School Details

Palm Lake Elementary School

8000 Pin Oak Drive, Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 354-2610
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 641 students 15 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

69%
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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Orange average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
67%
63%
73%
61%
61%
52%
56%
53%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
76%
79%
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 2012
  • Orange average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
58%
56%
78%
62%
61%
81%
57%
54%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Orange average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Palm Lake Elementary School is a public elementary school. The principal of Palm Lake Elementary School is MR. DANIEL AXTELL. 641 students go to Palm Lake Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian; Asian/Pacific Islander; and White, non-Hispanic. 144% of the Palm Lake Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 50% of the 641 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Palm Lake Elementary School is 15:1. Windy Ridge K-8 is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Golf
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 54% 30%
Multiracial 5% 2%
Hispanic 19% 36%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 27%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50% 42%
Limited English proficiency 144% 15%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This is an awesome school. Best elementary school that I have been involved with. Teachers collaborate principal cares teachers are smart and caring. Wonderful atmosphere to learn. Librarian and counselor are wonderful caring staff too. Lots of parent involvement whichever benefits the children. Each grade level has iPad carts to use in the classroom. PTA is amazing with all the activities they sponsor.

  • (4 years ago)

    Of the 16 ratings before mine there are 14 with the highest rating and only two with less than perfect. I think probably the two are suspect like someone had an individual ax to grind. I don't know of any organization with so many people who wouldn't have at least two disgruntled parents. If they had no one disgruntled that would be a worse indicator.

  • (4 years ago)

    We LOVED Palm Lake! Our son received an excellent experience with Mrs. Cadiz for his first year of school. The lines of communication were always open and Mrs. Cadiz's emphasis on hands-on learning respect responsibility integrity and teamwork was really something special. We moved and miss Palm Lake and everything it had to offer. We were completely spoiled by our experience! The staff was always friendly but firm and we knew our child was safe at all times. Parent involvement in the classroom was one of the most important factors for us and we were pleased that we were able to be involved almost daily. Palm Lake is an excellent choice for your child! Thank you Palm Lake and Mrs. Cadiz for setting the standard )

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers are wonderful the principal and guidance staff are first rate! The whole school has been renovated and the equipment is amazing. Now they could use some new books for the library and new playgrounds.

  • (6 years ago)

    The teachers here are very hit and miss some are good some are terrible. Although my son did well it was despite the teachers he had in the last two years. Some weeding out is required for the school to run at optimum performance.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a parent of a first grader I am so very thrilled with the quality of education provided! The staff is a dedicated group of professionals who work very hard to ensure that each child learns on his/her own level. There is a lot of parent involvement and parents are welcome to all events - class parties field trips working in the classroom etc. I would recommend this school to anyone!

  • (7 years ago)

    We moved to Orlando in Spring of 1999 and my 1st child started 1st grade during the last 6 weeks of school. He had a incredible experience from the 1st hour feeling like he had started Kindergarten at Palm Lake. The Teachers are incredible as well as the Administrators. Palm Lake has at least 75 % parent involvement in the classroom and PTA activities. Unlimited volunteer opportunities and each child receives a top-knoch experience educational and socially. It could not be any better. My youngest child has 3 more years at Palm Lake and I can honestly say this has been the best 9 years for my children.

  • (7 years ago)

    Palm Lake Elementary School is the best! We moved to Orlando in 2004 when my rising 5th grader waqs in his last 9 weeks of kindergarten. He cried every day when he arrived home from school in Alpharetta GA and his teacher had told us he was a 'slow reader' and placed him in a special class. We shared this with our new teacher Darcy Schalk (the greatest KG teacher-ever!) and waited for her testing results. Three days later she told us she could not understand why he would need help with his reading as he was reading on grade level and furthermore his math skills were above grade level. What a surprise! He is reading on a 6th grade level these days and we owe his love of learning to the wonderful teachers at this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Palm Lake Elementary is an excellent school. We initially enrolled my daughter in Central Florida Prep. but she hated it and dreaded going. She would cry everyday. However from the first day at Palm Lake she was a new kid. She loved it and has never had a problem. She is excelling and having the time of her life. Like many parents I chaperone the field trips for her class and volunteer at the events. It seems everyone (parents teachers PTA and administration) is dedicated to making the childrens' experiences and education top notch. My wife and I are very pleased and haved ruled out moving into another school district.

  • (9 years ago)

    The most unfriendly staff and undedicated teachers. Your children will be somewhat ignored compared to other kids with affluent parents. Stay away from this false grade 'A' school.

  • (9 years ago)

    The combination of awesome teachers staff and involved parents have made this a top notch school. The teachers are energetic resouceful & creative. They demonstrate a sincere desire to see their students succeed. Palm Lake parents typically volunteer more hours per school year than any other school. Palm Lake Elementary was one of 8 schools in Florida that received the Presidential Award this year for academics excellence. I have two daughters attending and I am very pleased.

  • (9 years ago)

    The parent involvement is phenomenal. wonderful extra curricular activities. Especially music and theater. There will be a new principal 2005-2006 but the parents will demand high standards.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school was really a Great school. It was sending my kids to privet school. The acadmic programs are great. This school offers gifted! They had a club for almost everything! About 95% of the parents were involved.

  • (11 years ago)

    Palm Lake has to be the best elementary school in Orange County. It has an awesome principals and many great teachers. The level of parent involvement is unequalled.

  • (11 years ago)

    We have been very happy with Palm Lake through four children and two excellent principals. This school is a focus for community involvement with active parents and important enrichment programs from Scouting to the arts.

  • (11 years ago)

    We are very pleased with our Palm Lake experience. The staff and parents make this a very special school to attend.

  • (11 years ago)

    I'm glad I chose Palm Lake for my kids school. I've been very pleased with the staff and parent involment.

  • (12 years ago)

    Palm Lake Elementary is a fantastic school!

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