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Tommy Smith Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 718 students

 
 

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Posted November 24, 2013

I was completely disappointed with this school. I did not feel like they challenged my child. It felt like they were going to a military academy. The atmosphere was very cold and impersonal. There was an incident with my child where another child touched my child inappropriately and we were not notified about it! I found out when I picked my child up from school and was told by my own child who was in tears!! when I contacted the teacher about it, she basically said it wa my child's fault. I tell you we couldn't get out of that school fast enough!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

Tommy Smith has an excellant regiment going. The teachers are great and their discipline codes are enforced making sure that children can go to school feeling safe and happy. Although they do not have recess they do have some 'free time' which is often spent out on the fields! They also have an hour lunch break which gives them time to relax too. My son never complains about going to school and he genuinely seems to enjoy it there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2010

the only i have is thy are extremely strict with their dress code, they 'ride' some students harder than others espicailly mine but other than i have seen great improvment in my kids ability to do their work
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2009

I think Tommy Smith Elementary has a excellent progrom. My son has really turned around in is school work and the teachers work with the parents and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

The previous poster has no grip on reality! TSE is a great school with a very dedicated, outstanding principal and has great teachers. This parent obviously has no clue as to how young children learn! I have always found this school personal, and empathetic to my needs as well as to the needs of my child. The school DOES have an outstanding gifted program, as well as other avenues for gifted children to excel. I imagine that the school wishes this disgruntled parent would have chosen another school, too. They probably just could not get their own way! Great school - outstanding leadership!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2005

Tommy Smith is a good school. It has a great curriculum for elementary. My only complaint would be the kids are not allowed to have recess. I think kids should have at least a 10 minute break just like adults have breaks at work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2005

Tommy Smith is a wonderful school. They are aware of todays peer pressure and the principal calls each child by name on sight.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2004

As a parent and teacher new to the area, I have been extremely impressed with Tommy Smith Elementary. I have a 2nd grader and a kindergartener at T.S. this year and I spent many hours observing and assisting in the school last year. The administrators are involved, helpful and very visible. There is an open door policy at T.S. that was not seen in the other schools I visited in Bay County. Instructional time was stressed to the students and the staff was helpful and prepared. I was and continue to be pleased with the education and atmosphere of Smith Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
68%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
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 56% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
55%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
98%

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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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 89%
Two or more races 5%
Black 3%
Hispanic 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 72%63%61%
Master's degree 22%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 6%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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5044 Tommy Smith Drive
Panama City, FL 32404
Phone: (850) 767-1688

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