Starlight Cove Elementary School

Summary:

Starlight Cove Elementary School is a public elementary school in Lantana, Florida, serving 737 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the Palm Beach School District, which is ranked 41 out of 68 districts in Florida and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Starlight Cove Elementary faces significant challenges, with consistently low academic performance, high chronic absenteeism, and a high-poverty student population. The school has a much higher percentage of Hispanic students (66.76%) compared to nearby schools, which range from 20.75% to 46.64% Hispanic. Starlight Cove also has consistently high chronic absenteeism rates, ranging from 31.0% to 39.6% over the past few years, much higher than the 4.3% to 33.8% rates of nearby schools. The school's proficiency rates in English Language Arts, Math, and Science are significantly lower than the Palm Beach district and Florida state averages across all grade levels.

While Starlight Cove has the highest spending per student ($14,089 in 2022-2023) compared to nearby schools, which range from $9,488 to $15,508 per student, its academic performance remains poor. This suggests the resources may not be effectively utilized or targeted to address the specific needs of the student population. Nearby schools with similar demographics, such as Diamond View Elementary School and Somerset Academy Jfk Charter School, generally outperform Starlight Cove, indicating the school may face unique challenges that the others are better able to address.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 6300 Seminole Dr
       Lantana, FL  33462


(561) 804-3600

District: Palm Beach

SchoolDigger Rank:
2093rd of 2,256 Florida Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,089 Help


Students who attend Starlight Cove Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Tradewinds Middle School
High:    Santaluces Community High

Student/teacher ratio:  15.1 Help
Number of students:  737

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
66.8%
African American:
23.2%
White:
8.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  77.2% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Starlight Cove Elementary School ranks worse than 92.8% of elementary schools in Florida. It also ranks 118th among 128 ranked elementary schools in the Palm Beach School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2024 the calculated Average Standard Score was 12.68. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (66.8%), African American (23.2%), White (8.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 77.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Starlight Cove Elementary School is 15.1, which is the 54th best among 128 elementary schools in the Palm Beach School District. (See more...)
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Compare Starlight Cove Elementary School employs 48.5 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Starlight Cove Elementary School is $14,089, which is the 58th highest among 128 elementary schools in the Palm Beach School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Starlight Cove Elementary School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Palm Beach:

SchoolDigger ranks Palm Beach 41st of 68 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Starlight Cove Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 27.31 1265th 1688 25.1%
2007 19.81 1514th 1786 15.2%
2008 17.26 1565th 1789 12.5%
2009 19.93 1567th 1847 15.2%
2010 17.20 1679th 1919 12.5%
2011 23.64 1614th 1985 18.7%
2012 26.33 1528th 1984 23.0%
2013 18.66 1753rd 2029 13.6%
2014 10.84 1960th 2064 5.0%
2016 26.38 1594th 2087 23.6%
2017 27.07 1572nd 2112 25.6%
2018 23.93 1683rd 2118 20.5%
2019 20.35 1835th 2182 15.9%
2021 21.69 1784th 2247 20.6%
2022 14.67 2009th 2219 9.5%
2023 16.36 2000th 2240 10.7%
2024 12.68 2093rd 2256 7.2%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Florida Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Starlight Cove Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1995 460 266 16 294 6 n/a n/a 0 1042
1996 460 266 16 294 6 n/a n/a 0 1042
1997 439 319 24 294 6 n/a n/a 0 1082
1998 421 412 20 359 10 n/a n/a 0 1222
1999 395 437 19 395 10 n/a n/a 0 1256
2000 374 419 20 428 8 n/a n/a 0 1249
2001 382 252 16 231 2 n/a n/a 0 883
2002 391 235 26 308 7 n/a n/a 0 967
2003 391 235 26 308 7 n/a n/a 0 967
2004 342 241 25 312 6 n/a n/a 0 926
2005 283 241 21 331 6 n/a n/a 0 882
2006 209 222 14 323 2 n/a n/a 0 770
2007 197 234 12 325 2 n/a n/a 51 821
2008 166 247 15 336 0 n/a n/a 48 812
2009 132 245 13 332 1 n/a n/a 48 771
2010 107 220 13 373 6 n/a n/a 18 737
2011 95 228 14 397 7 1 27 0 769
2012 95 255 11 391 10 2 17 0 781
2013 122 302 16 538 7 1 22 0 1008
2014 110 294 12 512 8 0 20 0 956
2015 76 251 11 522 9 0 15 0 884
2016 72 240 7 548 5 0 14 0 886
2017 77 218 6 566 4 0 6 0 877
2018 90 197 12 539 4 0 8 0 850
2019 95 203 5 566 1 0 8 0 878
2020 62 187 3 561 1 1 4 0 819
2021 48 135 3 500 2 1 3 0 692
2022 65 161 2 494 3 2 5 0 732
2023 60 171 3 492 2 3 6 0 737

