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Astatula Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 617 students

 

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Posted June 27, 2012

I am a grandparent raising my four grandchildren. Three attend AES and I'm hoping we will still be in the area when our last one starts school in 3 years. I can't find adequate words to express my thanks to Dr. Ball who is a wonderful, devoted kindergarten teacher; Mrs. Moorman is a disciplined, (exactly what my granddaughter needed) compassionate first grade teacher; and Mrs. Keough is an intelligent, caring fourth grade teacher. Mr. Campbell and the entire staff at AES have all been very kind, helpful in every situation. It's the best elementary school that I've ever had the opportunity to work with!!! I never worry about their safety, education or moral standards while they are at school. I'm older than most parents whose children attend AES, so I think that I'm a pretty good judge of character and I surely wasn't born yesterday. Thanks Astatula Elementary School for doing such a wonderful job in educating my three precious grandchildren. They love to go to school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

My daughter LOVES going to school everyday. However, the ELC program needs a better director and support staff. They leave so much to be desired! They are glorified babysitters, that's it. If you are not Spanish, you are dirt to them and they take it out on your kids!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

I used to be a student at astatula back in 2005 and all the teachers I met understood me and my classmates. They would help us one on one before and after school. Even though I only went to k-3 before I moved, I met almost every teacher there. The P.E. teacher was the best so far. I really like how they understand the parents unlike here in the H-E-B school district here in Texas .


Posted February 12, 2010

We love AES! We drive over 15 miles one way for the kids to go to school here. The majority of the teachers are GREAT! My only concern with the school has been safety of the children when visitors come on campus. I know there are laws that have to followed, but I just don't like that anyone can come on campus, but with that said there are just not enough good things to say about this school, from the big play production at the end of the year to PTO functions, this school really does try hard to make elementary education a memorable experience. Teachers, TA's, volunteers, office staff, and all other staff are approachable and polite. Ms. Kay. and Mrs. Cutter made our year last year. The entire 5th grade team is awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

Hi, my name is Juliet Escalera. This is a great school. My son is in special needs class and he is doing very well. The teachers are the best. Thank you Astatula !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2009

AES has a wonderful experience for my daughter's. From the leadership to the teachers you are all awesome!! Kudos to Mrs. Gaetz truly the BEST!! Mrs. Cutter makes a fun to learn environment and we thank you for that!! For all the teachers and aids you make such a tremendous difference in our childrens life!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

We love AES! Mrs. Cockcroft, Mr. Campbell and all the teachers are great. Our favorite teachers are Mrs. Gaetz, Mrs. Sears, Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. Symonds, Mrs. Walter, Mrs. Roupas, Mrs. Ferguson, Mr. & Mrs. Burris, Mrs. Kilmer, Mrs. Reid, Mrs. Salamon, Mrs. Mauldin and Coach Boyd. This school enriches the lives of children and teaches them to be a caring and constructive contributor to the community they live in. My children have learned the true meaning of success at AES and that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. I am so grateful to everyone involved at AES!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2008

My daughter is in Mrs. Gaetz's class. She is wonderful. My daughter absolutely loves going to school and looks forward to Mondays. Mrs. Gaetz goes out of her way to provide support to all of her students and their families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2008

We very proudly speak of AES! We love Mrs. Gaetz and Mr Gamain!! They made our year last year! This year we are blessed once again with great teachers, Ms. Kay and Mrs.Cutter. Thank you for teaching my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2008

My grandson who is in kindergarten attends AES and I am very fortunate to have the pleasure of being able to volunteer in both Dr. Balls and Mrs. Gaetz class rooms. They both are wonderful, caring, devoted teachers. I have nothing but admiration for them both with all that they do. My hats off to them both!!!


Posted November 19, 2008

My daughter Makenna is in Mrs.Vossbregs kindergarden class and she loves her dearly! She is absolutely the best teacher I have ever met! She puts so much dedication into her students! Thank You so much!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

This school is awesome! there is no other school in lake co. That I would rather have my child at. Mrs. Beach one of the kindergarten teachers is the best! they shoul put her picture in the dictionary next to the word teacher! The whole staff is so friendly and caring. Could not ask for a better staff! Go Bobcats!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2007

This school is a great school. They really care about the children. All the teachers and staff are really great, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

Not only is this school rated academically an 'A' school according to the state standards, but as an arts magnet offering enrichment classes in drama, vocal and instrumental music, visual and graphic arts, media, and P.E. Extra curricular activities abound and are truly amazing for an elementary school! Family involvement activities are well attended.
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Posted April 25, 2006

Astatula Elementary offers a positive learning environment where administrators and staff alike place high importance on the success of our children. My son attended K thru 5th grades and the overall experience was very good. The teachers worked well with me to address his individual needs. Counselors and principals made a point of knowing me and my child by name.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2004

Wonderful school. I went there Kindergarten through 3rd grade (4 years). I had great teachers. I was identified as gifted in 3rd grade and it was hard to leave such great school. The teachers went out of there wy for everyone. They cared, were kind, and were good at teaching. I am now in 5th grade and if that school had a gifted program I might think about going back!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2004

The teachers and staff at Astatula are friendly, respectful, and desire academic excellence in every student. They make learning fun and have no problem admitting personal areas for improvement while focusing on areas of accomplishment. Specifically you could not ask for any better 4th grade teachers than Cathy Burris and Lynda Ferguson,as their enthusiasm for teaching could be used as models across the United States.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2004

My son is in kindergarten. His teacher, Mrs. Gaetz is excellent. She is always available (even in the evenings) to discuss my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
69%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


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.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
79%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


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.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
66%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


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.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

107 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
94%
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

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
White 61%
Hispanic 29%
Black 4%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 140%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 29%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 58%62%61%
Master's degree 38%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%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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School Leader's name
  • MR. JOSEPH FRANA
Fax number
  • (352) 343-1457

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13925 Florida Avenue
Astatula, FL 34705
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