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Lake Forest Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 300 students

 

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Posted February 4, 2014

Lake Forest is an awesome school. The teachers and staff are the best. They have a genuine intrest in the well being of the students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 21, 2013

Lake forest is the best school. Some people think that if the school fails there child does to but they fail to realize we have to work with our kids also. As a parent go check the school out for yourself. It's very family orientated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

The school is below average. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing program offered here is separate from the school. The program is lead by an exceptional Speech Therapist and a 3-5gr. teacher. We had a chance to take our deaf 3 year old to many activities with the deaf/hoh program. It is awesome to see the success and clear speech of the children who have been in the program long enough to benefit from the total communication method. This program only serves Alachua county, the county it is funded by. The deaf hard of hearing program helps these kids succeed despite the problems in the school and with their hearing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

If you have a deaf/hard of hearing child, run away from this school. Parent involvement is discouraged due to the teacher's union contract. The speech pathologist is the only person I would give credit too, in trying to improve this school's program for the deaf/hard of hearing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2003

If the school was failing it would get more attention. So when a school is average the kids that needs help fall through the cracks.


Posted June 24, 2003

Lake Forest could be a better school with more parent involvement. If you have a parent who is involved in their child's interest and working one-on-one with a teacher it makes the school year better.


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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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
13%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
25%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
27%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
73%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
26%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
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 "F".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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
Black 87%
White 7%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 43%44%61%
Master's degree 54%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%2%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. DIANE M HILL
Fax number
  • (352) 955-6750

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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4401 Southeast 4th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32641
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Phone: (352) 955-6710

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