Taylor and have had a positive experience all the way around. The school's building is outdated; but I hear that a new school is in the planning stages of construction. The teachers are friendly and very informative. The Dual Language program is wonderful! I'm so proud that my oldest daughter is bilingual in reading, writing and speaking!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2006

This school may be rated an 'A' but I would rate it a 'D'. My daughter went through kindergarten and first grade and it was so bad I had to request a change of school for her. The classes are overcrowded, the school is poorly set up with unsafe 'open' classrooms, the staff blind to the daily events that occur there, and the drop off/pick up is not only way too long but dangerous! They push the dual-language program because that is the only thing that the school has to offer. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2006

Stong parent PTA, good mix of after school activities/clubs. Good academic programs that challenge the children.
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Posted August 19, 2005

My daughter just began the 3rd grade. She has been at this school all 4 years ( including kindergarden). She also has been in the dual language all years. It is a great program. She does get along better with the English teachers so I am very proud of her continuing with the spanish program ( I do give her the choice to do this. ) They have great activities and send home info on what is going on within the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

Excellent leadership from the principal and teachers are always friendly and informative. I have had all four of my children attend over the years and never have we had a negative experience. Has remained an 'A' school for several years now.
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Posted August 9, 2005

My daughter is going into first grade and so far everything has been ok with this school. I feel pretty comfortable with her being there. I was always taught not to judge a book by its cover, but I'll tell you, this school does need a makeover. It is so outdated. But I do like all the teachers so far and they are the only school that offers a dual language program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2004

Bad drop-off and pick ups. Will have to wait in line for long amounts of time. Always pushing the dual language program. Says it's a B school, but more like a C/D school.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

212 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
36%
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.

192 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

192 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
34%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

185 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
80%
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.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

167 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
45%
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.

173 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
Hispanic 73%
Black 13%
White 10%
Asian 2%
Two or more races 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 114%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 241%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 87%73%61%
Master's degree 13%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 11%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. AGARTHA GRAGG
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