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Keenes Crossing Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 1000 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 8 ratings
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014

This school has 1200 students, and 10 kindergarten classes. It is way overcrowded and impossible to get your child into class on time during morning drop off unless you get to the school one hour before it opens. Picking up of children is just as chaotic and frustrating for the children as the adults. Chaotic dismissal and overcrowding of school does not make a good place for elementary students. Week one of school and already very disappointed. Thinking of a private or home schooling over this situation for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

We love Keenes Crossing! The teachers are so engaged and really look out for my daughter's best interests. We moved here from MD two years ago and have been amazed at the level of great education that she is receiving!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

I AM THE FATHER OF A STUDENT DAVID FRIDMAN WHO HAS 12 YEARS OLD AND IS VERY HAPPY WITH THE SCHOOL AND ALL THE STAFF.I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2014

I have had 2 children at the school for a year now and absolutely loved their teachers from last year and this year! They challenge my kids and really care about them! There are also great parents! Twice parents I don't even know have helped my children. Once when my son fell of his bike and got hurt and this week a sweet parent bought my child lunch when his got ruined. I am sure like every school you may have teachers or situations that are not ideal, but this school has been great for us and the families we know also love their teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

We used to love this School. However, we now have grave concerns. Our child witnessed retaliation for answering a question wrong in a small group settings class. The ESE specialist lost her temper and threw a chalkboard eraser in the direction of the child. In doing research we have discovered this was not the first time this School has had investigation in recent time concerning alligations of similar abuses within this ESE department. Not sure if is the same Teacher .. Regardless something is wrong if Teachers feel the freedom to make poor choices concerning displaying their emotions by means of lack of control in the areas of anger and using fear and intimidation towards the students. I would not recommend this school at this time until these issues are handled and under control.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2014

This school is the cream of the crop. For the past few years I have had the wonderful pleasure of having an ESE student at Keenes Crossing Elementary School. I have been thoroughly pleased with the dedication of the teachers, the commitment of the staff and the "students first" attitude of the administration. I have never had concerns regarding my child's education and/or safety as school staff members are vigilant about education and security throughout the school campus. The Parent Organization has been extremely supportive of the school and students. Their efforts are reflected in the wonderful spirit and involvement displayed by the students and the families. I could go on and on, but there is simply not enough room and time. A quick eparting thought....when searching for a home and a school you should strongly consider a school whose administrations is award-winning caliber, a staff that is dedication and commintment lead to the best possible education I have ever seen a child receive and a school community the exudes family involvement and student succes....you should consider Keenes Crossing Elementary School! You will not be disappointed!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

Not a safe harbor for my child. The main reason is an uncaring, irresponsible and wreckles principal. Staffing skills are non existent and supervision of the staff is a poor to say the least. My child had seven teachers in 2.5 years and almost all of them had issues with safety compliance and curriculum. I feel sorry for those great students and teachers that are stuck with no options. Hopefully something is done soon so this school can be saved from the obvious failure. It needs to start from the top. Parents, talk to your children and make sure are treated with dignity. Don't take anything for granted and don't count with the administration for help. Get others involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

One star is too high for this school. Worst public elementary school in Orange County. Completely neglected my child educationally, mentally and allegedly physically. I have three DCF (Department of Children & Family) reports ranging from, leaving my child unattended, loosing my child and a staff member physically abusing my child.. The administration is unqualified and uncaring to say the least. I would have never purchased a home in this school zone if I had any idea what a train-wreck this school was. Thankfully I was able to get a transfer due to their absolute neglect. Do not make the same mistake!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2014

Fantastic teachers and parental involvement! Teachers worm hard.to challenge students as well as reinforce missing skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

Our experience at KCE has been good. The school is full of lots of caring & well educated teachers. Parents are very involved and spend lots of time with their children and it shows. The principal is very focused on academics and test scores...she lacks greatly in social skills. The assistant principal, Ms. Amy Lerman, makes up for this big time. Not only does she know my KG and 2nd grader by name, but she also knows their quirks, likes, and personalities. She talks directly to them and treats them with respect. The two together make a good team. Yelling by the teachers is tolerated way to much. Ridiculous!Lunch in the cafeteria is lacking. Most of the lunch room staff have horrible attitudes. Parents have been volunteering and coming in to help there.KCE is a wonderful school overall...but regardless parents must be present! There is also a great sense of community.The school also has a wonderful gifted program and lots of great specials the kids regularly go to...science lab, science technology lab, art, music, PE,and writing lab. I would not choose another school in the area to be a part of.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2013

