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Virgil Mills Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1069 students

 

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Posted June 6, 2011

The third grade team is very creative. The economics unit during the winter months is great lesson of supply and demand. My older children have come back and the teachers remember them and are genuinely interested in where they are and what they are doing. The school is very clean. There is a very good reason why it is the largest school in Manatee County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

The school is great. My Kindergartener was telling me how Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes-Booth. A fact I did not learn until 2nd or 3rd grade and I am 42 years old.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2010

My daughter has attended this school since Kindergarten (2006-current). I enjoy volunteering and they love having me. Our daughter loves this school which is very important to us. The teachers are well educated and continue to stay abreast on new ways to keep the children interested in learning. Since I volunteer in the classroom so often I see this first hand. They offer a lot of activities and the PTO is extremely involved, they raise soooo much money for the school by throwing some great fundraisers. For example they threw an auction that raised a pretty penny; everyone had a great time!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

it ok all the kids are not treated the same, i can wait for my kid to leave that school. i email the teacher and never contact me back, work in the comunacation that would be great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2009

Wonderful school and terrific teachers! I can send my daughter there knowing that she is in a safe and secure environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

What a wonderful environment and support staff for my children to develop and explore. I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Just moved here and the school really lives up to all of the great reviews I've read on here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2008

my child goes to this school and she and I love it! there is fun and activity's that work with learning and health she tells me everything that happened when she gets home and she is excited to go to school everyday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2007

What an awesome place to go to work to everyday. The students and their families are wonderful. There is tremendous support from other staff members and administration. We're given excellent opportunities for professional development. This school is a fun place to be whether you're a student, a teacher, or a parent volunteer. We are a family. -Brenda Kern
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Posted August 29, 2006

Mr. Rio and his staff contribute their hearts to the children.I can not think of a better place to put my 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.

205 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

205 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
73%
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.

162 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

161 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

160 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
91%
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.

182 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

182 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

177 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
59%
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.

193 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
95%

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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 64%
Hispanic 20%
Black 9%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 160%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 27%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 56%54%61%
Master's degree 44%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%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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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30
School end time
  • 3:05
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MR. MIKE RIO
Fax number
  • (941) 721-2152

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
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  • Strong pto and sac. we also have a mom's in touch group, scouts, and various after school programs on campus.
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  • We have nine National Board Certified teachers. The school is known is the district as progressive and provides many learning opportunities for their staff.
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7200 69th Street East
Palmetto, FL 34221
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Phone: (941) 721-2140

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