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Crystal Lake Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 746 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted February 27, 2014

Overall a great school, however not the best environment for children who require supports outside the norm. There seems to be a culture somewhat biased against children who require additional services that may cost more dollars to educate. The kids and parents are fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2014

Excellent school. Excellent principal. For a public school, it's unbeatable. A great public school is very dependent also on engaged involved parents and CLES certainly has their share of them. Caring involved parents, active PTA, teamwork , etc is the foundation. Found most CLES parents truly appreciate and understand the value of a good education creating a strong academic foundation for their children and are willing to be involved.


Posted August 22, 2013

My school is 5 stars ! The teachers are very professional and make learning fun for my daughter !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2013

My son attended CLES for kindergarten and currently goes there for first grade. He had DeAnn Weber for kindergarten. She is a great teacher who never yells at her students and pushes them academically. My son was reading at an advanced 1st grade level at the end of kindergarten. This year in first grade he has Julie Drinkwater and she is the most amazing teacher! She runs the Caring Crocs program and has a heart of gold. She is compasionate, kind, caring, funny, etc....I can't say enough about her. She genuinely cares about her students! She has a great prositive reinforcement program in place in her classroom. It makes the kids strive to be the best they can be. Everyday my son is excited to go to schoo!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2012

I went to CLES to sign my son out of school early today. I just signed the sign out sheet and told the front office lady my name. She NEVER asked for ID, nor did she even look at the sign out sheet to see my name. This is coming just days after the tragic incident in CT. This scares me a lot, especially since you can just walk right through the front doors and completely bypass the office! Let's get it together Crystal Lake so our kids will be safe!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

I'm not happy with my son's teacher, but the school is better than the last one he attended. He was teased and bullied often, but at this school the first time it happened, it was taken care of and has not happened since. I am very pleased with this. The only complaint I have is with my son's teacher. My expectations of any Kindergarten or 1st grade teacher is that they be warm, kind, and aware they are talking to small children when they are trying to reprimand any bad behavior. My son's teacher does not seem to view her misbehaving students in a positive way. My son's first couple weeks were spent standing with a teacher through every recess for not finishing his work or talking out in class. His behavior only grew worse as he was only being yelled at and never praised. He came home once and wanted to make a flower cut out from different colors of construction paper and glued together for her. He worked very hard on it. The next day when he gave it to her, she said "thank you" and put it away. How empty. The only thing that is combating that is the behavior specialist who encourages him and gives him positive feedback for his efforts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2012

The teachers yell at the students, even in the cafeteria the students get yelled at and are routinely forced to take "silent lunches". They can't sit with their friends at lunch. The principal looks good from the outside, is well put together and then you find out thats about all she is concerned about...looks and appearances. When asked to solve any ptoblem with teachers or within the school she just brushes it all under the carpet. She refuses to involve the student in academic challenges that cost the school nothing. She cares little about her students and only in keeping her teachers happy. Half of the student body is on free and reduced lunch, so there is a lot of poverty in this school. The building is new and nice and it has a nice Lake Mary address, but other than that the rest of it inside is not very nice. If your concerned with appearances and not academic substance, that this is the place for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2012

Our little one started in K and will be entering 4th Grade this coming year. All the teachers have been superb with the exception of one which was average. The administrative staff is good except for the Principles secretary. She should not be let out of her cage! The cafeteria cooking staff (especially the Director) is fantastic but the ones in the lunchroom? Can you say S-T-A-L-A-G??? As for the comments regarding fundraisers, it is true they are often but we too are on a very tight budget and have never ever felt poorly when we could not participate. As for the building and safety, we have always found it clean and well maintained and the end of day pick-up issue seems to be resolved (for the time being at least). Finally, as for the types of kids that attend, although we have run into bullying and belittling, it's only been twice and was immediately stopped as soon as it was brought to the staff's and parents attention. Not bad for a school of 800+ in a four year period!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2012

The thing about CLES, is it really depends on what teacher your child gets. My sons been there for 2nd ,3rd, & 4th. On the positive side they push the kids extra hard academically. I am also quite impressed with the Caring Crocs they do now to help low income families of CLES. On the negative, consistantly they always do fundraisers & if you dont have money to put into those things like alot of the other kids that go there then your child can feel pretty left out. Also some teachers have horrible communication with the parents. This year I had to go to the principal about a issue, the teacher resolved it quickly(I know it wont happen with my child again, but I know this teacher will continue to make her future students feel bad) but all I got from the principal was a one sentenced email, really? Im sending my other 2 children elsewhere. This school is WAY overrated!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

Best organized elementary school in central fl, had my daughter there in third and fourth grade, both teacher were amazing professionals!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2011

Crystal Lake is an excellent school. My son has been going there for two years now and even he says we can't move anywhere because HE doesn't want to change schools. To me that is an important thing since what the kids think matter much more than what we do. In response to the moving from NJ to Lake Mary, Greenwood Lakes Middle is a great school. My oldest went there last year and will be attending again this year and it really is a great school and it's a hop, skip and a jump away from Crystal Lake elementary :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2011

We love Crystal Lake! My daughter attended kindergarten and half of first grade before we moved out of state. She had the best kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Ernst, who has set her up for a life long love of learning. The principal is very competent, but nurturing to the students at the same time. It's a wonderful school which is just getting better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2011

This school is a great school all around. My daughter has been attending for two years and she loves the challenges she gets everyday. The teachers are wonderful. The communication is great between teacher and parent and I feel they do a great job in getting your child to strive for the very best performance. I am excited for my son to go next year! Very happy parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2010

Crystal Lake is an amazing school. My children have attended this school since it opened in 2006 and all of them have loved going to school here. As a parent, I am exceedingly happy with the teachers and administration because they put great effort into caring for children as a whole and not just an academic score. The support staff can not be matched as they are as dedicated to the children as anyone else in the school. We would not entrust our children to any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

We love Crystal Lake. We find the staff and teachers very willing to work with you as a team to further your child. I think parent and teachers working together is the key to success for all of our children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

My son's been at this school for a year & he's very unhappy with the school. I don't like his teacher, there is no comunication between her & the parents. The school also is always doing fundraiser's & im a parent on a small budget.We're not happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

My son is sooo happy everyday about school:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

Overall I feel Crystal lake is an awesome school. Most of the staff are friendly and helpful and they are there for the kids. The office staff is great they are more than willing to help when needed. I give it an A+
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

Great school by far! We have a 4th grader and kindergartener at Crystal Lake and absolutely love the school. PTA gets parents involed, lots of family events, teachers have been wonderful with communicating, front office is very welcoming. couldnt ask for a better school to send our daughters!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

The people at the school are very nice and friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
67%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
94%
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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%
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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
93%
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 "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

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
White 52%
Hispanic 24%
Black 13%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 7%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%53%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 4%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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231 Rinehart Road
Lake Mary, FL 32746
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