School Details

Blue Lakes Elementary School

9250 Southwest 52nd Terrace, Miami, FL 33165
(305) 271-7411
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 510 students 10 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Dade County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

42%
66%
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61%
63%
61%
48%
53%
53%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
86%
81%
81%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Dade County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

41%
58%
56%
55%
61%
61%
42%
51%
54%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Dade County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Blue Lakes Elementary School is a public elementary school in Olympia Heights. The principal of Blue Lakes Elementary School is MS. AIDA M MARRERO and can be contacted at pr0441@dadeschools.net. 510 students go to Blue Lakes Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 9% of the Blue Lakes Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 44% of the 510 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Blue Lakes Elementary School is 10:1. King's Christian School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 88% 67%
White, non-Hispanic 10% 8%
Multiracial 1% 0.5%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 23%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.07%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.03%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 74%
Limited English proficiency 9% 21%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I believe that Blue lakes is an incredible school teachers are awesesome and the facility is super secure i won't give five starts because parking sucks.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son husband and I love this school and staff! It has been a blessing for our family. I have tried other schools in the Miami Dade area; but there is no comparison Blue Lakes has the best teachers and staff . They are not only very professional and know how to teach but they care about their students! Compared to children from other schools and his same grade level; my son is ahead academically. In addition you walk away with the feeling you belong and are part of a big family.

  • (1 year ago)

    blue lakes has been the worst experience I've ever had. I will remember this school forever and not in a positive way. The principal is very uneducated unprofessional short tempered person I have ever met in a school she should be in a high school in liberty city.

  • (2 years ago)

    his school has a bit of everything we want to keep our children away from. From bickering between parents/PTA to favoritism to those kids from the teachers/PTA inner circle to bullying and "teacher's choice" teachers who their classrooms are more than often being run by substitutes. I've been dealing with this school for almost 7 years and have seen the principal 6 times. She's never getting involved with her students. Never.

  • (5 years ago)

    My grandson is very happy there and teachers are very professional. It is a safe school for all children and the curriculum is great

  • (6 years ago)

    This schools is the best kept secret in Miami. The faculty and staff are really there for the benefit of the students. Their ESE department along with the gifted program is phenomenal. The gifted program provides students with the opportunity to become avid learners and the leaders of tomorrow. They study about art humanities history space and many other aspects of the world. They trully challenge the students.

  • (6 years ago)

    Blue Lakes Elementary is the best kept hidden secret. The faculty staff and administration is the best there is. All of the teachers are very caring towards the students. Students in the ESE program as well as the gifted program are challenged. The gifted program provides different types of opportunities for students to learn about world-wide events as well as American History. Students are exposed to units of study in the arts humanities space and much more. They prepare the students to become future leaders.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love Blue Lakes Elementary. My son loves going to school every morning. The new principal is wonderful and caring the teachers are very professional. The gifted program needs to challenge the students a bit more. The home learning assignments in the gifted program are not geared toward gifted students. They make them do sentences with vocabulary and write the word five times each.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter attends 4th grade at Blue Lakes. It has been a very positive experience for her and she has made many friends. The teachers are very nurturing and loving but also highly qualified.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter has been at this school since kindergarten. Now she's in 2nd grade. She's in the gifted program since 1st grade and I have to say that I'm not very impressed with the gifted program. They cancel the classes too often. For the past 3 weeks before spring break there have been no gifted classes. I would give this school a C at best.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is small and intimate in a city with schools that are too large and overcrowded. My son had great teachers but the principal (J. Carbio) was terrible. He spent school funds decorating his office like it was going to be featured in Architectural Digest. Teacher and staff morale seriously suffered during his tenure. I hear they have a new principal now and hopefully things will improve.

  • (7 years ago)

    I would never trade this school for anything in the world. The help provided to my child from teachers and staff has been more than 200%. Thank you Blue Lakes for helping my child learn many new things as he grows.

  • (7 years ago)

    Although this school is currently facing some challenges with parking I believe that the new principal is making strides as far as improving the school by motivating the staff as well as the students. Everyone seems more involved. We have a son in High School that graduated from BLE and now our daughter attends 2nd grade there. Incredible faculty! We love this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    We are having a big problem in the school at the present time. There is only parking space for 25 cars... Come on we have more parents than that in the school There was enough time to do any work in the school during the summer. I cannot believe that the safety of our kids is on the floor by making us walk blocks and cross heavy traffic streets oh but the teachers have their own parking space. The drop off area are not covered for raining days. I believe that the new principal of the school should be more involved in the school and the safety of our kids. Teachers don't come before the students.

  • (7 years ago)

    New Principal! Great school great teachers and family participation is encouraged. Gifted program in challenging but makes learning fun!

  • (8 years ago)

    My child started kindergarten in Blue Lakes last year and she had an excellent teacher. She is now in first grade and is also among the gifted students. The quality of education at this schools is excellent. I highly recommend this school as a parent.

  • (9 years ago)

    great school very clean and involved

  • (9 years ago)

    I find this school to be bit behind other schools. My son came into this school in kinder very ahead and came out in second grade behind. We had to get him tutors just to be able to learn more because school just wasn't enough.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great teachers horrible principal office staff lack of proper security a 'C' school at best!

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a great school the Teachers and Parents are very united and it makes the difference.

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