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About This School

Sunset Park Elementary School is a public elementary school in Windermere. The principal of Sunset Park Elementary School is Mr. Carol Russ. 1,049 students attend Sunset Park Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 24% of the Sunset Park Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 38% of the 1,049 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers 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
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 45% 30%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Hispanic 31% 35%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 27%
Asian 10% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38% 62%
Limited English proficiency 24% 14%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months 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.

  • (4 months 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.

  • (7 months 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.

  • (9 months 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.

  • (9 months 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)

  • (11 months 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.

  • (1 year 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

  • (1 year 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.

  • (1 year 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.

  • (1 year 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!

  • (1 year ago)

    The staff and administration truly doesn t cares about the students well being and their academic success. The principal and assistant principal are very busy to take care they own personal problems . The principal only care about her two granddaughters who are students in the school. They are constantly in meetings to modify any problems or issues and to discuss ways to help themself. The teaching personal as unprofessional as the principal of this school

  • (1 year 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.

  • (1 year 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.

  • (1 year ago)

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

  • (1 year ago)

    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 .

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a current teacher at this school and has been there since the school opened. The staff and administration truly cares about the students well being and their academic success. The principal and assistant principal are very busy due to high demands and many changes coming from the district office. We are constantly in meetings to modify any problems or issues and to discuss ways to help our students improve. Just remember there are some parents that will never be satified with a specific teacher because of their personal feelings towards that teacher and not the teachers teaching ability.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have only one child in this school. Principal NEVER available. Especially after our son was assaulted on the playground at recess by another child in his K class. We were informed by asst principal that the child's mother was there all the time. We were told by the teacher the child was her "problem" child. She was let go after that. Needless to say we sent our child for self defense classes Our son is now in 3rd grade and thankfully we will now be sending him to private school next year. The school is new and for the most part the teachers are good but seems more like WHO you know not WHAT you know. Way too much physical contact betweeen students in this school. Nothing done about that. Lunchroom is total CHAOS. Screaming and pulling each other. Adults who supervise for the most part are rude or non responsive. It's quite stressful to watch. Physical education limited to playing on a cement floor under covering with a ball or little scooters. Friend pulled both her kids out and put them into private school. Very sad to say we can't wait til the end of this school year. Just a shame the last almost 3 years were a disappointment.

  • (2 years ago)

    While the test scores may be at or above standards the quality of the school is very lacking. This year the experiences my daughter (first grade) has had for lack of a better term have been dissapointing. There have been issues with the bussing the lunch room the teacher the administration and the efforts put forth to recognize and amend the various issues has been either non-existent by the principal to minimal by the teacher. The only exception that I can point out is the assistant principal truly cares about the students and the school and does everything in his power to make it a great place to learn. Unfortunatly this is not enough. Next year we will be looking to either move to a better district (Keen's Crossing/Windermere/Dr. Phillips) or to put our children in a private school so that they can get the proper education that they deserve.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have 2 children who attend this school and am pleased to see the leadership and parental involvement. Concerns have always been addressed by staff. My kids have enjoyed the field trips to places such as St Augustine Sea World and the Fall Festivals have been very entertaining. It is evident during school functions that the community businesses have made a commitment to education. Thank you.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is the best! The teachers and staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. The principal and assistant principal are very approachable. The school also offers a ton of extra-curricular activities! My two children (grade 2 and 4) love this school!

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