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Dream Lake Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 841 students

 
 

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4 stars


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Posted November 19, 2009

overall i think Dream Lake is an excellent school, I am seeing a bit if a problem this year with comunication, between parent and teacher, and teachers with admins, may not be in all cases but it is there, the bathrooms are always dirty and never any soap for handwashing in them, not a god thing right now , with swine flu traveling around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

I give Dream Lake Elementary 5 stars. I have 4 kids, 3 already grown with their own kids. I have a 8yr old in Dream Lake and I have never experience the exceptional attention Dream Lake gives to our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

I love this school! Especially their special needs program! They have taken an amazing challenge and burden and blessed so many families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

I love my sons teacher but, the school has very low low low parental involvement. This is our first year here . I am eager to see what next year brings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2008

My daughter has been attanding this school for two yrs and she has improve alot in reading and math. Her teacher Mrs. Page is a really good teacher because she has patience for the students. DLES is really good, I love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2008

I like DLES but the bathrooms are disgusting. Even though the bathrooms are filthy it is a pretty good school
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2006

My boys have been at DreamLake Elem school for three years now. All of the staff are exceptional! My boys teachers help them to do the best that they can, and offer advice on what types of extra help is needed. The staff is very helpful in every way... If I have a question they have an answer if not they find the answer; they are willing to work with the parent(s) to provide the best education possible for the child(ren). They know my children by name and ask how they are doing. I'm called if there is a problem, teachers are willing to work with me due to the fact that my children live with their father and I'm 30 miles away. They respect the situation and don't make me feel like I don't belong. There is a high level of parent involvement, excellent academics. Highly recommend DLES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2006

This is my first year as a parent of a dreamlake student and I have to admit I love her teacher. She is very creative and involved and does an excellent job. The school could use more parent involvement but overall I am pleased. If I was dealing with a different teacher I may not be so happy but as is I could not have asked for a better person teaching my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2006

As a parent of children who were homeschooled, I,ve got to say that this school was just what my children needed. The teachers use positive reinforcement which I,ve found works wonders. The chance for children to take an active part in their school appearance, the safety of other children, the reading buddy program just to name a few are wonderful. My children are becoming better citizens. Thanks Dream lake!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2006

Dream Lake Elementary is an excellent school. The teachers are caring and communication is great between parent and teacher. They also offer free after school tutoring which is a great benefit and has allow both of my children not only to catch up but excel. Dream Lake is always looking for ways to improve and they don't procrastinate they do it! Awesome school, great teachers, happy students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2005

Dream Lake is an awesome school. I loved all the teachers and students. Everyone knows everyone's name here. Not only does Dream Lake have great academic teachers, it has great art, pe and computer teachers too. All the parents are involved with the PTA,and really know whats going on with there students. I would give this school a 5 out of 5 for overall quality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2005

Dream Lake is a fantastic school, with fantastic teachers. It is full of a diverse population of students. I really feel like each child is treated with the utmost respect and love that they deserve. I am so happy to be a part of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2005

We have a 2nd & Kgn here. We were not happy with our private school. D.L.E. has veteran teachers who have made this school exceptional. Variety of art, music, computer, science and PE. Small class sizes, many spanish speaking teachers and aides. Community involvement (rewards for good work)Great PTA, again with vet teachers working with parents. Individual students matter to these teachers. Reading, reading, reading with Book Club for extra measure! I was not sure of any public school... Spent so much time observing before making the move. Honestly, the standards here are much higher than our previous (private) school. Experience and education of teachers shows. Mrs. Guthrie seems to have an open door policy and is very accessable. She knows our children by name.(and they have never been sent to her office ;) D.L.E. is the original (first) elementary in Apopka. History, pride, community and excellence make DLE special.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2005

My child has ADD and attended this school when he was in first grade. We found that his teacher was abel to work with him with out any special treatment. We saw a huge difference in his grades. Over all the school its self could use some tlc in the exterior appearance of the school . But as far as the staff goes they are very well prepared and organized. However iI do think more activities to involve parents are needed at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2005

I don't know anything about this school, but I'm interested in finding out....so I'm writing this to read the others. I did a review on another school and was supposed to be able to read this, but it didn't work. Sorry for wasting your time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2004

This was a very good school for my daughter. The only bad thing was that it focused on handicap kids, and my daughter wasn't handicap so she didn't get alot of attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2004

I have two kids with special needs that are in 2nd and 5th grade. The teachers are so wonderful with them and they always push them to do their best. Things I never thought I'd see my kids do, their doing now. My oldest went to another school in kintergarden and I was very unhappy with them. I moved just so she could go here. I tell everyone about about how pleased I with Dream Lake. The entire staff really cares and it shows. -Stacy E.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2004

This school was very good when my child attended. The teachers are fantastic and inspired my child to reach for the stars. Thank God for Dream Lake!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2004

As a teacher, I was nervous about my oldest child entering kindetgarten. But Dream Lake has truly been a fabulous experience! Her teacher is amazing. She seems to have a variety of interesting materials. The administration is supportive of its teachers. The more involved as a parent you get, the better! The PTA is inviting and welcoming and active!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

when i moved to apoka a year before my daughter started. i checked out the schools. Dream Lake got the highest rating of everyone i asked. so i moved so she could go to dream lake. My daughter is in 3rd and my second in kindergarden. have never regretted taking them to that school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
56%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


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.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


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.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
48%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


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.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


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.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 39% 29%
White 34% 42%
Black 22% 23%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 58%66%61%
Master's degree 42%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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500 N Park Ave
Apopka, FL 32712
Phone: (407) 884-2227

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