School Details

Ventura Elementary School

275 Waters Edge Drive, Kissimmee, FL 34743
(407) 344-5040
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 954 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 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
  • Osceola County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

58%
54%
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52%
58%
61%
51%
53%
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.
78%
83%
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
  • Osceola County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

40%
47%
56%
49%
58%
61%
41%
52%
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
  • Osceola County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ventura Elementary School is a public elementary school in Yeehaw Junction. The principal of Ventura Elementary School is MR. SCOTT CLARK, whose e-mail is clarkc@osceola.k12.fl.us. 954 students attend Ventura Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 4% of the Ventura Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 82% of the 954 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Ventura Elementary School is 15:1. Boggy Creek Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 82% 57%
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 6% 26%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Asian 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 82% 64%
Limited English proficiency 4% 18%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    My daughter has been at this school since PK. Teachers do no master their curriculum and overload students with homework. My daughter fears her teachers so much that she is extremely quiet in the classroom as she doesn't want to be noticed. She tells me stories of how students are constantly being punished yelled at and humiliated in front of other students for no reason. The school has a reward program for redeemable tickets for good behavior and her current teacher uses it as punishment. Yesterday this teacher called out on students that scored less than 70 on a test and asked them to return 30 tickets that they had earned with good behavior. If the student line leader doesn't open the door quick enough she orders him/her to change his/her color in front of the entire class for wasting time. She even assigns a girl student ( 8 years old) to report back to her if any students misbehaved during lunch. When students return from lunch the teacher humiliates them in front of the others and asks them to change their color in front of the class. Students are grouped based on scores and other kids make fun at students with lower grades. This is just a nightmare!

  • (1 year ago)

    I agree with the parent that stated during breakfast the children have to be reading... As they're waiting to go to their classes in the morning if they are caught not reading the teachers and or patrols demand that they read!! My kids reading at home has dropped tremendously due to that!! Let the kids be kids.... they have mandatory reading during school hours!!!! My 3 kids have been in that school since kindergarten there has been different principles assistant principals and teachers.... Wish I knew why.. I out of zoned all 3 of my kids from Boggy Creek elementary to Ventura and now I'm second guessing it after all these years! /

  • (1 year ago)

    I think that it is very differant now. I dont know what happening. Please make this better.

  • (2 years ago)

    The main issue is there are many non English speaking children. I have 1 child I adopted. Math is mostly written problems. They should be teaching pure math (addition subtraction division multiplications etc). The children are struggling with English and being taught complex math in English not basic math. They are falling behind in math big time because of this. I tutor my son everyday and his best subject is math but not due to the way they teach math there. They do put the fear of FCAT into these children. My son feigned illness twice to try to avoid FCAT testing. My son has some learning issues so it is not all the fault of the school but I wish I could do home schooling. It seems I have to teach him to keep him up to speed.

  • (2 years ago)

    ok the school now has a new principal and assistant principal fine with me but what's with the new changes now kids have to be reading while they are having breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria and after dismissal? is this for real? my kids are complaining already they feel persecuted a teacher noticed my 4th grader without a book in his hands and demanded to know why.. they will only accomplish one thing with this that the students wont like to read at all!

  • (3 years ago)

    All my children have come to this school and my little one is the last one here. All my children have done well and the staff goes above and beyond to help with the childrens needs. great staff. parents need to be more involved with helping there children aswell as the school. teaching begins in the home. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK VENTURA!

  • (5 years ago)

    My twin daughters have just started their first year of Kindergarden at Ventura.The Title 1 parent center is great.Vicki and Kelly who work in the parent center are very resourceful and always have an anwser to an question. Today I actually attended a Parent workshop which too was very resourceful pertaining to Getting Involved In Your Child's Education.Mrs.Zieglar my childrens teacher does an outstanding job with the children she teaches and she is always in the parenting center seeking resources as well!

  • (6 years ago)

    Ventura is a great school. I appreciate Mrs. Franceschi's professionalism. Dr. Karlskin is also very helpful and professional. On a side note I'd like to say that the Parent Center is very valuable. Mrs. Woelk is very knowledgable about the items available for checkout and tries to help us find material based on my child's needs. The center has helped all three of my children excel in Math and Reading. Their grades improved after using material from the center. They have educational toys and hands on material that you can't find in stores.

  • (7 years ago)

    I truly believe this is an excellent school with wonderful teachers. My son just got promoted to a second grade with Honors and he love the school. Ms Lemle (Kindergarden) & Mrs Tosi (First Grade) made an amazing job on these kids and I know is not an easy job. But they did it. My Best for them! I am looking forward for 2008-09. Happy Summer!

