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New Springs School

Charter | 6-8 | 143 students

 
 
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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
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Posted July 21, 2014

This school provides students with the chance to get high school credit for some subjects (ex. algebra, geometry, foreign language). My son was also part of the College Mentorship Program (CMP) where he enjoyed trips and math & reading camps. I recommend this school to all parents looking for a school that focuses on advanced academics and enrichment opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2014

The teachers at this school do not get the proper support from the administration. The administration does not care about the students but care a lot about money. Teachers have been told that the money they raise for their room belongs to the school. Teachers do not have proper materials to teach lessons (especially SCIENCE and social studies). For a STEM school they do not have much in terms of technology other then smart boards. Lower elementary students do not even get time in the computer lab. The class gets one ancient lap top the most of the times does not work. I would never enroll my child at this school. Bullying is a huge problem and nothing is done. Students who verbally abuse another student are left in class because they did not touch the other student. Even when a student does hit or push another student they get a referral but nothing is done. I am so happy to say I do not work their any longer.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 6, 2014

The Secretary Kristina has a Rude Attitude and the way she deals with parents is awful . She represents the school in a bad way .I really Hope they replace her with someone that knows how to deal with parents and students .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2014

This is the best school I have been to! And I have been to 6 other schools. I love it here.


Posted November 3, 2013

I LOVE THIS SCHOOL...........MY SONS FIRST GRADE TEACHER MRS.B IS SO GREAT. HE IS LEARNING MORE THAN EVER IM SO HAPPY I MADE THE MOVE TO THIS SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2013

Teachers make stuff up. I got in trouble for staring at the board. They hand out conduct points like crazy!!!! They refuse to answer my questions. How can I learn? Five desks have fallen part en my fav teachers class. This sucks because now he is leaving. I hate this school but at least I am almost done.


Posted May 9, 2012

The teachers and staff are wonderful! The curriculum is unique and very well planned. The school offers a wide variety of classes. Physical education is one hour every day, which is almost unheard of in any Hillsborough County School currently! Children are encouraged to succeed and if help is needed the teachers go out of their way to make time for each student. We are extremely happy there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2012

NSS is a great opportunity for kids. Their teaching is more hands on which allows the children to get the experience they need to excel. Free after school tutoring is a major plus considering how pricey tutoring can cost. I also love the fact they do FCAT practice on Saturdays. I know for some parents it would be a imposition to bring their child to school on Saturday, but I find it refreshing to know they work on other things in the classroom other than FCAT. I would recommend this school to any parent who has a child that enjoys learning and who is looking for a zero tolerance discipline.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2012

I find this school to be one of the best my children have been to. Every school has their faults, but this school has positives that out weigh the negative. I would recommend this school to anyone who has a child that excels in Math and Science. Any negative review for this school comes from the children who get into trouble there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2012

I have a child in this schools elementary school and I find it to be a very pleasant experience. I feel this is a great opportunity for my child since it is a school where they know everyone by name and not by a number. At this school, I feel, they pay attention to everyone and make sure this get handled. The after-school clubs and care are a great help for the average working parent. This schools offers so much hope for kids in the area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2012

If you are a dedicated parent and your child is focused and want to learn, this is the school. Science Olympiad Team achieved to get 1st place in 2012 Regional Science Olympiad out of arround 40 schools. Dedicated teachers. Great After school activities. But ifyour child is not focused and do not want to learn, DO NOT bother sending your child here. Apart from science olympiad, this school has a whole variety of after school clubs, activities, and other great experiences to encounter. If your child is dedicated they will MOST PROBABLY love NSS... There are alot to participate in such as CMP, olympiads, perfomances on stages, and so much more. Going to this school, I could say that participating in these events was one of the best social experiences for my kid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2012

This school is by far the worst school I've been to.Some of the teachers hardly speak english,the principal doesn't do anything,and they have absolutely no sense of organization.I refuse to serve another year at NSS.This school doesn't make you feel welcome at all, I wouldn't recommend anyone to this jail.


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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 53% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
46%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

55 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
56%
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 47% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
79%
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 78% in 2012.

20 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 38%
Hispanic 28%
White 26%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 57%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/AN/A
Female 43%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 78%67%61%
Master's degree 22%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%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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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • 1st Place in Western Florida Regional Science Olympiad (2012)
  • 2 broze medal in Florida State Science Olympiad (2011)
  • 1st Place in FLL Lego League Robotics Competition (2011)

Special education / special needs

Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Health & athletics

Clubs
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
Clubs
  • Forensics club
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • MR. YUNUS AKSU
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (813) 527-9982

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Forensics club
  • Model UN
  • Robotics club
  • Special olympics
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
School leaders can update this information here.

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2410 East Busch Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33612
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Phone: (813) 933-5025

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