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Saint Ambrose

Private | PK-8 | 184 students

Our school is known for small class sizes


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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $96,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,140.

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Posted August 24, 2014

St. Ambrose School has taken great strides in the past year. The energy the new principal has brought has motivated the teachers and students alike. The school has had a complete face lift this past year both physically and technically.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 23, 2014

My child has been attending St. Ambrose for about six years and overall we've been very happy with the school and education. I like that it's a small school and there's a lot of one on one attention. I also think the new Principal Dodge has been a shot of positive energy and is working hard to improve the school with regards to teachers, academics and technology. I would recommend St. Ambrose to any parent looking for a small private school where their child can get a great education with one on one attention and a strong sense of community.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 22, 2014

St Ambrose School has gone through many changes in the past 2 years. The enrollment is up, parents and students are happy and the staff is certified. It is a shame that employees that have left the school are bitter. There are always two sides to the story and then the truth. Come see St Ambrose, make your own decision to see if this is the right place for your child. I think you will find out that it is.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 21, 2014

St. Ambrose School-hides serious issues regarding truth!!! Music guy in the church who has been there forever should be out! He bullied a person out of the school and out of a job! Sad it happened. Right beside him is the Eighth Grade teacher who has been there for over 30 years!!!! She put him up to fighting her battle for her!!!!! She should have been fired two years ago when she took it upon herself to "help" a student "win" an award by knowingly changing another teacher's grades. Is this right? Not according to the State Education Department! To say nothing..and make it a surprise at the ceremony with parents there! No respect!~ And she was hired back with a raise...the Superintendent for the Arch knowingly knew this and agreed that it was wrong! :( But did not do anything about it...yes, people have been talking.... After so many hardships were placed upon some caring individuals who wanted the best for the students!!!! If you lost your job and your home, and were mis-treated and bullied, you would be happy about what this school dished out...but, the newbies in the school...don't know.. and the others will remain silent about the outcome...
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted March 16, 2014

What a shame that unhappy staff members have to write things about a school that they are no longer employed at. To bring up gossip about students only hurts them. I think that St Ambrose is a the best kept secret in Deerfield Beach. The teachers are caring and working hard to challenge the students. The administration has gone through some positive changes and is working to bring the school up to the 21st century with 1 to 1 computers. I think everyone is entitled to their opinion but I always remember my moms words if you cannot say anything nice say nothing at all. I think that St Ambrose is a great school and I am proud and honored to be part of it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 13, 2013

Principal change!! School change a lot!! Principal don't help to resolve kids problems. School only wants easy kids. No communication with the teacher at all if you do not ask!! Teacher and principal!!!Change my soon 4 days ago to Quiet Waters elementary!! Amazing difference!! Better any public school than Saint Ambrose!! SCHOOL IS NOT SAFE EITHER GATE IS OPEN ALL THE TIME!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 2, 2012

I agree with the "best kept secret"! With small class sizes, students' learning is maximized and students' misbehavior is minimized...

Posted May 16, 2011

I have had a history with many of the private schools in South Florida and find St. Ambrose to be one of the best. From the administration to the teachers, I have been exceedingly happy with my experiences there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 15, 2008

I feel St. Ambrose School is not a good choice for families both academically, and in a spiritual, nurturing sense, as it was many years ago. Many, many families have left the school after several years and had to place their children in local schools to 'bring them up to speed' academically. I am one of those, along with many others! The graduating 8th grade children of St. Ambrose generally are far behind their peers (public and private) upon entering the high school level. Nobody wants to have to move their children during their academic youth, hopefully one day St. Ambrose will have a qualified administration that will be able to bring it back to the level we all once experienced and loved.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 26, 2008

I think St. Ambrose is a very good school.Parents get involved in the children education, teachers are the best too.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 22, 2008

I feel that St. Ambrose is a excellent school. The faculty and staff are great and do a great job in spite of the overseeing priest.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 24, 2006

I think St. ambrose is a good school. St. ambrose does accept Mckay Scholarships, which is relly good. at first i thought my daugter be'd good for this school but i found out that it isnt relly good for kids who need more help than others. she had a hard time with all the tests and homeworks, which were hard. she needed lots of help on certain subjects and st. ambrose didnt relly help all on those subjects as i thought i'd would. the teachers are caring and have a great sense of humor with good personality. but some certain teachers give to much work at times. it has a wonderful drama club that has won many 1st places. the sports department is overall good. there is alot of parent involment, lots of parents help out in the school and in many occasions. overall, this school is relly good.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 7, 2005

I think that st. Ambrose is not only an excellent school, but you will never find a more caring group of faculty, led by a kind and caring principal. I believe as with any school, if a child wants to learn they will. It could be that maybe the parents should let the principal and teachers do their jobs and teach and not have to constantly discipline, and then have the parents be nonsupportive of the staff. I would highly recommend the school and staff and feel that our students education, overall, would stand up to any other school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 26, 2005

Saint Ambrose is an overall good school,but this school lacks in good teachers. Over all the school is o.k. It would be great if we had some good teachers. Pre-K3, Pre-K4 and the Kindergarten teachers are the best in the entire school. Smart,caring, professional individuals.
—Submitted by a parent

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 42%
Hispanic 23% 29%
Black 12% 23%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Art club
  • Dance club: hip hop

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist

Gifted & talented

  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Lisa Dodge
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Catholic
Fax number
  • (954) 427-2293


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students


Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Miami
School leaders can update this information here.


Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

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

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Boy scouts
  • Dance club: hip hop
  • Girl scouts
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.


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What are your chances?

10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.

Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$5000 - $8000
Vouchers accepted
Financial aid offered
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363 SE 12th Ave
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Phone: (954) 427-2226


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