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Atlantic Beach Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 454 students

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted May 14, 2013

Substitute Teacher. This is by far the most enjoyable school I have worked at in all of the DCPS school system. I was able to network with teachers and actually teach the entire lesson plan. The students did their work. They even got the answers correct as a whole group. My time there was filled with encouragement directed towards the students. Special activities used as motivational tools designed to add balance to the work schedule. Let them cut loose for a bit. Then give them work. It is completed and then one to the next group. I was able to make connections with students who had problems then solve their problems and watched them smile back at me. It was like a picture perfect movie down to the maintenance of the school. Even the janitors went out of their way to make a perfect stranger smile. This is what I was hoping for in my line of work. Only bad thing about ABE is now I am cursed by its beauty and must go to other DCPS schools and daydream about returning to the beach to see the next generation that I want to take care of me in my old age, and vote in elections, be my doctor or lawyer. Teach my kids, possibly just run into at the store and say Hi. Send your kids to ABE


Posted June 19, 2011

We are Midwestern transplants coming from terrific Blue Ribbon schools. We were moving to Atlantic Beach and we were very concerned with the reputation of the public schools. We prefer sending our children to school with neighborhood kids but we were willing to do whatever it takes to give our kids a great educational experience. We spent considerable time researching the private, parochial and the public school opportunities for our children and after interviewing parents and faculty who seemed equally committed to great education (and who raved about ABE), we chose to send our daughter to Atlantic Beach Elementary. It was a very good decision for us. She continued getting straight A s, she scored 5 s on the FCAT and was elected to Student Council. We are very satisfied with our decision and thrilled to be a part of such a dynamic community. MH
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2010

Excellent teachers, strong parent involvement/PTA, beautiful facility. I really like the after school enrichment classes offered, which include art, tennis, oceanography, math, yoga, crafts, and more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

The best for learning, the best teachers, the best parents, the best kids anywhere
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

I love our little pink school. We have a wonderful faculty - custodians to the principal and everyone in between! It is one big happy family and everyone takes care of one another. We have a fabulous parent support network and everyone works together to put the children first!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

It is a school where 'the village' is a way of life not a phrase! Everyone worries about all of the kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

Our little school is one big family! We look out for eachother and enjoy the gifts we have to share with one another and the community. A little piece of heaven on earth!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 21, 2009

ABE is a great school with a close knit group of parents, teachers and administrators that work well together. The Atlantic Beach community has embraced the school and their support has been vital to the school's success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

There is a lot of parent involvement and community support that take it from ordinary to exraordinary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

They have some of the best teachers I have seen. They are great to the students and parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

The teachers and faculty are the best! I am so lucky to be able to have my son go to this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

This is a great school with great teachers who genuinely care about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

Wonderful school, teachers, principal & staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

ABE is a great little school. It has wonderful teachers and staff and great students and families too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

We have had a wonderful transition after moving to Atlantic Beach. They teachers and staff couldn't be more helpful and encouraging. Way to go ABE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

Atlantic Beach is a wonderful school that is very community oriented!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

I went to this school and now my daughter do. The teachers and admin staff are awesome
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

Best attitude of teachers, parents and ultimately students. It's all relative. A pure neighborhood school with participation from the community to help it be the best of the best!!!!


Posted September 30, 2009

Small school, personal, sincere staff, parent participation
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

I gladly drive my daughter back and forth to Atlantic Beach Elementary everyday! She is worth it, this school is worth it! Rated a 5 years in a row!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
93%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
65%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 70%
Black 15%
Hispanic 7%
Two or more races 6%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 74%65%61%
Master's degree 23%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
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