I will agree that Harbordale is a small elementary school that has teachers that have been teaching for over 30 years. With that being said, they are burned out, yell at children all day, miserable and have little to no love for children at all. They are in much need for a new all around teaching staff. None of my children have many positives things to say about this school.. If you can afford it go to private! There is a reason why florida is ranked so low in the nation and harbordale has made another example of this!!
Harbordale Elementary is one of the smallest public elementary schools in Broward County. The principal and assistant are amazing and you can tell that they really love the students. They attend all events - including parent socials/fundraisers. Most parents get to know one another and the HSA (PTA) does do a lot of fundraising to improve the school. We already put in a new secondary playground and are working for the primary one now. We do have art, PE, Spanish, media center and an amazing music program despite the county budget cuts. The principal and faculty have worked hard to maintain the "specials". The 3/4/12 poster is misinformed regarding the specials. Aftercare is done by an outside organization and has nothing to do with the school otherwise. Staff will direct the parents to a list of alternative aftercares. We have taken 2 field trips this year and the education is better than many of the privates around us. WE consider ourselves lucky to attend Harbordale.
is a great school, but I think it needs more activities where children and parents become more involved.
Our school is a family school. We all know each other and also the kids. Great environment and great staff!!!!!
Good thing we are not all from Palm Beach County! This school is fantastic, everyone knows my grandson by his name, He did EXCELLENT!!! TOP OF HIS CLASS. His teacher was incredible. The staff worked diligently with me to get a special bus stop assigned to him and just for him. This is a very small school atmosphere, but awesome, very well organized and attentive. Both the principal and asst principal are very attentive and actually get back to you!!!! 5 star school in my opinion.
Way overrated! Coming from palm beach county schools, major downgrade! No art, PE, and no help from teachers with providing or giving advice for children with learning disabilities. The school seems more concerned with fundraising then helping students. Aftercare is low quality as well. No organization, no structure, no Planned activities, intermingling of age groups exposes bad influences on younger ones.
I really enjoy my daughter attending this school. I believe she is happy at the school and I know it is an a plus school. I hope her studies continue and she gets to be one of the smartest kids in her class. I believe this school is a really nice place also because it is in a nice neighborhood. I hope she continues to attend here and I as her mom will help her with any thing she may need.
i love harbordale it is the best they have the best teachers ever if you want ur kid at a good scool put them here
Great school. Small atmosphere, dedicated parents. Teachers are exceptional and approachable. When construction is completed the campus will be much more appealing. The diverse nature of the school prepares children for middle school and beyond.
This is my second year at Harbordale and it is an awesome school. I believe you get out what you put in and I am very involved in H.S.A. and volunteering at the school and for school fundraisers. This year we have a great deal of excitement about our new buildings and our upcoming construciton of the new 2 story building. This school will continue to get better but what is really needed is parent participation. These are our children and they need our support in education no matter what the support is. If they see us getting involved at school it only makes them want to do better at school. As a single working mother my spare time is spent on volunteering for my children's schools. This also helps me get to know the teachers and staff and other parents. The more involved parents are the better their children do.
This school has such a sought-after'A' rated reputation,but coming from an A-rated (five star)elementary school in Jupiter,I am not that impressed.There is no P.E.,seemingly no art courses,visiting open house last year the teacher promised each child would learn to play the piano,but it never happened, not even a keystroke,and this year I learned the pianos are not working,nor are the ratty old violins they were supposed to use.The reconstruction of this school began long prior to the summer break,a disruption for the students, with asbestos removal occurring onsite,and a shrinking sandy playground,no sports field,and a horrific aftercare. My son,a fifth grader, had more challenging spell tests in the second grade in a Boca school.The Gifted program is a joke.
Small public school with many dedicated teachers. Medium level of parent involvement.
I have two children in Harbordale and have been very pleased with their academic performance. The school is a small gem of a community school, with only 500 students. Children get individual attention from caring teachers with years of experience. Although the building itself needs to be renovated, the school provides a wonderful learning enviorment. It does not have a fully integrated gifted program, although each level has a gifted teacher.
This is a very nice small school, that will be undergoing construction improvements soon. Good uniform policy.
Harbordale is a great school. Very close community feel without all the private school one-up-manship. Teachers my kids have had are first rate. My kids are doing well there. One recent issue is that they are about to undergo major construction there and the administration was planning on relocating the students to portables at another site. The parents were outraged and now construction is supposed to take place around the students in phases. This is supposed to take in excess of 36 months. So parents are a little uneasy about what will happen.
Both of my children attented Harbordale for all six years of their elementary experiences. They were both extremely well prepared for middle school. It is a loving, nurturing environment where excellence is expected.
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