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Twin Lakes Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 667 students

 

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2011:
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22 reviews of this school


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Posted August 30, 2013

Love, love, love this school!! Great teachers, great principal, great learning! This school has a zero tolerance policy which I also love. The P.E. class is 1 hour long every day of the week. We never had that in regular public school. Anyway, I'm very happy with everything at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

this school is the best the teachers are great they really care about the kids they keep you up to date on all things and paren involvement is great i would recommend this school to anyone and everyone
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2012

I absolutely love this school, from the office staff to the teachers and Cafeteria staff. My daughter has been going to this school for the past 3 years and she loves it. All of her teachers have been spectacular. I'd recommend this school to anyone who wants their child to get an excellent education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2012

GREAT SCHOOL . LOVE IT . MY THREE CHILDREN WENT THERE AND ITS A WONDERFUL SCHOOL FOR KIDS ON LEARING AND TEACHER STAFF EVERYONE IS NICE . ALOT OF COMUNICATOIN PARENTS INVOLVE AND THEY TAKE CARE OF STUDENT LEARNING . I WISH THAT MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS THAT GREAT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2012

this is a great school..staff really worries about the students n they have a awesome commitment..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

I remember going to this school five years ago. Great school, but some teachers were very rude to parents and students, because I remember once, my teacher was yelling at the student for no reason.


Posted February 8, 2011

Twin Lakes is a great school focused on education and family involvement. They have lots of extracurricular activities and field trips to keep the kids interested in learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

My son Eddie is in the EELP class and since day one everyone on the staff has been very helpful. My son has autism and I was fearful of him not fitting in or getting lost in the school but the school is a very safe and organized school I love everything about it! Elizabeth Morales
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2009

twin lake have been a great school for my three children and my nephews thank you twin lakes your the best
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2008

My son loves this school. He loves the teachers and the fun extra curricular activities. I have personally never had any issues with them. My son is an A student and I believe they have always done right by him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2008

I went to Twin Lakes for 6yrs and i loved it! I am a straight A student. I learned so much there ! Great school! I recommend it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2007

I absolutely love this school. I drove my children here for 8 years and regret taking them out for the local school here. My kids learned so much and the parental involvement is so much more here. At least once a month activities. the chorus program was always fun and entertaining.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2006

My daughter went two years here. Absolutely love the teachers and students. Teachers are firm believables of education. Constant communication with faculty. Also 'a' school. Your child will learn in this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2006

great teachers and staff. daughter learned a lot in fifth grade when other school slack. I think they made her ready for middle school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2006

Twin Lakes Elm. has a great staff. Our son has attended for 5 years and has been enrolled in their ESE program; he has continued to excel throughout his elementary school career.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2006

This was my daughter's first public school. She is now in first grade. I have found the teacher's to be very caring however see that there may be issues in overcrowding. There are a lot of activities however I don't see that first graders are very much involved. The school is lovely and the teachers are very involved with the students and intuitive with my childs need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2006

My child goes to Twin Lakes/Tampa and boy O boy, was this the worst mistake ever. I am not pleased as to what goes on. My child is in the first grade there and every day my child comes home upset. I askes my child what did you learn today, response 'nothing much'. I sat one day and observed what is being teached, and my child was right 'nothing much'. Cell Phone use in the school while teaching class should be banned. There is no place to park. My child is in a learning center and learns more in 2 hours then they do in eight. I am signing my child out of this school asap, because you should feel as if you are leaving your kids in good hands--not me, I worry every day what she has to deal with. Teachers/staff are so disrespectful and so disorganized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2005

Twin Lakes is a quality school. They have very fair teachers who care about the diverse population of students who attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2005

Both of my nephews went to Twin Lakes and received a great educational start! We loved our teachers - responsive, they cared about the boys, and teamed with us to get them ready for 6th grade. Whenever we had an issue it was addressed quickly. I had to get approval on a science fair topic on a day off (in 4th grade, last minute of course :) and our kindergarten teacher helped me track down one of my nephews teachers. Wonderful school and wonderful staff. Both of my nephews are A students and doing really well in middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2005

My son has attended three schools in Hillsborough county and I have never been seen teachers act in such a disrespectful manner towards myself and other parents. I feel that the teachers and office workers that I have seen and personally spoken with are just not happy to be there. Now, if they are this way to me I am concerned how they are with my child. When you leave your child all day at a school you should feel comfort in that;and I do not. I am currently looking at some magnet schools for my son. I would like to say his teacher is doing a good job. Thans,Jessica Mead
—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 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
41%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
97%

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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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 62% 29%
Black 15% 23%
White 13% 42%
Asian 6% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 75%67%61%
Master's degree 25%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

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School Leader's name
  • Ms. Edith Lefler
Fax number
  • (813) 631-4153

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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8507 N Habana Ave
Tampa, FL 33614
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