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Union Park Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 581 students

 

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Posted July 18, 2011

The Dual Language classes deserve lots of kudos. My major complaint about this school is that teachers expect the parents to do the teaching. It appears to me that many teachers send home the learing plan and expect the parents to instruct their children. Many parents do not have the skill to teach and the child could suffer. When a child is below average in a subject the teacher should focus on that weakness and provide more time for that subject. Union Park is a good school but not a great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

The school is extremely Diversified, the dual language program is a must for tomorrows successful student
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2009

Union Park Elementary is a diverse school. My children have excelled while attending Union Park. They have been involved in chorus and the instrumental group. This year Union Park Elementary made the grade of A. This speaks volumes for the efforts of the administrators and the teachers. I am a proud parent of two Union Park students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2008

Horrible school!!!!!!!! everything is about scores, the students here are just a number not an individual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2006

The school continues to thrive and parent involvement has increased in recent years. The staff and faculty at UPE truly care for our children and it's evident from the moment you step foot on campus with your child and see how many greet you and your child by name and with great enthusiasm! It's Special Needs Staff and Support Staff is truly amazing and I am grateful for their services and support for my son through his entire school career.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2006

Union Park Elementary is an awesome school! Our school has excellent teachers and an outstanding reading program!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 30, 2005

The school is great. I haven't had any problems with my child attending. The teachers are nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2005

not thrilled with this school
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 16, 2004

We had a child that attended this school from 1st grade to 5th. We have been happy with the school and would not wish that he had attended any other. We have a child that attends kindergarden and hopefully one more that will attend. Kudos to the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2004

I have two children that attend Union Park Elementary School. My youngest child is in 3rd grade this year while my oldest child is ending his stay at Union Park in 5th grade. Three years ago, the discipline problem at Union Park Elementary was to the point of 'inmates running the asylum.' The discipline administered at Union Park today is fair and consistent. The faculty and staff are committed to academic excellence for the children...not teaching to the test! Keep up the good work Mr. King and faculty! Get that 3rd A!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2004

This school has disciplined children to the point of bringing even the toughest of 5th graders to tears. Sure, it is an 'A' school, one that teaches to the test rather than the academic needs of the children attending it. Read the ratings of similar 'A' schools and see for yourself if the majority of the entries herein are likely inputs of teachers or parents. This school needs to be seen up close for a true analysis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2003

Union Park has become an atmosphere of learning for all of the children here. The Accelerated Reader Program, CCC, and character building are only a few of the motivational methods used to make it an academic success. The key is the teachers, administration, and PTA working together to provide a positive, disciplined, structured environment for the children. My husband and I are happy to have our daughter here and are even more thrilled to have our little one starting kindergarten this year. Union Park is the only school We want our children to attend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2003

great school and teachers!


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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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
40%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
40%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
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 "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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 69% 29%
White 19% 42%
Black 7% 23%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian 2% 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 83%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 84%66%61%
Master's degree 16%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Ruth Velazquez
Fax number
  • (407) 249-4416

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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1600 N Dean Rd
Orlando, FL 32825
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