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Ponte Vedra Palm Valley- Rawlings Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1257 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2013:
Based on 15 ratings
2012:
Based on 8 ratings
2011:
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Posted May 31, 2012

This school has potential but suffers from an unauthentic principal and an unhelpful front office. Most teachers are o.k., but way too much emphasis is placed on the FCAT. If it's in your budget, I suggest you seek out private schools in the area; there are a few excellent choices.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2012

I am amazed at the education that my children are receiving at this school. EXCELLENT SCHOOL! Top notch. St Johns County has the top schools in the state of FL and it shows. I am very impressed with our first year here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2012

I agree with the reviews here. While this school used to be wonderful, its gone downhill under a grim, scores-oriented principal. It's almost funny that all things fun have been deemed "unsafe" by the principal, no more 5th grade trips, field trips outside campus are rare (they bring the field trip to school), no family fall festival, no navy helicopter landing to celebrate giving program, its all gone. Principal has major problem with bullying in cafeteria and on playground Her answer is to show movies during lunch, and to refuse to meet with parents whose kids are being bullied. Volunteers are overly involved helicopter moms who don't like anyone new or different, their kids get the good teachers and the rest of us struggle by with teachers who scream. But if you really want to experience what PV has to offer, go to the Rawlings front office where the most unwelcoming office staff possible will inform you that the principal isn't available, nor do they know when she will be available. Even though its a public school,donations are expected and requested often yet $100,000 technology donation was deemed obsolete by principal 10 months after its purchase. new leader, please!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2012

Absolutely unimpressed by this school. Very little contact with classroom teacher (no newsletter, no emails) and my child who previously loved school now hates it. The school itself has been quite uninviting since the word go. My child transferred in October and the registration process was awful. No tour, no meeting the principal, etc. Made to feel quite unwelcome. Avoid this school if you can!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2010

Administration and Most Teachers are more focused on themselves and money than in the students themselves. Fake and hypacrital as well. Only care about fcat and school statistics as well, rather than focused on all childrens individual needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2010

My two daughters attended PVPV and received an excellent education. The teachers are warm and caring. However, the principal and most of the front office staff are simply rude and unprofessional. The principal needs training on how to speak and interact with both parents and students. Many parents feel the same way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2010

In general, the teachers here are very good. Unfortunately, they are shackled by a cold & rigid administration & cater to the politically connected. The principal, Kathleen Furness, is more concerned about her career than the needs of the individual children she serves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Because the education there is very good. I've seen students who are there very culturally diverse and wanted to help others that cannot help themselves. The staff is very good
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

The teachers, the resources and the support staff. It's all good!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

Teachers are great and a very solid curriculum. We are so happy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

The thing I like most about my school is how much success we have with parents' involvement. Hands on is the key to a child's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

My daughter transfered from Chets Creek 2 months into first grade. She was miserable and struggled daily with reading and writing until she entered PVPV. Without the guidance and education provided by her new teacher, Ms. Osburn, my daughter would have continued to suffer academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2008

Outstanding school. We have two children attending and we are extremely satisfied with the teachers, curriculum and leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2007

Our daughter began kindergarten the same year as the principal, Kathleen Furness, began leading PV-PV/Rawlings. We have had children in the school ever since. We have been blessed by the wonderful teachers at the school, and so many of them have shown a genuine love for our children.Our two girls were very prepared for middle school when they graduated from Rawlings.The academic standards are high, with a heavy focus on reading. While they are forced to teach to the FCAT, contrary to a review below, we have not experienced the school being 'singularly focused' on FCAT testing. The students are prepared, but they have many, many experiences that are not FCAT related. The office staff is caring, kind and extremely helpful. Out of our children's 17 placements, we only had one experience (1999) that was not positive (and that teacher is no longer there).A great school and staff!! Patti O'Shea
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2007

We have been highly disappointed in this school. The school is singularly focused on FCAT testing and does not provide a well rounded education. Geography, Science, History are all areas where the school borders on neglect. Self discipline is not emphasized, instead reward systems are over used.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2006

The teachers are very nurturing, but the principal is more interested in politics than the children. I find this sad and upsetting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2005

PV-PV is an outstanding school where the principal takes an interest in every child individually, first by ensuring that they are placed with the teacher best suited to their unique needs, then by closely tracking their progress. The second grade PACE (gifted) program is exceptional in providing those students with the addiditonal challenge they need. However, more attention should be taken to enhance the first grade PACE or gifted program, currently only one hour per week.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2004

A very positive learning environment with excellent facilities and support. However the quality of staff varies greatly and at times can be an unpleasant situation for some students should they be unfortunate as to draw on of the less gifted teachers. The teachers are prone to want to have easy street and have all students fall within a performance and behaviour structure thereby not requiring any significant adaptation to situations and or students. Those teachers who go out of their way to help students are recognized only by parents who are thankful their children were so fortunate to have these teachers. Those teachers who are not willing to take the extra time to assist students face no repercussions whatsoever and diminish the school as a whole. Luckily there are only a handful in this school and hopefully your child will avoid them entirely.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2004

This is an excellent school, with quality programs for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2004

This is by far the best school my child has ever attended. The teachers are very involved in their students, and keep parents very informed! This school raises the bar on safety for the students which makes me feel very at ease when my child is there. Bravo to the teachers and staff!
—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 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
79%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 State average
White 85% 42%
Hispanic 7% 29%
Asian 4% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Black 1% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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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Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
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