Sunset Park Elementary School

12050 Overstreet Rd, Windermere, FL 34786
(407) 905-3724
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 1049 students 17 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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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 2014
  • Orange average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
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58%
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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.
85%
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 2014
  • Orange average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
58%
56%
70%
62%
61%
68%
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 2014
  • Orange average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sunset Park Elementary School is a public elementary school in Bay Lake. The principal of Sunset Park Elementary School is Mr. Carol Russ. 1,049 students go to Sunset Park Elementary School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 28% of the Sunset Park Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 84% of the 1,049 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Sunset Park Elementary School is 17:1. Windermere Preparatory School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 27%
Asian 9% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 46% 30%
Hispanic 32% 36%
Multiracial 3% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84% 42%
Limited English proficiency 28% 15%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    I have to agree with comments below that the school and teachers completely favor some families. The friends and families of teachers get a lot of preferential treatment -- much to the students detriment. The school has like 1400 students and every year the same parents are the homeroom parents the same children are teachers pet student of the month get to sit with their friends get their pictures in the Yearbook . . .. How is that possible with 1400 students??? Five years of this is too much for any parent let alone the children. I guess the school is teaching them early in life that it is not what you know but who you know. Kids even get in classes because of who their parents are friends with at the school. Some children get no attention year after year after year. It seems like they are creating a status system in elementary school that will help destroy the self esteem and self worth of the other children who would never be considered to do the things the FOTs get to do.

  • (1 year ago)

    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...

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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!

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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!

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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)

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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!

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter loves the teachers and the students are fairly well behaved. I'm pleased )

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