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Northwest Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 657 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 30, 2014

The Educators, Administration, Lunch staff etc. are doing a good job, but the car-rider drop off line is awful. I have absolutely no complaints about anything else but that. DEAR Hillsborough County Schools: stop adding to the school population...UNTIL the parking lot and adjacent roadway can accomodate the traffic that has to pass through Hutchinson's ONE LANE road- it's ridiculous!! Sincerely, all the car riders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

My son goes to this school in 2 nd grade. I have loved the teaches and how much he has learned. Great communication and very rganized. A+
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

Great school with fantastic teachers! My daughter attended k-5 and was very pleased with her experience. Her test scores are excellent thanks to the dedication from an amazing staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

I just moved to Florida and my three kids started attending Northwest a couple of months ago and I have to say they love it. All three of the teachers my children were assigned are wonderful. The staff never gives me any problems. I don't know if bad reviews are just old or from annoying people. This school is awesome and trust that your children are in great hands and with people who care about them. The lunch people even knew all three kids the day they started. While I was given my tour of the school they said hi and knew their names I was surprised since they didn't know them. It's all been nothing but up since then. These bad reviews are shocking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2012

we had a totally opposite experience enrolling our three children. IT was amazing and I had such anxiety about leaving them as this was our first public school.(we had been abroad in Europe for the past year). the asst. principal was AMAZING, the secretary helpful and kind, the nurse and other office staff kind and accomodating. the Principal kind and thoughtful and willing to share after i had to come back with more paper work!!! He had checked on all of our chidlren . All of the teachers were amazing and the KIDS LOVED IT!! They rode the bus for the first time and wow, it was great..they cannot wait to go back on monday and we are so happy! Mom and Dad slept great last night!!! Thanks to all of you who made our day and transition so much easier! We are looking forward to great things at northwest! We feel blessed that God led us to you! We have total peace with our children being at this school, and were totally impressed with the entire process! Thanks again!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2012

New residents in district, went to acquire registration info, staff was very rude and distant. We remained in good spirits considering they may be having a bad day... but no, our presence, which was scheduled, was portrayed as a major inconvenience for the office staff. Should we expect our kids to be treated the same way?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2011

My daughter has attended Northwest since Kindergarten and is about to start fourth grade. Every teacher has exceeded our expectations plus my daughter LOVES school and enjoys learning -thanks to her amazing teachers! Kudos to her past teachers (Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Mezulis-Mays, Ms. Brookbank)- you are a credit to your profession!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

I am a parent of a child in Kindergarten. My son has been very happy at Northwest and loves it there. They have had many social functions and funraisers. The office staff is very welcoming and helpful. My son's teacher, Mrs. Cacciatore, has been great and very forward with my son's progress. He has had some difficulties with reading and she has given us so many options to improve his skills. We will support our neighborhood school and continue there in the fall. We are very happy there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2011

My child has been a NW student for 4 years. This school has an A rating that is not deserved. The school has a handful of good teachers with a terrible administration. Apparently, the principal fails to recognize that retirement is long overdo. The Assistant Principal, guidance counselor and school psychologist shamefully do not meet the needs of students who are in need of IEP. Since the county changed the criteria for determining special ed needs this school has done nothing to become proactive in the RTI process. Thus, struggling students only get help when they are failing. What type of school allows children to fail before initiating an educational plan. These people call themselves educators...they should be ashamed of themselves!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2010

Too bad the teachers dont' take the time to actually listen to their studens and realise that not all children learn the same way, or respond to the same types of things
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

i love this school mrs burak help with all of my children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2008

I am very impressed with this school. My son is in Mrs. Mezulis-May's second grade class and she is just fantastic! We have always gone to private Christian Schools and had lots of reservations about public school. But the warmth, professionalism and caring of every facility member I have observed has far exceeded my expectations. We could not be happier with our teacher and look forward to this school year. Thank you Northwest! Angie Samuels
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2007

I would like to say I loved this school. Mrs. Burak was an awesome help with my Daughter. I also enjoyed the optional uniform policy. I think this school very involved with parents and students, and really cares for the students progress!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2007

After having my children in private school for many years we joined the Nortwest's team approximately 5 years ago. Compared to St Lawrence as high rated as it comes, Northwest is much more individualized, ]more caring, more goal oriented and an excellent place for children to learn at their individual levels and pace. I have had three children in this school (presently two) at all grade levels and I can only say that we have encountered the best teachers in the county. Prepared, loving, encouraging professional individuals who are dedicated to the children and their careers. Last but not least, our principal stands above the rest. She knows our children by names and personalities and she has always been a pleasure to relate to. Be proud of your school and support it. Northwest's staff spends as much time with our children as we do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2006

I have students with the school for the past 5 yrs. I find the teachers are well qualified and always willing to meet with parents for the childs benefit. I also, volunteer there over 16hrs per week. Therefore i see alot at the school and feel i am able to make claims about this school. This school is lacking in one thing...Parent involvement! those who criticize the school don't come and volounteer their time. I know several stay at home parents who don't help. I work a 40 hour week yet am there. Parents need to quit thinking they are 'entitled' to schools raising their children. Get involved and see how it is before you say the 'teachers are unqualified' and other negative things as this.I love northwest and will be there for my smallest child who is now in 1st grade till he is done with 5th!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2006

NorthWest Elem doesn't have qualified teachers to assist in identify or working with any child suffering from learning difficulty. IEP plans are ignored. No one knows what happens to the additional state funding that is provide to the school for these children. Fail rate per student are high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2006

This is a great school with amazing teachers. They try new things and aren't afraid to think out of the box.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2005

I am not impressed with the public schooling here in Florida. The teacher are lazy and the academic programs are behind the grade level. Not sure how this school is an A rated school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2003

My son is in his last year at Northwest and my daughter in her first. I continue to be impressed by the curriculum, teachers, and overall quality of Northwest. Students always come first! Way to go Northwest!
—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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
97%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
70%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
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 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 55%
Hispanic 28%
Asian 7%
Two or more races 5%
Black 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14%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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16438 Hutchison Road
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