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Idyllwilde Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 835 students

 

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Posted August 15, 2013

BEST teachers ever ,now the school is like our home .We are there all time visiting our kids and every time is a new great experience.love all the staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

I wasnt surprised at what people are saying, because Idylwilde elementary anytime, anyday is a great school. Despite the fact thar my Kids had left the school I still Miss this school. The welcoming,hospitality of staffs and the concerned showed by the teachers to see that a Child excell is undescribable. The ways little Kids are treated and handled up to this day is never compared to any schools around us. I dont have Kids in vpk or kindergarten but I saw the way they were treated and transformed from nothing to people of dignity n excellence. Same in other classes. The principal Ms Danielle should be given a pat up. She is a mothers teacher n one of excellence character in all ramification.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

Great school,great staff,great community .i love everything about this place .my 3 kids go there and I am welcome every time I visit them ,the kindergarten teacher are part of family know and as them move up in bigger grades our family of teachers will grow with them
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

Miss Caesar kindergarten teacher is such a professional and sweetheart ,as her mother miss Mimi as the kids call her is the sweetes lady ever ,I was touch last thanksgiving she made the kids a turkey lunch and my daughter cooking for thanksgiving in our house was shearing all great time she have and memories forever .ms Sampson and ms Below also sweet and kind teachers ever .We lucky to count and trust this wonderful lady's to teach our treasures .Thank you and please change the rate from 6 to 10 is wha t this school deserve
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2013

My daughter started going here in Kindergarten and she is now going into 2nd. I can not say enough about how amazing the school and staff are. Mrs. Darnell (The Principal) is one of a kind and knows how to run an amazing school. We had Ms. Harned (1st grade)and she is the best teacher that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. My daughter excelled so much with her. If you have a choice of schools I would def put this one at the top of your list!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

The Autism teachers at this school are great. However, the front office and adminstration have a hard time hiding their disdain for these children and their parents. They are not recognized for their hard work even though they have to work 10x harder to reach the same goals as their normal piers. They keep the children seperated for 90-95% of the day from other piers that they could be modeling after. The school needs to institute a buddy program to match up 4th and 5th grade students so that they can have that interaction. It would also allow the regular ed kids to learn some empathy and compassion for those who have to work hard to learn to make friends. These children are special and want to have friends just like other "normal" children. Some staff have forgotten why they went to work in the public school system. Here is a reminder, it was to help ALL children learn, not just the ones it comes easily too. Parents are not welcome unless they are on the PTA staff. Otherwise, the administration seems to have no use or desire to hear from a concerned parent ever or return a phone call.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2013

Very happy with all the staff and the progress of my kids ,as you as a parent have to be involve in them education progress ,this school make you go there in so many events them have .Just the best of all the elementary schools Seminole county have
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

My son attended this school for Kindergarten and was teased throughout the day in his class and nothing seemed to be done to end this distraction. On his 3rd day of school, he was beaten on the bus for 15 minutes by two 10 year old boys. They punched him in the head, back, and stomach. They also kicked him in the head repeatedly. No one helped him. The kids watched, laughed, and hooted. All this, while the bus was moving. He came home bloody and crying. I called the school immediately and they arranged for me to sit through a recording of that day's bus route to observe what happened. A group of kids standing around the beating blocked the camera's view, but the boy that was suspected to have done most of the beating, came off the bus yelling "Um sorray um sorray!" while laughing. A teacher sent for him and he came into the room with a cast on his wrist! He denied everything, but was later found to be the boy and given 10 days of bus suspension. Can you imagine? This boy beat his hand into a cast on my son's head! And Idyllwilde gives him 10 days off the bus. This school is not a safe place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2012

