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Broward Community Charter West

Charter | K-5 | 294 students

 

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Posted August 4, 2013

I totally disagree about the PTO. The PTO is a one woman show and has been for 7 years. That woman has done ALL of the Fundraising for the school without very much help from parents. I never had a problem with either Admi is traction (old or new) getting an appt. to speak with them. If you can't get through by telephone etc. you simply email them. There is also a Governing Oard of Directors and a School Liason if need be. Not for anything but I also did take my children out of the school this year . But, the Administration and PTO were awesome and for the most part the teachers as well. Parent involvement is very welcome in a Charter School and the parents in this school need to get more involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2013

My daughter started KG at this school in 2011. I enrolled her expecting a very high quality education. The teachers were great but the administration is very unapproachable, the PTA is non existent and is very disorganized. I reenrrolled my daughter for first grade thinking maybe I was wrong and they need it one more chance... Totally wrong!!! Again, the teacher was excellent! And I mean EXCELLENT! But again the disorganization and unapprochability won... From the front office to the new principal was impossible to talk to someone... I ask for a principal appointment and they all gave me a different excuse and I was not able to meet with her or talk to her on the phone...the AYP was not met again this year and apparently it dropped to a C school. I did not enroll my daughter at this school for 2013-14.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2011

Expecting the best this school year, this is my daughter's second year in broward community charter and we are very pleased with the education, the communication and everything in school. Strongly recommend this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2011

My 2010-2011 experience en this school has been excellent, very good teachers, very good communication w/ the principal, teachers and office staff. My daughter is super happy and learning a lot and will not change schools for nothing. !!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2010

This is my 6th year in this school. I started here when the school was at the east campus. I must say that there has been a lot of changes since and most not good. The school grade has gone from an A to a C. That is very disappointing. I'll definitely pull my children out at the end of this school year. It will be a big change for all of us but we'll deal. The principal was easily approachable before but now, it's like he is avoiding facing parents and what the school has become. Some of us need some assurance or explanation as to how things are going to be improved upon. I expected more but any how, it's a shame that it has to come to this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2010

Very good School, My daughter is going to Kindergarten, Very good communication with the teachers, the principal and the front office. My daughter is very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

Horrible!!!! This school is completely disorganized. No communication!! teachers are ok at best!! I was completely disappointed!!! They always have openings which is no surprise at all!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

I have had my child in this wonderful school since kindergarden she is know in third grade, and if I had to choose again I wouldnt think twice about it..being able to comunicate with everyone in the school is great.There is alot of parent,teacher,student involvement.. I coudn't be happier. Antoinette
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2009

They have the greatest teachers who really work with your child and teach them a lot!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2008

As a parent at BCCS-West I am truly happy with the teachers at this school. They are dedicated, supportive and committed. It is too bad that administration is not. Administration is more concerned with their idle chit chat than supporting the very reason they are in existence, the students and teachers. Administration allows a parent to offer car detailing once a week and charge $15.00 for the service. Half supposedly goes back to the school, but I am sure that barely covers the water and electric usage for this service. Since when do parents get to run businesses out of their child's school? Please get your priorities together and put the students and teachers first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2008

I can rate this school because we are new in this school as well. The truth is I am very disappointed about this school too. The school is very unorganized. But I also say it to myself: the school is new, and I will give them time. My kid did not get what they suppose to get at his grade level. They do not have enough class book to study, no equipment at all, no library, no computer, etc.... And all they need and talk about at PTO is Money


Posted September 22, 2008

I put my child in a charter school thinking he would get a better education than in a public. I was wrong. This school has become disorganized & chaotic under the new management. The teachers seem stressed & unhappy most of the time. For these & other reasons, I decided to put my child in public school this year. My child was always on the honor roll each year. Now I find out he is behind the other public school kids in math because he was not taught certain things at the charter school. So much for charter schools giving our children a better education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2008

Continuing my review.. the staff that are there wear multiple hats.. they do try hard and seem to care a lot, but it seems that it is an impossible job. There is never enough money to fund the school or the programs it needs. The school has now been bought out by another company that will run the school next year.Hopefully this will improve the situation, but who knows.. I am moving my children to the A rated public school near my house.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

I am very pleased with the school. The teachers are excellent and so is the ancillary staff. The Principal is very dedicated and a good man. My son has excelled. The academic program is also very good. They use Saxon Math. I am not worried about PE. He does have PE everyday and plays soccer etc in the field next to the school. There is excellent communication between the staff and parents. What other school can you go to where the staff / Principal knows your name, your childs name and how he is doing in school. That is for every student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2007

This school has okay teachers. The teachers seem to be not too happy all the time and do not say hello if you are around the school. I have seen some teachers in the lower grades to be unkind to the children and talking down on them, which I do not approve of. Overall, I would recommend another school for my child to be at next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2007

No PE teacher. Classroom teacher is the PE teacher. Classroom teacher is also the music teacher. Art projects not very exciting...mostly drawings, although this is an 'arts school'. Parental involvement is good because they must volunteer 30 hours for the year or pay $15/hour. Atmosphere is very friendly and warm. Office staff and principal are very nice. Academics could be better. Small environment is nice and kids are not 'just a number'. No library. Overall, I think that if a child can emotionally handle attending a regular non-charter public elementary school, he/she will be better off academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

Thank you,BCCS West, for another wonderful year. My children love the school. I'm very happy with the quality of the academic programs, the administration, and the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2007

Overall I am happy with the school. My daughter has improved academically and is more confident. I like that every time I have a question the office staff is very helpful and the principal is always available. I just think her teacher needs to be a little more organized.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
32%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
35%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
76%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

36 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
30%
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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%
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 "B".
  • 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 "B".

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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 49%
Hispanic 33%
White 12%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 51%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76%N/AN/A
Female 49%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 96%53%61%
Master's degree 4%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Music teacher(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. CHANA POMMELS
Fax number
  • (954) 345-1199

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Swimming pool
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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11421 Northwest 56th Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33076
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