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Lawton M. Chiles Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 688 students

 

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Posted December 1, 2012

I am not only a parent at LCES but also a substitute teacher in the county so I get the inside of many elementary school in our city and Chiles is the best school we have so far; as an employee of the county I could probably ask to place my children in any school, but it happens that Chiles is the school we are zoned for and it is the best school there is. From the principal all the way to the teachers and support staff we couldn't find any better! Someone wrote here about teachers passing candy to the kids, Chiles has a NO CANDY policy and I can atest to it because when I sub it is one of the rules. My child has been in this school since K and I hate to think that he will have to leave after 5th grade. If you knew what goes one in some of the schools I sub...WOW! Chiles has the best that is available in this area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

My daughter has attended LCES since 2006 in kindergarten. She'll be a 5th grader this year and she is making long strides! I'm very proud of her and the teachers that have been her backbone throughout her school career. My daughter has been an ESE student since 1st grade and I have to say that they gave her an ESE teacher and she has followed her since 1st grade. I think it's wonderful that the same teacher helps my daughter excel throughout ALL of her classes, every year. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LCES!! Keep up the dedication to the students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2012

My daughter just completed her 1st grade year and I have been extremely happy with our experience at LCES. My son is getting ready to start kindergarten and we are looking forward to having two children attending LCES. The teachers and staff are so nice and helpful and so many parents try to devote time to volunteering which is amazing. Coming from a family of teachers I can say this is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2011

Both of my daughters have attended CES--one is now a 5th grader, and one is now at Kanapaha Middle School. They have had wonderful experiences, are learning a lot, have developed good friendships, and are well prepared for middle school. Can't believe a parent gave this school a two star rating because they gave out candy as a reward occasionally--silly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2011

Extremely disappointed! The school faculty mails information home about healthy eating, childhood diabetes, etc, but many of the teachers use candy on a daily basis to reward kids for good behavior, class participation, and good grades. I have extensively researched if using food or candy as a reward is a good idea. Everything I have found thus far clearly states that it is not a good idea to use food, especially candy, as a reward. Overweight child or not, it's just not healthy for their bodies in general (including teeth) and it is not creating good eating ideas and habits in their young minds. The principal does not see anything wrong with what her teachers are doing. I am not surprised because it would not go on if the principal was against the use of candy as a reward. Let me do say though, that there are many good teachers there who know what they are doing and don't take the lazy road. Too bad I can't say that about all of them. I really wish the school had a no-candy policy (my understanding is that it's up to the principal). There are numerous other ways to motivate and teach our beautiful children without causing irreparable damage.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2011

Chiles is a great elementary school. I have been very happy with the teachers that my two kids have had. The principal and assistant principal are very involved and visible at events. There is good communication from the teachers, the administration and PTO to the parents. I have been happy with the after school program (EDEP) at this school too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

Wonderful school, absolutely great teachers. My children have grown so much the past couple years with these caring teachers. I would pay more taxes if it would actually go to the educators/schools and not the bureaucrats. About the only two things that hamper this school and its students are teacher pay and the Florida legislature. The exact student per classroom law is ridiculous. Hope to change that law in November voting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2010

Great school. Works to include all children who can succeed with some accommodations. High expectations for all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2010

This shcool is really lacking in the area of Special education support. If your child has special needs don't go here. If the regular teacher can't do it, it won't get done. (Which is sad since they are so busy already.) Not recommended if your child is outside the norm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2008

If your child is a special needs child please do not send your child to this school. The school just does not have the resources to help your child and will care less about helping them. But if your child just needs general education this is a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2006

Nice school, great public education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2006

I had a 5th grader at Chiles when we first moved to Gainesville and I was very impressed with the teamwork between the teachers. They did a good job of preparing my child for middle school. Later, my second child entered kindergarten and is now in second grade. He has not done as well since he is not very conformist. Although there are some good teachers there, everything seemed to be geared toward preparing for the FCAT. Also, it is a disappointment that the gifted program is such a small amount of time and enrichment only rather than acceleration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2006

Wonderful school! Highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2005

All 'specials' - Art, Music, Computers, Library, PE - 45 minutes/week.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2004

This school doesn't care much about the needs of special needs children. The administration support is limited in this area. It is a great school for general education children, but if your child has a problem area, watch out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2003

I want to say I too am a proud Lawton Chiles parent. I have a 1st grader and a Pre-K student there and I could not ask for a better school. The staff is friendly and concerned about my children and about the family. I hope we never have to leave Chiles. Thanks to the faculty and staff you all are the best Alachua county has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2003

I have 2 grown children and now one in the 2nd grade. Over the years I have been through alot of schools/teachers/principals. I am proud to say that Lawton Chiles Elementary School has met my every expectation in providing the best education, including a loving and caring environment, to my child. Thank you Lawton Chiles. Especially Ann, the Principal and Jill West, 1st grade teacher.


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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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
88%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
59%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
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 "B".
  • 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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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 53%
Black 25%
Hispanic 8%
Two or more races 8%
Asian 6%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 44%44%61%
Master's degree 50%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 6%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 basics

School Leader's name
  • MRS. JUDITH BLACK
Fax number
  • (352) 333-2826

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
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2525 School House Rd
Gainesville, FL 32608
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