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Acclaim Academy

Charter | 7-12 | 600 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
Based on 9 ratings
2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 20, 2014

When I enroll my daughther in Acclaim Academy, I really thought I was making the best decision for her, since she have the goal to meet the army in her near future. However, at soon that we enrolled her, (Dad & I) started noticing, that its not all about the students, its more about the staff. They don't contact the parents when the child needs helps in any area. They have a new Principal, Dr Large, and we ask, how they hire somebody to fill out that position, as the head of a Military Academy School, if he don't even have been in the Army, Navy etc. There is the clue for many things. The head, The Principal of a Military Academy School, needs to have any type of education, or degree in the Military. Hope School Board may be able to take a look at that detail, and fix it. Many parents are investing money, time, and hope to have their children's enrolled in that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2014

I will rate the school based on its promise "Vision: Acclaim Academy seeks to educate, train, and inspire students to become exemplary and well-rounded citizens, prepared for college and career success. Mission: Acclaim Academy is a military school providing students a high quality education through rigorous academic standards and transformative leadership experiences." My daughter has attended two title one schools 1) Polk city elementary" and 2) Discovery Academy of Lake Alfred" education level was very high. In her last school There was no respect tours teachers (kids thru balls of paper at the PE coach, the students gave a back to teachers (a neck=smack in the neck with back hand) I have taught my daughter respect to others specially teachers. Not many schools have the mission and vision acclaim has and I hope is a great experience for my daughter as a student, and myself as the parent. I hope rules and regulations are in place and enforced by school staff and I will do my share as the parent at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2014

Where to start and how will never end.This is my child's second year in acclaim,giving a second chance. I must say iam not at all happy with the school's staff,and some teachers.so many teachers have come and gone,and it is true these kids are left confused and lost,lots of times they had multiple substitutes.not fair at all..Also iam so bothered that a uniform is to be worn with dignity,and respect,thats how I was thought being a navy rotc in high school,what is wrong with this school's respect... kids wearing sneakers,Mohawks,piercings,with half of an us uniform,,I no its not the army but please show them lead them to respect something...And teachers I dont mind that you give my child a 0 for not turning in homework,dont just tell them is ok and allow them to make up extra credit or to settle for anything,give them a challange..we count on you to learn and grow,not to quit and is ok..we are debating on returning them to this school,I see no hope unless the principal owns up to this mess that they call school.leadership,control,respect,dignity,and they shall conquer..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2014

This is the second year my child has attended Acclaim Academy, We have been a part of this school since its beginning. I agree the 8th grade ceremony was lacking, and really should have been notated as an awards ceremony. Last year our 8th graders had no ceremony, so they are working on improving as this is only its second year being open. And with all things it takes time. The school has had a principal since before the first day of school, I have had the pleasure meeting with both with my cares and concerns, of which both have been receptive. The new principal is much more involved so again improvements are in the works. With the exception of two I believe all teachers have been with the school since the beginning of the school year. I know this information because I attend the monthly Captains Councils and SAC committee meetings, I make sure I am involved and have input in the schools vision. I know not all parents can attend, but there are other ways to be involved. I believe that the F is a result of other schools in the district being unable to get these kids to pass the fcat and you cant expect the school to turn that around in 9 months. Student scores = school scores
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2014

The 8th grade graduation ceremony was a joke there was no structure leadership or control of the ceremony. I'm embarrassed to say my son was part of this school and am removing him ASAP. They had no principal for 3 months the teachers don't last for 2 months. It is a F rated schools good luck but we're outtathere Osceola branch
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

It is very sad when a disgruntled former employee and spouse makes it their mission to bring down the school. We teach our kids about Bullying yet some adults continue in the opposite direction. Acclaim is a Title I school that exists for ALL students no matter what their test scores may be. The students have made tremendous gains and WILL continue to improve.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 11, 2013

This school has changed lives! As a parent I personally have witnessed staff speak to the students and help them with unrelated school issues and notify parents of findings. We should be fortunate to have such a force in the community and my family and I are so grateful..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

