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Forest Lake Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 675 students

 

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Posted April 24, 2014

My kids love this school,the teachers they have had are great.Right now one has Mrs Raynor,what a sweetheart.She has a big heart and my kids have loved her.They have learned more from her than any other teacher they have had.I give her and other teachers a lot of credit for what they have to put up with and doing it for little pay
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

Forest Lake Elementary is an awesome school. My two sons attended and one is still in 5th grade attending. They have a great gifted program, alot of family functions for parents to get involved and Mr. Robinson the assistant principal is hands down the best school faculty member I have encountered in any school. He is just an awesome person, keeps kids motivated, always happy, always positive, funny, silly and can put a smile on your face everytime you see him. All schools should have a Mr. Robinson !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

My daughter, who is now in 5th, had started going to this school in second grade. From day one, we knew that we would be happy here. The assistant principal, Mr. Robinson, is terrific. Very upbeat and energetic and makes every child and parent feel important. The school is clean and organized. They offer many different programs to get your child more involved from cooking club, to dance club, to school news and student council to the more family related events like the ice cream socials and such. Now, our 5 year old is attending and at first I was a little nervous (as most Kindergarten mom's are) but the school and the teachers have gone to the ends of the earth to ensure that the transition is easy and that my daughter can leave class early enough to walk her brother to the after-school-care bus. I will tell you that the school is VERY picky about who is on the campus but I really like that safety is a top priority and don't mind the extra hassle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

I like this school.the only problem I had is my granddaughter who I have custody of did not take her serious with her emotional problems at one point the teacher would not let her go see the school counselor to talk without first telling the teacher what she had to talk about ,I know for a fact that the teacher was wrong and the counselor should of called me in for a talk and to refer her to a counselor outside of school. I hope this changes I will go talk to the teacher and the counselor this year so she gets the help she needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2011

This school is an awesome school!! My child was in the Special Needs Pre-K class for the past two years here and she just got her variance approved to go back to this school. Mrs. Laggner has worked wonders with her and I am very greatful that she is at that school. Her assistance Mrs G and Mrs Monsanto are equally awesome! I just hope she gets Mrs Harris for Kindergarten!!!! *fingers crossed*
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2011

Very impressed! Teachers have excellent communication with parents, and encourage students to do their best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Everyone is friendly and helpful and the teachers are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

Forest Lake Elementary is a great school. I have two children that attend this school. The staff are great with the children. The principal Mr. Fisher is the districts principal of the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2008

My kids love to go to school here. And cannot wait to start again. Thank you to all your wonderful teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2008

The principal is one of the best principals I have seen in a long time. He is very 'hands on'. He hires wonderful teachers who are dedicated. They always keep me up to date on my child's progress. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

I have had my daughter go thru k-5 in this school and my son started kindergarten last year, and my family has had nothing but great experiences with all the teachers and the staff. It is a really great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2007

Both my sister and have gone to Forest Lake, and thought it was a great school. I find that it doesn't like some schools offer special activities for the students who are'nt in gifted. Everyone is treated really fairly. I agree with the other parent about lots of new teachers, but I don't think it creates problems. Also even if it doesn't have many extra-curricular activities the kids are still satisfied, and that is all that matters, seeing as they are the ones who do it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2007

The principal is great and very 'hands-on'. He hires wonderful teachers. The school is run in a very organized manner. Parents are encouraged to participate. They may not have many extra-curricular activities. However, this 'is' an elementary school. I would not expect much until you get to a middle school. Overall, I think the school is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2007

Both of my boys have gone to Forest Lake the past few years. I find that it's a great school with a great staff. The principal is the best! The faculty is caring and professional. My only complaint is that I think kids need recess every single day. The gross motor activity helps them to be more ready to work when they get back in the classroom. My kids are getting a great education at FLE. It's a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2006

I like the principal, but, think that their are too many new teachers. I also agree with the other parent about their not being enough extra activities for the children. I think it is important for the childrens social skills, to be able to communicate with the other children during free time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2006

Forest Lake Elementary is a good school
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 18, 2006

We love it! My daughter is in the first grade and she has the best teacher in the world. Besides that, they are so active in Art, Music and Media. My daughters classroom has 5 or 6 computers. Even the food is great! There seems to be so much warmth and care. My 7 year old looks forward to school...enough said!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2005

I found that the leadership at Forest Lake was excellent with a caring principal at the helm. One teacher in gifted classes was excellent while others just didnt always make the grade. There were too many students in each class and the teachers truly need additional help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2005

I liked Forest Lake in the beginning of the year but it has declined over the school year. My child is in Kindergarden and they have the same rules for them as the 5th graders. I just think the rules for K-gardeners should be a bit less harsh. I mean they are going to school for the first time ALL day. They need a little leway.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2004

This is my second year my children have been enrolled at Forest Lake, and I am satisfied thus far. The teachers are very creative, and take into account the areas that my child is excelling in, and adjusts their work accordingly.
—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.

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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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
61%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
86%
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 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 55%
Hispanic 32%
Black 11%
Two or more races 2%
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 68%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 67%56%61%
Master's degree 33%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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  • MS. RAMONITA PAGAN
Fax number
  • (386) 860-6623

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