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Hellen Caro Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 946 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 15, 2014

This school LOOKS good on paper and online, but when you actually visit the actual school it is way below par. The hallways are noisy. The staff and teachers are rude and do not give you time of day. They are not friendly at all. And then the gossip is bad. You should not be a parent and hear about what people are going through and all their problems and issues through the grapevine. Really? Are these adults in High School? Apparently they don't know how to be professional. We transferred our kids out of there. As proof of lack of professionalism, one of their Hellen Caro teachers approached my child's current teacher at a district competition and had nothing positive to say about my child. That teacher then decided to spread gossip as to why we chose to leave the school. AND if that teacher is reading this... it was YOU LADY! You did NOT give my child a safe and comforable learning environment. You could not differentiate your teaching to allow my child the opportunity to be successful. And my child was not thriving with you. Sorry, but you are not a good teacher. Done and done with that school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

We are a military family and came to Pensacola, FL in 2011, my son was starting 2nd grade. His 2nd grade year was great! He had a wonderful teacher, the school was always helpful. 3rd grade year was even better! Excellent teacher, even though she was new to the school, really encouraged the students. Once again, school was always there! 4th grade year was a little more difficult, but only because the teacher's style did not agree with my sons style of learning and it being a transition year, but with help from home he pulled through with A-B honor roll. Overall the teachers and faculty at this school are wonderful and he has benefited from this school tremendously!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

My daughter attends kindergarten here this year. Overall I'm pleased with this school. There is room for improvements on the security. Also some of the front desk staff could use a refresher course on good manners. My daughter's teacher is a great teacher. My daughter loves her!!!! Also, my daughter enjoys going to school everyday. You can feel how much her teacher enjoys being with her class. I appreciate being able to have lunch with my child and I'm so happy that I can bring my two year old along with me. I would highly recommend this school. It is the best in the area. Also I would like to thank Mrs Lucero in the front office for being kind to us. Also Mrs. Arndt, thank you for being so good to my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2012

this school is probably the best school in the Escambia County area. I cannot say enough about the teachers, and the Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

This will be my daughter's 4th year here, and i really enjoy the atmosphere. Every teacher she has had is very good. I love the open door policy and i can come anytime to talk with the teacher, have lunch with my daughter, and volunteer for projects. The teachers are extremely helpful and concerned if a problem arises. I only intended for her to go there for one year as i had plans for her to attend Pensacola Christian Academy. I am in awe of the wonderful staff there and their concern for anything that I may have a concern for. Great job Hellen Caro teachers!!!! Keep up the good work. :o)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2012

My daughter attended this school in kindergarten. Although we appreciated the open door policy very much - parents can walk their children to class EVERY morning throughout the year, etc, our observations were that the school staff often yelled at students, barked orders. The car line staff yelled at my daughter on her 1st day of kindergarden causing her to cry. Terrible! Her teacher was very reactive and did not respect the children as actual human beings. The office staff are not friendly. We do not miss this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2011

My son has been going to this school for 3 yrs and he has been doing fantastic. He is a special needs child and all of his teachers have been amazing. They are there for him and meet his needs. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

The school is a rich welcoming environment . The teachers are the best. My son is in K and can sit down and read a book all by himself. The school offers so many special activities and events which really help to create a sense of community. We are all very proud to be part of Hellen Caro Elem. I am wowed and in wonder any time I visit at the artwork of the students displayed inside and outside of the building. The school carnival was great fun. My son loves his school. His teacher is amazing! Hellen Caro provides a wonderful education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2010

A fantastic school with some of the most energetic, professionals I have ever worked with. I have worked at this school for 14 years. The attitude and caring nature of the staff and teachers is reflected in the students themselves. Hellen Caro is a safe, fun place to go to school and learn. Our special area staff, music, art, physical education and media center are top notch as well as the facitlities!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 17, 2010

Hellen Caro is a wonderful child centered school. We have a motto at our school that 'We are here to learn.' Our parents are very supportive all the schools programs and activities. Caro teachers are excellent, caring people. Our principal and assistant principal are very loving and very professional. This is my eleventh year to teach there. It is truly an 'A' school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

Hellen Caro is such a Wonderful School. My daughter goes to PATS there once a week & she wished she had went to that school through her whole Elem. yrs. They are ALWAYS having Fun Family things to do at the School, ALWAYS there to HELP NO MATTER what the problem is & ALL of the TEACHERS are ALL about TEACHING & HELPING STUDENTS which most of all of our other ELEM. Schools do NOT. Hellen Caro ROCKS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2009

Hellen Caro is a fantastic school. As a parent of a first grader and employee at the school, I am very pleased with the academic plan here. Teachers and students are happy, and the atmosphere throughout the hallways is positive and friendly. I love being a Caro Captain and cannot wait for my daughter to attend as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2009

Helen Caro is an excellent school with many caring, dedicated, passionate professional teachers. The teachers go out of there way for their students needs and progress in learning. Every one in this school really cares and it shows. One big happy family of teachers and staff that makes this school the best in Florida. Thank you to all the staff and teachers for showing pride and passion for teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

Hellen Caro is an excellent school. I would definately reccommend it especially for military families. They are very big on reading and always try to work with the parents and students if thier is a problem. The teachers are top notch and truly care about thier kids. We are transferring out soon and I can say we will miss this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2009

this is the best school that my child has ever gone to! She has millions of friends and she wishes to stay there forever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2009

I think that this is a fantastic school. This is the second year that my daughter has attended Hellen Caro. Everyone is very helpful. She has been very successful. We are a military family. Moving is always stressful. I would recommend this school to everyone. It is the best in the area and close to the base.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

The best 'A' school in Pensacola. The teachers and faculty are fantastic. They are very friendly and welcoming. The classroom sizes are small so you have more teacher / student interaction. They greatly emphasize reading and acknowledge their readers on the wall of fame. I would definetly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2008

Before moving to the Pensacola area, I searched for a school where my child can thrive and feel comfortable. So far, this school has not disappointed me. The staff at this school are wonderful, the surrounding area and neighborhood is nice as well. Being a military family, we move around quite a bit and it is very important for us that our children's move are nice and smooth so that they are able to adjust. Hellen Caro has been a wonderful choice. I would advise any family to choose this school. I am very 'picky.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2008

I have two who went to Hellen Caro, each on opposite ends of the spectrum. The staff at this school was always willing to help. You just have to realize they have a mission to complete as well. Call and make a scheduled appointment if you need one-on-one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2007

We have 2 children in Hellen Caro. Both in special ed. Two teachers, Mrs. Kirkland and Mrs. Corder, have done fantastic jobs in getting far more from them than we thought possible. The oldest, 6 yrs, has been accepted into the PATS program. This school, in our opinion, is fantastic. We have 2 older granchildren , one in fourth grade and one in high school, who did this well at Caro. This makes us very proud. Thanks for the opportunity to give these two teachers a pat-on-the-back.
—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.

169 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

168 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
78%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
77%
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.

149 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

149 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

149 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%
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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
90%
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 "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 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 72%
Hispanic 10%
Two or more races 10%
Black 7%
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 92%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 54%59%61%
Master's degree 44%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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12551 Meadson Road
Pensacola, FL 32506
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