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Bonita Springs Charter School

Charter | K-8 | 1300 students

 

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Posted May 13, 2014

I have attended BSCS since kindergarten and let me just say-this school is the worst.The staff is rude and honestly dont care about the students.The teachers will lie when you are written up saying stuff just to get you in further trouble.In first grade the teacher i had continuously yelled at me and belittled me,causing me stress and i hated going.in third grade my teacher made me cry every day because of the pressure she put me under everyday.in fourth i had anxiety attacks daily.in fifth grade i was picked on by the teacher and she was mean and i hated school..no one makes it fun to learn.in sixth grade it was terrible..In 7th it got a little better but the teachers were always rude and didnt care about us.eighth grade is worse that you could've imagined...glad to get out to be honest. don't send your children here..


Posted April 25, 2014

This is an amazing school! The teachers and faculty at Bonita Springs Charter School are supportive, energetic, positive and well informed. My child feels loved every day. He has learned so much this year from his teacher and we look forward to having another positive year next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2014

Bonita Springs Charter School has been great for my kids. When moving to the area we researched several schools in the area and chose to bring our children to Bonita Springs Charter School. We have not been disappointed. This school is structured with a solid educational foundation. Our children's teachers have been excellent with great lines of communication. My children love to go to school and come home every day with new stories about how great their day was. Some parents may not agree with my statements. However, that may be because this school adheres to very high expectations. Students are expected to follow school rules, complete their school work, be kind to one another, and wear a uniform every day. Parents are required to complete 20 volunteer hours per school year. It is these high expectations that drew my family to this school and we have not been disappointed. I am happy that my children attend Bonita Springs Charter School. I look forward to many more great years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

Amazing school ! Love their discipline rules , leadership program, spanish classes, PE program. My Two children have Been there since kindergarten now in middle and still liking very much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2014

This school is terrible, staff is rude.. Art Teacher is rude, both the P.E teachers too! High turn around with teachers, Don't be surprised if your child spends most of the year with a sub or teachers aide because they cannot keep employees. Not to mention they are completely unorganized. I would not recommend this school to ANYONE! Put your child either in private or find a good public because this school is not the way to go. The aftercare director is a total b*&ch and it worries me that my child has to spend the next few months at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2013

I attended BSCS when for 5 years when I was in Kindergarten through Fifth grade. This school was the worst educational experience I've had. I was in the gifted program since 3rd grade and all I remember is how scared other students and I were of Ms. Tracy. Ms. Tracy has no good qualities of a good principal. When I was in fifth grade, my teacher told us to empty our desks and clean up the room. In the middle of our cleaning, Ms. Tracy bursts into the door, screaming at all of us of how we are a disgrace to the school for having a filthy room. She screamed at my best friend for not sitting at a "proper desk" since the teacher put her at a table, since it was easier for her. My younger brother went to BSCS from kindergarten to 1st grade. Since he had dyslexia and ADHD, the school was supposed to help him academically, since he's always needed help. My mother always got papers for the meetings and she attended, but nothing was ever done for him. I was surprised to find out that this is an A+ school...


Posted October 29, 2013

My kids have been going here for 3 1/2 years and its getting progressively worse! Ms. Tracy was disliked and uninvolved. Ms. Carroll is proving to be worse! Absolutely no communication this year to the parents and are made to feel belittled when issues are brought to her attention! Soooooo disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2012

Our daughter has been in BSCS for the past year and has shown a major behaviorial and learning improvement in all subjects. She is social, adheres to discipline and standards, and has learned to read and write beautifully. BSCS teachers and principal keep the families and parents informed. We are very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

Why were my three posts taken off your site?? There were nothing but true statements. Please respond to this post Great schools??
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Posted September 21, 2011

As a student at bonita springs charter school, i came into the school during fourth grade and fifth. during those years, the teachers were very excellent at teaching the students, as i do say so myself. But when i came to middle school 6th through 8th......it was horrible! 6th grade, was okay. I didn't learn to much only in geography. but when it came to 7th grade. everything was a mess. throughout the year, i had gone through about 5 math teachers. i didn't learn one thing in math class. during eighth grade. i went through two math teachers once again. all i can say is that bscs is not the best school out there. being a student there for five years, ms. tracy only cared about the dress code and how the students acted. i was surprised that bscs was an A+ school, considering the fact that i and most of the students i knew never did our homework.


Posted April 17, 2011

I have 3 children that go to charter, and 1 that is stuck at Bonita Middle. My 3 at charter are in elementary and middle.I have had my oldest there 7 years, and I must say that they are great at the teaching aspect of school.They do great projects with the kids,the teachers are fantastic, and when my middle one needed help with math and reading they provided it and she is doing better as far as the teachers and programs go its good. We pay for trips,but they got to go to great places ( i.e bush gardens,universal,the kennedy space center)Yes it cost money but the 5th grade trip was 4 days 3 night,they went to the capitol,the supreme court,the museum,the space center,for 280,and that included bus, hotel and food!My children are very happy there,but I must say it is run like a prison,the fear that they put in those kids is absurd. Iam happy for the great education, (my one at bonita middle has a hard time that is a terrible school!) but I do feel Ms.tracy does not do a good job relating to the kids.There have been MANY complaints about her over the years my kids have gone there. But NOTHING will be done. U can't love everything about a school this one's good far out weighs the bad!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2011

I am so impressed with the staff and school's curriculum. Bonita Springs Charter School is top notch!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2010

3 children at BSCS. We all love it. It's an A rated school. Excellent teachers and staff! Tons of parental involvement and an active PTO. A sense of community among students and families. Top notch middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2010

Ms. Tracy does not know how to properly lead the school, its employees, or the students. She is universally disliked by teachers and staff alike...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2010

Excellent teachers!! Great leadership and wonderful PTO support. The teachers really care about their students and work hard to meet all their learning needs.


Posted June 24, 2010

My daughter loves BSCS! She speaks so highly of her teacher and the rest of the great staff. She loves to go to school each and every day and that is so important to have your child so involved and motivated to learn!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2010

My child has attended BSCS for 3 years and it has been great! The teachers and staff are very supportive. It is an A+ school with good academic programs. I have enjoyed all the family involvement also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

The school has great leadership. Teachers are very professional. Students are the main focus. All staff is very positive. Parent are involved. Everyone works together for optimal student achievement.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 16, 2010

I have two daughters who go to this school. They thrive academically each year, and the teachers are dedicated to thier success! Great School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

This year has been such a good year. The entire staff has been exceptional. Everyone got along and worked hard to see to make sure that everything went smoothly.
—Submitted by a teacher


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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

124 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

143 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

143 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
81%
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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

153 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
56%
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 53% in 2014.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
73%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
73%
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 47% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
92%
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.

156 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

126 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 56%
Hispanic 36%
Asian 3%
Black 2%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 48%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/AN/A
Female 52%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 96%66%61%
Master's degree 4%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. CARISSA CARROLL
Fax number
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25380 Bernwood Drive
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