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Cracker Trail Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 642 students

 

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Posted May 6, 2014

My 2 girls love this school. the teachers our great. they really like there teachers. hard working dedicated teachers.they also like there bus driver as well. he is a very patience kind man. the kids say he is strict on the bus, and gos by the rules. I would advice any parent who wants there child in a safe, good school, to attend crackertrail elementary. the like all the kids. they say they our so very nice too. thank you cracker trail this year for giving my 2 girls a wonderful year, to learn and to all the staff that has been there for them. god bless you all. tiffany keys parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

This is school is rated an "A" by the State of Florida. Academics are held in high regard by all stakeholders. The school has a Principal, and an Assistant Principal who has been named the Assistant Principal of the Year by the district school system and the State of Florida. The teaching staff is 100% certified in their area and considered highly qualified. The non-instructional personnel are well trained, many of whom have 2-year degrees. One hundred percent of the students are eligible to be bussed to the school. No students live within walking distance. Many parents choose to transport their children either to or from (or both) the school. Students are engaged in activities during classroom and non-classroom time. Students have the opportunity to serve in Leadership roles in Student Council, the Leadership Team, the "WCTE" television show, and Safety Patrol. Students are involved in improving their own environment by completing activities such as weeding gardens, and laying down mulch. The school takes every opportunity to keep itself safe. Passes are issued by a background checking computer program. The school is a great place to be for all stakeholders.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 21, 2013

CTE was the best school I've ever been to! I loved going to school and loved my teachers. In my six years (K-5) I only had one teacher i disliked but overall my experience was phenomenal! I'm going into the highschool now, but I thought my input would help influence parents to enroll their kids into such an amazing school! ~ Elizabeth .d


Posted May 8, 2010

Because it's a Phenomenal school! The teachers are A1, the administration always listens and are there for us parents. In general the children LOVE their school, that's a lot to be said now in these days.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2010

Phenomenal school! The teachers are top notch and the administration really listens and responds to parents. Also, my child has gone to summer programs and has done well with other students nationwide coming from CTE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2009

Great school very advanced in teaching curriculum. Mrs. Labbar is best teacher ever very devoted and dedicated in what she does. we need more teachers like her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2009

Great teachers! Very caring and friendly staff! My child scores above avaerage on all of the state testing thanks to the help and prepping from his devoted teacher. My child looks forward to going to school everyday, which means they are doing something right!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

great teaching,friendly staff,but a little on the strict side,which isn't always a bad thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2006

Cracker Trail has been either an A or B school for the past 6 years. Gifted and Advanced Academics programs available. Art is offered as Imagination Corral for only part of the year. Music is all year as is computer lab. The PTO is an integral part of the program and conducts all fund raising through approximately 4 events during the year. Cracker Trail is definitely one of the best elementary schools in Highlands County.
—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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
43%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
93%
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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 72%
Hispanic 17%
Black 6%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 192%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 23%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 73%67%61%
Master's degree 27%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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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School Leader's name
  • DR. RICHARD J DEMERI
Fax number
  • (863) 471-5785

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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8200 Sparta Road
Sebring, FL 33875
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