North Beach as most schools has its positive and negative points. What makes this school wonderful is the parent s involvement. From the fundraisers, events and volunteers, parents are pitching in at every corner. And I love that this school is culturally diverse. My only disappointment is that it has been very difficult to get into the foreign language program and the counseling staff is almost non existent. In addition there seems to be some preferential treatment in the placement of children in this course and classrooms. Other than these issues it is a public school with private school perks.
The academic programs, including Gifted and Bilingual, are great assets to the school. The teachers are very involved and truly care about each child's development. Although the current Principal is extremely focused on standardized testing results, the children receive a well-rounded education. Parent and student support for standardized testing preparation is phenomenal. This year, the PTA ensured the coordination of instructional sessions for parents and students prior to FCAT testing. Post FCAT, the sessions continued for basic test taking, writing and spelling strategies. The environment is friendly and disciplined. Parent involvement is abundant and consistent, both on special events and fields trips as well as daily interaction and support. The music and art teachers create a great environment of appreciation and learning while encouraging participation with exhibitions and performances. Organized sports are limited and should be coordinated and encouraged. Overall, my family is proud to be part of this school community.
Very good teachers and great learning enviroment security needs improvement!
North Beach Elementary is an excellent school. Both of my children were in the bilingual program and the gifted program and I could honestly say that I could not be happier. They have excelled in academia, they have established great relationships with their friends, the teachers are dedicated and the administration is very supportive. I strongly recommend this school to any parent who is looking to educate their child in the best environment that will be condusive to a comprehensive education that will educate the 'whole child'.
Excellent teaching staff and administration, but more concentration should be placed on children who require additional skills.
Excellent,excellent,excellent. I pity the school that has to compare to this one. Wonderful, well prepared staff. Exceptional security.
The school is very well kept, the classrooms are very lively and attractive, the children are well behave, with a lot of international students from all over the world, specially hispanics. The teachers and the staff are very dedicated and vocational, and they treat the students with loving care and respect. The only negative thing I found is that they do not offer extra afterschool activities. It's up to their parents to take their children to the activities offered by the public parks of the community. The library is kind of small. The discipline and the security of the student is well taken care of. There is free public transportation available, and city transportation (buses)stop right in front. The cafeteria is large and well furnished and the lunches are good. They teach computer tech and have a computer lab. School area (land ) is limited. Not enough for future expansion.
NBE has been good up until the 5th grade. Lots of priority class time and fundraising for a $700 field trip in a school with at least 42% subsidized lunch students. Half the class did not go in the trip--is it necessary to delineate between the have and have nots in this egregious manner. DC--part of the curriculum?--by a wide stretch of the imagination. Yet a lot of parents who agree with the disparity still caved and went or sent their kids. The kids who stayed back had 3 lost days. Too bad these parents lost their integrity and too bad the administration allowed this to happen. There should be a cap on field trips--300--the fundraising could have gone to help find proper tutors or resource room teachers for kids slipping through the tracks.
It has different programs: Gifted, Bi-lingual, or regular. There is a program funded by the parents that pays for teachers' assistants so the classes have two teachers; although this does not always work. There are numerous afterschool activities and this is a wonderful feeder school for many of the private schools in the area.
I have been very dispointed about this school. My kids have been going there for 3 years. The school is over crowded of kids that are not supposed to attempt this area. The principal is not at all friendly and has no time to listen to parents or kids. The kids have bearly 20 minutes recess between the hours of 8:30 and 3:00. This is for the lunch break. Needless to say that when you walk in the cafeteria it's like going to the wild jungle where the kids are out of control. There is no security at all. The gates of the school are always open and kids and adults can come and go ant any time!
New to this school. Have heard awesome things. My daughter is swithcing from private school.
Very clean and well maintain school. Good environment. PreK cost $300/month until 2pm. Lunch and after school are additional. Cafeteria too small so PreK have lunch at 10h20am. 1 teacher & 1 assistant per class of 24 kids. Street doors open all the time. No security guard except for administration parking. Kids playground closed after 2pm.
Overall a wonderful school. North Beach PTA & Friends of North Beach Elementary support the administration and teaching staff in enumerable ways. Administration and teaching staff are truly behind the children. Music program is fabulous. One area that needs some work is making sure the 6th grade curriculum is meeting all the Middle School curriculum requirements and fully meeting the needs of all the students in offering advanced level math, science or language classes while still at North Beach. The same holds true for the other MB Elem. Schools, too.
This school is one of the finest and professional school my child has attended. We were very happy.
This is truly a quality A school. My son has attended North Beach Elementary since kindergarten in the bi-lingual and gifted programs. The teachers have far exceeded my expectations in providing the kind of positive learning environment my child needs to succeed in school. It is truly an A+ school.
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