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Avalon Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 943 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 16, 2014

Avalon is a great school. The teachers care about their students and the staff is friendly and approachable. Although many parents commented on the gifted program, I also believe the focus and support for struggling students or those with an IEP is also excellent. I had two kids go through Avlaon, one needed additional support in reading and math and the other didn't. The one who needed additional support received free tutoring after school and additional reading support during school. Both my kids were challenged and their education excelled. The one who struggled with school was once a C/D student. He is now an A/B student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2014

PTO control this school with the principal being the ringleader. If you are not part of the click, your child will be left behind. They are focus on the children being robots and cranking out perfect grades and making the appearance of a good school. look elsewhere for a good school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

My child is gifted student. And Avalon Elementary gift class is all day learning with only gifted students, so the curriculum and learning might be different from the Stone Lake Elementary (gifted class offered but not all day setting). I really love Avalon Elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

My kids and I love this school!! This school have good teachers and good leaders (Mrs. Sanders and Mr. Vega) that really care on education. I'm happy they are learning and at the same time enjoying everyday here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2013

The self contained gifted classes provide such unique opportunities for kids who are gifted (or high achievers). If they were left in the regular classrooms, they might not get the attention they need and might just be bored. I wish other schools will follow Avalon's model.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2013

Here we go again, all they focused on this whole year is the big Teacher Trip to Peru. Not focused on learning at all, just look at facebook...the proof is there. It is amazing to me the school lobbies for a grant/donation for a teacher trip instead of for the students. What about all the kids who can't afford the "required ipad."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2013

I like Avalon Elementary School because it's current technology- wise. They have great teachers that have the experience and attitude to have kids happy to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2010

This is a good school, but used to be better. Teachers are focused on their big group trip to China, not enough on student learning. I'm sure FCAT scores will still be high since the school teaches for the test.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2010

Overall a great school. PTO is a little lack luster this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2009

Awesome school, great learning enviornment, very supportive!!! Gifted program is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2009

This school is amazing! Number 1 in the county and 12th in the state...fabulous job Avalon! Keep up the good work. We are so lucky to live in this school's district. Great teachers and staff, involved parents, wonderful PTO. It doesn't get better than this!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2009

I am extremely picky when it comes to education, and I can't find a bad thing to say! I changed jobs shortly after moving to the area and have chosen an hour commute each way for the past 3 years rather than moving my child. The gifted program is all-day instruction and is the best in the state!! I have peace of mind with her there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2008

Avalon is a wonderful school! You can't get better than this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

I really love this school. I can't imagine sending my children anywhere else. They are not in gifted or in the lower end, but they do get all the attention they deserve!!! I see all children in this school getting equal opportunity. All the teachers my kids have had have been fabulous. Everyone, even the administration is so caring. I think the principal knows every child by name. This school has a very warm and loving environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2008

Avalon is the best school in the land! I cannot imagine sending my child to any other school. The staff and teachers really care about each and every student. I have found this school to be very parent friendly, even to working parents like me. The school really goes out of it's way to make communicate and meetings easy for my schedule. My daughter is needs extra help and gets everything she needs here. Last year she was even offered free tutoring to get her back up to grade level. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

Go Mariners! I can't say enough great things about this school, it is the best! My children are getting a fantastic education and are kept safe every day. Even with all the cut backs this year, this school hasn't missed a beat. It seems like even with all the county budget cuts that Avalon didn't feel it very much, or at least they haven't shown it. I think the administration is very creative to keep everything the same for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2008

Avalon is the best school ever! My children love going to school and always come home excited about the happenings in their classroom. My older child is excited for Kidstown to begin and is already planning his 'business' to run. I've had four kids go throught this school and we have never experienced any problems with bullying like in other schools. There are so many opportunities for parents to be involved, it is a wonderful school. The office staff is friendly and very helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

Avalon Elementary has been such a disappointment. There are a lot of bullies and the administration does nothing about it. Avalon seems to be a very transient environment. We are going to move back to the Stone Lakes District. Much higher quality school! As a former school teacher, I can tell you my child did not flourish at Avalon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

I really don't know if I'm the only unlucky one but my two kids teachers in the last two years (this is my third) have been marginal, the staff is ok, the PTO parents are too controlling. The principal is very good but needs to keep some control and not believe that everything is so great as it seems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2008

My kids absolutely love their school! Their teachers have been dedicated, creative and effective, and the staff are excellent at every level.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

161 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

159 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%
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.

159 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

158 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

159 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
92%
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.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

165 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

165 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
78%
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.

143 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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 "A".
  • 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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 55%
Hispanic 30%
Asian 6%
Black 5%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 66%66%61%
Master's degree 34%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

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13500 Tanja King Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32828
Phone: (407) 207-3825

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