Students enrolled 1219
School leader DR. JULIO VALLE, JR

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16325 Superior Blvd
Clermont, FL 34714

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(352) 243-1845
(352) 394-5732
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4 stars
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August 19, 2014
My daughter is in 4th grade and she love her school. I have no complaints about the principal and the teachers. My daughter's teachers are really nice. If it's about the staff, I'll give them 5 stars. I rate the school 3 stars because of numerous bad experience picking up my daughter. She is a car rider cuz they don't provide bus service for students who live less than 2 miles from the school. That I understand. Unfortunately, Sawgrass bay is surrounded by subdivisions like ours. It takes over an hour to pick up the kids. If u get there 15 mins before they release the kids, good luck on getting in line. I always go there 20 mins before pick up & I still end up waiting on Superior Blvd. The line is already long. It seriously stretched almost to the edge of US 27. I don't blame the other parents to park in front of the houses by the school. They can't get to the lane. I feel bad for the residents too cuz the road is blocked. There were numerous times that I saw parents yelling & flipping each other cuz there are some people that will cut in front of u & they don't want to wait in line. I just wish that the school can provide bus service to neighborhood like ours to prevent this mess.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2014
Our son went to Sawgrass from 2nd thru 5th and each year we loved the school, teachers and administration. We did have some issues with his 5th grade teacher but administration (Mr. Simon) was more than supportive in finding a solution that worked for all. Our daughter just finished kindergarten with Mrs. Motyl, she was beyond amazing! We are very saddened to hear Dr. Valle, the principle will no longer be at Sawgrass for 2014-2015 year. We felt this schools happy atmosphere was made that way due in big part of his wonderful leadership. He will definitely be missed! Lake County lost another wonderful administrator!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
My kid has been attending Sawgrass Bay Elementary for two years now, and I have no complains at all. His second and third grade teachers- Mr. Taylor and Mrs. Hunt- are the Best!!! They are responsible, dedicated, loving, caring teachers and very reachable too. I've never had any problems when I go to the front office. The secretaries are polite and respectful. The principal is very good too! I've always said, if you treat others with love and respect, you'll get it back 100%!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2012
(Continued) Although there is a zero tolerance for bullying policy it is prevalent and an issue. I have witnessed teachers gossiping about students, parents, and other teachers. I have witnessed teachers and other school staff being rude to students and have heard plenty about students being targeted, bullied, and harassed by school staff including teachers. This school has the potential to be GREAT with the right leadership, and getting rid off the teachers who don't want to be there.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2011
the school is a good it just needs more activities for the kids like four corners, and yes people in the office are very very rude. my little girls is in 3rd grade she'sbeen in this school for 3 years.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2011
I have paid top dollar to send my kids to an elite private school in downtown Orlando. To be perfectly honest, I wasted so much money! My children have learned equally the same lessons while learning to bond with other kids of all different social levels (which is vitally important in life). The teachers have always been approachable, call me or email me with any issues, I feel part of a unique family. You get what you GIVE to your school. If you come willing to help, friendly, and approachable...you will receive in that same manner.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2011
We just moved here from Seminole County and I must say I'm not very impressed with Sawgrass Bay. They are not very people friendly here. The school itself was hugh and beautiful but, the office staff was mediocre and overwhelmed. Registration was a major pain. We had to make several trips just to get them the right paperwork. They had my wife in tears. Secondly, what's up with all these silly rules? Mandatory school uniforms? Come on this is public school; it should be entirely optional. They also don't allow any wheeled backpacks even though pediatrician recommended to prevent back strain. This school is run by a bunch of old prudes; who are more caught up in the rules than the enjoyment of teaching our kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2011
I was a teacher at SBE for the last few years and have recently decided to move on. Parents , beware! If you notice recently there are lots of good teachers and support personnel leaving the school. The administration has resorted to pitting teachers against each other, promoting rumor mongering and not supporting highly qualified teachers in their efforts to discipline students.It has become a good ole boy system where its not what you know, but whose business you are in and the first one to run to an administrator and spread untrue rumors. I implore the administration to check the facts before drawing conclusions on staff rumors.

