Students enrolled 643
Hours 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader MS. KATHY PETERSEN
Transportation options Yes
District Orange County School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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11550 Lokanotosa Trail
Orlando, FL 32817

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(407) 249-6410
(407) 249-4425
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4 stars
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June 09, 2014
I had so many issues with this school this past school year. The teacher my son had shouldn't be a teacher. He came home crying on a weekly basics. When ask to test my son for a learning disable I was always told that "it wasn't needed" and that "he's a boy, and he'll grow out of it". When I finally did have my son tested, (by his doctor, paid out of my own pocket) everything I was telling them I thought he had he did indeed have. This isn't a school for "special need children". If you can advoid sending your child there do!!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
I have 2 kids at Waterford: one in the Gifted program, one in a 504 Plan (and retained in 3rd Grade). So far I am very happy with the teachers, my child is NOT medicated and has been doing great with a lot of support and encouragement. Good and bad teachers, like anything else, can be found anywhere, anytime regrettably...

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2013
Absolutely horrendous! I was told by the asst. principal they would not work with me until I put my 5 year old on medication. The PTA is a joke. My son's teacher was more concerned with getting him out of her class than teaching him. I had to fight to get him tested for gifted after a year of telling her he was bored. The was no differentiated curriculum, in fact, she taught the whole class to the lowest, slowest student. She made a point of telling a number of parents they needed to medicate their children so she could 'handle them'. When I did get a 504 plan, she refused to enact it because 'it was too much work for her to have him sit up front'. The principal was never there and passed problems off to the asst principal who was over her head. We have pulled him from that school. in hopes of repairing the damage down to my sons education. Stay far away!! They get good FCAT scores by pushing lower preforming students into homeschooling.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
Waterford Elementary is pretty terrible. Part of their failures are not their fault. Rapidly changing demographics of the east Orlando area have led to a more 'diverse' population and cultures that do not value education nor discipline. The growth of the area apartments nearby full of transients and single-parent households have greatly contributed to the downfall of this once highly regarded school. The other part of their failures lie solely with the school. 'Teachers' fresh out of UCF that don't understand children nor how to teach. On the flipside, teachers with long tenure and union protection that know they can't be fired no matter what they do. Administrators that play favorites and do nothing when bullying and classroom incidents are reported. The lunchroom at this school is like an urban jungle (its every kid for themselves with no supervision). So glad that I moved my child out of this negative environment. Do your child a favor and consider another school (outside of Orlando if you can).

