Students enrolled 943
School leader MRS. PAMELA SANDERS
Transportation options Yes
District Orange County School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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13500 Tanja King Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32828

(407) 207-3825
(407) 207-3828
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4 stars
Based on 66 ratings

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October 17, 2014
Great community. The majority of the teachers are excellent. Administration only cares about test scores. Sanders is only about the money and I would agree, sees kids as dollar signs. Teachers are beat down by the administration. School would be better regardless of test scores due to involved parents. The support administration is weak. Vega doesn't have backbone. Not a leader but a puppet to the principal. Have to give it a one because a school is only as good as their leadership. The school was fantastic-but there is a palpable change and it is not for the better. Choose a neighboring school instead-Timber Lakes or Stone Lakes. Happier kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2014
Most all of the teachers at this school are great. I wish I could rate the school solely on the teachers. Unfortunately that positive is overshadowed by the administration, specifically the school principal, Pam Sanders. She is highly focused on test scores and that is it. High performance on tests dominate the atmosphere and excludes anything else. There appears little, if any, time for fun and developing a love of learning. Furthermore, I feel the principal sees my child as a dollar sign. I feel this school would be better if there was leadership that respected each child for all their abilities, rather than what test score they bring to the school. They actually posted student names on their marquee that had perfect state tests results. To me school is about more than a test score and the over emphasis unappealing. I had a neighbor move to get away from the testing emphasis that she felt was particularly high at this school. It is unfortunate because this is a great neighborhood with great kids. I think more parents would be involved if there were a more approachable and empathetic leadership. I hope any future administration will run things differently.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
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
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
April 05, 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
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.

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no rating 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
January 21, 2010
Overall a great school. PTO is a little lack luster this year.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2009
Awesome school, great learning enviornment, very supportive!!! Gifted program is amazing.

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no rating 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
no rating 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.

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January 21, 2009
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November 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2008
Avalon is a wonderful school! You can't get better than this.

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no rating 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
November 02, 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.

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October 31, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
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
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.

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April 17, 2008
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September 17, 2007
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no rating August 27, 2007
This is an amazing school, My family has moved around quiet a bit due to changing circumstances and My son who is now in 5th grade has been to 5 different elementary schools. It is his second year at Avalon elementary and we will not be leaving..it has been the best experience both academically and socially, the teachers and staff are wonderful as well as the students that attend. It has exceeded all expectations I have come to have for schools..I feel I am sort of an expert having been to so many .Avalon Park is by far the best school my son has attended

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
My son has been a student here for the past 3 years and he loves it. He has not miss one day of school since, and he has exceeded academically by being in a gifted class for the past 2 years. We have one more year to go and he'll be sad when it's time to leave this school. Staff is very friendly, they know all children by name and teachers and principals are the best!

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May 10, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
December 03, 2006
Avalon elementary is by far the best school in orlando! The principal is the key- the teachers love their job and it shows! My child has had a superior education there, and has been encouraged to learn- in a positive- esteem building manor, that will forever help develop his achedemic/ career path in life. Avalon's 'yes I can' motto, and the wonderful communication between parent/ teacher and principal is outstanding. My childs needs (and mine) have been met each step of the way, and as a volunteer I see each and every child getting the same time and attention. It is a wonderful school for 'gifted' children, the only problem is it will raise your expectations for other schools to come. Other neighboring schools, have not had as favorable comments from parents. With out a doubt I would recommend avalon elementary to everyone!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2006
At first, the I felt that the administration was too strict. But then you see that it is just a safe secure place for kids too learn.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
While my two children have done very well at Avalon and the staff thus far has been fantastic, I have concerns. The student body is very large and thus PE and other such activities are only available on a rotating basis with weeks between them. The problem also comes into play at lunchtime with some students not eating until almost 1PM. Overall though I am pleased with the school and it's faculty.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2006
I feel my son is fortunate to attend this school. The administrators are wonderful! The teachers are happy, and my son is learning. Academically I can't complain, I love the incorporation of Kids Town.

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January 25, 2006
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January 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2005
Excelent education, great teachers, fantastic leadership and outstanding parent involvement, but more volunteers needed due to the amount of children. Sad we don't have music instructors anymore. Excellent PTA leadership, Kudos to the Alvarado family. Fantastic idea grouping the gifted, what a challenge for teachers and students. Hopefully the new Stoneybrook school will be as committed and able to work together with Avalon. Congrat's Mariners on your A+, we will miss you next year!

