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Gateway Charter Elementary School

Charter | K-4 | 1196 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2011:
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Posted August 15, 2013

Gateway charter school used to be a A school and really was but...not anymore like the other person comment they are not selective receiving students like it was and classes have too many kids for a teacher it is horrible!! my son wont be back here again instead he will attend Tortuga Preserve Elementary I heard good things about this school and the teachers and Principal as well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

Our child has attended Gateway Elementary for two years. The first year his teacher was absent approximately 1/3 of the time. The class would be split between two other classes which gave those teachers 40+ students to teach. The second year the teacher was new and gave the students choices to even do work. The principal sat in her class for three weeks due to these issues. I changed his class for the 2nd semester and we had a teacher who had some of the most troubled students. It was a nightmare. I had a meeting with the school requesting the principals attendance. She did not show up. My child was assulted two times in four months. The students were not disciplined other than a talking to in both cases. My child had good test scores and never a behavior issue at the private christian school. The district needs to review this school for further funding. They take any students regardless of behavior. Just horrible!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2013

Love this school. I have two children one is going into second grade Cambridge and the other starting K. I only pray our little one gets the wonderful miss Lavish. This school really challenges the students. We are very happy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2013

GATEWAY CHARTER ELEMENTARY used to be a good school but just like everything else surrounded by greed it took a turn for the worse. Gateway is not a bad school but they are no longer selective about who they allow in the school. It is a free for all...all of the teachers are leaving and they are so discouraged because they get paid less then the county teachers therefore they just follow a curriculum. If your child follows, good, if not oh well!! It does not follow ZERO TOLERANCE ACROSS THE BOARD! They treat students different --if your parent works there or has the time to volunteer then you are in good standing-if not look out!! They have a structured learning that is catered only to children who do not have a hard time. If your child is easily distracted you have to demand that they assist your child and you have to practically live at the school in order to get things done the right way. I get it the parents are in fact the first teachers but the children are in school all day and should be able to discuss what they learned in class. They focus on a lot of B.S. rather than spending more time on the focal points. I am very sad with they way it has turned out -No leadership!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2013

My son started Kindergarten at Gateway Charter School for the 2012/2013 school year. I was very pleased with our experience there. Mrs. Lavish was his teacher, and she did a wonderful job teaching the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2013

Gateway Charter School (Charter Schools USA) is a foreign for-profit corporation first, school second. Their goal is to make money, period! There are always fundraisers. They charge students $2.00 to wear jeans on dress down days. They sell tons of chocolate bars after school for $1.00. They make money from children every day. They exploit teachers by paying them very small salaries, no salary increases each year, and NO pension. If you re an experienced teacher or a new teacher, do not even apply there. You will regret it if you do. They will work you to death. Teachers who work at Gateway Charter School have a goal to get out it s that bad of a place to work. Teachers come and go all year and there is no stability. LOOK ELSEWHERE!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 24, 2013

Gateway Charter is horrible my son is in 4th grade first day of school the teacher was absent its okay then the teacher was there 2 out of 5 the class was always split up for almost 2 months my son was very distracted, it was about time when they fired her.the second teacher was there but invisible, she has no passion and no desire to really teach those kids she did not care is the were failling we had a meeting with her she said i have 22 kids i can not concentrate on every one.The principal and her assistant deserve to be fired gateway use to be a A SCHOOL not anymore with a grade of 6out 10 its consider to B-C SCHOOL
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2012

I have yet to meet the principal.The principal and superintendent and other members of staff never attend the skate night, open house, Christmas program, and field trips. My children have never attended a school where the administraton are not present in such activites.They honestly should be out showing pride in the school. If they do not take pride in their school, what example are they setting for the children. Also, the extrcircular activies at school are a joke. The music program is something to be shamed upon. The must be a shortage of talented and trained staff because the music teacher does not teach anything. She literally puts a tape on, and the students listen to music. What happened to teaching the children about music and how to sing. The christmas concert last year was aweful . They had KG, 3rd, 5th grade all together on the same night. Each grade sang 3 songs. 2 were jewish songs and the third was "We wish you a Merry Christmas". Each grade sang the latter song after their two. I left work to listen to my child's group sing three songs. The cafe was not decorated, and the children sang along with a CD. I would have been so embarrassed if I were the teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2012

