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Ashton Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 834 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted yesterday

My daughter attended Ashton for 2nd grade and was in the gifted classroom. Her teacher had almost 30 years experience, but seemed to have no understanding of gifted children and their emotional sensitivities or mental health issues. The school counselor was not any better. My daughter is not an easy child, with a genius IQ, she has a tendency to question authority, has poor peer social interaction, sensory processing disorder, dyslexia, dysgraphia, social and separation anxiety. None of these are uncommon among gifted children and this should be no problem if you understand them. Unfortunately this school did not. A few weeks into the school year, I was blind-sided at a parent/teacher conference in which I was told my daughter was the most disrespectful child the teacher had ever met. When I discussed with them that a psychologist had wondered if she had ADHD, I was told to medicate her or she would turn to drugs and alcohol later in life. After a horrible year that destroyed her self-esteem and self-efficacy, we decided to move back to OK. Here she is accepted, understood and loved at her school. She is a Kiwanis Terrific Kid, and Vice President of her student council.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2014

The best school in Sarasota. Nice experience with my three kids. The Principal is outstanding
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

Ashton is the most amazing school. The teachers are brilliant and engaging. My children are so happy at school. We moved from Illinois three years ago and I could not be happier. No bullying or mean cliques. The PTA goes way beyond and we are thrilled to be part of such a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

Couldn't agree more......my two daughters will NOT be returning to Ashton!!!! You really know this school, nothing matters more than keeping my children safe !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

We love Ashton! We moved here partway through the school year last year, and my kids were made to feel welcome and comfortable right away. Last year and this year they have incredible teachers who relate so well to the kids, who give (for the most part) interesting, challenging assignments, and who maintain excellent control of their classrooms in a calm manner. My kids always enjoy the fun projects they work on, and hardly realize they are learning so much in the process. The principal, Mr. Renouf is always friendly and approachable, and really gets to know all of the students and families. The school does a wonderful job of, despite its size, offering such a warm, nurturning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2013

Love, Love, Love this school. Both my children have had great teachers and I feel lucky to be sending them there. We could not ask for a better education .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2013

To the previous parent: You don't need a voucher system. Sarasota offers school choice as well as charter schools. There is no reason to have your child at a school where your child is not thriving. Best of luck to you.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 19, 2012

We have had two children go through Ashton and now have a 3rd. The first two the school was wonderful, but now in 2012 it seems to have lost the best teachers, and the principals seem to lack the leadership they once showed. My son is so demoralized by the teachers in this school he is very depressed when he comes home. He does not like to go there, and the staff is not much help. We would like to send him someplace else, but its not like we have a choice. There is no voucher system in sarasota, as there should be. We feel stuck sending our child to a place he is not wanted. Maybe its better for girls, but it is not good for boys.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

My child just started kindergarten at this school and everything has been great so far. She is actually asking to go to bed early because she can't wait to get up and go to school the next day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

Super teachers, wonderful, involved parents, great, well-behaved students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

We have the best staff, parents, and students!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 3, 2009

We love Ashton because it provides our children with a great place to learn and the teachers a great place to work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2009

Ashton is an amazing school and the principal is outstanding. The staff really cares about the children and make a difference in each childs life. I can rest assure knowing my child is receiving the highest level of education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2008

Ashton is a wonderful school your child would love it it has awsome staf members everyone is nice and friendly
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

I think the quality of education at Ashton Elementary if outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2006

Although the student population is very large, the teachers all seem to have everything well under control. The principal is outstanding and is very popular with the teachers and students. I have a kindergardner and first grader and I couldn't be happier with either their teachers or the curriculum. Even the support staff seems to care about the kids. Lots of parent involvement which helps the teachers concentrate on the learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2005

By far the best school I have had the pleasure of working with. Excellence was the goal in all areas of the school. Academic programs were challenging for each grade level. Citizenship and acountability were highly valued. The children were given standards on conduct and challenged to exceed them. The 'specials' program consisted of music, art, cultural connections, computer lab, and p.e. The well rounded program allowed the children to explore their own special talents and interests. Parent and community business involvment was outstanding. I had opportunities to support both my son's and daughter's classes. The teachers were able to provide better learning experiences due to the level of support by the parents. This school would by my choice again if given the chance to return to Sarasota.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2005

Ashton is a wonderful school. My 4 children went there and their teachers were awesome. Everyone there makes you feel really welcome. We have moved to hilsboro county and will miss Ashton the most out of everything in Sarasota.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2005

This seems to be a well based school with good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2005

I think Ashton is a great school for average and above average kids. I don't think it's the best choice for children with learning disabilites.
—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.

143 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

144 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
86%
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.

158 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

158 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

161 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
93%
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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
69%
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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
99%

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 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 77%
Hispanic 16%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 3%
Black 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 143%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 26%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 27%41%61%
Master's degree 71%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 2%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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5110 Ashton Road
Sarasota, FL 34233
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