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2005
Wonderful school, excellent teachers, caring environment

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2005
Our daughter has been a student for 3 years and each year confirms our decision to relocate to Avalon. The staff has done and outstanding job managing the explosive growth and keeping the focus on providing an excellent learning enviornment. Of course it helps that parental involvement is well above average.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
I love the Mariners! Read Read Read! Mrs Sanders is a nice principal. Great job!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2005
I have two children at this school. 1st and 3rd grade. Even though I am unhappy with the number of students attending the school I understand the quick growth in the area and I am very impressed that the school turned out #1 in orange county in the fcats and I am proud that my children attend this school. The teachers we have had have all been top notch. There are always unavoiding and unforeseeable problems everywhere you go, it's how it's handled is how I would rate the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2005
Absolute top-notch school. The leadership is visionary and the staff/faculty highly motivated and driven to excellence.Very crowded though.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Our son started there in 2002 as a Kindergartener. It is clearly THE BEST public school in Orlando. In spite of the unbelieveable growth of the student population, the staff and administration have not only maintained high expectations, they have continually raised the bar. The principal has hired and retained an impressive staff, and the school offers many innovative programs. Avalon also reaches out to the community and consistently has thousands (that's right, thousands) of family members who participate in school activities like the Bookfairs, the Sock Hop, Meet the Teacher and the Spring Festival.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Avalon is the top elementary school in Orange County in a wonderful neighborhood. Very good academics, team spirit, parental involvement. Gifted and special needs programs. Wish they had a better program for kids not elegible for gifted program, but who are very smart and need more of a challenge than regular classroom work.

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August 04, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
August 04, 2005
Good school, dedicated teachers, nice facilities except for the amount of portables on campus. Quality hasn't been affected because of the ratio control imposed by law. Parking can be a problem when next door church is built.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
Avalon Elementary is one of the best elementary school in Orlando as far as I am concerned. The community is beautiful, the administration is outstanding and the teachers and parents are ultra involved.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2005
The quality of academics excel the state standards. There are various extracurricular and the involements of parent are always excepted and well received.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
We've been in this school ever since it opened in 2001 and I've been more impressed each year with the school. I think it has wonderful leadership from the administration and a great group of teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2005
this is one of the very best school in the Orlando area.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2005
Avalon has been a blessing for my child. He had been mistreated by older students at [another school], I explained what happen to the Avalon principle and she told my son one on one, that if at anytime he feel frighten or scared to leave what ever he was doing and come straight to her. She has done more then just been there for him she really cares about the kids. His special ed teachers ARE THE VERY BEST and he has made great progress. And this school like all the rest in Florida are forced to focus on FCAT to keep their rating and funds.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Avalon Elementary school overall is a good school with fun activities, however I am disappointed that they already have over 32 portables and the school is only a few years old. Orange County does not plan ahead for growth in their schools. This only hurts the children. The school does have fun activities for children and families together. The office staff is not very friendly, but most of the teachers I've met are.

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March 31, 2005
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March 21, 2005
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March 18, 2005
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February 26, 2005
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February 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2005
Excellent community invovement.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2004
I was happy with the teacher when my kid was there. But the school is not parent friendly. They try to keep you apart. I personally do not like that. Is like they were hidding something. That only my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2004
The school is run like a military, they are suspicious of anyone. The principal seems to be 'in charge'. Their mission statement says they want to empower us, parents, to be lifelong learners, go figure! I always tries to get involve but Avalon proves difficult. They don't seem to welcome parents. They emphasized school spirit, to the extreme, with high school cheerleaders taking precious instruction time to perform at their school. Ronald MacDonald visited too, talk about marketing fast food to our kids! Next, they are political correct, to celebrate christmas, they call it a holiday tree - you are not allowed to hang religious ornament, you are told to hang boats, sailors, fish etc. because in their own words '...we are respectful of all religions...We will not place any religious ornaments on the tree'. What an irony. Beware of schools with closed door that rules with an iron fist.

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July 05, 2004
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no rating May 25, 2004
I have a 2nd grader and a 5th grader at Avalon Elementary School. We have not been here but 2 months so I don't really know a whole bunch about the school. My 2nd grader loved it but the same is not true for my other child. I think it is a difficult age to move or be new at any school. His teacher did his best to help him fit in but he struggled with math and science. (He was behind at his prior school). All in all it was a good school.

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May 25, 2004
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May 23, 2004
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May 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2004
Seems like a great school. Godson will be attending next year! Very excited!

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May 02, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2004
Avalon is a very good school, but we started out at Sunrise and I still think of Sunrise as a better school. I think the test scores prove this out too. Avalon is very standoffish and 'cliqish'. There is an army of mostly mom-volunteers in that school everyday, free to come and go, look at your child's work all they want. But if you're a working mom, you will be treated like a criminal if you want to enter the school during working hours to see how your child is doing. Sunrise was never like this. You were welcomed into your child's environment. This principal seems to be very suspicious of parents, except full time mommmy volunteers. When my child was in daycare I was told never to trust a place that wouldn't allow you to 'pop-in', but this principal seems to have never read those HRS pamphlets.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2004
I have been very pleased with the school and the administrators. I have 3 children in school at Avalon and they are doing extremely well both socially and academically. The teachers have been excellent with communication. My children love the school and the learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2004
I have been disapointed by the lack of interest in assisting my child with adjusting to difficult situations brought on by the administration.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2003
This school asks parents to be very involved, which I like and prefer. However, my daugther has been thorugh some pretty traumatic stuff over the last year, and this campus does not have a counselor to offer her emotional support if she needs it during school hours.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2003
I was very disappointed in this school and the education level provided. Discipline was a huge problem and not dealt with by the administration very well.

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October 08, 2003
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Avalon Elementary School
13500 Tanja King Boulevard, Orlando, FL  32828
(407) 207-3825
Last modified Avalon Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Avalon Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 73 reviews. Top