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8000 Southwest 142nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33183

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(305) 385-2575
(305) 386-2718
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August 15, 2015
I love this is school, my daughter has the best teachers ever. Thank you Kendall Lakes for been such a good School for our students. The Principal is amazing. Now I'm so sad because I need move to my little to other school, I wish she can stay here until 5th grade, but I move a little bit far.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: no rating
August 11, 2015
One of the areas we are most proud of at KLE is our student recognition programs. Because we work with students in identifying and communicating our expectations, we also teach them to set goals for their growth each year, and share with them their progress. Students meet with their teachers to see how they are performing, and many students chart their goals and progress consistently throughout the year. Updates are shared with families through reports or conferences as applicable too. Inevitably there are times students will struggle with learning new skills, especially as the curriculum grows in more rigor and critical thinking requirements. Teaching students to persevere and work through their challenges are an enormous part of building their independent abilities, and ultimately their self-confidence. A great part of our curriculum and instruction is devoted to building up each child's self-esteem, so that when they face a new challenge or something completely unknown to tackle, they possess the emotional/intellectual skills and strategies they need to persevere, work hard, and eventually succeed. Ongoing recognition of students in this area is prioritized throughout the year, and additionally, special awards are presented at the end-of-the-year assemblies. We are fortunate to have this priority supported through financial contributions from our Parent and Teachers Organization and school leaders, Presidential Academic Honors, Community Partners that sponsors specific awards, and specialized awards created by educators to honor outstanding students in various core subjects, as well as including technology excellence.

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Amount of homework: no rating
August 04, 2015
Our approach to home learning is that it is an extension of what was taught and reviewed with students as part of their instructional day. Home learning is assigned in accordance with District guidelines; however, based upon individual student abilities, this may result in less or more time necessary to complete work that was assigned. As part of the home learning communication process, KLE utilizes an agenda planner so that important information may be shared between the home and school. Several teachers also choose to use a grade level or class website to post home learning assignments or projects, upcoming special events, and any other important news to share with our students/parents. As an integral part of school-based practice and home learning assignments, students are expected to complete important technology programs to enable us to monitor their skills in core subject areas, and review or enrich students academically based upon their generated results. These valuable programs greatly support individualized growth based upon each learner's ability in the various subject areas. The District and school site use these incredible programs to monitor student performance on an ongoing basis. Because of the transition towards computer-based testing, we highly support student practice with these programs at school as well as at home, so their comfort level in this area is maximized. Although there are recommended sessions to complete on a weekly basis, students may always expand their utilization in order to improve in areas of academic difficulty, or expand their use to challenge or enrich their skills whenever able to do so. Daily reading for 30 minutes is an important part of home learning for all students. Through school funds, we purchase the Accelerated Reader (AR) Program (for designated grade levels)which allows students to read books of their choice, or as part of our reading textbook series, and take reading comprehension tests to monitor their academic skills. Students typically set a quarterly goal for AR and work to meet or exceed their goal. A schoolwide AR incentive program, overseen by our Media Specialist, challenges students to join the "Millionaires Club" by reading 1,000,000 words or more each year. Students exceling in this capacity are showcased on a bulletin board outside the entry to our media center.

- submitted by a school leader
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August 03, 2015
Welcome to Kendale Lakes Elementary, a STEAM Academy School, and a multiple FLDOE Five Star School Award recipient! On behalf of the Kendale Lakes Elementary (KLE) School family it is my pleasure to welcome you to our outstanding school. Our mission focuses on each child reaching their full potential. We take tremendous pride in providing an excellent and motivational education, in a loving, caring, family atmosphere, unlike any other in our district. Through the cooperation and teamwork of our students, staff, parents and the community, we strive for excellence and inspiration in all that we do to serve you and your child(ren). Close cooperation between the home and school is essential to providing a quality education and an engaging extra-curricular program. In order to accomplish this, we encourage parents to be a partner in their child’s education. It is a privilege and honor to work collaboratively with all our stakeholders in preparing our students and providing them with the educational foundation needed to excel in our society and beyond. At KLE, we continuously raise the bar and “believe it can be done!” ¡Bienvenidos a la Escuela Kendale Lakes Elementary! Una Escuela Académica STEAM, y recipiente múltiple veces del “FLDOE Five Star School Award” (Premio de Escuela de Cinco Estrellas FLDOE). En nombre de la familia de la Escuela Kendale Lakes Elementary (KLE) es un placer darles la bienvenida a nuestra destacada escuela. El enfoque de nuestra misión es que cada niño/a alcance su máxima potencial. Tomamos gran orgullo en proveer una excelente y motivadora educación, en una atmósfera de familia, llena de amor y cuidado, como ninguna otra del distrito. A través de la cooperación y el trabajo unido de nuestros estudiantes, maestros, empleados, padres y la comunidad, trabajamos hacia la excelencia e inspiración en todo lo que hacemos para servirles a ustedes y a sus hijos e hijas. Una cooperación unida entre el hogar y la escuela es esencial en proveer una educación de calidad y participación en las distintas actividades escolares.

