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Sunset Hills Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 543 students

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted April 21, 2014

The school should be a 10 out of 10, the have an amazing staff and amazing teachers I transferred late into the year last year and my teachers Ms.Grant and Mrs.Ryan helped me feel like I was not alone at school. If I could go there again I would ,from the students side I would definitely recommend this school.


Posted November 14, 2012

Moving here from the Midwest. Watching my kid go to Sunset Hills has been a great experience. The Staff there is incredible when you walk in the school,it feels like the show CHEERS where everybody know your name. In my eyes they should be a 10. GREAT JOB
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2012

We relocated this summer and my son had to switch schools. I was happy with his previous school so I was a bit worried about the switch. All for naught. So far, Sunset Hills has far exceeded my expectations. I couldn't be happier. My son has thrived here. His teacher, Mrs. Davis, is amazing and I'm thrilled with how she has motivated him to become a better student. I look forward to the next 3 years at Sunset Hills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2011

My Daughter is a child with Special Needs. We have been working on getting her diagnosed and her medication regulated throughout this school year. I have to say that her teacher, Assistant Princpal, Guidance Councelor, and even the Office Support Staff have been amazing and supportive throughout this expierience. I am VERY happy my Daughter is part ofthe Sunset Hills Family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2010

We moved from out of state and the FL school system can be difficult to navigate through. My oldest son attends Sunset Hills and we are thrilled about his progress, he absolutely loves his teacher and can't wait to go to school each day. I love how involved the families are and how easy it is to stay connected with what is going on. Great atmosphere and staff. We couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2009

The best school ever. Great atmosphere. I am proud to be part of this school. Parents, teachers, administrators, and the community all seem to work together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2007

My son was transferred from another elementary school within the county, which was a blessing in disguise. He tells everyone he loves his school and his teacher and he tells his teacher everyday. His academics have increased 40% in just two months. He has the opportunity to enjoy the arts of music, art and P.E. We as a family enjoy the family activities that are available and sharing with the other parents. I enjoy volunteering there. Everyone is approachable including the principal. It really is a family atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2007

My Grandchildren have attended school at Sunset Hills since the early 1980s. One has since graduated from HS. Another is graduating this year. Two are in HS now and one is in Sunset Hills kindergarten. Another is almost ready for kindergarten. I have done substitute teaching there and now I volunteer two days a week. The teachers are wonderful. The office staff is very caring. The whole school is like a family.Teachers and office staff know most of the kids by name. They include parents and grandparents in everything. The students are treated with respect. Academics are important but I believe children learn much better in the kind of loving, accepting atmosphere at Sunset Hills. Just wish I had attended a school like this when I was an elementary student. In this school, kids want to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2005

Really good school! Teachers do care about students Administration is also very nice and caring. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
77%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

103 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 81%
Hispanic 8%
Black 5%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 19%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 70%60%61%
Master's degree 28%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
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