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Lake Forest Elementary School

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Posted June 24, 2011

my child has been with this magnet for a few years years and it has gotten worse and worse. There are a few teachers that care but many of them do not. Safety is not a concern with the school...only the arts. I would not recommend anyone sent their child here. This is from a very involved parent that was volunteering almost twice a week. If you think they are so great..I recommend you sit in on a few of your child's classes
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2011

Great school with great people working there that really cares about the children and their education. If you re a parent that stays on top of your child and are involved in their education you should have no problems from this schools faculty. However, if you just send your child to school and do NOT follow up on things then all you will get it is what is written in the child planner and you will miss out on so much more. The issue is no the school but most of the kids parents are NOT involved enough until it is too late or after the fact, be proactive and you and your child will love this school. I pulled my son from an A school to attend her for their music and arts program, he is doing GREAT and I have no REGRETS at all. I make him do more than the school standards at home and he has flourished here educationally and with music and arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2010

My daughter went to this school last yr and we loved it but we transfered her to a school closer to our house, needless to say that was a mistake! She will be going back to this school next yr! The teachers and principal are very involved with the students! I loved everything about it! Can't wait until she is back there!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2010

I would like to say to any parent interested in transferring their child to this magnet program that the staff appear to care more than the the traditional schools, however, it is important to hold them accountable, for your child's learning in the classroom and to make sure they provide the support needed in the classroom and assist you as the parent with additional resources to help your child. It's important to stay involved in your childs education but it is imperative that THEY COMMUNICATE with you when their is a problem...You are not in the class and you are not the teacher for educational curriculuum ... you should assist them by making sure your child is at school and rested but it is thier RESONSIBLITY to educate your child as it relateds to the learning process in the classroom and to inform you when your child is not excelling!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2010

As the parent of a first grader at Lake Forest I would like to give credit where credit is due, we have some wonderful teachers here and they do a good job with our kids. Shout out to all the Teachers and Staff of this wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2006

I am surprised by the 'F' given to Lake Forest Elementary. My daughter has been a student there since kindergarten and is now entering the fifth grade. My child's fourth grade teacher, Ms. P. Badger did an excellent job teaching her class academically and mentally. I prayed that my daughter would be in her class because I heard of the excellent job she was doing from other parents. There are other teachers that love those kids as much as she does. I was informed of my daughter's academic performance weekly. My child was in the dance class and enjoyed every minute of it. To my knowledge, parents were very involved in the overall performance of the school.I'm not sure what the problem is, but I am committed to helping Lake Forest be the 'A' school I know it can be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2005

This is very poor school. My child was supposed to receive progress reports very 3rd, 5th,and 7th nine weeks. That was only done at the parents request. This teacher did this job to get a check not because she loved her profession. My child was lacking behind because this teacher was busy helping out in other classes but the children in her class wasn't learning at all. They always had substitues. Homework stayed in the backpack for weeks at a time with no grade on it. So if no grade is on it then it was never accounted for. I even went to the principal nothing helped this matter. So if you value your child future don't put your child in Lake Forest Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2004

Well below average. FCAT performance. Well below average. FCAT progress. Teacher education 2002-2003. Well Below average. Absence Rate. Above Average. These comments are now untrue. Look at the statistics. These teachers that transferred were administrtively moved or choose to relocate due to the lack of administrative leadership. How many years do you suggest that a school be given to improve? The teacher quality was tremendous several years ago. The relation of Masters to Bachelors was very high. The school does not even have a current web page. Please do not feel sorry for the truth. It shall set you free.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 8, 2004

In my opinion, I believe Lake Forest is a school that offers a positive learning environment for children. I have seen the school go through many changes in the past four years. The comments made by other parents are untrue and I feel compelled to correct them. There have only been two principals in the four years that my child has been enrolled here. The teachers that transferred to other schools were offered bonuses to go to failing schools. The magnet program is definately richer and offers an academic focus to the arts development and specialized studies for the children. This school has a grade of C at present and the in the past three years the school had a grade of a D. The new principal has made changes in the instruction to meet the 21st century demands in education. I feel she is doing a splended job! I feel sorry for others who refuse to see the good in someone who is trying to make great changes with children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2003

As a parent of a fourth grader at Lake Forest, I'm very pleased with the way the principal and the teachers have worked with me to ensure that my daughter is a happy fourth grader. I had some problems, but between all us, we found a solution to the problems and my daughter couldn't be happier. One particular teacher, Mr. Mack Whiteley is a very admired young 26 yr. old teacher. Not only by his students and their parents, but I've heard some really nice comments from his fellow teachers and staff members. This is a man that is really creative with his teaching, and if you have spend any time in his class you can tell is very dedicated to his students. Thank you Mr. Whiteley, for making my child's fourth grade year all that it should be. I hope she can find someone just as creative and talented as you next year. You are our 'Teacher of the Year'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2003

The school in the past years activily addressed parent concerns and offered assistance with the academic challenges. However, the new principal has changed the entire tone of the parent teacher relationship and has little to no involvement in the day to day operations. This has resulted in the teachers becoming extremely lack and they no longer take the necessary steps to ensure the childrens success.


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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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
40%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
35%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
82%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

72 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
23%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
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 "C".
  • 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 "D".

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 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 93%
White 3%
Hispanic 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%65%61%
Master's degree 29%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 3%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. SYLVIA AJLUNI
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  • (904) 924-3194

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