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Chiles Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 786 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted January 29, 2014

I can't even begin to tell you how amazing this school is.....teachers, past principal and the new one!!! The opportunities and "extras" at this school are unbelievable! We came from a local private school where we were paying out the nose and not getting even half the education my children have gotten at Chiles.... especially if you have a child that qualifies for the gifted program. The county wide programs like Battle of the Books, Tropicana Speech, Odyssey of the Mind cannot be experienced in the private schools. Not to mention the amazing bells and chorus program. I will definitely miss this place when my years here are done!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2013

Principle from 2012 was horrible she allows the teachers to disrespect parents. She doesn't follow the school board rules. I'm glad she was replaced there is a god!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2013

My daughter has adapted very well to which has been her very first school! The staff members that have worked with her are very dedicated and determined to exceed expectations. The school has a lot of activities aimed towards family involvement. These are offered during evenings and weekends, which as a working parent, allows me to participate in such events.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2012

This school is in major need of fair leadership! The children need to become the priority!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2011

My children have attended Chiles since the day that it opened. This is a tremendous school. The children are encouraged to use their imaginations and creativity. The teachers give and seek feedback with parents while providing love and discipline to the children. I have always felt that my child is safe and secure while I am at work. I am made to feel welcome and encouraged to visit or volunteer. You can get spoiled having your children in a school like this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2010

very poor principal at this school. Has her favorites and all others are out. What a shame too. Chiles has gone down hill since she took over.Wonderful teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 30, 2010

My child has attended this school for a few years. The new prinicpal totally caters to the parents who have money and those whom are not minorities. They have eliminated multicutural programs, every staff member's child somehow always gets into the chorus program, certain children's behavior (including bullying) are ignored because of who they are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2009

Great School, Great Teachers & Great Staff. What more could you ask for in a school. Chiles is a great school and my children love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2008

My daughter attended Lawton Chiles last year. It is a terrific school with great teachers and great kids and tons of support from parents. We moved out of state and I wish we could have taken this school with us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

My daughter really enjoys going to school. Teachers very dedicated and make an effort to make learning fun. Cannot wait for next year when my son joins his sister at Chiles. He is currently in a very expensive private school. Cannot believe you can get good quality education without having to pay the earth!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2008

What a school! This is by far the best school in the county. There is great parent involvement, excellent teachers and superb administration. Class size is low and educational activites are high. The curriculum is very strong! With public schools like these, who needs private schools?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2007

Both of my children have always gone to Chiles, so I don't have much data with which to compare Chiles to other elementary schools. However, I am impressed with the quality of the teachers, the facilities, the parental involvement, and so on. Based on that, I am giving Chiles the highest possible rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2007

This is my son's second year here and he's had two great teachers. It's a shame that with 'no child left behind' and having to teach to the test, he no longer has science every day. I don't fault the school for this, just the system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2007

The school had decent computer facilities, however for 850 students the computer/child ratio is incredibly low. The school my kids were previously at had a 2 child per one computer ratio and used wonderful new technology to stimulate student participation in the classroom. I think the size of the school is a major problem as there is lack of personal attention between principal and parents. There are just too many kids. The kids become numbers and are shuffled through the cafeteria, playgrounds, etc. Also teachers need training for special needs kids. My child has a LD and I had to train his teacher on how he learns. For such a Posh school, you have to look beyond the money, the glam, etc and see that there is a lack of personal relationships between staff and parents that would come with a smaller school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

This is my daughter's second year in the school. We considered private school first, but heard very good things about Chiles from friends & neighbors. We decided to try Chiles and have been so happy. It's a great school and my daughter loves it. There is a lot of parent involvement and I volunteer as well. Both years we have been very happy with the teachers as well. The staff is friendly & the principal is very 'hands-on'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2006

We are new to the school this year but it has been an extremely positive experience. My child loves her teacher, and has had no problem adapting to the size of the school. There seems to be a very high level of parent involvement. There is chorus for grades 2nd and up. And my child loves participating in the art and music classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2006

As long as your child is mainstream and not in need of any special education services, this is a wonderful school with great teachers, involved parents and sharp administrators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2006

My son only went to Chiles for 1 year (Kindergarten) but it was an outstanding school. He is now going to school in what is supposed to be one of the best schools in the country in NY, and I think Chiles was far better. Computers in every classroom, kids as 'anchors' on TV making morning announcements, summer computer class taught kids to create their own business cards...so many innovative, modern ideas. I was also impressed by the PTA, which gave a 'boohoo' breakfast for parents of kindergartners' after the 1st day, complete with tissue packs stickered with the date and school info. The teachers were wonderful, the kids were great, and the community was so nice. The only negative was the large class size, but that didn't seem to affect the quality at all. The covered playground was also wonderful w/the heat. I'd send my son back there tomorrow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2005

What a school! This is by far the best school we have ever been involved in great parent involvement, excellent teachers and superb administration. With public schools like these, who needs private schools?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2005

This has been a good school for my child to attend. The teachers have benn willing to change and adapt to my childs needs. My child has been able to be with a group of ethinically diverse students which has given her understanding and respect for others.
—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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%
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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
99%
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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%
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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 38%
Hispanic 22%
Asian 17%
Black 16%
Two or more races 6%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 15%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 62%67%61%
Master's degree 38%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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