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Highland Lakes Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 532 students

 

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Posted July 12, 2013

This school is amazing!!!!! The teachers are very friendly and the office staff is very helpful as well. I am going to miss this school so much.


Posted November 9, 2010

This school only tries to push test scores on the children. The teachers are poor quality and have no communication skills. There does not seem to be any desire to teach the children only a demand to pass the state standards tests. It is a sorry thing to see and it will only hurt the future of our children. I have watched my children's self esteem drop and when reaching out to administration nothing happens. It is an overall negative environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2010

Highland Lakes Elementary is an incredible school. It is a solid foundation in a wonderful community. The new administrator is a huge asset to the school. She is extremely knowledgeable, hands on, positive and helpful. She has a genuine concern and caring for all staff, the families and students. The front office staff and teachers are so helpful and friendly. You can tell they enjoy their jobs! There is so much the school offers. They have it all. The PTA and volunteers go the extra mile on a daily basis. Can t say enough about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2010

This school is WONDERFUL!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2010

This used to be a great school but no longer... due to new administration that does not seem interested in parent input or involvement, this past year was a big disappointment for many! The principal came across as unfriendly and all the front offices changes made for a sterile and unwelcoming environment. We bought our house to be in HLE's home-school zone and are extremely disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

I love this school- The education level of the teachers is incredible. The office staff is amazing, the principal is always involved, always looking for new ways to improve. Everyone is understanding. This school is incredibly safe, very strict on safety policies. Programs are very challenging. They have PE every day. This is much needed in our world today, there are too many unactive kids gaining weight. Everything is wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

As the parent of a Kindergarten student I couldn't be more pleased. My daughter's teacher, Mrs. Leach, is a dream come true. She seems aware of each child's strengths, weaknesses, and needs, and is very warm and thorough in the education of her students. My daughter is progressing by leaps and bounds; each day she can read a little better than the day before and her math skills and social and physical skills are obviously improving as well. I am impressed by the school-wide support of the youngest students. The '54 Club' program is quite motivating, and I appreciate the involvement of Administration in commending these students for their achievement. The PTA appears to be a big part of life at Highland Lakes Elementary and they are well organized and very welcoming to new families. Again, I couldn't be more pleased with our experience at HLE to date.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2004

My daughter is 7 and in 2nd grade at HL. She loves it and has excelled quite well. Her teacher is involved with the kids and communicates well with me as a parent. The teacher is sensitive to the differeces of each child regarding their lives outside of school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
79%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
91%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
68%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
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 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 77%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 5%
Black 4%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 42%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 93%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 78%60%61%
Master's degree 20%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 3%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 26%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. TIJUANA BAKER
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1230 Highlands Boulevard
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