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Lawton Chiles Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 700 students

 

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Posted March 6, 2014

Since my daughters have attended this school I have nothing negative to say regarding their academic progress. My daughter's 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Aymat was always available and informed me of any additional academic resources to help my child. Now in 3rd grade I can see her teachers work very hard and do everything they can to motivate students. . As for my Kindergartener I am more than happy that her teacher Mrs. Perez worked really hard in ensuring that she is 1st grade ready before she went on Maternity. My only complaint is that there is so little parent involvement represented in the PTA meetings. It makes me sad to see so many families at dances, etc yet at PTA often there is less than 10 individuals. Meetings are only 1 time per month usually after 5pm and PTA is so so important. It provided information about your child's classroom grade, activities at school and how the money collected gets spent. Also you can bring your child and have them use the computer in the media center. If any parents are reading this please help support the PTA it really makes a difference in having more parent and even teachers involvements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2014

Ms Miranda is the best kindergarten teacher.Both of my children excelled in her classroom.Thank you Lawton Chiles!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2011

This is a great school. I have two children enrolled. My son is in 2nd grade and my daughter in 5th grade. They have been there for the previous year as well. The teachers and staff are excellent and are attentive to the needs of students. Their zero tolerance for bullying is great. Among the fantastic teachers such as Mrs. Hoyos, Mrs. Murphy, Ms. Gaumond, Mr. Schafer, Mrs. Carillo are only a few that I have had contact with and as a parent appreciate their great teaching skills!!! Awesome!!! Great School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2008

Very good school. The principle is very attentive, and takes full ownership of his school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2008

This is a wonderful school. My child had a great learning experience in 4th grade with Ms. Skoloski and Ms. Rick. These teachers were there for the student. I must admit at first I thought they were too challenging for students until I saw the progress my child was making throughout the year. These two teachers are demanding, but now I am so glad that my child was in their classes. I would like to see the office have better communication with parents. When calling the school most of the time, no one will answer the phone. It was also very difficult to get the vice principal to call you back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2008

From the outside Lawton Chiles looks like a great school and generally speaking it is good. There are definitely many excellent teachers, but the administration and support staff are weak. Unfortunately, the principal and assistant principal are more concerned about campus 'politics' than making decisions for the best interest of the staff and students.


Posted August 4, 2007

I absolutely LOVE this school and the efforts put forth by the majority of the faculty and staff. My child had Ms. Beaghley in K and Mrs. Joseph in first grade and my child, as well as the rest of the family ADORED them both. Keep up the good work LCES!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

Lawton Chiles has been a wonderful school for our daughter. Her first year I was a little concerned with the effort on the teachers part but first and second grade have made up for it ten fold. Mrs.Braga and Mrs. Shever have put a great deal of their own time and resources into their classes and it shows in the students love of learning. Keep up the great work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2007

LCES is a school that is helpful but I am not impressed with some of the staff members. The assistant principal is wonderful and inspiring to everyone she deals with at the school. They use a red circle system in the cafe, it does not do anything but anger the lunch room monitors. They need to find a better solution. It has not worked in three years. The pta has very few meetings and is mostly run by staff members. Don't expect quick help for ESE and Gifted testing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2006

This is my daughters 3rd year there and we love it. Everyone that you meet is very helpful. The lafter school program is wonderful...we love Ms. Donna for all her efforts to keep the kids occupied after school and during the summer. The teaching staff is great. Mrs. Braga did a wonderful job last year and Mrs. Shever seems to be just as wonderful! We feel it is going to be a great year for learning! I try to go on as many field trips as I can and they are great! Mr. G is the best principal! He is always around keeping an eye on everyone. Can't wait to see our grade this year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

This school is family/parent friendly. Teachers are wonderful; they are highly motivated which easily attracts the children to learn. They work with each child in reaching their individual potential. The teachers challenge the children appropriately. No child s gets bored. The surrounding neighborhood helps make this school; next to Waterford Shopping area, Lockheed Martin, beautiful subdivisions - where you can feel that the community cares about the environment for their children. We feel safe here knowing the surrounding neighborhood does not harbor sex offenders. If you ever visit the school you can sense that the students are very well behaved than other schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

This year I am very happy with my sons teacher. Mr. Hernan has been great with him. He lets me know how he can improve and how. My son likes going to school. The afterschool program is good too. The one thing I would like the school to improve on is if they are trying to get a hold of me(his mother) leave a message if I don't ansewer. there is nothing worse than being at work and seeing that the school has called but don't know why, then try to get a hold of someone not happening. I understand being busy, just please leave a message.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

My son transferred to Lawton Chiles from a private school a year ago. I worried at first,but I was pleasantly surprised that he had a much more personalized educational experience more tailored to his learning style. He was unable to cope socially with his peers at his old school, now he is a social butterfly and a honors student. Lawton is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best and learn to respect each others differences. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is very much in tune with all aspects of the school and is a good solid, positive leader who has the respect and support of his staff, students, and parents. We look forward to being a part of the Lawton Chiles family for many years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

This school is great; lots of diversity, good teachers, the principal is awsome(Mr.G.)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2005

Very good school. The faculty is always willing to walk the extra mile.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2005

This school has great music and art teachers. My son's fourth grade teacher was a real inspiration to us all. You give these teachers the support they need, and your children will do well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2005

It seems like a good school given the area it is in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2004

Not sure, but looks good according to scores listed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2003

'I really really like it a lot. This school has a lot of love,support,encouragement, and care to there students. The halls are broke down in color coordinated halls, and the music,art, P.E,etc. classes have there own class so thats very nice of them. I loved it a lot and I had to leave after 4th grade. I also still remember the theme song, We are the Lawtons the Lawton walkins and here today to say that we love.....etc. I miss so much, and this comment brings back memories to me. I am now in the 7th grade. Thank You!
—Submitted by a former student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
53%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
80%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
55%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
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
Hispanic 67%
White 17%
Black 11%
Asian 2%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 156%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 227%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 75%66%61%
Master's degree 25%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 6%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MS. SHEILA BURKE
Fax number
  • (407) 737-1471

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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11001 Bloomfield Drive
Orlando, FL 32825
Phone: (407) 737-1470

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