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Sweetwater Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 640 students

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted June 7, 2014

Great school and staff. Very friendly and supportive of children's needs. Been with the school over 7 years. Top Notch
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

.Sweetwater school is excellent. Knowledgeable teachers. Good and helpful staff and secure surroundings. I see bright future of my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2010

Teachers are truly dedicated, students show school spirit, parents are always willing to volunteer! Sweetwater Elementary has a great school community with tons of exciting and educational extracurricular activities. The education of the students is highly valued by all staff, and students are encouraged to work beyond their ability, with positive reinforcement and respect for everyone within the community. There is no shortage of education in this school and their grade of 'A' is also proof of all the hard work going on in Sweetwater Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

The teachers are caring and it is a safe and friendly environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Not only does the school have high standards and get great results, but the atmosphere is very inclusive and welcoming. There is a great sense of belonging, family, camaraderie, and general good-will among parents, teachers and students. Having experienced other schools, I can say that this one stands out as a winner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Great school, Great teachers, Great students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2008

My 2 children went from K to 5th grade at this school. After leaving I now can see what a fantastic group of teachers and staff that was there. SWE is thebest school you could hope for for your child. Love, Kindness, and Education is #1. Also parental involvement is tops, We Loved this School and wish it the best of life. Anyone would be lucky to go to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2007

This school is excellent. We purchased our house because of the school district designation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2007

I highly recommend this school. It has teachers that do a wonderful job. My son has been going to Sweetwater for 4 years. Overcrowding will not be a problem since there will be students going to the new school that was built near their neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2006

Good shcool for academics, A school, a little over crowded, high parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

We are new to Florida and were tentative about the schools here having heard negative news about Fl schools in the past. However, we have been pleasantly surprised. Our little guys is a second grader at Sweetwater and he is flourishing. The teachers are supportive and communicative about the children's progress. The learning and lessons seem aimed at motivating the kids to work hard and their progress is closely monitored. We've seen work that we thought was beyond second grade only to watch our son wiz through it! Obviously, they know what 7 year olds are capable of. They have a lovely building with safety conscious staff. Our son also has music, art and Pe on a regular basis. We love Sweetwater elementary
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

Great academic programs! Daily music, art, or physical education. Many opportunities for parents to be involved: family days, lunch hour, feild trips, volunteer in classroom, ect. We are very pleased with Sweetwater.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2005

Be selective about the teacher your child gets. There was a kindergarten teacher there who was overwhelmed, couldn't control the class, and gave the children tasks that were too advanced for their developmental level such as copying from an overhead transparencies. Children in kindergarten don't have the hand/eye coordination to do that yet and asking them to do so frustrates them unduly. Lots of music available. Overcrowded with too many children in the lunch room. Have to start lunch at 10:30 a.m. in order for all the kids to cycle through. Loud and noisy! Reading is a priority. If your kid can survive in a huge school, they will thrive. If not, they will get lots amid the chaos.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2005

Great school for at home moms. Lots of volunteer opportunities. Teachers are well informed. Security isn't the greatest though
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2005

My daughter went from kindergarden to fifth grade at this school. I never worried about which teacher she would get because all were outstanding. She was well instructed for the FCAT test. Music, art and physical education are rotated every three weeks. There is exceptional parental involvement.
—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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
67%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
96%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
83%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

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 "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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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 84%
Black 6%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 4%
Hispanic 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 61%56%61%
Master's degree 39%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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