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Sugar Mill Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 610 students

 

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Posted January 28, 2014

My daughter go there in kindergarten and she 5 like all kids in kindergarten ,but teacher think they are older then 5..not happy at all. Wish i can go difference school and never put my daughter thru this experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

My child has attended Sugar Mill Elementary since 2012 beginning in the summer for VPK, transitioned into Kindergarten, and now a first grader. His kindergarten year was a complete success. His teacher always communicated with me about my child and I made efforts to continue education with him at home. The administration is very involved with the students, they make sure there is a resolution to all problems. After school pick up, children have various locations for pick up YMCA, BUS PICK UP, PARENT PICKUP, and bikers and walkers, etc. . . Each pick up area has administration watching the area and children must notify administration before leaving the school. I also have a cousin who attends school here as well and he was a second grader now going to third grade, he was put in after school tutoring for reading by his teacher, she recognized a problem and brought forth solution. I love the staff and the parents that actually get involved with their students to be sure they are making the best of themselves academically. BRAVO to the NEW SCHOOL YEAR!! YAYAY!! for 2013
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2013

My kindergarten son is having a great year at Sugar Mill. The administration and teachers are both highly skilled and dedicated to the academic, social and emotional well being of students. Communication is outstanding. How do we thank them?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2013

My daughter has been at SugarMill since kindergarten and is now in 5th grade. I love this school and I am sad because at the end of this year it will be her last. My hat goes off to the Pricipal and all the Teachers and PTA members. It really does takes a village to raise a child and I am greatful she had the oppourtunity to attend Sugarmill. Teachers are a big influence on our children just like parents. I truly believe we all try to lead by exzample because after all our children are our future and we all have to work together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2011

MMy daughter has entered her second year at SME as a first grader. So far so good although last year was a nightmare! As a kindergartner she would take the bus daily to school and after about 2 weeks we were notified that she was showing up late to class although her bus was listed as arriving on time. I met with the principal since NO ONE could seem to locate our daughters where abouts for a 30 minute time span. Well the principal did NOTHING to address the issue, didn't even receive an update phone call. Its a bit concerning that a 5 year old was unsupervised on school campus. Needless to say we discovered what was going on but it took us as the parents to "spy" on her once she arrived at school The bus system is also horrific. They dropped our daughter off at the wrong spot once and drove by her pick up twice. Regardless of all this the teachers are outstanding. Mrs. Gresham was fabulous and Mrs.Marshall really inspires the kids to want to learn. Recommended for the teachers but the administration and bus system are very concerning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

Are you kidding me??? Mrs. Marshall should not be teaching children period! Perhaps you should have visited the classroom!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

This school is the best school ever, we had custody of my nephew and he went there, and at his oll schools he was recieving nothing but F's and then we got him and got him into sugar mill and then they had him bringing in A;s. I love that school soo much my daughter who is 4 yrs old will be attending that school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2009

The principal is the best in volusia county and you couldn't ask for more help from him whenever needed. Plus the first grade teacher Mrs. Marshall is the best cause my son has special needs and she treated him like one of her own kids and loved him dearly and he loved her. If you want to send your kids to an awesome school with great teachers and even better principal then this is the school. It should have a 10 out of 10 cause it is totally awesome and I feel very blessed to have my son going to such a wonderful school. The best one in volusia!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2009

Best school around. My son has been going there for 2 years now and love everything about it. The prinicipal is the best anywhere and couldn't say enough about him or the school.
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Posted May 23, 2009

This is by far one of the best schools ever!! I have two children that attend this school! I have never had one problem and my children have come so far! The whole staff is outstanding! I can not wait for my other two children to start school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2009

It really makes me sad to hear about your experience with your child --- parent with a disabled child. I must say that my child is blessed with Mrs. Harris. She is grand. Although she has had many obstacles this year, she did not quit. I like her very much and she cares about all her students. I like the Vice Principal also, Mrs. Ross.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2009

My son is a special needs student and the principal would not do anything to help me with his problems. I have been to schools with grades lower than this one and got more help for my son then this school. They always tell you to talk to the prinicpal but whenever I did nothing was ever done the prinicpal could care less about the parents as long as he gets paid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

This is where my son went to Kindergarten and the teachers are the best and I do believe that my son was very lucky to go to such a great school. The principal is so nice and will help you with anything possible in a split second. My son's teacher, Ms. Schultz was always nice and kind and caring and answered all my questions and one of the best teachers around volusia county today.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

My daughter is just finishing up 2nd Grade at Sugar Mill Elementary and I could not be more pleased with the school, curriculum and staff. She is currently not involved in any extracurricular activities, but I am hoping that she will develop an interest within the next year or two. The staff is friendly and helpful and will meet with you any time you request it. I highly recommend SME to any Port Orange resident. C. Lasky Port Orange
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2006

Our son is in the ESE PreK class at Sugar Mill and we couldn't be more pleased. He has come so far! The teachers are wonderful and devoted. What an excellent experience. I can't rave enough about our ++ experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2006

My six year old daughter attends first grade ESE at sugar mill and also attended kindegarden there our experience with the school has been a mixture althoug her ESE class has just three other children I found that the amount of educational progress she has atained from the class setting is minimal and I also have found that the inter racial mixture is low
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2003

My grandson is in Mrs. Gladden's class, where I am a Tuesday morning volunteer. This teacher is awesome. She exhibits caring, patience, control; she listens, observes, responds, instructs, corrects, disciplines; she guides and encourages each child....and each Tuesday I am amazed and thankful for her preparedness and expertise and am thankful that my grandson is in her class. A puzzle to me, though, is the absence of teacher aide's. Mrs. Gladden does an awesome job with only unskilled volunteers assisting; what other miracles could she accomplish with trained aides? It boggles the imagination!


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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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
84%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
50%

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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

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 "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 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 75%
Hispanic 10%
Black 9%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 57%56%61%
Master's degree 43%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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  • MS. JANET GARZIA
Fax number
  • (386) 756-7140

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