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PK-5
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Jacksonville, FL
Students enrolled: 1,100
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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9353 Staples Mill Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32244

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(904) 573-1100
(904) 573-1109
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August 26, 2014
My son enjoys the school over all. As a parent I disagree with the school's socialistic policy on school supplies. My child's new school supplies were taken from him and he was given someone else's old well used supplies. Parents should buy their own child's supplies. Also last year my child was given a job of cleaning lunch tables and other chores in class. I'm sure that it was to teach a I'm lesson in responsibility but i would rather him learn to expect fair pay for his labor and not to let someone take advantage of him. Let the cafeteria staff clean the tables unless they would like to stroke him a check. The school also ignores state recess and resource policies. On a more positive note most of our teachers have been wonderfull over the years and couldn't be nicer.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2014
CLE is an awesome school. They really care about every one of their students and they go the extra mile. Thanks CLE staff.

- submitted by a community member
July 12, 2014
I enrolled my two children into Chimney Lakes under the impression that it is a great school from the ratings on this site. My 1st grader had the worst time with the teacher he had. She was inexperience with children who have developmental delays and very impatient towards him and others like him. The teacher is very rude, mean, and seem to single out my son. My children love school. Both stated "I hate chimney lakes"! As for my fourth grader her teacher seemed very nice at first. She was rude and sarcastic with her students. My daughter was continuously picked on by her classmates. This school has major bulling issues that are never resolved. The principal is always MIA and doesn't adhere to any issues going on in her school. Bus service for this school is horrid for the children who ride. There's uncontrolled bulling on the bus as well. I do understand every parent and child's experience is different. Since we've been on this summer break I've found many parents who have not raise their voice about this school dissatisfied with chimney lakes staff and all of the issues with bulling and the inexperience with children who have IEP's. A lot of reviews are misguiding.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
This school is great. My child joined in grade 3 after coming from another country. He loves school. The teachers are caring, the school is very organized and the learning environment is awesome.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2014
This is a fantastic school! My daughter has gone to chimney lakes elementary since kindergarten. She has an IEP for speech, she was tested numerous times for gifted and we had various meetings through the years with her teachers and the staff. All of them are nothing but helpful and informative. There was a year that my daughter did have a teacher that wasn't "warm and fuzzy" but it did not distract from her learning and succeeding. This is an amazing school and I wouldn't hesitate to send your child here. yes, they do keep the kids responsible for behavior because poor behavior is distracting to a learning environment. I have seen the principal on numerous occasions as well as the assistant principal who is Always around! Is this a perfect school? no. However, it is a great learning environment for your child. My daughter had no issues with bullying or teasing and is sad to move on to middle school. This school has an A rating every year and there is a reason. It isn't because a teacher may get loud here or there, it is because they have high expectations for your child. Expectations of learning so that your child is well equipped when they move on in their futures.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2013
I have to agree that some of these teachers come off very rude by their tone. I have seen things that I know if it were my child the teacher would be hearing it from me! Example, my daughter had Art on Friday, and asked Ms. Phillips (The art teacher) for a apron, the teacher refused her request and told her to be careful. Lets just say they dealt with PAINT that day. Ms. Phillips had the nerve to say she doesn't do apron's because it takes 5 minutes away from doing art. How hard is it to pass my daughter a apron? Us as parents don't want to have to wash clothes with Shout Out 3 times to get paint out. If the school has it available, use it, that is what it is for. Takes 5 minutes away from doing art, yeah, lets see how your supervisors feel about that!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
For the post on Aug 26th. That was my son she screamed at for walking his sister to class

