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Deerfield Beach Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 695 students

 

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2011:
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Posted March 17, 2014

Great school this year. The effort and involvement from Ms. Thurston (Principal), Mr. Gerlach (Asst. Principal), staff, teachers, and parents is amazing. Also very creative and attentive to kids' needs. Would most certainly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

I was a little skeptical about going to a new school. But I like it so far. I haven't received a lot of information so far, which I am interested in finding out, but that's only because I found out that the school is a Green school and they try not to send out a lot of paper out if not necessary. Now that I know this, I know it is my responsibility to follow up with events. I am very pleased so far, and my kids are happy, which is the most important thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2013

My son attended this school for two years (Kindergarten and 1st Grade). The first year, I was fairly happy with the school. I notice on this site it was rated 5/10 during that time. The second year he attended, I was very disappointed with the school. By no coincidence, it was rated a 4/10 by the end of that year. The school has always felt very impersonal. It's like checking into a prison if you (an adult) ever need to set foot on campus. I've been yelled at by the volunteer parents for getting out of the car to give my son a hug good-bye. I was on the PTA for the first year, but never received any information on meetings or events--which makes the PTA like an exclusive clique for the hens who were already buddy/buddy with each other--not welcoming to 'outsiders'. His Kindergarten teacher was fabulous! I was iffy with his first grade teacher because she could not spell "congratulations" correctly, which makes me feel he is not getting the best education he can be. The front office staff are horribly cold and rude. The only reason I give this school a 3/5 is because it is a far cry better than what Broward was to offer, but I'm so glad my son will never have to go there again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2013

My son is in Deerfield in 4th grade. His teacher is an excellent teacher anyone would want to teach their child . I Love DBES. My son was sick while testing was going on also for fcat. His teacher and staff still managed to get his home work together and get it to me so he could study. What I want to really say is they have good teachers and staff .say thank you to good teachers.my son is an a student and likes his teacher Mrs.Skulzski. thank you Mrs.Skulzski
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2013

This is the best school. My son is in Mr. McGregors 1st grade class, he is the best teacher in the world. My son loves him so much. He is so caring with the children and really makes learning fun. The office staff is just as wonderful, they are always there to lend a helping hand and go above and beyond. So sad that we are moving and will not be able to continue with this school. I would recommend this school to everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2011

My daugter started her Kindergarden here...it went great until she started first grade. I was always getting notes from her 1st grade teacher that she wasn't concentrating...and wasnt focusing. That she wouldn't sit still...she pretty much had me convinced that my daughter might be ADHD...I went as far as getting her diagnosed by her docter. But, Docters dont diagnose ADHD they simply give you and the childs teacher a survey with a bunch of questions about your child. So had her teacher fill the survey for me and I did as well. I was very concerned about my daughter b/c she was failing 1st grade....and I did not want my daughter on meds. Her docter simply told me that if he goes by my survey...than my daughter is just a normal 5 year old...and on the other hand if he goes by her teachers survey than she is ADHD. So I decided to spend money on hiring her a Tutor to see her twice a week.Her tutor told me how bright my daughter was...and that she doesn't think my daughter is ADHD...in the mean time I was still getting notes from her teacher that she's having difficulty concentrating and that she is very hyper.For 2nd grade I put her in a new School and she's getting striaght A'S....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2011

We moved from another state to Florida in November 2009. The year that my son was there he always came home with stories about how mean the kids were. One time a 7 year old boy stabbed a 7 year old girl with a pencil. I never got a note from the school explaining the incident. It came to the point my son did not want to go to school, so we moved out of that district. I think the school should be more involved and should do something more drastic about the bullying that goes on at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

My Daughter was in Kindergarten this year. She went from knowing about 15 easy sight words to reading at the end of FIRST GRADE Level this school year. Homework was done each day, and many books were read this school year. The more you put into your own child's education (ie: time, making their education a priority) , the more your child will learn each year. I am very pleased with this school and am thrilled with how much my child has grown this Kindergarten year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2008

A very good school with excellent teachers that treat everyone fairly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 30, 2007

Well were finished. We cannot recommend a better school than deerfield beach elementary. The teachers and staff are really trying to take the school to the next level even though in some cases the state and policy tie their hands. Many thanks to all!! a special thanks to john hodge! john grassi
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2007

I know that last year was tough. I think this school is ready for change. Mr. Breslaw & Ms. Huckshold are ready for the challenge. I feel like they are going to bring about some wonderful changes to the school. I am looking forward to working with them and supporting them in every thing they do. My hope is that all parents and staff will support them 100% also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2006

Deerfield Beach Elem. Is A Excellent School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2004

My kindergarten age son loves school. My youngest son asks every morning when he will be old enough to go to the good school. Our family loves DBES. We feel it is an honor to have our son in a school where he is loved on a daily basis. His reading skills are out of this world thanks to a great education. all children should be so lucky to have such a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2003

This Title I school is Broward County's best kept secret.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

After taking my son out of one school in the Deerfield area I wasn't sure where to place him. This is now his second year at Deerfield Beach and we could not be happier. His teacher from last year is the most amazing woman. She helped us to see how great the school is. I helped in her classroom with reading and anything else that she needed. My sons grades have greatly improved and so has his attitude. I only wish my older child had the chance to go here. Thank you Deerfield Beach Elemetary for giving my family a chance to attend your school. Could not have found a better one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

We have been at Deerfield Beach elementary for 5 years my oldest has just left to go on to a Private school , and my middle is now starting first grade , she has been there since pre-k . The rating system on this website is incorrect , DBES had an A+ rating last year and scored an A/B on the FCat in 2003 the overall rating of DBES is an A school . John Hodge keeps a great environment with a different theme focus each year to excite the children about learning . Problems are few ,the school is very well maintained , the teachers are the best I have seen in the county and I would go so far as to say that DBES is of or above private school quality . We consider ourselves very lucky to have such a great school to start our children on the path of their future , in fact when we were searching for a home 5 years ago we made SURE we were within the boundries for DBES Deerfield Beach is the best community for families with the best elementary school :)
—Submitted by a parent


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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 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
46%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
39%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
85%
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 "C".
  • 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 38% 42%
Black 29% 23%
Hispanic 24% 29%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 65%53%61%
Master's degree 35%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Victoria Thurston
Fax number
  • (754) 322-6140

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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650 NE 1st St
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Phone: (754) 322-6100

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