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Waters Edge Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 811 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
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Posted April 5, 2014

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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2014

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!


Posted October 6, 2013

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.


Posted August 18, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

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 !!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

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!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2012

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2012

This is a wonderful school. We have been very happy with the staff and the aftercare program. Our daughter loves this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2012

We have been involved with Water's Edge for over 5 years. There has been a lot of focus on FCAT (Florida standardized testing), however that is true at all Palm Beach County schools and is not unique to this school. My son has had a fantastic experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2010

A great school. There is a strong focus on FCAT but that is a reality of the entire Florida school system. Some members of the old Administration were a little mechanical and impersonal, but that has changed significantly (and even the old group delivered quality education). The "gifted" bias is there, but as a parent of students in the regular program, I think overstated by many and all students get a top quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

Waters Edge continues to lead the county in FCAT scores year after year. The teachers are excellent, especially in the gifted program. The new principal is very engaged and has a strong vision for the future. We have a 5th grader and 3rd grader and could not be any happier. Best kept secret in Palm Beach!
—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

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
94%
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.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

165 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%
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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 70%
Hispanic 19%
Asian 6%
Black 2%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%73%61%
Master's degree 38%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 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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