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Ponte Vedra Palm Valley- Rawlings Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1313 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 15 ratings
2012:
Based on 8 ratings
2011:
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Posted May 28, 2014

The school is so Deceiving..Fake Fake Fake is all I can say! This school is full of problems and Drama. Full of uneducated children who's parents just buy them off with materials and so they go to school thinking they are entitled to treat all other children bad and this school does nothing about discipline. The parents (mothers) are all snobs and think that they are the best and queens of this school. Administration does not do its job well at all. This school is pathetic! They are all an act, and full of drama. It is a shame how this school located in beautiful Ponte Vedra is a total waste. There are many, many parents in this school who share my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2014

PVPV is a school not a play center or CC. These children enrolled here for the most part have plenty of time to play and be tended to while out of school. PVPV has a focus on learning and preparation for middle school. The students coming out of PVPV are better prepared than most in the entire state. That is the job of the teachers and staff and they do it well. Many of the parents are not used to be told something different than what they think is right, perhaps because most are high achieving in their professions. Ponte Vedra mothers are never wrong and have a lot of influence in the community to make a point when they feel to do so. Teachers are in a bullseye if they are not doing as told by these mother. That makes it a challenge to teach. Regardless Ms. Furness are, Ms. Fairness as i would say, keeps everything in order and the results are proof. The other PV school Ocean Palms does a good job but not a great job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2014

A handful of bullies in this school. Administration does absolutely nothing about this!! It is unbelievable how this school has tolerance for these children who get away with this on a daily basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

Terrible elementary school. Had to transfer my child to another school. Feel bad for the students that go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2013

We can all have expectations that turn into disappointments. However, I have found that when voicing concerns issues are addressed and rectified. My children were nurtured and equipped with a love of reading that will stay with them throughout their years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2013

Unsatisfactory School. This school is fake in everyway. Most teachers and administrations are all about their looks and money. Poor attention to students and the real issues that go on in this school. I totally agree with the real reviews below unlike the ones that were written by the teachers helpers and administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2013

Poor Discipline in this school. Needs a make over with New Administration and Principle. Doesn't have Priorities in check! This school is all about FCAT scores and the rest down the drain.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

We moved to Ponte Vedra 6 years ago and chose our home based on the location of this school. St. Johns Co. schools are ranked #1 in the state and PVPV is ranked #6 in the State. The leadership here is outstanding. Kathleen Furness, the principal, is one the most professional, caring, motivating, and strategic leaders I have ever met - in both business and education sectors. She works seemlessly with the staff, the County, the State, the parents, the PTO , and the community to get her school all it needs to be the best. At times there are between 700-850 applications sent in for a single open teaching position so the school has the opportunity to hire the very best. My 13 year old went to PVPV from 1-5th grade and has since gone to a highly academic private middle school. She was the only PVPV student to go to this new school and in her 6th grade evaluation, they saidshe was THE MOST prepared child to enter their middle school that year. I credit PVPV with getting her to that point. I can't say enough great things about this school. Get involved, be flexible, and communicate in a positive/constructive way and you will have a terrific experience as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

PVPV Rawlings is providing a wonderful learning environment for my children. My children are fully engaged in the learning process, thanks to the excellent teaching skills of faculty. Reading is a top priority, as evidenced by my kid's reading ability. The principal runs the school effectively and is able to plan for and implement school priorities, while also handling immediate school needs that may arise. The PTO brings in extra funding to keep this school up-to-date with curriculum, technology, safety and other needs that may arise. There are many volunteer opportunities at the school, providing families with a great way to get involved in their child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

Our school is one amazingly enriched environment. From the highly skilled teachers, the print rich atmosphere and the technologically advanced classroom the students are surrounded by outstanding education. The students engage in hands on experiences and higher level thinking activities. As a parent, I am impressed by the safety measures in the school and the amazing opportunities that my child is afforded daily. The loving environment is safe and nurturing. The families donate time, talents, and energy toward improvements yearly. This is one well run place and it produces great leaders and leathers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