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Develops respect: no rating
August 03, 2015
At KLE, there exists a strong partnership between the home and school in this important capacity. Working cooperatively, these two environments cultivate the emerging value systems of our youngest learners. The fact that KLE serves a highly diverse student population is an essential component towards how we prioritize an emphasis on respect for one another. Teaching students as early as the age of 3 to have self-respect, while also demonstrating respect towards others, is critical to our emphasis on providing a safe and inspiring learning environment. Students learn these behavioral characteristics from the adults and children they come in contact with, as well as observe on a daily basis. Students learn about respect, responsibility, integrity, honesty, kindness, community service, making the right choices, and goal setting, through class lessons, cooperative learning activities and important school level presentations. These vital character traits are embedded into the District and school's Character Education Program . School leaders, teachers, counselors, therapists, and support personnel work diligently to genuinely set positive examples for our students and community at large. Our school mission statement focuses on each child reaching their full potential. Paramount to our mission is a solid foundation forged in respect for oneself, respect for others, and respect for the power of knowledge and learning. We are extremely proud of our respectful and motivational learning/working environment. Guests and visitors to the school repeatedly compliment us on the dedication of our teachers, the superb behavior of our students, and the positive and friendly customer service they receive from our team members. Parents and guests truly feel a commitment towards "family" and "care" when they come to KLE in search of the best environment or specialized services for their child or children. Ultimately, we strive to exceed standards at all times; a quality we work to pass on to our students for their success at KLE and beyond.

- submitted by a school leader
Develops empathy: no rating
August 01, 2015
We are extremely proud of our KLE family's efforts and outreach to serve others. In participating in special programs to bring aid to our communities, or knowing how to respond to fellow students struggling to learn English as a second language, or many others identified with a learning disability, our staff unites in purposeful experiences to ensure we cultivate compassion, caring, and empathy in our students. Specifically, we participate in special community outreach activities such as the United Way Campaign, Chapman Partnership for the Homeless Toy Drive, Canned/Dry Goods Drive, Turkey Donation sponsored by our School Board Member, Jump Rope for Heart Campaign, Goods Drive for Haiti, The Homeless Meter Campaign, Veteran Hero Box Program, Clothing Bin Program for recycling/repurposing of clothing, shoes, accessories, etc. As a Title 1 school, we work cooperatively to comprehensively help our families. The important lesson is that in life we can accomplish so much more by assisting others along the way. Students genuinely experience pride in our work to serve others, and they feel empowered to do so. Our school has almost 20% of our students identified as receiving Special Education services. Our inclusion program helps to build these qualities as well due to the daily interactions of our students participating in this learning setting. The incredible work of our teachers and support personnel set a positive example for our students too. Lastly, we are most grateful to our volunteers and families that work alongside us in an effort to cultivate all these qualities from these early years on forward. Our counselor oversees the Student of the Month and Do The Right Thing recognition programs, where exceptional student behavior in this capacity is showcased. One other special impact of this heartfelt focus is that our students are repeatedly seen performing random acts of kindness. We are very proud of our students' growth in these areas, and the positive impact on their value system.

- submitted by a school leader
Develops honesty: no rating
August 01, 2015
The KLE family is very blessed to promote a values driven school culture. Throughout the year, positive character lessons and student service activities are interwoven within our classrooms and academic programs to develop the whole child. Students become well aware of positive behavioral expectations in our daily interactions. Schoolwide assemblies and special events integrate essential lessons and discussions that highlight these qualities we aim to develop in each child. For further emphasis, the counselor oversees the Student of the Month Program as well as the Do The Right Thing Program which enable school personnel to nominate outstanding students each month. Conduct awards and special incentive recognitions such as Student of the Month, Do The Right Thing, and Most Improved honors, allow us to showcase exemplary students. Additionally, our fabulous PAT organization sponsors rewards for our outstanding students, and each child is showcased through our closed circuit television programming. Special bulletin boards post the monthly nominees' photograph throughout the year! Highlighting students for these recognition programs sets a wonderful example for their classmates to emulate. We are also very fortunate to have high school students volunteer at KLE, and many are alumni. For the past two years, the MDCPS District Youth Volunteer of the Year have earned this recognition while serving the KLE family. Seeing this priority in action for our youngest learners at the age of 3, and again while working with our high school volunteers, reaffirms our commitment of excellence for all.

