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K-5
Public
Boca Raton, FL
Students enrolled: 877
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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2051 Clint Moore Road
Boca Raton, FL 33496

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(561) 989-7500
(561) 989-7550
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August 11, 2014
Calusa Elementary is a top notch public school. My son will be entering 4th grade and has been there since kindergarten. As a family we have loved every one of his teachers. The love and care for the students is self evident. We are very fortunate to be part of this family.

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May 05, 2014
I'll piggyback on the previous comments and add that the entire gifted program at Calusa has been top notch. This is the first year Calusa has an official full-time gifted program, and it has gotten off to a great start. Ms. Shore, Ms. Mulqueen and Ms. Scharf put together a super curriculum that made kindergarten a home run. And in our house, we happen to like the amount of homework. The homework has been a valuable tool for strengthening and extending our child's grasp of the lessons. It also sets an important standard of hard, studious work moving forward. Sure, they are only kindergarteners, but that shouldn't be an excuse for coddling them like it's still preschool. Anyhow, Calusa is a true gem in our community. You get an A+ principal, excellent teachers, and a more diverse, less sheltered environment than you'd find at a private school.

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May 02, 2014
I have to agree with another mom on here, my son transferred to Calusa two months into Kindergarten and Ms.Scharf is a blessing! We switched our son's school so he could have the educational support he needed and Ms.Scharf provides such a caring loving environment. Our son comes homes everyday with new stories of what a fantastic day he had and whenever he speaks of Ms.Scharf he shares in his own way how supportive she has been. We get regular emails from her updating us on important events and sometimes she is just sending us images of the kids when they do something unique and special. While I am not a fan of the amount of homework the gifted programs has I know that the school has to give it to keep the children on track for each progressive year. Ms.Scharf prepares them so well and makes the learning experience fun! Also the security here is great, the principle and vp as well as the entire team are always out directing traffic and helping the children get to where they need to be. I am so glad we made the jump to Calusa and honestly I hope next years teacher is just as supportive as Ms.Scharf! Her positive leadership is much appreciated!

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January 04, 2014
My daughter started K this year with Ms. Scharf. She is warm, kind and responsive to all of questions and requests. My daughter and her classmates LOVE her! I am very impressed with how involved the Principal and the VP are. I have not gone to the school ever without seeing on of them out and about. Mrs. Wyatt is out at the gate every morning greeting students and kids. She even does special rewards where she eats lunch with the kids. Mrs. Wyatt is on lunch duty everyday! That is serious dedication for a Principal! I cannot say enough about wonderful the school and it's teachers are. They have helped to set the stage for my child to love school! Thank You! You have made an impact on these kids that will positively effect them for years to come!

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2013
My child started kindergarten this year and I am overjoyed by how fantastic the experience has been so far. His teacher challenges him everyday, his math and language skills have skyrocketed, he is reading better than I ever thought possible at his age--and he loves going to school! There is an atmosphere at Calusa that is both nurturing and academically rigorous at the same time. It seems to be a terrific balance.

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December 10, 2013
My son transferred there from a Montessori school in Delray and boy what a huge difference! The change is so much for the better! The Principle is great. the teachers are great and seem to like there work. A complete opposite of what we left. My son went from hating school, dreading aftercare and not doing very well academically to getting Honor role and really enjoying it. I am so thankful for Calusa!!! It goes to show what a difference a good school can make :)

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August 15, 2013
Calusa elementary is a well run school. The principal, Ms.Wyatt, knows every child and really cares about her students. My daughter has gone to Calusa since kindergarten and is going into 5th grade this year. Every teacher has been terrific and a great role model for her. The parent who feels like the school is run like a military fort obviously doesn't believe in good behavior and as far as the dress code I'm thankful she enforces it even thought it still falls deaf on some kids. We are truly blessed that we have been able to send our daughter to this school and will be VERY sad on her last day.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2013
Calusa is definitely the BEST kept secret in Boca Raton. From staff to parents, everyone works together to make this school an AMAZING place to be. The principal, Mrs. Wyatt, it very approachable and really cares about each and every student. The teachers are top notch and really do love their jobs and their students. my favorite thing is that they allow and encourage parent involvement. (I love being able to know what's going on at my kids' school). I feel very lucky to have my children attend the #1 school in Boca!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
WELL RUN AND DECENT SCHOOL. The Principal, Mrs. Wyatt, is so organized, just what kids need at this age. Mr Wotton, the Assistant Principal, is an asset to Calusa. Teaching kids is a talent and Calusa has managed to acquire precious gems. If your only complaint is the long car loop line then park your car and walk, you probably could do with some exercise.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2012
Extreme disappointment. The principal runs the school like a military fort. You can often hear her barking orders at the students from her microphone while they eat lunch. She's more concerned with dress code than with promoting independence and self reliance in the children. Everything needs to be controlled and manipulated to her liking. Numbers are her importance and thus scores seem to be the only thing that makes this school tick. The students look miserable in the car loop line. Just disappointing.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2012
Great School! We unfortunately had to move so my children only attended one year. The principal Mrs. Wyatt is very involved. I loved that she had lunch with the kids as a reward for good behavior. The story book parade is soo cute during Halloween. Second grade teacher Mrs. Gabso and Mrs. Martin Kindergarten are awesome. My kids really excelled in this school. Love the Calusa High Fives!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2011
Calusa is the best kept secret in Boca Raton. The admistration is terrific. The teachers really care. We have been at Calusa for 5 years and my kids have a great bunch of friends, many who live in our neighborhood which makes it great for play dates!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2011
One of the best schools in Boca Raton. The student body is diverse and much like the real world. Great school if you want you child in a well adjusted down to earth environment. Something hard to find in Boca Raton

