Our children have flourished at this school. Dedicated teachers and administration. Great communication between school and parents.
Forest Hills has a problem... There is reoccurring issue with teachers waiting till the end of the year, with no time left, to address issues with your kids. By that time is a crunch to help your child pass the FCAT. There is no leeway in test environment unless your child is special needs. My son as struggled since the day he had to enter this school. Add to it that they have no extra programs. It's very disappointing.
Forest Hills has been the best option that we have taken, is a school that looks like a big family. we are very happy with the education that our son is receiving. both teachers and office staff are friendly and approachable people. we hope not to have to move out of the area so that our son can continue his studies at Forest Hills Elementary. Thanks for all the care and dedication that you share with our children.
I don t put much stock in anonymous website post as many of the comments tend to be ambiguous however I find the statements made on 11/7 to be incredulous thus warranting a rational response. In quoting BCSB Superintendent Robert Runcie, it takes a village to raise a child , in other words everyone needs to be involved in the raising and education of our (their) children. Although I am not in a position to rebut any of the statements made pertaining to FHE s field day or the volunteer in question I can only assume the person writing these statements is in no way a part of the FHE village . Mature, educated, and responsible parents will usually attempt to speak with someone of authority about their concerns prior to posting a bully-like threat behind a curtain of anonymity. I take my child s education and security very seriously which is why I have volunteered countless hours at the school, taken the time to get to know my child s teachers, and befriended the school s outstanding Resource Officer. In the future I suggest using the free time you found to write the previous post to focus on teaching your three children the proper etiquette for resolving legitimate concerns. S Lewis
Just read some of the comments here. As for the school letter grade, the State of Florida keeps playing with the scores which determine the grades. Do your research and you will see that there was a huge drop in scores statewide because they keep playing with what is a passing score. What is taught at school is set in Tallahassee and Florida is now part of Common Core. From what I've read, this is not a good thing for kids or their teachers. They are all being pushed to their limit with lots of stress for all. When teachers give their own time to run a club or go to a parent night, to me, it shows they care deeply about their students.
My 3 children attend this school from 5th grade to 2nd grade and as of 2013 its becoming more of negelect than just budget cuts. Field day 4 children got broken bones with casts with not even a follow up phone call to one of them, 1 member, volunteer, member of cspd is asking kids questions as what a predator would but the school and cspd back this gentleman up to be a law binding citizen even thought a 9 yr old feel victimized to a careless act. You use to be able to speak to the staff with concern and they were on top of it, but now you can attend a mcdonalds night and all staff and teachers stick to themselves. Something is majorly wrong and on my word is being brought up to the board soon.
I reference to the unnecessary comment about FHE C rating was unnecessary. Some individuals fail to realize that FHE is an educational institute and not a day care. FHE has and still holds A rating in schools through broward county. i have 3 children 2 already graduated and 1 in 4th grade. With my many years of experience i have seen dedicated teachers and staff nurture my children to the well educated and well mannered future leaders they are today. FHE offers many fun but educational clubs and activities during school for those who don't KNOW! (chess club, music, eg). Also for those who don't know that though with the massive cuts in the county FHE still excels and makes the grade. With the leadership of Ms.Rothman , teachers and FHE staff, our children will be able to excel and survive in our ever changing society. Thank you to our FHE PTO for the spring fling my children enjoyed every minute.*******FOR THOSE WHO MAKE COMMENTS ABOUT YOUR CHILDRENS SCHOOL AND MAKE BAD REMARKS, BEFORE YOU COMMENT MAKE SURE YOU ARE INFORMED AND INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS OF EDUCATING YOUR CHILD. I INCOURAGE YOU TO VOLUTEER AND BE PART OF THE TEAM!!!!!! DON'T SIT ON THE SIDELINES.
This is a C rated school. School has gone downhill. Need some fun activities for children during the school day. There is not a school carnival, or any other activities during the school day to keep kids happy and interested. There are evening fund raiser activities at area restaurants, and that's it. A handful of clubs after school. The children only have Art class for half the year; and PE half of the year. Office seems overworked and unhappy. There have been many staff changes. There are still a few seasoned teachers on staff. Just a pretty all around boring un-stimulating school. Sadly not what it once was.
I have had my child at FHE for 2 years now and it has been a great experience. The Principal, Mrs. Rothman is always handy to answer my various questions about anything that may come up. My child's teacher Mrs. Escruceria was extremely helpful and my son loved her. Her teaching methods really helped him to improve his grades. Mrs. Blanco was also influential in helping to get him ready for 4th grade with Mrs. Escruceria. I am overall happy with the experience and the level at which the administrative staff and teachers go to in order to help my son.
What a shame that a few apples spoil the bunch! In every walk of life there are times when we all do not agree. When someone has a personal beef against a particular individual or two, it should not be aired in a public forum. Forest Hills Elementary is an excellent school with an excellent staff. They have maintained an "A" grade eight years straight which tells you about the caliber of the teachers and staff. They put children first on all levels. If you are looking for a school where you know your child will get a quality education, where their safety comes first and the staff goes above and beyond to work with your child, then go check out FHE. They are still encouraging parent participation and volunteering, but are thinking out-of-the-box to get parents involved. They may not have a traditional "PTA" but it has not stopped the many activities that bring families together. The new principal has worked very diligently to make the school environment conducive to learning but also keeping in mind that these students need to enjoy their elementary years. Their Partners-in-Education also keep involved by hosting various family nights for all to enjoy. FHE is an A+++ in my book!
This school is the worst of them all. Some of the teachers need to be retrained on how educate our children. The food is awful it is either not cooked or frozen. They need to update their staff.
The year started out on a good note, new principal and it seemed as if teachers were all on the same page in motivating the students. However, throughout the course of the year, instead of utilizing everyone's skills and talents, the principal brought dissension among the teachers, cutting out the PTA parents completely, who were the core in parental involvement for this community school. Not sure how it would all pan out to benefit our students. And because of a change in teachers half way through the year, my child was not challenged in the least.
Forest Hills is dedicated to the education and welfare of each and every student that comes through their doors. The school communicates with parents to ensure their is a school to home connection. They have been an "A" school for 7 consecutive years. Under new administration the school continues to put children first!
Because they have great teachers that really care - especially the First Grade Team!
Forest Hills Elementary is an amazing school with wonderful teachers, students, parents and administration. The teachers and administration strive to do what's best for the students, and challenge them every day. Forest Hills is an "A" school which reflects on the dedication from everyone.
The teachers are caring and really give their all to their students. We have a very supportive PTO who do many great things for our school.
The teachers and staff love what they do, and care about each and every child, and it shows! They dedicate themselves to really bringing out the best in our children.
Forest Hills is an okay school. The teachers are good, and they did have the new playgrounds put in last year, but they don't do anything for the kids. My daughter has been there for 4 years, and been on one field trip. They don't have school plays, dances, talent shows, choruses or anything of that nature. They have a whole lot of fund raisers, but then none of that money is used toward fun activities for the children. Very standard school years. Same PTA gatherings every year, field day. Very monotanous. I have to say I am very glad my daughter is going to a new school this coming school year so she can have some fun experiences before she is done with elementary school.
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