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PK-6
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Melbourne, FL
 

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900 Jordan Blass Drive
Melbourne, FL 32940

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(321) 242-6480
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July 18, 2014
Exceptional support for our child. Office staff is warm and inviting with the exception of one particular office member whose attitude leans toward an air of rudeness. Teachers and Principal are supportive and Mr. Reid will be missed.

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June 28, 2014
Suntree is a great school! We purchased a home specifically so my children could attend here. One of my children was there for 2 yrs before moving on to West Shore for jr high. She was well prepared at Suntree for the college prep focus at West Shore. My other child is still at Suntree and very doing well. Suntree has some exceptional teachers. The gifted program is large and the gifted teacher really gives the students activities to foster team building and creative thinking. Suntree has a great music program with a large number of students participating. Many parents are involved and the PTA puts on events like a Fall Festival to raise funds for the school throughout the year. The enrichments offered through after care are above and beyond what other public schools offer.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2012
There's too much pressure on students to produce high FCAT scores. Beware of Suntree's high voluntary retention rate in 2nd grade which gives the school another year to get these students up to grade to produce high 3rd grade FCAT scores. Some schools are gaming the FCAT with our kids. Instead of providing academic support to struggling students, retention is usually recommended. Administration and teachers are approachable and friendly. There is great parent involvement and participation.

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September 02, 2011
This is a great school!! It seems as though it is hard to please EVERYONE. Every school will have parents who complain about something, so keep that in mind. I have had a great experience the past 2 years. My sons 2 teachers communicated very well, and encouraged parent involvement. I have no complaints about their administrative staff or after school child care staff. I have a friend who got re-zoned to Long Leaf and she said Suntree was a much better experience. We moved to this location for this school, and we couldn't be happier! My daughter starts Kindergarten next year, and I can't wait for her to have the same Kindergarten teacher as my son, Ms. King.

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March 06, 2011
This is a good school but other areas schools are better, Quest & Longleaf, in particular. The music program is horrid. The academics are good, but they have a high "voluntary" retention rate because they really encourage repeating grade in the early years to avoid problems (that don't exist) from happening later. If you have a choice, go elsewhere.

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May 17, 2010
Academically the school teaches to the average student. After switching from Suntree to another Brevard school my son's overall academic level went from average to excellent, and his reading level went from below average to above average. The administration is unapproachable and rigid, and seem more concerned about test scores and school image than the students. There are many involved parents, which helps, but many Brevard schools have this element.

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no rating
June 11, 2009
Regarding 'FCAT-focused' curriculum, the beachside schools are no less guilty than anywhere else in the area - I'm moving from beachside and was disappointed that the beachside hype was not justified. Based on the numerous reviews I've read, it looks like you'll have to choose a school based on factors such staff experience, test scores and parent reviews.

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no rating
March 25, 2009
Pretty good school. Needs to expand, though. More teachers would be nice too.

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no rating
November 26, 2008
I go to Suntree Elementary and I know for a fact that not all of the teachers are 'overly focused' on FCAT. I'm in Fourth Grade I my teachers are teaching me better than fine. The beachside schools are the one's I don't like. And besides, I got a great score on my FCAT! Take that, parents!

- submitted by a student

October 08, 2008
Suntree is way too FCAT based! No extra curricular activities here. There are much better public and private schools elsewhere. I've got a son in kindergarten and a daughter in 2nd grade at Suntree & I'm looking at pulling them out and putting them in Ascension or Holy Trinity where I believe they'll get a real education.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2008
Don't know what all the hype is about this school. Yes, it is an okay school, but not the best or even good. The teachers are so overly focused on FCAT that they do a grave injustice by pressuring students to live and breathe nothing but passing FCAT so school administration & teachers don't lose their jobs. Before FL implemented FCATs into schools, Suntree was ranked between avg-above avg. and it was beachside schools that ranked the best. If you want your kids to get a real quality education at a public school, move elsewhere. Beachside schools are so much better!

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2008
My son attended Suntree for 4 years and I really thought it was a good school but then I relocated beachside and found myself thinking differently. Suntree was all about the fan fare. It lacked the down to earth atmosphere I have gotten at beachside. The volunteers beachside seem to be there because they want to be there..unlike Suntree where I felt they were waiting for their gold star for their hours put in. Suntree really lacks in music education... and the arts. It is unfortunate because indirectly these two subjects directly aid in math and reading skills. If you are relocating your would be better served beachside overall. The school building may be older but overlook this and get inside to what really matters.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 05, 2008
We just moved to the area and my girls absolutely Love Suntree and so do I. We are blessed that our girls can attend this blue ribbon school!!!!

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January 18, 2008
Great school, but there is an overemphasis on homework for the school to remain in the top. I was a math major in college and graduated with a BS in math. My 1st grader brought homework under the 'Allstars' program and the math questions on the homework astounded me, even as a math major. The level was beyond what a 1st grader, and even 5th grader should know. Kids should be kids and sports/PE should be given more time at school. Life is not only about learning, it is about knowing how to act in all social contexts, and sports activities would help in fostering that.

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November 28, 2007
Great Teachers, great discipline, great students. But what I feel is that Kids need to be kids, and for that they should encourage sports and more after school activities. I feel that PE needs to improve, they need to learn sports rules and to practice them, too. Kids like to compete, they do it all day at school ( reading, math, science, etc) and at home with siblings or friends. Kids love to play sports. Also, they should improve their music program and start it earlier, not in 5th grade. I will love my kids to learn a 2nd language. It could be spanish, french, etc. Is the best time to learn. Then I will score not only an A ++ school, I will say THE BEST.

