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Ben Gamla-Palm Beach

Charter | K-8 | 280 students

Our school is best known for differentiating instruction and Hebrew language.

 
 
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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 8 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
No new ratings

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Posted May 25, 2014

I have read all of the reviews on here and you cannot please everyone BUT I do want to mention a few things. Many people tend to forget that this school has had and will continue to have growing pains. I hope that my daughter will be able to go to middle school here too. She is gifted, but I feel that she would get lost in a big school setting. For those parents that regret sending their kids to BGCS because they offer Hebrew but other things like arts, PE etc were not available. That simply isn't true. BGCS offers Meet the Masters program and does have regular PE. They try their best with the tools they are given, but you can't please everyone. Please remember that you are not enrolling your child in private school, and as such, you should not expect that kind of treatment. The teachers and staff are top notch. What other school has parents and staff opening doors for the kids at car line (just to make light). Give me a break. You saw the size of the school and knew the academics when you signed up. You are entitled to not like the school, but the comments that some people are leaving, are skewed. I suggested this school to a BUNCH of people, and everyone is happy!. Proud mom :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2014

Amazing school! Principal is top notch and so are the teachers! The education here is better than in the private school my child attended previously. Love the small school environment and overall warm atmosphere
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2013

My children have attended Ben Gamla since it opened three years ago, and we could not be happier with the education they have received. The administration and staff are very caring professional and try to find every opportunity for my children to be successful learners, including differentiated instruction for my gifted older child, and my struggling younger child. My children are excited to go to school and love learning. They are motivated to do more each day. We are very pleased with Ben Gamla and all it has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

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 !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

I couldn't agree more with the last review. This school does not teach anything. STAY AWAY!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

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
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 8, 2012

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. :-(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2012

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!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2012

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!
—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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
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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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
84%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
36%
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.

2014

 
 
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2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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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.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

2014

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

2014

 
 
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Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
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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.

21 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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

This school did not receive a grade in 2011-2012.

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 66% in 2014.

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, 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 93%
Hispanic 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 54%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 97%N/AN/A
Female 46%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 100%73%61%
Master's degree 0%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 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Clubs
  • Art club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Hebrew
Foreign languages taught
  • Hebrew
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hebrew

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • MS. ELANIT WEIZMAN
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (561) 742-8018

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Hebrew
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Hebrew
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Hebrew
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Gifted and Enrichment
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • None
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Ben Gamla has the intimacy and aura of a private school, yet we are a tuition free, public charter school. We strive towards excellence and student achievement directed by the NGSSS and Common Core State Standards. All who stroll through our school feel the positive energy, love, and excitement that emanates from the classrooms. Students are happy, confident, and authentically engaged; teachers are trained to differentiate their instruction and to infuse lessons with cutting edge technology.
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8600 south Jog Road
Boynton Beach, FL 33472
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Phone: (561) 742-8017

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