School Details

Calusa Elementary School

7520 Orchid Lake Road, New Port Richey, FL 34653
(727) 774-3700
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 577 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 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
  • Pasco County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

25%
54%
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44%
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61%
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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.
69%
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 2012
  • Pasco County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

27%
52%
56%
44%
61%
61%
36%
52%
54%

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
  • Pasco County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Calusa Elementary School is a public elementary school in Port Richey. The principal of Calusa Elementary School is MS. KARA MERLIN, whose e-mail is KMERLIN@PASCO.K12.FL.US. 577 children attend Calusa Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 15% of the Calusa Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 67% of the 577 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Calusa Elementary School is 14:1. Chasco Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Video film production

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 69% 66%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 6%
Multiracial 5% 4%
Asian 2% 3%
Hispanic 19% 20%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67% 53%
Limited English proficiency 15% 4%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Calusa I would like your rating as my daughter was told her son my grandson will attend there this coming year

  • (4 years ago)

    Calusa is a great school wonderful caring teachers that make learning exciting. The staff take a lot of pride in making the school fantastic. Staff is very accessible!

  • (4 years ago)

    we love calusa. the teachers work very close with the parents and that makes everything so great.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Calusa Elementary because it is a great place to learn and grow!

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers work hard to make learning fun for students. Many of the students have made great gains this year. The staff at the school take great pride in the school and work together to make it a wonderful learning environment.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is an student and I love the school staff very kind.Thank you all.

  • (5 years ago)

    Calusa is such a great place to have both my boys. The teachers are amazing and always friendly. My boys would not want to go anywhere else. We have just started our PTO which I am an active member of and can't wait to see what amazing things we do next year.

  • (5 years ago)

    The staff here are awesome and they make working and learning an exciting experience for everyone.

  • (5 years ago)

    Because it has the sweetist Principal that is very progressive

  • (5 years ago)

    Calusa is a wonderful school! They care about the students and always have their best interest in mind!!

  • (5 years ago)

    For a sister Kara is ok! Honestly a tireless worker who loves and cares about children.

  • (5 years ago)

    Calusa has a fabulous and dedicated staff! They put out 110% to help their students succeed!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Calusa is an outstanding school! The staff is dedicated students are enthusiastic and parents are supportive partners.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter receives the best education from a very special teacher who has changed her life and shows her the importance of school and value.

  • (5 years ago)

    The staff at Calusa cares about each other and keeps the students best interest at the forefront! Outstanding!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Calusa has kids best interests in mind! The faculty is great!

  • (5 years ago)

    Calusa is a great school with such a positive climate and culture!

  • (5 years ago)

    I think Calusa is an awesome school! The teachers and staff that I have dealt with have been great!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Calusa. I have found the teachers and principal to be friendly and helpful - they seem to really care about helping children learn and making the school nice for them.

  • (6 years ago)

    As of yet I haven't found anything to complain about. I have a kindergartener at Calusa. Her teacher is awesome. If I ever have a question she is great at getting me an answer. I have called the office and gotten helped right away every time. I met the principal who was nothing but helpful. I had questions and the teacher scheduled a conference immediately to resolve my concerns.

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