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May 31, 2007
For average students, its Great! I've had to go to other agencies for help only to find out they were offering their services at Suntree elementary. Only when I mentioned it was it offered to us.They will not lead you in any way to assistance for your child.Retention was their answer.I was warned about retention every report card conference, including the 1st one.My son's IQ? 128. He can barely write a sentence.The proof is in the pudding.#1 would not be my score.

- submitted by a parent

May 30, 2007
Nice school. Healthy competitive environment for kids. Offers several afterschool programs including Mad science and all sports. Has an excellent students program. Ms Smith is an excellent KG teacher.

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May 21, 2007
Suntree is a wonderful school if you value mainstreaming. But, if you have a child that excels, go elsewhere. Suntree's gifted program meets one hour/week. The rest of the week, kids have to work at grade's pace. They are not allowed to work ahead or go to the next grade for reading/math. This stems from the principal's leadership. She is a teacher's principal and consistently puts the needs of students second to her teachers. There are no after school sports and the only club that meets on school grounds is a weekly chess club. There are parents who coach Lego and OM teams. But, they are not allowed to meet at school. They have to find their own meeting space off school grounds. Why the great scores? Great teachers and great kids from a great neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 26, 2006
You will either love it or hate it, they are very focused on the FCAT in order to keep the school A+

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October 09, 2005
I love this school. My daughter has been there 2 years, and we have been very pleased. The faculty and staff are generally caring individuals. The education has been excellent, and there are no issues with violence or bullying to my knowledge.

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August 25, 2005
Its a good school if you are very structured and rule oriented. Also, if your child is average to above average, then this school will do fine. They put a strong emphasis on the FCAT to the point that it may put some stress on your child. They have very high expectations for the children. I thinks its a beautiful school. They haven't seemed very flexible when it comes to their dealings with the parents. Its their way or the highway for the most part. This is probably why many people want to go there though. Just haven't been my cup of tea.

- submitted by a parent

June 12, 2005
I believe Suntree Elementary is blessed with great teachers although these teachers have to choose between what is good for their students and what is expected from the students in test scores. If you are a volunteer you have opportunity to see the inner workings. I do enjoy that volunteers are welcomed at this school. I feel that the Elementary Specialist added much benefit to the children and the administrators. I also think the school could impove in spite of their super-star rating. As stated, the teachers are great, they need support to carry out their true duties as educators. My rating for safety is a 5. This is excellent and I appreciated the guidelines for safety very much. Discipline is a 1, because I feel there could be much improvement in that area; the discipline should match the offense.

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March 31, 2005
In the 6 years my daughter has attended Suntree Elementary, each teacher she has had in each grade has been very encouraging, and very good at keeping me updated with her progress. The teachers have each given my daughter wonderful one on one attention and helping her to give her very best in each grade. this year, she cannot stop talking about her teacher Mr. Skinner, he has really made an impact in her life with his wonderful teaching skills. Thank you Suntree Elementary for helping my daughter to grow.

- submitted by a parent

February 17, 2005
Although Suntree is an 'A' school and it was rated 2nd in the state based on the fourth grade FCAT (my duaghter was in fourth grade at the time) I have been disappointed with Suntree. My 5th grader, who has been at Suntree since Kindergarten is very gifted, yet Suntree offers only a one day a week program and no advanced studies! She is already doin 7th grade math at home, yet must sit through 5th grade math each day. Even though Suntree has a huge gifted population, the adminstration is not interested in proving these type students a path to individually or wholly do advanced studies. Suntree is also lacking in quality extra curricular teachers. The music and art programs are incredibly poor. Since Kindergarten my child has touched only crayons and markers in art and has not learned anything more than songs in music. There are also no afterschool activities.

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January 05, 2005
Suntree is an excellent school that my two children have attended over the last five years. The school consistently improves their FCAT scores, scoring number 2 in the state for the '03-'04 school. The quality of academic programs is very good. Parent involvement is the highest of any school I've ever seen, and there are waiting lists to volunteer. Suntree has a good strings music program (no wind instruments). All in all, Suntree provides an excellent learning environment for my children.

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2004
This is the greatest schhool. The administration is great. We were incredibly impressed with the teachers; our daughter received a wonderful education and was able to get involved in lots of after-school activities. The school really encourages parent-involvement, too. We were so impressed with everything about this fine school.

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2003
We've had a wonderful experience at Suntree Elementary. Although our daughter is only going into 2nd grade - she had made tremendous accomplishments over the past two years. The teachers, staff and parents are amazing! There is a great feeling of family and community unity throughout the school and great parent participation. I have never felt awkward, uncomfortable nor unwelcome at any school function or activity and admire their open door policy. The children are in a safe, fun and nuturing environment while they learn materials above expectations. I cannot speak highly enough about the school, teachers and staff. We are so impressed and look forward to our next 11 years there!

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The community atmosphere at Suntree Elementary School is uplifting. High academic standards and the building of student's self-esteem are areas we take pride in where children enjoy coming to school and taking on new challenges. The family support greatly contributes to student success. Teachers go the extra mile daily including adding on certificate endorsements or pursuing national board recognition to keep themselves abreast with new instructional techniques and self-reflect on their instructional methods.

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Suntree Elementary School
900 Jordan Blass Drive, Melbourne, FL  32940
(321) 242-6480
Last modified Suntree Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Suntree Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top