Somerset Academy Lakes

Summary:

Somerset Academy Lakes is a public charter elementary school serving 417 students in grades K-5 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The school is part of the Palm Beach school district, which is ranked 41 out of 68 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Despite relatively high per-student spending, Somerset Academy Lakes consistently underperforms the surrounding public schools in academic proficiency rates. The school has a significantly higher Hispanic student population (72.9%) compared to nearby schools, which range from 38.37% to 82.12% Hispanic. In 2023-2024, the school's 5th-grade science proficiency rate was just 21%, compared to 53% for both the Palm Beach district and Florida state. The school also experiences high chronic absenteeism rates, ranging from 6.0% to 26.7% over the past few years, which is significantly higher than the surrounding Belvedere Elementary School, Connections Education Center Of The Palm Beaches, and other nearby schools.

The high-poverty student population at Somerset Academy Lakes, with 76.5% to 89.12% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, may be a contributing factor to the school's academic challenges. While the school's per-student spending is comparable to or higher than nearby schools, the underperformance suggests that factors beyond funding, such as targeted interventions and support programs, may be needed to address the specific needs of the students and improve academic outcomes.


Detail:

Public, Charter K-5

 6340 Sunset Dr
       Miami, FL  33143


(561) 641-4449

District: Palm Beach

SchoolDigger Rank:
1430th of 2,256 Florida Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,167 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  16.6 Help
Number of students:  417

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
72.9%
White:
13.4%
African American:
12.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  76.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Somerset Academy Lakes ranks worse than 63.4% of elementary schools in Florida. It also ranks 75th 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 37.02. (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 Student population at Somerset Academy Lakes is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (72.9%), White (13.4%), African American (12.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 76.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Somerset Academy Lakes is 16.6. 96 elementary schools in the Palm Beach School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Somerset Academy Lakes employs 25 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Somerset Academy Lakes is $11,167. 114 elementary schools in the Palm Beach School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Somerset Academy Lakes 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 Somerset Academy Lakes

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 34.28 1483rd 2182 32.0%
2021 48.08 1127th 2247 49.8%
2022 29.94 1575th 2219 29.0%
2023 21.71 1847th 2240 17.5%
2024 37.02 1430th 2256 36.6%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Somerset Academy Lakes

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2017 8 9 2 51 0 0 1 0 71
2018 22 29 1 123 0 1 2 0 178
2019 36 41 3 147 1 1 6 0 235
2020 39 44 4 172 1 1 8 0 269
2021 42 51 4 224 2 1 7 0 331
2022 47 60 3 293 3 0 8 0 414
2023 56 52 2 304 2 0 1 0 417

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

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

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 Somerset Academy Lakes

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 71 6.0 11.8 78.9
2018 178 15.0 11.8 87.1
2019 235 14.0 16.7 86
2020 269 16.3 16.4 92.2
2021 331 19.3 17.1 89.1
2022 414 25.0 16.5 87.9
2023 417 25.0 16.6 76.5

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 Somerset Academy Lakes

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2017 71 6.0 11.8 78.9
2018 178 15.0 11.8 87.1
2019 235 14.0 16.7 86
2020 269 16.3 16.4 92.2
2021 331 19.3 17.1 89.1
2022 414 25.0 16.5 87.9
2023 417 25.0 16.6 76.5

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Somerset Academy Lakes

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $1,758 (15.6%) $9,524 (84.4%) $11,282
2019 $821 (8.6%) $8,758 (91.4%) $9,578
2020 $486 (4.7%) $9,828 (95.3%) $10,314
2021 $1,581 (16.3%) $8,142 (83.7%) $9,723
2022 $772 (9.2%) $7,642 (90.8%) $8,415
2023 $738 (6.6%) $10,428 (93.4%) $11,167

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Somerset Academy Lakes

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 1483rd of 2182 Elementary schoolsRanks 1847th of 2240 Elementary schools
 14.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Somerset Academy Lakes)5637
 19%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)5454
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5853
 5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Somerset Academy Lakes)6130
 31%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6558
 7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Florida)6258
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Somerset Academy Lakes)2554
 29%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)6262
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5857
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Somerset Academy Lakes)5848
 10%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6759
 8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6461
 3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Somerset Academy Lakes)4350
 7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)5957
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5655
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Somerset Academy Lakes)4848
   5th Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6550
 15%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6052
 8%
5th Grade Science (Somerset Academy Lakes)4526
 19%
   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 Students235417
 77.4%
African American4152
 26.8%
American Indian12
 100%
Asian32
 33.3%
Hispanic147304
 106.8%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White3656
 55.6%
Two or More Races61
 83.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients86%76.5%
 9.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Somerset Academy Lakes

Students at Somerset Academy Lakes are 73% Hispanic, 13% White, 12% African American.

Somerset Academy Lakes ranks 1430th of 2256 Florida elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 417 students attended Somerset Academy Lakes.


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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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