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K-5
Public
Jacksonville, FL
Students enrolled: 913
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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8000 Point Meadows Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32256

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(904) 538-0239
(904) 538-0241
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January 02, 2014
Overcrowded.No attempt for individual growth.Waiting 45 minutes to pick up my child is not acceptable.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
Prior to sending my son to TLAE I had my son in a private school. Sometimes I wonder why I ever spent the money to do that. TLAE is an exemplary elementary school. I have found the teachers to be caring, concerned and committed. I take the opportunity to meet my son's teacher every year, develop a relationship with them and establish an open communication throughout the year. As much as possible I try to participate in the Science Fairs, Boosterthon and whatever activities the school sponsors. My experience with the office staff, the principal, the teachers and everyone with whom I've come in contact has been very positive. I am proud of the fact that my son is a student at TLAE!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
this school is fine good techers and every thing techers gotta improve the prencipal is great and students got to be come better

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2011
My daughter was in the 3rd grade there last year. Loved her teacher but was absolutely terrified to speak, walk down the halls or to even ask for water, ketchup, etc., during lunch! She is pretty quiet & shy anyways. This school has not helped her self esteem at all!

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2011
Left messages with principal, never called back. No communication in this school. Code red and yellows it seemed like all the time. Fights quite regularly that they can't control. Not going back.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2011
I am a parent of a child at TLAE...I am actually appaled with the comment from the parent who has 3 children at TLAE commenting on the Principal only being concerned with dimissal procedures. Apparently this parent was not here when we had several students/parents almost hit by a car at car dismissal AND car arrivals. First of all I pick up my child in the car rider line DAILY and I have NEVER had to wait more than 10-15 minutes to pick up my child. For those parents who arrive at 1:30pm to pick up their child at 2:50pm is creating their own problems. Also as far as the Principal not being concerned about the school grade/FCAT scores, this parent apparently does not know what really goes on in the school or in the classroom daily to see how hard the teachers/administrators and students work DAILY to make sure our students are ready not only for FCAT but being a productive citizen in the future. And my last commnet is "Mrs. Robertson is the best thing that has ever happened to TLAE.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2011
This used to be the greatest sch when my kids started .1 is a middle schooler now ,the 2nd in 4th grade and 3rd in 2nd grade .My 4th one will join the kindergarten next year but for the first time I feel I dont want her in this school anymore.I always had the best things to say about the school but now I feel its all about buses, cars and parking ....education is no where to be seen .The principle is really obsessed with the cars coming in the school instead of the falling Fcat scores and the school going to a "B " grade school .My kids are walkers as the buses don't come to my area and there is no way u would want to wait in the 45 min long car pool line.But thsi woman is so much about the school dismissal that my kids were actually standing on the road today as they would not let the walkers stand inside the school till the parents park somewhere and reach to pick the kids. I am totally shocked with how smoothly everything was running when sweet Ms.Menard was the principle compared to the principle today !!!! She does not care if a first grader comes under a car waiting on the roadside for the parent to reach . I will honestly not recommend this school to anybody anymore .

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2011
Enrollment 1300+ (126%) ,with10 portables (2 no bathrooms). Approx. 12 rooms have 36 kids with 2 teachers. Art, music, computers are every 14 days. Opened as technology magnet, PC room now split for more classroom space. Only 10 acres with no room to expand or park. No gym; PE often walking/running bus loop or bike safety video. Lunch 10:10 to 1:30. Kids bussed from 8 mi. away and dismissal takes 20-30 minutes reducing educational time. School moved from an "A" to a "B" (lowest 1/4 progress). Teachers are wonderful and manage to overcome these obstacles, but quality of education has suffered in recent years due to the overcrowding trend . A relief school is still 3-5 years away. 'Green Team' in 4th mentoring, technocat AM video and safety patrol. Building lovely with sculpture tiles children made over the years. PTA put awnings over play equipment & installed playground for K. Science, literary and math family nights are wonderful though parking a nightmare. Library and "gifted" program are very good.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2010
My son has been in this school since kindergarten. He just finished second grade and I only have great things to say about all his teachers. They are loving and caring. He loves the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2010
the teachers are great but the principal is not my girls are scared of her

