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Sandpiper Shores Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 802 students

 

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2011:
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Posted April 28, 2014

Teachers , Staff were all caring & concerned about the kids . Sense if community was always present.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2014

Sandpiper is a fabulous school. Between the teachers, administration, and amazing PTA all 3 of my kids have excelled here. So many of the teachers go above and beyond. Until one sees what these teachers do on a daily basis one can't judge or complain. They truly are an awesome team. As for PTA, there is no other like Sandpipers...these parents do what they do everyday for all of our kids not just there own. The programs, fundraising, events, and all the other behind the scenes jobs they do truly does make for a fulltime job. These parents are superb...so let's not judge by their attire or the fact that some may have tattoos. We all try to teach our kids to never judge a book by its cover (well most of us anyhow) so lets not judge these selfless parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2013

Dress up of PTA active members in Sand piper shores is disgusting. 2012 PTA president was wearing shorts and tank top . Most of them come to school in shorts . One of them has tattoo on shoulder . In the beginning year meeting they talk about dress code , where they are in jeans or shorts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2013

My daughter is in first grade and loves it. I have met her teachers, pta and the principal, who comes out in the morning to greet the parents. I have no complaints with the education she is receiving.Highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2013

EXCELLENT!!!! OUr daughter on 1st grade and started there on K. Teachers are the best!!! They really care about the kids. Just changed Principal this year and the old one and new are kind and very very involved with school. Hope our daughter can stay until 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2012

From all my heart the Sandpiper Shores Elementary School perhaps one of the best schools! Its an answer from God for our request to find a very good school for our Daughter! Its a gift from God we found this school and for 3 years are so happy! For our Daughter 7 hours away from home every day, this is the best place we can trust in so many ways:kindness,safety,education,fun and healthy environment! Thank you for most wonderful Teachers : Miss Tessler, Amanda Stromberg, Murray for warm heart and love to our Children! We love you for this! God bless this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2012

We moved to West Boca so we could have a great school experience for our child. I really like the high level of parent involvement, but I did not like receiving any kind of "welcome' to the school to clue us in on how things work, what "STARS" means, etc... I also have had a lot of attitude from some of the staff at the school. I can't figure if it's the NY culture that "invades" this area, or...? Regardless, the front office "greeter"/receptionist is miserable. And I didn't just catch her on a bad day - she's like that all the time and to my husband and in-laws that have been there also. She has not a "hello", a smile, a "how can I help you?", or otherwise decent way to interact with other human beings. She acts troubled by having to do anything for you. How she ended up as the front office person is a mystery to me. I don't believe that's a great way to represent a school and first impressions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2011

Sandpiper Shores has been a fantastic place for my children to grow and learn. The PTA and families that we have met in the last few years have been kind and caring. The benefit of Sandpiper Shore is that our children are empowered by each other and strive for excellence without the pressure to maintain a title. Academically, I have witness many bright, talented children. My child's growth and love for learning while achieving amazing goals at Sandpiper Shores has been a pleasure for me to witness. There is no doubt that with continued parental support and a loving community school that these children will continue to make great strides for years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2010

I am a former student and from my experience, this was a great school. The principal is awesome and the teachers and really cool. It's really no wonder why this is an A rated school


Posted June 18, 2010

As an educator (teacher and administrator) for over 30 years I can say this is the most poorly run school I have ever encountered.


Posted June 15, 2010

I have been a parent in Sanpiper Shores for many years and my children have had great experiences and caring treatment always. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2010

This school has provided an excellent academic environment for my three children. My children have grown immensely here both socially and academically. The teachers are warm, caring and make learning interesting. The principal provides great leadership to the whole school community. Awesome, involved PTA . Parents who truly dedicate endless hours to making the school an even better place. Sandpiper is the best kept secret in Boca.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2010

As was stated by another reviewer this school is poorly run and has allowed the children to suffer as a consequence of an ineffective administration. Unfortunately as of today an email was sent to parents of the school asking from an adminstrator of the school to post on this site because they did not like a comment they saw on the site. So you have people posting not because they feel so strongly that their school is effective or should be glorified. Instead it is because they were told they should. The statements made on the school being poorly run are direct and spot on .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

our son loves his teacher and friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

I love this school, we took our kids out of private school and could not be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

The teacher is at list one to two days a week absent. She never answers voice mail or e-mail from me she acts like she is doing me a favor teaching my kid.Teachers(most)just care about going home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2009

My son transferred to this school his 5th grade year..Excellent transition..It is like he has been there since Kindergarten
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Posted June 10, 2008

My daughter completed an advanced class in the 3rd grade here and has grown tremendously this year. Mr. Scott has pushed his students to get the most out of them and I applaud him. I have had children in the gifted program at Del Prado but feel my youngest is getting more out of enriched programming here than the others got through gifted coursework. The PTA is a powerhouse and help the teachers tremendously. The principal does take the time to get to know all of the kids by name which makes them feel very special. Great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2008

This school is fabulous, from the principle to kindergarten through fifth grade the teachers are amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

Wonderful school. My daughter has just started 3rd grade in an advanced class. The teacher involvement and concern is in par with a private school. Science and math programs are great. Pricipal is a great leader and runs that school like a top. Happy students,happy staff, great school
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
71%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
91%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
67%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
99%

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 49%
Hispanic 35%
Black 8%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 67%73%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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 9%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. RACHEL AMBURGEY
Fax number
  • (561) 883-4050

Resources

School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

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11201 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33498
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