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Southside Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 778 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted August 9, 2014

My two children were here for 6 yrs. This school is highly over-rated. Parents "request" teachers for their students and it is a complete popularity contest, and not based on academic needs of the children. Families who donate lots of $$ are given preference on teacher assignments. The administration will welcome you with open arms as long as you are willing to open your wallet and your child performs like a robotic minion. The 5th grade teachers are cynical and negative - preaching to students about preparing them for "the real world" by penalizing them for minor things such as forgetting to sharpen their pencil. One 4th grade teacher humiliates students by pinning a "No Whining" sign on their shirt and putting a doll on their desk if they act like "babies". More emphasis is put on enforcing rules and order than on providing a positive learning experience. Parents are afraid to make waves with the administration for fear that their child will not be assigned to one of the "popular" teachers. There are some wonderful, caring teachers who work tirelessly to help students in spite of the politics but sadly they are not valued the way they should be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

Southside is an excellent school. We moved here after being in another Sarasota school previously. My daughter has done 4th and 5th grade here. The arts program is second to none and the wealth of opportunities for student and family involvement are plentiful. The school is well run and it is evident that students are at the center of all decisions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2014

Southside is a great school. My three kids are in the lower grades. The more involved the parent then the more engaged the student and responsive the teacher. The parents are supportive, friendly and as involved as they can be with busy lives. I am an involved parent, the teachers care and my kids thrive. What else do you want for first grade?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2014

Southside rests on its historical reputation. There has been a change in leadership 4 years ago and after having issues with the teacher, nothing has been done to correct it. The school has a very negative vibe, and the women are being allowed to live out their aggressions on moms. Instead of addressing bad grades and finding remedies, they send out emails about less important rules to be followed during teaching time. Shows their goal at heart is NOT advancing kids but just living out their personal issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2013

Objectively speaking there are many stellar qualities about this school, however, there are some huge drawbacks to this school that are not spoken about. First, you cannot get a better arts program without paying tuition at a private institute. They offer dance, drama, yoga, and have a world class garden the kids learn in. BUT the major drawback to this school is the social-class environment. For many "working class" families this school can feel unwelcoming. This school places a lot of focus on donations and contributions and it is felt by many that if you cannot participate in those contributions your child does not receive the "perks" or "highly requested teachers" that those families do. We have found in all our years here (and having lived other places) the social environment is very "cliquey" and our children do pay the price socially for us not being able to pay financially into their silent auctions & pricey masquerades. Overall, the school facilities are world class and teacher quality is superb but I think the social environment can feel discriminatory to many students and families below a 6-figure income.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2012

This is a great school. Both of my children go here and they did improve and get a great academy in their schooling. I was so impress with the staffs and teachers who are very care and be love to each of their student as their own child
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2008

My children just finished thier first year of school after moving from the northest. I continue to extremely impressed with not only the quality of the teachers, but the personal interest from the teachers and administrators. Teachers picked up on my childrens concerns when one parent was in the hospital, and another teacher spent many hours after school on a regular basis helping students. We came away with the feeling that the educational experience at Southside is truely about the students. Sadly this was not always the case in my childrens previous experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2008

I've being teaching at Southside since 1987 and I love every part of it. The staff is superb from the administration to the custodians. Every adult involved with this school makes it what it is today. What I like most is that most teachers and staff knows the parents and families of most of the students because we work with all students whether they are assigned to our class or not. We collaborate together to come up with academic plans to meet the needs of each student. The parents are superb. They are active and supportive. We have one of the best Parent Groups and Community groups anywhere. Southside is a Community School and we all work together investing in our future:: the students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 29, 2007

This is a small, historic and charming public school near downtown Sarasota. The school just underwent a complete renovation which included a huge addition. The grounds are cloistered and safe. The principal is hands-on and the teachers dedicated. Parents are very involved and welcome. I can't imagine why anyone would pay for a private school if they live in the Southside Elementary School District!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2006

Fantastic..ALL A's from our family!My daughter has been there for 5 years and she has had fantastic experiences in all areas: academics, art, computers, music and reading. I have never felt pressure financially nor has my child expressed a moment of concern in that area. Parental involvement is unbelievable and encouraged but it is not demanded. My daughter has received the benefits of having different styles of teaching, all great, which will help her throughout her school career. Sharon Marks, principal, has her students as her #1 concern and knows most all by name! I would recommend Southside to all!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2006

The quality of academics at southside is outstanding. I'm not extemely familiar with the music, art, or sports programs but I believe they are comparable to other elementary schools. The level of parent involvement is extremly high. The school requires parent involvement and encourages it. There are many volunteer activities that parents participate in such as holiday house, a program where the students get points based on good academics and exchange the points for items they can 'buy' at xmas time for presents for family members. Programs like this are common for southside and encourage both parent participation as well as rewarding children for academic efforts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2006

Southside is an excellent school with teachers and staff that really care about students and families. The prinicipal is always available and willing to help. Special programs are fantastic especially the science and computer labs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2005

Great school, child loves it there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2005

My oldest started school here. I thought that it tould be the best in the district with all of the acclaim that it recieves. I have to say that I was very happy. It's a very creative and enriching school. The teachers are top notch, the grounds are charming, and the parents are involved. Downer: the school's focus is quite obviously #1 Funds, #2 Students and Education. I know funds = better education in some sense, BUT Southside's BEST functions for scholastics have NOTHING to do with donations! I give it a 3 just because of the sheer pressure on aligning our finances in public schools. It rubs off on the kids. Otherwise, WONDERFUL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2005

an amazing school with 100%parental and community involvement. all teachers/classrooms have laptops and use of digital cameras. uptodate websites to email teachers. awesome principal, Sharon Marks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2004

Outstanding parent participation makes this school stand out. Principal Sharon Marks is very approachable and nurturing. There is an unofficial accelerated program for children that are doing exceptionally well and/or have passed the Gifted Student test.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%
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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
99%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

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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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 80%
Hispanic 11%
Two or more races 6%
Asian 2%
Black 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/AN/A
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 26%41%61%
Master's degree 74%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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1901 Webber Street
Sarasota, FL 34239
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