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Learning Gate Community School

Charter | K-9 | 793 students

 

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 13 ratings
2011:
Based on 7 ratings

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Posted November 6, 2009

Because My Grandchildren have learned so much from attending school there. Its a great school and they have many opportunies they would not receive any where else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

It's a totally green school!! Environmental integrity is a key concept. My granddaughter and daughter love it!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

The students at L.G. interact very well with each other despite the grade level. For instance, I like the idea that a 3rd grader would go to the Kindergarten class and read to them. Or when 5th graders go to 1st grade and teach them math, etc.... Love this. Never heard of anything like this anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Learning Gate has been the most wonderful school for my grandson these past eight years. With it's small student/teacher ratio, and it's emphasis on the ecology, it has been a great learning environment. It's hard to think of him moving on to high school next year...


Posted November 6, 2009

My Nephews have learned so much in the past four or five years!! Im so proud of them and their Amazing school!! Keep up the good work boys and stay involved with your school!!


Posted November 6, 2009

Learning Gate is an innovative school with caring Teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

My children have grown up at Learning Gate. They have a great respect for nature and have enjoyed learning in that environment. My personal favorite place to be at the school, is in the garden. The garden ladies genuinely enjoy what they do and it inspires those around them. Most especially, the students. It's been a great 10 years for us at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

Learning Gate is a school where the teachers care about our son and all of the other students. They go above and beyond to ensure sure that he is getting the education that he needs! Our daughter went there as well and she made a smooth transition into high school because she was well prepared.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

Learning gate is a great school that really focuses on the kids and the teachers are truly engaged to educating the children the best way they can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

Great school. Highly recommended'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Learning Gate Community School has the best spirit!! Yeah!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Learning Gate really cares about the students. My son disliked school before he went to LG, now he is excited to go to school everyday. They have the best teachers too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

children love to be there


Posted November 4, 2009

The most awesome campus in the woods!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

We love Learning Gate. The teachers and the environment there are incredible. Our son is not only learning the basics for an excellent education but he is learning about some of the most important things in life: caring for our environment by conserving energy and taking care of plants and animals, eating healthy foods, and having fun while you learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

The teachers and the staff are always wonderful role models. They love to teach the kids to love and protect their environment and use the childrens creativity in all their learning. It's a great opportunity for all children who love the outdoors. Allows the parents and teachers to be 100% involved in all school activities to improve their educational skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

The atmosphere of learning and caring at Learning Gate is astounding. I am proud to be a part of this community school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Learning Gate provide a safe, fun place for my stepchildren to learn. Learning Gate always ranks at the top among schools in our community, and I know that my children are getting a good education that is preparing them for high school. I also love that they are learning to appreciate and take care of the environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Everything is tied to an environmental theme and the campus truly practices what it preaches- leaving a lighter footprint on the world!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

The school has broken grounds on several levels, won awards left and right, but what sticks out in my mind is the way Learning Gate has reached towards a more true definition of education rather than a robotic form of memorization. Keep it up.


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 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
54%
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 52% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%
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 51% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%
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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
n/a
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
98%
Biology I

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

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
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 State average
White 68% 42%
Hispanic 23% 29%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Black 3% 23%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 76%67%61%
Master's degree 22%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%0%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Top 50 combination schools in state (2006)
  • 5th year as an A rated school (2007)
  • First LEED platinum rated school in the country (2007)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:20
School end time
  • 3:35
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Patricia Girard
Fax number
  • (813) 948-7587

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Parental involvement is mandatory.
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
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  • Learning Gate is truly a unique school and therefore many of the questions asked on the survey can not adequately reflect the true environment of the school and the setting. Teachers have the flexibility (within boundaries) to choose &#34how&#34 they teach the required educational standards. That flexibility allows for creativity and the ability to take advantage of teachable moments.
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16215 Hanna Rd
Lutz, FL 33549
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Phone: (813) 948-4190

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