My son just joined first grade in this school. Being a volunteer and being able to actually have a look inside the class while in session has been an eye opener for me. The teachers are extremely stressed in the classroom. Shouts and yells at all the kids, some kids get yelled at more than the others. Kids can be made to stand outside the classroom and become a topic of discussion among all the teachers. Many a times my kid has come home with wet pants, telling me he was not allowed to use the restroom in spite of asking her three times. Home works are given out as loose sheets of papers. If they fall out of the paper, kids are yelled at. Administrative staff at the front desk are some of the worst people to deal with. Especially an old lady with short hair. Best part is note is teacher's change in behavior as soon as kids parents shows up to pick the kids up at the end of school. Almost as if they have a split personality!
Overcrowded!!! My daughter is in a first grade class this year with over 30 students! How is a child supposed to learn? There are 2 teachers, but my daughter said they are always trying to get all of the kids under control and have little time to teach. We feel that she is gifted, and are very concerned that there are way too many kids in her class, and that she will fall behind because of it. Overall, I would say that the school does not follow the 18:1 student teacher ratio, and that is very concerning.
My two daughters have had the most wonderful experiences at SSL. The administration, support staff, teachers, and parent organizations work collaboratively to provide the best education for our children. My girls have been so happy. While one is now starting middle school, I am proud that my younger one will continue to benefit from their love and dedication to our community. It is an amazing school with a beautiful campus and loving staff. It feels like an elite private school. Thank you Sunset Lakes Elementary!
I just found out that my friend's child was bullied and attacked in this school, and nothing was done about it. I pulled my two children out because my 4th grader was bullied the entire 2013-2014 school year and the principal and assistant principal didn't do anything. They would not answer my emails or phone calls. Sometimes I would even stand outside his office, but he would not acknowledge this serious issue. I am fortunate my kids got into Somerset Academy and we will never have to deal with Sunset Lakes again!
Complete lack of transparency. That's all I need to say. Go for a reassignment at another local school or apply for charter schools such as Somerset Academy.
Omg I went to this school from 1st-5th grade and am bow in 6th in Glades Middle. Sunset Lakes is the best. The teachers are very nice and now how to let loose and be fun, and the new principle, well, if you ever get stuck going to bush gardens with him on your bus, remind him there are water rides there. Just don't let him drag you onto one. There are always parties as rewards. This school really gives kids the fun so they want to go, but teach them the right things to succeed in things. Also to any parents who are worried about the rumors about Glades. Yah, they're are some fights. Like. 2 a month. But its a very nice school. Same thing as sunset lakes but the teachers are a bit..less loose. Hope this helped, seeing it from a childs point of view :)
I have two kids in the school since I moved from NJ. I have a first grader who's been here for 2 yrs and a prek who has been there for 2 yrs also. In Sept 2013 my oldest will go to second grade and my youngest will start Kindergarten. What can I say, I love it!!! Beautiful school inside, clean, large, great teachers, beautiful mac computer lab. The administration is wonderful very helpful. The bus program is great and my kids belong to another zone school (panther run) but I don't send them there its not as sophisticated or up to date (tech wise). The academics at Sunset Lakes is also one of a kind. Kuddos...I love this school....
This is my second year with this school. The teachers are great. My daughters 3rd grade teacher is great to work with, good with communication and listens to parents concerns. My daughter is doing well in this school. The only issue I have is it is quite unclear how the admin decides to place the child in regular or advanced class each year. My daughter got an overall 93% in reading and math in 2nd grade. but was not placed in the advanced class based on the overall performance. upon request and meeting with the counselor the answers are not very satisfactory. The school has a Champ math program, information related to this is not sent to the parents. It is not clear the selection criteria for this program.
I was pleased with Sunset Lakes, my child entered in kindergarten and just graduated this year! I feel I was very fortunate to have a 3rd and 4th grade teacher that was passionate about her job and cared individually for the progress of her students. It is all about staying involved and speaking up, I wish I had regarding his 1st and 2nd grade teacher, but he is thriving now.
This will be the 3rd year my daughter attends this school and I couldn't be happier. She started in 1st grade and is now entering 3rd grade. Facility itself is very well-kept and safe. Admin is very helpful & friendly. They're constantly doing events to keep children and parents engaged. Principal & AP were amazing! I hope this year is even better!
I love this school and especially feel that the real difference is my child's teacher. She is superwoman!! I am proud to say that she may be the one who he looks back and remembers fondly for changing his world. It's hard in any school until your child gets a teacher that he or she relates to. Thanks!!
My daughter has been in Sunset Lakes since Kindergarten. She will be graduating this year and I just want to say how pleased I am with this school overall. The school has solid administrative leadership and staff. She has been blessed with excellent teachers that really prepare them for middle school. This school is strong academically and my daughter has made great friends along the way.
I am more encouraged now that the new wing is open and has allowed for better class sizes. I was disappointed with my son's teacher in first and second grade and should have followed my instinct. He has a great teacher now, but he needs to catch up since he apparently didn't get exposure to some things last year.
My daughter is now on her 6th year at this school and has done very well academically. She also has been happy there.
My daughter attends sunset elementary school, she is doing very well, her teachers are absolutely wonderful and she gets the attention she needs from her teachers.
My son will be going to the 2nd grade for the 08-09 school year. The school and staff are great overall and the parent participation in school activities is outstanding. The parking and traffic situation during drop off/pick up could use improvement, which is a design issue-no reflection on the staff. Mrs. Racquel Gonzalez was my son's Kindergarten teacher and she made all the difference in the world with his transition into regular school. She is truly interested in her student's development and it is very obvious that she loves what she does. She should be commended on her genuine ability to relate to parents and more importantly, her students.
It is overcrowded. My son in 4th grade there are 42 students, 2 teachers for them. Too many kids. And the kids are stressed out with those FCAT that will not do anything for them in the future. Teachers are good.
This school is overcrowded! They are also not very accepting of parent involvment, I would love to help out in class but have been told 'no thank you.' Im looking for other options for my kids due to the class sizes here. One good thing about this school is Mrs Friedman, she was my daughters K teacher and she is fantastic!
Great school, too many students in the kindergarten class, 35 kids, too much!
This is a wonderful school with teachers that really care about the children!
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