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Lake Magdalene Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 867 students

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted April 17, 2013

My sons kindergarten teacher not only recognized how far advanced my son was, but she also took steps to ensure he was being challenged instead of just making him do things he was "bored" of doing! This includes bringing in a 2nd grade teacher to work on math and reading with him (he is way above level in every subject). I love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2011

We were lucky enough to be zoned for Lake Mag Elem. I hear parents are beating down the door to get their children in here! Both my children have attended Lake Mag since kindergarten. As an involved parent in the classroom and around school, I can tell you the staff here really care about the students' emotional and academic health. The principal remembers children by name and makes herself available and very visible. Issues are delt with swiftly. The PTA and the Dad's Club are strong and very involved. There are multiple interesting and fun clubs for the children to attend, and many different family fun night fundraisers that the whole Lake Mag school can attend throughout the year; Family Skate Night, Chuck E Cheese, etc. Also, during march, there is a school wide festival called Manafest where lots of fun and games are to be had. In short, the parents are very involved here, teachers are great, and the general vibe of the school tends to be one of perseverance, excelling, and having fun while you do it. I cant say enough about Lake Mag. My only regret, is that one day, we will leave after my kids graduate :(.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

We are new at this school, but have been extremely impressed so far. There are many opportunities for my children to advance here because of the great teachers, great curriculum with add-ons, great reading program, and specials. The teachers truly care about the children and they want to help them excel. The kids are excited about the extras offered at the school such as Music, Recess, Chimes, Art, and the clubs such as the Lego Club, etc... This makes it easier to get them to school. They love it! As a parent, I am impressed with the great teachers, and with the education they are receiving. They have a knowledgeable, caring, and friendly staff. A+++ Lake Magdalene! Great Job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2010

This is my son's 2nd year at Lake Magdalene and we really like it. I must say the new principal at Lake Magdalene is making lots of fantastic changes and the school is getting better as the year goes on. I look forward to my other children attending Lake Magdalene as well. The teachers have been wonderful and really look at the individuality in each child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2009

My son is in Pre-K 3 at Lake Magdelene and we LOVE it!! His teacher is great she really gives each child personal attention. This is my son's first experience in school and he loves it, he wants to go everyday! Love this school and the staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

My daughters second year at Lake Magdalene (K & 1st). Great teachers, attention to detail, fun activities. I have no other schools to compare it to but the homework my daughter brings home and lessons she learns sometimes seems surprisingly advanced for K & 1st grade. I m very happy with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2008

The school does not like to attend to the childs needs...... I'll be glad when this principal finally retires at the end of the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

All 3 of my children have attended this school and I love it. The teachers and all the staff are wonderful. They really work with your children and help them reach their full potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2007

My child is in the 5th grade and I have been pleased with the education my child has received since she started in kindergarden. The school does a great job of communicating the news of the school and a wonderful job of having activities and events that involve the family. There was only one instance of dissatisfaction with a teacher that I did not feel was up to Lake Magdalene quality and did not teach effectively. As a parent I set a meeting with the principle to discuss the issue and was very pleased with the reception of my complaint and open communication and prompt response to resolve the problem. My child's education and school experience were very important to the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2007

As a parent with TWO children attending Lk. Magdalene I am pleased to know my children the very best education. All of my kid's teachers have been extremely well educated and very parent-friendly! I always am aware of upcoming events and able to particiapte when possible. Ms.Trafficante and Ms. Brana are wonderful teacher's and I am so glad my children have had the opportunity to be in their classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2006

Wonderful school! I loved it when I went there! They had memerable teachers, great extracurriculars, and a gifted program.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 26, 2006

Just an all around great school! Gifted program is excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

Parents should be aware that the beloved principal, Faye Pages, retired at the end of 2004-05, along with several of her wonderful staff. A number of the great teachers there have moved on. I would agree with the earlier postings while Faye was principal, but cannot do so now. The climate is no longer as parent/employee friendly as Faye had nurtured it to be. The principal has tightened up on parents coming & going. Some would see this as a positive security note, but it is also seen by parents as one more step in keeping them further away in their volunteer efforts. Teachers are no longer encouraged to send disruptive students to the office.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 2, 2005

Lake Magdalene Elementary is a wonderful school. The teachers are caring and strive to help every student do their best. The curriculum is very diversified and there is a very high level of parent involvement. I also cannot say enough about the principal Faye Pages!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2004

This is a great school. Everyone has a very positive attitude that I have come across.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2004

There is a 0 tolerance for bullying in this school. I find administration to be friendly, active with the students a lot of parent involvement with their children and a lot of help and a feeling of being welcomed if new at this school. I am encouraged for the future populations of this school as I believe the tone has been set to be a good one. I find no slack in the discipline of these students and it is one that can allow parents to leave their children knowing you will pick them up in the same good health you left them with. The focus here is of nuturing and teaching this young society to be productive responsible citizens of the future and to attain knowledge in order to enhance their lives. I am very greatful to this school for the wonderful education my child is receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2003

What a school where Dads are totally involved with their children? Yes, that's Lake Magdalene. We even have our own Dads'Club to help out where ever we are needed. We even have a Dads' Club Website. You will find info about the entire school and all its activities. Check it out at http://www.lakemagdalenedadsclub.org/
—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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
76%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
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 56% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
55%
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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
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 47%
Hispanic 35%
Black 11%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 18%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 79%67%61%
Master's degree 21%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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