School Details

Taylor Ranch Elementary School

2500 Taylor Ranch Trail, Venice, FL 34293
(941) 486-2000
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 625 students 15 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

65%
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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 2014
  • Sarasota County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
71%
63%
76%
75%
61%
76%
64%
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.
92%
87%
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
  • Sarasota County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
68%
56%
83%
72%
61%
81%
66%
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 2014
  • Sarasota County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Taylor Ranch Elementary School is a public elementary school in Venice. The principal of Taylor Ranch Elementary School is MR. WILLIAM BOLANDER, who can be contacted at william_bolander@sarasota.k12.fl.us. 625 students attend Taylor Ranch Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 4% of the Taylor Ranch Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 38% of the 625 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Taylor Ranch Elementary School is 15:1. Oak Park South is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 82% 65%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Asian 2% 2%
Hispanic 11% 19%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.9% 9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.09%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38% 45%
Limited English proficiency 4% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    There are not enough words to describe Taylor Ranch. Sadly the district replaced a very effective administration with an ineffective principal and asst principal. They have little knowledge of how or what a elementary school should look like. No personality or real regard for parents or children. The entire climate has changed. Worksheets and whole group up the wazoo. Do not send your child!

  • (1 year ago)

    We love TRS! We came from a local private school which we were very disappointed in and are so pleased with this school. The teachers and staff are absolutely amazing. They go out of their way to make both the parents and students comfortable. My only complaint is that the after school staff that help organize the parent pick up line are not always patient. They need to understand that you cannot pull away from the curb until your child is buckled in which for younger children sometimes takes a little longer than they like. Rushing parents out of there before they are ready is a safety hazard.

  • (1 year ago)

    Taylor Ranch thus far has proven to be outstanding academically. Our daughter is pleased with her teachers there and has grown socially as well as academically at a remarkable rate. Moving from out of state to Florida we are thankful that we moved into the Taylor Ranch Elementary school district. Thus far we are pleased with Taylor Ranch and most of the staff. The principal is fair and gentle mannered and we have nothing negative to report.

  • (3 years ago)

    My children attended Garden a few years back and were extremely unhappy there. I quickly learned that if your child enjoys the school their work efforts show in a positive way. It is true that TR does little advancement testing but that's because they offer Differential Learning. I also volunteer there often and have seen for myself that the teachers will modify their curriculum for those students who are more advanced including the lower grades like Kindergarten. Overall I am very pleased with the communication and encouragement from the teachers and staff and highly recommend.

  • (4 years ago)

    Sending my son to Taylor Ranch was a HUGE mistake! They pushed him through the 3rd grade so that they would not look too bad as a school. My son graduated the 3rd grade having not learned a thing the entire school year. Even though it was nothing but C's and D's on his work he was not held accountable by his teacher. She clearly didn't care. Moved him to Venice Christian School for 4th grade and let me tell you it is like night & day! This school wants what is best for my son. It is all about caring! VCS is a parents dream come true. Taylor Ranch is a NIGHTMARE!

  • (4 years ago)

    ***** My daughters have gone to several schools but none as great as Taylor Ranch!

  • (4 years ago)

    My 4 children attended TRS last year. My oldest was tested and moved to there gift/ advanced program. The teacher is an amazing teacher. My son loved going to her everyday. He excelled very quickly. My other 3 loved there teachers. My youngest loved his kindergarten teacher she is an amazing caring teacher. My 2 3rd graders had speech issues. The speech teacher was great with them. Very caring and helpful staff. The principal needs to lighten up a little but over all a great school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Both my children attended this school and I also volunteered there.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our daughter is in first grade and so far the quality of education has been top notch! Amazing teachers both in K and 1st grade!

  • (5 years ago)

    I sent my child here for one year and one year only. The quality of education there is not up to par there is not enough one-on-one attention and the learning pace was extremely slow for my child. No testing was offered for advanced placement therefore my child was bored most of the school year and did not want to go to school at all. Send them to Garden!

  • (6 years ago)

    We had a bad experience with teachers and the principal of TR. If you were lucky to have had a good experience with the school it is easy to blame the student or his parents for the problems and overlook the general uncourteous behavior of staff.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a school you can trust the teachers are great my 2 children went to this school they loved it this elementry is the best

  • (6 years ago)

    In response to the last few reviews-It doesn't suprise me that some people have poor experiences at the same school so many people have awesome experiences with. But let's keep in mind that we as parents only get out of our relationships with the teachers and staff what we put into it. I have two teens and a 2nd grader presently attending TRS and We have had excellent communication and academic success for all three kids. But we treat them with the respect and communication necessary to forge a positive interaction. Unfortunately some parents act no better then their kids attending so I can relate to the ongoing challenges.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son only attended this school for five months before I pulled him out. I was extremely dissatisfied with the lack of communication from the teacher to administration. My son's teacher was hardly qualified to work with children. The leadership attempted to pacify me and skirted around his incompetencies. I was not ever granted an oportunity to speak to the Principal including not even a returned phone call. Running on an old 'good' reputation in my opinion.

  • (6 years ago)

    My 4 children have been in other Florida Schools and this one just seems average to me. 2 attend Taylor Ranch so here's Pros and Cons Pros The teachers are caring polite and professional. The secretarial staff are friendly. Parent pick up runs quickly. Overall pleasant atmosphere (and this does mean a lot) the success maker computer programs Cons The ESE liason is horribleto work with. Some teachers take a while to call back. But others call back right away. No internet program to check homework or grades.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have been associated with TRS as a volunteer for the past 10 years. I have been fortunate to work with very high quality and caring teachers in Kindergarten and First grade. I hope to continue to assist in the future. It is truly amazing what these teachers accomplish with 20 students in one class without a paid aide.

  • (8 years ago)

    Our boys have attended TRS for 2 years. We have been very pleased! The only thing that disappointed us was that they did not offer band this year for the fifth graders & our son was really looking forward to that. I hope they decide to start that program again. Unfortunately we have to move out of this area. We will miss TRS tremendously!

  • (8 years ago)

    I was so happy with TRS and very sad when we had to move to another state. My son started at TRS in kindergarten he had not gone to preschool as we had moved around too often so he was a little behind at first but by the end of the school year he was reading and writing and even doing some small algebra problems. He completed 1st great there and is now reading chapter books. His teacher always kept me informed on his behavior. I feel a pang of sadness when I think that he will not be returning to TRS.

  • (9 years ago)

    Very good school in general. However many of the reviews of TRS on this site are outdated as there is a new principal. I never realized how important the school principal was to the spirit and overall atmosphere of a school. The current principal is sweet but ineffectual and very unresponsive to student and parent needs. This attitude seems to be contagious and will eventually erode the positive elementary school experience that your children deserve.

  • (9 years ago)

    Florida is known to have the worst schools in the union. I'm here to say there are great schools in Florida and Taylor Ranch is one of them. My children have attended this school for three years. I have to say I am very happy they do. I only hope and pray that TRS is not the only first class school school in Florida or I and a lot of other parents are in big trouble. The point is you have to care enough and make it your responsibility and sacrifice to find the good schools. I did. The teachers are great the curriculum is excellent the principal is wonderful and every effort is made to ensure your child learns. If you work with the teachers they'll work with you. It's not only their responsibility its the parent's too. I drive 30 extra miles/day just so my kids can attend TRS.

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