Acclaim is a wonderful school with a dedicated staff. They are 100% there for the kids. They know every student by name and are always helpful and interested in their well being. I even have some of the staff member's personal cell phone numbers, they told me call them anytime if I have questions! I think Acclaim has given the students all the tools to be successful and the rest it up to them. I can't wait for them to be in the new building! Whoever wrote that first and second review(obviously the same person) knows nothing about new schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

After extensive research and having several other job offers I chose Acclaim for several reasons. We started off as a blank canvas and created something so unique and unheard of from any other school. I was impressed by the free uniforms and lap tops. The guidance and support from Directors is second to none. Parent communication was above normal and to this date parents are emailing staff thanking us for their child's change in behaviour and increase on FCAT scores. The structure mirrors the real military service and these kids have benefitted from that structure. I have recommended this school to numerous parents and oddly enough some families have inquired on moving to the county just so their child can be successful in life. This school is Excellent and caters to all ethnic groups. "Way to go Acclaim"...
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 10, 2013

I am a teacher at Acclaim Academy and the aspect that I appreciate the most is the technology and the curriculum that the Academy provides for the students. Pearsonsuccessnet.com is where some of the lessons and e-book are stored on; each student has access to their electronic textbooks with personalize laptops. Teachers also utilize edmodo to post assignments, when a student is absent they are able to get make-up work before they return to school. Teachers at Acclaim are highly qualified and willing to go the extra mile to enhance student learning. Standardized test scores, show students improvement over the school year. There is not denying the progress students have made over the course of the year. Currently, the population is growing as the school is expanding and moving to a bigger location. Due to the small student to teacher ratio, it is fairly easy to stay in contact with parents compared to other schools. I enjoy working as a teacher at Acclaim Academy and feel that Acclaim Academy is doing an excellent job at POSITIVELY contributing to student s educational journey.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 10, 2013

We are very satisfied with the school s standards of teaching, organization, and the wonderful team in palace. In the beginning we're a bit apprehensive about how a new school would be able to perform and live up to the expectations of parents. But, now we have no qualms about this school and I strongly recommend newly relocated parents to consider this school. My daughter and son learned a lot in her seventh and his tenth grade and both of them got really interested in the military program. Finally, The Principal, and teachers and staff are real nice to work with. If you have not gone to the school you need to. If have like the involement and have been to a few of thier meeting. Just recently went to the title 1 meeting. Thanks Acclaim for all you do for my children you are the best. .Thanks. A Happy Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

Simply the best. My children are happy and successful and in an educational environment that truly "gets it". Focusing on leadership and strengths, this school has it all. Thank you Acclaim!!!! You are a true leader in what a charter school and educational environment is all about. I wish we had you years ago for my other child. He is in the Army and this program would have helped.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2013

My child thrived at this school, As a first year school, they have done well. At another district when a new public school opened, it them 3 years to get their act together. Acclaim staff was very helpful and kept parents informed. My daughter was given free uniforms and a laptop computer to take home at night. She was assigned homework every night and grades were posted online so that I could see progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

This school is a joke and was only created so that it's directors could make money opening other schools. They have done this at the expense of approximately 250 students that have learned almost nothing this year. When they have a teacher out or in most cases when the teachers quit, they have secretaries babysit the students for days and even weeks at a time. If your child does not watch enough TV at home...this is the place for them. My son has watched well over 25 movies this year and I don't even know how many youtube videos. If you want your child to actually learn something before they graduate, go any where else.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 56% in 2014.

111 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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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 47% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
68%
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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
61%
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 78% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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

This school did not receive a grade in 2011-2012.

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
38%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
13%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 73%
White 12%
Black 10%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 58%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/AN/A
Female 42%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 38%60%61%
Master's degree 54%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 8%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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3540 Pleasant Hill Rd
Kissimmee, FL 34746
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Phone: (407) 343-9750

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