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Somerset Academy Boca East

Charter | K-5 | 286 students

 

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted September 14, 2014

I couldn't disagree with the previous review more. My kids and I love this school. This is our second year and we couldn't be happier. Every teacher we have had communicates with the parents all the time. If I send an e-mail it is responded to within 12 hours. All grades, curriculum, text books, practice activities and class info are online. We never had this before at our previous A rated public school. The front office staff are very nice and know all the parents by name. Finally, the Principal is anything but unpleasant. She is kind, caring and deeply cares about the school and children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2014

I too disagree wholeheartedly with the very recent and negative review of this school. My child has been there since its inception. The office staff has NEVER been rude, on the contrary. The principal always makes herself available to address any concern I may have. The reason I chose to keep my child in this school for middle school is because of the excellent education she is receiving, attentiveness of the staff AND there is very little, if any, bullying to deal with. It would be very interesting to know more about the writer of that review, how many schools they have been through and the level of their rudeness to the staffs there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2014

Major disappointment here. Science charter sounded good. It was a nightmare. My child was intensely bullied and it was not addressed. No extra help provided. Standard curriculum. The science aspect is pathetic. If that is your specialty it should be weaved into the everyday curriculum not just a weekly lab and a few activities. The hands on lab based part of the Science curriculum was not purchased and I had to request school to provide online access to textbooks. Busy work homework. The school test scores are pathetic, many lower than state average. I found the principal to be unhelpful and unpleasant. The teacher was new, clueless, and unprofessional. The governing board does not respond to emails nor phone calls. I could not reach my child's teacher by phone, leave messages, nor get return calls if requested. Rude in front office. Poor parent/school communication. No improvement on regular public. Whole reason for charters was improvement academically, better relationships with parents, and better communication. I don't see it here. If I could give it 0 stars I would. F grade. For profit schools are not the answer. Waste of tax dollars here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2014

This school is small right now but there are plans to make it at least twice the size that it is right now. That is disappointing since the principal promised to keep it small. Also, when I did google the company that runs my child's charter school as suggested by another review I was disappointed with the results. Hopefully, the principal can shed some light on these latest concerns and address parental concerns which are very serious at the beginning of the year meeting. Also, I would like to see a nurse full time on campus and more equipment. I do like the volunteer efforts of other parents and my son had a pretty good teacher last year. However, I am disappointed with what I am reading right now so I am giving a low rating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2014

Before you enroll in this school just google the management company and see if this sounds like a good school. Personally, I think the school is lacking in academics, leadership, and some, not all teachers effectiveness. Many parents are ok with the school because it is good for those that are "acceptable." If you are not one of them don't bother even applying. Its basically a private school run with public funds. Just google it and see for yourself.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 18, 2014

Safe. Teachers are great! Caring office staff. Our kids love this school! Aftercare programs are also excellent! It seems as though they have resolved many of the issue I read on this page. It was the schools first year and they had some quirks to fix but it shows that all the fundraising they have done have managed to help the school tremendously. The fundraising they do is for that reason and is also optional. We came from two different Private schools and believe me... they asked for more. Even down to the point they asked us to bring in our old jewelery to donate for their school. Somerset Academy Boca makes learning fun and does not ask for any more than any other school. I know parents that have left Somerset because and now regret they did not stick it out because the next school year all their complaints were accomplished. This was our first year at Somerset. We decided to give it a chance and we are glad we did.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2014

As a grandparent who picks up my grandson, I find the teachers are pleasant, professional and well organized. My grandson Is learning so much and fast. His progress in writing, reading , and math skills is remarkable. I'm so grateful that we have this opportunity to send him to a quality school that demonstrates such commitment to the students. Couldn't be happier.


Posted December 8, 2013

Charter schools are one option for parents in terms of school choice. It meets the needs of some students but not all. Pro: small size (325 est), faster car rider, staggered dismissal, above average test scores, later start for K-5, school chooses own curriculum, enrolls K-6 currently, multiple enrichment activities, high parent involvement, certified teachers, some oversight by Palm Beach County School District, security fence, before/aftercare, two playgrounds, pull out ESE/gifted/ESOL, programs/fieldtrips. orientation, school info by email Con: No transportation, no nurse/clinic, Legally enforceable contract for required volunteer hours, uniform costs, fees, lots of fundraising/donations, limited oversight by Palm Beach County, limited chain of command by charter board (on your own with problems), lack space, no media special, most enrichment activities are fee based, teach to the test, profit based school, limited materials/supplies, higher than average supply costs, limited access to online textbooks, standard bullying issues, lots of homework,security issues, no beg year meet & greet, limited /no phone contact w/teacher, lottery, yearly RE-registration, lack full diversity
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2013