  • (7 years ago)

    Ventura is a nice school. I would recommend this school to other parents. My children have excelled since entering Ventura. One specific thing I would like to mention is the Parent Resource Center. What an excellent idea! There is a classroom FULL of educational fun materials for FREE check-out! All of the latest games and technology you'll find in most stores. This has made such a difference for my children. We now have family night once a week where we use something we've checked out from the Parent Center. I am also happy with the Administrative team at Ventura. We are lucky to have such a caring supportive group of individuals at Ventura. Thank you.

  • (7 years ago)

    Overall Ventura is a decent school. However I do believe they are too concerned with the FCAT and not other areas that need to be learned. I believe that if they had better communication with parents and suitable times for their programs they would have more parent involvement. Also the teachers could do better at communicating with us parents about concerns and achievements of our children throughout the year and not just at report card time. As far as academic programs their availability of classes needs to be known. There is nothing stating the availability of classes or who is eligible for what. As it is easy for a child to miss out and get lost in the shuffle.

  • (7 years ago)

    My third grade son had a very positive experience at Ventura during his first year here in Florida. When he started school in Aug. 2006 he struggled with reading. With extra help centers small group in class and me helping at home my son was able to pass the FCAT on grade level. I believe parents should be involved in their children's education. I was able to go to the PTA meetings only to see 2 or 3 parents in the meetings this is very sad. The administration teachers and staff are very dedicated to the students. The students are involved in dance Stomp group Art etc. I am very happy to be part of the Ventura family!

  • (8 years ago)

    I have had 3 children enrolled in this school for 2 yrs now. I do not recommend this school to anyone who cares about quality education or their child's safety. The principle is very dismissive and bullying is a real big issue at this school. Also the focus is on cat scoring while critical thinking skills as well as basic math and reading concepts are left to the wayside. My children had transferred from a public school system from a neighboring state; and they were on honor role. Here they have been threatened by repeating a grade. Never have i been so disgusted! I volunteered and was involved yet the front staff never recognized me...How's that for 'personal touch'? I give the school f-.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think this is an excellent school with wonderful teachers principal and asst. principal. I believe your child will get what they and the parent give out of the school. I am on both the PTO and SAC committee and stay very involved with my children's teachers. They are always willing to go above and beyond to help. I think the school has greatly improved since Mrs. Francheschi took over! And I really appreciate Dr. Karlskin and Mr. Bundy! They have truly made my children's educational experience enjoyable.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have 2 kids currently attending VES. I am highly upset that all they care about is the FCAT. I'm not interested in extracurricular activities because of how much disgusting behavior happens in class and nothing is done about it or it is overlooked.

  • (9 years ago)

    This will be the second year my son Spencer has attended Ventura. He is in the fourth grade. I feel that this school has brought out the best in Spencer. He has always had problems but Ventura really does take extra time and care to help Spencer. Last year because of the extra early morning tutoring program he made excellent grades on his FCAT. Spencer was so very proud of himself. Thank you Ventura. I am looking forward to the 2005-2006 school year.

  • (9 years ago)

    I believe this school is more about the fcat's then actually teaching the children this school went from a C to an A and back to a C in 1 yr. makes parents wonder the quality of education our children are getting

  • (10 years ago)

    I think my dughter learned at the level that she need it to. Thank you Miss Zigler And Mrs D.

  • (10 years ago)

    I love the pre-k program at Ventura my daughter has thrived along with the other kids in her class. I have volunteered quite a few times and the children are always happy to learn. Mrs. Suarez their teacher is wonderful a very nuturing and loving teacher. Mrs. Rodriguez the teacher's assistant is a treasure as well. You won't go wrong with the Pre-k program at Ventura Elementary!

  • (10 years ago)

    Parent involvement is pretty good music art etc. those activities are fine. However the front office staff is TERRIBLE RUDE AND NOT PUBLIC FRIENDLY AT ALL. The head Principle is not accessible when I as a parent wanted to speak with him regarding the safety of my child in his school. Some of the teaching staff also was very dismissive when I tried to address the fact that my child was being bullied at this school. The sherriff's officer assigned to the school was the only person who tried to help. Now she is at another school...So I really don't want my child at this school next yr nor do I want to register my 5yr old to the next school year. Other parents have experience the same treatment from the staff at this school. Mrs. Cruz

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