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Kate Sullivan Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 831 students

 

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Posted June 30, 2014

My daughter will be attending this school and I heard it was wonderful, but after reading the reviews I can only wonder if the negative are negative for the right reasons. I see someone speaking about the out of zone children which my child is as if this were 1965 or something but I am sure that the school board has realized that bringing out of zone children means bringing diversity and studies have shown that children being in diverse environments improve their learning skills on all parts and to all children. I have studied child care for years. I am excited to have my child go there, I just hope she does not encounter those parents with small minds. This will be a great learning experience for her although she is already on the top of her game being above average in all her skills since before she stepped foot in anyone's school. She will be an asset to the school. My rating on this school is strictly on the good things I have heard and not on the negative people with small minds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

Warm, caring teachers, friendly surrounding neighborhoods (so classmates are often involved in the same extracurricular activities, too), super-involved parents. Kate Sullivan Elementary has made a strong effort to keep arts education, recess, regular PE, and other enrichment programs that add real educational depth (even a vegetable garden by the K-1 building) to the school in the face of ever-increasing pressure to teach to the standardized tests, and it works. My son is in 2nd grade and has been here from the beginning, and he loves his school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2012

I too had a little anxiety about sending my Kindergartener to public school. I can honestly say that the teachers genuinely care about the students. I really like that my son's teacher loves reading. She has made it fun for her students, which has made learning to read enjoyable. My son is reading as though he's been doing so for years. He loves school and that makes me extremely happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2012

Kate Sullivan Elementary School is award-winning and it shows! The teachers and staff are very professional and experienced. The school has been going strong since 1948.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2009

Kate Sullivan Elementary continues to be a strong school with a superb reputation. The teachers, staff and administration care deeply about each and every student. Parent involvement has increased dramatically during the last two years. There is a strong PTA with an active PTA board. Kate Sullivan continues to draw kids from private schools. There is a strong focus on student achievement and providing quality instruction for all students.


Posted October 3, 2009

Kate Sullivan's teachers are passionate about inspiring children to learn. And the school has a strong sense of community among parents and volunteers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

My daughter is now in 7th grade but she was at KSE from Kindergarten thru 5th Grade. We just loved the family atmosphere in this old downtown school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2009

this is a wonderful school! my grandkids love it! parent involvement is great and all of the staff care so much about the kids and the kids respond in kind.


Posted August 14, 2008

Many excellent caring experienced teachers. Wonderfully diverse student population. Good parent involvement. Smaller than many other comparable schools. Excellent test scores. Brand new media center and cafeteria. Lovely traditional, older building and beautiful campus. Convenient midtown location.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2008

This school is beginning to go downhill. Safety is a major concern with traffic and school policy enforcement. The teachers are wonderful but the administration makes excuses for safety concerns. PTA has about 10 parents every meeting if they are lucky.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2008

This school is beginning to go downhill. Safety is a major concern with traffic and school policy enforcement. The teachers are wonderful but the administration makes excuses for safety concerns. PTA has about 10 parents every meeting if they are lucky.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2007

I had my children attending a private school and due to some unfortunate events at that particular school, I ended up pulling them out and sending them to Kate Sullivan. What a blessing Kate Sullivan has been. This is an exceptional school! I have been so pleased with the teachers, staff and administration. My children have thrived and are clearly on the path of success, thanks to this wonderful school. Respect for the students, teachers and one another is clearly demonstrated at this school. The extracurricular activities are wonderful and enjoyed by the children. The curriculum is challenging and exceptional.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 12, 2007

For the past 4 years I have had the opportunity to experience first hand the wonders of Kate Sullivan. From the richness of the diversity of our student population, to the generosity and devotion of our volunteers, from the enthusiastic, innovative educators, to the supportive, fore-thinking Administration, Kate Sullivan remains a front-runner among Tallahassee s educational institutions. Where else can you find a faculty and administration committed to the belief that all children will learn in a safe, nurturing and challenging environment, and are valued and actively involved in becoming life long learners and productive citizens in a diverse global society, and who envision an established culture of continuous excellence in teaching and learning through rigorous and relevant academics with the assistance of the arts and emerging technologies nowhere else but Kate Sullivan! Imagine how fortunate I feel to be a member of this Team! Teacher, First Grade
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 3, 2007

I am concerned about teacher morale. This is not the same school it was 5 years ago. Thank goodness for art, music, WKSN, media or I would pull my child out. Assistant Principal is trying to hold the school together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2006

With a son that required some special needs, we were so pleased with the attention that he received during his stay at Kate Sullivan. At every grade level, K-5th, he was given the support of his individual grade level teachers, special area teachers, occupational therapist, and all the administrative personnel. Kate Sullivan Elementary status as a 'Blue Ribbon School' has truly stood the test in the results that we have witnessed with our son. As parents we always had an open line of communication with all his teachers and they all went the extra mile to inform us what it would take for him to succeed. We could not be happier with our experiences at Kate Sullivan Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2006

Kate Sullivan has a great academic program, most Teacher have good communication with parents. The SAC committee is committed to improving and maintaining the grade A standard they have
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2006

Sullivan is now more of a magnet school... half the kids are from outside of the school zone. Not sure why the school board did this, but the impact has not been good. The playground is now covered with portable classrooms and the out-of-zone kids just keep coming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

As a former student of Jennie Moore Elementary, I recommend it to enyone. Although there are some problems at the school, there will never be a school that does not have any problems. I compare myself to friends I know who went to different elementary schools in the area, and I know that there are very few that had the same quality of education. In the end, three out of the four children in my family recieved full scholarships for college and I attribute it directly to the quality of the curriculum and staff of the schools that I attended (and my parents of course!).
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 11, 2006

The school board has effectively turned Kate Sullivan into a magnet school for minorities - from 22% minority 10 years ago to 42% now, with school choice being used by every parent who works downtown (near Sullivan). There's less parent involvement, lower teacher morale, bigger classes. Portables have popped up all over the playground to accomodate the influx. I choose to send my child elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2005

First the good--an amazing art teacher, a high level of parental involvement, a good mix of kids, a safe environment, a handful of really amazing teachers. Now the negative--they spend far too much time teaching to the test, art and music are not an integral part of the program, new hires are not of the highest caliber, lack of leadership from the top, and no recess after grade 1.
—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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
59%
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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

141 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

144 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
77%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
49%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
79%
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 "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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 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 44%
Black 43%
Two or more races 6%
Asian 3%
Hispanic 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 59%58%61%
Master's degree 39%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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 12%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MRS. PAM STEPHENS
Fax number
  • (850) 487-0005

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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927 Miccosukee Road
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Phone: (850) 487-1216

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