George W. Marks Elementary School

1000 North Garfield Avenue, DeLand, FL 32724
(386) 822-6630
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 565 students 14 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Volusia average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
63%
63%
72%
58%
61%
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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.
75%
77%
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
  • Volusia average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
57%
56%
61%
61%
61%
67%
62%
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
  • Volusia average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

George W. Marks Elementary School is a public elementary school in Deland. The principal of George W. Marks Elementary School is MS. JULIE ROSEBOOM, whose e-mail is jrosebo@volusia.k12.fl.us. 565 students go to George W. Marks Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 14% of the George W. Marks Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 66% of the 565 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at George W. Marks Elementary School is 14:1. Saint Barnabas Episcopal School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 15%
White, non-Hispanic 68% 60%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Hispanic 18% 18%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66% 62%
Limited English proficiency 14% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great school with a wonderful staff. Everyone is friendly and they look out for our children s future. The allow children to explore the arts in theater and art work displayed all over the school and in local shows. I am so happy my son is a part of this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I went hear when i first started school10 school years ago. I thought this school was a terrific and kind school

  • (6 years ago)

    After all it's DeLand's one of the oldest schools. Disappointed with the administrators. They don't seem to listen to students and teachers about their needs. Other than that teachers are great. They work very hard to make sure students are where they are supposed to be. The school has many activities throughout the schoolyear.

  • (6 years ago)

    I attended George Marks and my daughter did also this is an excellent school with teachers who care

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school the teachers are very nice i would reccomend it to any parent.....

  • (7 years ago)

    My experiences with George Marks Elementary school have been excellent. The administration and teacher quality the school climate (including the ability to create an environment free from bullying which supports both tolerance and diversity) and availablity of resources have all been great. Both of my son's have had outstanding teachers who have had a major influence on their love of learning - Mrs. Manning (2nd) and Mrs' Phillips & Furley (4th) have all exemplified the patience committment and tenacity that build young scholars. I couldn't be more pleased.

  • (7 years ago)

    I believe this used to be a good school. I am however very disappointed. It is not as good as everyone thinks it is and I am happy my kids are elsewhere now.

  • (7 years ago)

    The best school in deland by far.. My daughter attented there k-4... We moved to al thats why were not there anymore...

  • (7 years ago)

    Our child has attended G.W.Marks for 5 years. I was impressed from the first day when I saw the Principal out in the street directing traffic.One summer my daughter's picture was in the paper and the principal took the time to cut it out and mail it to us. Thats the kind of example she sets. They have one of the few elementary concert bands in the country and last year ranked #1 under a band leader who donates his time to have the band. My daughter scored 95 on her 3rd grade FCAT last year so I would say she has been taught well. We love the school and its staff.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son has Mrs. Joiner for his K teacher and she has been wonderful teacher and she is very structured with the students. George Marks Elementry School also has the YMCA after-school program which is Christian base and it is held at the school. In addition it has fundays when school is out. The school is very formative and caring when it comes to their students. I like the home calls on extra events early realease and etc.

  • (7 years ago)

    We are pleased with the school and particularly with the music program. We've just returned from a terrific holiday concert. Our daughter is now playing the trumpet and she is energized by the quality of the band experience. She practices her trumpet every day without being reminded.

  • (7 years ago)

    I took my son out of this school and what a relief. I was excited to be a part of the school until I started knowing what really goes on. The teachers are subpar and staff is as bad. Glad those days are behind us.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think this a very good school. It is very organize. The principal is very good on remembering which child belongs to who and their name. She is very personable and make everyone feel welcome.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a great school but going down fast. Art is a plus with 2 different teachers. Too many brand new to teaching teachers are going to hurt the reputation of this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    As a regular volunteer at George Marks Elementary I can say this school rocks! The music art and ESE department are exceptional. The music department is the most amazing I've seen at the elementary level. Now to the teachers...they are the hardest working bunch of teachers around. Go by after hours and you'll see what I mean. They're smart dedicated and kind. (I've seen the second and third grade teachers' style up close.) While we all know the FCAT is important it's not the beginning and end at this school. The office staff is super friendly and helpful while still keeping the students' safety a priority. The weak link is if you have a child that speaks a different language. While these teachers are highly skilled they don't meet with students very often. Your child will likely have a great learning experience at GME.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school has been a very disappointing experience. There is a lack of parental involvement at the school which is very sad to see. I have volunteered and could not believe the lack of respect for the students from not only the teacher but other staff members as well. Overall totally disappointed.

  • (9 years ago)

    George Marks is an excellent school where staff constantly goes above and beyond to ensure student safety and academic excellence. I am proud to send my child to this school

  • (10 years ago)

    George Marks has a long reputation as one of the top schools in the area. The long tenure of many of the teachers and the principal have enabled the school to maintain a consistent level of excellence.

  • (11 years ago)

    Excellent School. It has been rated A for 3years in a row. Very diciplined atmosphere but has loving teachers very dedicated. Teachers ask to be placed here in this school. There is special ed services and full time gifted classes for the accelerated student. Children and grandchildren have gone here and we are truly grateful to this school for good instruction and a good administration

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