Killearn Lakes Elementary School is located in Tallahassee, the capital city of Florida. Nestled in a wooded northeast neighborhood, the school opened in 1985 as a public elementary school and currently serves students in prekindergarten through fifth grades. The school has a reputation for excellence in all areas and was recently recognized as top ten in “school rankings” by the Florida Department of Education. For 13 out of the past 14 years, Killearn Lakes has maintained an A+ rating with the Department of Education for achieving adequate yearly progress according to the No Child Left Behind Act.
Our school community is made up of high performing students, committed staff, supportive parents and business partners who strive to make Killearn Lakes a special place for children. Following our motto, Keep Learning Every Second by being: Respectful, Responsible, and Ready to Learn, the dedicated staff works diligently to establish a quality learning environment that challenges and enriches the lives of all students and sets high academic standards.
The school’s mission clearly identifies the guiding principles by which the school operates. Our mission statement is:
Killearn Lakes Elementary School provides students with an optimal learning environment to create lifelong learners.In addition, we believe:
- safe and nurturing learning environment is essential to learning
- all children can learn when provided with individualized instruction, based on individual needs
- in developing cooperative, respectful citizens
- in research-based education and remediation
- that students will be most successful when their education is a combined effort between the school, home, and community
- that high expectations promote successful academic performance
Developed collaboratively with all stakeholders, the school’s mission is visible in the school, not just in written form, but is evident in the actions of all who touch the lives of students. It is our goal that every student acquires skills necessary to become independent, cooperative, caring life-long learners.
Having a large enrollment within the Leon County School District, Killearn Lakes’ 851 students come from a diverse range of cultures, socioeconomic levels, and educational backgrounds. Much of the success of the students at Killearn Lakes Elementary can be attributed to setting high standards, a joint partnership between school and home, and a focus on using the best practices in teaching. Precise goals and specific procedures are in place for every aspect of the school, from behavior to academics. Curriculum standards are set for all grade levels in reading, mathematics, science, social studies, health, physical education, music and art.
A behavior management program called “Positive Behavior Support” is implemented throughout the school. This program provides a positive and effective method of behavior management. The methods are research-based and proven to significantly reduce the occurrence of problem behaviors in the school, thus resulting in a more positive school climate and increased academic performance.
As a school, Killearn Lakes Elementary recognizes that education is not just made of academics; the needs of the whole child must be addressed. Music, media, art, physical education and character education classes are incorporated into the daily schedules of students. Special events such as Field Days, Science Fair, Spelling Bee, Tropicana Speech Contest,Math Mini Mu competitions, Big Buddy/Little Buddy programs, a wide variety of musical experiences, guest speakers, Fairytale Knowdown, and Sunshine State Young Readers Award luncheon are examples of academic extensions for our students. Children are taught the importance of giving back to the community through activities such as Jump Rope for Heart, Holiday Giving program, Goodwill, and local food drives. Celebrations occur often and rewards are numerous. Killearn Lakes Elementary is fortunate to have a supportive PTO, highly involved volunteers, mentors, and generous business partners who provide an array of support in order to make this a special place for children.
Killearn Lakes Elementary is a caring place focused on fostering the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of all students. It is a school filled with children excited about learning and adults committed to providing a nurturing and caring learning environment. It is an outstanding school, recognized by the Florida Department of Education as a school of excellence and dedicated to helping students reach their full potential.