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July 31, 2015
i'm so happy that my girl is in this school since kinder and now she go to 4 grade, i think this is the best school in the area, thank you for everything that you did for my baby

- submitted by a parent

April 21, 2014
Both my sons attended Kendale Lakes Elementary beginning in PK. They have had phenomenal, caring, and challenging teachers that have prepared them and motivated them to always do their best. It became most apparent to me what a quality education Kendale Lakes provided when my oldest went on to middle school to take Honors and high school courses. The quality education he received was the foundation he needed to continue to strive for greatness! I am grateful to the many wonderful teachers, the administration and the support personnel that make the school a huge success! My youngest son is in 2nd grade now and I continue to trust and count on KLE!

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June 11, 2013
My daughter and son go to this wonderful school everyday my daughter was in 5th grade and my son in moving to 3rd so i rate this a 5

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January 24, 2012
I have been a teacher at Kendale Lakes Elementary School since the year 2000. I have had a wonderful experience as a teacher at this school. Since I am also an alumni of Kendale Lakes, I have seen this school flourish in many ways. The amount of technology available to teachers and students has significantly increased. It is incredible that there are 11 working computers in my classroom, along with an amazing LCD projector, which we use throughout the day for our lessons. The students are able to work on many amazing programs available on a daily basis, such as: Accelerated Reader, Success Maker, and Ticket to Read. These programs have provided daily interventions for every student in the class, no matter what their instructional level may be. I am looking forward to my future years at Kendale Lakes Elementary as one of the members of this incredible staff!!

- submitted by a teacher

January 23, 2012
I have been working at this school for over 8 years and I can't say how proud I am to be a KLE staff member. I am lucky enough to work in a Kinder/First grade co-teaching environment. The amount of technology that has been implemented into this school since I began many years ago is overwhelming. I am very PROUD to say we have an LCD projector to utilze in our classroom which has opened many doors for my students and their learning styles. The school has progressed a great deal, in the aera of TECHNOLOGY!!!

- submitted by a teacher

December 15, 2010
needs a better leader and a few better teachers. It seems like th ebest teachers are now gone.

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2010
This is by far the best elementary school in our county. The levels of excellence are exemplified by the Principal, after/before care, teachers, maintenance and cafeteria staff to the highest level. Our children are able to learn in a nurturing, positive and safe environment and, as a result, they continue to blossom. The entire school as a whole is a positive influence on the children. Thank you for all your efforts and keep up the great work!!!

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2010
Starting this school yer (2009-2010) the school has a new principal. I believe she is doing a great job and I want to encourage all parents to help the school and join the PAT. However, my only concern is the class sizes for the gifted program. While regular classes have about 22 kids, all gifted classes have over 30 students. I would like the school and the district to solve this problem since the gifted children are not receiving the attention they deserve.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2009
My children have been attending KLE for 8 years now. One in regular classes, and one in the gifted program (now in middle school). Teachers are dedicated, caring and approachable. I mostly communicate via email with the teachers, counselor and administration and have always received prompt replies to my concerns. It is an excellent school with a great faculty regardless of what the Administration is forced to do according to what the School Board mandates (where the real problem is). In both of my children s classes number of students per has always been reasonable. Last year there were only 19 students in my then 2nd grader s class. This year is approximately same class size. Overall, my family s experience with KLE has been wonderful.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2009
WOW! I thought I was the only one that felt this way. KLE needs a new principal and AP. The school is great! Its the principal and AP who need TO GO! These two women are not leaders. They are not approachable nor do they care about parent's concerns. The way the principal and AP conduct themselves towards parents and volunteer is disgraceful. No wonder parents don't want to get involved. I too withdrew my son.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2009
I do agree that the school has gone down as far as administration. I do understand that teachers have had a lot of issues with the school board, however, this is a job they choose just like everyone else's job. I think it's about time we get another new principal to bring up this school again as it was over 2 years ago.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 16, 2009
My son has attended Kendale Lakes for the past 6 years. It had always been an excellent school with a great staff. It made an effor to work with the parents and the PTA, but in the past two years the new administration has severely impacted the quality of the school. Parents feel uncomfortable when voicing their concerns, when volunteering, even when joining the PTA. The adminstration's only concern seems to be funding, not the actual students and parents. Past administrations made an effort to recruit volunteers and appreciated their hardwork, instead the present administration them for granted. It may be an 'A' school, but that's due to the hardwork of its student body and its teachers, which are caring and hardworking. Many parents have withdrawn their children and placed them in other area schools rather than staying at Kendale Lakes. The school is definitely on its way down.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2009
My child is in the third grade. He is in an ESE program. When he came in from a prior school, he was reading in a Kindergarten level. He is now over first grade level, and continues to improve. I think that says it all!

