Strategic Plan Overview in English and Spanish
Lake Forest Elementary School which opened in 2008 serves students in grades PreK-5th and is located in the middle of the city of Sandy Springs just north of Atlanta in Fulton's Central Learning Community. According to the 2010 Census, Sandy Springs had a population of 93, 853 of whom 65.0% were white, 20.0% were black or African American, 0.3% were Native American, 5.0% were Asian, 6.9% were from some other race and 2.7% were from two or more races. The Census reported that 14.2% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race. The composition of Lake Forest's student population is not necessarily reflective of the larger Sandy Springs community in which the school is located. The demographic breakdown of the students in 2013-2014 was as follows: 95% of students are Hispanic, 3% are African-American, and approximately 2% are Anglo.
Since opening, the school's enrollment has increased from 550 in 2008 to 980 students for the 2013-2014 school year. To serve these students, there are a total of 79 certified teachers and 48 support staff (consisting of administration, paraprofessionals, certified staff, and classified staff). Of the students, 99% are Economically Disadvantaged with 85% of students qualifying as Limited English Proficient. There are also approximately 25% of students identified as Students with Disabilities. Uniquely, most students at Lake Forest live in apartments within a mile of the school and due to high traffic areas and highways nearby most are bused to school each day. Over the past few years, the mobility rate for students has decreased and in 2012-2013 was 16. 5% and the stability rate has risen to 92%. Though the student population is not necessarily demographically reflective of the larger community of Sandy Springs, the community around Lake Forest is supportive and interested in the academic success for all. There is tremendous stakeholders support such as parent volunteers, business partnerships, and community partnerships through local churches and religious groups. Lake Forest was also named a 2013 Title I Reward School.