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Blackburn Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 401 students

 

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Posted April 18, 2010

Blackburn Elementary School is an excellent school with top-notch teachers. I have my child at the school through school-choice, and I am thrilled with the quality of teachers that this school has. The school has a very diverse population and the staff and teachers are very caring and professional with every studnet and parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2009

Blackburn Elem. is an excellent school. My family relocated from Baltimore,MD to Palmetto,FL and the Staff and students were very welcoming. The academics standarda and community invoovment were beyond my expectationts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2008

Very pleased with the education my children have received here.
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Posted April 9, 2006

I thought thier Teachers for the PreK programs were great! They did a wonderful job with the children. My kids loved it. Way to go Blackburn!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2006

Very good community school with dedicated staff and effective leadership.
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Posted November 22, 2005

A very well managed school with motivated and professional staff.A wonderful learning environment and stellar results.
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Posted April 3, 2005

I have had three children attend this school. All three have very different ability levels and disabilities. The teachers and staff here are wonderful and really care about the children. The parents are highly involved also. I would not hesitate to recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2005

My two boys transferred from Melbourne and enrolled into Blackburn Elementary School on August 20, 2004. Honestly, this is the best group of personnel that I have ever encountered. Their teamwork is rated A+. The quality of teaching is A+. The staff gives 100% to their job and to the students and families. For all I have dealt with concerning my boys, the whole staff has been absolutely wonderful. I cannot thank each and every member of Ms. Nancy Beal's team at Blackburn Elementary School(including all teachers, aides, counselors, nurses, and everyone in between) enough. Thank you for being who you are. Ms. Beal and Ms. Bidwell are doing an awesome job of providing the best staff for our students. If only other schools could be so lucky. Keep up the good work!
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Posted June 20, 2003

My daughter attended her first year in a public school at Blackburn in the 2nd grade. Mrs Sheridan was her teacher. My daughter learned many things from her teacher and became a better reader. Mrs. Sheridan is gifted with the ability to play intstruments which helps her students learn through music. This school also did a vision screening and I was informed that my child needed glasses. I would not have got this at my previous Private Christian School. The library and the Computer Lab is well staffed and stocked. This was also not available at my previous private Christain school. I am also pleased that Spanish is taught also in this school which will help my daughter in the future.Keep up the great work Mrs. Beal!


Posted June 18, 2003

Great ESE program- My son suffered a stroke at birth and was left with a diagnosis of rt Hemiparesis, meaning his rt upper and lower extremities are weakened. I was worried about transferring him from Sarasota, where I moved due to a job relocation to St Petersburg. However, I have been very happy with the teachers and programs at this school. My daughter started K there this past school year and I was very happy with her program as well. Their aftercare program, run by the YMCA, on site, is a real plus, as is their summer camp.


Posted June 18, 2003

I have two children at Blackburn and am proud to be a volunteer and substitute teacher there. The faculty is top notch and my children enjoy going to school!


Posted May 4, 2003

My daughter who has now finished her first year in college,went to Blackburn starting in Kindergarden and was one of the first to go through the fifth grade. She had a wonderful Kindergarden teacher named Mrs.Willis who gave my daughter the desire to learn. She was a big part of why my daughter is going to college to be a teacher herself. I can only speak highly of the schools in Manatee County. All of my children attended Blackburn Elementary and have gone on to do very well in middle and high school. They have a wonderful gifted program that my daughter was a part of and enjoyed very much.


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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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
48%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
46%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
27%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
82%
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 "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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 51%
Black 25%
White 21%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 157%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 219%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 57%54%61%
Master's degree 37%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%2%1%
Other degree 3%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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School Leader's name
  • MS. KATHY REDMOND
Fax number
  • (941) 721-6647

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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3904 17th Street East
Palmetto, FL 34221
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