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May 16, 2011
Great school!! The aftercare program is awesome, horray to Ms. Ostrow! The teachers care. My son is in the ESE program and I feel that he's receiving the attention and care he needs. The speech pathologist Ms. Barbra is very caring and friendly. We love Calusa!!

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April 18, 2011
This school has high ratings because their teachers do care about our kids! It's not just the paycheck thry are after; but the highest goals to be met for their students future!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2010
Fantastic public school! Both my son's LOVE it, they have great teachers who care. We moved from a local Montessori private school which was not up to par. Thanks Calusa for making my son's life better!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
I have a child in kindergarten in this school and I love it. I must say that my son is very lucky to have Ms. Silvers this year. She is the Best!

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no rating September 21, 2009
The teachers show a great commitment to the kids' educational success.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
They have a wonderful caring staff. They work very hard to insure a great educational experience for every student

- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2009
Calusa is student centered and provides several afterschool activities. Friendly and helpful staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 18, 2009
First day of school. Kudos to Calusa and the PTA. Carline was very well organized and staffed. The morning went smoothly and the drivers heading eastbound on Clintmore were VERY courteous towards the drivers (myself included) making the u-turn moving from westbound to eastbound on Clintmoore. I can't wait to find out how the teachers are. School office folks are lovely too! Thanks to the school and parents :)

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2008
I Love it I am a student and I moved there in the middle of the year and about a week I felt like i've been their for years.Its awesome

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September 28, 2007
Excellent school. My son scored well on SATs grade of 4 in all areas. Teachers are caring and the best in Boca. Well educated teachers with excellent skills to help children do their best. Special programs for special students were provided when needed. Helped my son tremendiously He was able to go back to the main stream classroom within 1 1/2 years. Graduated on time and with his self esteem intact.

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no rating August 29, 2007
My child is attending Calusa for the second year now. I do have to say that the drop off in the morning is starting out so much better than last year. It is so much more organized. I also like when picking up my child from aftercare the school is no longer open for anyone to walk through. It is a good system and it works well.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
Our child just started K in Calusa. We had an excelent impression about her teacher. This teacher is very organized. She treats the kids with a lot of love and respect. We can see that she loves her profession.

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no rating July 10, 2007
I am new to the area but coming from the Midwest I am used to great schools. My son started attending Calusa at the end of the year and most of the staff with the exception of the teacher (she was great!) did not make him feel comfortable. Drop off and pick up are a nightmare! The monitors yell at the parents to keep moving and their system is confusing, I got a bad impression of the school by the way I was treated by staff. I worked 12 years in the School District in Green Bay Wisconsin so I know first hand about the challenges of working in a school. We were always reminded to make parents and students feel welcome and always have a good attitude. I am looking for other options but it seems that the only choice to receive quality education here is private schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2007
I totally disagree with the response that says Calusa is not 'student centered'. This school is rare in that they are so wonderfully student centered. Each and every staff member, principal, ap, teacher, aid, parent, student, etc. are highly involved in student success and community involvement. This school is truly a family within our community!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2007
The school is a good school. Many people look at schools and rate them unfairly. Calusa has over 700 students and they all have differences and needs. The 40 or 50 teachers there do a great job with the kids not just my own. They work hard to do all they need to for the kids and prepare them for testing. We need to look at what the school does and rate it fairly. They have an impossible job and still work at it daily. My kids loves the school and is learning. That is enough for me.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
Coming to Calusa from private school has been a very eye opening experience. Pros: obviously, cost - (using savings to pay for music lessons, tutoring, science camp, etc.), extremely close to home, diverse mix of children. Cons: introduced myself on second day of school to principal - he couldn't have cared less! I reached out to shake his hand, he did so, almost reluctantly and barely made eye contact - terrible first impression - I gave the benefit of doubt and tried a couple more times throughout the year - same reaction - leadership starts from the top down!; I'm also disappointed by the lack of 'Good Morning', 'Good Bye', 'How Are You?' etc. that the teachers aids and assistants at car pool display - most of the time they are standing in little groups with each other chatting. Hitting my word limit - Calusa needs to be more student centered!

