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Morningside Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 644 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted July 23, 2014

This is a wonderful school. The adults here went out of their way to build relationships and make my children feel welcome. There is truly a culture of caring and high-expectations at Morningside. I wish I could list out all of the staff and admin who make this such a great school. They helped my daughter, who has a previously undocumented learning disability, grow by LEAPS and BOUNDS. She got her self-confidence back and now not only enjoys reading, but also has a positive view of herself as a learner. We had to move from the area, otherwise my kids would still be going here. I highly recommend this school to anyone in its zone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2013

This could be a good school if they got rid of the administration , who is more concerned with political brown nosing than the children's education. The principal here acts like the parents aren't worth talking to which makes for tension and poor over all morale . Too bad in St Lucie county politics takes precedence over our children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 11, 2012

we are so happy with the school teaching system. my son started in 3rd grade and so far is been much better than the one he was before back in palm beach. we are really satisficed with the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2012

My daughter is a kindergarden student, I was looking forward to get her in this school since I moved to PSL, I did all what I could to get her in there but words are not enought to say how dissapointed and frustated I am, this is one of the most HORRIBLES school experiences I had in my life. My daughter was getting bullied by another classmate I would say for 5 or 6 months by now, at first I talked 2 or 3 times to her teacher but sadly this bullying thing went over the top when this girl touched improperly my daughter!! As parents wanted to talk to the principal but we couldnt I dont know why. We talked to the P. Assistant and they said they were going to take care of that issue but this girl keeps picking on my kid I feel they just dont care at all I went this past friday to fill out a bullying form and this lady said that there's just 5 days of school left so there's no time for investigations, I just feel horrible my daughter is the most sweet and well behave girl ever she is very respectful and it just brakes my heart to see how much hate from some students and lack of interest for my kid from the staff in this school. AND THIS IS JUST KINDERGARDEN!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2012

Initially, I was please with this school. I actually transferred my child to this school from Mariposa because of the gifted program, which I heard was excellent. Everything was going well until the 5th grade teachers had a disagreement with the school board (toward the end of the year) about working extra hours for things like class trips, dances, etc. and point blank refused to participate in any activities that were after their normal working hours. While I understand the teachers positions on this issue, many of the other schools facility were able to come to amicable terms with the school board and the children at the other schools were not penalized, as the students were here at Morningside. In addition, shortly after this issue came to the surface, my daughter's 5th grade homeroom teacher was removed from the classroom (for unknown reasons) and the parents were never directly informed by the facilty at the school. We learned about this several weeks after the fact.... from our children. The lack of communication from the staff toward the parents is unconscionable. I have a future Kindergartener at home that I will be insuring does NOT attend this school next school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

I am the grandmother of one of the children in the 5th grade graduating class 2012. He is preceded at Morningside by his older brother and sister. All of my grandchildren are fine students and good people. I have been a strong supporter of Morningside Elementary and the children for 12 years now. This is my grandson's last year at Morningside. He has worked so hard and has accomplished so much, and now when it is his time to shine, and recall the many good years in this school, he has been disappointed by the people he has been taught to trust and respect...his teachers and administration. It seems the teacher's contract is up for negotiation this year, and they have chosen to use our children as PAWNS in their attempt to secure a better package. They have decided NOT to be available for extra programs and the administration has cancelled the 5th grade trip to Epcot, the 5th grade play, and their graduation. What message does this send to the children? These PEOPLE are HEARTLESS and I will lead the fight to repeal tenure, and to voice my dismay at the disappointment our children have been faced with. NO more $ for heartless educators.


Posted August 4, 2011

I am not sure what it is that makes this school a #9 in our county...but I was not nearly as impressed as what I would have liked to have been. I was specifically least unhappy with the principal, Mrs. Belle-Grade who was by far the least friendly principal I have ever seen in any school...or maybe was it only her favorite parents that she spoke to? Regardless the woman has an attitude and looks down her nose at you. I had a problem regarding my daughter one time and she REFUSED to speak to me until SHE was ready to doso. She acts more like the prez of the country vs pincipal of an elementary school. In class the children were literally "CANDIED UP" in attempts to get them to work, as my daughter would come home daily with WAY too much candy given to her by teachers...which frankly in my opinion reveals a bunch of peeps actually shortcutting doing their jobs by saying "hey lets just rot these kids teeth instead of actually putting effort into stimulating their minds". This school by far has room for improvement in my opinion. There are no art classes for the kids until they get in 3rd grade & even then kids have to stay after school to take that art, again, RIDICULOUS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

Great school, with good structure..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

My son has attended Morningside since kindergarden and I have been actively involved with the school through their pto program as well as being a regular volunteer and I can assure you that this is by far one of the best elementary schools out there. I love the fact that the students are in 'uniform' and it truly is a no-nonsense school. I feel so very fortunate to have my son attending Morningside Elementary, I just hope we get as lucky for middle/high school as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

I believe this school has improved enourmously in the last 3 years, my kids started this school year, and I have no complain. the only thing is that some children in the school need more corrective measures about discipline.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2008

it's a wonderful school my child goes there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

This school is excellent. All of the administation and staff work together to ensure the best for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2006

Overall a great school with excellent leadership from staff. My particular experience after having been with the school for many years was with one poor quality teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2005

Best school, best people and best students in the county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

Morningside elementary is an excellant scool that I would highly reccommend. My son attended there for 2nd-5th and recieved a top notch education. They provide a gifted program which we were very stisfied with. Additionally, he was involved in a program called Odyssey of the Mind which improved his speaking skills and taught him to think outside of the box. The teachers were readily avaliable if I needed them for conferences. I frequently went to school at lunch time to eat with my son of which the school and teachers welcomed. I would highly reccommed this school for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2004

I feel that the principal does a great job with the school. If there are any problems and she knows about them she immediately takes the time to remedy the situation. That is important to make a school a success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Morningside Elementary provides an outstanding enivironment for my children. The teachers and staff truly care about my children. I am very pleased with Morningside.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 22, 2003

Not impressed with the Florida school system. Overcrowded classrooms and lack of advanced education on most teachers.
—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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
92%
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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
51%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
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 "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 52%
Hispanic 26%
Black 14%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 162%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 22%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 65%65%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%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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2300 Southeast Gowin Drive
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
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