Students enrolled 600
School leader MS. JOELLEN SCOTT
Transportation options Yes
District Broward County School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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1175 Middle River Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

(754) 322-5400
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4 stars
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November 24, 2014
Bayview Elementary is a great school, but, as stated, the principal is making the whole atmosphere one of anger, frustration, and suspicion. She lets just about anyone enroll, many from the Wilton Manors area who are not in the boundaries, and does nothing about it when reported to her. Bayview's current enrollment and future projections are above capacity, and if nothing is done to keep illegally enrolled students out, the situation will only get worse. The principal and the illegally enrolled need to go!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2014
Bayview academically is pretty good, but the ONLY problem that Bayview have is the principal, as this fellow from the below comment, which I totally agree with, in the comment, that people over fear don't confront her, her leadership is based on fear, and pressure, even the teachers are afraid of her, but they don't tell the real problems because of that. I believe Bay view should not deserve that, over the years Bayview was Number 1 in Broward, and you can see the records, how scores decreased since she came to the school. She is a bully, and is really hard to communicate with her, is her way or no way. pretty sad, overall because Broward county public schools is so bad, this is really one of the best schools and people have to deal with this person, which such a low skills of personal and social skills. Sorry, but is the truth, that nobody want to say...

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2014
This school is excellent as far as academics and overall experience however the principal has a very bad temper and yells a lot. Many parents, teachers, and students are afraid of her and everyone keeps their mouth shut about it out of fear. She should not be a principal.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
The school is great, they keep challenging child till find the area where he can become an expert, then they provide allot of ways to accelerate. Participating in American Math competitions, studying levels ahead etc., so my child was accepted into MathPath competitive camp for older kids, passed it with a high rate, accepted to Hopkins CTY placed into Studying Exceptionally Talented team in it, get a college adviser being just a 5th grader, I can say more and more... this what this school and the principal did for 6 years of studying for my child. I am very proud of this school and their work. Miss them for the middle school, but the child is taking High School Honors and AP classes being just a 6th grader, next year will be in dual enrollment. Thank them allot for providing kids with this type of education.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
The school is the best possible one. My child started in K in it and finished all the years. I wish we would have similar for the middle school too. We moved into Chicago, the child is on top of the district. Nobody believes that Florida gives so great knowledge, knowledge which placed my child into high nationally!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
Bayview Elementary School is an excellent school. They educate our children more on analytical thinking - problem solving - and awareness on current events. Teachers emphasize the importance of great values, respect, and obedient, which at their young age is very important.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
Who would you recommend as the Kindergarten teacher? We just move into the area and do not know the school well as well as the teacher or any one in the neighborhood I appreciate very much Thank you

