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Pasadena Lakes Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 613 students

 

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Posted October 23, 2013

I know this school. My son attended from 3th grade to 5th grade and the teachers did great job my son is now on 8th grade and I think the Pasadena lakes team work very hard for all students; my daughter Is in 2nd grade and she is doing great thanks to the good teachers in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

My grandson attended this school for kindergarten last year. I think it is disgusting on how they handled a situation that my son had with his kindergarten teacher. I understand she retired, she should have many years ago. My son reached out to them due to his son not picking up on the things that were being taught. My sons concerns fell on deaf ears. I hope who ever is going to be attending kindergarten this year will have a teacher who cares about teaching the children. This teacher told my son and I quote. " I am going to let him skate through kindergarten and let the first grade teacher worry about it." What a disgrace for a teacher who is suppose to educate and welcome him into the world of education make that kind of comment. I am hoping he doesn't have another one like that this year. Make sure you ask your children what they are learning. Make sure you make a pest of yourself if you are not getting the results you feel you deserve. The principal was not much better, it is too bad that this grandson can't attend the same school my other grandson is attending WELLEBY ELEMENTARY they CARE about our CHILDREN, they want their first learning experience to be good.


Posted April 2, 2012

My son has been in the Autism Cluster for several years. After a rough start, I find the quality of support he receives to be far superior than my typically developing son receives at a neighboring, more highly rated school. The staff are caring and compassionate and do the best the can given their poor financial resources. And yes, the student-teacher ratios are poor, but that seems to be the case in every FL school. Despite the school rough exterior, I find the quality of services on the inside (including after-care) to be far superior to the neighboring "10" school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2009

My son just moved on to Middle School after 6 years at Pasadena. I feel he is well prepared, due to the education he received at PLE. No school is perfect for every child, but I felt most of the teachers, staff and administration were fair, taught the children well, and treated the parents with respect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2009

My daughter just completed her 1st grade year a Pasadena, unfortunately we are relocating so she will not be attending next year. Ms. Cruz (1st grade) is one of the best educators this world has to offer! I cannot say enough good things about her. My daughter is gifted but I was quite prepared for the 'gifted' program so Ms. Cruz took the time to challenge her and provide her with assignments to keep her busy and focused. Because of her, my daughter placed in the 97 percentile on the SAT. Ms. Cruz believes in requiring more than just learning enough to get by...she believes in your children...I love her and will never forget her!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2008

I read that it was 13 student per teacher, well that is not true, my daughter has never been in a class smaller than 20 children per one teacher, with no teacher helper, or aid in the room. This year in 2nd grade there are 21 in her class. I am not happy with the school, or thier facilities. They don't have appropriate pick up and drop off areas, the school looks ghetto, and the parents are not involved except for a handful who work very hard to compensate for the rest who drop thier kids off and speed away. Not happy with much here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2006

Pasadena to us have been wonderful. Great school with teachers that care and a staff thats willing to assist whenever they can. This is our last year at pasadena and are looking forward to beginning middle school but will miss pasadena greatly. My daughter wants a career as a teacher and looks forward to maybe one day teaching here. Great school enviorment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2005

My child is an ese student and the faculty is wonderful. You couldn't ask for a better school. He can't wait to go back in the fall. The whole enviroment is a+. They are taught about honesty and helping one another and to treat everyone with respect. The musical programs they put on are on top of this world. The teachers get in on the act and the kids have so much fun. Coach gonzales makes p.e. so much fun and you couldn't get a better aftercare staff. The parents are very involved in pta, voulenteering, and doing what ever is asked. There is a reason this school is an a school it is the whole make up from caring teachers to an exceptional principal and faculty that challenge and have fun that the students excel so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2005

Pasadena Lakes is the best place to send your child for a wonderful education and experience. The staff is warm, friendly and both of my children attended the school and loved it and their teachers as well. Keep up the good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2004

They don't care about the child, only wether or not they are going to be an 'A' school. God forbid if your child is problematic or gifted than they really give you a hard time. I removed my daughter from this school to a school that cares.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2004

Pasadena Lakes is a well maintained school with good teachers and administrative staff. There is a lot of caring for all students involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Autism cluster could use fresh ideas. Needs restructuring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

My grandson attended Pasadena for three years.Outstanding staff. He loved attending school,and was challenged/guided through out his three years.The after school staff/helpful & friendly. Keep up the good work.


Posted September 9, 2003

I have two children at PLE. They both love their teachers. This is only the third week of school and already my youngest (K)has learned so much. Both of my boys have wonderful teachers. The staff is so helpful. The school is clean and organized. So far it has been great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2003

My daughter has attended PLE for 5 years, 2003/2004 will be her final year here and we could not be more pleased with the teachers, the curriculum or the school environment. I have been closely involved with the school, classes, teachers and field trips and am constantly amazed with the organization, attention to detail, and multi-cultural exposure in the classroom and out. Thank you for including our whole family in this learning adventure. Mrs. Hamilton
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2003

We've had our child in PLE for 3 years now and I am very pleased withits faculty. They can't be nicer and more efficient. When your child goes to schools with a smile you know something is right! I just wish they taught all the way thru high schoo. Thank you PLE
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2003

More improvement on the autism clusters. Need help more education with the autistic children.


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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 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
60%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
39%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
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

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 State average
Hispanic 45% 29%
Black 25% 23%
White 23% 42%
Asian 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 54%53%61%
Master's degree 42%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 4%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Jill D Wilson
Fax number
  • (754) 323-6940

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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8801 Pasadena Blvd
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
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