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Discovery Academy Of Lake Alfred

Charter | 6-8 | 1039 students

 

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Posted April 10, 2014

I use to attend this school 2 years ago and I wished I could have left that when I had the first chance to go but by the time another school (daniel jenkins middle school) pulled my name from the waiting list it was sort of late i was at the end of my 7th grade year going into 8th grade and my father convinced me to stay because he had not learned about this website at time and he told me he did not know how they were going to be at the other school. My 8th grade year i was my worse and by dec. I wanted the year to be over. I eventually regret not going to the other school. My 8th grade year they had called me down to the office and interrogated me for some girl who offered me weed I was questioned as a suspect and I scared I went home crying that day thinking that i did not want to return to school. The discipline actions are done on a green card they write on your card 4XS then they take discipline action im a good student and just because I passed a note instead of getting a write up they gave me a lunch detention. Some teachers have favoritism. The school is really shady they dont want the press to get a hold of what happens their.


Posted July 29, 2013

I attended DALA my 6th grade year 2012-2012and left the 7th.The only real reasons I wanted to stay was because of my friends and the dream team .. The trendsetters that year that consisted of how amazing the teachers were to us it was like a family but then we had problems with the language arts as in we no further had a teacher but a sun until the found a horrible replacement then she got fired and got a not so good teacher after that. The thing is after you steeled out of the class tools it was like a prison. Administrators watching all the time . To get into the lunchroom they would make you unzip your jacket and check you.there are police officers and the attention and acedemics were very poor. I was a student at DALA.


Posted June 2, 2013

as the final three days of this school years approaches I can honestly state this has been a most our standing year. Our Son never had a year that was so successful. The teaching staff, are available, helpful and eagar to assist in every was. The library is one of the most advanced we have ever experienced, with advanced computers and training. This is the first time at any school we have every attended that our son could not wait to be in school in the morning, and was part of several after school events.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2013

I hate this school so much. Let's start with the way they treat you: the teachers never want to hear anything you have to say, if you're treated unfairly you best keep your mouth shut unless you want an unfair punishment. Students are treated like slaves. They're treated like they're delinquents. If I could compare this school to anything in the world, I'd compare it to military camp. They're completely unfair and they only care about how your actions affect them and not you. Some teachers are great, other's aren't. By making your child attend this school is like sending them away to jail for 7 hours every. single. day. Parents, take your kids out of the waiting list. It's not uncommon to see a kid cry after being talked to in the office. This school is practically run as a dictatorship and I wish they'd change it. I've had a depressing first year into this school and currently going through my second, not even sure if I want to continue my education here.


Posted November 7, 2012

My son attends this school and has straight As, he loves it a DALA. My son's teachers are young and enthusiaticly involved with the kids. The entire staff is amazing, very helpful and kind and the guidance counselor Lady Lofton is one of the best counselors I've ever seen, she truly cares and goes the extra mile for her students. I feel so lucky to get private school education for my son at a public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2012

DALA Buses, are no different than Buses from other Shools, Be it Ridgeview Global Studied Academy, Davenport Sholl of Arts, and all the Polk County School Buses, Including the Osceola School buses that travel in and out of Polk County. They all without exception Drive at speeds in excess of the Posted Speed Limits. (All of them - Every Day) As I drive our Daughter to school with my cruise control set at the posted speed llimit of 45 MPH on CR54 going toward US 27, Each and every School bus passes me as if I were standing still.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

Discovery Academy is an excellent school, my son has been there for 3 years and I hope to send my other children there as well. The staff is very helpful and the teachers seem to care about the students. If you email a teacher, most respond immediately. The computer classes given are excellent, my son knows more than I do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2009

I love this school. It is the best school I have ever attended. Last year, for 6th grade I went to Daniel Jenkins Academy and I had my mom remove me from that school. There were too many issues at DJA. But none of these problems occured at Discovery Academy. And our principal at DALA is always there for us. -Jasmine
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2009

Discovery Academy is a good school. My son is a 6th grader and seems to be adjusting well to the new experience. The school is wonderful about keeping the parents informed about grades and missed assignments. All you need to do is email your teachers and they respond almost immediately. Most of the teacher where wonderful. However, there are a couple of teachers who spend too much time worrying about petty things and do not focus on the positive. Sometimes they can be quick to discipline a student and slow to reward them. I still believe Discovery Academy is the better choice for my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2009

Discovery Academy is a good school. My son is a 7th grader and seems to enjoy going there. We have had several issues with a couple of teachers on his team but for the most part have had a positive experience. I think some of the teachers spend too much time worrying about petty things students do and do not focus on the positive. I think Discovery Academy is probably better than most of the public schools in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2008

Its a greast school with great friends to share it with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2007

This is the best school i have been to in the 2006-07 school year ( when i was in 7th grade) It has lots of field trips and it has really good teachers. Plus it has really kool sports. There are lots of thinks u can pick! Like Music,P.E., Orchestra, Chours and other. There are different teams in each grade. There are about 3 teams in each grade! I'm a student!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2007

DALA has had many wonderful teachers over the years, but key word is had- Teacher turnover is the major problem the administration has been unable to fix. Inconsistent handling of discipline is also a major problem. The basketball program is an excellent addition and hopefully other programs will be added in the future. More ownership by the students in such things as a Student Council would also be welcome. Parent involvement in this school is very poor as is evident by the lack of participation in open houses and other events.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2006

Discovery Academy of Lake Alfred has wonderful extracurricular activities including various sports. With our state government cutting out sports on the middle school level, Discovery Academy offers students an advantage over other students in the county. Discovery plays against private schools.
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Posted February 3, 2006

In my opinion Discovery Academy is a better choice than the 'public' school my child was zoned for. This is her second year at the Academy and even though I had to wade my way through some issues last year, overall, my impression has been more than positive. The quality of the academic programs varies from good to excellent depending on your personel level of involvement. Teachers certainly do their very best to teach the students their curriculum and are always available for extra help or tutoring before or after class. Courses are given in a 'original' fashion ... And if I had my doubts about the Kagan Learning Experience, I certainly changed my view about it. Extracurricular activities are good. DALA has a band and orchestra ... Art is given by great teachers and Sports ... well their basketball team is doing great. Parent involvement is poor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

Mr.Jemerson rates a five with me. He is patient,understanding of the childrens needs,very professional,fair,supportive for the age group of children he is dealing with. He is the backbone of your school as far as I am concerned. I appreciate his dedication to the children. Mrs.Brown I also appreciate you taking the time to hear me out when we had a situation arise. Although, I totally did not agree with you whatsoever you at least took the time to listen to my side of the story. I do appreciate you for that.I give you a four in my book Mrs.Brown you are okay by me. L.Gold
—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 53% in 2014.

373 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

376 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
58%
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.

329 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

328 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

298 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

300 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

298 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

302 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
90%
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.

286 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
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 "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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.

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2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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U.S. History

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

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n/a
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
White 42%
Hispanic 34%
Black 17%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 49%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/AN/A
Female 51%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 80%66%61%
Master's degree 20%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MR. KEVIN WARREN
Fax number
  • (863) 295-5978

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Boys sports
  • Cross country
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1000 North Buena Vista Drive
Lake Alfred, FL 33850
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