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Gulf Highlands Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 572 students

 

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Posted March 14, 2013

We have two children who attend gulf highlands and the school is great and the teachers really care about what they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2012

Our school has gone through some transition in the last two school years. Gulf Highlands has very committed teachers and staff. Our Principal, Mrs. Smucker and our Asst Principal, Mrs Allen are our "Dynamic Duo" of education administrators, and award winning,too! We have a committed core of volunteers made up of parents and community members. The school and grounds are kept in impeccable condition by Mr. Kelly and the custodial staff. We look forward to the 2012-2013 school year and creating a learning environment in which all of our students will thrive. At Gulf Highlands Elementary we are proud to say..We Believe in You!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

They have a good relationship with their students and parents, they make learning fun
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

They keep my granddaughter safe, they have wonderful extra activities, and I always get a good report from her on how well she likes her teachers!


Posted September 16, 2009

I love my students and the staff I work with! Goooo Gators!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2008

I rate Gulf Highlands Elementary School 9 because of my grandson's third grade teacher. She actively engaged and created a positive attitude in him. She shared encouraging comments orally as well as written. I wished there were more positive teachers in education. Your efforts are tops in my book.


Posted June 17, 2008

This school has very caring and awesome teachers. The school does need to move away from multi age classrooms. I would never put my child who would be in third grade with a 5th grade student. Multi age does not seem to fit with the kids. There should be another effective way for teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2007

I really love this school, it is very clean, secured and the staff is very professional.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
12%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
36%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
14%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
87%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
29%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
22%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
85%
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "F".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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 69%
Hispanic 23%
Two or more races 4%
Black 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 169%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 28%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 67%63%61%
Master's degree 31%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MS. JUDITH A COSH
Fax number
  • (727) 774-7791

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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8019 Gulf Highlands Drive
Port Richey, FL 34668
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Phone: (727) 774-7700

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