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
Twin Lakes Academy Elementary is a wonderful school however there has to be something done about the overcrowded class rooms and also a better system to deal with the car pick-up situation. IT's Rediculous to have to wait 30 to 45 min to pick-up.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2010
I'm an extremely involved parent in the school and I shudder at the idea of sending my children back to the school next year. The principal is less than professional. My husband witnessed her having a temper tantrum in the parking lot and stomping her feet. In my personal experience with her, she has no tolerance for children with needs. She has ruined the program at the school and it is no wonder the FCAT scores have dropped. But then again, Duval County Schools as a whole are nothing more than a joke. Explain to me how these schools can spend more than $8000 per a child and yet have such poor testing scores. Local private schools cost far less, $4000 per a child and providing a much higher quality education; not to mention all the extra curriculum Duval schools have cut.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
It is such a shame that such a nice school has such disregard for their students.They r treated like little robots to do all the academics,stress them w/fcats,tests & a point system for discipline so at the end all they want is their A rating.They talk to them with no respect and even if the child has an explanation/or reason they arent taught to have freedom of speech. They r not allowed opinions.My children and their friends are afraid of their teachers,their love for school has faded. Teachers and VP and staff get defensive and even yell at parents if there is a something brought to their attention. Unfortunately I cant afford private school, I moved to this neighborhood from out of state just for the school and it has been a great let dwn.They only way yr child w/get fair & nice treatment is if u brown nose them all.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
This school works really well with the children! My son is doing way better then he ever has and I am so proud as a mother to have him in this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2009
My daughter is just about to finish kindergarten and her K teacher was fantastic! With that said, the other day my daughter says to me 'Ms. (enter principal's name) is the Boss and you do not talk back to the Boss'. How random, right? Not so much, I questioned her about it to find out that, IMO- this principal leads by intimidation. Additionally, this school is way over crowded, you can sit in the 'car-rider drop off line' for over 20 minutes. They have many co-taught classes (i.e. 'we've run out of space but because of class size requirements we put 35 kids in a normal classroom with 2 teachers'). Certain grades are capped in size but look for all grades to have a large portion of their classes co-taught. Overall, my daughter did very well in K and her teacher was fabulous. However, with the overcrowding she may not return.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2009
If it wasn't for the new principal, the shool would receive 5 stars. I give her 0. The teachers and staff are terrifiic and love children. As the previous post points out though, the principal would rather no parental involvement. I simply can't understand what qualities the county saw in her when bringing her in as a replacement. This is simply a job to her.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2009
I feel the teachers are wonderful and communicaton with parents is outstanding. The Media Specialist, Art and Computer Teachers and Administrative Staff are superior quality. The PTA has been very involved in the past, however, in my opinion, the new principal does not want parental involvement and PTA will be less involved in the future. I feel the school system could have made a better choice in principals. The school is extremely overcrowded (300+) and the carpool situation is horrendous.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
My Kids attend this school and enjoy every day of learning. Teachers and pricipal are very nice to talk to. they have safeguards in place so that no imposter can just walk to your child's class room. They are very good homework assignment, feedback to parents (phone, Email etc) and keep you in touch with you on daily basis with progress of your child.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2008
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November 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
This school is an outstanding asset to Duval county. My family has been attending this schhool for 2 years now and the academic growth he is makingis amazing. The school is absolutely briiliant! They have it all, a great principal who truly exemplifies leadership, great parent involvement, extraordinary teachers and just awell rounded staff who knows best practices for children, and never forgets to put the children first. We are ecstatic with Twin Lakes. There is no other school in Jacksonville that even comes close to excellence for chidren! They are 'Simply the best!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2006
My daughter just completed K. Overall, we liked the school. She learned a lot and we were very impressed. Unfortunately, the school is lacking a bit in the use of resources. Also, needs the computers updated and doesn't know when the county will provide. They do receive a resource approx. once a month (ie. music is once a month). PE is weekly. Most parents do become members of the PTA, but it would be nice to see more parents actively involved. Overall, the school was safe and a upbeat happy environment for learning.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2006
Twin Lakes Academy Elementary is a wonderful school. Excellent teachers, caring staff, rituals and routines that ensure safety and discipline... I would be proud to send my kids to Twin Lakes.

