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W. Melbourne Elementary School For Science

Public | PK-6 | 551 students

 
 

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Posted March 17, 2014

I was a former student at WMSS and have several major complaints. First off, the current principal is an egomaniac who completely disregards the opinions/ concerns of students. Secondly, she has imposed several rules regulating the lunch aspect of the school day, requiring complete silence, as well as requiring that one sign up for the different options for physical education (recess). Where as before, the whole area was free to roam and change games as one would please. The principal has also repainted the school from its original tan and dark green color scheme to one of a more dark orange, creating a bleak outlook.


Posted December 20, 2013

Great School. Mrs Hershberger is great! Involved and concerned principal and teachers for the most part. My daughter loves it here and with the exception of one teacher last school year, I am very pleased!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

This school is amazing for your child IF they like and excel at academics. It is faster paced than the normal public school. People know this going into it. It is supposed to give your child a great head start when it comes time to get into a good middle school program. The communication is on the average side but the academics are great and we have loved it. Both of my boys have done very well as I anticipate that my daughter will also
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2013

This school cares little about children who need that extra push because they are so lazy to do the work. I t is notewothy to let the public know that if your child has any little struggle, the team of teachers is quick to claim him or her to be ESE which warrants a definite lablel on that child. My child was so uncomfortable at this school; I don't want to put her in this predicament for the sake of prestige!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2012

Good curriculum - value in having small school with limited number of classes per grade - science instruction is top of the bunch. Lots of great extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2012

Best school ever ! BENNETT KENT is a good kid ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2011

The overall strength of this school is that these students come from families which have involved parents. Children perform well, but likely would perform well at any school. The strength is that education is valued by all families. At times, the instruction can be lack-luster, primarily because behavior is often not an issue. Also, organization (using planners, coordinating tests, parent communication) could really be improved. It looks like there will be no PTO this year. Issues have arisen in the ease of volunteering; the process had gotten complicated. That's disappointing. We continue to keep out children here because we know that the other students come from families with similar values and that it is a more sheltered environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

My children have attended WMSS for four years and I have been happy with the teachers and administration. I am concerned for next year as so many changes are being implemented. Teachers are being moved all around and they are seriously considering departmentalizing (having students change classes) in third through sixth grades. I think fifth grade is challenging, Children in the fourth grade and below need the support and consistency of having the same teacher. Personally, I think if something works, then it need maintenance - not an overhaul.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

Because of the small classes, the children get much more personel attention from the teachers, also everything is done to keep the children focusted and interested in the subject at hand.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

I am so pleased with the changes being made by the new administration this year. The school has always had great teachers but now I can say the same about the administration! Readily available and willing to listen. A much more positive environment for students and parents alike.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

They always score in top 10 in the state, they don't accept excuses, aren't afraid to not be politically correct!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2009

Both my kids have been attending WMSS for three years. I can't begin to say how happy I am with the school. Diciplined, structured, and nothing but the highest expectations. It's not for every child, but they instill the qualities I would like my kids to have. And I disagree with any comments about stuffy teachers, all my kids teachers have been both loving and strict. Anyone would be lucky to get into this school. I feel those parents who have taken their kids out have missed a once in a lifetime chance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2009

WMSS is an excellent school. A public school which is run like a private school (i.e. smaller school size, uniforms, higher standards ). My son loves this school. He has plenty of friends here and feels like he is part of a family. In response to some of the low rater's on this site...you get back what you put into it. This school expects you to put a lot into it, especially parents. I try to foster high expectations in my child. He enjoys the accelerated learning that is part of his education here. The teachers and admin here are highly accessible. If you are like me and want you child to behave properly and quietly while standing in a straight line, WMSS is for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2009

I believe that this school is great school for anyone who is involved. There are a couple I see though. Like the fact that there aren't enough chances for parents to volunteer, so some parents barely get in the 20 required hours of volunteering. Also how they make you stay in a straight line and not say a word to each other as you walk, almost reminds me of an Army school. I myself think that overall the school is great, and is worth going to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 11, 2009

This school is winderful if you are an involved parent and not a complaining one . You must want what is best for your child and not what looks good for as a parent . The faculty and staff work very hard to make sure all children are challenged and do well in all parts of their lives not just in school . I take great pride and I trust the administration to do their best for the whole child . So I volunteer and speak my mind when I have a concern , This is a small school and we are very lucky to have it as one of our choices but it does have it's draw backs everyone 'thinks' they should know everyones business . So if you are looking for a great school this is it !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2009

I had high hopes for this school and when we won placement in the lottery, we were thrilled. Unfortunately, this school isn't even close to my expectations. It may have been a better school under earlier leadership, but it's not great. My daughter may be accelerated, but they have not done a good job at fostering a love of learning and school instead is a chore. It shouldn't be that way. I also agree about an elitist attitude, which is just silly. We won't be returning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2008

My son has been at the school for three yers and I think the standard has fallen..I wish they did a better job of selecting and monitoring the teachers. The atmosphere is stuffy and I really wish they had old fashion parent-teacher meetings. The parents feel they are better than everyone else and so unless you come from certain circles you are overtly excluded. During the science fairs, projects that obviously were done by parents were given awards and those that showed children's effort were overlooked. I am a teacher myself and believe me when I say that the only things that WMSS fosters and cultivates are cliques and elitist behavior in the pursuit of fcat scores while ignoring the children.....the school is totally overrated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2008

Personally the school has been great. Excellent GSP, very fun. In my perspective I think that having to be drawn from a lottery is not that bad. At least not to the students, since it's the parents that would most likely care about that. I see some think they are majorly stict on being quiet and walking in straight lines, does it really matter if they do. It displays discipline. What matters is what the children learn, and the FCAT scores reflect that. As a student I feel I have absorbed quite a bit of knowledge from WMSS over the years, especially with the 'advanced curriculum'. Knowing this, since 7th and 8th graders have seen my math homework and comment they do basically the same thing. So this school ROCKS, and is very awesome. *Teachers are usually and most likley the reason for the students' accomplishments.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2008

My son graduated from this school and my daughter is entering 6th grade this year and has been there since kindergarten. Overall, it is a great school, especially in the lower grades. However, being a science-focused school, I'm disappointed that after fourth grade, my kids no longer went to the science lab. The fifth-grade science teacher did labs in her classroom, which my kids enjoyed and learned from, but in sixth grade the science curriculum was not as good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2008

Academically, WMSS is undoubtedly one of the best public elementary schools in Brevard county (and in the state of FL). The school boasts excellent FCAT scores and students from the school routinely win high awards at district science fair, etc. My children are thriving there. However, I do think there are some changes that need to be made. For one thing, the atmosphere is not inviting somehow..the school is a little cold and there is not a great 'community' feel. Also, the emphasis on walking in a straight line, not talking too loud, etc. is EXTREME. Luckily, my kids happen to be quiet and 'good' but kids who are the least bit hyper here will have a tough time. The cafeteria 'discipline' there, for example, is depressing...a constant barrage of threats over the microphone...not a very nice environment for the kids to eat lunch in. Changes need to be made.
—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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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90%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
83%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%
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 53% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

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Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

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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
White 68%
Asian 12%
Hispanic 11%
Black 6%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 4%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%58%61%
Master's degree 32%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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2255 Meadowlane Avenue
West Melbourne, FL 32904
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