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
My daughter had open house before school started when she was in Kindergarten, but after that no open house before school starts. Open house to meet the teacher, and get a feel of her classroom isn't till September 7th!!! School started on August 19th. They don't put the list up of what teacher your child will have until the weekend before school starts, SERIOUSLY? The principal is hard to get a hold of, and is terrible at keeping you informed when she said she will get back to you. I feel they are NOT organized. The kids are NOT even allowed to talk during lunch time. Let the kids be kids. Some of the teachers are horrible. On the first week of school, I saw a little girl looked lost, and saw a teacher yell at her and ask her where she was supposed to be, the girl looked scared, and started to cry, and the teacher rolled her eyes, yanked her book bag making the child stumble a bit, pulling out her folder to see who her teacher is. Ms. Ganey yelled at a child and said are you supposed to be in this hallway, you need to go, and the child tried to explain he was walking his first grade sister to her class. Some of these teachers tone in their voice comes off rude.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2013
I had my child tested for ADHD and was told that he , in fact, did not have ADHD and that he felt that the teacher was uniformed and biased when it came to my son. She then pushed to have my son retested and even stated to me that she would changed what she had written previously so that he would be diagnosed with this disorder. I was lied to by the assistant principal and denied a meeting with the principal on numerous occasions. After threatening to take a political and parental stance on the matter and refusing to back down. I was finally able to meet with the principal who then rectified the situation. This wasn't until the last week of school, during the testing, when I had threatened to remove my son from the school and move him to my mother's home in another state.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2013
This is an excellent magnet school. Our daughter has attended there from Kindergarten to Third grade. She was afforded many opportunities at this school. The technology equipment is outstanding. She had wonderful teachers each year and we hated for the school year to end. Each were open and available for communication about our daughter. Everyone truly cares at this school from the front office staff, to the resource teachers, to the custodians, and lunch room staff. Hopefully. you will have the same wonderful experiences that we have there.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2013
Wonderful and true joy to work at. One great big family that truly cares about each other and is willing to help in any way. Will surely be missed this upcoming school year.

- submitted by a teacher
May 14, 2013
This school lacked in a few critical areas. Children with learning challenges are not likely to get the help that they need. I experienced difficulty getting accomodations and the teacher would not ensure my son received his medication and woud then punish him for the behavior that the meds were meant to treat. My son was frequently bullied. The vice principal would not address the problem. The communication and notification of events was awful. My son was in 3rd grade this year and he frequently received conflicting information on what was expected of him. Overall the school is not terrible. We had an amazing year last year. Just be prepared to struggle if your child has any type of learning challenges or if you are a working parent who is unable to be at the school at the drop of a hat.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
Overall this is a good school. Most teachers are great. They do what they can to enrich your child's knowledge. But the school lacks in other areas greatly. Special Ed classes are consisted of an average of 30 students. That poor teacher can only do so much with so many students & I understand that falls mostly on the county's rules and regulations. But before you even come to realize that your child has a learning disability you get a 1st grade teacher recommending reform school because she "can't deal" with your child. Then you have a school psychologist saying that your kid is autistic because he/she wouldn't talk to her after she "observed" for 10 minutes. That's after you presented to her a full report from a child psychiatrist, that did all kinds of tests with your child over several sessions, stating he/she has a speech problem and a learning difficulty because of it, not autism. Somebody sold her that diploma on a sale...sound bitter, yes because there is not much help when it comes to problems like these or bullying that goes unnoticed & adds to the issue you are already dealing with. The staff & teachers can only do so much with the resources they have available.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2012
As a substitute teacher, let me tell you that Chimney Lakes is an excellent school. The teachers are great, the students are great. It's always a pleasure to work here.

- submitted by a teacher
December 12, 2011
Another Great Review! They have many Volunteers and teachers who care a lot about our children. They are so involved with many opportunities for our Children. No short supply of parent volunteers. The multi-cultural week at the end of the year is an experience matched by no other. My children LOVE this school and have great pride in it. They make learning FUN! The Principle Mrs. Knott is in it for our kids. She makes great choices to better our children. Now, If we could just get a great middle school to feed into.....

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
There are many dedicated and deserving teachers at Chimney Lakes Elementary School who care about the needs of the children in their classes.

- submitted by a community member
October 06, 2009
Great school. Teachers and staff are caring and professional. The community is very involved. Couldn't ask for a better school for my child to attend.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Great friends, great workplace, and great community, what else can I say?!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 16, 2009
This school does a great jpob preparing the children for the next level.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
This school is awesome!!!!! It has so much to offer to it's students.

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2009
Chimney Lakes Elementary is a great school. We take pride in education and our student. It is great to be a part of such a wonderful school.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 16, 2009
I love the caring atmosphere. Everyone is there to help children strive to do their best in whatever challenges my come thier way. The teachers and staff are awesome.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
This school provides everyone who enters its doors a unique experience. It is an environment where the entire school works together to ensure the best education for all its students. Everyone is considered Family here.