You can expect a Great education level. Kids are challenged on an everyday basis. The administrative staff is very friendly and professional...and very kind with the kids too. The way the school handles the safety procedures as well as parent pick up car line is great, it is true it takes some of your time, but it gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your kids are in good hands. I highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

This school is terrible, they do not pay attention to the kids and seem only to be concerned with numbers to get paid. My daughters have been here for a year and I will not be going there next year. If you are considering this school look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

To many kids in the classroom..or need more teachers in classroom. one teacher to 30 kids thats crazy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2011

Are you kidding!! The staff was a joke. The VP would hardley speak, and the Principal never even showed up the meeting that we had scheduled, an I'm new to the school!! Not a great way to introduce the school. Needless to say, I took my kids else where. Are these kids getting an education??? Think twice before sending your kids to Gateway Charter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2010

My 2 Children have been in this school for the last 2 years. The teachers and the front office staff are the best. But the new principal is a big disappointment. I will be giving this school one last chance with the 2010-2011 year with the hope that the management style will change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2010

Students recieve a very good education. They challenge the students everyday. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2010

Our children have attended for 3-years and is a superior institution that exceeds both the quality of education and facilities to the most expensive private schools. The school requires uniforms which eliminates peer pressure and instills children to properly dress as they should. Teachers are great but could improve on administrative functions from time to time. The school is superior to the best state institutions and wouldn't have our children in any other school but Charter USA. Our son just graduated from Charter Senior and would rate the same as elementary. As for parent pickup system, it is professionally operated and highly efficient but with the volume of students in the school it does require a wait time for parents. The children are well cared for and safety a priority during parent drop off and pick up. This is an A+ school and deserves the rating by all means.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

There are two girls in the third grade class that are terrorizing, stealing from and then lying to cover-up. Nothing is being done to protect the other children since the teacher is not around when they do it so when we complain she cannot do anything. The parent pick-up and drop-off system is a nightmare that keeps getting worse. This year the school has been focused more on fund-raisers than being an educational institution. The new Principal is a huge disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

we just switched my daughter out of gateway charter today. Very sad. Her grades were good and the teachers are great. But there was a group of girls who ran around like a pack of wild dogs threatening the weaker girls. every attempt to let the principal know went unanswered with 'I need physical proof.' and would not even talk to them. This months people magazine has a story right on the cover about a girl who killed herself because she was being bullied and the principal tuned the other way. This could easily happen at gateway middle. Its ashame she had to leave this great school because of bullies. Maybe this principal will do something once someone is seriously hurt or even killed. Is this the kind of super vision you want your child to be under ?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2009

This is my daughter's first year at this school. I am absolutely disappointed. I thought taking my daughter to a Charter school would benefit her more than one of the surrounding public schools. I believe I was sadly mistaken. Everything about this school is pure chaos. The pick up line, the lunch room, the lack of communication.. the lesson plans... everything. We are not informed (and if we are we are given 1/2 days notice) of upcoming projects or class events. I will definately be removing my daughter from this school at the end of the year. I drive over 20mins to take her to (what I thought was an A+) school, and I am sadly disappointed.She learned more from a pt nanny that she has in the few months she has attended this school. Thank God structure is shown at home, this school is severely lacking structure!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2009

i think this school is the best my daughter goes here and she loves i love that its a a+ school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2008

im a student that attends gateway charter middle school.this is goind to be my third year in this school im going to the eighth grade.this school is in my opinion average.there is great teachers but all so new teachers that have no clue what there teaching.also the policys we have in our school are also taken 2 an extreme at times.instead of wasting so much time on our shirts being tucked in you should check on those new teachers your hireing.at times i feel like im teaching my self certain subjects.and also everything is to expensive starting with uniforms,lunch that isnt all that great,and those volenteer hours.
—Submitted by a student


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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 2014.

235 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

235 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
58%
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.

220 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

220 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

219 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

211 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
95%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 35%
White 34%
Black 26%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 51%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66%N/AN/A
Female 50%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 97%66%61%
Master's degree 3%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 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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