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Hollywood Central Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 534 students

 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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33 reviews of this school


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Posted April 2, 2014

My son is finishing his first year at this school and he is so happy here. This school pushes its students to their greatest abilities. I am very happy we chose this school , the teachers are dedicated and inspire kids to learn more. Parent involvement is off the chart. Couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

The school is great! They focus on helping young people develop an array of talents and knowledge. The school has programs to help promote and encourage the value of ongoing learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

Hollywood Central is an AWESOME school. It has a family oriented atmosphere that stems from administration, PTA, teachers, and families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

HCE is a great place to be!! My children have all attended the school. We were always happy with our childs teacher and the environment the school has. Its a very cozy, family oriented school. Its not like the new institutional buildings they build now - it reminds me of when I went to school :) The staff is always helpful and friendly. All my children have been happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

You can't judge a school by it's shiny new computers, desks, playgrounds or test scores. You need to judge it by the teachers, staff and how they treat your child. Keep in mind that test scores are based on a handful of students. One thing that has hurt HCE the past couple of years is the transition of students leaving and coming back to HCE. We are a transient school which means we get students who move to the area in the middle of the year and don't speak English as a first language. The standardized tests are given in English which makes it difficult for them. Don't overlook HCE when deciding on where your child should go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

HCE has a great staff that truly care about the students. It has a diverse student body. I feel that it is preparing my child for the real world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

I never thought that I would send my children to a public school but I figured I would give our neighborhood school a try! Hollywood Central Elementary really surprised me with its wonderful sense of community and its fantastic teachers and staff. I am an involved parent and feel very at home and welcomed at HCE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Hollywood Central Elementary has teachers that truly desire to teach. HCE does buddy reading which allows the older, more experienced readers to set time aside and enhance the younger clesses. This school is the fondation for many of our up and comming polititians, doctors, biologists, and who knows, maybe our future President. The warmth that eluminates HCE's classrooms and disipline through structure is what this school is made of. Students are happy to go to school at HCE which makes learning enjoyable, yet challenging, which the teachers do A fantastic job keeping the class growing together. Academically, socially, emotionally and physically this school is balanced. HCE uses positive and exciting ways to enrich each and every student on each and every level. As A proud parent and volunteer I like that HCE has A wide range of students from ethnicities to disabilities and all the students are treated fair. HCE could improve by intergrating Art since the students love to express their creative side. HCE could also use improvement with the landscaping.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2013

We are grandparents who have a student at Hollywood Central and have attended many activities and programs there. We have always found the principal, staff, teachers AND teachers aides to be very friendly, interested in the students and positive. Our student's parents have found the staff to be most helpful. She is a serious and good student who loves her school and takes pride in supporting it.


Posted May 30, 2013

First off, I'm not sure what the parent below in the comment is referring to. My daugther has never been used to sell anything. If I don't want something they are selling at the school I tell my daugther we are not doing it. I have an her in Hollywood for 2 years. My daugther has improved in every subject. So to the defense of Ms.December and the school they are doing their job. Perhaps you should have gone to the office or when you received the yellow page that states why your kid was absence you should have sent it back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2013

The principal is one of the most phony individuals that I have ever meet as well as the most revengeful individual. This principal and the PTA use our underage children as advertisement tools to raise money GOD knows for what (without parent consent). After we asked the principal to stop such practice she turned us in because our child (who is an math superstar, accelerated reader and very well-mannered student) had 5 unexcused absents (school refused to excuse them after our above complaint) . Only in my child s class are students that took 2 weeks vacation to Disney , or went for 10 days to Mexico without excuse and were never turned in). If the principal will retaliate and bully against the parents who file complaints I am questioning her ability to be in charge of our children and lead the public schools that we paid taxes for . Join me in my complaint against the Hollywood Central Elementary principle (directed to Superintended and school board)) if you had similar experience
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2013

My interactions with the staff have all been positive. My child has progressed well in his time at the school. I appreciate that the school has maintained language, music, and phys ed when others have cut those programs. There is homework even at the K level. We get regular feedback from our child's teacher; the staff strikes me as very committed and accessible. I am not sure what the gripes about "improve" mean. The state obligates teachers to focus on testing to the detriment of education, but that is a problem throughout the state, not a Broward- or HCE-specific issue. It would be nice if more parents were involved, but there is a committed PTA. It is all around a good school, and I have no qualms about my child being there or recommending it to others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2012

If you take care your kids....find better school.... I would never recommend anyone to go to this school... My kids were there and it was not good. I have to changed them...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2011

This is a bad school. Some teachers are slow and the students don't improve. They need tutoring to get their grade level. The school need to change the system and have to motivate the students. The kids go to school to learn .... LEARN !!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

This is a great school. I find all the staff to be helpful in any way they can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2011

My son transfered into first grade half way though the year. I was very worried about the change, but the teachers and staff have made him feel very welcome. He has integrated well with the class great and the best part is that when I pick him up and ask him how his day went he says "AWESOME" with a big smile on his face - its more that what I can ask for - WE LOVE IT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2010

Awesome school with a super giving and involved PTA and a forward thinking wonderful administration. You couldn't ask for more in an elementary program for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

We have had the best, most attentive teachers we could have asked for. The PTA is also very active. There is accessibility to our teachers via their classroom website, email, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

becacuse my child has been happy since he began to go at this school,he enjoy the clases and his teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

HCE is a community school that always puts the children first.
—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 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
50%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
34%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
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 "B".
  • 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 State average
White 44% 42%
Hispanic 33% 29%
Black 16% 23%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 50%53%61%
Master's degree 47%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 3%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Delicia Decembert
Fax number
  • (754) 323-6190

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Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1700 Monroe St
Hollywood, FL 33020
Phone: (754) 323-6150

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