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

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For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Starlight Cove Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 1042 43.0 24.2 46.3
1996 1042 43.0 24.2 46.3
1997 1082 54.0 20.0 36.1
1998 1222 61.0 20.0 61
1999 1256 61.0 20.6 71.1
2000 1249 74.0 16.9 75.2
2001 883 56.0 15.8 65.1
2002 967 55.0 17.6 66.1
2003 967 55.0 17.6 66.1
2004 926 57.0 16.2 71.1
2005 882 53.0 16.6 54.4
2006 770 51.0 15.1 74.3
2007 821 52.0 15.8 77.1
2008 812 56.0 14.5 76.6
2009 771 64.6 13.9 81.6
2010 737 51.5 14.3 83.4
2011 769 54.5 14.1 87.5
2012 781 57.3 13.6 87.3
2013 1008 71.0 14.1 85.1
2014 956 74.0 12.9 90.8
2015 884 67.0 13.1 92.1
2016 886 73.0 12.1 94.5
2017 877 67.0 13.0 90.5
2018 850 65.0 13.0 89.8
2019 878 53.0 16.5 89.4
2020 819 56.0 14.6 91.3
2021 692 59.5 11.6 96
2022 732 52.0 14.0 91.9
2023 737 48.5 15.1 77.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Starlight Cove Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1995 1042 43.0 24.2 46.3
1996 1042 43.0 24.2 46.3
1997 1082 54.0 20.0 36.1
1998 1222 61.0 20.0 61
1999 1256 61.0 20.6 71.1
2000 1249 74.0 16.9 75.2
2001 883 56.0 15.8 65.1
2002 967 55.0 17.6 66.1
2003 967 55.0 17.6 66.1
2004 926 57.0 16.2 71.1
2005 882 53.0 16.6 54.4
2006 770 51.0 15.1 74.3
2007 821 52.0 15.8 77.1
2008 812 56.0 14.5 76.6
2009 771 64.6 13.9 81.6
2010 737 51.5 14.3 83.4
2011 769 54.5 14.1 87.5
2012 781 57.3 13.6 87.3
2013 1008 71.0 14.1 85.1
2014 956 74.0 12.9 90.8
2015 884 67.0 13.1 92.1
2016 886 73.0 12.1 94.5
2017 877 67.0 13.0 90.5
2018 850 65.0 13.0 89.8
2019 878 53.0 16.5 89.4
2020 819 56.0 14.6 91.3
2021 692 59.5 11.6 96
2022 732 52.0 14.0 91.9
2023 737 48.5 15.1 77.2

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Starlight Cove Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $1,014 (10.7%) $8,440 (89.3%) $9,454
2019 $882 (9.8%) $8,112 (90.2%) $8,994
2020 $735 (6.5%) $10,493 (93.5%) $11,228
2021 $1,357 (10.0%) $12,270 (90.0%) $13,627
2022 $2,468 (18.0%) $11,212 (82.0%) $13,680
2023 $2,217 (15.7%) $11,872 (84.3%) $14,089

Data source: Florida Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Starlight Cove Elementary School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1835th of 2182 Elementary schoolsRanks 2000th of 2240 Elementary schools
 5.2%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Starlight Cove Elementary School)3132
 1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)5454
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5853
 5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Starlight Cove Elementary School)5231
 21%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6558
 7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Florida)6258
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Starlight Cove Elementary School)3132
 1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)6262
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5857
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Starlight Cove Elementary School)5744
 13%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6759
 8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6461
 3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Starlight Cove Elementary School)3626
 10%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)5957
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5655
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Starlight Cove Elementary School)4542
 3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6550
 15%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6052
 8%
5th Grade Science (Starlight Cove Elementary School)3132
 1%
   5th Grade Science (Palm Beach)5151
   5th Grade Science (Florida)5351
 2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students878737
 16.1%
African American203171
 15.8%
American Indian12
 100%
Asian53
 40%
Hispanic566492
 13.1%
Pacific Islander03
White9560
 36.8%
Two or More Races86
 25%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients89.4%77.2%
 12.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Starlight Cove Elementary School

Students at Starlight Cove Elementary School are 67% Hispanic, 23% African American, 8% White.

Students who attend Starlight Cove Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Tradewinds Middle School
High : Santaluces Community High

In the 2022-23 school year, 737 students attended Starlight Cove Elementary School.

Starlight Cove Elementary School ranks in the bottom 7.2% of Florida elementary schools.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Florida Department of Education.

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