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Palm Lakes Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 775 students

 

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Posted June 7, 2014

I was a student in this school since kinder and that school is really good it helps you a lot, the teachers are grate and it's also an A+ school. I have let's so many things their and to be honest I wanna go back cause palm lakes gave me the best 5 years of school a kid could ever get. The classes are clean, the teachers are really nice and helpful, the food is good and healthy, the principle cares a lot about the student and so dose the v-principa, the staff helps a lot, the field trips are fun safe and educational and sometimes they let them have fun days like pajama day, dress down day, field day, and lots more. And at the end in 5th grade, the do a supper fun graduation where they give kids their diplomas and let them dance and eat until they go home and they do it in the best banquet hall they can find. It's a really grate fun educational school and if you put your kid in PalmLakes, trust me you won't regret it.


Posted July 31, 2013

As a parent of three boys (now) 23yrs old; 19yrs. old and 8yrs. old. All have attended or are attending Palm Lakes Elelmentary, I congradulate the Principal, Mrs Iglesias, for doing a good job. Alot of the teachers my 23 year old son had when he attended school are still there today. That says alot about her and her staff; they must be doing something right ! While that being said, I would like more focus on actual learning and less focus on passing the FCAT. But. that is true in most , if not many, of our schools today!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

I FIND THE TEACHERS ARE VERY ROBOTIC AND NON-CARING FOR THE CHILDREN. SCHOOL SHOULD BE A PLACE FOR LEARNING AND FUN NOT A PLACE OF TORMENT AND STRESS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2010

Good in the sense that teachers really care for the students and the principal is really very efficient.No violence heard about its premises within the past few years
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2009

My son attends this school. I am very pleased with the principal. She is very involved, dedicated, and great with parents and kids. On the other hand, the teachers don't seem to care much and don't offer much help to struggling students. I would say this is a good school as long as your kids don't have any learning issues. I would not recommend it for the struggler student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2009

Palm Lakes Elementary is a wonderful school. It truly is 'The best school in the universe.' The instructional staff is the best, bar none. They are dedicated, caring, concerned and go above and beyond the call of duty to make learning exciting. It is no wonder they have been an 'A' school for so many years. My children had the privilege of attending and my only hope is that they will have the same quality of education in middle and high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

This is my daughters fourth year in Palm Lakes and she is doing wonderful...the school is an A+ school ,the teachers are very dedicated..the pricipal is very sensitive with kids and they have a lot of activities like Field Day, the science fair and the most succesful the multicultural fair.I recomend this school and they have after school clubs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2008

I don t recomend this school, the staff don t care students problem and the teachers always have te reasons. Many parents have had problems through the courses and the staff don t care and are unfair about parents problems. The student s self reliance decrease in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

This is our daughters 2nd year at Palm Lakes. She has had wonderful and dedicated teachers. Our child loves her school and looks forward to going there everyday. The school is constantly working to improve its facilities and programs as well. They made the 'A' again this past school year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2007

I graded the principal leadership as a 3 because the principal is wonderful but the AP is horrible. She is rude and brings the school down. I would give the principal a 5 and the AP a 1. The teachers are good. The school website is helpul and im satisfied with the technology in the school. Not a lot of extra activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2007

The staff is not willing to cooperate. The teachers don't care about the student's future goals.I do not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

Palm Lakes is a great school. My daughter has learned a second language due to the strong efforts of her teachers and the staff. She will be entering 5th grade with a strong background in all areas of study.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2005

Quality of programs is not good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2005

I am pleased with the teachers, staff and programs.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

My son has been in this school since he was in kindergarten. Now he is in 5th grade. When he came home with his last report card he had 4 F's. He had been on the principal's list and received awards. This year he got a new first year teacher and it seems that she can't handle 5th grade. My son couldn't compete his work because there was no time.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
54%
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
78%
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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
52%
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.

169 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "B".
  • 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 95%
Black 2%
White 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 47%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 73%58%61%
Master's degree 26%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MRS. ALINA Q IGLESIAS
Fax number
  • (305) 828-6136

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
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  • Special education

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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  • Parents participate in workshops offered at the school site as well as special programs, such as esol classes. we have quite a bit of parents that sign up as volunteers, several of which assist in the cafeteria or in the classrooms. many local businesses are signed up as dade partners and assist the school througout the year, especially to reward students.
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Miami Lakes Middle
Jose Marti Middle
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7450 West 16th Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33014
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