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Desoto Trail Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 666 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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Posted August 5, 2014

Couldn't agree more with the parent comments regarding Desoto Trial's emphasis is on FCAT and their "A" rating.....and the child who doesn't learn in a rigid environment is severely "left behind". We also had multiple meetings with school administration and are so happy we are not returning this next year. Our daughter has also become nervous and frustrated about academics at this point because of her experience last year.....not so much anxiety but very poor academic confidence in herself as a result of her experiences at Desoto Trail.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2014

I loved Desoto Trail. I loved the teachers they were very nice and thoughtful. The teachers really tried to help you if you were failing. My teacher helped me by offering to tutor me. The people are really nice!


Posted May 29, 2013

Desoto Trail rocks! Top notch school that my child loves!!!!!!!!!!! You can't go wrong. We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2013

This is a fantastic school Overall. Almost every single teacher I've come into contact with at this school has genuinely seemed caring and personally vested in the success of my son. We've had a few challenges with a very small number of teachers, but they are in the minority. What I find the most amazing is the parent involvement at this school. It's been a pleasure to have my oldest son there, and I know my little one will enjoy it next year when he goes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2012

Very disappointed in this school - my sons grades have slipped greatly since attending. The emphasis is on FCAT and their "A" rating and the child who doesn't learn in a rigid environment is severely "left behind" - 8 meetings later with the school administration and we are pulling our son out. This is a great school for the child who is very academic in nature but in our case our child has become very nervous and frustrated at this school - to the point of severe anxiety.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

We have great teachers, great parents, great volunteers and the best Students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

DeSoto Trail Elementary School is commited to invest time and efforts in their students as well as in the community. I love the fact that they are constantly promoting activities and events in which the family is involved. Moreover, the teachers and the entire personnel work diligently to make sure that our children succeed! Thank you DeSoto Trail!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Having examined many of the Leon County schools as part of my job in social services prior to having children, I can honestly say that DeSoto Trail is one of the better elementary schools in Leon County, and it is one of the best schools in Leon County for ESE children, particularly autistic children. My son is a ESE/Kindergarten student at DTES. My husband and I researched schools in depth and bought a house specifically in the DTES zone to be sure that he was zoned for this school, that is how good they are with ESE. Their regular education is exceptional as well in my opinion. DTES works very hard to integrate ESE children with regular ed children as much as they can, which in my opinion is a great experience for all of the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2009

great family oriented school, high academic standards
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

I have sent two children [one from original class] and now 1 grandchild to the school. Great teachers, caring staff, wonderful curriculum
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

These trailblazers are exactly that! The PTO is always searching out ways to volunteer their efforts to make the teacher's job easier. Innovative fundraising activities and caregivers lighten the load of every one involved in molding the minds of the future leaders of our world.


Posted September 20, 2009

The teachers at DeSoto Trail are phenomenal! They go above and beyond to make learning fun and exciting for the children. The atmosphere is welcoming. We couldn't be happier there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

Everyone works hard to make DTES the best school it can be in order to provide our students a solid educational foundation for future success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

The reason why I think Pineview Elementary School is the best because the staff trys really hard to do their best with the kid.They make the kids their number one priority. My kids come home everyday and brag on their teachers and how much they like them. So I think they get an A+ in all the efforts and accomplishment they do. Now thats what a school is consist of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

The school and its teachers give my child a great education. They really care for the child. When they need help, someone is always there for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

The teacher's here care about the students far beyond just what happens in the classroom. This school is also wonderful with being creative in it's approach to teaching, with fun learning experiences such as plays, field trips, and hands on science.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Pinview is great they take pride and students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

I am so proud of the wonderful and careing teachers at Desoto Trails. I love the special reading program which included little dogs for the children to read to. This program helped my Grandaughter so much.


Posted September 18, 2009

Great teachers. Great administration


Posted September 17, 2009

Great teachers and administration! Everyone makes you feel like you belong.
—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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
85%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
98%

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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 78%
Black 10%
Asian 5%
Two or more races 4%
Hispanic 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 169%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 24%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 45%58%61%
Master's degree 55%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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5200 Tredington Park Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32309
Phone: (850) 488-4511

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