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Valrico Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 773 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted July 31, 2014

I had two children who attended the school. My kids were was doing great until the administration was changed. They took a fun learning environment and changed it to a school only concerned about tests. Parents now get an unwelcoming feeling and the administration does not want to help out with any problems (especially when a child goes from loving and always wanting to be at the school; to being terrified to even get out of the car and not wanting to be there). I have taken my kids out of the school since no help or solutions were given and I only received threats from administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

Now before I begin, this isn't my school that I go to now. I go to Middle School but this was my elementary school and A great school like this can't go unspoken about! Because of this school I now have all advance classes for middle school. I've had so many fun experiences there and I don't think I've even regretted changing schools. Both of my nephews go there and next year my niece will too. I think it's possibly the best elementary school in the district. My fondest moment there would have to be the last day of school. Not because I was leaving, but because I saw the truth come out of so many people. I never did like music, not because of the teacher, but because I just didn't feel comfortable singing in front of people. But on the last day I had everyone sign my jeans, and I asked the teacher if he could write a note on them. And he did! A music note! I have those jeans stored in my hope chest with my biggest memories. Academically the school only does better I remember writing was my biggest weakness. I started as a 3-4 and at the end of the year became a 5-6. And now I write story's just for fun. Most of them are pretty good. I love this school, and I always will.


Posted April 3, 2013

After transferring to Valrico for the 5th grade from a public school that was ran practically like a private school this year is a wake up call in regards to behavior of fellow students. I can say that her teachers have been fabulous and all of our concerns have been addressed quickly by all levels of the administration. I would recommend this school to those moving to the area or for school choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2012

Valrico Elem. and the staff (teachers) in general were a pleasure to work with. That should not reflect on the principal DR. Knox who is as unfit for the job as anyone I have ever seen. A position like hers requires tact and social skill, neither are in her vocabulary. When you are talking about my kids expect me to be passionate and very detailed in my "interrogation" of those at the top. "I will take care of it" or "I will look into it" won't do it. Have a game plan and be prepared to share it with me. Most importantly if you are having a bad day/year, leave the personality at home and put on a fake smile. A little smile from time to time never hurt anyone!! My kids were both A students before they went there and remain so to this day, no thanks to the stern hand of DR. Knox. Hurray for the staff that puts up with her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2012

My family could not be happier with Valrico Elementary. We have twins in kindergarten and each teacher is fabulous! The students are regularly recognized for their achievements and the school offers many opportunities for parents to spend time at the school. The principals greet us, as do most of the staff. One child has been placed in ECE and the process was handled with such professionalism, yet compassion, for our child and her struggle with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Both children are thriving in this school and we would recommend it to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2011

I have a child that is Autistic and he has been in and out of general education and ese classes over the past several years and we have finally found the answer at Valrico in Mrs, Wagner's class. My child loves school now and is learning! WOW! She has my vote for teacher of the year
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

Awesome school, awesome teachers, great learning atmosphere for all!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

If you want your child to be taught ONLY the FCAT, and be in a school that your child comes home every day crying because they are being bullied . . .then this is your school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2009

The new private school bus service serving Valrico, Elem is a God-sent. I don't think they are affiliated with the school and their name is Kids Door To Door if any needs them. The school won't give you their info even if you call them but the number on the bus is 813-655-8470. The school has been great for three years and now that I have a school bus that my kids can ride I am delighted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2009

The teachers, parents, students, and community stakeholders work together to promote academic achievement. The school has been an 'A' rated school for 3 consecutive years and has a fantastic principal leader.


Posted February 9, 2009

Not up to Par. The school website is from 2005-06 School Year. The teachers and parents work together but the administration is lacking. I was not in the least impressed with how the principal treated students (and staff). A school is only as good as its leadership. Greatly regret moving into this school zone...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2008

This school is amazing. As a parent I feel so confident about my child's education. My child is very happy and the teachers really know their stuff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2008

Valrico Elementary has become the elementary school in the Brandon/Valrico area! I am especially proud of the ESE program which ranges from Pre-K to 5th grade students (various exceptionalities). The ESE and General Education teachers work together in a respectful environment that ultimately honors children as individuals.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 22, 2007

I could not be happier with the education my children are getting at Valrico Elementary. The teachers are hard working and dedicated. They remember that learning has to be fun, too. I support their efforts in teaching academics and character development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2007

I have had a student at Valrico Elementary for most of the last 7 years. I love this school! I have had awesome teachers and I really like the new Principal! She has taken the school and made it her own! If you aren't happy here you need to get involved! Join the PTA, volunteer in the classroom! This is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2007

My first grader (now second grader) attended Valrico for the first time in 06-07. I was extremly pleased with her teacher. She (Faircloth) was fabulous. I was very pleased with my daughters growth (education wise) while at Valrico. And the principal, Ms. Knox what fabulous...Love her!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

My daughter is in the AGP program and loves her teachers. She is eager to learn and excited about the upcoming year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2007

I have had at least one child in Valrico Elementary since the day it opened. I have always loved the teachers, principal, etc. The 06-07 school year changed all that. What I found this year was frazzled teachers, and absolutely no friendly smiles or contact with the office staff. I pulled my daughter from Valrico in Jan 07 and have never looked back. Even my parents who always attend grandparents day said it has changed for the worst. Such a shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2007

Our family are very pleased with the education that our son has received, from Valrico. Coming from England, we thought our son would not cope with the work, However in the three years that he has attend the school he has improved needlessly the staff and principal are very friendly and are always there for the children and parents, no complaints from us at all
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2006

2005-06 Was our first year in valrico elementary and it was a great experience. Great facilities, but above all great teachers, principal,support staff and pta.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
59%
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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
90%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
47%
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.

147 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
99%

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 "B".
  • 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 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 54%
Hispanic 28%
Black 9%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 40%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 88%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 73%67%61%
Master's degree 27%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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609 South Miller Road
Valrico, FL 33594
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