Ponte Vedra Palm Valley- Rawlings Elementary School is a model of excellence in teaching, student involvement, technology in the classroom, parent involvement and community partnerships.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

Our family moved to St. Johns County 2 years ago based upon the reputation of the school district, and PVPV/Rawlings has met every expectation for a fantastic elementary school and then some. The teachers are top-notch, and the school is run as a forward-thinking, creative business as well as an educational platform. The children at this school receive innovative and fresh technology, media, and learning tools that compete with any new school, hands-down. We are thrilled with our experience at PVPV/Rawlings, and proudly endorse the school and the entire staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

this school has more kids in portables than they know what to do with their scores while ok for florida are not good compared to the national scores...


Posted September 26, 2013

AWESOME!! It is the best place for a great education1 Terrrific involved PTO, community supporters and staff!! WE moved to St. John's County when we moved to Florida after looking at the school first. Definately the best!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2013

I am welcomed in my child's classroom, the teachers are highly responsive, and twice-per-year conferences for all students ensure a constant parent-teacher-child loop. As a teacher at another school, I can confidently speak to the amazing environment of PV Rawlings. I have had two children move through this school, and each unique teacher has been a gift to our family. My kids have formed MANY down-to-Earth friendships, and I have not experienced the snobbery mentioned in previous comments. We are highly blessed to be at PV Rawlings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2013

My daughter is about to start her 4th year at PVPV Rawlings and we have had nothing but a great experience there. As with any school, there are some "just OK" teachers, but most are fabulous. Teachers WANT to work in St Johns County and at PVPV/Rawlings, so they are able to pick from the best. The administration, although maybe not warm and fuzzy, are responsive and available. As a parent, there are many opportunities to get involved and it's definitely encouraged by the school. Although it's a large school, I never felt like my daughter was just a number. The 2 campuses give it a smaller feel and make it easier to manage the 1200 kids who attend. I've read some negative reviews, but from our experience over the past few years, my opinion and the opinion of all of my friends and neighbors is that PVPV/Rawlings is a great school overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2013

Best school ever. My daughter loves going to school. Thats something I was never able to say. The teachers are very caring. You could not pick a better school than this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2013

This school is only focused on it's scores and not on the students themselves. They don't do anything about bullying, correcting teachers or making sure your child is getting what they need to be successful. They need a certain number of successful students to keep up their scores and the rest they brush under the mat. If you try to work with them to get them to help your child, they will do anything and everything to push you out of their school. They don't care if they sacrifice your child as long as their overall scores are high. So if your child is above level, you will be catered to. If you have a ton of money to donate in addition, you will have the best of it all. If your child is average or below, find another school because you will all lose if your child attends here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2012

It appears Furness has one of her cronies posting on her behalf. Be very careful if it rains you may drown. A Fortune 500 community? In case you haven't noticed PVPV is not a business it's an educational facility supported by tax payer dollars. Queen Bee should redirect her focus on improving the methods of teaching and less on getting her hands in your pocket. Will parents be privy to the survey results?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2012

All of my kids went through PVPV and the experience was excellent. Teachers ranged from average to excellent, with none below average. While some were exceptional, none were below average. The principal was superb. While we had few reasons to see her, the times we did were always a good experience with problems solved quickly and appropriately. She knew all the kids, and all the situations common to the school. She's one of the best administrators I've come across. Parental involvement was great and enthusiastic, adding much to the capacity of teachers to teach. Overall, PVPV is an example of excellent public education and for my kids, a great experience. I can highly recommend the school and believe it is the equivalent of the best of the private schools in the area.
—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.

210 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

210 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%
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.

232 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

232 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

229 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
90%
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.

216 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

218 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

218 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
79%
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.

236 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
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 84%
Hispanic 7%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 2%
Black 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 54%58%61%
Master's degree 46%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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630 Florida A1A
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
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