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2013
Worst public school. If you can get your child into a different school you should really consider. Spelling gets tossed out after second grade and they believe that it is ok b/c they can use spell checks.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2012
Mr. Lindlau is the best thing that has happened to this school in 15 years.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2012
My son received speech services from 2009 to 2011 at Waterford Elementary. His speech pathologist was wonderful! Loved her. However, the front office staff were unfriendly and didn't even greet you. They acted as if they were doing you a favor. Also while waiting for my sons sessions to be completed I overheard on at least three occasions two different teachers ridculing and belittling other kids...Needless to say I sent my child to private school.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2012
This school is great. The principal is awesome. He is very open and I have seen his interaction with the students. It is great. His fith grade teacher is super. My son enjoys going to school and is challenged and the meet his educational requirements.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2012
My children have been at Waterford for the past 5 years and I could not be happier. We have had amazing teachers and administration. The principal knows all 800 children by name. He is very involved and responds immediately to any questions I have. The school has created classes for children that are excelling to challenge them in new ways. My oldest child was well prepared for middle school. I and my children have been very happy.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2011
I Have my son in third grade at Waterford lakes elementary, and I have to say, my disappointment goes above and beyond. His teacher not only does the bare minimum but also has not interest in listening or working with the parents. Also the so call Principal of the school has no intention of helping the kids, when I approach him with concerns about my son education like the lack of spelling, his answer was, that kids don't need to learn spelling anymore since there are computer programs that fix spelling errors. My question is now, are they going to stop teaching math, because there is a magic little box called calculator that does math for you. Answer like that coming from a principal I've never expect. This School lacks of a good principal that does not play favoritism and is in for the children. I am highly disappointed with this school and the rating that has to me is not real. I am not saying all teachers there are bad, but the principal and the 3rd grade teacher that my son has are awful, and I know every other mother from that school had told me she is consider to be the worst teacher in the school. Not worth taking your kids here with that kind of principal.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2011
My daughter is in first grade at Waterford. My experience with Waterford thus far has been great. They do faulter a bit in communication but nothing to write home about. For example, it would be nice to know about Friday's meet the teacher event sonner that 3-4 days prior. One thing all parents must understand is that this is Florida and we are not known for our fantastic public education system. In any system, YOUR PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IS KEY TO YOUR CHILD'S SUCCESS. You will come across "bad" teachers in every school, it is your job as a parent to work with your children after school each day. Waterford has been an "A" rated school for several consecutive years and I am getting exactly what I expected from them which is a solid elementary school base. Before kindergarten, I searched and researched private schools in the area. Based on my assessment of these schools and conversations I had with several other Waterford parents, the quality of education provided at Waterford makes it futile to spend thousands of dollars to send your kids to school elsewhere, unless of course a faith-based education is your preference.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2011
I am fairly torn on this school, but then again, I might just be rating something they cannot help. Let's face it, Florida is the worst state in the country for education. Everyone is going to have a bad teacher from time to time, I get that, and that person will be forgotten about in time. There are some teachers who are absolutely called to teach, and some who are just "instructors" and the extracirricular portions of being a "teacher" aren't there. This school lacks a sincere communication ability. It is very "Stepford Wives" in their approach. You are dealing with a team of people that will refuse to accept that an outsider may have a better idea than they do, but its expected when you're dealing with a substantial population of suburbanite yuppies. The schooling is great, but I don't know how we can grade that, when teachers are practically reading standard booklets and learning platforms like robots. I feel sorry for the teachers in FL. Unfortunately, their stepford wives/brainwashed approach doesn't allow for much "discussion". When they say the want to "work with the parent" They mean "we want you to do what we say not offer suggestions" Problem solving is a weak spot here.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
My daughter has been at Waterford Elementary since Kindergarten; she is now in the 5th grade there. Waterford is a really great school and are truly caring for their students!

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April 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2009
My son second teacher in the beginning of the year was very attentive and checked their homework. However since the beginning of January the teacher has not shown interest anymore in teaching.I believe the amount of students in a class could sometimes be overwhelming.But,not an excuse for teachers not to get more involved with kids Academics.It seems like they are there just to collect their paycheck. I don't see my son's teacher trying to help those kids which are having problems and are at risk of failing.The Principal needs to get more involved with teachers and families not just at PTA meetings.This school also lacks a lot of extracurricular activities and sportsmanship and in my consideration this school has too many young teachers and a lot of them truly don't care about spending extra time to teach or help those kids with needs.

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February 11, 2009
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January 29, 2008
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October 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
We came to Waterford in the middle of the 2006-2007 school year. We came from the #1 magnet school in America. We were concerned about finding a school that would be able to meet our expectations. Waterford Elementary did that and so much more. Our daughter joined class after the new year and hit the ground running. She had such wonderful teachers and is happier than she's ever been in school. The focus on academics is wonderful as is the focus on making good grades, which is something that is not easy to find these days. My knowledge of the administration is limited but the one area I did recognize and appreciate is the communication between the school and the families is superb! This is the key element (in my opinion) that makes a good school great. This is something even the #1 magnet school in America is lacking!

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July 16, 2007
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June 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2007
I have 3 children at this school currently and I am very pleased. Dr. Cunningham is always accessible to parents. She has done an incredible job keeping this school an 'A' based on some of the demographic changes this school has seen in recent years. The teachers at Waterford are amazing and my kids I truly feel my kids are receiving a top notch education.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2007
I think overall, this school is above average, however, I think too much emphasis is placed on the FCAT, and preparing only for that. I personally would like to see more homework come home, with assignments both in and out of class that encourage students to be more creative and imaginative. I find 'I' have to fill in the gaps myself with my child at home, drawing from material I have to seek out. I also would like to see 'summer packets' come home with Every grade level, that keeps the kids busy all summer long, so that they don't forget most of what they learned in the previous year. Maybe reward them somehow when they return to school with the packet completed. It seems they have to waste more time in the new year with 'refresher assignments', when they could be moving on more.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
Waterford is a great school but needs more extracurricular activity options for kids below 5th grade.

