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Sabal Point Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 769 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted January 22, 2014

This school has been a blessing for me and my has the greatest second grade teacher Mrs. Kelly has taken the time to get to know my son has motivated my son like no other teacher has.great school loving staff . They all deserve a standing ovation I applaud the work they ....... ps from a carrying mom
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

The teachers are great, but the PE program is sad at best. There are 3 PE teachers and none of them seem to want to be there. The recess monitor doesn't even interact with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

We just moved to this school for 1st grade from Altamonte Elem. So far we love it! The teachers and staff are awesome and the parent involvement makes the learning experience even better! I look forward to many more years at Sabal Point Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

What a great school! We're going on our 5th year at Sabal and my kids love it (as much as kids can "love" school). The teacher are amazing, the administrative staff is so nice and professional (I'm always surprised that they know the names of all the children and most of the parents), and the families are awesome. The parent involvement at this school is unparalleled. I couldn't ask for a better educational setting for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

This is the first day of kindergarten and I am already very disappointed in the organization and leadership at the school. The principal has been sarcastic and condescending during multiple conversations. The school lets kindergarteners out without even checking parent ID's or signing them out, even though we filled out a list of names of people who are allowed to pick up kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2012

Sabal Point Elementary is a phenomenal school. It has the most amazing ASD TEACHERS.. One in particular is exceptional.. Mrs. Harold!! She is an amazing with our Autistic kids. I can't say enough about her and the program there, unlike the failure that Forest City Elementary is. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2011

I have found overall that the school is a great school. I have met with my child's teacher, principal to assist my child with his special needs. He has had them since last year when he started at this school. I just wish these issues would have been taken care of then. My child in in Speech and that seems to be going great. The teacher he has this year is very attentive to his needs. The Front Office Staff is very rude. Their body language says the same. The Principal has been very helpful for my sons needs. The Speech Teacher is very awesome. His 1st grade teacher is awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2011

I came into this school not knowing anyone and feeling a little intimidated that many of the parents seemed to already know each other, even with their eldest in kindergarten. Everyone has been so welcoming and helpful and I really feel like I'm part of a community here at Sabal Point Elementary. We've had great teachers over the years and my child looks forward to going to school everyday. The PTA has done an amazing job at improving the school, even during these tough economic times- new playground, new track for the kids to run, Mimio in each classroom, and the list goes on and on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2011

My children attended Sweetwater Episcopal before we moved them to Sabal Point last year. We have been very happy at SPE. My kids have thrived in their classrooms, and we have found the teachers engaged and invested in their students and their work. The PTA works extremely hard to bridge the gaps the recent budget cuts have created. They hold open general meetings but yes, the board meetings are for PTA board members. The principal has been nothing but friendly, responsive, and reasonable in my experience. Parents are involved and supportive. There are 750+ children at the school, so you find all kinds, but I have been thrilled with my children's peers - they are bright, interested, and they push my kids to do better academically. No school is perfect, but there is a reason why some of the teachers at SPE have been there for thirty years or more - they, like the parents, are invested in this school and its students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2011

I just read the post about the parent who is moving...if you are unhappy, an alternative is Sweetwater Episcopal Academy. Go and take a tour...it's cheaper than moving in this market and the school is amazing. Good luck in you search...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2011

Sabal is mediocre at best. A couple of positives: 1) they have a new counselor who appears to be effective 2) the school was renovated so it's nice on the inside 3) the front office staff is very nice. And that's it. If you're moving to this area, be warned! Sabal is fed into by a few big, affluent neighborhoods full of snotty parents and kids, your child will struggle to make friends here. I have met several parents that are new that feel the same way as me, so this isn't sour grapes, just a fact. There are bullies, lot's of them. The PTA is a sorority, they have CLOSED MEETINGS! Need I say more? The teachers are hit and miss, we missed big time and had a couple of losers that needed to go to sensitivity classes. They teach to the test (FCAT) but what school doesn't these days? Building a nation of good little test takers. The new Principal is ineffective and unfriendly: doesn't talk to the kids, staff (one teacher complained about this TO ME) and the parents are ignored. Seminole County does have the best schools in Florida, but Sabal is abysmal for quality of life. Save yourself, and your precious children, the heartache and look elsewhere. We are moving!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2011

Sabal Point Elementary is a top notch school. The new Principal is involved with parents, staff, and students Teachers are willing to go the extra mile to help students. This school has turned around in a very short amount of time. Sabal is back!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2010

Mrs. Z was unpleaseant and could not motivate her staff to have before and after school activities. In 3rd grade our child was above grade level, needed to be stimulated academically. The Vice P said " We only cater to below and at grade level students, in 5th there is higher math only. We moved on to pivate school..........
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2009

We are just about to complete our 2nd year at SPE. This school gives lots of individual attention and have terrific, experienced teachers. Additionally, SPE is among the highest test scores in the county. Our daughter has had nothing but wonderful experiences, from academic to social. She has had two of the best teachers at that school, Mrs. Rolfs (K) and Mrs. Marblestone (1st). Our son starts in August and we anticipate the continuation of a wonderful public school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2009

While my children have had excellent classroom experiences across the board, principal leadership at the school has been sorely lacking. It's been very difficult for us to maintain any type of positive relationship with the principal after many attempts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2008

We moved here from NJ and can't say enough wonderful things about the school and the principal, Angela Zambaux. Our son is in 1st grade and so far we've been blessed with wonderful teachers who have a true understanding of the learning process and know how to motivate children and make learning fun. Our son is enthusiastic about going to school and we're thrilled that we chose Sabal Point for our child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2008

My son was enrolled at SEA for a year, and though we loved the school, we could not afford the $900 per month tuition. We search for another comparable school, but only moved our son from school to school with much disapointment. We heard about Sabal Point Elementary being such a great school, so we sold our house in Apopka, and moved into this district. We have been so amazed at the level of education, parental involvment, and the overall feel of this public school. It is better than most of the areas private schools on so many levels. both of our sons have blossomed at this school and have a LOVE for reading and learning. The other children are such a good influence on them, and strive for good behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

My son has been there going on his 3rd year now and we have been nothing but completely satisfied! great teachers, great academics, great at sending home there paperwork and encouraging parents to participate. Aaa+++ no other school like this!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2008

My daughter Taylor is now going into the third grade. She was blessed with a caring teacher in K-5 and has enjoyed school since. Sabl Point is a school that promotes parental interaction which is why its so sucessful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2008

This is a wonderful school! We moved here just for the school, and have not been disappointed. Yes there is change going on but the principal has it under control; change can be good. Yes we have construction, long overdue! It is very safe and we have had NO problems. The same pod removal construction has taken place at numerous schools thru-out the county..they know what they are doing. I would recommend this school to anyone that asks.
—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 58% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
87%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
72%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
97%

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

  • 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 State average
White 74% 42%
Hispanic 14% 29%
Black 5% 23%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 39%53%61%
Master's degree 57%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%2%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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