This school is okay if you have a "normal" child. Unfortunately the current principal does not have any concept of what autism is. My son was diagnosed with high functioning autism and was attending Idyllwilde. Lice was rampant in the year that he attended. It was traumatic for my son and even after removing the lice he refused to take off his cap. At first the principal said he could wear it no problem. After 2 weeks she changed her mind and said it was a school rule and he was not to wear it. When he came to school the next day wearing it she suspended him then called the police to arrest him for being on campus while he was suspended. He was 10 years old!!!! I would NEVER send my kids to any school wear this woman is the principal. Anyone who has a job working with children should, at the very least, be aware of any disorders that a child might have, what the characteristics are, and how to manage them. In my experience Wicklow elementary is a much better choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2012

my two boys one in kinder and the other in 3rd grade both seem to be happy my oldest has been recognized as a gifted student not sure if idllwilde has recognized it yet he says sometimes the work is too easy but only because hes super smart my kindergarten is doing well and now is able to read 4 letter words very impressed and he wants to learn too vert pleased so far just a shame that its far away from our house:(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2012

We moved from the Heathrow school district and were assigned to Idyllwilde. My husband and I met with Mrs. Darnell and were very confortable and impressed with her and the school. I have one child in gifted and one slightly behind in her reading level. (She quickly caught up with the SFA program.) Heathrow never even caught the reading issue in my younger daughter. I love Idyllwilde. It is safe, clean, the real world, with real world diversity. They do not put up with bullying, or mean girls. The teachers we have gotten so far are a dream come true. I volunteer once a week and am always welcomed and needed. Heathrow was for the most part stepford moms in tennis skirts. They had so many moms helping that you were lucky if you could get in once a month and were given busy work to do. Overall, don't go by what you hear or the part of town a school is in. Idyllwilde is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2011

My experience with the school was really negative. My child's teacher was simply lazy. The classroom showed the teacher's lack of interest in her student's learning, it was very difficult to communicate with his teacher and administration. The school is unsafe, my kid was bullied and the administration did nothing about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2011

I am not happy with this school. My daughter has been given a new reading teacher every 3 months which has destroyed the continuity of instruction. Also, I have not been happy with the quality of instruction in other areas. I was a teacher myself for more than 30 years. If I had to give this school a grade it would be a D or C- at the most.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

Idyllwilde is more than a school - it is a community of caring teachers, dedicated staff, engaged parents, and professional administration. Transferring our children from private school, I have been very pleased with the academic rigor and emphasis on quality character that is on par with what we had been paying thousands of dollars a year for. I could not be happier with the education our children have received at Idyllwilde!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

I am so impressed with this school. the principal works 110% to see that each child is served. Teachers work extremely hard to provide for every one of their students. I see a difficult job well-done. Our family is very pleased!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

I am at Idyllwilde Elementary School for the first time. I have to say that I am very impressed with the principal. I see her car here at all hours and i know she is busy doing everything she can possibly do to provide a safe, positive environment for the children. I don't know any school that rewards children for so many good things...academics and behavior, as well. I am working hard, but it is worth it because i feel appreciated here. the principal, mrs. Darnell really cares!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 9, 2010

My son moved from a private school to Idyllwilde and i was really worried about his achievement. I met with Mrs. Darnell and ms DiCandido at the beginning of the year. they showed true concern and made a smooth transition for my son. he is so happy there! He has been rewarded for success in school, for good behavior, for reading AR books, and many other things. He participates in the TV station, safety patrol and track events. He loves his teacher and really has blossomed in this school. We are delighted!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

I am a new teacher and work at Idyllwilde. The school has a very diverse population and really represents the real world. The administration and staff work to ensure success for every child. I am very impressed with the number of programs and rewards for the children. Mrs. Darnell and Ms DeCandido really care about both the staff and the chldren and it is evident at every staff meeting and program we have. I am glad to be working here.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 9, 2010

This is my first year as an Idyllwilde parent and I have been very pleased. My child is in kindergarten so I was much too upset about having him leave hime. Mrs. Darnell and the teacher made it so much easier for me by showing that they cared about me and my child. I have volunteered at the school and am a happy parent. All is good here!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

My children and now my grandchildren attend Idyllwilde Elementary School. I have seen several principals come and go and I have been content. However, i never have seen such dedication as I now see from the current principal, Mrs. Darnell. She just goes above and beyond in everything she does. The school is organized, clean and attractive, and the teacherws who work here really do care about the well-being and education of the students. I am very pleased!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
54%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
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 56% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
44%
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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

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 "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
Black 38%
White 29%
Hispanic 24%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 1%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 61%53%61%
Master's degree 38%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 1%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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430 Vihlen Road
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