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Windermere Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 785 students

 
 

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Posted July 19, 2013

Windermere Prep has been an outstanding educational experience for our four children. The teachers and the administrative staff have been fantastic. My kids are happy to go school each morning. The learning environment is amazing and it is "cool" to work hard and excel in school. I realize that no school is perfect, but Windermere Prep has been very close for our family. Back Story - We moved from the Delaware to Windermere. At that time our four children were between 5 and 10. We had a year to determine where we would live and most importantly where our children would attend school. We researched and toured both the areas Public and Private schools. It became obvious the weakest link was the Public Middle Schools. Florida's educational policies make the FCAT test all important. Public School teachers are forced to focus all of their efforts on the slowest kid(s) so they can make the minimum FCAT score. There is no grouping of kids by test scores so a teacher can actually teach the same thing to an entire class at the same time. Teachers told us they actually apologize to parents for not being able teaching their children anything new for weeks at a time. Sad
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2008

The PTA definitely needs to be less of a clique and more warm and inviting. But of course this is a general representation of the Windermere community!!! The school is revered as one of the best Orange County Public schools but as a parent who has experience outside of this state, the curriculum could be enhanced in some areas and culture and diversity needs to be encouraged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2008

I would agree that this school is fantastic. The principal has always had a very welcoming ear to address our concerns and compliments. My child's teachers have all been wonderful educators excelling my child beyond the minimum standards. (And we have attended other schools in other states to compare it to.) I would agree that the PTA could use some work and is possibly holding this school back from a 5 star rating. The school has been completely remodeled and rebuilt with no portables in use any longer. They have wonderful technology devices in place for the school but is perhaps not using them to their fullest capabilities or creatively using the technology. But overall this is a very good school in a wonderful neighborhood community environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

They have a Montessori-type program called 'Verticle Team' and a Gifted Program. The teachers are great and the PTA has been #1 in all of Orange County for 3 straight years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

This is our first year here...we've been very happy with our teachers...The PTA leaves a lot to be desired in their presentation...not the warm welcoming committee I would expect to find at a school of this caliber.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2008

One of the best school in Florida! The appears to really care about the progress of the students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2006

This is a great school. The teachers are very professional and caring. The kids are all well behaved. I am very happy with the school. My kids tellme the school lunch could be better but other than that...I am not complaining!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2005

My family has relocated to the area and we have found that this school is amazing. They have helped us as a family as well as provided an excellent education for our daughter. Thank Windermere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2005

WES has been great for my son. He is in the multi-age program and has excelled. Parental involvement is very high. Very involved PTA program. Wish they would emphasis technology more but homework and levels of work are good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

Parent involvement is high at Windermere elementary. Teachers are of above average quality, but the school building is old and in great need of additions/remodeling. Until last year, pick up of a child took 10-30 minutes depending upon what time you arrived, and your car would have to traverse mud, hanging limbs and potholes through the trek. They have since repaved the facilities and it appears are adapting a new traffic pattern. The school is also supposed to be slated for remodeling. There are many portable buildings as well. My child's kindergarten teacher, Miss Carter was excellent and took a special interest in my son. She really loved to teach and motivated him to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2005

This was our first year at WES and overall it is a great school. We have a teacher that allows partents in the classroom to help out which was very important to me. The one negative I would say is that while Kindergarten was fun and creative it was not much in the way of academics. It focused on the ABC's, 1-12 written and counting to 100! A total review of preschool. I feel we are very behind comparing WES Kindergarten ciriculum to our friends Kindergarten ciriculum that attend a different Orange County School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

I have been very pleased with WES thus far. My son is in kindergarten this year. He has an excellent teacher, wonder if she could loop with her class. I appreciate the feedback from the classroom teacher on daily goings on within the classroom, as well as assistance with individual issues as they arise. We have been considering moving to be closer to family and jobs; however, we may have to rethink this as our school experience has been excellent thus far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2005

My daughter attended Kindergarten at Windermere Elementary. I feel the staff was very caring and actually enjoyed their jobs, her teacher was very loving and my daughter was extremely fond of her, and like wise! Parental envolvement was highly encouraged by the staff(I must say that it was refreshing to see so many parents active within the school). However,after attending 2 years of preschool in a VA school my daughter found Windermere to be a great place to spend her day but there was no challenge. I was very alarmed to find that in order for her to advance to 1st grade she only needed to know her ABC's and know how to write her name?! We have since moved back to VA, and my daughter (currently in first grade) is struggling, I was informed she may be held back. Something must be done about the curriculum in FL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2005

Good school, needs to keep teachers uplifted and support them more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2004

Wes seems very secure and a wonderful learning environment is provided. The teachers have seemed well (if not overly)qualified and genuinely concerned about the students and their achievements. The administration is solid and very structured. If there is any room for improvement as we see it, it would be in the communication to the parents on a more regular and timely basis. There seems to be a little delay or short response period by the time the parents are notified.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2004

Dr. Chisena has an open door policy and that means so much to me! She really does put Children First, not just when convenient but all the time!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2004

This is our first year here. Principal is nice, but not effective at getting County to get things done. Took 3 months to get new portables, and then another 2.5 to get them hooked up. In the meantime, class sizes for 1st and 2nd grade are at 27-29 kids. Many teachers don't allow parents in the classroom to help - not even to tutor slower kids. They encourage parents to shelve books in the library instead. yuck. Only average feelings at this point in the school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2004

I am not a parent, but am I past student of Windermere Elementary. I can say that the teachers are the best in the state. They go out of their way just to help those students with problems, they did great for me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2003

Our family moved to Windermere for the schools. We have one who has finished, two there now, and one future student. We love the school and are extremely happy with the progress that our children have made. I'll never forget the first funraiser we attended and how surprised we were to see the many parents who were involved and donated time, gifts, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2003

As a former student, I felt that Windermere Elem. was my home. You would feel welcomed and the staff are very nice. The after school progam, extened day was a blast! We would go on feild trips, play games and do arts and craft. Windermere is a great school, they just have to do something with all the portables. -Chelsea-Class of 2000
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%
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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
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 56% in 2014.

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
66%
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.

151 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
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
White 73%
Hispanic 11%
Asian 8%
Black 5%
Two or more races 2%
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 59%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 72%66%61%
Master's degree 26%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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11125 Park Avenue
Windermere, FL 34786
Phone: (407) 876-7520

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