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Rainbow Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 716 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted June 2, 2014

It was our first year at Rainbow Elementary. Our daughter went to a private school for Pre-K and Kindergarten and was above level when she started 1st grade at Rainbow. Our fear was that she wont be challenged and will be easily bored. However she got an amazing teacher who continued to push her and keep her challenged. As parents, we continued to challenge her at home as well. We have been very happy with Rainbow this year. Her teacher was amazing and the administration is great as well. I just wish there was more extra curricular activities offered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2014

We love this school. The teachers we have had so far has been amazing. Great PTA and also administration. Just hoping they become an A grade school again. I agree with previous reviewer about having more extra curricular. They started a running club last year which was very successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

Honestly, it makes my stomach turn to see all the positive reviews here for this school. It's awesome if your kid is a straight 'A' student, if you are unlucky enough to have an 'average' kid, expect to be treated like an insect. I can accept that parents have a responsibility in their children's education, the attitude at this school seems to be the parents are the ONLY ones responsible for this, and their job is just to give the tests.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2013

This school is absolutely horrible. Both of my children were bullied by other kids every day, and the food is absolutely horrible, which I am not joking about. Some of the teachers there are quite nice, but none of them stopped other kids from bullying my children. I have half a mind to sue this school. If you love your children, do not go here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

I love this school! I had two daughters go to rainbow and one is in the IB Program in highschool and the other is been taken AP/Honor courses in middle school. Rainbow challenge the kids to do a grade higher in course work and doesn't just focus on FCAT. My son is in the first grade and is on the same path as the girls and absolutely loves his teacher. Rainbow is by far the best school in the area and for kids who want to be challenged. I'm one of several parents that supports the school by volunteering for the reading sesson and super science. I HIGHLY recommend this school to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

I do agree with some other reviewers that there are a few things I would like to see improved. **However, my daughter is being challenged daily, has teachers that care about her, and absolutely loves every minute of school from the time she steps on the bus to the moment she gets off. That speaks for itself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2013

Unfriendly teachers and front office staff. Music teacher talks to students horrible. So happy this is my daughter's last year and this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2012

We had a VERY disappointing experience for a school that is so "highly rated." They do maintain strong FCAT scores. However, for a child that is above grade level, little flexibility to deviate from the "average" State Standard curriculum is available. My child was placed in an "advanced' reading group, but it didn't utilize any above grade level materials (???) and there were no acceleration opportunities offered for math, science or social studies. I requested more than one conference to discuss this, but nothing changed--I just don't think they have the resources. I feel fortunate that my child qualified for the gifted program, but it only provides enrichment one day a week. Very sadly, my daughter's high achievement scores appeared to become quite a nuisance for the regular classroom teacher, who communicated to me that it was creating "extra work" for her to keep my daughter challenged and frustration over her being bored. I volunteered in the classroom weekly and offered any assistance needed, having been a faculty member for many years in a neighboring county. I was discouraged enough by the end of the year that we will no longer be attending Rainbow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2011

We love this school! It is our final year at Rainbow, which makes me very sad! My kids, for the most part, have had fabulous teachers. The staff is helpful and encourage parent involvement. Rainbow is a friendly school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

This is a wonderful school,with fantastic teachers, staff and students. It's been 11 years in a row an A+ school !!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

This school is the best because they are willing to over and beyond their teaching duties to help all children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2006

Ultimately your child's success depends upon parental involvement and teacher quality. This school has EXCEPTIONAL parental involvement (people move to this area specifically for this school). The teacher quality is good but various significantly between various grades. Improvements could be made in the healthy meals & physical activity. Comparatively speaking this is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2006

Rainbow Elementary is an excellent public school. It is the only elementary school that has received an 'A' rating since the system began 7 years ago. The principal runs a tight ship but is total earns the respect of all parents and staff. When there is a staff opening at Rainbow they get a huge response from the most qualified teachers in the area. She beleives that all children have the right to the best education possible. Parent involvement is highly encouraged not just in your child's classroom but wherever your talents may best be used - media, super scientists, math, reading,.. My children are consistently happy and challenged at Rainbow Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2006

My son is in an ESE class for 'emotionally handicapped' children the teachers and assistants are well trained and very helpful. The staff at Rainbow Elementary is very friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2006

Horrible! In class they eat unhealthy snacks instead of teaching them about healthy eating habits. The principle is not well liked and the teachers seem unhappy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2005

Rainbow consistently scores high in the FCAT tests, and has been an A school for at least 7 years. If you want your child to have the opportunity to excell academically, then this school is a good choice. Unlike some other Seminole county schools, Rainbow uses unit studies, which my children really enjoy. Unfortunately, last year's rezoning was detrimental. While the quality of the education is excellent, I feel that discipline is now lagging in areas. With the addition of many new teachers and students, there no longer seems to be a uniform plan in dealing with discipline issues. Parents are very involved in this school. Chorus is very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2005

Class sizes are smaller than most. Teachers have a real concern for their students. Parent nite activities are always packed. PTA membership is almost always at 100%. Both of my children have received phenomonal teachers who genuinely care for their students. Not much in the form of extracurricular but they are working on it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2005

This is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2005

I believe that Rainbow Elementary is one of the best schools in Seminole County. However, I am disappointed in their P.E. program (not enough physical exercise; students left to their own devices) and I feel that the principal has been there for 12 years and I don't believe this is in the best interest of the school or its students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2004

What can you say? An 'A' school 5 years running says it all. This school promotes a healthy, family environment with encouragement for parental involvement and goes above and beyond to make learning fun for its young attendees. Administration is personable and well-known to the children and parents alike. The school is immaculate...extremely well kept, demonstrating a tremendous degree of student pride. We love it!
—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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%
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

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
94%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
70%

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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
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 60%
Hispanic 22%
Asian 6%
Black 6%
Two or more races 6%
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 83%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 58%53%61%
Master's degree 39%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%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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