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New Horizons Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 579 students

 

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2013:
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Posted May 9, 2009

My daughter went there for kindergarten and first grade. Mrs. Alerie challenged her and the two other gifted children as well as keeping the other children challenged but the next year the school went down the drain. FCAT preparatory and no challenge. Once Dr. Shoemaker left the school has dropped its fairness, discipline, challenge and greatness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

My child only attended New Horizons for a year before we switched to another school. Teachers are only teaching towards FCATs and the whole year is spent on getting high scores. Every review mentions the same and teachers unfortunately do not have time for children that are either a little bit ahead or children that need a little bit of help. If you compare New Horizons to the other schools in the area, they are lacking and are trailing behing the others. Ask yourself why? Children seem to be doing well in the early elementary years, but by 5th grade they are not averaging the state of FL scores. Also way too many fundraisers help by PTA! I found this school to be a bit odd and really no parental involvement or opportunities to be involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

Overall, I am happy with the school. I have two children attending, 3rd grade and 1st grade dual language. There is a lot of emphasis on FCAT and going from 2nd grade to 3rd grade is a big step academically. The teacher determines how much homework is given. I feel one of my children gets an appropriate amount of homework while the other is inundated with homework. The assistance I have received from Mrs. Bray, Guidance Counselor, has been invaluable. She is wonderful and is a great resource for parents. The office staff is nice and the nurse is also very kind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2007

I am a Mother of a first grade student at New Horizons.New Horizons in my option is a great school.I find that the teachers my child had go the extra mile for the students. The teachers and staff really want the students the be the best they can be. Like all FL schools there is a lot of time spent on the fcat. I do wish there was more Parent in involvement which is not the schools falt.I also think there should be more extracurricular activities for the younger grades. The education my child is getting is top notch
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2007

In my experience I am having a hard time getting teachers and the school understand. If it is not FCAT related, you can forget it. I am now going outside of the school for help and resource. The key to learning is more then just a tests and we are putting pressure on them at a very early age. The school does not have any other alternative to their program then what it is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2006

If you child is not slower than most they do not get attention to improve. They are so focused on FCAT scores that they focus only on teaching for that test. Their aftercare program is terrific, they have many different activities for the kids. The principal is very status quo. Between 2 children and combined 6 years there is only teacher that was exceptional . Very little parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2006

What a great school. My daughter sttended Kindergarden at New Horizons and had Mrs.Rane as her teacher, shes great. My daughter learned so much including how to read, write, spell and basic math. I am so pleased with her performance. This school is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2006

Great teachers in a friendly child oriented environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2005

The facility was adequate. The teaching staff was sufficient. Nothing to brag about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2005

My children have spent two years at this school, The office staff are very friendly & helpful.But when it comes to your child having difficulty you are in for a long wait & alot of disappointment. While the teachers are well educateded, To get your child tested for any type of learning problems you will have to keep on top of them because they will continue to put off your concerns and those of your childs teacher. If your child can hold there own and there are no ESE needs your in a good place. But if there are Any needs be warned this is not the school for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

Good programs, music is lacking a bit, a lot of parental involvement.
—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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
49%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
93%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
57%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
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
Hispanic 49%
White 28%
Black 16%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 16%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 73%73%61%
Master's degree 27%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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 6%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MRS. ELIZABETH CARDOZO
Fax number
  • (561) 651-0550

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13900 Greenbriar Boulevard
Wellington, FL 33414
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