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Wolf Lake Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1106 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
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Posted November 8, 2013

I am very happy with WLE!! I saw that my grandson was having difficulties with reading, asked for help & he is getting it. Doing very well now & he loves WLE. As far a the money issue goes, no school can be run without it, but I don't see more emphasis put on money issues than education. As far as teaching to the FCAT, that is not dictated by the school but your Federal Government. Bad test scores no money, plain & simple. The best thing that could happen for ALL OUR SCHOOLS is for the Federal Government to get out of Education. Leave it to the Professionals who have gotten their degrees in education and the States to run our schools. And you as a parent (if you desire to get involved), could also have more input. Lets let the educators do what we hired them to do, Teach our children. I believe that the teachers at WLE are doing the best job that they can do with one hand tied behind their back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2013

My child attended two private school before coming to WLE and we couldn't be happier! Before we decided on public school we met with the principal who sat down to discuss our concerns and toured the school with us. She is very organized and on top of things at the school. She put him with a wonderful Kindergarten teacher where he excelled. The class ratio was great- even better than that overpriced private school we'd been at before! Now in first grade he continues to be challenged academically. The school staff and teachers have worked with us every step of the way ensuring my child's success. It's so refreshing! From the bus driver to the teachers we are very impressed. The school serves the community with several fundraisers and food drives- much more than the Christian private school! I have never heard a bad word about this school. As one parent told me once, it's like getting a private school for free! There is also a very involved PTA. M y only complaint- the school is over capacity (portables are used) and parking is a mess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2013

My son went from a private preschool to kindergarten at WLE. We were concerned that the curriculum would be below him but they have formed separate reading groups amongst the classes so he is with a group reading at a similar level. I have been im.pressed by the philanthropic activities of the school to teach generosity to the children. I have volunteered to have a hands on view and the classroom is routine oriented which the children thrive on. We have been very happy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2012

This is my son's 4th year at WLE and I could not be any happier with the teachers he has had, the administration and the amount of parent involvement in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2011

I love this school. My children have attended 3 elementary schools in FL due to a job relocation and this school is by far the best of all. My kids are excited to go to school everyday. The staff is great and the communication is outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2011

WLE is wonderful both my kids are on honor roll thanks to their wonderful teachers that they have had. 1 of my children has had a difficult time in the past but with lots of care and help he is on grade level and doing wonderful. Sure there is always going to be something going on in any school you may not like but if you want the best for you kids WLE is it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2011

I am a volunteer in that school and I could not be happier with them. I think the teachers are great and really cares about each student. I would actually be very sad if I had to move and take my kids out of Wolf Lake Elemntary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2010

I had very high expectations for WLE before we arrived. Unfortunately, we have been quite disappointed by the reality. I 100% agree with a previous comment stating that the administrators are on a power trip and have an "I'm the boss" attitude. The use of technology is good and the academics are average. I'm extremely displeased by how much the children are shuffled around throughout the day. It's too overwhelming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2010

My son went to Kindergarten last year and I volunteered in his classroom to get a first hand account of what goes on at school. The majority of children that you meet in the hallways are polite and smiling. The staff is friendly. My son advanced academically with great strides. Is it perfect? No. Is any place perfect? Of course not. Am I pleased as a parent that my chilren attend Wolf Lake? DEFNITELY!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

The principal and Assistant Principal are very unprofessional. In addition, staff it is unfair with children because of lack of supervision from supervisors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2010

WLE is plain & simply a huge a success due to the principal. As an involved parent, I can see the results in my children and the differences from parents with children in other area schools. Very high parent involvement, parents in the classrooms, in the cafeteria and events. WLE brings much fun to the families with special events throughout the year that the kids rave about . If your child needs help, you will know and be given the tools you need. If you're new to the area or just starting kindergarten, take a look -- interview the school before you move, meet the principal yourself or ask for a tour. An unannounced visit will show you what you need to know. You will surely see the difference between your current school and WLE! I'll be sorry to say goodbye when my kids graduate!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2010

As a parent, I know that my job is to ready my child for the world, for those around her + frankly, I know I must attend school all over again. Homework, class projects + school events don't always mesh with my schedule + I'd love for my child to have more time for play. There is a reason the teachers in this school work your child hard. WLE works hard for the A rating and FCAT. The results are due in large part to our children's grades! WLE teachers will work as hard as we do. When a consumer is unhappy, you'll hear from them louder than any other.When a parent is not committed to their child's upbringing and education, you will find that they blame the school and/or teachers rather than look to themselves. When they do well, we praise the kids. When they do poorly, we blame the teacher?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

Everything about this school is awesome. The teachers and staff care
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2009

This is the first year my daughter has been in public school and this school has the best staff ever. The school is helpful with your needs as a parent and a pupil. Great school and an 'A' school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2009

I agree with a prior comment, the staff and administration seem like they are on a power trip, the acedemics are acceptable but could be better, it seems to me that the focus of this school is getting money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2008

This is my son's second year at WLE. We are very pleased with the faculty and the after school care is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2008

Great school!! Lots of great teachers and fun after school activities. Parent involvement is also best of any elem. school I've encountered. Awesome principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2008

The staff of this school are the best of any schools I have dealt with in the county. They truly care about the kids. There is also a huge amount of parent participation and the kids benefit from it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2008

This is the second year for my 2 children at Wolf Lake Elementary. Last year was a much better year for us as our children did very well with their teachers, peers and class surroundings. Unfortunately, due to the school 'bussing' in children from outside of the school's district, our children who live in WLE's district have suffered. We have also encountered bullying and uncaring teachers this year which is why our children will no longer be attending this school. As with any public school in Florida, the curriculum is designed to teach 'to the test (FCAT)' and does not take the time to help your child if he/she is not 'getting it'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2007

I have been unpleasantly surprised with this school. From day one, my husband and I have been dissatisfied with the culture of bullying from the adults. Minor, developmentally appropriate misbehaviors (e.g. talking during lunch, calling out, etc.) are handled by public humiliation. Submission is the goal, not teaching appropriate behavior. Even adults are treated in this way. I witnessed a parent being screamed at by a teacher when she picked up her child. The assistant principal witnessed the event, and rather then reigning in the out-of-line teacher, he began lecturing the mother. Although the academics are acceptable, I am concerned that the administration condones the 'I am the boss here' attitude from the staff. As a veteran teacher who has taught in several schools, I have never witnessed this type of behavior before, and I am concerned that it is so rampant here.
—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.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
69%
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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%
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.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
52%
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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
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 "B".
  • 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

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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
White 49% 42%
Black 25% 23%
Hispanic 21% 29%
Asian 3% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 77%66%61%
Master's degree 23%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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