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Van R. Butler Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 915 students

 
 

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Posted January 23, 2014

This school is so large, I feel it's easy for children to fall through the cracks. As a parent with a full-time job, I have found it nearly impossible to get any feedback on my child's progress, other than her report card. I have emailed, sent notes, requested conferences, with little to no response from her teachers -- for the past 3 years. My friends who have schedules that allow them to volunteer at the school don't seem to have the same communication issues with their childrens' teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

I found it very disturbing that an ARMED police officer was guarding the halls during homecoming. Sad very sad No extra curricular activities. Music for one hour every 2 weeks? Please!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

Butler is generally a good school, but certainly can improve. I would not be too influenced by FCAT scores. The school is located in an affluent district and, as such, tends to serve students from successful families. The student peer-group is as ripe and prepared for education as most any anywhere. Wasted time and distraction spent on discipline and decorum are simply not issues at Butler. Given this student body, the level of educational opportunities could be far greater to help these students really soar and expand their horizons. The diversity of education is very limited with virtually no extra-curricular activities. The programming is very vanilla. The teachers are generally committed - often young and gaining experience. They run the gamut. I get the feeling that some of the school administration are just trying to keep things at an "acceptable" level, without any vision of "greatness" for the school and the student educational experience. I would suggest that senior administration could use some inspired vision building and better utilize some of the talent in the community - and study some of the really awesome school programs from Harlem to California.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2011

Butler Elementary School is fantastic. We are somewhat new to the area, having lived here for 2 years. My children love going to school every day. The teachers are friendly and professional. The front office staff is eager to help and very accommodating. The principal is very "hands-on" and makes all students feel important. She knows them all by name! We absolutely will not move from this area until our children finish elementary school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2010

I usually don t write reviews but my story is one of direct contrast to a previous comment by a parent and felt the need to give another view of the same topic. My son transferred to Butler from a wonderful out of state school. He attended Butler in third, fourth and fifth grade. Automaticity in mathematics was a huge focus while he attended Butler. He also earned top scores on FCAT tests and was an honor roll student. We moved over the summer and he is now attending a K-8 school in Nevada whose math curriculum is the National Gifted Research Center's M-Cubed curriculum along with the National Council of Mathematics Teachers math series. At the beginning of the school year they tested every student s math aptitude and my son earned the highest score in the entire school. His mathematics average this first nine weeks of school was a 99. In no way do I feel he has lacked in what he was taught at Van R Butler. Every student is unique and what they retain from their lessons is based on individual student s aptitude. Tammy Smith is a wonderful principal that is very approachable and wants to see the students succeed. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2010

We moved to SRB right before our son started 4th grade, coming from Chesapeake Virginia. At first the idea of a small school was great and was quite a change. My son did awesome on the FCATS and was always an honor roll student even before we left Virginia. We have since returned to Chesapeake for his 5th grade and I could not believe how far behind he was compared to Florida. Math especially is where the lack of teaching shined. He is now playing catch up and his grades are suffering. We are absolutely appalled at having to ask "What DID they teach you?" Sure, the school is clean and beautiful and the staff is nice. Ms. Art is an asset to the program. However! All that is no comparison to my son being behind due to lack of teaching. If you want a nice looking school with nice staff and dont mind compromising the child's education more power to all. I am so glad to be back in Virginia, as well as our son, so maybe he can learn what is expected of the grade he is in. Yes, every teacher has their days and no school is without some controversy but if you could see the amount lacking in what is being taught compared to other school districts it is absolutely appalling!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

my granddaughter is having a wonderful experience; she has attended preK, K, and is about to finish first grade. Her teachers and the school are wonderful.


Posted April 21, 2010

My friends kids go there and they love it. The children seem stimulated and enthusiastic about going to school. Also, the school makes an effort to keep it clean. There's a saying that goes something like this 'A happy home is a clean one.'. My son will attend there next year. Also, I support public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

this school is pretty good my teacher is sooooo nice too!! ms.connie rocks
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 16, 2010

They involvement that they encourage with parents and children in their fundraising efforts.


Posted April 12, 2010

Top Notch School! I have no MAJOR negative observations or suggestions. Sure a teacher might have a bad moment or day, and the lunch room monitors might smile at the kids a little more often, but the teachers and administrative staff are great. I do wish that the district offered foreign language opportunities and I hear that is being considered. The staff have expressed nothing but love and caring for my child. She is progressing well in core education. My older kids went to school in one of the most highly regarded public school districts in the US and Butler compares favorably. I get the same positive feeling and energy. At the kindergarden and first grade levels, Butler has been a very positive experience for my child and my younger child can't wait to start. Thank you Butler staff and teachers!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2010

My son is a kindergarten student and he loves Butler Elementary. As a parent, I am very pleased with the discipline and the academics at Butler.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

Overall, I actually believe this is an exceptional school. I think the majority of the staff and teachers are wonderful...however there are at least two teachers there that seem to think it is appropriate to yell at, humiliate, or to embarass their students in front of the classroom. There is an open door policy but it is impossible to tell if situations are resolved when it involves a teacher. I encourage the school to address these issues seriously when they are presented.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2009

Butler is great school with a dedicated staff, highly qualified teachers, supportive parents, and the best students anywhere. The environment is positive and safe. The well-being of students is the top priority of everyone in the bulding. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2008

Will not move out of this area strictly because of this school. Very good energy and personable staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

Butler Elementary is a fabulous school. The building is inviting, child-friendly, clean and as safe as you can get. Principal, Tammy Smith, has a delightfully sweet personality and has an open-door policy, always welcoming parental input. Parents are well informed with a weekly Bear Facts newsletter. I have always felt welcome and have enjoyed volunteering at Bulter. As such, I have witnessed some phenomenal teaching events. The art instructor is amazing and math coach is a real treat. In addition, Butler was the first in the county to start an in-classroom recycling program with blue bags that has since become a countywide program. I applaud Butler Elementary and its staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2007

Some of the teachers at this school have no sense of responsibility toward their students. When a child is falling behind rather than contact the parents, they simply wait for the Progress Report to come out by which time the problem has gotten too far out of hand to manage in a proper manner. I think the Teachers at Butler should be held to a higher standard than that. There is no way for the parents to even know there is a problem if the teachers involved cannot take the time to contact them regarding their child's classroom performance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

I love Butler and my son's teacher. The communication between the teacher and parent has been wonderful. Always lots of feedback. I'm impressed to see the principal a lot of mornings during drop off greeting the parents and kids. The classrooms are spacious and clean. I'm excited to become involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2006

Butler is now a 'B' school. Last year there were simply too many students and too much chaos as a result due to overcrowding and lack of planning on a District level. The teachers tried very hard but with the constant stream of evacuees and more than 30 students in a classroom at times, everyone suffered. Parents are not particularly welcomed at the school but PTO members welcome all parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2006

My gifted child has had almost nothing but great days at Butler. After coming from an area where the only safe options for children were private schools, Butler has been a wonderful blessing. The new principal seems less receptive to parents, but my child loves her.
—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 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
73%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

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 "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 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 42%
Hispanic 12% 29%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian 2% 3%
Black 2% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 80%68%61%
Master's degree 20%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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Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
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