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Sunset Park Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1049 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 8 ratings
2013:
Based on 8 ratings
2012:
Based on 7 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted August 22, 2014

For this new year I hope will be a very greatful experience, especilly because my two daughters new live here in Windermere. All the best for them...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2014

I have two children in this school, with my girl every thing have been good, but with my active boy not. Sunset park is a good school, but is overcrowed, that is why children, in my oppinion, are not treated like I would like, the have to eat early and quickly, they do not have enough time to eat, most of the teachers have no patient with the students, they are always yelling because there are so many kids at halls, cafeteria etc, Some teachers never smile. If your child needs special attention, or need help with school rules, administrative staff, including principal asistants and behavior specialists ,are more than willing to help, but the teachers, in my case, no. Dismissal is a nightmare for walkers, car riders etc. Parents who wants to park and then walk to pick their kids, do not have space in the parking lot, and the school is no solving this. If you want to pick your kid as a car rider you have to arrive at least 45 minutes before dismissal hour to be in line and take your child. Some teachers are really nice and they enjoy to teach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2014

I have had two children now in Sunset Park. My son had a wonderful experience all throughout his time there. All the teachers were very kind and provided a wonderful educational experience. My daughter is now going into the second grade and also has had a great experience too. All of her teachers have been amazing and she loves it too. The administration, teachers, and staff have always been kind and attentive. The only challenge is OCPS needs to build a new school because of growth, but OCPS has made some rezoning changes to help with overcrowding. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2014

This school is by far, the worst, school my children have ever gone to! The school is overcrowded with too many children than the school can actually handle. Teachers favor certain students/ parents over the others. There is never any tutoring provided for students that need extra help with homework, and teachers don't have the patience to provide their students with the help needed. The Principal's office is always overcrowded with children, so children have to go through a long waiting line to see the Principal for discipline or whatever they're there for. The school does nothing about bullying, so bullying is something that is very familiar and normal in the school. No one does anything to help or prevent students from getting bullied. If you're a parent looking for a good school for your child to go to, this isn't one of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2014

My son is in 3rd grade gifted class of Ms Mullaney. She is an excellent teacher. My son loves this school. School staff, admin, teachers are very nice. Building is clean and neat, safety for kids. We regret to leave this school since we are moving from this area. We will miss school and teacher. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2014

I am sad this year is ending. It has been a great experience for my child. She has made some great friends, and learned so much. Her class just raised butterflies from the egg! She was so excited that she was able to watch them go through the life cycles and then they released them on the playground. Her teacher is wonderful and has really helped her to grow and mature. I am excited that enrollment will drop next year due to the voluntary transfer program with Sand Lake. The last I heard was that we will decrease by 300 kids. I am also thrilled that they have locked our neighborhood Berkshire Park into the school. We won't have to worry about getting rezoned to a new school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2014

My daughter is thrilled with Sunset Park. Her teachers are wonderful and the parents appear to be very involved. They have parents that volunteer to help with lunch, the library and in the classroom. We are very lucky to have this as our neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2014

My daughter is in kindergarten at Sunset Park. Her teacher is wonderful and he has learned so much. The PTO is vet involved and is trying to always improve the school. They raised enough money to add a new playground last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2013

A very overloaded school - 1,100+ students, and growing every year. their specials teachers, and other support staff (Speech, Clinic, etc) is only staffed for 800 students. Examples include: students not getting the amount of therapy their IEPs require; sick and hurt children not receiving adequate attention because the single clinic employee must constantly juggle many students at once; and problem students not being removed from the classroom for discipline because the office is too overloaded. This school has a huge traffic nightmare with no real solutions in sight.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

If your child is assertive, speaks up for themselves, or may possibly have a learning disability, this school is not where you need to be. In our experience, we found that some of the teachers lack the patience and know-how in working with these types of kids. There is no room for any kind of individualized attention or help (without labeling them with some kind of implemented "plan")....and again, no tolerance. The administrative team and teachers don't fully communicate with the principal on thoughts or ideas before implementing them, which in turn can cause a lasting and negative effect on the child when handled the wrong way and not communicated to the parents either. It's a shame that a school who boasts such academic success still has so much to learn about treating families with respect and common sense. Giving credit where credit is due, the principal does strive to meet those needs, but unfortunately members of her staff are letting her down. In the end, we chose to withdraw and put our child in private school, where much improvement has been seen in a short amount of time proving that environment can make or break a good student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

We have been a part of this school for several years now and we love the teachers and staff here. Yes, they are going through growing pains (because the County will not stop building apartments and homes) they have weathered through all this and still remains an "A" school. The only complaint I have...parents need to be more involved with their school and child. You may not be able to volunteer but be present for your child when it comes to activities and homework. Education is teamwork between teachers, staff and parents (not one or the other)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

The vice-principle is a nice man and has been attentive to my child needs when was needed. I never meet the actual school principal after 2 years in this school. The vice-principal seems to do most of the work helping with the chaotic morning traffic and dealing with the parents. Forget about the teachers, they are there just for a paycheck. School is overcrowded and more portables were build for this school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

I have written in here previously and my opinion has not changed. Sunset Park is an awesome school. I just had my second child finish 5th grade. The education both of my children have received is exceptional and prepared them well for Bridgewater. To the parent that thinks some of the teachers are too strict, shame on you. Teachers need to instill values and rules in our children, without these out children will turn out to be not disciplined. My 1st grader had a teacher who was strict and she loved her and wants her again next year in 2nd grade. If you think your child's teacher is too strict maybe your child needed the disinclined. Ms Russ and Mr. Peters have always addressed our concerns with any of our children. I take offense to the parent that thinks parents who volunteer kids are treated better. My kids have always been treated with respect and I volunteer maybe 10 hours per year due to work. So far 3 of my 4 kids have attended Sunset Park and they absolutely loved it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

This school is a terrible school. The teachers favor parents who are there 24/7 helping out. For those parents who can't help out as often, their children are second and not even noticed. It The principal doesn't respond to calls or emails. There are teachers there that shouldn't be teaching at elementary level, often quite militant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

Kids love it. I love it. Teachers are great, principal is great, vice principal is great. pick up and drop of process is stupid because school was built in dumb location and now has 1050 students, with more coming next year. glad we can walk. have two kids there now and have had a very positive experience in the two years we have been there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2013

The school does not have 938 students at it says in here they have over 1200 and they are building several more portables for next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2012

This one very bad school and I totally agree with a privies parent review. I wish I can submit here the names of the truly good teachers. I have nothing good to say about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2012

We have had a very disappointing year. The teachers are unorganized, don't communicate with the parents, and don't seem to care. The administration isn't very cooperative. They avoid parents who want results. The students aren't supervised very well. There is a lot of student contact with one another. Homework is overkill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2012

My daughter loves the teachers and the students are fairly well behaved. I'm pleased :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2012

Have had good relationships with both teachers and administration . Mr Peters addressed issues in a prompt and decisive manner .My children have enjoyed their education .
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

219 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

218 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%
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.

178 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

178 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

178 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
89%
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.

183 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

182 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

183 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
63%
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.

163 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
97%

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 46%
Hispanic 32%
Asian 9%
Black 9%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 28%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 72%66%61%
Master's degree 23%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%1%1%
Other degree 3%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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12050 Overstreet Rd
Windermere, FL 34786
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