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Walton Academy

Charter | K-5 | 178 students

 

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Posted October 6, 2010

I am a grandparent and aunt of 6 children at Walton and I would not have chosen any other school for my children at this particular time. Not only is the staff prepared academically, but they care about other areas of the childrens' lives as well. My hat goes off to Walton Academy and its staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2010

I am a parent of 2 children that attend this school and having come from a traditional public school, have found this environment to be wonderful for my children. The teachers and administrators are wonderful and have a real focus on the individual student and his or her overall growth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2009

Walton gives the students the opportunity to really love school and express themselves through the arts
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 23, 2009

I have taken the time to read all of the postings about Walton Academy. Since this school year has begun there is a vast difference in opinions from the previous school year. Walton Academy may not look like your typical school because it is NOT! It is UNIQUE, ONE OF A KIND, and a PHENOMENAL learning environment. It has the most dedicated and caring group of teachers. The teachers work extremely hard to make Walton Academy a success. The amount of hard work, dedication, and personal time that the faculty and staff contribute to making the school an A+ school is noble. In my eyes, this school is a blessing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Walton Academy is a great charter school because it embraces the artistic side of each child. It is a proven fact that the arts add dimension to the learning process. Children involved in the arts traditionally do better in school when there is a combination of academics and arts. WAY TO GO WAPA!!!


Posted September 21, 2009

I love this school because of the teacher and their dedication to the students. I enjoy all their performances, the principal really knows how to display the kids talent and academic progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

It is a very good school where children love to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

This school is the best place for the kids to learn and grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

They excel in education and do fun things for the children to learn!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Wapa is a small school with large ideas keeping our children motivated to suceed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

I love the fact that they keep God in their curriculum!


Posted September 20, 2009

I love WAPA!!! It is an awesome school It's a family environment and the teachers and staff truly care about the students. We are an A+ academics and phenomenal in the arts. Keep up the great work Walton Academy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

This school gives inner city kids the opportunity to explore education through the art of music who other wise would not have the exposure. Way to go WAPA!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The nuturing and love they provide to the children. They teach them that they can be whatever they desire to be and provide the tools and support for the children to began the journey of the dream.


Posted September 17, 2009

I love Walton Academy for the Performing Arts because not only to they motivate their students to be the best, they provide a loving environment for their students. The school has the best of both worlds 'academics' and 'performing arts.' It's A+ school of choice with students who excel in performance! I LOVE WAPA!


Posted September 17, 2009

I like the quality of the teachers and the excellence in which they do all of what they do. Teaching others to excel with greatness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

The instructor is amaing. So much to offer. Building a great dance school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

This school is a blessing from God, it can do anything it sets it's mind to but fail!! This school does and will continue to do great things in the Tampa Bay area for our youth in and through the arts. Congratulations Sam & Tanika!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

It is an amazing place where education meets the arts and it has such a family atmosphere. The children love to be at school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2009

This school have got to be the Worst! school in the state of Florida. Dont waste you time, energy and money sending your child there. The principal is the worst!, and the teachers have no pride nor integrity, and no passion for teaching. I agree with all the postings listed here thus far, and i am relieved im not the only parent that feels this way. I withdrew my child from the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
33%
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.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
95%
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.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
11%
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.

18 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
92%
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 "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "F".
  • 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
Black 93%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 37%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/AN/A
Female 63%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 82%67%61%
Master's degree 18%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 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MS. TANIKA WALTON
Fax number
  • (813) 231-9271

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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4817 North Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33603
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Phone: (813) 231-9272

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