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St. Lucie West K-8 School

Public | K-8 | 1345 students

 

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Posted May 3, 2014

2013-2014 brought SLW K-8 the best principal in the county! Students, parents, teachers and staff are smiling once again.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 15, 2014

St. Lucie West K-8 is awesome! It is the best that I have seen of all of the Elementary schools in the county. My daughter transferred from a charter school that had major issues with indiscipline and a teacher from hell. Soon after transferring to St Lucie West K-8, her new teacher recognized her academic abilities and sent her to an advance reading class.....She is also student of the month and is happy to have a teacher who actually cares about children....No more beatings and kicks from other kids.....and a chance to focus on learning in an environment conducive to learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2010

i think wast gate k-8 is the best school in the area. ive never seen a better school. the principal is terrific. ha goes into the classrooms and interacts with the kids. and the teacher! they like to keep the students happy. they teach and give assignments but they have fun too!


Posted October 1, 2010

The staff needs some training on how to be more professional. I would understand someone had a bad day but EVERYONE the same day and not just one day multiple times. Also what is the point on checking ID if they don't even look at the picture
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2010

So disappointed. Gives the outward appearance of greatness, not a lot of substance, especially for elementary kids. No clubs or interesting resource classes. The administration is unfriendly to parents and my kids never even saw the principal/vp all year long. Beware if your child is special needs- find somewhere else to go!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2010

My children are new to the school and I can't say that it's a bad school nor can I say that it's great. They have some excellent teachers and staff but some of the policies need some work. For example the dress code is enforced depending on staff's feeling and not across the board. Get a grip. Giving lunch detentions for not wearing a belt? While other things are permitted. Also some of the office staff don't know the meaning of being professional. Try setting the example. I guess you can't have a perfect school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

This school is the best. The teachers are great. And I love that my child will get to be here for middle school and we dont have to worry about finding another great school. I have no complaints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

This school is awesome! The teachers and administrative staff are all kind and caring. My child loves SLW and is thriving, which is all any parent could ask for!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2009

The teachers and administration are very caring about their students. Our grandchildren came from another state and all of the faculty was very helpful in making the transition as smooth as possible for the children, their father and us grandparents who are also caregivers to the children. They do their best in helping all students to excell in all subjects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2009

GREAT administration ! They will do anything in their power to help all of their children that attend this to get every educational benifit possible.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 14, 2008

I've been in this school since 6th grade. It was okay at first, but now I don't like it. I'm in the gifted program and in 8th grade and I have to eat lunch with 7th graders. I also think the dress code was okay at first I could understand that they don't want kids dressed the wrong way, but it has just gotten ridiculous. It seems every day I go to lunch they have something to add to the dress code. I also think our principle does nothing, the only time I see her is at honor roll ceremonies, or sometimes on the morning announcements. Electives stink, band stinks (not enough people, but an awesome teacher).
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2008

The longer my child attends Saint Lucie West K-8, the more I love it. My child loves her teacher, and her class. The school itself runs like a well oiled machine. I would highly reccommend this school to anyone seeking a quality education for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2007

This school only cares about dresscode. i think we should just wear nice and simple uniforms. much easier!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 26, 2007

its the best school with good disapline
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2007

If your child is Special Needs, stay away! Special Needs children are treated as second class students, and not given the benefit of the doubt concerning disciplinary situations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2007

This school is a good school and the courses are top-notch but there isn't much extra-curricular activities except in the morning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 24, 2007

What can I say about this school. Its rated a five star school. What does this mean? Let me tell you what this means nothing. This school is a big disappointment they care more about the dress code than the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2006

This is a great school and has a very nice resume in my agenda. I do honestly recommend this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2006

This school just turned into a K-8 school from a middle school. This is a high rated school noted for being the best middle school in St. Lucie county in 2005.The teachers and staff are A+. Children can succeed at this school as the quality of staff is exceptional. Yes the school has a strict dress code enforced but this year most schools in this county have a strict dress code, It is a better learning environment when the children are dressed in the same attire.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2006

This school is a very nice school! This year they had a new principal so that's why I think it is more stricter than last year. The extracurricular activities are greart, they give knowledge for future reference. The one thing I don't really like about this school is the dress code which is collard shirts and small logos on clothing.It's very hard to find there specific dress code at many stores. I hope next year when it turns into a K-8 school the dress code is better. Parents are involved in alot in that school, almost in every event you always see many parents. Overall I give this school a 6 out of 10.
—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 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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
67%

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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
86%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
58%
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.

228 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

231 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
65%

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 56% in 2014.

243 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

245 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
61%
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.

248 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

248 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

247 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

249 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

197 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
45%
Biology I

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

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
90%
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 39%
Hispanic 28%
Black 25%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 7%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 66%65%61%
Master's degree 30%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%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 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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Music
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Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Susan Seal
Fax number
  • (772) 785-6632

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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1501 SW Cashmere Blvd
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
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