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Chester W. Taylor, Jr. Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 539 students

 

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Posted June 23, 2014

My child has attended CTES 2 yrs, and will be starting his 3rd year. I do see the major communication problems. However, I take responsibility for my child and email and call often to stay on top of things. I am not certain how the kids who dont have someone to be their advocate make it in the school. The teachers are great. I think the problems come from poor communication and the principal trying to cover things up. There is no transparency.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

I truthfully wouldn't even give this school 1 star! My daughter has been diagnosed with ADHD and was told by the teacher that I needed to get her tested... in which I did. The reason I got her tested is so she can get more focused learning (which she needs-her teacher said so herself) and put her on the 504 plan at school. I am against medication and wanted to try out this 504 plan. Then I go in to speak to some one about doing so and I get a completely different response than I got from the teacher... there is NO COMMUNICATION IN THIS SCHOOL!! and so far nothing has been done to help my child at school! I have hired a tutor at home to help her and she does excellent on her home work but all I get from the teacher is negative comments. My child will not be returning to Chester Taylor next year I am very disappointed! The only reason I sent her there in the first place is because Quail Hallow shut down...now that was an excellent school!! I agree with another parent about chaperoning field trips I had to make 5 phone calls to the school just to get a time to be there to go with my child! they definitely have their favorites!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

My kids have been at this school for 7 years. I'm actually surprised at the comments I've read on here. My experience has been pretty good, overall. While I don't always agree with the new Principal's PC rules, her Admin Staff is great. My kids love it there. I will say that PLACE is TERRIBLE. My kids cried and begged not to go back. They barely watch the kids, they're constantly screaming at them..its like dropping your kids off at the pound. I wouldn't let them watch my goldfish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2012

I attend this school when it first opened. I am now 25 years old and had my daughter attend for the 1st two years of her school. WOW, HAVE THINGS CHANGED. The principal is two faced and only likes to put up a show. I know teachers, staff, and voluntary that work at Chester Taylor and have either quit recently or trying to jump ship because of the way this school is ran. I also ate lunch with my daughter on a regular basis... well tried.. the lunch time is ridiculous, the kids barley have enough time to shove a sandwich and in their mouth before they are asked to clean up. I put my daughter in school for social skill building... but they have no time to interact in class, P.E., Lunch and no recess. I'm more than disappointed in this school and hope something changes soon! This school was once great, hopefully it will be again. Until this happens my daughter will not be attending.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2012

Anything over three star rating is from the staff..... instead of writing your own reviews why don't you change things, maybe than the 3 or above rating will actually be true and not from a person on the payroll!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2012

This school is in desperate need of of new leadership. I believe some of the parents here don't realize they have other choices than sending their child to this school, while other want to move their child but don't have the means to do so. Maybe someone will wake up and take notice there is a lot of unhappy parents, children and staff in this school. so sad.


Posted August 29, 2012

One year at this school resulted in my children being home schooled. There were several bad situations that occurred. The administration wanted zero parental involvement, and they did not seem to care about the well being of the kids in the least. I used to try to volunteer to chaperone, but there were only a few favorites used again and again. If I insisted on going on trips with my daughter, I was told they already picked who they wanted. I once was told I had to come in my own car, and sit in a separate area on my own, because I could not be part of the group since they had enough people. The school itself is deceptively nice looking. Just don't scratch beneath the surface. If I wasn't able to quit my job to home school, I would have gotten a second one to afford private school. It was that bad. I have not heard one good thing from other parents since we left. Horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2012

Who is kidding who? Believe the stuff you read, its bad and getting worse. The truth is already posted here, nothing else to say.


Posted March 29, 2012

Don't believe all the bad stuff you read about CWTES. Employees that leave are disgruntled! The stakes are high, so teaching standards are high. The administration has lots of supports in place for teachers WILLING to grow and improve for our students. Laziness in the classroom whether it's students OR teachers is just BAD business. Teachers who have been doing the bare minimum for years---time is UP for them!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 16, 2012

Can you explain some of th problems that are going on in this school so that the rest of us can know to?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

my daughter has been at this school for three years now and i love it the teachers have been great and the rest of the staff is just as good the people in the office are very helpful with just about anything you may need. i drive everyday from two school districts over and will continue to for as long as possible
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

This is school has some really nice teachers and others not. The principal and assistant principal are very nice and most of the teachers are nice. Only a few are rude.


Posted August 27, 2009

Chester Taylor is it's own little community. The Principal is more than helpful and available. The teachers I have met have been very friendly. They are ready and willing to answer any question I throw at them. Just found out they are now an A school! Great place for my kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2008

My kids love the schoo but place is terrible i cant belive the things my 5th grade and1st grade children tell me
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2008

I was not happy with Chester Taylor. And I agree with the Volunteer Parent Substitutes. I am glad to see parents taking an interest in their child's schooling but, I see more parents teaching then I do the teachers. It's getting out of hand...and why do we keep switching principles? every year we have a new oneprinciple???
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2008

This school has way to many volunteer parent substitutes than they do qualified teachers, I'm tired of these unqualified parents teaching my children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2007

If I could give this school a negative star, I would. The only parents/students that enjoy being at this scholl ore those who breeze by with straight A's. They are incapable of spotting learning disabilities from my experience. I will be enrolling my child in private school next year. The only thing I can say is that they have a asst. principal that seems to be involved with the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2006

Chester W. Taylor is an excellent school. The teachers work hard and are kept informed of the most up to date teaching methods with wonderful inservices. My child has loved learning here. The music program keeps kids active and involved. The art classes are excellent and do a great job exposing the students to all kinds of media. The PE program is not just 'play time.' The coaches work hard to involve the students in all kinds of sports and other fun activities. Parent involvement is superb. The parents that volunteer do a super job supporting the teachers and improving the quality of education by helping wherever they are needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2006

volunteer at school library; great librarians and variety of books for all ages and levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2005

The school had very poor supervision of the young students. Academically the school is also poor. Two children attended for two years. I would not recomend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
46%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
67%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
35%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
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 "D".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 17%
Two or more races 8%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 72%63%61%
Master's degree 22%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 6%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 23%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. JULIE A MARKS
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3638 Morris Bridge Road
Zephyrhills, FL 33543
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