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2013
Bayview is a great school. The teachers are very involved and truly care about the kids. My daughter came from private school and Bayview is small and feels like a private school. The school has very low student teacher ratio compared to all private schools in this area. I was apprehensive to put my daughter in public school but Bayview has been great. There are politics at every school as there are here but you can get as involved as much as you want by just volunteering as I do. The school is always communicating what is going on and as long as you have your volunteer approval through Broward county you can do all the activities with the kids. The principal is strict and my opinion it is necessary to keep the school at this high level. This is a great school with a great staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2013
Teachers are fairly good but the principal is not effective or a good leader. Makes one wonder the criteria used by Broward Schools to appoint principals. Also, a lot of politics and favoritism. Very little diversity. Discipline uneven. Overall, could use improvement, starting with the principal. To the reviewer below mine; please note the different words, principle vs principal.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
My son is just finishing kindergarten and we've had a fabulous year. His teacher is top-notch. His math and reading skills are above grade level which is significant considering he started the year refusing to read or write. My older children were in different schools, both public and private, in other parts of the country and I believe Bayview offers a solid education in the fundamentals . It is true that the school is lacking in extracurriculars but that may be the trade off for a high-quality, public, elementary school education in Broward County. I've talked to the principle several times, not sure what the huff is all about in these reviews. She is no-nonsense, she sets high standards, she lets everyone know the expectations in advance. The school offers plenty of opportunities for parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2013
Wow, what a disaster this school has become. The principal is the main reason. There are great teachers at this school but the administration is lacking in effectiveness, in communication with parents, and with respect toward parents. It was good for a few years and now I'm just glad I can put it behind me and not have to deal with the politics at the school. Lousy, lousy, lousy.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2013
Bayview Elementary is a fantastic school! The parent involvement helps this school succeed every year. The school itself only has around 540 kids from Kindergarten to 5th grade so you get to know everyone there, even when the teachers never taught your child. There are plenty of organized committees and events to help include new parents and kids. The pick-up and drop off system is quick and managed safely and effectively. They have a great after school program onsite so your child does not have to be transported over the road without you. The teachers are provided with what they need to teach. The school has computers, music, art and plenty of activities to keep growing minds interested. Locally we joke and call it the Public Private school because it has that quality and you know your child is thriving in that environment. Wholeheartedly recommend Bayview Elementary School!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2012
Excellent! Great Teachers, 20-21 students per class level very good, good administrative part. I recommend.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2012
My son started Bayview in K and is now in 1st grade. So far our experience has been wonderful. We visited every big-name private school within a 20 mile radius weren't as impressed. The teachers are top-notch. Many have spent their entire careers at Bayview because they love the atmosphere. The PTA is very active, making sure the school has funding for many bells & whistles, like Smart Boards in every room and laptop computers. The focus is on academics, primarily reading and math. Some complain about no funding for sports or theater programs, but being a public school that's a fact of life. Many kids do this privately after school. Since the school is small, many administrators and teachers know our son and take an interest in him. It feels like a family. The campus is beautiful. They also have a great summer camp. Our son can't wait to go back. Surprised to read negative reports on the principal. We have not had that experience. She has taken the time to get to know our son, and our family, and I have seen her do the same for others. She has always been respectful to us and willing to accommodate special requests whenever possible, more like the principal of a private school.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2011
GREAT TEACHERS, GREAT PRINCIPAL, RESTORES OUR FAITH IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM IN BROWARD COUNTY

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
My two children have been here only a year but they are both excelling. There is a great parent base of volunteers. And I have been happy with teachers. They are very involved, caring and supportive. Coming from a private school, I am very happy with this public school. Yes, there may not be as many bells and whistles, but there is strong support in the fundamentals.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 10, 2010
I agree, with the post on May 27, it was a great school until the new principal take place, the students where place in groups base on need and after the new principal, all change, the excuse was all the cuttings on budged, but the reality is lack of management and lack of strategy, you really don't need more teachers to only regroup the children base on ability. Sorry but it is a reality, my respects. No more excuses please only check your procedures and back to the great scores as before, a sad parent that is seeing Bay View going down at the front of my eyes

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2009
Everything from the teachers, education, enviroment and care from the staff. Great School!!!!!!!!!

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no rating October 11, 2009
Bayview has been a wonderful learning experience for my daughter. The staff and teachers are phenomenal. I recommend it to everyone in this district.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2009
Bayview has been a fine school for my two children. Even in the early years, their teachers taught them about responsibility and accountability, leaving them well prepared as they grew older and moved on. I wish there were more time for P.E., art and music, and recess time can be scarce. We made up for it by afterschool activities such as ballet and football. It is true that for a period of time they 'eat, sleep and breathe' the FCAT test, but in spite of it, they manage to fit everything in that they need to learn.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Was a great school, but due to changes over the past 2 years, not so much anymore. No more ability grouping for math or reading, lack of individual attention.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2009
I agree there is a lack of communication since the new principal took over; the school year is almost over and I have not had even one conference with my child's teacher, and not due to lack of effort on my part.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2009
To that comment below.... you must have one of the 'good teachers' b/c getting a phone call or even an email has not happened in the past 4 years at that school. There is no communication with parents unless you make the effort.

