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Floresta Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 633 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted October 15, 2014

I know most parents come to these reviews hoping to find out everything they can in order to make an informed decision about the "right" school for their child. I did the same, and was desperately hoping my son would get Floresta. He did. I'm honestly on the fence about this school. While he's learning A LOT, his behavior has become odd. He is angry all the time at home, hitting, and seriously acting out. I have heard this same thing from a number of parents. And, what I have witnessed is starting to make me question this school's fit for us. There is no time at all to allow these kids to be kids. My son is in kindergarten, and there is limited recess????? Clothes that practically constitute a uniform, stripping these kids of their individuality. I think that is really sad. I've emailed his teacher a bunch of times since school started, even requested a conference in his planner and via email, and haven't heard back once. I have had to chase her down every time I need to speak with her. I've requested information and never gotten it. I'm in total shock over the lack of communication. This bothers me most of all. Is this s good school? I'm honestly not sure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2014

This is an awesome school that excells not only in teaching , but also providing a positive learning environment. My son has been going there since Kindergarten, and now in the Fourth grade, he still loves going to school everyday. It is challenging for him and he has homework everyday, however, he does excel in his studies. The staff has always been both efficient and attentive to issues that I have brought forth over the years. I could not ask for a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2014

This school is wonderful. My daughter entered kindergarten without being able to read. She graduated kindergarten at a second grade reading level. They have a lot of parent involvement opportunities. This school is a winner!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

Floresta Elementry School, Great school, excellent teachers and staff. My son is in 1st grade and loves school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2012

AWESOME school... I was new to the area and heard great things about Floresta. I had a neighbor who had her kids in Mariposa and visited there one day during lunch. It was total chaos and the kids were all screaming and running around. No control! Floresta is strict with their kids but my twins absolutely LOVE it here! I highly recommend this school and the teachers! They truly care and are very involved with each individual child. What progress my kids made this year, we are amazed and tell everyone that has the choice to send your kids here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2011

GREAT SCHOOL, I love my child's teacher and the staff, they really do a great job! However I feel that as a Dad I'm not treated as nicely as the Mothers are, I've seen Mothers do the exact same thing as me and no questions were asked of them, but if I do it, I get the third degree. There are few men on staff and few men picking up there children, so when I go to pick him up I'm treated like I'm out of place and it is not appreciated. The new principle (which served there before almost 14 years) seems to be doing a great job! Again, I REALLY like the school and it is the only public school in this district that I would allow my child to go to. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

My kid been there for almost 6 years its a average school to me,to my kid its a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2009

My Children attended Floresta for 3 years. I wish that they had been at Floresta from K-5th. Great teachers, and staff. They really want to see your children's success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2009

The administration and teachers are very involved in all aspects of learning and developmental growth. I was considering private school for my son and I have now decided to wait until middle school to start private school. I am very happy with the quality of education at Floresta.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2009

We are a school that is on the rise. Our students are engaged from day 1 to the last day of school. We live the philosophy every child, everyday and we make a difference in a child's life.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 27, 2008

NRT scores and FCAT writing scores were good. This is a nice small town school that engages students at all levels. Teachers and administration work well together and students are very hard working.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 14, 2008

This is my sons first year at Floresta. He had a rough start, but now he really seems to enjoy it. The teachers and adminisration are very caring and the PTO seems very active. The change in principals certainly does not seem to have affected the quality of learning taking place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2007

As former princpal of Floresta, I am excited about all that I see and hear about the quality of the education provided by the teachers at Floresta. Mrs Wright has really done an exceptional job of hiring and leading. Kudos to the entire staff for the wonderful work they are doing and to the parents who have always given so generously to this school. Floresta will always have a special place in my heart as a school that really cares.


Posted November 28, 2007

Floresta is a school on the rise. Administration has remained strong through turnovers. Curriculm is strong and supported by resource, ESE, and guidance teachers. Positive Behavior Support behavior plan has decreased all incidents of disruptive elements to the learning environment. Students are engaged learners, curious and eager. Drama, chorus, after school enrichment programs and reading incentive programs all contribute to student success.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 22, 2007

Good teachers, bad district. Parents are very much involved with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2007

My son attended Floresta since Kindergarten. Now he's in 5th. Great school. We wish it would go to 8th grade. My son loves the school and he has really done well and learned. Very good safty measures. Parent envolvement good. Teachers really good and very interesreted in your child learning. Also very dedicated to students and school. Very Cooperative with us parents in resolving any issues when needed. Mrs.Junita Wright as a Principal and as a Person, wonderful. To bad she and her staff can not be cloned. We need more Principals, Vice Principals and Teachers like the ones at Floresta at all the other schools around the world. I feel very comfortable that my son is attending Floresta. Thanks you floresta for all your effort and what you have given and done with my son. Keep Up The Good Job. Thanks, Mrs. M. Ochoa
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2007

My daughter loves this school. All of the teachers and staff are great. We have had nothing but great experiences at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2006

I have had nothing but trouble with this school. In four years... two awful teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

This year my son went through 4 teachers and 3 subs before winter break. This disruption has negatively affected the children in his class as well as my son. They were behind and not being taught anything. The new teacher they finally got was not properly trained in Floresta's way of doing things and caused even more disruption of changing things or not listening to the kids, they have a routine. I never had problems in this school until this year. I feel this year my son has not been learning and excelling as he did last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2005

Floresta has been a great school. My son has thrived. Had some problems with a couple of teachers but in general the experience has been good.
—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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
62%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
89%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
48%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
89%
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 "B".
  • 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 "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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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 48%
Hispanic 29%
Black 17%
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 181%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 212%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 80%65%61%
Master's degree 20%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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1501 Southeast Floresta Drive
Port St. Lucie, FL 34983
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