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Ralph M Williams Junior Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 542 students

National Blue Ribbon School-Glasser Quality School-Florida "Grade A" School
 
 

 
 
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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted May 2, 2014

We were very disappointed with the administration and teachers at this school. The staff seems very unhappy working there and it is noticed by the children. My child asked me how the teachers and staff could go an entire day without breaking a smile. We were very disappointed with my child's teacher. The school seems very "institutionalized." During a conference with my child's teacher, I expressed concern over my child's safety after witnessing a fight on the playground while the two teachers on duty didn't notice because they were laughing and talking among each other with their back to the children. When I brought this to the school's attention, one of the teachers on duty became very aggressive towards me and called me a liar. I contacted the principle concerning an issue with my child's teacher, but the principle was absolutely no help and expressed no concern towards my issue. My child was removed from this school, which we are extremely happy with our decision. I am aware of other students that changed schools due to similar concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2014

This is an ok school, not an excellent one.the principal has to be changed, as she doesn't do much. Some teachers are horrible, some teacher are okay and a few are really good. 4th grade is not too good, 5th grade is the worst and disorganized, other grades are fine. Some reviews are written by the staff, if you read them you know which ones are written by the parents! I will have to move my kids which is frustrating as we live close to the school. I am right now thinking really hard on the right thing to do for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

I have had nothing but positive experiences with this school so far. This is our first year attending, and I am completely satisfied with the level of support and services we have received. Communication with my child's teacher has been prompt and attentive, which is important to me. Having a student with special learning needs and services, it feels great sending her off knowing she is in caring and supportive hands who can help her learn, grow and reach her full potential. I also am impressed with the amount and variety of after school activities they have for the children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2012

Ralph Williams is a great public school for students with parent involvement. Teachers are receptive when parents ask questions and expect the best guidance for student achievement. There are many extra-curricular activities offered after school. The school is nestled in a community that encourages walking and biking to school. RW is a Glasser model school and has also won the national blue ribbon school award.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2012

I can't think of one good thing to say about this school. The front office staff are rude, the principle is very unapproachable and unwilling to help children that have problems... it's just a shame. Our neighbors feel the same- in fact a few of us are planning to move to get away from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2011

Ralph Williams Elementary is holding up wonderfully in an environment under flex, due to the closing of the space shuttle program! The teachers, staff and administration know most of the students by name and there is a strong sense of community! My kids have really enjoyed their time at Ralph Williams!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2011

This is a TERRIBLE school. Take your kids and run! I had heard some bad things about the school and its teachers before moving in the area, but figured it was just hear say. Boy do I regret that! My kids went from A honor roll students to D's and F's and we aren't even out of the first grading period. The teachers will not work with the parents at all, Communication is rare. I found that the school board has also had several complaints and we aren't the only ones with these issues. The principal always backs the teachers instead of believing the students or parents account. I can't believe that anyone has had any good experiences at this school. I wouldn't recommend this school to my worst enemy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2011

We were very impressed with Ralph Williams Elementary and have had only positive experiences with this school. Our children's teachers showed excellent compassion and enthusiasm, and they had a great ability to make our kids excited about learning. Parental involvement is outstanding, and we were very pleased with the strong sense of community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2010

Ralph Williams has not been a good school for my son. He has focusing issues and all the school faculty want you to do is to put your child on medication. I ended up having to do this because they were not helping him get through this tough time. My son had problems in Kinder and he was moved to 1st grade which was ok. (I would rather him repeat 1st than Kinder). But If the school noticed this problem in Kinder, you would think that if he started out his 1st grade year having difficulties they would have stepped in to help him.......definitely not the case!!! I had to push for him to get testing done. It was to late in the school year so now he is repeating 1st grade. What happend to "NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND"?????
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2009

Ralph Williams is an excellent school. My oldest daughter just left last year and I have to say she was well prepared for Middle School. My youngest daughter is currently attending and completely enjoys attending. The staff is nothing but excellent and the administration make you feel completely at home. It is well kept, very clean and the children are taught to be respectful of not just the facilities but of each other. You cannot go wrong with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2008

We have been at this school for 3 years and have been very happy. The school has high academic standards for the students and the 'A' rating shines through in all areas. There is tremendous parent involvement and the community that surrounds the school is a fantastic family oriented place to live and raise a family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

We have been at Ralph Williams for two years and are very pleased with the school envirnoment, teachers and education our children our getting. There is a lot of community support for the school with a lot of parent volunteers in the classroom. Our children have really enjoyed the teachers they have and the teachers make sure they stay challenged and work to their potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2006

Williams is a wonderful school. The teachers and staff are dedicated, committed to excellence in achievement and individual potential as well as truly caring for the children. The quality of the academics is high. There is strong support for the school by the PTO and the community of Viera. Truly an A+ school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2005

Ralph Williams Elementary is a school that has great pride in its student body. The quality in the teachers are high, but the style in which the curriculum is taught is boring. The curriculum is very text book based. This can cause a problem for children who learn better in a hands on environment or in groups.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2004

We have had several wonderful years at Williams and it only gets better. The teachers are top notch in their academics, training and care of their students. The Williams community of Viera is very warm and welcoming. My children have both exceeded grade level expectations through the quality instruction. Williams is great at making families feel right at home at their school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2004

I had an excellent experience at this school. My son's kidergarten teacher made his experience with schools wonderful. He had so much fun at school and learned to read at a second grade level. The other parents were all very supportive and I felt like a real part of a community. We were sad to move.
—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 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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
84%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 66%
Hispanic 13%
Black 11%
Two or more races 6%
Asian 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 60%58%61%
Master's degree 40%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Power Media Award (2013)
  • 3 Teacher of the Year Awards (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Television/Radio News

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Cynthia S Ford
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (321) 617-7703

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Busing available over 2 miles
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Christ on Campus
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Odyssey of the Minds
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Running Club
  • Television/Radio News
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • School Mascot: Sandhill Crane School Colors: Dark Green and Maroon School Vision Statement:" Students at Ralph Williams Elementary discover that learning adds quality to their lives."
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Kennedy Middle School
McNair Magnet School
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