We just moved here from out of state and came from a very highly rated school. So far our experience has been HORRIBLE. Starting from the first phone call to the school to get information about how to register my two Elementary aged children. The person who answered the phone was rude and unhelpful. I finally gave up and called the county office. My younger son cried every night the first three weeks of school. "Curriculum night" consisted of the teachers telling us what would be the same as last year (which meant nothing to me as we were not here last year) and using a lot of acronyms we are not familiar with as we just moved here out of state. I keep having people tell me what a great school it is, but everyone except my older son's fifth grade teacher and the after school care (ATB) staff has been rude, unfriendly, and UNBELIEVABLY unhelpful! If this is what passes for a highly rated public school in FL, I am worried we made a mistake moving here!
my daughter went to water's edge elem from 1-5th grade. In kindergarten she was at del prado elementary. I have to say water's edge elementary is like a well oiled machine. Starting from the time I dropped her off to the time I picked her up. Most of her teachers were excellent. When I saw a previous post, I was surprised to see that someone would take their child out of an excellent public school and into one of the most expensive private schools around. She is lucky to be able to afford that option, but as a teacher myself, I have to say water's edge elementary is the best education (public or private) that they can give their child.
I find it interesting that when I began researching this school, the most recent posts where mainly on the same day or within a couple of days from the August 3rd posting. I began inquiring and found out that the principal requested that the PTA write reviews because there were some bad reviews that had been written previously. No school should have to resort to that level for a good rating or review.
I looked at this site before my daughter started school. Now she has almost completed Kindergarten so I thought I should leave a review here... She is in the gifted program. We could not be happier! I was worried about the transition from preschool, but the teacher has been amazing. Loving, caring and great at teaching too. My daughter has learned some amazing stuff this school year. Writing like a "big kid", some pretty advanced math and reading of course. She loves going to school. Agree with other reviews that the staff are always friendly and the principal does actually seem to know everyone by first name. I was shocked when she said my daughter's name in the morning one day... The teacher always replies to email straight away if there is an issue. No bullying that I have heard of or seen. My only issue is that lunch is very early for K. Apart from that we love Waters Edge! Anna Firestone
I have been in this school for 5 years this is my 6th my teachers are awesome and very supportive. Next year I will really miss this school it is a great school between all the friends I have made and all the learning I catch up on every day I will never forget this school!
Not sure on a rating yet... My daughter will be starting next year. I have to say I do see a lot of complaining about the FCAT??? In High School, College and beyond to Graduate and Professional Studies it is a requirement to take standardized testing in order to gain entry to your desired program. I for one am thrilled that my child will be taught study habits and actually have to study in order to take a standardized test effectively. Examples of standardized testing... MCAT, LSAT, DMAT, ACT etc. Better to learn the study habits now where it is second nature. The issue I am concerned about is the bullying I have read about. If I witness this not only with my child, but with another I guarantee I WILL be heard, and I will NOT go away until it is handled. Unacceptable.
Ten new "parents" comments in two days...hmmm...someone trying to fix this rating? Perhaps staff? And parents "choosing" a public school is interesting. Our daughter was in gifted kindergarten to second; the curriculum was the same. School didn't know what to do with highly gifted child who also had a learning disability. Our daughter thrived this past year at St. Andrews- so much friendlier and pleasant experience.
My son will be starting his third year at Waters Edge Elementary this year. We LOVE this school. The principal knows the kids by name and I always willing to stop and discuss whatever is on your mind. The office staff is first rate, always willing and able to answers questions and help out in anyway they can. The teachers are great! My son has loved his teaches each year. The teachers take the time to be involved in all aspects of the child's development. Communication with the teachers has been wonderful! Truly a great experience. The PTA at the school is second to none. The PTA has so many events for the kids, it really feels like a community! Waters Edge is a wonderful experience. We are very happy that we chose this school.
