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James Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 618 students

 

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Posted Thursday, October 16, 2014

One of the worst schools I have ever seen. My children have been bullied from day one and because of the color of their skin, nothing is being done to resolve the issue. My children come home everyday and tell me that teachers are cursing at students, slamming books on desk to get order and just outright ignoring the troublemakers of the class. My stepson has b been bullied everyday since school started and when he tried to defend himself, he was the child that for suspended. Again, I am a person who believes all people, no matter their race, age, or gender should all be treated equally. I would never pull out the race card on anyone but this school is by far segregating its students. I don't find any of the office staff to be helpful at all and the principa/VP are no help either. They are to concerned with other things that are apparently more important than my children's safety at school. We are currently looking to move, just to get away from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2010

I had the opportunity, not sure it should be acknowledged as such, to visit the school and must stay I am very disappointment in the Hillsborough County school system. My step children attend this school and would not dare to think to have my daughters attend. This school in my opinion does not reflect on the community as a whole, but that of a sector. I felt uncomfortable when we were asked to stand for the national "Black" anthem, are you kidding me. My national anthem has no color. It does not discriminate against anyone. I am all for supporting the culture when it does disrespect the country. I am an African American and can only imagine the discomfort the other attendees must have felt. This school is exactly why we still have segregation in some parts of our country. This school should be review for ethics and value.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2010

I am Actually Very Disappointed that i have to take my children to this school ! I am very concerned about the conduct allowed on the buss and the Language Used by the kids !!! Very Bad !!! I have made the decision to take My kids to school every day ! As for the Teacher my daughter had last year I was Impressed with His way of teaching IN the first half of the year , After this there was no Home work ,Never a grade on her Work and The folder was full of DONE work which was never touched by the Teacher .COME ON PEOPLE!!!!!! THESE KIDS ARE OUR FUTURE !!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2010

My child has been at James for 5 years and until this year I have had no problems at all. She has had 4 of the greatest teachers in Hills. county To include Mrs.London ,Mrs.Givens .Mrs.outten and a few others through summer school. Although my child's experiance has been great this year mine has fallen short of the professional expectations I have had . Again the only person to try and help resolve my issue was Mrs.Bogan and to no avail some of your teachers approach your parents in a manner as though they are better then them and use childish tactics to goad your parents. I just happen to be above allowing them to antagonize me into showing something I would'nt want my child to do. I do believe the teachers need to step back and take alook at thereselves and reconsider their position on how they approach their parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2009

My child have attend James for two years 2nd and 3rd grade. My son is EH and problems reading. These two years has been the worst. I have never seen a school so unorganize. The office staff is very unperfessional and no one ever knows whats going on. Mrs. Bogan the admin was the only one who help me get through these rough two years. I am taking my son out of this school and look in for a school that can help my son in reading to help prepare him for FCAT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2008

Today is my child's 1st Day at James.... I notice that I am the first parent to write a review on this school so I am very concerned about the parent involvement with this facility. I come from a background of a very educated family and although this is my child's 1st Day I had the opportunity to observe the school on Friday. I was amazed by the energy that Mya's teacher portrayed. When we received our tour, Mya's teacher was to attend a meeting. She immediately acknowledged us and began telling us about of background, introduced herself to Mya, provided us with all information she would need from me, and explained her style of teaching. Mya instantly became engrossed in everything Ms. Watson had to say. This school deserves more credit and the parents should be more involved. The office staff was attentive, and prompt. They really love their careers!
—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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
21%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
20%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
35%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
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 56% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
32%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
31%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
96%

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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 82%
Hispanic 13%
White 3%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 9%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 98%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 60%67%61%
Master's degree 36%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%0%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • DR. PATRICIA ROYAL, EDS
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4302 East Ellicott Street
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