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Northwest Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 628 students

 

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Posted July 31, 2013

This was my oldest child's first experience in school. Last year for kindergarten she had a new to the school teacher who was beyond wonderful. I can't say enough good things about her teacher. The office staff can run hot and cold and could be a little better organized. I'm not crazy about the fact that they don't even have preliminary teacher assignments for the next year at the end of the current one, or at least have the information including specific school supply lists available before the tax holiday here. Getting everything 3 days before school starts lends itself to a little bit of panic. The PTA was great with fun and interesting fundraisers. My only other complaint is that if the music or art teachers are out for that day, the kids get even more PE rather than a sub. Not that there is anything wrong with PE, but I feel like art and music are equally important. Other than that, the teachers and staff we have interacted with have been pleasant and helpful. We're looking forward to another great year at Northwest!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2013

There are just so many good things about this school that I will just say IT"S AWESOME!!! My son LOVES it!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2013

The Pre-K 4's and Kindergarten classes at this school are amazing. I cannot say enough good about them, caring and excellent teachers doesn't do them justice. One teacher hands out stickers to each student in the morning, it is very welcoming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2012

We have not had a very good experience moving to this school from Tampa. Last year, my daughters teacher retired with only 6 weeks left of school. She was not very nice. My other daughter was moved to another class this year after a month because her teacher was moved to another grade. My oldest daughter has had a horrible experience with her 5 th grade teacher whose discipline consists of yelling in the child's face. I myself have been screamed at by a teacher in the car pick up line because I didn't see my children and didn't park soon enough. I will be happy when my kids are out of this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2011

Unfortunetly it seems there is a growing problem with racism building in the students. Where this behaivor is steming from I do not know, but maybe the staff should start listening more to what the children are talking about. It seems that things that are said are either not being heard, or just completely being over looked. Lets educate our kids in every area, not just math, reading, writing. History seems to be lacking, if not at school. then in the homes of some unfortunate children. No child, white, black or other should be subject to feeling bad about their race or culture.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2009

I have a child in kindergarten at Northwest. We love her teacher but are not happy with the safety of this school. There is little supervision during arrival and dismissal times. Anyone can easily walk through the gates during these times. We are going to consider private school for next year since I don't know if we can go another year worrying about our child's safety.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2007

I love Northwest. The teachers are excellent and I know that my kids are safe there. See you in a few weeks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2007

I have a prospective 3rd grader that has attended the school since she was in kindergarten. She has loved her teachers, classmates and education. She tested into gifted early and her teachers have made every effort to keep her engaged in class. I strongly believe that the teachers try to keep children interested and excelling no matter whether they are gifted, average or struggling. They will reach out to that student where they are. It is a friendly environment. My son starts kindergarten this year. They both look forward to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2005

Northwest Elementary is so dedicated to each child in teaching them not only the academics that are required but how to be a responsible person. My child has really benefited from this school in so many ways in academic and personal growth. The teachers are dedicated and keep in close contact with the parents. As well as the Principal and office staff being very supportive and caring. My child had alot of emotional anxiety when I started him here, and the whole staff were very supportive in helping me to get my child to overcome his fears. I have never been involved with such a caring group of people who are truly dedicated to what they do as well as treating each child on their personal level. I am going to miss them next year, my son will be going to middle school and I know he will miss it too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2004

Northwest seems to be a great school. The students that attend the school seem to be happy, and the teahers who work there are also happy.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 25, 2003

I am a parent of a Kindergartner at NW Elementary. So far I have had no complaints about the school as a whole. The education and curriculum is one of the best in the area! My experiences with the teachers, staff and Principal have all been postive. I am still awaiting information on the PTA which I have joined and am awaiting to see how many parents are truly involved. I'm looking to 5 years of great education!!
—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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
53%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
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 56% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
54%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
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 61%
Black 14%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 8%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 4%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 65%60%61%
Master's degree 35%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MS. MARIE S BRAINARD
Fax number
  • (727) 893-1888

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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5601 22nd Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
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