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PK-8
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Orlando, FL
Students enrolled: 745

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2900 Logandale Drive
Orlando, FL 32817

(407) 672-3110
(407) 672-1310
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October 30, 2014
Leadership in this school is pure evil,the principal and demonic dean are well trained on covering up the truth even if it's for the well being of child. They try uphold a perfect image.They do not have the children's best interest in mind.All the principal and staff care about is a fake perfect school image.Beware if your child goes here.....

- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2014
this school is the worst i've ever been to the teachers push you around forcing you to do homework, all that makes my bed time go off untill 12:00 am

- submitted by a community member
June 16, 2014
This school needs more help to properly work with special needs kids. Elementary school special needs teachers are overwhelmed, have no permanent assistants.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
This school is in Federal violations - IDEA, is really sad because our special needs kids can have more from them, they are just like a Day Care for them.

- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2014
I have to admit, my school is awesome even if I don't like school in general. The staff really cares about you. You actually learn here. I have been in this school since kindergarten and next year will be my last year. I'm going to miss this school. So many friends and great memories and even some bad ones but thats okay. I love Arbor Ridge.

- submitted by a community member
December 04, 2013
I am a seventb grade student here it is an amazing school the teachers are wonderful as Wells atheists whole staff the students here are so nice I have been here since kindergarten and everyone gas a friend no fights no bullies best school ever

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2013
I hate this school. Their grades are high because they hold back the kids that challenge the teachers ability to teach. Most kids are held back right before hitting FCAT testing grades so that it will not impact the schools rating. Most of the teachers will sweet talk you in to thinking the children are better of being held back but is is only to not lower scores. Be forewarned.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2013
Arbor Ridge is the best educational facility I have ever been involved with. My son has been there from K-8 and received great instruction and caring. His academic excellence is due to the high standards of all staff and the commitment they have to developing a child into a responsible, excelling student. Thanks for the support, fun, and learning over the years.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2013
Fantastic school. My son is currently in first grade and is currently in a ASD classroom. The principle is encouraging of the special needs students and everyone works towards inclusion. I trained as a IEP advocate (the school doesn't know) and every IEP meeting I go to they are already suggesting interventions before I can. One of the best OCPS elementary and middle schools for children with autism. We are making sure we are not going to move just to stay near this school. They are moving towards inclusion next year for my son in a co teaching classroom with staffing support.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2013
School has fantastic PTSA, caring and educated staff, fantastic administration. Poor ratings below are unfortunately due to disgruntled individuals who could not bully the school staff to get their way or were not able to hear anything negative about their children. No one is "trained" to cover up mistakes however, everyone is expected to treat students with love, respect and equality. Therefore, every child deserve equal focus.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2012
I have nothing good to say about this school. Principal and teachers are rude and very unprofessional. They only care about themselves and love to cover up their mistakes. They are very well trained to do this.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2010
Don't judge a book by it's cover. The school may be old and dirty and my kids try not to use the bathrooms, but we love it. The principal is a keeper and my kids like that EVERYONE has to follow the rules. The classes are tough! Slackers need not apply. Homework is as much a part of your life as breathing which is why the FCAT scores are so great. AR is slated to get a new building soon so the bathroom thing is only for a little while longer. I have 3 kids there now and can't WAIT to get my youngest in there too. Hopefully she'll win the lottery like my others.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
Arbor Ridge is the greatest school ever! Though their rules are rather strict at times, it prevents the school (specifically the middle school) from being like any normal school. I am never afraid to walk in the hallways alone, or to even walk from class to class. The academics are great, I love the one on one attention and the challenges that are thrown at me. I truly feel I am prepared for high school in another year!