The very child-indulgent Berkley, CA parent's overall attitude shown in the post shows that the school was not the only party to his disappointment in this school as is alledged in the post. He had to be requested by the school officer to leave campus in the last "discussion". Teachers at this school don't just yell at students nor does the administration not do anything. His child was moved to another classroom where the complaining only got worse. Academically, Keenes Crossing is a top rated school in OCPS. All schools, as any other organization, will have flaws but overall this is a good school with caring teachers who want their students to give their best efforts...in this particular case, any effort.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 12, 2013

If your child is normal than by all means this school is great But if you have a child with Autism I suggest you look elsewhere!! Some of the teachers were not properly trained to handle behavior problems with autistic students and the answer was to isolate. My son escaped several times from them and would scream and beg not to go to school but would not tell or explain why? They don't look to kindly to outside help either in terms of other higher trained specialists. Again if your child is normal than I believe this is perfect school but if you have child with special needs look elsewhere where the teachers actually have degrees in Early child dev/Educational/Special Needs and behavior specialists that have more training.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2013

We love this school and so do our children! There are many wonderful families that are involved with making this school so great. The teachers are caring and really want the best for your child. The school councelor it fantastic! He has been so helpful and has innovative ideas. We think it is a great school and would highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2012

The Teachers care so much about each child's progress. PTO and After care program is wonderful too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2012

We moved from an exceptional school in Connecticut and were concerned about the Florida public school system. We have a 5th grader and a Kindergarten student. We have been extremely happy with the teachers and curriculm at Keene's Crosssing. Sure there are things that don't go perfectly every once in awhile (particularly at the start of school year) but once they work through the kinks, this is a great school. The teachers are creative about motivating the kids and give so much of their personal time to make school fun. We haven't encountered any bullying or bad behavior by teachers or students and everyone is genuinely nice. Our kids and their friends all love going to school and there always seems to be something exciting going on for them. I'd be remiss if I didn't give a special recognition to Mr. Schroeder and Ms. Vason who we're certain will forever be our kids' favorite teachers. Mr Baron, the Assistant Principal does an outstanding job as well. The school rating attests to the quality of the academics but these parent ratings attest to the quality of the experience and we're not surprised to see so many 5 stars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2012

Keenes Crossing is a wonderful school. We moved to Florida a year and a half ago from Massachsetts and the first school my children attended in a different county was horrible. We moved to Winter Garden last summer and my two children, a fifth grader and a first grader, have enjoyed every day here at Keenes Crossing. Both of their teachers are outstanding and have given both my children a passion for learning. The teachers and staff are always available and keep us well informed. I would highly recommend this school to any parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2012

We recently moved into the community and loved our children's previous school. We could not be happier with the transition. We came in half way through the year and the front office, teachers and staff have made it so easy for our chidlren to adjust. They love it! and so do we. We feel so relieved that they are feeling comfortable in thier surroundings. The children in thier classes were very accepting to a new student and made them feel so welcome. They also have a very good challenging gifted program. It is more developed than most schools in the area. The PTO is great and provide lots of opprotunities to get involved with the school. They also sponser several functions throughout the year. Because the school is located within the community lots of kids bike and walk to school, which we love too. We couldn't be more pleased with Keene's Crossing and would definatly recommend this school to other parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2012

I definitely agree with all the reviews. This is a great school! Teachers, Staff and PTO are very involved and they truly care about the kids. They offer a variety of extracurricular activities. The ASP is awesome. My son loves going to school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2011

This school is very organized, exciting and a great environment for the children. The teachers are dedicated, the principal is involved and the PTO is fabulous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2010

great school, good teachers,clean,academics programs very good, love ASP, before and after care.my child can,t wait to return to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

191 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

191 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
64%
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.

163 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

162 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

160 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

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.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

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 "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

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 66%
Hispanic 17%
Black 7%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 4%
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 79%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%66%61%
Master's degree 30%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 2%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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5240 Keenes Pheasant Drive
Windermere, FL 34786
Phone: (407) 654-1351

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