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no rating October 20, 2008
This school is a great school. Many people think that this is the best to send your kid to. I do agree with them. The only problem I had was when my daughter graduated last year, they were babied if a project was bad they still got A's. Late work was accepted. Kids did extra credit. When my daughter and son went to sixth grade I was stunned at the amount of work that was given to the students. Bayview did not give the fifth graders a middle school experience like I thought it would. When my son turned in a late project he got a 0. At Bayview he would have had a B at the lowest. Bayview may be a disadvantage to students. As parent try to prepare them for middle school on your own time it will be a big help to your child.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2008
This is my daughter's third year (2nd grade) at Bayview. We love this school and they love their parent volunteers. They will take as much time as you can give them! This is great if you have the time to do it. The PTA works so hard and it is a pleasure to work together. The teachers and staff are very strict, luckily my daughter does not have any issues there but if your child does, you may find it 'challenging'. Lots of focus on the FCAT, too much really. Wish there were more art, music and science than once a week. Finally, I believe this school has more technology based teaching tools than any public school in Broward.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2008
This school has a very strong focus on reading, writing, and math, to the detriment of other activities such as sports or art. The school is very competitive and makes the children that way. It is a good school, but not for every child, and a parent will need to supplement with extracurricular activities.

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- submitted by a student
April 26, 2008
I have a son who is currently in second grade. I would not recommend this school. I have asked for several conferences with the teacher and still have not gotten one. Teacher do not have the patience for children who are a little hyper. We have also tried to get our son advanced and they take their time with the testing for gifted kids. My son has an above average IQ and gets bored very easily. The school focuses on the FCAT way too much.

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no rating October 29, 2007
This is a fabulous school IF your child is above average. I have one child who is gifted and one who is ESE. I have not been pleased with the services offered or provided by the ESE department.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2007
my son has been part of Bayview elementary and I can only say fantastic thing about the school and teachers. 5th grade teachers are preparing the kids for what to expect in 6th grade and on, my son is a A student with honor for the past 3 yrs - I love the school - I wish they would have a physical Education but, they do not this is the only down fault- you have to compensate sports outside of school.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2007
We too moved out of state and frankly I appreciate Bayview even more today. My daughter was not happy at the new school when we got here and was comparing it to Bayview for the first month. There was no homework and no discipline. I value both thanks to Bayview. We want to raise a girl who can run her own company and Bayview teaches responsibility, time management & accountability. I think our kids should all be challenged to that level. She still compare's the two schools today. Bravo! Bayview! We miss you!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
A wonderful school. Great teachers, excellent principal. Too much focus on FCAT as in all public schools. Too little extracurricular activities. Sill the best you can find in a public school.

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- submitted by a teacher
January 12, 2006
My son has attended Bayview Elementary for 6 years now (including kindergarden). Thank god for this school. It is the best.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2005
This school was awesome! I have moved away to another state and I miss this school and the education it provided for my child more than ever.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2005
One of the best public schools. It ia as good as private. The only drawback for me is that they push the FCAT all year long when other subjects could be taught more. You cant find a better public school.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2005
When my daughter started at Bayview I was very upset with the size of her class. Her Kindergarten teacher then quit after the 2nd week of school. It seemed to have gone from bad to worse. I wrote Letters to the school board trying to circumvent the principal. However she got a hold of me and somehow made me promise to give them a chance and see for myself by volunteering. I did and even with 31 students in my daughters class they some how managed to exceed my expectations with the way my daughter learned to read and write. Her math skills are also pretty good but never did I think she would come out of Kindergarten reading and writing the way she does. We are moving and sadly have to leave Bayview. I fear we will not find the same experience elsewhere. Wish us luck!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2005
Bayview is an excellent school. They focus greatly on the fcat's. Your child will score higher at this school then any other elementary school in Broward County. My only concern is the focus too much on it and some subjects will suffer because of it.

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- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2005
This is an excellent school with a administrative and teaching staff committed to giving the students who attend the very best possible education, parent involvement is also very high in this school and again the students benefit greatly from this also allowing open communication between parents and teachers regarding curiculum and progress of their children. This school has made such a wonderful impression on our child and really provided an excellent foundation for his elementary education. I would highly recommend this school!

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Bayview Elementary School
1175 Middle River Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL  33304
(754) 322-5400
Last modified Bayview Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bayview Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top