- submitted by a community member
no rating June 10, 2009
We came to CLE mid-year from overseas and my Kindergarten daughter loved this school. At her old school,she learned her sight words, but at CLE she learned to read! Thank you Ms. Scott!! We are moving again and my daughter is very sad to leave this school, she loves the teachers, the activities, her classroom, and her friends. I specifically, stayed six months with my family so that my daughter could attend this school because her three cousins have all gone through CLE and are all reaching their potential in learning. I thought the homework was in line for a 5-6 year old, the classroom academics challenged my daughter and I thought they had fun field trips. Thank you CLE for giving my daughter a good start!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2009
Student loves school, but question if she is just being passed through.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2009
My son was able to read from very little to a lot within a matter of one grading period. His teachers from Kindergarten to 1st grade are so amazing...especially Ms. Yergin and Ms. Thompson. Well done teachers!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2009
My Daughter has learned more at this school than i expected for 2nd grade it's a wonderful cultural magnet school

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2008
I was told about this wonderful school by another parent and we are THRILLED with our decison to send our daughter there! Ouf 5 year old attends kindergarten there and learned to read in just about 2 months. She can read just about everything!! It's amazing! She loves school! I sometimes volunteer at the school and have only witnessed happy, smiling children. You can also eat lunch with your child in a special area. Security of the children is very good. The school is completely locked down and EVERYTIME I've been allowed in I have been asked to show ID, sign in and wear a visitior pass. The few times I've had to dismiss my daughter early I was also asked to show ID and they pulled her card to make sure I was allowed to pick her up, even though they know me!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 12, 2008
My kids love the school. Great teaching staff and afterschool program!

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August 06, 2008
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July 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2008
Overall my kids love the school. I have a 4th and 5th grader. I've never seen them so excited about school. One thing I was disappointed in was their programs. I thought there would be more art, music and PE. This was one of the reasons I wanted my kids there.

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October 16, 2007
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August 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
Chimney Lakes is a wonderful elementary school. I would recommend this school to anyone. The teachers have been outstanding with keeping parents informed of weekly assignments and tests. The afterschool program is a great safe place for the kids after school. This is my daughters last year there and we are going to miss it!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2006
My son started at Chimney Lakes in the ESE program and has terrific teachers especially his last 2 yrs Ms Seldon and Mrs Mace were great with his needs and my son learned a lot from them we will miss them. Since my son is going into the 6th grade my daughter can not go to Chimney Lakes anymore but her teacher she had last yr Ms Yergin was great she help my daughter learn so much I feel that she had a great year with Ms Yergin I hate that my daughter can not go there anymore they have great teachers

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2006
chimney lakes elementary is a fine example of learning.it teaches kids in a way that they enjoy it and has an envirorment that makes learning worthwile.

- submitted by a former student
March 26, 2006
My child has been attending this school for three years and I believe that the teachers are caring and very well trained. She has done very well at Chimney Lakes. The extended day program is awesome, Ms. Dawn Little is excellent!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
very happy about my children attending this school. FCAT readiness was a priority. downfall is no full time art, music, p.e. programs. only attend these classes once a week

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August 08, 2005
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July 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
I currently have 2 children enrolled in this school and i can honestly say my experience with the school has been great. All the teachers i have came in contact with were great and very caring. The only thing that i wish this school had would be the International studies that they are supposed to have. They are a magnet for International studies but never have i seen them do anything or learn anything that falls in this category.

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August 08, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2004
With all the budget cuts, Chimney Lakes is doing a great job to teach all students the standards and skills they need to know. The teachers are wonderful and they work so hard to be the best.

- submitted by a teacher
May 18, 2004
Great school, good teachers.

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May 08, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I think the parent with all the bad things to say about Chimney Lakes needs to go there him/her self! Trying to read it was impossible! On a positive note, Chimeny Lakes Elem. school is a great school. The teachers really care about the students. I couldn't ask for a better school for my child. I think his/her comments are far and few between. Thank you

- submitted by a parent
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Chimney Lakes Elementary School
9353 Staples Mill Drive, Jacksonville, FL  32244
(904) 573-1100
Last modified Chimney Lakes Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Chimney Lakes Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top