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Tortuga Preserve Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 901 students

 

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Posted October 14, 2014

This school is so unorganized.. I am a parent pick up, kids gets out at 2:35 but yes they start calling the students out at 2:45 or 2:50.. I've seen other school do it faster.. One time i went to pick up my daughter early and went to the cafeteria doors they told me i had to go to the office which i did and the lady upfront told ne i am sorry i can't go get her its too late, i went back to cafeteria the lady said mmm i cannot do nothing about it, I had the name tag and saw my daughter there and she said you will have to wait and talk to someone from administrator.. I talked to the assistant principal and she said yu have to go to the office, i told her I did they told me i am too late.. She came with me and the lady had to go get my daughter for me.. This school is great but sometimes they are just ridiculous...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2014

There's nothing that makes me happier than coming to work and it not being work. I love the school and everything that fills it. This includes other teachers, staff, students, and parents. I can't wait to continue watching Tortuga grow!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 17, 2014

I am so glad my daughter is going to this school, she is more responsible and independent, is eager to learn and has not been a single day she refuse to go, she really loves her school, despite she is in Kindergarten and only 5 yrs. old. Whenever I had time I go to lunch with her, her teacher is very friendly and helpful with any question I have about her and her duties. I think some parents should be more involve in their children duties and activities in the school there is always time, even If you have to work, You should not wait school year is almost over and realize your kid doesn't bring homework. There is also phone calls, emails that you can use to communicate with teachers or the principal If there is a big concern. Other thing I see the teachers motivate kids to read my daughter is reading now and taking AR test she loves to read!! Y only give 1 Star to Parent involvement! That is the only thing the school needs but of course depend on the parents help,The Principal Adams deserves 10 Stars!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2014

Tortuga preserve elementary doesnt even deserve 1 star. But I had to rate it. My son was bullied , hit in the face, cursed at. The kids are a replica of the parents. The bus driver hasnt showed up to the bus stop on numerous occasions in the morning, and in the afternoon she is suppose to stop on a opposite side of the street so that my son doesnt have to cross the road. She picks and chooses wherever she wants. Ive contactes the school and have gotten nowhere. My son never hardly comes home with homework. Hes in 4th grade. Also the girls in the office take very lightly when there is a problem with your child. This is the worst school ive ever seen. All the girls in the office are friends. You simply cant get anything done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2013

My grandbaby goes to Tortugas and I have never seen such a great communiciative and informative team. Her teacher is caring and patient and always calls with any updates and keeps mommy in the loop of how she is doing in school. I am so happy to see this effort being given and only wish these teacher were around when my kids went to school. Bravo for the great teachers and staff! :0) Great job Mrs . Shaver!! J's Mama


Posted August 16, 2013

This school is very near my house and I was so happy to see it when it was being built and I already knew we were going to go there without knowing anything about it . We just love it there so far and it is only second week there!!!!! Everybody is super nice and most importantly my child loves it and excited to go to school every day!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

It's Wonderful!!!! Teachers are smart, loving, & caring. My child went to Manatee last year, (horrible school), but this year I transferred her to Tortuga, & I could not be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2013

Every experience we had with this school was amazing! Teachers go above and beyond for students. Even if they are from a different class they all work together to help each student learn they way that best fits them. Mrs. Adams is an amazing principal and is very involved with the student body. I do tend to agree about the front office staff. They definitely come across as rude most of the time but in he grand scheme, there is no better learning environment for our children. We can't wait to see what this next year will bring at Tortuga :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

Overall, I am happy with Tortuga. My daughters kindergarten teacher went above and beyond for her class! Also, I love the fact that the front desk is so strict on their student pick-up policy. I felt that I made the right choice for my daughters first school and she enjoyed herself the whole time. She has had all A's this year; she is now going into 1st grade, reading on the 2nd grade level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2013

I'm happy with the school overall and the teachers. My son's teacher, Mrs. Tuma, was great. She was very engaging and had the kids best interest at heart. My child learned a lot during the year. Her teaching style was very effective. One thing that stood out the most, was Principal Adams engagement with the student body. I was excited to see that she took the time to make comments on each of my son's report cards. This was a wonderful touch. I'm happy and pray for even greater success for the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2013

How can such a great school have such terrible people working the front office and lunch room?? Most of the admin and staff are absolutely outstanding, yet some of the staff (front office and a few amin-type people) are the rudest, laziest bunch of employees I have encountered. You need to get past the front office to find out just how great the rest of the school is, so stick it out - it's worth it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2013

I absolutely LOVE this school! The teachers, staff and principal are all amazing and seem to have a tight knit kinship between each other and the students. I often found that most of the staff and certainly the principal knew most of the kids by name. I know it being new they still have some kinks to work out but I HIGHLY recommend this school for anyone. I love how involved the majority of the parents were in my son's class as well. I had one child in Gateway Charter the year prior and although that school was ok, Tortuga by far takes the cake. Parent pick up flows smoothly and quickly as well which makes a world of difference. Any questions I had were quickly answered. I think in order to make a school experience a great one, parents have to be actively involved. Typically those that complain are the ones that offer no solutions and are not willing to take part in their children's education. The only thing I didn't care too much for were the lanyards and the student ID's. My son (6 yrs old) had a problem with his ID breaking because his lanyard kept getting caught on things. I've heard they are going a different direction with those this year though so we'll see.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

I am in agreement with the other parent that complained about Mrs Adams she leans more toward staff than students. I wasn't happy with the way children in general were treated at the school. The front office staff is AWFUL especially Mrs. Cruz my child will not be back there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2013

I have yet to find another elementary school like TPE. The teachers are very dedicated to their students and my child loves going to school each day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

Principal tries to be a friend instead of an authority to teachers. Most of the teachers could care less and the lunch room staff is just mean. Bullying is out of control with more focus on the bully being treated fairly than the students being bullied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2013

A new school with great potential , Principal Adams is so involved in the students activities, teachers are very professional. I have one kid in first grade and my second kid will starting kindergarten next year. Hope it continue develop in all areas until get a good reputation as a STEM school in Lehigh Acres. STEM school is a good choice for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

150 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
45%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
83%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 47%
Black 25%
White 25%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 121%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 211%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 84%66%61%
Master's degree 16%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. ALANE ADAMS
Fax number
  • (239) 693-5033

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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1711 Gunnery Road North
Lehigh Acres, FL 33971
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Phone: (239) 693-5023

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