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Dayspring Academy

Charter | K-8 | 589 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted May 11, 2014

If there was another option available in a Small school setting my child would not attend. Drama productions are reserved for staff children and those in the upper caste at the school. Owner of the school lived in one district and ran for office in another. Definitely the owners feel they are way above the law and can operate the school as they please. Very exclusionary and snobby school. Academics are falling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2014

Sending my child to this school was a horrible mistake. The amount of mistreatment to my child was insane. The students were not even the issue. It was the constant mistreating of the teachers to my child was. The teachers would pick favorites and constantly mistreat everyone who was not one. The "favorites" were very obvious and made my child feel horrible and unwanted. My child would never want to attend school. As far as academics go they were not as bad as the drama. The homework load was unbearable though. Our experiences at this school were awful.


Posted April 24, 2014

Both of my children are excelling at this wonderful school. The staff is very attentive and offer assistance if my children struggle with a concept. When my older child entered the school beginning in 6th grade, they were able to look at her SAT scores and place her in advanced classes. Our family is extremely happy with this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2014

Simply amazing! I have both a Middle School student and an elementary students. Every Middle school students has IPADs , given to them by the school for free. All Digital content. Our MS student struggled and is ESE but with technology they are soaring. Elementary is 2nd to none. The arts programs is out of this world. If somehow you get selected in the lottery, TAKE it. Your child will be placed on a path to success!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Dayspring Academy is the most amazing school Pasco County has to offer. It is a K-8 Charter school with compassionate staff members and amazing students. Dayspring goes above and beyond standard education guidelines. There is no comparison to the education my children receive daily at this school. I strongly believe in the wonderful things happening at this school and hope they win!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

My daughter attended the VPK program here. We are very thankful for the teachers and this school. If education is important to you and you have an opportunity to attend Day Spring " TAKE IT".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2013

The academic standard at this school is unriveled. The staff from the principal down are so dedicated to the education that these children receive. I have never seen anything like this. As a charter school the only issue they have is funding. The majority of the money needed has to be raised through fundraisers or donations and still this school is tops in the state. A true diamond in the rough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2013

My child attends Dayspring Middle school and we arevery happy with the education he is receiving here. The teachers are 100% responsive and all excellant. The culture is wonderful, the school is small and we have never heard of bullying of fighting or any problems with behaviour. The kids go on lots of great field trips and there are advanced classses - high school Math - and great musical & acting programs - not a sports school. The FCAT scores are in the top 3 in the county every year. We just wish there was a Dayspring High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2012

My son was in DSA from k-3rd grade. He got nothing but straight A's all four years. Passed every and all test with A's (regular classroom test,S.A.T, F-CAT) There was nothing he didi not excell at he was definitly one of the top five smartest student in the entire school. His teachers fron K-2 were absolutly wonderful, however the principal and his 3rd grade teacher were horrible. They totally tried to break his spirit. I went to the administrator and that was a total waste. The school is VERY CLICKLY and they show favoritism especially if you work there. Only those chilren get picked for the major rolls in the plays. Also in terms of any of the arts they only zero in on the chilren with natural talent and if they don't like your child they won't help agian they try to break their spirit. They talk the talk but they don't walk the walk. . Our country has a great education system and most schools with good educators try to get the best out of every child. Beware of DSA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2012

We're new to Dayspring this year and are loving it! We left public school to come to both the elementary and middle schools and it's been a wonderful experience thus far. Elementary school has paraprofessionals (aides) in the classrooms which our old elementary school had lost due to budget cuts years ago, families seem to really be involved and care about their kids educations which reflects in the kids attitudes and ability, teachers and principals are accessible and really push the kids to excel. This school isn't the closest to us but well worth the effort we're all putting in to go there. Schools are small and not on the same property together, parking is sometimes an issue, but again, well worth the effort. Have you seen this schools grades?!! Enough said. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2012

Last year my daughter attened the school. She was unhappy about not going to the huge public school with her friends, but now she tells me there is no other place she would like to be. She has done exceptionally well there and is now far advanced over where she would be at the Public School. She dances in multiple classes at a private studio, and has alot of homework, keeps her busy not much time to get into trouble. I wish all students in Pasco County (and across the country) had the opportunity to attend a school like Dayspring! Amazing experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2012

ACADEMICS great. ARTS ok. There is alot of homework - sometimes an unreasonable amount. The elementary school teaches the kids to be organized. However, if your child never attended the elementary school, they will struggle at the middle school if they don't have these skills. Bullying issues take a long time to resolve. ARTS- Teachers don't all have necessary training & background. School is VERY CLICKY & does have alot of favoritism. They focus on MUSICAL THEATER but do NOT help your child get better. Instead they just zone in on the kids who have "natural" talent as well as kids who's parents work at the school. DSA does NOT address any vocal training so the performances are very weak in that area. Theater is the focus not MUSICIANSHIP. Every performance has technology issues such as with microphones not working - so your child may not be heard. CHORUS not during school hours. It's afterschool and has an extra fee. Band started 2011-2012 but only certain instruments (excluded all the instruments kids played year before -piano, drums, guitar. Not good enough to move up into high school band. NO "Band" period - separate smaller classes. Not good to move into HS band. .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2012

Dayspring really is a great school. I would much rather my child be here than public school. There are a lot of really caring teachers, and for the most part my child is happy here. HOWEVER--most of the teachers who work here are very VERY cliquey, and their children also tend to be cliquey. The students whose parents work there, do get special treatments, tend to be "popular", and there is heavy favoritism as far as the arts department goes. Also very Christian school and if you're not a faithful practicing Christian you may very well feel like a BIG outsider. There is also a LOT of homework here. My child had to drop out of all extra curricular activities just to complete the homework b/c they give a LOT of it. But overall, my child has stayed in this school because it is much better than public, and despite the cliques and favoritism, it's still a really great experience in my opinion. Definitely worth trying to get into the lottery to get your child enrolled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2012

We love Dayspring! Keep praying and hoping they will open a High School. The education is above all the rest! We LOVE LOVE LOVE this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2011

We LOVE Dayspring!!! They have the most wonderful and caring staff. It feels like a family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2011

Dayspring Academy stresses strong character development alongside rigorous academics. The students here excel due to a staff of teachers and an administration that strive to provide an excellent education daily.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

ABsolutely love the environment for my children. It is a place where yor child and the parent feels accepted and cherished. Everyone involved from administration to parent has a zest for learning and nurturing our kiddos. Alot to offer for being a charter school A+++++ in my book.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

We love Dayspring and cannot express how thankful we are for the teachers, paras and staff. The quality of education is tops, the Arts department is awesome and the love and care is bountiful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

The teachers at Dayspring love their jobs and they really care about each and every student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

We have been at Dayspring for 5 yrs., have twins in 4th grade, love the school sooo much I got a job their this year. My kids are thrieving!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
80%

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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
91%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
62%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

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 47% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
95%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

58 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

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n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 77%
Hispanic 14%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 4%
Black 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 44%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 96%N/AN/A
Female 56%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 92%63%61%
Master's degree 8%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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