- submitted by a teacher
July 21, 2011
This is the second year my children are going to attend SBE. I love Ms. Miller 4th grade teacher, she gave my son the academic support needed to succeed. Ms. Lees was also an outstanding teacher. The staff is very friendly and professional. The principal is great.Excellent school...A++++!!!! I sawgrass Bay Elementary!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2011
My child attended SBE last year and I have never in my life been involved in such a complicated school. So many papers go home, so much unessary activities the teachers must be incredibly overwealmed. I agree, the office staff needs to be more approachable. The instructional staff turnover there scares me a bit. I talked to a few of the teachers and they are just overworked and recieve little support from the Administration, they expect 200% of their time. My child was in the bilingual program and it appears incredibly disorganized and not supportable. Although the staff puts in their best the school needs to get back the basics.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2010
1) My son's kindergarten teacher was great. 2) There needs to be a bigger parking lot. 3) The office staff needs to be more approachable. They also need to learn how to return calls. 4) They need to keep the online calender updated. They just posted this week that the first day of school is the 23rd. Shouldn't they have known this at the end of this last school year? They didn't. I asked. 5) There is WAY TOO MUCH paper sent home. I'm not talking about art projects...I welcome that stuff. But, the random information papers sent home every day adds up. They've killed a huge forest just this year alone. And, I've only got 1 child there so far. They need to utilize their website for those of us with a computer, and only send the papers home to the parents without computers.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2010
I am very impressed with the kindergarten teacher Mrs. Fitzgerald.She rocks!! The principal Mr. Valle also is very in touch with all the kids and has always helped me when i have gone to him. Thanks Mr. Valle and Mrs Fitzgerald

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- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
Sawgrass Bay goes above and beyond in it's curriculumn, extracurricular activites, student achievment and character development. All of this combined with stellar leadership, a beautiful campus and top notch programs including Dual Language make this America's favorite school! I would also like to mention their traditional 9/11 Remembrance ceremony. I have never seen a group of Elementary school student's behave so well for an hour and a half and be filled with so much pride! Way to go Sawgrass Bay Elementary, keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
From personal experience I did not want my children to attend school in Florida but Sawgrass Bay Elem has completely change my mind. My daughter attends the dual language program here. She absolutely loves it and I am very impressed with the staff and lessons.

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September 30, 2009
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no rating May 19, 2009
I think Sawgrass Bay is a wonderful school. Yes, there are issues with the parking lot. Yes, there have to be teacher changes sometimes, but overall I think the administration and staff do a wonderful job maintaining high expectations for the students, parents and staff. Although the first year may have not been the smoothest, but I think everything was handled fine. I have never had any unfriendly encounters with the principal and the assistant principals have always been willing to speak to me anytime I have come to the school and I usually don't have an appointment. What parents need to remember is that the administration is always there at the school, but the time may not be always be right that minute. Thier time is valuable and parents need to understand and respect that.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2009
This is a beautifull school, and most of the teachers my children have had are very good teachers. Unfortunately although they SAY the encourage parent involvement, by their ACTIONS they discourage it. The administration is not welcoming, and make you feel like you should not be there. The principal is very driven, but not because she is in it for the kids, she just wants to make sure she gets the bigger bonus for being an A school. Mrs. Hunt can be very warm and friendly, but when she is not having a good day/week she can be the rudest person I have talked to. She talks down parents as well as students, and can be very disrespectful. I feel sorry for the good teachers there that have a difficult time dealing with this principal.

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March 11, 2009
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no rating March 05, 2009
Sawgrass Bay is an awesome school!! I have to disagree with those who say Mrs. Hunt is unapproachable. I've talked with her numerous times, and I didn't have an appointment ever. The school is run very well, and the ESE program is just absolutely wonderful! The one complaint that I think all of us parents have and will continue to have is lack of parking. Sawgrass Bay earned the A last year and it was well-deserved. I have 4 children and have had them in many different Florida schools. Sawgrass Bay is the best of them all!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
this school is a wonderful

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no rating February 05, 2009
I am new at this school, but I enjoy my child's experience there. My child has enjoyed the Library experiences with Mrs. Tela.

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February 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2009
I am very impressed with SBES. The school sits in a nice location, the school itself is very clean and organized, the staff is generally fantastic. Discipline issues are dealt with swiftly and fairly. Conferences are scheduled regularly and as needed, I have never had an issue communicating with my children's teachers, they have a quick response time when I send them an email or write a note. The front office staff and Nurse Anna are wonderful as well. The only complaint I have is that I was not able to walk my kindergarten student to class after the first day, but I am impressed at the school's security.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
I really think this school is great! Everytime I have gone in there, I see lots of staff, which is very comforting. My daughter did get switched to a new teacher due to many enrollments after school had started. I was made aware and was able to go in and meet the teacher. It is still a new school and we all should expect some hiccups here and there. Alot of it is the parents who don't pay attention and enroll their kids ontime or participate. Yes I do have to agree that the parking stinks, just be sure to arrive to events early to get a spot! :)

