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Lawton Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 809 students

 

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Posted August 16, 2013

I had a very difficult time to try to login to my Skyward account, the assistant principal Mrs. May spent enormous time to help me to solve the issue. Before this, I made tons of phone calls, nothing was working. Mrs. May, I just want to say thank you to you. This is the leadership we want to see, this the principal we are lucky to have at Lawton.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2013

Lawton has been very disappointing. The school is disorganized and not well managed. The front office was frequently unattended during the 2012-13 school year and I agree with other parents that the staff had difficulty locating students on the property. Those are both big safety concerns. Further, the teachers seem mostly 'checked out' and not very motivated to support or engage the students. I have heard there are strong teachers at Lawton but that has not been my family's experience. In general too many issue to rate the school higher then sub par.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

An academic "A" but don't let it fool you. There are many good teachers but most appear unhappy. Perhaps because administrative staff is quite rude. They tend to have a general dislike for parents, even those there with the sole intention to help. School plays favorites and PTA is unwelcoming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

Great great school! My daughter loves her teachers very much. She enjoys the activities in her school, and loves her school life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2013

Pros: There are a few great teachers and many parents are involved with their kids' education. Cons: No consistent policy to handle disruptive students. When a kindergarten teacher had to be out for a long time, they hired different daily subs instead of one long term sub. Not much learning happened in that class. There is a combined class with two teachers in the same room that is often noisy and chaotic. The PLC office has a main staff member, but if she is out of the office, I hope you don't need to pick up your child. I waited 30 minutes to find an administrator that could locate my child, despite having sent in a note saying what time I would be there. My child had less art and music than children in some of the neighboring schools, and there is more focus on FCAT prep than on being a well-rounded learner. Administrators have been rude to me and a few of my neighbors, especially when parents complained about constant daily subs. While picking up my child one day there was a kindergartener crying from being injured accidentally at recess. I understand that happens, and they did call the parents, but the administrator was cold to that child - not comforting or reassuring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2012

I see there are only positive remarks on here, I love Lawton but have to say I am not happy with the way things are handled with difficult students, My child is not a bad child but I feel year after year the teachers lose patients with ADHD children and will look for ways to make you feel like a failure then encourage you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2012

I went to this elementary school as a child. I just wanted to post here that Mrs. Knott, my 4th grade (1984 or so) teacher, was the first teacher to recognize my writing ability. She told me that I should be a writer when I grow up, and now that's what I do for a living. This same encouragement was followed by Mrs. Schmidt in 5th grade. I never found such amazing teachers in my entire education as I did here, but it made a lasting impression in my life. I just found my photo of Mrs. Knott and that encouraged me to post this review here. I hope your child has as amazing an experience at this school as I did.


Posted February 12, 2012

We have moved around a lot due to our job, and this is our 5th school in 6 years. We hope to stay here for the next 5 years so both of our children can finish out elementary school at Lawton. This is--by far--the best school we have been in. The teachers are excellent. They really care about our kids and go above and beyond to challenge and encourage them. My children love school and are excited about learning. The principal and assistant principal are very approachable and are involved with the students and families. They provide excellent leadership. I am thrilled with the friends my kids have made, too. If I were awarding grades, I would give Lawton an A+!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

Both my children have gone to this school. The teacher are excellent and parents are very involved. It is a great school in our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

This school has a wonderful Principal, Teaches, and PTA. Very proud to have this school in our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

Lawton is a fabulous school with the BEST teachers, students and administrators. Our kids love to go to Lawton because it combines learning with many fun PTA sponsored activities as well. Lawton is definitely the BEST school in Seminole County Florida and most likely the entire state of Florida!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Lawton has a great staff and great students and great parents! Go Panthers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

There is so much wonderful parent involvement. Our kids are learning so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Great kids...great teachers...great staff...great parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

We have the best teachers as well as proud parents and eager students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

We have teachers and parents who really want to make a difference in the life of a child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Best little primary schoolers in the country! they all strive to be the best people they can be thanks to their hard work, and the support of their parents and the staff of lawton elem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Awesome parent/teacher participation in making this school the best it can be. Wonderful administration staff and caring principals. So glad my kids go to Lawton! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

We have the best and most dedicated teachers and parent dividends. We strive harder each year to be an A school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Lawton is a school that strives for the best education while creating a total community atmosphere.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%
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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
85%
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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
81%
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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 68%
Hispanic 17%
Black 7%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 7%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 56%53%61%
Master's degree 39%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%2%1%
Other degree 2%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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Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Photography
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. BRIAN EMMANS
Fax number
  • (407) 320-6399

Resources

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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Parent involvement
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