School Details

Ocean Palms Elementary School

355 Landrum Lane, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
(904) 547-3760
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 894 students 15 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

80%
73%
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57%

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 2012
  • St. Johns average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
80%
63%
82%
79%
61%
51%
51%
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.
86%
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
  • St. Johns average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
74%
56%
89%
79%
61%
75%
72%
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 2012
  • St. Johns average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ocean Palms Elementary School is a public elementary school in Ponte Vedra. The principal of Ocean Palms Elementary School is Mrs. Jessica Richardson. 894 students attend Ocean Palms Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 5% of the Ocean Palms Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 95% of the 894 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Ocean Palms Elementary School is 15:1. Accotink Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 82% 80%
Hispanic 6% 7%
Asian 5% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 95% 23%
Limited English proficiency 5% 0.7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    The teachers and staff at OPE are among the most exceptional educators that I as a mother of three have found after being at 3 other highly ranked elementary schools (in CT GA and FL). This school actually cares about the kids as well as their families and most importantly education. Its not clear what drives the motivation and dynamics at this school but the consistency of their passion is reflected in my kids willingness and enthusiasm to learn. Whatever my kids take away from their grammar school years my one hope is that they are instilled with a true love for learning and I am certain that this is the institution where they will find that love!

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a Ocean Palms "graduate" and out of all the schools that i have attended Ocean Palms is by far the best! The teachers are outstanding and personally care about each of their students which is a rarity in most schools today. There is a lot of parent involvement (PTO etc...) and the students are very nice. Overall an awesome place to send your child.

  • (3 years ago)

    Ocean Palms is awesome. My son loves the school and so do I. We are so fortunate to live in such a wonderful county that enables us to enjoy such a wonderful school.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is in Kindergarten at Ocean Palms and his teacher Mary DeSanto is incredible. She does very well with all the children and takes pride in watching each child progress. The principal too is a very nice and engaged man who makes it a point to know each student's name. All in all I am quite pleased that my son is a student at Ocean Palms Elementary.

  • (5 years ago)

    Florida makes it very difficult for schools to excel because the state puts as little as possible into them. Even with the state driven hurdles Ocean Palms faces it manages to be an excellent school academically and socially. The parents and staff are people who value our children and know that this is our one chance to make them the best they can be. Every year the PTO makes sure it does whatever it can to update materials for the classrooms. The principal is always visible and lending a hand. Parents volunteer and know they can make a difference.

  • (5 years ago)

    I transferred from PVPV to Ocean Palms after a move. I was not sure about the switch because I was so happy with my child's education and growth at PVPV. I love Ocean Palms. One thing that is evident when you walk in the door and meet the staff is that they care about your child and his or her overall happiness and progress. I cannot say I ever felt this at PVPV. PVPV seemed be more driven by test scores and how many books each child could read in a school year. Don't get me wrong I expect alot out of my child ( who is in the excelerated program ) but I think some of us forget they are children. They should be enjoying school and after school as well. I really love Ocean Palms and the fact that they allow our kids to be kids.

  • (9 years ago)

    Very nurturing teachers and principal with incredible resources in music art and science. Very high level of parent involvement.

  • (9 years ago)

    Ocean Palms is a wonderful student-centered school where the focus truly is on the child. It's a parent friendly school with caring teachers who are available to parents. Mr. Parrish( the principal) knows most of the 800 students by name and can tell you something personal about most of the students.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school. Principle (Mr. Parish) is loved by parents and students.

  • (9 years ago)

    Ocean Palms has the 4 essential ingredients for a great school. A great principal professional and caring teachers active parents and terrific students. The reason that I rated the extracurricular activities a 3 is due to the children attending physical education only once a week. Unfortunately it appears that all public schools have reduced their physical education programs.

  • (10 years ago)

    wonderful school wonderful administration excellent teaching staff parent involvement...cannot say enough about how great it is.

  • (10 years ago)

    The school is great. My daughter loves it! The staff was great at making her feel welcome and I appreciated that they evaluated her personality and put her in a class with students and a teacher who would best suit her personality and way of learning. She jumps out of bed in the morning.

  • (10 years ago)

    Ocean Palms is a good school unfortunately it must be held hostage to the FCATS like all the other schools in this nation. If Ocean Palms could put as much effort into it's students as it does by law to the FCATS it would be able to be an OUTSTANDING and AMAZING facility of learning. I know that my child is loved and cared for while attending this school and fortunately for me academia is not a challenge for my child but for the students that need a little more Ocean Palms is as are all other schools challenged to meet the needs of these students. I say let us as parents band together speak out about the inadequacy of these ridiculous tests. Schools need funding not a mere raising of the standards of education. Put some money into education not just numbers and tests scores!

  • (10 years ago)

    This school has adeuate teachers curriculum etc.

  • (11 years ago)

    Excellent. Organized friendly clean. Good kids and atmosphere. No gifted program on premises.

  • (11 years ago)

    This has been the absolute best school I have seen. My children love it at OPE and that makes me happy. Every member of the staff has made every possible effort to make my boys welcome and feel right at home. Thier grades are much better and they love to go to school. I didn't think I would ever see a school that is this wonderful. Thank goodness for OPE!

  • (11 years ago)

    This is a top quality school in every way! The principal and staff makes it a point to know every child and if possible the parents too. I have always encountered friendly smiles when I go to the school. The staff and the teachers go out of their way to be as helpful and encouraging as possible. My child has been challenged in academics to the point that he went from being way behind the others in his class to an advanced reader. His teachers were patient and nurturing in his academic growth. I can not believe I do not have to pay extra for this type of school. It's a public school with a private school feel!

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