Somerset Boca is great for my kids. They both love their teachers and are learning a lot. I know the teachers are challenging them and they are growing. They were not in the same class as their best friends from last year, but they have made new friends. They both love their specials too, PE, Music, Spanish and Art are their favorite every day. This school really encourages and nurtures every student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2013

Very disappointed with this school. On the surface the academics look good but the kids are not getting the basic skills overall. It falls on the parents to actually teach the basic skills and the schools supplements. The facilities and supplies are lacking. The major focus is on fundraising and donations instead of educating the child. The head of the school is lacking the background experience to successfully push academics but is schooled in the economic part. The curriculum is a free for all with no real organization between grade levels. The school is smaller and therefore the car rider line is better but class sizes are still large. There is no real Science magnet aspect. This is one option for parents. Also, there is a good cost for uniforms, supplies, donations, fundraising, fees, and providing your own transportation. If you want average academics this is a good choice but if you are looking for a school that does not teach to the test and is strong in basic skills this is not it. But, then again the teaching to the test has become the standard. Lastly, even with the added fence security is lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

The warmest, friendliest office staff. Ms. Michelle is super knowledgeable and professional and Ms. Diana so nice and always smiling. I love the warmth they provided the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

I am thrilled with Somerset Academy Boca!! It is a relief to be out of the local overcrowded public school . My son is excited to go to school every day and says every day is more fun than the next! The principal , staff, and teachers are wonderful and always available . Communication and social activities are a perfect 10! The children have recess every day and can play school sports after school. The learning is first rate with individual attention given to each student. I am so glad we switched to Somerset, can't say enough good things!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

I am so grateful for Somerset Academy. Regular public schools are way too large. This small school makes my child and myself feel part of a family. The teachers and staff and in constant communication with the parents. They have family events, picnics, galas and great afterschool activities. So many things never seen in a regular public school. It has been such a smooth transition for my daughter who left a great religious pre-school to start kindergarten there. This school gives the feel of a private school. All the parents are involved and get to know each other. Security is no longer an issue as the school has an office there all day. The only thing is that being a new school they need more supplies and maybe more outdoor space but other than that I would not trade it for any for those large public schools, not even the A rated ones that are in Boca and people fight to get into.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

LOVE IT!! EXCELLENT SCHOOL! Somerset schools are high achievement schools and now I know why. The school is small, well managed and provide a very positive environment and a sense of community. The staff and teachers are professional and warm. Parents are very involved and caring. Good education and the aftercare enrichment program is fun and dynamic. Aftercare kids have many activities to choose from: yoga, zumba, music, musical theater, arts and more. Security is now improved with a new fence and a security officer there all day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

I love the way they involve parent in the every day activities , it feel like a home away from home. My girls feel safe , well treat and they have individuals asignments and homework ....I like that
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

Somerset Boca is a great option for families looking for a smaller school feel without going private. There is a family vibe and families actually have a say in what happens at the school. The staff knows every kid and every kid has an opportunity to shine there. We have had a great experience and are very thankful that Somerset opened in our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

I took a star off for the rude office staff. One was nice but the rest are too busy to be nice I guess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

The teachers are wonderful! However, front office staff is very rude, principle is not professional and the security is horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2013

Just finished kindergarten and we are happy that we found this school. We love the small school atmosphere. Out kindergarten teacher was great, the staff is great, the principal is really good. Security needs to be improved and the resources in general seem to be very limited.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

Somerset Boca has been wonderful and life changing! My son really struggled in Kindergarten at an A rated school, and seemed to "fall through the cracks" and kids that learn from different teaching methods/ learning styles, dont fit in the "box" of mainstream public education. Somerset teachers, teach to different learning styles/needs (tactile, visual, etc). Our teachers and staff are dedicated and amazing. We also have a daughter in 2nd. They are both doing outstanding academically as well as in their emotional development and socialization skills. My children have found a renewed sense of self-confidence and really enjoy going to school each day. This school addresses the needs of its students, above and beyond academic. Love this school!
—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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
n/a
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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
85%
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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

27 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
n/a
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.

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n/a

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n/a

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n/a
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

This school did not receive a grade in 2011-2012.

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 50%
Hispanic 45%
Black 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 49%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/AN/A
Female 51%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 100%73%61%
Master's degree 0%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. BONNIE MAY
Fax number
  • (561) 393-1092

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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333 Southwest 4th Avenue
Boca Raton, FL 33432
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Phone: (561) 393-1091

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