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Sunset Lakes Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 821 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 Saturday, August 16, 2014

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2014

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2014

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

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 :)


Posted May 7, 2013

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....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2012

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2012

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2011

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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

My daughter is now on her 6th year at this school and has done very well academically. She also has been happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2007

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2006

Great school, too many students in the kindergarten class, 35 kids, too much!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2006

This is a wonderful school with teachers that really care about the children!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 9, 2006

Great School but it is a bit over crowded. I do not like such a filled classroom for my 5 year old son. I am looking more for a school with a smaller classroom size.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2006

My kids go to Sunset Lakes, they are in 1st grade and the teachers are not to motovated, specially now that this school is over crowded. They are doing team teaching and most of the teachers don't like it. My son is having troble with his reading and the teacher told me there is no help unles he is in 3rd grade, no tutoring or after school activities that could help him. Also the principle and vice principle don't like parents to help to much, they always look mad I guess you can say they are not too friendly.
—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 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 63% in 2014.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
90%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 56% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
75%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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.

157 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
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 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 49%
Black 20%
White 17%
Asian 11%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 23%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 42%53%61%
Master's degree 58%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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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Miramar, FL 33029
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