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Harbour View Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 739 students

 

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Posted August 26, 2014

This school is extremely unorganized. The circus they have in the afternoon for car rider pickups has been a disaster for the past three years. Just when you think it couldn't get any worse it does. I really hope they can figure it out at some point for future students my kids will probably be in middle school by the time they get it together. In fact it's such a mess I have enrolled my children in aftercare and will gladly pay $80 a week just to avoid the daily dread of the car rider pick up line. To add the frustration a few of the teachers are very rude to the parents. There is a tactful way to approach and speak to people. We are not criminals at a prison and we are not insubordinate children, we are adults and deserve to be treated as equals. It concerns me if these teachers are talking to parents like this how are they treating our children?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

I think this is a great school. My daughter loves going to school every day. I wish all the public schools in the Ocala,Fl area ,were this great. My daughter attended here for one month , and then we moved ,so she unfortunately, had to attend the zoned school in that area. Every day my daughter witnessed a child being bullied. I reported the incidents and nothing was done to stop it. We thankfully had to move back to this area , now she's back in the best school ever,,Harbour View Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

My son is having a lot of issues with this school and so am I. My son is being bullied on the bus and at the school and the teachers seem to be turning a blind eye. even the dean tried to tell me how things happened when she wasn't even there but I was. They have college teachers teaching 6 year old and that is not right on many different levels and they do not take the time or effort to contact the parents with issues 89% of the time. They don't even make accommediations for children with special needs. This is one of the worst schools I have ever seen and recommend if your kid goes here to get them out immediately the bulling is so bad here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2013

I agree with most of the bad reviews on this school. I cant wait to get my son removed. As my son comes home with huge bruises and the teachers have no clue how it happend because they are there to teach not baby sit as i was told. -F School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2011

My son has had problems with school from day one and this was the first year that he really improved. Not to say he had a perfect year but he did much better than he had previously and I contribute a lot of that inmprovement to his teacher, Julie Boivaire. She went above and beyond to work with my ASD son and help him succeed. I don't really have an opinion of the rest of the school but this teacher really impressed me with the level of caring she exhibited.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2011

Staff is rude and unfriendly. I volunteer often and see how these teachers respond rudely to their students. From what I have seen this school is unorganized and are not equipped properly for our students. The principle is unexperienced and unfriendly, as is the vice principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2010

My daughter just turned 5 and her second day of kindergarten was today.When i came to pick her up in this chaotic circus they call the car line, i saw my already confused and scared little girl being yelled at to hurry up and get in line, while being jerked around by the wrist and almost put into a strangers car.At the end of the day, when they are done with school, they treat those kids like cattle.Whatever happened to taking the time and being compassionate.When i dropped her off that same morning, i was told by her teacher that she thought she could have a learning disability.This child can read, write and speak Spanish.Not to mention,it was only her second day at school.She was scared, and instead of them taking the extra time to see what the problem was, they decided to pre-diagnose her with a learning disability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2009

Bullying is not taken care of at this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2009

I did not like this school at all. There is little to no parent support. We had a problem with papers being graded wrong, and the principle would do nothing. A month into the school year my son's teacher suggested he get switched to another class, and it made me feel like she was giving up on him right away. The rest of the year was no better. I never received positive feedback about him, even during conferences, which were only scheduled 15 minutes prior to school starting. Whenever I had questions, they were never answered, and regardless of the teacher's constant negativity, they will not send a behavior specialist unless your child is violent or completely uncontrollable. They don't even allow the children to walk around at lunch time, yet expect children to sit still all day. Unless your child happens to be a robot, I don't recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2009

Awesome school. Great teachers. Kids enjoy learning at their own speed. The principal is dedicated to impriving every way possible. This is the best school in Marion County, if not in Florida. The more involved the parents are, the more the kids benefit from Harbour View. retired teacher, 4th grade
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 27, 2009

Every school has its issues just like every family. What I dont understand however is how many of you can write a bad review and not at least identify yourself. A lot of people didnt like Mrs. Bjork when she arrived but I dont think that she is doing any worse than any other principal in todays society. As far as being there for your children I totally agree with you. They always preach to parents be there for your child and you cant even attend a simple school party besides the fact that the SAC meetings and some PTO meetings have been held in the middle of the afternoon. SAC meetings and PTO meetings should be in the evening when the working parents can attend. What can we all do as parents to help the princpal and teachers to make HVES a better school ? Kimberly G. Lesher
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

The school seems to be very un-organized and not very up to date. I can't wait until kindergarden is over.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2008

'Be there for your child?' How can a parent be there for your child when they are having academic problems and the teacher/principal will not allow text books to come home for that extra help??? How can a parent be there for their child when you have to argue with the principal every step of the way? Nope, not this parent! I will never send my child back to this school. No thank you, I did not find them 'parent friendly' at all. Talk about no cooperation, what is a parent to do?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2007

Such a wonderful place. A warm-family atmosphere. My children have gone here since Pre-K (1995) and still have children there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2007

The one thing I can say is that this school is not a school that you should send your child to if they have learning disabilities. My daughter was in classes for learning disabilities due to a medical problem and to me they just pushed her through the school year.I wanted my child to learn as much as she could but they did not seem to care. Also I feel that the reason there is not much parent participation is because the school is not as parent friendly as it could be. it seems like when you visit the school you are intruding on them. I would never send my children back to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

If your child doesn't sit,act & perform as a drone, don't send you child to Harbour View. I bought in this neighborhood because I thought it was one of the best schools in the county. Was I ever wrong. My son had 4 teachers. All I heard was how he didn't focus, stay on task or pay attention but yet still managed to get honor roll and principals list. I can't wait to get my kid out this school. Even if it means moving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2006

This last review on Sept 2006 is right. This school and this county does not accomodate disabilities very well. They refuse to involve a behavioral specialist unless the child is violent or disruptive. We are leaving Florida. Florida schools leave something to be desired. If you have a disabled child, check out NY, NJ or CA. They have the better , if not, best programs for children with learning disabilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

Teachers have to teach what is required of them by the state. They have no choice in this. We as parents have to help them teach our children. Teaching for testing is not the best way to teach, I agree, but until the state changes requirements, teachers have to do what they have to do, or far MORE children will be left behind. Harbour View has some of the MOST dedicated teachers and staff in Marion County. More parent involvement at HVE would help everyone out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2006

I Love Harbour View! THe only thing that I would change is the amount of extra curricular activities provided at the school. Go Dolphins!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

I feel the teachers need to stop worrying so much about the tests and go back to the old way of teaching so the kids can learn naturally. I feel the new ways of teaching does nothing but leave out children behind. So much for no child left behind!
—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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
89%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
52%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
94%
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 66%
Hispanic 22%
Black 6%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 145%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 210%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 66%63%61%
Master's degree 30%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%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 11%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MRS. MARLENE BJORK
Fax number
  • (352) 671-6111

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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8445 Sunset Harbor Road
Summerfield, FL 34491
Phone: (352) 671-6110

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