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Whispering Oak Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 754 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted September 7, 2013

Our son is in his second year at WOE (in 4th grade now). He went through K-2 in a Bay Area, CA, school district. We have been overall dissatisfied with this school. His teacher last year rarely communicated with us, and had difficulty with technology. Our son has come home with "facts" that he learned at school (and we verified were taught) that were just plain wrong. Getting children out during the "30-30" thunder events is challenging (though, admittedly - they are improving each time we have one). It seemed as though every rainy day last year, we got to hear how his class went to the main building to watch a movie. It rains a lot here. His current teacher is certainly nice, and the principal seems to be very involved and invested. The office staff is great. But when we think back to how everything ran at our previous school, WOE pales in comparison. The standards were higher, the teachers were more competent and concerned, and we didn't have to worry that someone would tell our son that the letter "W" was added to the alphabet later than the rest of the letters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

This is a great school! I was a little hesitant taking switching him from a Montessori school to a public school. He did great in kindergarten and is now above level in reading. The lexia program helped. I also like the open communication with the teachers. The principal is amazing and she is the reason why the school continues as an "A" grade school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

I have two children that attended WOE. For your average student, this is an average school. If you have a child with special needs, go somewhere else. They simply don't get it and have no desire to. My concerns about my child were ignored for years. As long as they pass the FCAT, they don't care. My other child did well enough. But I only had three decent teachers in our time there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2013

I have enjoyed Whispering Oaks for the past 3 school years. My son has attended school here for 3rd 4th and 5th grade. He is now getting ready to graduate 5th grade. His favorite this school year is Wonderful Wednesday where once every 6 weeks they do all specials all Wednesday. He loves Art and Stem, and its just a specials infused day! There could definitely be assemblies to award the kids with their perfect attendance and honor roll. There could also be Holiday plays etc... Those are things I miss from school that do not happen here. They do have a couple different events for each grade every school year. They had a carnival this year and it was fun. This school has been cut in 1/2 after the new relief school was built, I personally feel the parental involvement is way less then previous years, but there are many parents who are holding it together! I encourage more parental involvement, not just for the school, but it also encourages your child and helps them at school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2013

Never had any problems with this school my daughter loves it and so do I
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

It is unfortunate that these types of sites always seem to attract the negative people and the positive people remain silent. Our son just started his second year at WOE and we love it! The teachers and staff are extremely friendly, dedicated, well qualified, and communicative. They encourage parental involvement on a daily basis. Our son has learned a great deal at school and we reinforce it at home. Please put the limited negative feedback in perspective to the number of students that attend the school. Thank you to the administration, faculty, and other staff, you are doing a terrific job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2012

They are completely disorganized. You get smart remarks when you mention it. Had teachers hi-5 themselves and said they had great teamwork. Couldn't even tell me where to find my child in bad weather release. On the 5th day of school they brought in the kids from the portables due to bad weather & they were watching a Justin B movie. They pride themselves in separating the child and parent. And when they don't know what to say to u they just cop to "it's ocps policy" which is not always true. Requested a meeting with a teacher and have yet to hear from her. I so regret pulling my kids from their other school. Don't send your kids here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2012

My daughter attended K and 1st grade at WOE and is now almost a full grade behind because of a lax curriculum and/or lazy teachers. There was poor communication from the teachers and what I can only believe to be educational neglect in the classroom, letting kids play on computers instead of actually teaching. We transferred to a nearby charter school where my son now attends K and he is learning much more advanced skills than they taught at WOE. I'm very disappointed with our experience at WOE and now feel like my child was just a # at this huge disappointment of a school. Regretfully, Parent of 2 that will never go back to Whispering Oak.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2012

i attented Whispering Oaks Elm. five years ago and had the best experience and still till this day its one of my foundest memories. i was involved in everything from student council, tv production, all the way to speech competitions. i dream of going back there one day because it honestly helped shaped me into the person i am today. the teachers so kind and inviting and there was also an activity i could join. the students so friendly to a new face. whispering oaks is the kind of environment you want for child.


Posted June 5, 2011

This is one of the worse school I have ever known. My overall rating will be (O) Zero.This all started since the first day of school when at the car pool I was picking up my kids, my younger one was actually pushed into my car by the one of the administrators, just because my son did not enter the car when he was told to do. My son experienced a horrible trauma that it really sealed him for the rest of the time he spend there, to the point that it made me changed my mind about getting my kids in any other public school. I thanks God the we are able to get them in a private school. The teachers do not want to work, the principal leadership is embarrassing, very poor school leadership, the PTA dept. is never available, they are completely disorganize...even the nurse left the school; there are no good challenging academic programs. Please do your homework before registering your kids in this school, I did not and I really regret it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2010

I actually am very disappointed with this school and how administration handles things here. I don't feel my child is getting the best that he can get although some of the staff is great, others are not! Just as the teachers/staff would like to be respected the kids deserve the same. I would definitely not rate this school as "A" as I have seen much better and my child will actually not attend here another year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

My son started kindergarden this year at Whispering Oaks and we are new to the area. The staff have been sincerely helpful in our transition. Thank You!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2009

I have been in the school two years now and I have seen how well the teachers and staff get along. The student academics and safety are very important. I feel that my kids are having a good education and are safe. I have seen first hand in an emergency how GREAT they handle all the kids. Very impressed!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2009

I have been teaching at WOE for 3 years. It is a wonderful place to teach and for students to learn. The leadership is great and staff is so supportive. Although large, we really are one, big, happy family!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 21, 2009

In such a large school, over 1300 elementary students, I was worried about having my 2 students attend. We are feeling very fortunate to have had great teachers that care, a principal who is open about parent involvement, and a school that makes sure my children are in a safe, happy, learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

I am very disappointed with this school. It is so large and unorganized that I get an uneasy feeling everyday when I drop my son off...when I meet him for lunch the staff is yelling at the kids. I want to pull him out when I have another option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2008

School overall is great! After school program not organized at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2007

The teachers at Whispering Oak are great! For such a large school, they go out of their way to make each child feel special. I am so happy my children attend a school where they can learn and grow!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2006

This school has only been opened less than one year and earned an 'A' rating school. The teachers are wonderful and the diversity of the kids is great. Everyone works hard for the better good of the children. Parent involvement is good, but there is room for growth. As the school grows and becomes older, we hope that more parents will be involed. With parent help, it helps to make the school that much better!
—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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
90%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
72%
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.

225 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
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 53%
Hispanic 20%
Asian 10%
Black 10%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 88%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 56%66%61%
Master's degree 44%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Winter Garden, FL 34787
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