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Bay Vista Fundamental Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 648 students

 
 

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Posted December 8, 2010

This is my grandsons first year at Bay Vista. He is in 1st grade. He loves school. He loves his teacher and looks forward to going to school everyday. It is a pleasure to see him so happy.


Posted September 12, 2009

My daughter went to private schools 2 years prior to starting Kindergarten at Bay Vista last year. We were very leary about public schools and we are thrilled with our experience with Bay Vista. Mrs. Moyer is a wonderful Kindergarten teacher and really supported our daughter with amazing kindness and affection. The principal, Mrs. Sulte, really does know every child's name and is extremely competent in her role. Bay Vista has a great atmosphere and feels like a much smaller school because everyone is so engaged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2008

This school is the best school it makes sure that you do all your school the right way and make sure that it's right.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2007

All fundamental schools are not created equal! When we discuss our experince with parents from other fundamental schools it helps us to realize how good we have it.This is our fifth year at Bay Vista and our overall experiences have been great, we appreciate the almost family like community within the school. When the principal, teachers, and guidance counselor and all the staff are in cynch,they work like a well oiled education machine.They seem to be working out the few glyches that remain and if they do this, they will become by far the standard for all elementary schools to follow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2007

The principal, Kris Sulte, is an amazing woman. She has brought much positive change to the school and knows she has little to prove as the school's reputation speaks for itself. Every teacher my children have had have been wonderful. We keep getting new teachers and apart from not knowing all of the 'fundamental' policies perfectly for the first few weeks of school, the energy the new teachers bring is amazing. I have had one bad interaction with one teacher. Parental involvement is what we as parents are drawn to when choosing a fundamental school. I don't think there could be more involvement at any other school. Our parents are the best...many can afford private schools, but choose to stay with the fundamental program. We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2007

This is our third year at Bay Vista, and we now have two children there. Our kids did not attend when Mr. Kizner was principal, but let me be clear: Principal Kris Sulte is an amazing asset to this school. She is highly visible to the students, callls each of them by name, and knows their backgrounds, challenges, opportunities, etc. She motivates her faculty and as a result, they are fully engaged in helping each and every child advance. Bay Vista is NOT a gifted / prep school. We have children with varying levels of academic abilities. The tie that binds us together is a common commitment by parents, teachers, and administrators to actively work together for the highest quality education for our children. We moved our son from a well-regarded private school in Pinellas County after having already paid for the full year, and we couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2007

I have a child in Kindergarten at Bay Vista, so this is our first year w/the school. We have had a great experience so far and I believe it is because of my son's teacher-Mrs.Moyer. She is a very dedicated teacher, who has taught our son to begin reading at an already advanced level-as well as many other new skills. She is available when we need to speak with her and she genuinely shows concerns for the children in her class. She recognized our son as potentially gifted, so suggested we have him tested. We were pleased that w/all she has to do, she recognized a child out of a class of 20 who may be available for the program. We pray that we love our son's teach next year as much as we do this year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2007

We kept wondering where the 'great' was when we had our children in Bay Vista. It appears that your experience is highly dependent upon getting a good teacher. A couple average teachers in a row cured us and sent us looking elsewhere. I will say that Mrs. Lorraine Bates taught my second child in Kindergarten and was an absolutely fantastic educator who instilled exceptionally high reading skills that provided a strong academic basis for years (he is now in 4th grade). Also Mrs. Deegan, gifted teacher, showed excellent understanding of teaching gifted kids, especially boys, and was very open minded and 'gifted'. If all the teachers and staff were of the same quality, we would have most definately stayed there. Unfortunately, there are few really good choices in St. Petersburg for consistent excellent public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2006

I have a child at Bay Vista and another child at a local magnet school. We left a private school to test both a magnet and a fundamental. Although it is going on it's second week, we are not that impressed. After hearing so many good things from other people we were disappointed. We do not feel welcomed by the school and the teacher appears unconfortable in their position, it almost as if they are afraid they will make a decision that could compromise their teaching position. Considering it is a fundamental, I would have expected more communication from the teacher, the magnet school is just the opposite and welcomes us with open arms. I don't know the principal, but I wonder if she may be the cause. The magnet school on the other hand has exceeded our wildest expectations and plan on moving our Bay Vista child to the magnet
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2005

Bay viata is a really great school for parents who care about what their child is doing in school. It's the next best thing to a private school. If you are looking for a school where parents are involved in their child education. Well, this is the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2005

Excellent second grade teacher, Ms. Malone. New principal not as approachable as would like. She appears to make snap decision instead of thinking through. Outstanding Music program! I would bet it is one of the best in the district! Keep up the work Bay Vista.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2004

Great principal, wonderful teachers, involved parents - what else is there to say? Very happy - much better school than the private school we were paying $$$ for!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2004

Both my children went to Bay Vista.My son was in the SLD program. The teachers are above and beyond.These teachers are wonderful. I wouldn't have sent my children to any other school. My children were ahead of their time when they went to middle school. The principal is fabulous! Even my kids liked him. The staff made learning fun. The music curriculum was fabulous! High points for every division. As a teacher, I've not seen better commitment nor loyalty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2003

Bay Vista Fundamental is an excellent school. They create well rounded students who perform at a high level and above the expectations. The extracurricular activities are wonderful. Teachers are very dedicated and care a lot for their students providing them with opportunities to learn and succeed. Parental involvement is a must and it's one of the defining attributes of Bay Vista. We wouldn't change this school for the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2003

Great parents and children! The kid are making great progress in reading and writing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

I love the support that the teachers and staff give the students. The principal is great. They all work together as a team. I feel that Bay Vista Fundamental has a better education than most other public schools. My child is learning a lot more than where she has been in years past. Way to go Bay Vista. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2003

I have had nothing but wonderful experiences with the teachers at Bay Vista. They have been a positive force for my child. My child has learned more than I could have every hoped in his years at Bay Vista. I am very impressed with the professionalism and quality of the teachers. I would highly recommend Bay Vista to others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2003

I have 2 children at Bay Vista and I can say with full confidence that they are receiving not only the best education available but they are also learning about character and integrity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2003

The teachers at Bay Vista are generally wonderful with a few exceptions. As a fundamental school, we expect parent involvement, but this year's teacher has not encouraged it. Because of this bad experience, oour view of Bay Vista has deteriorated significantly.


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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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
94%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
82%

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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
99%

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 55%
Black 32%
Hispanic 7%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%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 49%60%61%
Master's degree 51%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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St. Petersburg, FL 33705
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