School Details

Gulf Elementary School

3400 Southwest 17th Place, Cape Coral, FL 33914
(239) 549-2726
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 1000 students 15 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

80%
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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Lee average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
66%
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72%
61%
61%
48%
52%
53%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
83%
85%
81%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Lee average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
58%
56%
67%
59%
61%
53%
53%
54%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Lee average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Gulf Elementary School is a public elementary school in Cape Coral. The principal of Gulf Elementary School is MS. KIM VERBLAAUW and can be contacted at KimberlyAV@leeschools.net. 1,000 students go to Gulf Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 3% of the Gulf Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 52% of the 1,000 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Gulf Elementary School is 15:1. Oasis Charter Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 67% 45%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 15%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Hispanic 25% 35%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.08% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52% 65%
Limited English proficiency 3% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    STEM technology Art 1 time per week the Watch Dog program the family nights allow for me as a parent to take an active role in my children's education. My two kids love going to school and participating in the after school activities. As a family we are very pleased with the academic programs as well as all the extra-curricular activities.

  • (1 year ago)

    I got posted on twitter by the head lee County person on twitter rreading to the kids

  • (1 year ago)

    This is an amazing school I have a very high standard when it comes to choosing a school for my children as I come from a family of high level educators. I am thrilled with the passion delivered by all of the staff the highly encouraged parent involvement and the detail to the curriculum. In regards the other parents post the children can bring water bottles daily and water fountain use is permitted. Children sit with their peers from their class everyday at lunch. I've also never seen any staff members be intimidating or out looking for dress code violations. Quite the opposite actually and I am at the school on a weekly basis to help out as well as random visits at lunch.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child's school is Gulf Elementary. This is the sixth child we have put through Gulf. 4 of our children graduated from Gulf and Lee County High Schools. All had college scholarships . All were National Honor Society Students. The foundation was set at Gulf.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child has attended this school for 3 years and has been miserable. The vice principle stands in the door way upon arrival of the students staring them down to write all children up for dress code even if it is appropriate. The administration in my opinion uses intimidation to scare the children for their own power trips. Children are not allowed to bring water bottles to school nor are they allowed to leave class to go to the water fountains. Kids are split up at lunch and unable to sit with their peers.I myself have complained to the principle in regards to the way the students are treated. the students feel as if they are going to a prison camp. It's very unfortunate this school has amazing teachers but unprofessional administration and vice principle. The district should send home surveys to the households and get the feed back about this school to possibly improve policy. It's ashame when students are bullied by their own administration. I would never recommend this school since it destroys self esteem in children the teachers would benefit from seeking employment elsewhere.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a picky parent. I want the best for my kids. I have had great experiences with the teachers. My daughter has fit in quite well and is comfortable with her environment. The 2012-2013 school year has brought many significant changes. The new leadership has had time to implement its mission. Change is hard on the parents and I have tried to take that all into account as I write this review. Over the past few months a chill has crept into the school. What was once a warm inviting place has become cold and indifferent. For the first time ever in 4 years it has begun to feel like the largest elementary school in Lee County. Our family has now become a number instead of a name. Sad.

  • (3 years ago)

    We moved from New Jersey and both of my kids went to Gulf Schools. My youngest had some difficulties reading but thanks to his teacher Mrs. Guyan he improved his reading he learned not only to read great but to enjoy school. His grades were very good and his experience at Gulf Elementary for him and for myself has been a blessing.

  • (3 years ago)

    My two children attend Gulf Elementary and I cannot say enough good things about the school. We transferred here from Palm Beach County School District. Talk about a different between night and day. The teachers at Gulf are caring and involved and treat each student like an individual. The instruction at Gulf is excellent. The classes are exciting for my sons. The ESE program is absolutely outstanding. Any time I've had any concern I was responded to immediately and the issue was dealt with professionally and promptly. Thank you to all the hard-workers at Gulf elementary.

  • (4 years ago)

    My 2 kids go to Gulf Elementary when we moved here 2years ago I heard many compliment about this school so when we put them in I was excited but The teachers of my kids were so business like and no passion they were just too busy to finish their task all I heard from them were "She can't do this he can't do this. I don't know why can't do it" If they can't be patient passion or simply can't love kids just quit it. And they are so defensive thats make tall walls between parent & teacher. But their substitute teachers & special ED teacher were great.

  • (4 years ago)

    ESE teachers are awesome..always going the extra mile . The teachers are dedicated and loving nor have I ever seen such a great principal. Walks around the whole campus. Checking on everyone and everything going on in the school. He knows every childs name. Amazes me.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great teachers but the leadership simply sucks. The previous principal was much more willing to help with issues to resolve them.

  • (5 years ago)

    My grandson is in K at Gulf and I am amazed at all he is learning. I had heard good things about this school - and it has not disappointed me.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is in 5th grade at Gulf Elementary and has been here since 4th grade. Our experience hasn't been that great. The teacher is very nice competent and returns emails the same day. He is very helpful too. However there is Bully in the classroom this kid also misbehaves etc The teacher has declared he cannot handle him and nothing has been done about it. There is no support given to the teacher that is faced with such a challenge. Kids do not assimilate different cultures well.... and they do not offer Spanish. Never have I heard of a school that did not offer Spanish in Florida. Teachers need support it shouldn't be all about the numbers.

  • (5 years ago)

    5 Stars the best school for both my sons. They are learning way ahead of the curve thanks to the great teacher and staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    Year after year Gulf Elementary upholds its reputation by being an A+ school. There is much dedication which exists within these school walls and bottom line it's all for the sake of putting our children first!

  • (5 years ago)

    Gulf Elementary is a fantastic school! The reading program that is implemented in Kdg. and 1st grade is phenominal. The staff is fantastic and they truely care about the kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    From the staff to the faculty these people love children! The atmosphere and the environment are positive.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter has attended Gulf Elementary School since kindergarden and she loves it. Espically Mr Mesch.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is our second generation of children going to Gulf Elementary School. Mr. Mesch is a outstanding Prinipal! His excellent memory (remembering each childs name and family members) makes everyone feel very comfortable there and his energetic spirit is contagious. No wonder parents and teachers strive so hard to do their best. The school is equipt with computers and the newest learning equiptment that make them hunger for achievemt. Parents are eager to help and the teachers are very dedicated. I would recommend ths school highly to anyone moving to this area.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a parent and future educator i am disappointed to say that this school is more concerned with numbers then they are with the education of there students! After expressing my concerns of my sons grades and behavior to the teacher and having no change ... i brought it to the principals in hopes that something could be done ( such as a class change) they were very defensive of there teacher and would not change his classroom to a teacher with a different learning style because it would mess up there class size.In addition I asked to observe and volunteer in my sons classroom to get a better understanding of what was going on. I was ignored and felt pushed away and not involved with my sons education. If you are a parent that wishes to be apart of your son/daughter education please rethink Gulf Elem. School!

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