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2009
The administration of this school needs to improve. The school had poor leadership and parents felt that they were a bother if they had a problem or a question that needed resolution. ...

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no rating
March 26, 2009
Unfortunately the principal backed up the horrendous behavior on the teacher s part. Do not send your child to this school. If you have an issue with a teacher the administration will not hear it! Thank god my son is in a new school where teachers are not overworked & overwhelmed.

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September 22, 2008
Kendale Lakes Elementary is the best school my kids have ever attended. My eldest son was previously enrolled in another school in the area and it was horrendous to say the least. Kendale Lakes has teachers that really care about their students. My kids recently had to leave the school because of relocation and they were on the verge of tears asking if they would ever come back. The caring attitude of the teachers is reflected by the respect the students show each other and the level of learning acheived. Of course every school has good and bad, but in this case, the good definitely outweighs the bad. The school has gone through two principals in the past three years, yet the staff and teachers have done thier job with excellence by not permiting this change to affect the students. Thank you Kendale Lakes!

- submitted by a parent

August 14, 2008
Just Because the school is rated an 'A' does not speak of the level of education the students receive, it only shows how well they have been trained to take a test. The communication is horrendous and the teachers are fearful and overworked. Class sizes were great, if you consider 35 kids to 1 teacher a good ratio for a second grade class . And YES, I was in the PTA and a volunteer. The previous principles were incredible but the newest installment is far from standards that we should receive. To the point that she locked herself in her office to avoid talking to the parents about our concerns. Needless to say that my child will no longer attend this school. I hope that this information is of help to you and know that I am not attacking anyone, I'm just reporting on what has happened to this great school.

- submitted by a parent

July 02, 2007
Kendale Lakes has made another A despite the fact that many other area schools dropped a grade. Despite the fact that several principals have led the school in the past year and a half, the teachers, students and parents have maintained the successful formula needed to maintain an A. Communication with parents is a strong point through websites, newsletters, automated phone system, email, phone calls and PTA meetings. Parents who write reviews that complain the level of communication is low are most likely, not involved with the PTA. Though the methods may not be understood, the bottom line grade of A should speak for itself.

- submitted by a teacher

June 30, 2007
Because the school has had several new principals in the last several years but has maintained its FCAT score of 'A' it speaks highly of the teachers and leadership. The teachers work exceptionally hard and care deeply about the students. The class sizes are good, parent-teacher communication is doen through a weekly newsletter, teacher websites, a school website,PTA meetings and workshops that are put on by teachers. Although, not perfect, this school has excelled through a lot of difficulties.

- submitted by a teacher

May 12, 2006
the academic program are ok ,the level o parent involvemente is perfec.

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2006
Great school, great teachers and excellent performance by the principal.

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2006
This is a great school for kids and parents alike. Unlike most public schools in Miami-Dade County, Kendale Lakes has a full time gifted program.

- submitted by a student

November 18, 2005
This is a great school, great teachers, great kids! My son is in their ESE program, and my daughter in their REACH program (gifted). The current principal is approachable, and will try to assist the parents. Great experience with the office staff as well.

- submitted by a parent

October 20, 2005
This school is great!! My mom and I both agree it was an excellent school, but when I moved out of state and went to a new school we both realized how good this school is. I don't even know who my favorite teacher is because they were and still are all the best. They even have full-time advanced acedemics classes with even better teachers. The uniform is so much better than my new school's dress code, and the principal at Kendale Lakes is really nice, too. This is the best school ever!

- submitted by a student

October 06, 2005
Excellent academic program, all teachers are really good.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2005
My daughher has attended Kendale Lakes Elementary for two years now. I am a member of the EESAC Committee and PAT. It's a great school. It feels like home when I enter the doors and the principal really cares about the kids. All of the teachers, although only exposed to two teachers, are wonderful. The sacrifices the teachers are willing to make for the students is incredible. My daughter participates in a program called TEAM, which is the level between the normal class and the gifted class and her experience this year has been exceptional! She has learned so much in just one year, I can't believe the progress she has made because of her teacher. I would tell anyone who asks what a great experience being a part of Kendale Lakes Elementary is.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2004
Love the school and the staff. My children love to go to school everyday and always talk about their class teachers.

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Kendale Lakes Elementary is a STEAM Academy School, and also a multiple FLDOE Five Star School Award recipient! Our mission focuses on each child reaching their full potential. We take tremendous pride in providing a motivational education, in a loving, caring, family atmosphere. Through the cooperation of our stakeholders, we strive for excellence and inspiration in all that we do. A focus on authentic learning experiences and hands-on activities we provide enable our students to truly excel.

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Kendale Lakes Elementary School
8000 Southwest 142nd Avenue, Miami, FL  33183
(305) 385-2575
Last modified Kendale Lakes Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Kendale Lakes Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top