Our son has attended Ben Gamla Palm Beach since it opened. He was in the first kindergarten class. He is currently in 2nd grade. Like any new endeavor there were some kinks in the beginning but they have all been resolved now. True, the school is smaller than most of the other neighborhood public schools; however we see that as a positive because it brings a closeness that may not exist at the other schools. The classrooms are bright, cheery, and are filled with cutting edge technology that the teachers and students regularly use. The teachers are warm, personable, and approachable. Although the grounds are small the students get to use the grounds and gym of the neighboring community center for PE and recess which means that they have even better facilities than many other elementary schools. We are very pleased with the organization and the high quality of education our son is receiving at Ben Gamla. Our son is thriving. When you read these reviews please read them critically as we believe that the parents submitting poor reviews are disgruntled for some personal reason having nothing to do with with the overall quality of the education for the majority of the students.
This is one poorly run school. I am so thankful my children had the chance to leave this place. The teachers are quite bad at their job, especially in the upper grades. They teach to the test (FCAT) The Principal will ALWAYS take the side of the teachers no matter how wrong they may be. Way too much emphasis is put on the FCAT. Fully 1/3 of the academic year was spent preparing for that test in both the 5th and 6th grades, to the exclusion of any real learning. The One-Room Schoolhouse atmosphere does a terrible disservice to those students who have trouble keeping up. Since the school is so small my Children's teachers would teach to the upper third of the class while giving the other 2/3 of the class busy work to keep occupied. I would just warn parents no to believe the hype, especially for the upper grades ( 3rd 4th and 5th) Run Away from this school Especially for the older Kids !
My son is in kindergarten and, so far, we are having a great experience. He is already reading and learning basic math. It would be helpful if the parents posting negative reviews actually gave specific reasons and examples of what they feel is lacking in the higher grades.
Awful education here. As soon as another charter school opened up in the area, we pulled our child out and enrolled him in the other school. Thankfully, since it's a lottery, he was chosen and now is Excelling academically. I can't believe how the administration pats themselves on the back saying that they do a great job when their students are falling behind and not learning
I am surprised to hear negative reviews. Ben Gamla does a great job with differentiating. This year they even added before school/after school clubs and a gifted pullout program. I am also a little confused about the comment about FCAT scores. The state establishes the scores and grades not the school.
I couldn't agree more with the last review. This school does not teach anything. STAY AWAY!!!
We were at this school Stay away the kids Love it but its academically a joke! Don't believe the lies they say about grades All if Fl schools were flawed and the adm Staff is the most unprofessional I have ever seen Just observe the classrooms if allowed It's all about the the greatest tech toys for Students
My child has been enrolled for two years now. We feel we've made a mistake giving up the art, music and computer classes for Hebrew . The principal has just announced that the promised 6,7,8th grades are no longer being offered at Ben Gamla. So those who switched their kids there to have them not have to worry about local middle school issues and have the same core of kids all thru miiddle school has now been dismissed. The current 5th and 6th grade parents missed out on Parade of schools option and have less than 2 weeks to apply at other choice and charter schools for middle school. Not to mention that some of those kids have missed or will miss special things that regular elementary schools offer. St Augustine trip in 4th grade, Safety Patrol for 5th grade and a crossing over/graduation ceremony from 5th to 6th grades. The teachers for the upper grades are not well organized and do not want to communicate with parents about children's iep, ell or special requirements. The grass is not always greener on the other side of the elementary school fence. :-(
My son is beginning his first year of Kindergarten. So far we are extremely pleased with this school. Both my wife and I went to top end private schools ourselves and Ben Gamla has showed so far that they are on par with them. The principal is FANTASTIC and keeps the parents constantly informed through email. I personally find it refreshing to recieve to see and email from the Principal at 9:00 at night. It shows me that she takes are job serious and does not think her job stops when school ends. She truly cares about the kids and the school. As parents we know this school is truly a gift and we appreciate the opportunity to have our child attend. THANK YOU BEN GAMLA!!!
Love this school. Great caring teachers and administration. Education is their priority and they work with parents to fulfill that goal. Incredible parent involvement, which is a very important ingedient for highly educated students. New to our community and going strong!
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