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November 13, 2005
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September 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
I think Waterford is one of the best schools in Orange County. The student to teacher ratio this year is excellent. I have two children that go to Waterford and the class size is 15 for both. This ratio will really help the kids learn and it will offer some one-on-one time for the kids as well. I think the principal, Dr. Cunningham, does a tremendous job. I find her to be accessible, caring, and genuinely concerned about the children. She has a tough job and she is balancing so many delicate issues. I would rate the academic program as a 4/5. I see many volunteers at the school. You have to be persistent and fill out all of the paperwork.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
I have mixed feelings about the school. As for the office staff, Elda is the best, she really cares. My daughter, now in Discovery, and my son, still at this school have always gone to this school. The major complaint is the lack of teacher empathy towards the students. I agree with the previous review about the negative influence of some kids from the neighboring complex and the lack of communication with the principal. This year, his last, , finally, my son got a great teacher. His second grade teacher, Ms. Egendorfer, was also the best. I also agree that kids are not given the recess necessary and are 'punished' or rewarded with it. Kids do need a break just as we do. Not having one might worsen the situation by making them tired and act up.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Wonderful enviroment, excellent teachers. One fantastic school. I wouldn't have my children in any other East Orange school.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2005
Waterford has always been a good School, I use to like the teacher to child attention. Yet their are so many people moving into the area I'm not sure that it is still that way.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
I have been very satisfied with this school. Few problems in my opinion would be that I believe that the principal does not want the parents to be as involved as they would like, unfortunately. K only had 2 field trips for the year. Besides the principal and lack of field trips the school is great, wonderful teachers.

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June 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
The school is becoming, like most everything in this area, too crowded. Bullying is becoming a problem as children from the subsidized apartment complex nearby, many who are 'latchkey' kids and have serious behavioral issues, try to establish dominance, etc. This used to be a wonderful school, now the teachers are more like babysitters, and the curriculum is geared entirely to the FCAT.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
Considering the socio-economic make-up of this school, it's amazing that they do so well on FCAT's every year. The availability of art, music and PE is questionable - they are grouped in with math, science, and computer 'specials' on a weird '4 days of each' program that may result in months where a class may not have art or music. This is not a school where art and music are considered benificial to the student's ability to learn other subjects. Recess is optional - teacher's choice - again, the importance of this to children who need down time is de-emphasized. The current principle is not 'warm and fuzzy' towards either the students or the parents, and pro and anti 'camps' have developed resulting in a lot of tension. She has been described as 'heavy handed and rigid'. FCAT score have remained good under her 'reign' though.

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no rating May 13, 2005
It's one of the best school of the area.

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May 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2005
Excellent teachers who care and love to teach the children. My daughter went to a private school in Tampa before I moved to Orlando and I think the level of the academic program is higher at Waterford Lakes Elementary than at the private school. A+ in my report card.

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April 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2005
My daughter went here for K. She loved going to school every day, And I was very happy with the way the teacher gave their students such great attention.

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April 03, 2005
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March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2005
It's my daughter's first year at Waterford, and I'm very happy with the level of education she's receiving. Waterford has great teacher's.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2004
Great school, but as with many Florida schools, they 'teach to the test' -- the all-powerful FCAT, that is. However, teachers are wonderful and very dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2004
Education had always being at the top of my list when it came to my 9 y.o. daughter. We had relocated to this new city/State and I wanted a school who was very strong academically and morally. My daughter had never gone to a public school prior to this and I was also concern about the standard of the school/students. Mine and my daughters fears were soon relinquished. The teachers at Waterford were wonderful and so were the students and I can say that is greatly contributed by the vast parent/community participation and involment in the school. My daughter progressed academically and socially and was proud to be a wild cat.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2004
Parent involvement is incredible! My son's class didn't have enough volunteers. They couldn't go to their end of the year party for lack of parent chaperones! Most parents work and don't have the time for their kids.

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no rating May 17, 2004
The prekindergarten VE class is wonderful. So is the teacher and aides. Difficult to get 1-1 speech therapy.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2004
I believe that Waterford Elementary has fantastic teachers. Their staff and administration are easily accessible. I can't imagine my son going anywhere else.

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Waterford Elementary School
11550 Lokanotosa Trail, Orlando, FL  32817
(407) 249-6410
Last modified Waterford Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Waterford Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top