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Harbordale Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 437 students

 

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Posted April 2, 2014

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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

is a great school, but I think it needs more activities where children and parents become more involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

Our school is a family school. We all know each other and also the kids. Great environment and great staff!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2012

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.


Posted March 4, 2012

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

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
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2007

my child attends harbordale and I have no complaints...I love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2005

Small public school with many dedicated teachers. Medium level of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2005

This is a very nice small school, that will be undergoing construction improvements soon. Good uniform policy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2005

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2003

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.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
53%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
91%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
71%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
100%

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 "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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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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
White 48%
Hispanic 27%
Black 18%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 138%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 28%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%53%61%
Master's degree 30%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 7%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Music teacher(s)
School psychologist
Tutor(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

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

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MS. THERESA BUCOLO
Fax number
  • (754) 323-6090

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

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.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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900 Southeast 15th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (754) 323-6050

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