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Symmes Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 645 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 30, 2014

My son absolutely looooves this school. He started kindergaten and we were concerned about his adjustment but he had no problems at all, the teachers are awesome and we have great communication. I was concerned with the content and curriculum, but then I realized that not at all since it keeps my son busy and involved. Regretfully we have to move, but I definitely reccommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2013

THIS SCHOOL IS AMAZING!!! I am a former student and i went to symmes for grades k-5, and i have nothing bad to say about it! all the memories i have from this school are great ones and i will always remember them! :) and for all the people who are saying that there are hairs in their food and that the custodians yell at the kids isn't true! As for education i wish i could have learned more because in the 5th grade you are supposed to learn about american history... and we never did, this also happened to me in 4th grade when we were supposed to learn about science but our teacher only taught us the subjects on the fcat so when i entered middle school i was a little unprepared, but some of the science that we learned in 5th grade kind of helped! So to recap, this school is amazing and so are all of the teachers and staff!!!!!!


Posted September 28, 2012

I AM REALLY WORRIED ABOUT MY KID>>>>The 1st grade teacher she only concentrates on how to get the job done always complains about students and so narrow minded , I am really worried about my kid , if she can not handle students what is the purpose of being a teacher , she is only bothered about her job and raise, and always COMPLAINS ABOUT THE KIDS like today your kid did not do this addition correctly ...this is really .....oh my god ....I think its better to make my kid read at home than send to school, I understand she is an old lady but she should have some patience to teach students......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2012

I know for a fact that the person who posted on April 18th 2012 is a disgruntled former employee who was fired for her incompetence and bad attitude. My youngest just graduated from Symmes and I could not be happier with the education my children received at this school. They address parental concerns quickly and strive to make a well rounded experience in spite of the tight budget
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2012

I would never have my kid attend this school. While there might be some good teachers, they dont really care about the kids. In the cafeteria the children keep finding hair in there food and nothing is being done about it. The custodians yell at the kids. Dont send your kid to this school.


Posted January 5, 2012

My daughter went to Kindergarten through 2nd grade at this school. For 8 of 10, they must be paying someone off. They only teach for the FCAT in this school. Most of the teachers in this school are glorified babysitters and do not go outside the box to teach the children anything extra. I am sorely disappointed and as my fist experience with Florida schools was very displeased. My daughter is in a much better school now and it has improved my outlook on FL schools. The staff here is also very snooty and tends to look down upon the parents as if we were insignificant and unimportant. The only thing they do is try and involve the parents in the PTA - probably just for the money. If your kid goes here, I would suggest taking time out of your day to teach them all the things that this school doesn't, which is everything NOT on the FCAT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2011

I have a 4th and 5th grader attending this school. Throughout their years of attendance, my children had their struggles, but have eventually overcame them. A new charter school opened nearby. I am contemplating enlisting them there, not because of any negativity with Symmes, but to challenge them more. I am however rethinking this move, because my 5th grader came to me and said that her teacher, Dr. Suma, makes it easy for her to understand complex problems that she have struggled with in her past grades. To find a teacher like this is very rear. It reminds me of my 5th grade teacher. Mmmm...what to do, what to do?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2011

I am seek of this school my son is in 3 grade have every day a test I am working with him every day but the teacher is seems like she dose not explain I am very worry about my son I push him very hard but is seems like he dose not make any progress ....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

Symmes is a great school,My son is in 4th grade & very well motivated this year,thanks to Mrs. Richie & Mrs. Scoggins for giving my son a lot of encouragement & support.I just wish the school will have a dress code just like before.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

This school is great with my daughter--pushes her to excell. she enjoys going there, and i am happy with her progress and all testing scores. Mrs. Brown of second grade is an awesome teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2009

I am very pleased with this school. This is the fourth year our family has been at this school. Teachers are excellent and the principal puts her school's safety first and pushes the teachers to go above and beyond. I back the dress code 100%. There are numerous ways to get involved, volunteer, etc. (during and after school hours) and as a parent feel that is the only way to stay connected and help your child succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2006

Great academic focus, this year is first year in 3rd grade and already working on a 3 month project for the Science Fair! Great Music and art instructor's very creative. Focus on yearly themes, this year it is 'Western'. Parents are welcome to volunteer, Tutor, and even welcomes to join the PTA. Fantastic School, Great Principle, and staff. From personal expierence I rate this school and A/
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2006

Only attending for one year of Kindergarten, however the teachers and administrators were top notch. A great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2006

Symmes Elementary is a great school. My stepson has been going there for 3 years now and he really enjoys it. The curriculum is good and the students seem happy. All in all a good school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2006

Symmes is a good school for basic elementary education, but lacks the programs necessary to push children to accel beyond the required county curriculum, especially at the younger levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2006

My daughter is a 5th grader at Symmes and has been there since 1st grade. Her experience has been alot of teaching to the FCAT, and not alot of physical or creative activities. My daughter has had an adequate experience, however it certainly hasn't been robust or well rounded. Once upon a time, school was a place where children learned, explored, played and built relationships. That experience has been reduced a nearly 100% classrom or regimented environment where socializing is frowned upon, creative activity is an after-thought, and recess is a necessary evil (my daughter's class has gone outside less than 10 times this year, and we're 7 months into the school year). Perhaps this is the environment that the FCAT has created at all Florida schools. If so, it's a shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2005

My child has been attending for the past 3 years. All the teachers and interaction with the office staff has been pleasant and re-assuring. Mandatory uniform provides the children to focus on studies instead of what people are wearing. I highly recommend this school any time
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

This is my child's first year at Symmes and I am happy with his teacher, the principal and the fact that the school has a lower total number of students then surrounding schools. I feel there is more closeness between the staff and families because there are less kids. I wish it had more parental involvement though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2004

Great school. Its a little hard to get in and out of if you going to drive your child, but the teachers are fantastic and the communication is excellent. Structured and disciplined are the staff as well as the student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2004

Not really a bad school but they really dont seem to be helping the children with reading. We have three kids enrolled in that school and they are all bad with reading.
—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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
68%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
52%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
94%
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

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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 47%
Hispanic 30%
Black 16%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 9%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 89%67%61%
Master's degree 11%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%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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