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Bay Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 320 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 6 ratings

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Posted July 21, 2014

This school has great parent involvement, some great teachers but very poor administration. Administration actively discourages parental involvement and does not return calls nor address any concerns. There are NO before or after school activities or clubs - not one. No plays, robotics, science fairs, student programs - nothing. There is almost no art or science taught. Communication is poor (just look at the always empty online school calendar) and the front office is unpleasant and unhappy, uninspired by the lack of leadership. It's a shame the elected county school superintendent refuses to address these issues after parents have overwhelmingly voiced their disapproval. She also will not return calls or address issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

We have had children in this school the past 5-6 years and overall have been disappointed with the leadership and the attitude of the teachers. More and more teachers just seem to have a closed door policy to parents, are miserable with their principal and discouraged with their sole purpose of "teaching the test". There has been very little opportunity for our children to be creative and challenged in the classroom. Minimal artwork comes home from the teacher and the only discussion of music was surrounding the Christmas concert. The building is run down and filled to capacity. Some classrooms are in outdoor trailers with few windows. There is only one ESE teacher working out of what appears to be a closet. The only positive aspect to this school is the strong PTA and parent volunteers. Their participation and efforts have really stepped up and rallied the troops to make a better learning environment for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2013

Don't send your children here they won't like it!! It was fine at first but the the staff got meaner and the office staff hate on certain children and the way they teach is wrong. I would much rather my kid go to a different school. Like another one of the reviews said the pronclibles both don't really care. It is sad just sad.thogh I do like the janitors and other teachers but some are a disappointment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2012

Great School! Great Teachers! I have been very happy with my daughter s advancement in the subject matter she has been learning. Everyone is very nice and inviting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2011

The appeal of the tranquil little school house nestled back in an established community is what my family fell for when moving to the area. The first two years a Bay were great for my children and me. I always felt welcomed and felt great about leaving my children each day. Sadly, the teachers that gave me this welcoming and safe feeling are no longer at Bay. New administration is the cause of almost 50% of the teaching staff to no longer be at Bay. This caused us to move our children to another school. The picturesque little school house still exists, but the building is not what makes a great school, great leadership and great teachers do...Bay does still have some great teachers, but the leadership is questionable. We are now at Butler another local public school. The administration at this school makes me happy and the teachers make my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2011

I think that over the past two years at Bay, we have had alot of growing pains. I think there are several different parties involved that have made it more of a drama filled transition than smooth. I think all schools at some point go through this, but, we have a small little school and when things happen, everyone talks about it. At the End of the Day- My children are happy, they love their school. They don't know about all the others things going on and we have had great teachers , that Work very hard. The past is just that- the Past. To all of the parents that have moved on from Bay, you did what you felt was best for your children, I wish you all the Best! The comments made are more hurtful to our teachers as we try to move forward. We have chosen to stand by "Our little School" where everyone knows you and your children by their first name .That personal interest means alot to my children. We have a great school and we are really trying to keep it that way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2011

that was not my experience with this school. I think maybe a review should be done on the school. how could anyone say that a parent who looks after what is best their for child is spoiled and wants to be involved with their kids education. something seems wrong with that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2011

Great School. The best. The teachers and leadership are fabulous. Thank goodness some of the spoiled parents have left, maybe the school can spend more time on creating an even better school instead of listening to all the drama from these parents. Bay Elementary School gets better everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2011

When we moved here in 2007 Bay Elementry was one of the reasons we felt safe moving to a rural area. This school had an incredible amount of parental involvement and great leadership. Unfortunaley this seemd to threaten the powers that be at the school ditrict, so they set out to change the dynamic of the school. In two years we have been through two principles both puppets for the district emphising scores scores ond scores without any concern for the well being of the child as whole. The firing of the brightest teachers this past Spring was the final straw for us. We with many other parents of some of the brightest children at the school have choosen to leave. This is a very very sad thing and one of the toughest decisions we have had to make. We are fotunalte enough to be able to pay for a private school, my concern is for the families and children that can't. In my opinio this is another expamle of a failed goverment institution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2011

This school appears to care about your child, but only cares about themselves & their score. the staff is afraid to speak up against the district. or possibly they don't care either. Don't be surprised when your child is thrown to the wolves & don't think they want your mentally challenged child either. Bay Elementary only wants the rich & students who excel! I will tell you that they put on a good face, while they are manipulating the system & fooling you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

This school is amazing. I feel the education and the "whole" school experience would be very hard to beat!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

This school has some leadership issues. The accedemic programs are weak. There is one gifted teacher assigned to 3 schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

I love this school! It is small but filled with personality. Everyone knows who you are and who your child is. They are not just another kid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2007

Wonderful School! This school is great, teachers are wonderful. This was the first school in the area and dates to the 1920's, it has been renovated and new wings added and just re-opened as an elementary school. You could not find a more perfect setting and school. Highly recommended
—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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
90%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

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

  • 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 87%
Hispanic 7%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
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 67%68%61%
Master's degree 33%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
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