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Indian Trace Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 723 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted October 24, 2013

Really like the school, specially now with the new staff (including new Principal and key new members). In fact, they have a good structure, facilities but it depends a lot on the teacher / support you child have, and consequently the level of adaptation, motivation and development of your child. My 2 boys have just started on Gifted program and I can clearly see their faster development and excitement, as part of this great program. They both have excellent teachers. We are all very happy :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Small school with great teachers. The new principal is very caring and always talks to the kids and parents. You can tell she loves the school and the children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2011

I have to say my experience was one that was shocking! I am not going to keep my child at this school. They do not communicate with the parents on a basis as needed. I would not recommend this school for any child with special needs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2011

The front office staff is rude. The Principal needs to take responsibility for her students. Some of the teachers are very kind but others are not as well educated and some should not be working with student. Their is a definite lack of communication.


Posted August 19, 2011

On the fence about this. I'll have to wait until my 5th Grader goes on to middle school next year and then I'll have an idea on how well this school prepared him. From the outside and by that I mean the statistics and all the accolades that point to it, this school is great. My wife and I both hold graduate degrees and when we question some of the work, both by students and teachers, i feel like we get the cold shoulder. I think this leads to resentment and then of course it's taken out on my child and not me. I can only hear stories of "the teacher is on her cell phone all day" so many times and consistently so, before i have to believe that's what's going on. I'm tempted to attach a hidden camera somewhere to find out the truth. We had a death in the family last year and when my son, who naturally was not his usual self for some time after, expressed his feelings his teacher told him to "get over it." The teacher's definitely are "clique" and they play favorites to the parents they happen to be friends with and their respective kids. I guess I'm not surprised as the City of Weston is like that in general and most of the staff are residents as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2011

My child is in the gifted program at ITE because his 1st grade teacher (phenomenal woman) kept an eye on him through the year and really encouraged us to have him tested. I have to say that the teachers care and communication is outstanding, the classroom size is that of a private institution, the facilities are clean, nice, and safe, and the PTA involvement truly makes a difference in the programs available to our kids. My son has been offered a spot in the CITY Academy for the arts, mathematics and science at Parkway and the program seems superb, but the facilities and the surrounding community is such a stark contrast to ITE that we would never send him there after having such a wonderful experience at ITE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2010

I can't say whether this is a good school or not these days, but you cannot fairly judge a school by the size of its office or it's lack of color. Also, it would be inappropriate for the staff to say negative things about other schools. This is a public school and it's part of a larger system. The schools in the area are probably very similar. The size of the office has nothing to do with the education and care that are provided. Again, I am out of touch with this school, but I just think you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

I went here a couple years ago. Those were the best years of my life! The teachers were well educated and well aware what they were doing. The discipline was perfect! No child left behind! This has to be the best elementary school in America! This school could use a 20,000 dollar grant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2010

I am so pleased to have my child in this school. His teachers have been caring and inspiring. As a teacher myself, I understand the value of the education my son is getting at this school. I would not hesitate to send my daughter when she is older.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2009

The physical plant and the teaching materials are by far better than I have seen in any private school. The teachers are caring and the principal is approachable. My kid was writing sentences by the time he graduated from kindergarden.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2009

The physical plant and the teaching materials are by far better than I have seen in any private school. The teachers are caring and the principal is approachable. My kid was writing sentences by the time he graduated from kindergarden.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

My son just started kindergarten this year and so far I am disappointed in ITE. I heard what a great school this was and so far, nothing except the teacher student ratio has been satisfactory. Communication between parent and teacher has been extremely unsatisfactory- only get answers to questions when you go in and volunteer, otherwise, your on your own.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2008

I am very happy to have both my kids in this school, the principal is on top of everything, the assistant principal is a great man, always caring for every student, the teachers are good, there is a lot of communication if you need it, and the guidance counselor has helped if there was a necessity. My kids are lucky with the class size being 18 kids the biggest class they have ever been in. The school is not crowded at all, being one of weston's schools with the least amount of students, therefore teacher/student ratio is very low thank god. There is no room for bulling since the rules are alway set from the beginning and the kids know what is expected from them. Carpool is very smooth. And the cafeteria is extremely organized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

This is my daughter's third year at ITE and my son will attend this fall. I enjoy volunteering, you can really get to see what goes on in the school, especially when you volunteer outside of your child's classroom. The principal is extremely professional, caring and easy to schedule time with. The teachers are for the most part all very caring and loving towards the kids. You will always have a few strict teachers that the kids deam to be mean. Overall, my daughter has excelled at this school and is very happy there, I look forward to my son attending.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2007

The PTA involvement is super. My son is in 2nd grade and all of his teachers have been truly wonderful! The staff is very helpful. I can't say enough about this school. I got my son reassigned to this school when he began school and couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2006

Great school. Concerned teachers. Good kids. The best area, and PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2006

Indian Trace Elementary is a great public school. The new class size amendment has brought classes down to under 25 kids so in that respect it is superior to private schools. Grades come home every two weeks for the parents to review so you should know where your student stands. If I could change something about it I would have them emphasize multiplication tables as was done when I was in school. I think they don't emphasize them because of calculators so it is up to the parent to teach them on their own time. Also there are no after school activities that most boys would enjoy. Only chorus and art. It would be nice to have some sports available once or twice a week for a cost.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2006

I have two children in this school. It is a small school and has excellent reading encouragement programs as well as extracurriculars such as chorus, robotics and Spanish club. The students are very proud of their school and there are many caring creative, motivating teachers. The school stresses family involvement with programs like an evening talent show (last year's proceeds went to Tsunami victims), and a night of excellence in which children's works are displayed and the parents are invited to view them with their children. The PTA is very strong and contributes a tremendous amount back to the school, as well as to various charities. Students are taught repect and values as part of their curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2006

ITE is an excellent school. Where you ll find very dedicated teachers. We are not over populated (right now) and the kids have the opportunity to touch up on Spanish, music, arts, PE as specials every week. There is a very large percentage of parent involvements and teachers are very communicative. Office Staff is been there for a long time, they know everyone, and are very helpful. Our carpool is probably the most organized in the entire city. We love ITE
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2005

I have a 5th Grader at Indian Trace, and have volunteered there since he entered Kindergarten. The teachers are all strong academically, yet nurturing. We are an A rated school, (always achieving high FCAT scores) and that is thanks to everyone (from the strong leadership of our principal/assistant principal to all of the teaching staff) who maintains the path of excellence for our children on a daily basis. Our school also offers a variety of extra curricular activites for the children, including an Art program, Chorus and, soon a Spanish program. We are also very lucky to have a strong PTA, with hundreds of terrific parent volunteers. The PTA provides wonderful activities for the children, such Book and Safety Fairs, Talent Show and Spaghetti Dinner Night (with teacher performances). I know my son will leave this school absolutely prepared for Middle School. Indian Trace is second to none!
—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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
95%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
68%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
100%

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 "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

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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
Hispanic 50%
White 41%
Asian 4%
Black 3%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 59%53%61%
Master's degree 41%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%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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400 Indian Trace
Weston, FL 33326
Phone: (754) 323-6300

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