Kendale Lakes Elementary School was erected in 1974 under District Superintendent, Dr. E. L. Whigham. The school first opened its doors in 1975 as a school serving students Kindergarten through sixth grade. Kendale Lakes is part of the Sunset High Feeder Pattern and our students transition to Hammocks, Bowman Ashe/ Doolin K-8 Academy, and Howard D. McMillian for the middle grades. Kendale Lakes serves approximately 724 students from surrounding neighborhood, including standard curriculum students (55%), Students with Disabilities (38%), Gifted students (20%), English Language Learners (ELL) (34%) and economically disadvantaged (76%).
There are 52 classrooms and 4 portables on the school site. The 38 year old school has been wired to provide Internet and Intranet access to 100% of the classrooms. The Media Center houses a state of the art closed circuit television system, Wi-Fi and Internet access to 30 computer stations. Sixty percent of the classroom have available an average of 6 computer stations. In addition, 17 SmartBoards are being utilized to incorporate them into their teaching to transform student learning and increase engagement. Three classrooms have been set up with MimioTeach™ interactive whiteboard system to encourage the use of technology and engage in active learning.
In 2005, one prefabricated building was added to create 13 new classrooms. Our increase in technology has enabled our teachers to create inclusive learning environments that promote opportunities for all students to explore math and science concepts.
Kendale Lakes Elementary School sits on 8.69 acres located in Southwest Miami-Dade County, Florida. Kendale Lakes is part of the Sunset High Feeder Pattern and our students transition to Hammocks, Bowman Ashe/ Doolin K-8 Academy, and Howard D. McMillian for the middle grades. Additionally, several students have applied and were accepted into wonderful magnet programs cultivated throughout the Miami-Dade County Public School System. We strongly prioritize our mission of preparing each child to reach their full potential so that they may experience success at the elementary level and beyond.
KLE serves approximately 725 students from the surrounding neighborhood and others attending with approved Out-of-Area transfers or McKay scholarships in Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade. Our students’ eligibilities for assessment and instructional classifications include: standard curriculum, Students with Disabilities, Gifted, English Language Learners (ELL) and economically disadvantaged. There are 2 annex buildings and one two-story main building on our campus with 57 classrooms and 4 portables utilized on the school site. We offer several class configurations including self-contained, resource and inclusion classes. The ethnic/racial make-up of the student population is approximately 87% Hispanic, 22 % white, non-specific, 1% Black, and 1% other. KLE is a Title I school with an allocated Reading Coach. We receive support from the state and the district to apply scientifically based reading research to ensure that all children learn to read and are academically successful.
The 38 year old school has been wired to provide Internet and Intranet access to 100% of the classrooms. The Media Center houses a state of the art closed circuit television system, Wi-Fi and Internet access to 26 computer stations. Our English Language Learners Computer Lab has 15 additional computer stations. Sixty percent of the classrooms have available an average of 6 computer stations. In addition, 17 SmartBoards are being utilized to incorporate instructional technology into teaching and learning in order to transform lesson delivery and increase student engagement. Three classrooms have been set up with a MimioTeach™ interactive whiteboard system to encourage the use of technology and engagement in active learning. Several classes have an LCD projector to augment the access to valuable e-resources for instructional purposes. Other classes servicing students with disabilities are also outfitted with sound field systems to improve acoustics for lesson delivery. Our increase in technology equipment has enabled our teachers to create inclusive learning environments that promote opportunities for all students to explore reading, language arts, math and science concepts as well as special area programs. These innovations will continue to be prioritized so that we can promote learning in an optimal environment reflective of the 21st century.
KLE employs 71 full time staff members and 14 part time staff members. The staff consists of two administrators: one Principal and one Assistant Principal. There are 44 classroom teachers at Kendale Lakes Elementary School: 32 basic education teachers, 12 special education teachers, 3 behavioral therapists/personnel; one school counselor. Working together we are committed to a tradition of excellence that addresses the academic and developmental needs of all students, instituting a strong core values program, reinforcing how to face challenges, peer pressure, friendship problems, and fortifying organizational skills, in addition to district mandated awareness curriculums.
The ethnic/racial makeup of the staff is 68% Hispanic, 18% non-Hispanic and 1% other. The entire instructional staff is degreed personnel; 20% hold Advanced Degrees, 11 are National Board Certified. We pride ourselves in our Highly Qualified personnel with diverse areas of certification to provide exceptional service to our students.
Class size average is 17:1. Pupil /Teacher ratio in the standard curriculum is 17:1 in grades Pre-K-2 and 20:1 in grades 3 -5. Pupil /Teacher ratio in the SPED self-contained classrooms is 9:1 in grades K-2 and 10:1 in grades 3-5. We currently have enrichment opportunities in TEAM classes in K-5th grade and 9 self-contained gifted classes in 1st-5th grade as part of our Advanced Academic Program.
Services provided under the SPED umbrella are as follows, Pre-K ESE, Varying Exceptionalities, Gifted, Emotional/ Behavioral Disability, Speech and/or Language Impaired, and Other Health Impaired.
Intervention programs are also available for qualified students during the day or after school through Title I school funds, ELL grant funds, and Supplemental Educational Services Program funds. Intervention programs are implemented with fidelity and have been a consistent asset towards improved student achievement.
The enriched learning opportunities/clubs for students are: Art Club, Chorus/Instrumentals, Safety Patrols, Future Florida Educators of America, and Zumba.