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Valrico Lake Advantage Academy

Charter | K-5 | 646 students

 

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Posted July 30, 2014

I called to get information about the school. I never got a call back. I decided to stop by to see if somebody could give information about openings, I was received by a not a very pleasant front desk lady. The only words out if her mouth were we have no space and you may want to apply online. I am glad we had the option of going to another school where the Assistant Vice Principal called me back right away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2014

The teachers are fantastic and truly care about the students. Also, the curriculum is very hands-on for tactile learners. I really like how the teachers hold each child accountable for his/her work and behavior, and how each child is treated like an individual.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2014

Valrico Lake Academy - My daughter has started at this school from the beginning when it opened its doors at the old location in Bloomingdale in kindergarten. She is now going to fifth grade. My two son's attend as well. Although the school in not perfect no school is. I love the teachers and they are very involved with the students. I like that there is a uniform policy and I feel that my children are safe which is more than I can say about other schools in my area. There is open communication between parents and school staff. My children all enjoy Valrico Lake Academy. Some things do need to be fixed but overall my experience here has been a good one. I made it through the traffic at this school and that was my only negative because of the construction but it has been resolved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2014

The teachers make this school work. The reviews from this year are very accurate, except that the Principal has now gone. The food is very bad. Traffic is a struggle at the corner of Bell Shoals and Boyette, so drop off and pick up are a challenge. Only one male teacher and he is leaving this year. Staff works very hard to cover before/after duties, focus in the Spring is on state tests, and the uniform logos do fall off because the vendor is really crappy. But my child attends because of the quality of learning in the classroom. If they get a new principal who can continue the schools vision, it will continue to be a top-rated school because of engaging lessons and high expectations for students. The teachers are truly the best at this school. Staff turnover is always a unknown this time of year, especially with the demands on the staff of this organization. If they can get the new Principal in place and gather up the staff before everyone leaves for higher-paying jobs during the summer, this school will continue to be one of the best in Florida next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2014

The teachers are wonderful, but it seems like the owners only care about FCATs so they get the county stipend. Since the children take practice test after test, the creativity in teaching and learning is lost. This year we can feel the burnout in the children, families, and teachers. The principal is inconsistent. Rules and policies are not enforced per the handbook. Codes and regulations are followed in the event of an audit not on a daily basis. Show up unannounced and you will see. The dean of students dresses inappropriately for school in miniskirts and 5 inch heels. She seems more concerned with FishHawk appearances than the students. The principal and dean do not interact with the students unless it is for show - especially during executive visits and open houses. Behind the scenes is a mess. Their Miami headquarters need to conduct a true unannounced check and talk to teachers and parents to get things back on track. A new administration is desperately needed or we are going to lose the great teachers and families that made it such a great school for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2014

The teachers are great. They really seem to enjoy their jobs. And they are great at keeping the lines of communication open. I love the edline system, I can see my kids grades at all times. My kids however hate the school lunch. And I have to agree. All the money that you dish out for this school for one thing after another, they could at least have some real food instead of the microwave slop they are serving. And I hate that I have to pay for my kids to be able to wear blue jeans once a month. A bit ridiculous considering their school shirts are $13 each and the logos fall off after a few washes. The principle almost never smiles and doesn't come across as the friendliest lady. And the lady Denise who works the front desk is the most unpleasant person I have ever come across in the school system. She never smiles and she has terrible phone etiquette. You can hear her attitude over the phone. And the rule about hair color and restrictions on certain hair cuts is unfair considering the principle has Hawaiian punch red hair. She should probably lead by example. Great education as long as you are willing to pack your kids lunch and look past the rude people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2014

My daughter and family truly love Valrico Academy. The education has been superb and challenging. Each grade level has a family feel. The teachers love their jobs and are passionate about educating children. We could not have hoped for a better elementary school experience. Administration is responsive to parent requests in a timely manner. The administration works hard to know the names of the students and greet them. I hope my daughter continues to have experiences in secondary that are similar in nature to her experience at Valrico Academy. It is too bad that a few negative parents comments cast a shadow on a school that has such heart. Keep up the good work Valrico Academy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2013

We were referred to this school by one of the staff who happens to also be a neighbor. Though we were "satisfied" with our local school, the promise of new buildings, smaller class sizes and extra programming lured us away. After the Winter Break, we've decided to return to our local school. This school and the administration are completely disappointing. Never judge a book by it's cover alone. This has been one of the worst experiences we've had with our daughter, who rarely wants to go to school each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

With the new Bell Creek Academy - the Middle School which follows the Valrico Lake Advantage Academy - this school really is one to follow closely. It will be especially nice once the High School is built, and then one can visualize the types of training and instruction that was begun at the elementary level.


Posted September 11, 2013

Love this school!!! My daughter has been there for 3 years and my youngest just started K there. They are wonderful and caring. Both of my kids have 504 plans for health reasons, and they have been a blessing to work with, they have gone above and beyond every step of the way for my kids special needs. Only one small complaint - wish they would offer more parent volunteer opportunities for working families. Most of the volunteer hours are during the work day which makes it hard for working parents to get as involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

A wonderful school. A private school feel through and through but tuition free. Teachers are great, they act as if they love teaching. Communication with teachers is amazing, email and phone contact is very open.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

Love this school. Staff and teachers are great. Very welcoming. I believe anything but a good review is the result of a parent that would have problems anywhere. Parents that give this school a negative review (below) usually dont see themselves as the issue, when in fact that is the case. I have two kids going here, both girls and the teacher and staff have been nothing but amazing, and no, Im not one of those super involved in PTSO parents. I simply volunteer and support my school as much as I can and I also dont expect the teachers to raise my children. I am as much of a help with my kids school work as a parent should be. It takes effort, something parents (below) dont seem to want to give.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

I moved my son to Valrico Academy in the 2nd grade, he is now in the 4th grade and I couldn't be happier with our school. The teachers are wonderful and I love that parents are so involved. I have two small children that will definitely attend when they are old enough. I feel the teachers and staff are very caring and want each child to succeed. Everyone seems excited to learn. It is a place my son feels comfortable and I have no worries leaving him there. I encourage all families to check it out if you are looking for a new school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2013

Unfortunately our experience was not the same for our daughter. We are leaving this school after only one year and returning to Fishhawk Creek. I would not recommend this school unless your desire is to be ignored by administration and a nonexistent nonresponsive Board. I agree there is more that meets the eye at this school, but in a very different kind of way...the border more on the troublesome side. Glad to be leaving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

We LOVE Valrico Academy and are so sad to leave (moving out of state). There is far more than meets the eye. Teachers and staff are energetic and warm. Teachers drive education in a fun and enriching manner. Having left Fishhawk Creek Elementary for Valrico 2 years ago,we have been through the growing pains, and although they continue, the bumps are well worth the ride!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2010

We switched our kids from Fishhawk Creek Elementary to Valrico and it was a phenomenal decision. We wanted to get away from schools which "teach to the FCAT" and instead expose our children to a Private School "like" environment with a much more comprehensive curriculm - Valrico Academy has been GREAT and I would highly recommend it!
—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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
100%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
54%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

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 "B".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 63%
Hispanic 18%
Black 7%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 6%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 51%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/AN/A
Female 49%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 83%67%61%
Master's degree 17%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MS. BONNIE GUERTIN
Fax number
  • (813) 413-5191

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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13306 Boyette Road
Riverview, FL 33569
Phone: (813) 699-5049

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