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Seminole Trails Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 802 students

 

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Posted June 9, 2014

My child and my experience at this school has been memorable. There are ups and downs like any other school. The teachers are very supportive and so are the office staff. The school works really hard to teach the curriculum and positive and respective behavior. The staff have been there a long time and care about their students and what they do. I must also add that the students care about the faculty, too. I have no doubt that this school will continue to improve. No school is perfect. Bullies are in all schools. As parents we need to teach our children how to overcome these trials of adolescence as we did our own.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2013

This school sucks so bad that when i got there it literally smelled like urine and the people at the main office were not nice at all. The whole school is a joke.


Posted November 4, 2012

i went there glad im out though I could bullied everyday and the teachers dident care the asistant princeble was the only good one


Posted October 14, 2012

I have had nothing but a positive experience with Seminole Trails Elementary. Ms. Poundstone has been my daughters teachers for 1st and now 3rd and I feel so lucky that she has such a caring teacher. The teachers really go above and beyond for the students. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2012

My daughter was in K last year and had a fantastic teacher, Ms. K. She was wonderful with all the kids and taught them creatively. We requested her for my other child for this coming year, but it turns out the awful awful administrators-principal and asst principal-hadn't renewed her contract. My husband and I had heard the administrators we bad but didn't worry cause the teachers were so good and effective. Nearly all the K teachers have left the school voluntarily to get away from the administrators this year! I am so disappointed and wish Ms. K. All the best. Hopefully she will get to work in a better environment this year, but my child won't get the benefit of her caring creativity this year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2012

My son attended this school for a year and a half before I pulled him out to home school him. His teacher for kindergarten was fantastic, and the teacher he started off with for first grade was working with me. They switched his teacher with no notification and the problems began. The last week before I called it quits on the school, my son got sent home on the bus while I waited in the office for an after school meeting (for which he provided me with none of the information I requested), then let my son sit aside asking to use the restroom until he wet himself in front of the class. I registered my son for home school that day and took him out the very next day. From what I've heard, he's still teaching at the school and other parents took their children out as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2011

This should not even be considered a school.Please shut this circus down for the safety of our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2010

Revised copy: I have no compliants about the school . I'm the 1st teacher for my kids I'm involved in every area of their lives I don't depend on the school to teach my kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

While they claim to assist children with dissabilities, bear in mind that your child will be put in a lesser class if they have no where else to put them. It happened to mine. I cost me 1 year of his life and my job. So think twice before enrolling your kid here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2010

my daughter goes to this sschool she is in fourth grade and she love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2009

Not a bad school however the aftercare dept is horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2008

My son has attended this school since second grade. Its nice to see that everyone at the school worked hard to earn an A grade. He told me that the assistant principal took time to teach kids about writing and wrote essays in the classroom. It is a hard working school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2008

Good school, great staff. They really care. The Vice Principal is wonderful - the kids love him!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2008

I highly advise any parent with a child who has some type of mental disablity not to send their child to this school. If your child has behavoiral issues that your child has no control over due to their disabilty I highly advise any parnet not to send there child to this school. The principal she is very cold and dose not care about what your child has only that she thinks they have a behaorial problem. No matter how you try to explain what your child has it doesn't matter they do not care. The teachers have no educational back rounds on any type of mental disabilites to understand that student. They have no respect for these childern.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

I think this is a good school. I like the enviroment for my child and he's thriving. As with any school the more Parental involvement the better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2006

Thi school was very diappointing. My child transferred in and after being acclimated to one teacher, he was suddenly moved to another teacher who had no experience teaching his grade level. This was a problem in that she was used to handling much younger children and couold not handle her class or this age group. Also, she did not communicate openly with us as parents regarding our child's progress or improvement plans. Additionally, the principal i a very cold woman who cares more about her authority and position than the academics and well being of the students. If you desire your child to learn and develop in an encouraging environment, this is definitely not the school to send your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

My children are in 1st and 4nd grade and I found the academic programs to be good that my children where able to keep up with the school work. However, there are no extracurricular activities for children to be part of and that is very disappointing since our schools have taken out recess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

1. Cafeteria needs a change of management...to a professional, kind and respectfull towards children, teachers and parents. 2. School security is not available. Anyone can just walk in school and yet find some children by themselves been sent to the office and other messages. 3. Teachers need to be more aware of kids while at playground. 4. Administration needs to be more professional when dealing with parents, visitors and children at the front office.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

Seminole Trails has a good academic program and does have music, art, computer classes and P.E. available for the children. The lunch selection is not that great so I suggest packing. The teachers are very qualified and have the kids best interest at heart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

The only complaint I have is the safety. They have the 2nd grade class in the portable buildings and these kids have to walk by the bus area, plus all of the gates are open and anyone can get in. There isn't enough supervision out there our anyone to help with the crossing of the street.
—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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
88%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
29%
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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
99%

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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
Black 67%
Hispanic 18%
White 7%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 8%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 68%73%61%
Master's degree 29%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%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 11%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. JUDITH T GARRARD
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  • (561) 598-7050

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4075 Willow Pond Road
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