Wonderful enviroment, excellent teachers. One fantastic school. I wouldn't have my children in any other East Orange school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The prekindergarten VE class is wonderful. So is the teacher and aides. Difficult to get 1-1 speech therapy.
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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