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Buck Lake Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 711 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted March 29, 2014

I like the school a lot the techers care about the students.(comentarary)after school need to be fun .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2014

This is our first year at Buck Lake and we are pretty disappointed thus far. My child's teacher is not good. We have experienced lack of communication, disorganization, poor grammar and writing skills, excessive absences, inconsistent grading and allowing the children to watch too much television and movies. I will be writing a letter to the principal addressing these issues along with other issues we have experienced. Regardless, I plan for my child to attend Buck Lake next year in hopes that this year was the exception and not the norm for the school. I will update my review if it improves!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

When me and my family first relocated to the Buck Lake community I thaught they would be attending an excellent school. But I was wrong. I had a 1, 3 and 5th grader there and was not impressed with any grade level. The school is mainly made up by upper and middle class families and thats all. The school is what you would call "snobby". Me and my family were a middle class family as well but I was not impressed. I am actually an educator myself and have never experienced a school like Buck Lake. Since that year my oldest went on to middle school and my two other children we removed and placed at Chaires Elementary which they still two years later attend. And I have never made a better decision for my childrens education than getting tham away from Buck Lake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2012

My child is in 3rd grade there and has been a student since Kindergarten. I lke the school alot and feel the teachers genuinely care about the students. The after school enrichment program is also a great asset to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2011

We have had a generally good experience with Buck Lake. Our children's teachers have been very good at what they do - some even exceptional. I agree to some extent that there seems to be a bias towards those with hyper-involved parents, yet we do not have a full-time parent at home and have still been able to have good relationships with our teachers. I am worried about the future of gifted education there (and all over Leon County) because I do not believe administrators all understand or care how important it is teach those kids differently. And the FCAT seems to be more and more emphasized every year.There used to be more of a sense that the FCAT would be taken care of by good teaching instead of by making little kids stress out over it. But overall it has been a good place for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2010

Buck Lake Elementary--a big disappointment. The 3 years my 3 children attended there, we were also struggling in a battle against cancer and depression, with very little support from teachers and administration. Buck Lake's flaws begin with the fact that Leon County school districts are inequitably divided. Buck Lake has no low-income housing; it is fed by middle and upper-class white/international neighborhoods, without working class blacks and latinos. Its school projects favor the privileged full-time parent at home. My 2nd grader was assigned projects that only a parent could complete, like building a native american dwelling and a geneology chart. The Buck Lake principal has the compassion of a criminologist, not an educator concerned about the well-being of a child suffering from depression. The F-Cat snuffs-out a child's love of learning. I removed my children from Buck Lake Elementary, and the Leon County public school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

My two oldest children go to BLE and I have always been please with the teachers and the staff. They are always in good spirits, helpful and so wonferful with their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

The teachers and staff are always looking for ways to improve learning, they make it fun and they are very committed to our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2009

Each morning I drop my children off to smiling teachers in the car loop. There are a minimum of 6 adults greeting each parent and child as they are dropped off. A child greeted by a smiling teacher has already started their day off on a positive note. The rest of the day is no different. Well educated teachers, caring for children, developing talents, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and guiding them to achieve their individual best. Buck Lake teachers and staff are committed to creating life long learners in our children. Why? Because they are also life long learners...wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2009

My son is an ESE student and buck lake has the most amazing program for them. They dont treat them as if they are different from the others. They let be the amazong kids they are. Thank you buck lake!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2007

This has been an awesome school for my two children. A new principal came in the 2006-07 school year, and though I haven't seen a lot personality-wise from her, there are enhanced safety measures and increased notification when there is bad weather or other info parents should know. Teachers and staff are responsive, and above all, demonstrate daily their love of children and learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2006

My son and I moved here 2 years ago, and from the day we got here, everyone was most helpful and happy to assist us. We moved to the Buck Lake Elementary jurisdiction specifically so my son could attend there, since the school choice program was overloaded. We were lucky to find a great neighborhood on top of being in a terrific school! The programs at this school are wonderful, as are the teachers and all the support staff. I would be lost without the after school program since I'm a working-full-time single mom, and the folks who work in that program treat my son as if he was their own! Thanks Buck Lake!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

BLE is, without a doubt, the best school in Leon County Florida. The diversity of academic programs available to students and parents is unmatched. BLE provides multi-aged classrooms as well as traditional classroom settings; Project Child for 3rd - 5th grade; a gifted program, reading buddies, the DARE program, a Spring Festival, a great after-school program, music and art programs and teachers that encourage students to learn through the arts; a caring and dedicated staff who have only the best interest of the student in mind. I could go on and on and continue to list the many other programs availabe but I only have a 150 word limit! My daughter has already expressed her sadness about leaving BLE next year. She feels comfortable and safe at her school. As a parent, I would not trade the past 6 years at Buck Lake Elementary for any private school education around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2006

We made it! Kindergarten down, grades 1 - 5 to go. We are thrilled with Buck Lake Elementary School! We actually chose to move into the school district based on comments from parents and other teachers in the district. 100% satified! The teachers meet each child at his/her level and make learning educationally fun! I loved volunteering each Tuesday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2006

This is a really great school. The academic program is wonderful and my children have learned alot from all of their teachers. The music and PE program have really improved in the past year and I am really thrilled about it. We have some of the best parent volunteers at this school and the parents are really involved and concerned about what goes on here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2006

Buck Lake is an excellent school. Great leadership, excellent teachers, and dedicated community and family members. I've had two sons go thru BL so far, and my third will start there next fall. I wouldn't send my kids anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

Best kept secret in LCSD. Great teachers, the principal, Hal Pitts, is loved by his students and becoming a legend among parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2005

Great school excellent enrollment great good teachers, just moving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2004

As a grandparent I worried about my grandson starting a new school in a different city and county. Coming from miami-dade, I know he and my daughter were apprehensive. The faculty and staff were wonderful in making the transition a wonderful experience. His grades were great; his fcat score was high and he found a 'family' at buck lake. My hat is off to mr.hal pitts and especially mrs.vicks. george cooper
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2004

When you walk on to the campus at BLES, you immediately realize what an amazing place to learn it is. The teachers are excited to be there, the administration greets you with a smile, there are many happy parents volunteering, and most of all children are learning in a safe, caring environment. Teachers set high standards for their students, and the children strive to meet them. Any family would be lucky to have their child attend BLES.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
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 56% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
91%
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 65%
Asian 15%
Black 10%
Hispanic 5%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 1%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 67%58%61%
Master's degree 31%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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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