School Details

James E Plew Elementary School

220 Pine Ave, Niceville, FL 32578
(850) 833-4100
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 717 students 15 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

65%
61%
58%
73%
66%
57%

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 2013
  • Okaloosa County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
64%
61%
73%
65%
60%
91%
80%
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%
80%
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 2013
  • Okaloosa County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
61%
55%
81%
70%
60%
80%
63%
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 2013
  • Okaloosa County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

James E Plew Elementary School is a public elementary school in Niceville. The principal of James E Plew Elementary School is Mrs. Carolyn Mcallister. 717 students attend James E Plew Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 0.8% of the James E Plew Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 29% of the 717 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at James E Plew Elementary School is 15:1. Rocky Bayou Christian School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 81% 69%
Multiracial 8% 7%
Hispanic 7% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 13%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 40%
Limited English proficiency 0.8% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    My children have attended this school for two years now and I could not be more unhappy with the quality of the education. There is no academic support for gifted children in the lower grades. They must complete the same curriculum as the general education classes with perhaps a few extra projects. The fourth and fifth grade gifted classes are excellent though. Additionally the Spanish classes have not taught my children any Spanish. They learn about the Spanish cultures but in two years have learned very little of the language. The P.E. teacher has yelled during so many of the classes my children no longer enjoy P.E. The music program has been positive. There is also no support for military families such as holding group meetings for children going through deployments. This school does have fabulous parental involvement but overall I would not choose this school again.

  • (2 years ago)

    I was a student at James E. Plew Elementary School and I thought that the gifted program was terrible and that there were no good advanced classes for over achievers. Also every grade has an unfair teacher except for kindergarten and second grade.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter attends this school and was tested for the gifted and talented program. I can't say enough about her first year at Plew. It was really good. The ONLY drawback of the school is district's policy of busing special education students to another school in the district. Sadly my son missed out on the fabulous staff and teachers at this school due to this policy. That issue is not a school issue rather a district policy issue.

  • (3 years ago)

    We have lived here for 2 1/2 school years covering 1st thru 5th grade and LOVE this school! The teachers and staff are great and really try to help each child and family. The parent involvement is wonderful! With lots of areas for volunteering in the classroom around the school or from home! I have a normal student and a gifted and both have received the help needed and challenges for areas they needed. My younger daughter was even able to come with me to everything granted she is very well behaved. LOVE LOVE LOVE this school! We are sad to leave the area and school due to military.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is the third time we have lived in this community twice by Military moves this time by choice. The school system here was one of the biggest draws for us and we knew that we were coming back to Plew. Our third child is now in Plew and the school remains a fabulous learning environment with committed teachers a great principal involved parents and lots of extracurricular opportunities.

  • (4 years ago)

    We have a staff of administrators and teachers that care about of kids and their education.

  • (4 years ago)

    This elementary school doesn't have the aesthetic appeal that you would expect from such a 10 out of 10 school. But its current 10 rating is absolutely deserved. Our daughter is currently in Mrs. Zelinski's Kindergarten class. She is very organized with her class structure homework for the children is very clear and concise and development/progress is defined. The principal receives high marks from the local teachers I have talked with. Parent involvement is high; this area has many federal government workers be it civilian or military most of whom have degrees. We considered the local private christian school but are now very happy with Plew and would certainly send our three year old daughter there in the future.

  • (7 years ago)

    We are a military family and this is our first year at Plew. I have children in the first and third grades. They love this school and I love the fact that the parents are involved and the teachers are great. Our whole family is looking forward to another year at Plew.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is wonderful. Parent involvement is high and there is a feeling that all the children are really cared for. There is no art teacher but parents teach the art and the program is wonderful. The children are learning a lot from different perspectives. The teachers at Plew are wonderful. They are great at challenging students and pushing them to achieve all that they can.

  • (9 years ago)

    Plew has taken care of all 3 of my children; supporting the whole child socially physically emotionally and academically. What a wonderful family school! Plew sees the individual child and fulfills their different needs and challenges them to reach their fullest potential.

  • (9 years ago)

    Plew is the only school in Okaloosa County to score an 'A' 5 years in a row. The school provides music foreign language Accelerated Reader Accelerated Math along with a rigorous curriculum. We have extra curricular Art Band Chess Club Knowledge Masters and Closed circuit TV club. Our Parent Leader Association (PLA) is very active and we boast the most volunteer hours in North West Florida. Our School Advisory Counsel is active in every part of the decision making at the school.

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