School Details

Tanglewood Elementary School

1620 Manchester Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33919
(239) 936-0891
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 722 students 15 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 2012
  • Lee County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
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83%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.
92%
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 2012
  • Lee County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
54%
55%
67%
60%
60%
59%
53%
53%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 2012
  • Lee County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Tanglewood Elementary School is a public elementary school in Fort Myers. The principal of Tanglewood Elementary School is Ms. Sherri Wipf and can be contacted at SherriMW@leeschool.net. 722 children attend Tanglewood Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 7% of the Tanglewood Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 58% of the 722 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Tanglewood Elementary School is 15:1. Renaissance School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 51% 46%
Asian 4% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Hispanic 28% 34%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 15% 15%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58% 65%
Limited English proficiency 7% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Labeling Students. When students are labeled in a negative way that stays with them. It happens from the beginning of the school year. The students that carry on the label of talking to much or disrupting the class in the past year always sit near the teachers. They are labeled before they even start. I would like to see them start to give some of these students a chance and praise them when they do good. Other than that it is a pretty good school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Have had my children at this school since relocating to Florida almost 3 years ago. As with any school there are good teachers and bad teachers but I have nothing good to say about this administration or teachers. Considering I have a close source to this school the staff is sub-par all around. For a majority they do not care about the way their students are treated by other children how they perform or what some staff members say about their students on social networks. Having been moved around a lot when I was young I was looking forward to not having to do this with my own children unfortunately this school gave us no choice. Word to the wise stay away from Tanglewood Elementary the school is viewed in the community as one that used to be a school you wanted your children to be now it is nothing more than an adult country club for teachers that need to understand teaching is more than a degree it is a commitment to our children.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am very happy and thankful for the great progress that my son is making. For that I will like to thank you very much. I can see that Mss. Savage hard work and teaching on my son are productive I very much enjoy the way she teaching my son. To conclude I would like to say I am very proud Dad for choose Tanglewood Elementary School for my son . We are very fortunate to have an amazing team at Tanglewood who are passionate in what they do and care deeply about their students.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is half way through his kindergarten year at Tanglewood and we are very pleased. We adore his teacher Lori Sanger and have several friends with kindergarteners in other classes. I've heard nothing but good from them as well. I appreciate how Mrs. Sanger mixes in fun with the academics. Kindergarten has so many academic requirements these days the fun of learning can be lost. But Mrs. Sanger doesn't let it get lost. And we are just thrilled with my son's learning and progress. The office staff is friendly and helpful. I haven't had much contact with the principal but Mr. Musich the vp is joy. We just love the homey feel of the school. There is also a very active PTA. My daughter will be at the school next year and I just couldn't be happier knowing what a good school both my kids will have.

  • (2 years ago)

    Both my children (10 and 8 years old) are going on their third year at Tanglewood. They have had excellent teachers who were always concerned and had my children's best interests in mind. All their teachers have been very professional and personable. I feel my children are getting an excellent education at Tanglewood and they also get good activities between track PE music art and computer. The homework is reasonable. I would highly recommend this school to anyone.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter is in 1st grade at TWES and I can't say enough about this school. Her teacher Ms. Gentile is an amazing teacher. My daughter used to cry every Sunday night knowing she had school in the morning now she can't wait to go back after the weekend. The office staff is very helpful to both parent and students' needs. It's nice to see Shelby and Marisol always smiling and eager to help or answer any questions parents may have (they are the only two I have met so far but I'm sure everyone is as welcoming as they are). I can say I am more than pleased with this school. I am happy knowing that my daughter is in good hands and in a safe school. I can't wait for my youngest to start K next year and be coming home as happy as my oldest does now. I'm proud of my daughter's progress and that my kids are and will continue to be TWES students.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is in second grade at Tanglewood. We are extremely pleased. The teachers are excellent. I love that the front office staff knows every child by name. They take the time to speak to each one and get to know them. The school is very safety conscious which I really appreciate. I don't agree with the parents who thought there was too much homework. Yes there is homework but I can't remember when it's ever taken my son more than 30 minutes to do and usually its much less than that. I am extrememly pleased that both the art and music programs are full time this year. There are also new strings and choral programs. The PTA is active and involved. They raise funds to support field trips classroom supplies art music and PE erichment and library books to name a few projects.

  • (3 years ago)

    Thanks GOD for Tanglewood! my son jumps out of bed to go to school...he went to another school before and it was a struggle...hey if your kids are not happy there is always a real reason...my son is blooming in this school! He loves it...eachers are super sweet and fun..this school truly CARES for our children...The Fall festival was AMAZING..WOW..teh decoration the games...I was shocked to see the effort the teachers and PTA put there...the other day there was a math night...the teachers are always smiling....My baby is learning so much.kids deserve to learn and be happy! and mine is ! Thank you Tanglewood! You are THE BEST!!! I will forever be grateful ...

  • (4 years ago)

    i would have to agree with the other parents its a good school but the homework is ridiculous my daughter is entering the 3rd grade this year...2nd year at tanglewood and my son is entering Kindergarten this year.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son just finished K at Tanglewood. He loved it. They test the kids over the summer to place them in class with other kids at the same skill level (6 k classes total). His teacher was very energetic. In fact all the teachers seem to be young and very good working with the kids. My only complaint is that they school does not encourage volunteers. In fact they say parents cannot volunteer for their own kids class and make it very hard to volunteer at all in my opinion.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is my kids' second year attending this school. Overall we're very pleased with the teachers and staff. The front office staff isn't entirely great but we never really have to deal with them. The principal is wonderfully sweet and caring. Homework there is ridiculous. Be warned working mothers and fathers! You will need to dedicate a considerable amount of time a week working on homework assignments. My first grader spends an hour and a half a night working on math reading and language arts in addition to monthly class projects. My only real complaints are the frequent fundraisers you're forced to participate in and the fact that the music program is no more at this school. Regardless for a public school Tanglewood is impressive.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son just started kindergarten but I'm not too happy with Tanglewood so far. The amount of homework is incredible--every night Monday-Thurs-we have 2 double-sided worksheets to complete sight words to practice reading tests full book reports on Thursdays and posters to make about respect. Plus I get notes for example that he needs to practice putting periods at the end of sentences so he should write out some sample sentences. My son is cheerful at the beginning but gets totally overwhelmed. All day are rules and structure for the first time in his life--and of course that's appropriate--but to have to continue to sit in a chair and work for another hour after he's home and needs to run and play and go to a friend's house seems wrong. He's only five. At orientation the teacher said homework would be minimal and it is not that.

  • (6 years ago)

    Mrs. Bobak and Mr. DiLascio have given both my children the best education possible. Both are caring and work long past their scheduled hours to make sure all students are doing well in their studies. I highly recommend both of these wonderful teachers and the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Tanglewood-Riverside welcomed us openly quick to answer all of our questions with patience and understanding. My daughter is in Mrs. McBride's gifted class and has excelled at reading and social studies under her wing. I feel that more one-to-one help could be given to my daughter in her weaker areas as made clear on her report card however TR's gifted program is only part-time and so she does not receive the higher level of attention she otherwise would. Mrs. Adams the principal is interactive with students and parents more than I've ever seen an administrator! She's in the parent pick-up line every single day and you can usually stumble over her directing traffic in the hallways. I definitely recommend this school to any parent considering it. There seems to be less riff-raff behaviour in the gifted class so if possible have your child tested and put in that most-excellent class. Good luck!

  • (7 years ago)

    Excellent academics and great sensitivity to each student. Of course the music art sports is undervalued by money - like all public schools - they only get specials on a limited basis - but they make the most with what they have. Parent involvement is great!

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