Since day 1 at Waters Edge Elementary my son and I have had great experiences! Starting in kindergarten and now going to 5th grade the time has flown by! The staff has be friendly and always make my son comfortable in knowing that someone is there that he knows. I also am relieved that there is someone my son can go to if he needs to, he is never alone. The activities the schools has throughout the year are a great way to bring the school together no matter what grade. They are also involved in the community through the PTA, the parents at Waters Edge are always there to help and they do so in a lot of ways! My family has made many friends at Waters Edge and are happy to be apart of it!
Both of my children attend Waters Edge and I couldn't be happier!!! From the teachers and administrative staff, to the parent and PTA involvement, It's an amazing school!!! I would highly recommend this school to anyone !!!
In Palm Beach County you have some choices about the public school you attend. I stressed over that decision. Attending Waters Edge was by far the best decision I made. Having twins and trying to make a choice for two different kids is tough, but Waters Edge has not only met their needs but exceeded them. There is no other school in Palm Beach County that I would want to attend. The principal is always available. From our first week there she knew them by name. The staff at the front office could not be more friendly. They are professional and have the school running smoothly on a daily basis. The quality of the teachers are second to none. I feel truly blessed to be a part of the Waters Edge Community. The impact they have had on my children will be felt for many years to come.
This will be my 6th year at Waters Edge. I have 2 students currently attending. I LOVE the school. The teachers and staff are incredible. From the moment you walk in, you feel welcome. The parent and volunteer involvement is very strong. There is a strong sense of community. Once again, an "A" rated school, I feel so lucky that this is our school! It's been a great experience.
My daughter completed kindergarten this past year at Waters edge and I could not have asked for a better experience! She had an amazing year with a wonderful teacher! She grew academically, socially, and emotionally. I look forward to many more years with this amazing staff and wonderful school Stacy huttman
This will be my third year with Waters Edge and could not be happier. The teachers are terrific and are very committed to their students. The Principal is approachable and friendly and done great things for this school. The level of parent involvement at Waters Edge is amazing. The best school in the area in my opinion.
Waters Edge has been a great school!!! Just like every school it depends on the teachers, support staff and parents!! Waters Edge has that!!!! Lots of parent involvement as well as school staff support it is definitely a warm friendly environment. My family has been very happy so far and we are looking to another exciting year at Waters Edge.
Water's Edge is an excellent school. My husband and I spent a lot of time comparing schools in palm beach county before finally choosing Water's Edge. And, I couldn't be happier with our choice! My sons have had amazing teachers who have been involved in all aspects of their growth. I've even had teachers show up at both my son's sports games to show their support! The school has always encouraged and supported my involvement; something that I never had in NY. I believe the principal works hard to keep the school's education moving forward and to promote learning beyond the FCAT. The PTA has encouraged parent involvement and has done an amazing job with all events at the school. This will be my family's second full year at the school and I'm really looking forward to it...more importantly, so are my kids!!!
Waters Edge Elementary School is a fantastic Elementary School. My oldest son has been there for Kindergarten and First Grade. Both years, he had the most caring and motivating teachers. He has learned so much both academically and socially. Also, he has gained self confidence and a love for learning. I know he is in a safe, clean, well run, organized enviroment each day. I am proud to say we are a Waters Edge Family! In the Fall, my younger son will enter Kindergarten at WEE. I am confident he, too, will have a positive academic career. We LOVE Waters Edge!
Fantastic shool. The principal has made some much needed changes and the atmosphere had improved drastically. There is very heavy involvement from parents. The school does teach towards FCAT as does every other school in Palm Beach County.
We've been with the school for several years and gone through three principals. The current principal show no concern for the kids. When we raised our concerns about her staff; she had no interest in working towards a solution. Bullying is a huge concern at the school which the staff are quick to down play the situation. Sad because they preach anti-bullying, but can't practice what they preach. Also, the teachers are too focused on FCAT. Therefore, the kids spend the school year practicing for the FCAT and nothing else.
This is a wonderful school. We have been very happy with the staff and the aftercare program. Our daughter loves this school.
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