- submitted by a student
no rating November 10, 2009
My youngest son was lucky enough to go to Arbor Ridge from k-8th grade, it was the best thing that could have happened to him. The teachers really took an interest in him as well as every other student in the school. My son lost his dad in the 6th grade and had a really hard time with it. The family at ARS were wonderful to him. They took a really sad time and helped me to turn it around. Two of my granddaughters attend one in 1st grade and one in the 7th. I cannot say enough about the school, the staff, the teachers etc. I was blessed to have my son there for 8 years and he is excelling becasue of the school and the staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 18, 2009
In comparison to other Orange County public schools I had to deal with, the staff at Arbor Ridge seemed to really care about the students and family and wanted what was best for everyone as a whole. I do wish that Orange County Public Schools would get their schools to have the same guidlines accross the board, it would make for a less confusing experience, especially for those new to the area. In comparison to other public schools I've had experience with in other states, even Arbor Ridge, probably the best in Orange County, is far lacking the proper resources needed for today's students. Florida really needs to figure out that educating kids right today will lead to a better future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I have been a teacher and parent at Arbor Ridge since 1994. I think the school is one of the best in Orange County. The teachers and staff provide the children with the best education possible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Starting from the Principal to the teacher. They're caring individuals that work hard to see every student excel.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2008
We moved here from another state about four months ago. I am very dissappointed in the school. They focus too much on the FCATS. Every child learns at their own pace, don't force it on them so much. He had great work and behavior at his old school. Every since he started its been nothing but bad according to the teacher. I have no problems at home. I think if the teacher cannot handle the students they need an assistant in the class so the children get more attention which his other school had, I think that made a big difference.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2007
Arbor ridge is a wonderful school, with wonderful staff that take pride of there school.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
Arbor Ridge is an excellent school with teachers who go beyond the call of duty to ensure the students succeed. Since 1992, both my boys attended from Kindergarten through 8th grade. (My eldest graduated IB from Winter Park High and is now finishing his sophomore year at FSU.) My youngest is finishing 8th grade. Both principals, former Principal Mr. Ralph Hewitt and current principal Ms. Paige Tracey are extremely dedicated individuals and it shows. There could be more extra-curricular activities and P.E. for Middle School, but I have no complaints about the Academics. Kudos to Arbor Ridge for their dedicated teachers and staff and for laying the education foundation that has prepared my sons for high school, college, and beyond. You're the greatest!

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2007
Not very satisfied: Poor attendance at the pta. Administration does not foster open communication, and imposes decisions. Web site not updated. Academics: driven by cat testing! Stress on reading in lower grades k-2, over writing and math; upper grades: strong curriculum, but no good facilities and labs. Do not recommend!

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2006
Arbor Ridge School is a great school! The teachers really want the students to be successful, and not just for the FCAT. Unfortunately, the school is getting older.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2006
I was so disappointed in this school. This is supposed to be an awesome school and it was far from it. I can't even begin to tell you all the problems I have had with the principal. There was no communication between the principal, teachers and parents. I do not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2006
I have three children in Arbor Ridge,one in 1st,one in 5th,and the oldest is entering the sixth grade.I can only hope the middle school is as good as the elementary school.So far they have all had great experiences.They truly look out for all the children,their Exceptional Education programs are known to be among the best in Orange County,and I hear their gifted programs are good,too.It would be nice if they had more sports,especially in the Middle School.Basketball would be especially popular,I have heard alot of children complain that all they have is track.Overall,though,it is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2006
We love this school! Could not have asked for better teachers. The teachers brought each childs gift out. The acedemics were great - extra help provided when needed. (the teacher approached us) Harder work was given when the student could handle it. There could be more parent involvement and the campus looks very sad. But the education is top. I'm sorry that the school only goes to 8th grade. They are lacking for any real sports programs for the middle school. Also no PE classes for the middle school - which is when they kids really need it. Would like to see that change. They work well with the SLD and Gifted kids. The only way to get into the middle school program is through a lottery system. Take a chance and try to get your child in - it is a fantastic school. Great Safety/no tolerance for fights/trash talk.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
It needs more parent and teacher involvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2006
So far I am deeply dissapointed in this school. I just moved here form across town from a very good school called Sunrise. This is supposed to be a Magnet School, for what? I have nothing positive to say.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2005
Arbor ridge is a very good shool. The staff beleives in helping the kids to learn and it pays off.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
Not only is Arbor Ridge a fantastic schools that prepares children perfectly for high school the school has a very family like atmosphere and makes the kids feel highly cared for. I would recommend the middle school acedemic program to anyone, when children go on to highschool from Arbor Ridge they are at the top of there class and the statistics show that.