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February 09, 2007
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June 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2005
Small and personable, with no overcrowding problems. Has been through several principals so went up and down in rankings and performance. Now seems to be leveling off and performing well. Good parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
I am very happy with the overall Calusa school team. Their staff are caring, well educated 'educators' that understand that each child has individual needs/learning styles. We'e had very bad experiences w/ 2 other local public elementary schools that were clueless to my sons needs. We feel that Calusa is an 'A' school for many reasons!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
This is my daughters second year in Calusa and I've been happy with her progress. Didn't have much parent involvement with her class even though I volunteered on every list possible. I would like to get more involved with my daughters class, and hope the teacher or class mom takes care of that. My daughter loves Sports, and after school activities. (Daisies and cheerleading). I'm in PTA to help and hope there is more 'structure and control ' over the meetings this year. I'm glad to see the school is providing more security measures, I was very dissapointed with that last year. Anyone could have walked into that school. Still could use more.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
This school has an excellent feeling of community. If you have an issue, the staff is more than happy to speak with you. Communication is a two-way street. If you feel you're not getting enough info, contact the teacher. They also have email addresses through the district if calling is difficult. Pick up and drop off are always a nightmare so the bus and aftercare are the best solutions if possible. The PTA is a big presence and has a core of hardworking individuals. I feel more parents could be involved at this level. Many parents volunteer every day or every week. Attend a classroom event and a good dozen parents are always there. Be flexible this year with a change in principal and SACC director. This is my choice for elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2005
Calusa is a wonderful school with a great family feeling of community... the academic program is strong as the majority of teachers have been there many years.. the PTA is a strong presence in the school and supports many events, fundraisers and meetings to make this a better school for the children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 27, 2005
Poor communication of what was going on within the classroom and also other areas of the school. I knew more about what was happening with PTA 'activities' than anything else. Parent envolvement poor. Never met the principal. Tried to help a couple of times, never contacted. I was dipleased with school orientation. We never left the classroom. I expected to at least hear what the children would be doing for the year or something about the teacher and philosophies.P erhaps even had a chance to ask questions and meet other staff members. Drop-off is a nightmare. I'm sure it's better than some scholls in the area, but I'm not thrilled with it. Public Schools need to have higher standards-and I'm not talking about meeting 'FCAT requirements!'

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2005
Overall, a very mediocre experience. Very poor 'PR' (parental relations) and poor home school communication.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2005
My daughter had a great experince in this school. The administration was very responsive when I had questions and concerns. The teachers went out of their way to enhance my child's experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2005
We have had a great experience with Calusa. Many parents who can afford private schools prefer to send their kids to Calusa. The teachers are excellent and the staff is enthusiatic, although at times they get a little bureaucratic. The parking situation isn't great and drop offs in the morning can be a nightmare, so put your kids on the bus if you can or aftercare (even if they stay only 1/2 hour you will avoid the huge waiting lines. The aftercare program is great, my son loves it. The academic programs are good although I havent' seen anything out of the ordinary. Parent involvement is high. There is a core group of extremely involved parents who are in the classrooms daily and do a lot of volunteer work. Other parents arent' involved at all. There is a wide socioeconomic and ethic/cultural religious diversity - makes for a nice mix.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2005
Great school, what more can I say?

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April 26, 2005
This year has been okay , but having moved from the chicago area recently we are not overly impressed.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2004
There is no question that, overall, the staff and faculty are qualified and dedicated. However, the school seems to be slow in identifying specific, and varying degrees of learning disabilities.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2004
My son has been in Calusa for a couple yrs. now and has done very well. He began enjoying school again. He loves his teacher and because of that he is looking forward to another year with her. He is actually looking forward to going back to shcool. I have to say that I give the credit all to Mrs. Dilbert she truley cares about her kids and not only do we see it, but so do the childeren.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2004
We came to Calusa mid year and found everyone to be extremely helpful in making our daughters transition to a new school as smooth as possible. We found a wonderful community of people both in the classroom and in the main offices. This is, in our opinion, a truly model school and we consider ourselves extremely lucky to have been part of it for the second half of the school year, which marked the end of our daughter's elementary schooling.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2004
My son has extra help after school for reading and math. This is an excellent program at no cost. His 4th gr teacher sincerely takes an interest in his academics. Hats off to Mrs. Dilbert of the 4th grade!

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January 18, 2004
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Calusa is a community school committed to excellence. The school has committed to a new vision since the principal's arrival 2 years ago. Inclusive Education,Differentiated Instructional,and a student centered behavior management program(CHAMPS)have been implemented successfully. The goal is to use 21st century techniques to prepare the students for 21st century learning and living.

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Calusa Elementary School
2051 Clint Moore Road, Boca Raton, FL  33496
(561) 989-7500
Last modified Calusa Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Calusa Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top