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Charter School Of Excellence

Charter | K-5 | 272 students

 

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Posted October 17, 2013

This school is amazing. my kids are getting great education the security is great. all the students are protected in school grounds. they have great teachers who are willing to help the students succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2013

Is the first year of my daughter going to charter school and so far my daughter love's it and I her teacher she's so good with her and thats very important also the principal and all the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2012

FORT LAUDERDALE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS - I first must preface that as a parent, I strongly feel that if one doesn't involve one's self regularly and consistently with one's child's teachers, principal and support staff, one shouldn't expect much from ANY school one's child attends. That said, I know by name almost every adult in the school my child is in contact with. My husband and I visit and volunteer over and above what is required by the school. The school has worked with my child, addressing my child's educational and behavioral issues very seriously and positively. Like any school, they sometimes are extremely busy, short-handed, short on supplies, overwhelmed by the FCAT prep/logistics/testing, addressing other concerned parents, juggling school events, etc. but even when I DON'T press, they continue to follow through for my child. The principal is very knowledgeable, wise and discerning when it comes to her school and her teachers. They work hard to be an A+ school overall, and they have done a fantastic team effort with my child and in addressing my concerns for my child as a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2011

My daughter started Kindergarten, so far I am very satisfied. My daughter has learned alot in addition to my wife and i reinforcing the lesson that my daughter learn in school. For those you are inquirig about middle school, Somerset Academy, an excellent charter school has a middle school and will give registration preference to children who are are leaving Charter School of Excellence to go into middle school. In addition, Florida Bible, has just annouced its has shut its door to after 34 years of private schooling due to budget constrait. Somerset will now be taking over the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2011

This school is horrible they don't know-how to deal with over active or head strong kids they suspend and report parents to DCF because they don't have programs in place to handle kids with ADD or whatever. I wouldn't recommend this school to my worst enemy the principal is not polite and very unprofessional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2011

My son goes to Davie campus he just started this year. The pricipal Mr. Mishkin is great, wonderfull, & careing. He takes care of problems right away, He gets along with the kids great, He cares about the kids & whats going on. Mr. Mishkin is a really good principal. Most of the teachers are good, there are some that are to be disired. My son likes the school & most the people at the campus. My MAJOR CONCERN IS WERE ARE THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS FOR THE CHARTER SCHOOLS OF EXCELLENCE?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2010

My son attends Tamarac Campus. Excellent ! Teacher and staff are great. My son is happy to attend the school , enjoys the class enviroment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

My son attends the Davie campus, this school does not have an auditorium, for parent to enjoy to see your childrens to receiving the reward/graulation ceremaonies. During cermonies you have to stand up til it's all over plus you can not hear what they are saying because of the noise levels!!!!! And also they do'nt have a library room, or music room (instruments for kids to learn music note.) The principal Ms.Guiliano does not have very good behaviour towards to the children. two thumbs down to the principal!!!!!!!!!!!!! :( my two sons are going to enroll to another school this fall 2010-2011!!!!!!!!! Highy not recommend this school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2010

My son attends the Davie Campus. the Teachers and staff are wonderful. Especially the teachers, they are caring and despite the system they have to work within, they try to individualize the instruction. My son loves his new school. We are looking forward to having his sister join him this year. My complaint would be with the current principal. She is aloof and not particularly helpful in solving problems or interacting with children. While the children all knew and liked Ms. Nessl and the previous principal (sorry , can't remember her name), they are afraid of Ms. Guiliano and will say ' I don't think she likes me'. this is simply because of her attitude and behaviour towards the children. I suggest you move her before the school gets a bad reputation or parents start moving their kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

It is not the same at the one on Davie. The Charter School of Excellent at Davie is terrible. The teachers are mean and they do not respect the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2009

My daughter has a very good education by attending this school. The staff and students are very well mannered. I would not change my daughter's school for anything. Thank you charter school of excellence for giving my daughter the tools needed to exceed in life. Highly recommend this school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2009

it is awesome.My son just started 6th grade and he loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

My daughter just started 2nd Grade and loves the school. This being her 3rd year here I can say she is doing wonderfully. The staff have been execellent. She is progressing so fast sometimes I have to really wonder if she is really 7 years old. Thank you Charter School of Execellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

It is a great school with great teachers and a wonderful Principal and staff. The principal he is very involved in knowing what's going on with students and parents. This is my child first year here at this school. And my child is doing a great job at Charter school of excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2009

My daughter attended this school for the first time this year as a 3rd grader. It is true what the other parents have stated about the school and principal, however; my experience is a little different. I really was not impressed with my daughter's teacher. For example, I never received any of my daughter's test papers, graded homework papers or communication from the teacher. I didn't know how my daughter was doing in school until report card time. I found this to be very frustrating and spoke to the principal about my expectations. She did follow-up with the teacher and things have gotten better. My daughter had a hard time adjusting to the curriculum coming from a private school and I felt like she was not getting the help she needed. As the school year is winding down, I'm having a hard time deciding if she will be attending next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2008

My son is finishing 2nd grade soon and faces the FCAT's next year in 3rd. He has always been an honor roll student. This is a school where everyone cares about the student and how they do - the principal knows every student's name and most of the parents as well, the teachers take an interest in their students and what they are learning, and the school atmosphere is always positive and uplifting. All qualities I want my son to be surrounded by as he grows and learns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2007

My kids have gone here K-5 it is an exceptional school they where on A andA-B honor roll every year.The tearchers are great nurturing and caring it is an awesome school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2006

great school individual testing helps alot
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2005

The Core Knowledge Program that they use is great. My kid adapted easily to it and is responding even better than at her previous private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2005

Great school and Core Knowledge curriculum the best. Thanks
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
69%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
93%
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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
45%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • 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
Black 74%
Hispanic 15%
White 8%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 44%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/AN/A
Female 56%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 100%53%61%
Master's degree 0%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MS. LISA CASTRO
Fax number
  • (954) 522-3159

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1217 Southeast 3rd Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
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