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South Mckeel Academy

Charter | K-8 | 1163 students

 
 

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Posted August 30, 2013

I am a mother of 1 and was told so many amazing things about this school. 2 weeks into the school year my kindergartner was labeled as a failure and I was told he needed to repeat VPK. I asked for a plan of action with teacher and was told it would stress him out more. The fact is they didn't want to bother with a child that took a little more time to get into a routine and would ruin that amazing A status. I will never recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

Most teachers are caring and responsive to a student's needs, and there is great community among families at South McKeel. Teaching quality varies, but is generally great. I don't agree with the review that says students are kept out or disciplined for "downfalls" but it is true that some are fairly heavy handed on administrative issues to a student's detriment. I don't know that this is any different from other schools, and overall, I think the teaching quality makes this a school of choice for Lakeland families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2013

i just have a Q my little girl will be going there this year. how much are the uniforms?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

I have 3 children at S. Mckeel. My children ask for help and get the help they ask for. My oldest had a so called downfall and His 3rd grade teacher gave her all, now he is on the honor roll. Thank You Mrs. Viers. She is now working with my second child. I have no complaints at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2009

As the other posts say, this is an excellent school. However, if you are moving to the area with the hopes of your child attending, you may be disappointed. The waiting list is extremely high. You basically have to either have a sibling of your child already attending, be a polk county employee, be a minority or know someone to get into this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2009

Smea is an excellent school. The teachers and staff provide quality education in a nurturing environment. I am glad I made the choice to send my children to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2009

Seth Mckeel Academy has many parent volunteers. The teachers and all staff are superb. The times I was there I never heard a teacher yelling or belitting any child. Great job Mckeel! Carol Tangarone- Grandparent


Posted July 18, 2008

I went to SMEA last year and it was awsome! I cant belive anyone would not like it. I would highly reccomend it. -Jade
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 10, 2008

Couldn't ask for a better experience! My daughter excelled at South McKeel--unlike her experience at Valley View Elementary. A wonderful, small-school feel with staff that really care about the kids. What's best is that they don't shove the FCAT down the kids' throats. They encourage and prepare as opposed to instilling fear and doubt. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2007

This is a great school, because the teachers are ready to help your child in any subject he or she needs it. Thestaff is the best around.


Posted July 15, 2007

This school is not very caring to its students and family,when a child asks for help he/she is rejected for their downfalls,or immediately disciplined for his/hers areas of need. I would not recommend this school.


Posted April 9, 2007

My daughters go to 3rd and 5th grade in South McKeel and I can't be any more happier with the school. Just like me there is a lot of parents involved in the school, it is just awesome. Thank you Ms. Grice (principal) for all your hard work to keep the school the way it is.
—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 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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
92%
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.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
52%
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 53% in 2014.

175 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

175 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%
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.

172 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

172 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
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.

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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

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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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

132 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
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 78% in 2012.

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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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

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Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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 74%
Hispanic 11%
Black 7%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 46%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20%N/AN/A
Female 54%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 79%66%61%
Master's degree 21%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Lakeland, FL 33803
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