- submitted by a staff
May 12, 2006
Wonderful school, very academic. Seemed to have a big emphasis on testing, even in Kindergarten. We were very pleased with our child's academic progress.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2006
Twin Lakes Elementary opened as a fantastic school, but has been unable to keep up with growth in the area. My daughter went there for grades one and two, and her math skills were inferior when she entered a St. John's county school in third grade.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
One of the better public schools in Duval County. In growing area and overcrowding is becoming a problem -- portable classrooms are now used for 5th graders. Many great teachers, a few not so great. As with any school, the school is no better than your child's teacher. We have had three children attend TLAE. Two are now older with the youngest still there. We have been pleased with the teachers. Most of the problems are 'district' related. The school has involvement from parents and support from local business partners.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2005
great school, great teachers---too many children

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
I understand the frustration of some of the parents commenting on TLAE as to class sizes etc. However, you must remember this is NOT the school but the a direct reflection of the County and how the schools in general are run. I think TLAE has stepped up to the plate and done an excellent job with what they are given to work with as of today. This is my second child in TLAE and both have excelled. I have never had to hire a tutor however I am very hands on with the kids education. Don't know if anybody has had opportunity to try another elementary school - I have (a supposed A School) and I can assure you that you see the education at TLAE in a new light.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2005
I am extremely unhappy with the Duval county America's Choice Math Program. The children need to get additional tutoring to learn basic math as the math investigations is not helpful at all.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
Academic programs very good - more hands on activites would be great. Like to see more student work filling the hallways- not just on bulletin boards where there is only a couple of pieces up. Great resources however I would like to see each resource offered once a week. Great parent involvement!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2005
My daughter attended Twin Lakes for the 2002-2005 school terms. Her class sizes have been enormously big each year. I feel reduction of the class sizes will create a positive opportunity for growth and development, allowing the teachers to focus on the strength and weakness of the students individually. However, a great amount of academic materials are sent home for parental enforcement. I have been impressed by the extra support provided by school officials in the effort to improve my daughters learning. The teachers that I have been in contact with at Twin Lakes have shown interest in the students learning by providing them with the materials and activities needed to make school a fun learning and successful place to be.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2005
I think this school does a mediocre job with their academic programs. I am not happy with the class room size-AT ALL. If I could pick one good academic quality it would be their drive to get kids reading. I am extremely disappointed in their availability for music, arts and sports. At one point they cancelled their music classes last year and I never heard anything from the school or school board regarding ceasing the music program. Parent involvement seems pretty good. I see a lot of parents volunteering thier time and attending funcions and meetings. I think the rating of an A school is subject to personal opinion. I would give it B or C+.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2005
The school was overcrowded with children everywhere!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2005
Overcrowded in the classrooms...not enough staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2004
I have a 3 year old who has not started school yet. I can't review any schools, because he has not attended any. I have heard good things about Twin Lakes from some neighbors, but I would like to hear more about it.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2004
School is much too big and intimidating for students in middle school, plagued with budget problems, and many bussed in kids from other parts of town. Duval county still doesn't get it. Smaller neighborhood schools are the way to go.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 18, 2003
First Graders don't have enough time to eat lunch, because they spent their lunch time waiting in line for food. They are not allowed to take snacks before lunch, and if They leave home in the morning without breakfast, when do they get nutrition?

- submitted by a parent
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Twin Lakes Academy Elementary School
8000 Point Meadows Drive, Jacksonville, FL  32256
(904) 538-0239
Last modified Twin Lakes Academy Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Twin Lakes Academy Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top