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Sunset Palms Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 1012 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 5 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 6 ratings

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Posted Saturday, April 12, 2014

I think overall it is pretty good. Many good teachers, though a few bad apples that the principal knows about, but they never get fired. Main gripe is teaching to the test, though I think this is happening district-wide. Also would like to see more computer instruction happening, across all grades. Science class seems to be mostly watching videos. Principal is very aloof to parents, does not have open door to parental concerns. Replace the principal and asst. principal with passionate people who care about the kids, and this would be a much better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2014

This is the best school ever! Everyone has its best interest at heart. Highly recommended!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Sunset Palms is an awesome schoool frtom the moment you walik into the school you are welcomed. The Teachers and Principal are hard working. They positive atmosphere at the school is encouragaing to our children not to mention the media center.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Sunset Palms has proven to be an A rated school not only in terms of grades but as far as parental support, communication and charitable involvement in the community. The way it reaches out to all student and families in order to help those less fortunate has shown their commitment to the community, not only its' own school, but the neighboring schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

Continued -What They Did Gain Is The Love Of Learning,Reading,Science,Music,Art,Computers,Book Fairs,Fabulous Field Trips,Author Visits,Reading Celebrations,Incredible Imaginations,Fun Field Days, Bingo Nights,Holiday & Special Celebrations,Friendly Competition! To Win, Lose Gracefully-Receive 100% or To Prepare More,Maybe they did Their very Best For Now & Will Do Better Next Time.


Posted June 3, 2013

Is very overrated! Principal is never seen and her focus is ONLY on FCAT scores! There is no innovative teaching going on whatsoever! Children are being bullied at lunchtime which is most likely because of the way the cafeteria and the tables are set up as well as during recess. The guidance counselor and administration turn a blind eye to parent and student complaints by placating the situations. This school looks good on paper but in reality is no better than any other school with many internal problems with many low quality teachers and uninvolved administration. The hardest and most dedicated employees are the front office staff and assistants!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2013

Needs a lot of improvement. My child has also been doing differential equations. The method used was overly complicated. This is how the school is run - nothing makes sense or is standard from one class to another. Some great teachers but some awfu ones. One teacher has had compaints since the opening. Principal won't get rid of her. Principal should be fired. She is weak and doesn't manage or develop her teachers. From SAC meetings, I can say she is a "NO" person. Nothing can change or get better with this type of attitude. Florida has a terrible school system but with a strong principal, all students could still excel. I know because I've learned to teach my 3 children what that they don't get at school by reading and getting ideas online. The teachers teach from the book, that's it - no creativity. They also teach to the test when they teach: 5th grade doesn't do any writing because there isn't a 5th grade FCAT writing exam. Our science teacher shows a video, does digital lessons and allows the children to read their books. She doesn't acutally teach the class. I've been told many times C is average-it's OK. Such a poor attitude
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2012

People (parents) need to get a grip. Do we need to push these kids so much that they are doing differential equations by the time they are in 6th grade? Not every 5th grader makes it to the National Spelling Bee Championship. And I am sorry to burst your bubble, parents, but not every kid is "gifted". This school is fine, regardless of what state it is in. They only need to make 3 improvements: 1. Give the kids a 1-hr lunch, so all the lunch talk nonsense can stop. 2. Create a more appealing environment in the school; it looks and feels too much like a penitentiary 3. "Gifted" classes should NEVER be based soley on test scores...GPA should always count more than anything else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2011

Teachers are very nice but all they do is work out of workbooks and worksheets. Not much thinking out the box at this elementary school. Children are not allowed to read outside of their Lexile score even if they want to challenge themselves. A Steven Jobs, Albert Einstein, or Bill Gates would have failed out or been kicked out of a Sunset Palms!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2011

Teachers are pretty good, but school is very focused on the FCAT. Teach to the test and groom children for the test starting in kindergarten. The school has a very sterile, unfriendly feeling -- like a mental institution or something. Too clean and quiet -- it seems a bit eery when you walk the halls. Parents can't sit with the children when they visit for lunch, and the children are yelled at to be quiet at lunch, the one time they are free to let loose. PE is a joke; my child has not learned any sports. They are given equipment and just told to run around and play. There is no true computer lab/instruction at this school anymore, and science lab got cut. Not what I was expecting for my child's elementary school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2011

The school is great but not pleased with the developer of the Canyon Communities. Many of the electrical and appliances do not work after just several years. Hire a private contractor for most of your work. It's not worth paying those nflated prices for many of these options. Plus, your annual residential taxes will be higher since its bases on the selling price of your home. A private contractor will stay behind their work faster than anyone else. My appliances had to be replaced already.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2011

It is a new school with all the bells and whistles; most teachers are great. Issues are with principal and asst. principal, and choices they make. Cutting science lab in favor of PE, no true computer lab instruction taking place. Atmosphere in cafeteria is like military school. Tables face forward only, preventing socializing. Children told to be quiet. Too much focus on teaching to the test at this school. Sadly, this is also caused by the district and state system. School wants its A rating at all costs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2011

While many of the teachers are good, I have been very disappointed with the school overall. My daughter had issues with being bullied that were not addressed despite my constant requests. I was told a grade of 70 is perfectly acceptable and my expectations were to high. Academically, being "A rated" is all relative. The school may be A rated based on FL standards but the standards here are way to low. Parent involvement is high and they do have nice activities like dances and field day. But the teachers are defensive at this school and the principle avoids conflict. I have been very unhappy overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2011

The campus is very nice, after all it is brand new. The work is not academically challenging at any level. My child was in the "gifted" classes and the work was not challenging. My child had many problems with bullies, and they went unaddressed despite the school having a "zero tolerance" bully policy. Some teachers are great, some are terrible. I would not recommend this school (or any Palm Beach county school) to anyone. The standards here in Florida are way to low.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2010

Wonderful school, great staff. My child has made great academic advances since being enrolled here. I truly love this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2010

The teachers in this school are really involved. Both my kids are excelling in reading, Ms. Middleman is amazing. They also participate in the chorus. How many elementary schools have a chorus with an excellent music teacher? My children love going to school. They feel safe, challenged and the environment is really conducive to learning. I give a 10.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

While I agree that the campus is beautiful and the office staff is very accomodating, I felt that at the kindergarten level, the academic challenge was not there. My child spent most of the classroom time doing silly crafts or cut and paste. The children wrote with marker on worksheets and often the work was not checked by the teacher. There was a lot of parent participation, however, parents were actually conducting reading and other academic lessons, while the teacher would oversee areas with less importance. Good school, but wish I had questioned academics more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2010

sunset palms is one of the best schools. The principle and staff are wonderful and the PTA is great...!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2010

Excellent School. Very Caring Staff and the Safety of the kids is Top of the Line.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2010

they are wonderful with my kids and it makes me feel proud their in a safe trusted place like this@
—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.

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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 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
78%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

144 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
99%

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 State average
White 66% 42%
Hispanic 16% 29%
Black 7% 23%
Asian 6% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 62%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 8%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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8650 Boynton Beach Blvd
Boynton Beach, FL 33472
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