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Blue Lakes Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 488 students

 

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23 reviews of this school


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Posted September 26, 2013

I believe that Blue lakes is an incredible school , teachers are awesesome and the facility is super secure , i won't give five starts because parking sucks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2013

My son, husband, and I love this school and staff! It has been a blessing for our family. I have tried other schools in the Miami Dade area; but there is no comparison Blue Lakes has the best teachers and staff . They are not only very professional and know how to teach, but they care about their students! Compared to children from other schools and his same grade level; my son is ahead academically. In addition, you walk away with the feeling you belong and are part of a big family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2013

blue lakes has been the worst experience I've ever had. I will remember this school forever and not in a positive way. The principal is very uneducated, unprofessional short tempered person I have ever met in a school she should be in a high school in liberty city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2012

his school has a bit of everything we want to keep our children away from. From bickering between parents/PTA to favoritism to those kids from the teachers/PTA inner circle to bullying and "teacher's choice" teachers who their classrooms are more than often, being run by substitutes. I've been dealing with this school for almost 7 years and have seen the principal 6 times. She's never getting involved with her students. Never.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

My grandson is very happy there and teachers are very professional. It is a safe school for all children and the curriculum is great


Posted August 27, 2008

This schools is the best kept secret in Miami. The faculty and staff are really there for the benefit of the students. Their ESE department along with the gifted program is phenomenal. The gifted program provides students with the opportunity to become avid learners and the leaders of tomorrow. They study about art, humanities, history, space, and many other aspects of the world. They trully challenge the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

Blue Lakes Elementary is the best kept hidden secret. The faculty, staff, and administration is the best there is. All of the teachers are very caring towards the students. Students in the ESE program as well as the gifted program are challenged. The gifted program provides different types of opportunities for students to learn about world-wide events as well as American History. Students are exposed to units of study in the arts, humanities, space and much more. They prepare the students to become future leaders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2008

I love Blue Lakes Elementary. My son loves going to school every morning. The new principal is wonderful and caring, the teachers are very professional. The gifted program needs to challenge the students a bit more. The home learning assignments in the gifted program are not geared toward gifted students. They make them do sentences with vocabulary, and write the word five times each.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2008

My daughter attends 4th grade at Blue Lakes. It has been a very positive experience for her and she has made many friends. The teachers are very nurturing and loving, but also, highly qualified.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

My daughter has been at this school since kindergarten. Now she's in 2nd grade. She's in the gifted program since 1st grade and I have to say that I'm not very impressed with the gifted program. They cancel the classes too often. For the past 3 weeks before spring break there have been no gifted classes. I would give this school a C at best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2008

This school is small and intimate in a city with schools that are too large and overcrowded. My son had great teachers but the principal (J. Carbio) was terrible. He spent school funds decorating his office like it was going to be featured in Architectural Digest. Teacher and staff morale seriously suffered during his tenure. I hear they have a new principal now and hopefully things will improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2007

I would never trade this school for anything in the world. The help provided to my child from teachers and staff has been more than 200%. Thank you Blue Lakes for helping my child learn many new things as he grows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2007

Although this school is currently facing some challenges with parking, I believe that the new principal is making strides as far as improving the school by motivating the staff as well as the students. Everyone seems more involved. We have a son in High School that graduated from BLE and now our daughter attends 2nd grade there. Incredible faculty! We love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2007

We are having a big problem in the school at the present time. There is only parking space for 25 cars... Come on, we have more parents than that in the school, There was enough time to do any work in the school during the summer. I cannot believe that the safety of our kids is on the floor by making us walk blocks and cross heavy traffic streets, oh but the teachers have their own parking space. The drop off area are not covered for raining days. I believe that the new principal of the school should be more involved in the school and the safety of our kids. Teachers don't come before the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2007

New Principal! Great school, great teachers and family participation is encouraged. Gifted program in challenging but makes learning fun!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2006

My child started kindergarten in Blue Lakes last year and she had an excellent teacher. She is now in first grade and is also among the gifted students. The quality of education at this schools is excellent. I highly recommend this school as a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2006

I find this school to be bit behind other schools. My son came into this school in kinder very ahead and came out in second grade behind. We had to get him tutors just to be able to learn more because school just wasn't enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2006

great school, very clean and involved
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2005

Great teachers, horrible principal, office staff, lack of proper security, a 'C' school at best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2005

This is a great school, the Teachers and Parents are very united and it makes the difference.
—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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
85%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
36%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
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 "B".
  • 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 "B".

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
Hispanic 85% 29%
White 13% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian N/A 3%
Black N/A 23%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races N/A 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 51%58%61%
Master's degree 47%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%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 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Ms. Aida M Marrero
Fax number
  • (305) 279-5103

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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9250 SW 52nd Ter
Miami, FL 33165
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