- submitted by a student
May 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2005
Our first year in the state of florida after moving down from N.Y. proved to be a positive move(04-05 school year). Although My son has not received the testing I have requested since day one. Arbor Ridge has proven to me that it's the teachers that are to blame not the school. My son is in first grade and was having a very hard time in school untill i requested a class change. My wish was honored after several attempts to maintain him in the same class room. He is now doing better. My daughter who is in kindergarden is over and beyond my expectations. I truly think that Arbor Ridge needs to take a close look at their first grade teachers and let go of the one's that are awaiting retirement. - From a parent that hope to see some changes.

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April 01, 2005
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April 01, 2005
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March 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2004
good school, need to up the ex. cur. activitys.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2004
I am a parent of a 3rd grader and 7th grader at this Magnet School. The principal at Arbor Ridge is a warm, caring woman who truly loves what she does. She cares about her staff, which makes for a warm, and inviting school. There are many opportunities for the students to engage in social activities, with assemblies and contests. One of the most positive aspects at Arbor Ridge is the interaction between the older and younger students, both gaining social skills and valuable knowledge from each other. The school's 2003-2004 motto 'We Are Family' is very apparent. Although there is not as much parent support as there should be, the parents who are involved are an invaluable asset!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2004
Arbor Ridge like all other public schools in Orange County have sold out to the FCAT. I am sick and tired of my child learning only what is necessary to pass an FCAT test! A good teacher has more to offer than their knowledge of filling in a bubble!! What a corrupt system we have allowed to consume our public schools. Our children are nothing more than dollar signs in the race to achieve an 'A' rating! I for one would rather be a 'B' school that taught good old fashioned fundamentals...Reading, Writing, Arithmatic over a drone that can fill in a bubble. Remember parents.....monkeys can fill in a bubble. It takes a great teacher and admininstration that allows that freedom for our children to think for themselves and think outside the bubble!

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2004
My children have been at Arbor Ridge since January 1998. We have had a wonderful experience there! Both were in the pre-K program and now are in third grade and kindergarten. We have had only excellent teachers who are very involved in the students learning! The only thing I don't like are the portables, but hey, welcome to Florida! I am hoping to keep my children there through the eigth grade, that is how great I think the school is!

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2004
Both of my kids attend the Magnet Program at Arbor Ridge. I can't say enough about the teachers. I think that they do an excellent job challenging the students and raising the expectations for the students. As for the Dean of Students, he is exceptional with the students. I belive he is a great asset to that school and as a parent, I am thankful that my children are under his guidance for discipline. Truly express with school and students. Kudos to everyone there.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2003
I think the comment about all the portables in a neg. way is uncalled for being that in Florida, many of the new schools are made that way for the purpose of being able to expand!! Second, the comment about only one other child showed up for meet the teacher, seems very odd when you can't even find a place to park that day, and it doesnt last the 10 min only that many of us stay. Third, this school is a great A school for a reason, much better than many schools out there! No teacher is perfect and there are bad ones everywhere, but give the 99 percent of the teachers out there that work hard the reward they need and deserve!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2003
if have found that the teachers are either exceptionally good or exceptionally bad. one teacher in each grade is a very poor example for the students while the rest of the instructors can hopefully makeup for that short coming. (had students from 4th-8th grades)

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2003
I have to admit I was very worried with my daughter's first class. There are 21 children in it, 15 of which are boys. I'm very upset at this and know there are 4 other classes where the gender is balanced. Our daughter does not relate well with boys at all. Only one other girl even showed up for the meet the teacher, so the ratio may be worse than I thought. We found out it's too late to do anything about it a week before school starts. Advice to new parents out there, get a list of the other children first. Besides that, every classroom is a portable :(

- submitted by a parent
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Arbor Ridge K-8
2900 Logandale Drive, Orlando, FL  32817
(407) 672-3110
Last modified Arbor Ridge K-8 is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Arbor Ridge K-8 Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top