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
My son is in Mrs. Lees second grade class and she is an awsome teacher we love the school, yes the parking is bad! I also agree that the front office staff isnt very friendly at times I know they have alot on their plate but they could be a little more friendly and maybe even smile a little! over all we love the school and hope that the kinks get works out soon!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2008
This is our daughter's first year at Sawgrass Bay & so far, this has been a good year for her. Because of the high enrollment she was required to swap teachers after the first few weeks but the staff was very helpful in sending home information and comforting my child and making the move as easy as possible on her. She loves her new teacher just as much as the one she started out with. They even arranged a day that the parents could meet the new teacher and on this day the principal and vice principal were standing in the hallway & took the time to talk with me; I found them both to be very approachable. The only complaint I have is about the office personnel; many times they are a bit smug and they have a tendancy to ignore you.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2008
I love this school. Last year I had a big family problems and principal was very considerable and helpful. I'm giving 5 stars.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
I must disagree with alot of said about this school. I had 2 kids this past year and teacher wise they had the best Sawgrass Bay has to offer Mrs. Smith and Mr. Sanders were Wonderful! We must understand that this school was barely built when classes started and things like this are bound to happen..How many kids got transferred out of other schools? How many new enrollments? It's just obvious they weren't expecting this amount of kids. I'm sure this year things will be much smoother. It was a new experience for everyone, even Mrs Hunt! One thing needed was more Parent participation. Parking I must agree is awful!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2008
My only complaint is the tiny parking lot which gets very full during pickup and drop off. The school is beautiful and the teachers are wonderful. My son was in Mrs. Lees second grade class and he had a wonderful time. The school was recently given an A rating which makes me pretty happy,

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July 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2008
My daughter attended Sawgrass Bay last year and I loved her kindergarten teacher Miss Splinter. She kept me informed in everything that was going on including days off and things. I agree that some of the information wasn't given to parents but I hope it was just first year troubles. I haven't had to have any experiences with Ms. Hunt, I only met her once and she was nice. Parking is awful, and they need to plan better for events where ther will be alot of people. I gave the school a great rating because of my daughters experience this year.

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July 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2008
I LOVE this school! I know many of the parents think that Mrs.Hunt in unapproachable, however she is in it for the kids! I have never worked for a principal this goal oriented and driven about how the students are doing both emotionally and academically. Really! I have had some 'quirky' principals in the past! I love the teachers they (administration) has put together. We work well together! I must agree that the parking does stink....we have to wait for the development of Sawgrass Bay to expand BEFORE we can put in more parking, sorry but true! Anyway, SBE is a very motivated, loving environment....your children are very safe here!

- submitted by a teacher
May 29, 2008
The school is beautiful and new but there is a definate lack of communication to parents. I tried to enroll my younger son up for pre-k and even though I was on the list, I was not notified and was too late to register. I was given an apology but told he could not go to pre-k at Sawgrass and we would have to look elsewhere. Also, my 4th grader has had to switch classes 3 times this year for some unknown reason. They have not communicated to me, my son fills me in. I have had only a few opportunitites to see the principal and it has not been good. She was just rude and I felt like I was annoying her, as well as the students. My son's teacher has been really good. She fills us in on his behavior, academic needs and holds him accountable.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
If you could approach the principal or any of her assistances then this school could be over the top. We will try again next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2008
I have two kids in Sawgrass Bay. Both of the teachers they have had are wonderful. Mrs.Smith and Ms. Shafar. Both are very motivated. I am really happy so far with the overall school. Being the first year open I am sure there have been speedbumps met with faculty, students and parents. You have to give the school time to adjust to opening. Everyone has to be involved. My kids have loved thier experience this year.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
All in all, this school has been a disaster from the get go. The open house was a muddled mess, to say the least. My son was forced to change classes 3 times due to poor planning with the staffing. I have repeatedly not recieved notice about school holidays, or had any sort of school calendar given to me.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2008
Beautiful new school and my two kids enjoy their teachers and are doing well but lack of consistent discipline by the principal, whom is seldom seen and unapproachable by parents, or assistant principal is a major problem for the good kids but little seems to being done to correct my complaints and of the other parents and faculty that I have spoken with. Faculty morale and absenteeism is the talk of the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 11, 2008
Very good teachers my kids are doing well . But they tell me that there is a lot of teacher absenteeism and low morale as they get little administrative support from the Assistant Principals and the Principal is unapproachable anytime there is a problem. Overall a great and beautiful new school but as an outsider my evaluation must be less than enthusiatic.

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March 31, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2008
Mrs. Muir is fabulous...if you have the chance request her for your first grader. She cares about her studends & wants to be there teaching. She isn't in it just for the paycheck. She is very loving & has high expectations for each of her students, she works with them so they will be their best. When do you find that?? I wish I could take her with us every single grade, she is made my daughter want to read more, and she is an honor roll student every single quarter because of Mrs. Muir's guidance. I agree Mrs. Hunt is very cold & hopefully once she gets her grips with the new school she will come around to be the warm person I am sure she is. Mrs. Hunt's personality aside whatever she is doing is working, holding teachers accountable, the students & facility. Kudos to Sawgrass Bay.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2008
From the poorly planned open house where too many parents were invited to attend at the same time with limited parking and countless cars ended up stuck in the sand, to my youngest son (grade K) being moved to three different classrooms in four months due to staffing problems this school has been a nightmare. The principal is cold.

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Sawgrass Bay Elementary School
16325 Superior Blvd, Clermont, FL  34714
(352) 243-1845
Last modified Sawgrass Bay Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sawgrass Bay Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top