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Country Hills Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 854 students

 

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Posted June 9, 2014

This is the 1s year that our son has attended the school. He just finished 3rd grade and his teacher was one of the best teachers that he has had. Mrs. Head is a teacher in the true sense of the meaning. She is very professional yet she created an atmosphere where the students were very comfortable and eager to learn. My son loved going to school and enjoyed learning! The school has an immense sense of community and encourages parents involvement which is paramount in the success of any school community. We are very impressed and look forward to another great year as our daughter joins the CHE family as well in kindergarten in August.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2014

County Hills has been a great school for my kids. We've been there for many years now and my children are doing well. They love their teachers and have many friends. The school has a great sense of community and has very nice family events like BINGO and a 5K walk. The teachers and staff really care about all the kids and put a lot of effort into getting to know the parents. The school PTA has a lot of opportunities for volunteering and is always lots of fun. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2014

Our family has had a wonderful experience at CHE. Every teacher has been extremely committed to the success of my child; the administration is responsive and always trying to be fair, and definitely committed to following the rules. Staff members seem to really enjoy the children and be at our service. The PTA is strong, raising a great deal of money to enhance the kids' experience and education - including providing wireless access for the school. It's always a bit uncomfortable to be the outsider amongst a group of people who already know each other and have worked together. But as I'm teaching my own child, when one takes the time and initiative to get to know people and let them know you, friendly working relationships with most, and great friendships with some will develop. I found that amongst the parents, teachers, staff and PTA. No matter how good the school, it is also important to remember that you are the best advocate for your child, and not be afraid to speak up when necessary. I highly recommend this school for the elementary education experience as a whole. We will be very sad to move on...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2014

The school is phenomenol. This is our last year as our youngest is going to middle school. I was shocked to read the previous comment as the PTA has always been warm and welcoming. In fact they do an over the top job with all of their fundraisers, including their auction. The teachers and administration are extremely fair and do not cave into the demands of irrational parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2014

Country Hills has been a fantastic school for my children. The staff is top notch and the educational needs of my children have far exceeded my expectations. I don't agree with the negative comments regarding the PTA, as everyone has always been kind and open to new members who are willing to volunteer their time. The principal and vice principal have taken parent bullying complaints very seriously and as a previous reviewer said, they do not bend to the demands of the "irrational parents."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2014

Country Hills Elementary is a fantastic school that I am happy to say my children attend. The school leadership is exemplary, the teachers are clearly dedicated and the overall parent involvement is amazing. We have had one of our children in that school for 10 years now and all of them have benefited from the education provided. My wife and I have always been members of the PTA and find that group as a whole to be an amazing group of parents and grandparents. I would strongly recommend this area and school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2014

Country Hills is a great school and has a wonderful staff and inclusive PTA. The negative review mentioning the PTA "clique" is obviously from the "blackballed" parent. Perhaps, it's time for this parent to make an apology for her poor choices and the people she has hurt vs continue to make accusations.


Posted April 2, 2014

This is our third and final year at Country Hills as we have a 5th grader. The teachers are over the top great and truly teach with a team effort and communication with parents. The office staff is always friendly and helpful. The Principlal and Asst. Principal have a strong presence both at drop-off and pick-up and are friendly enough. If I have one complaint it is that of the PTA, which seems to be the poster child of every negative stereotype regarding PTAs. The "clique" as mentioned in a previous review is unfriendly and unwelcoming. Any effort on there part seems forced or self-serving. If you don't conform to there objective or buck the system it seems to make the mom a mark for unwarranted ugliness. At the first meeting of the year they literally didn't allow a women to speak and upon this year elections "certain" moms have been blackballed while open positions go unmanned. It's a shame and I'm sorry to say that I would stay clear. I am surprised that the Principal who seems to be a no nonsense type allows this. With all that said, if your looking for an excellent education environment for your children have it at Country Hills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2014

Its our first year in CHE, we have a 5th grade and a Kindergarden, we are amazed with the staff and members, teachers are great and I love the fact of how they communicate with us "parent". It has been a wonderful experience for our family, especially for our daughter who"s a kindergarden.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

My name is Gabriela I attend Country Hills since Kindergarten. CHE Is a wonderful school! It is full of nice yet strict teachers and it is very safe. I love CHE


Posted October 27, 2013

I moved my children from a private school to place them in Country Hills. It has been a wonderful experience for me and my children. The PTA is strong and welcoming to all. The principal, teachers, and staff have a great relationship with the parents The education is phenomenal. This is a fantastic school!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

I am new to CHE this year, I couldn't be more excited in the years to come. Everyone is so helpful and caring there. They really and truly do have every child in mind when planning and working to help that child. I love the way everyone is willing to help and the communication is amazing. Thank you to everyone at CHE! You are lucky to have this family work with your children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 2, 2013

Is a wonderful school, well organized, A+ academics, caring teachers, awesome family atmosphere. very greatful for my daughter to have the blessing to atend this school. Great pta!! we love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

As a mother who had her child in private christian school last year, I am very greatfull and pleased with the solid education and teacher miss Hanson she was blessed with this year.The school has excellent academics and discipline. It boasts a wonderful Pta second to none in the area. I know next year will be just as great! Thank u Country Hills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2012

I had to write a review after reading the last. I am an African American Parent with 2 children. One high achiever who received a 5 on FCATS and one developmentally delayed who was challenged to do his best. My high achiever couldn't have done it without her teachers pushing her and my developmentally delayed would not have made it without the teachers at this school who showed how much they really did care. Every school has flaws. Just be a crazy involved parent at home and in school and your child will make it anywhere. I had to fight for my kids in some areas as any parent does. Color didn't play any part in the success of either of my kids in this school. New principal who plays by the rules, not by what every parent wants. Even the Assistant Principal now is African American... Good veteran teachers to look out for: Edwards, Caldwell-Dent, Rosenthal, Quintero, Renaldi. I loved this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2012

They say that color of your skin does not matter I bet you it does . What a year worst experience ever it keeps me up at night. I would not recommend this school to any African American mothers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Country Hills has a great vibe but it does little to include all parents. I particularly do not like the way special need students are always left out of the loop. It's almost as if they're only there to fill out seats but not really to experience school. Good school but has a lot of work to do to include all students.


Posted April 1, 2010

I am very pleased with this school. My child attended 1st grade. It was great, excellent, the staff help, the teacher overall. My child teacher went far and beyond to encourage no only the student but the parents involvement through her example. She even put money of her pocket by selecting web sites toward the enrichment of the child education that emprove the child skills. Reading, math and science. Unfortunately I moved and have to change school. I highly recomend this school. I was concern because some previous posting regarding which addres staff behavior towards minorities. I am glad I did not pay attentiontion to it, cause the staff, director and teacher was excellent experience. My child love this school, and me too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2010

I have two kids in the school. They care and that is very important!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

I have 3 children enrolled, my daughter in a gifted program. We have had excellent teachers, and everyone in the office is very helpful. If I had one complaint, as someone previously stated the PTA moms are a little too 'cliquey'. They want your money but do little to envourage new members to become part of the fold.
—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.

141 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

144 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
85%
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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

143 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 48%
Hispanic 24%
Black 17%
Asian 7%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 12%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 42%53%61%
Master's degree 55%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 4%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. KELLEE STROUP
Fax number
  • (754) 322-5990

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • 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
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10550 Westview Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33076
Phone: (754) 322-5950

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