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John M. Sexton Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 684 students

 

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Posted September 21, 2013

Sexton has a new principal since last year. The previous principal retired. There are good and also bad changes put through this year. A bad change is that the students are no longer grouped by their academic abilities, they are all averaged out per class. This means that the gifted students are bored in their regular class and students that need more explanation are not getting it. I can see that it is much harder for the teacher to teach the students now, because each child is at a different level. The students should not be limited by their academic abilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2012

I am frequently outside of the school in the morning. The number one concern at Sexton is the safety of the children. The reason to have children sit prior to 8:15 a.m., is because they are released in groups. This prevents the children from charging the gate. Sexton always puts the children first, I have seen this over and over in the past three years. Our new principal is dedicated to Sexton and its children. Self control is taught at school, but must be re-enforced at home. I have had the privilege to meet many staff members at Sexton and they ALL go over and above my expectations at a parent. Thank you Sexton staff for all you do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

The Staff and Teachers are very involved in the children and work hard to improve academic skills. They strongly encourage parent involvement which results in greaer achievement by all of thestudents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2009

This school is the best!!!! The teacher and staff here are so friendly and informative. There 'No Bulllying' policies are strictly inforced. Teachers are caring and listens to parent concerns. I have 2 kids there. Both have been there for 4 years and I can honestly say there hasn't been a day that I've here of any complaint about their school. Whenever I take their survey; I would be speechless and just tell them this: Keep up the wonderful influence in their young lives.......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2008

This school is so awesome.The principal is so nice and cares about us.The teachers also teach what we need to learn and have a great policy for dicipline.Our school is working on a bully free enviornment and it's working excellently.The gifted program is very nice and teaches the gifted student advanced 6th grade work.Also they have the gifted program at school so the gifted students don't have to use a bus.This school is very organized and knows a lot.I would recomend to send your child to John M. Sexton Elementary.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 28, 2007

This is a great school! The teachers are very caring and will do whatever it takes to help children learn. The principal is always available to help when needed. She knows the children and makes each one feel special. The school is clean, safe, and the front office staff is always pleasant and welcoming. The boys and girls love the running club on Wednesday mornings. I would recommend this school to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2006

My daughter has been in this school for 5 yrs now and we are totally pleased with all that she has accomplished academically as well as emotionally. She loves all her teachers especially Ms. Doughty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2006

I have two children who wher enroled here first was pre-k handicap for 2 yrs and the other from k to 1st grade and I will say the special needs department here are the best. Sexton is good for advanced kids, not average or below!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

Excellent school with very involved teachers who appreciate parental involvement. The Principal, Pat Davey is wonderful and she is on-hand at all times, taking care to know the students one on one. I recommend this school.
—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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
54%

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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
87%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
48%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
98%

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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 59%
Black 14%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 9%
Two or more races 6%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 141%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 29%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 63%60%61%
Master's degree 37%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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  • MS. SUZETTE A BURNS
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  • (727) 217-7236

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1997 54th Avenue North
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