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Crystal Lakes Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 626 students

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5 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 13, 2014

I have gone to this school since kindergarten and I am now in 5th grade. This school has the best teachers, and I am a safety patrol in the gifted class. I have the best teacher there is in this school and I always had. I can wait to go to middle school because the one I have to go to (woodlands) sounds like a terrible school. The school I want to go to is Christa mcauliffe so I will have friends and it doesn't seem as bad as woodlands does. I know I am only a student but I surely recommend this school for your pk-5 grader.


Posted August 22, 2013

Crystal lakes elementary is a wonderful school. The principal is very responsive & all the teachers & staff are very helpful in making our child's education the optimal experience!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2013

I going to move to another state, this school is amezing. I hope we find a school like this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2013

I am considering moving to this school boundary with my 9 year old and soon to be 5 year old. I would like to know if Crystal Lakes have school chorus? Is this a uniform based school? What are the highlights of this school and sets it apart from the others?


Posted April 22, 2012

I love this school. It is a great little neighborhood school. The kids feel comfortable because they don't get lost in the shuffle. The teachers are caring and I feel like we're very blessed to have our kids go here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2012

Most of the teachers are fabulous. The PTA is amazing. However, I think the principal is a bit out of touch and needs to focus more on educational aspects and less on minor infractions of the dress code. I also think she singles certain parents out and attempts to "give them a hard time" about minor things. Unfortunately, it seems sometimes her personal agenda outweighs the benefits of coordinating with genuinely involved parents. The Assistant principal is quite good and seems to genuinely care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2011

Crystal Lakes Elementary has a truly amazing & dedicated staff rivaled by no other. The principal, nurse, teachers, counselors and coordinators take their roles in the students education and well being very serious and do whatever necessary to provide the best environment for the children. While arranging a 504 plan for my son, they went above and beyond what was required to ensure his needs were met. Even the disctrict staff was involved to resolve conflicts and serve the needs of my son. I cannot say enough about this school...they are the best I've ever seen and deserve the highest marks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

This is a great school where the teachers are great and we have a great PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

Great teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

Great environment, the staff is awesome...my son love it!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2009

I am pleased to say that my doughter since she arrived from PR and not knowing how to read or write in english she has learened alot with the help of all her teachers. I feel so proud that the teachers in Crystal lake Elementary do know how to work and educate there students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2009

This school is fantastic! Great teachers and an amazingly involved PTA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2008

We are a NCLB family from another school that was awful. CLE..... what a wonderful environment! I love this school and the administration is amazing! I have nothing but the highest regards for all the staff here. Teachers make learning fun, teaching is not all about the 'FCAT' as in so many other schools. Lots to do, always something going on. High parent involvement which is key... teachers are happy to be here, as are the students. That says alot!! I'm soooooo glad and proud to be part of CLE!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2008

My child moved to Crystal Lakes from another school that he was very comfortable with. The teachers and administration made his transition very smooth. I was very impressed to see both the Assistant Principal and Principal out and about the campus. It's nice to see them supervising and talking to students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2007

Completely impressed! This was my son's first day of school ever. I think the whole staggered start for the kindergartners was a marvelous idea. That way the students were not overwhelmed. Worked out perfectly! Also there is great communication between parent and staff. No time delay at all I feel very well informed. I don't think my son could have gotten a more caring and understanding teacher either, Mrs. Gruenberg. We are truly looking forward to the rest of the school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2007

I think that Crystal Lakes, like any school, has it good and bad points. I believe that some teachers are more adept at teaching and handling all different children and their personalties. I think that the principal is clueless and very cold. My child loves school and can't wait to learn. I believe that love comes from all of his teachers, including music, art & p.e. Overall he is very happy and learns a great many things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2006

I have had children at this school for 10 years running. Cursio-Graves principal is relatively new. The A rating is based on prior years. Extremely disappointed in the manner in which bright children are 'dummed down' rather than encouraged to succeed to their full potential. It is counter-productive to insist on such a 'balance' in each classroom rather than having any advanced opportunity groups. The ESE program my child was put in took time away from learning other subjects to be pulled out and spoon fed. My child did not substantially improve with it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2006

Not very happy with kindergarten teach, but I think I just got a bad seed. The SACC counselors are wonderful and very caring. The Principal is not very friendly either and seems clueless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2006

This is a great A rated school. The parental involvement is incredible. The teachers are well organized and are on top of everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

This is a great A rated school in a good area. There is high parental involvement and a great after care program.
—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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
71%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
92%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
62%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
99%
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 "B".

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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 63%
Black 14%
Hispanic 13%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 8%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%73%61%
Master's degree 29%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%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 6%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Five Star School award (2013)
  • Five Star School award (2012)
  • Five Star School award (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:55 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:45 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • MRS. DIANE CURCIO-GREAVES
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (561) 292-6650

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Girl scouts
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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6050 Gateway Boulevard
Boynton Beach, FL 33472
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Phone: (561) 292-6600

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