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Bob Graham Education Center

Public | PK-8 | 1738 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted October 29, 2013

Bob Graham is an amazing school. My oldest who is 21 now graduated from Bob Graham and now my twins are about to graduate next year. The teachers and staff are amazing extrememly caring and committed. I am proud to have all my babies be a part of Bob Graham.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

This is the first year my kids attend this school eventhough i have lived in the community for 2 years. Initially i was hesitant to put my kids in this school because its a very big campus and my kids were attending a small Charter school that promoted an international education. At the beginning of this year I started interviewing different schools and interviewed BGEC a few times.Academically they are very good. i have also spoken with many different parents whos kids go to BGEC. and there is not 1 single bad comment about the school. I am extremely pelased with the School staff. . The teachers show interest for my son to do better and easily meet with me to discuss any issues that may be helpful for my son to succeed. summarizing, my experince the last 3 years my son has been in the school system and comparing the 2 previous schools with the BGEC, i can only say my kids are very happy as well as the mom. I am thankful i made the decision to put them in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2013

Overall is a great school. Like everything else in life is not perfect. However, it has more positives than negatives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2013

This school is pure amazing! It's so fun and full of great teachers! I'm a eighth grader who recently just graduated from this school and I miss it so much! I highly recommend this amazing A+++ school!


Posted June 12, 2013

If I could give a negative star rating, I would. I HATED attending this school so much, and I can tell you the full truth because I got to fully experience this school from a students point of view since kindergarten all the way up to eighth grade. Now, this school is considered A Grade based on one thing, test scores. Most of the teachers are okay, but several are over the extreme and either: 1)don't teach 2)bombard students with homework 3) are disrespectful to students in a inappropriate manner. I have personally gone through all three but majorly No.3 this year. If you have an issue like No.3 and advise the administration, they will do NOTHING about it. Bullying is a major issue at this school and I have personally been a victim of it. I have been threatened and verbally affected by some of my peers and even after reporting them, they just get away with it. Several good classes like music and chorus have been removed and all students including those who get perfect scores on the FCAT must give up an elective for a mandatory reading class. The only good thing I can say about this school is that they have a good ESE and ESOL program. I cried of happiness on the last day of school


Posted July 18, 2012

This school only depends on their image. They dont care what happens with students as long as they look the best. The teachers barley teach us throuout the year and expect us to get a 5 on the fcat. in this school the parents or students can never win an argument the staff and administration is always correct even if it tis there fault. i am super glad it is my last year in this school so i can graduate and go to highschool already. i just hope that i have no problems in my 8th grade year with the principal and im not a bad studetn its just the little things that i do like not pay attention in class or forget to tuck my shirt in or wear my id that gett me into all sorts of trouble. they once accused me and my friend of cutting our hair in the bathroom. this school SUCKSSSSSSS I DO NOT RECOMEND YOU TO ENROLL YOPUR STUDENTS HERE........


Posted June 23, 2012

I have never been more disappointed of this school. I have attended this school since kindergarten and this up coming year will be my last. Everyone is always saying how great the teachers are, but in reality there are very few good teachers. Most of the older teachers just need to get up and retire instead of harassing the students. In addition, every year our choices for electives become a less and less variety and we must all now take a mandatory reading class, even those students like myself that recieved a perfect score in reading. Another issue would be bullying. I myself have been a victim to bullying and i reported the girl several times and she was never punished and she continues to bully me. I just cant wait to leave this school for highschool.


Posted January 12, 2012

This school is fantastic! Our kids are in the "Team Program" and are eager to go to school evety day. Teachers stimulate their brains in many ways each and every da. They are critical in having the parents involved... which might make all the difference when comparing to other schools/teachers that do "just enough". They pulled many of the best people from PSN when they opened and though struggling due to govt cuts like many other public schools their creativiyy and dedication to the kids puts them in an A categoty with us and 99% of the other parents we know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2011

I am happy with the overall experience of having my child at BGEC. The school is well kept and thank God no big problems have occured. abouth the ONLY bad thing my child has encounter was the fact that being in middle school if he forgets his lunch..he was told to put his lunch back and settle for milk and cereal (at that age thats noe enough) the left over lunch must go to the garbage..so why not give them a chance and give them the food. I complained but they said they could not do anything because the cafeteria had their own rule. VERY wrong since we pay sooo much taxe and $2.50 is not going to close the cafeterai down..it's not thier child coming hhome with a migrane after a day of only eating cereal..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2011

I have two daughters in this school, both have attended since kindergarten; the oldest graduates this year from 8th grade. This is an excellent school. There is a mandatory uniform policy which is enforced (at times a little too much), the student body is of very good quality. Althought I am sure fighting and drugs exist, my children have up to now never been exposed to either (thank God). I see children that respect their peers (special ed kids are not made fun of, for example) and their teachers. Through the years I have seen and known many high quality teachers (Mr. Millares, Ms. Ottaviani, Ms. Ruiz, to name a few) and some not so great ones. But there is good communication between teachers and parents and a sense of wanting to do well by the kids. The school is in a great neighborhood and is therefore always trying to weed out children who should not be going there because they do not live in the zone, so it is always fighting overcrowding. But overall, administrators do a great job in keeping everyone in line and listening to parent input. I highly recommend this school. It is not just a public school. It is an A+ school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

My son has been attending BGEC from Kindergarden and all I have are great things to say about the school, faculty and education. I am happy to be a Bobcat parent!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2009

I have gone to this school ever since I was in Kindergarden. And sadly this will be my final year in the school. The teachers are amazing!! and the students are incredibale people they make you feel like the schol is a home away from home. I would reomend this school to any one. I truly love this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2009

I love this school it is very nice an welcoming and the teachers and parents are so involved here my daughter loves to be in all the extracuricular activities overall a wonderful school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2009

I recently Graduated from BGEC class of 09. i started off at BGEC in the 4th grade. i have to say i am so glad i went there. The electives & sports were great. The PTA did everything for us. we couldn't ask for more. The school dances ; Like Prom, were awesome ! I loved this school & i highly recommend it. The teachers were very helpful & Cared about us dearly. Although some teachers in particular were a little off hand. But other than that, its a great school ! Go Bobcats !! Class of 09'
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2009

I am extremely happy with the school. Excellent teachers, discipline and administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2009

This school is unreasonable. I have taken both my children out of this school and moved out of the area. The sad part is that at first i thought it was my dauther, then i received complaints about my son. This school and its teachers are rude and unreasonable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2008

Overall I am extremely happy with the school. I have two children there whom I transferred from Catholic School. Best decision ever made!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2008

My daughter loves school! She has loved all her teachers, and they are very concerned about all the children. Their hard work and dedication really shines through.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

The discipline is excellent. As a parent, we need to understand that discipline is love because children just don't know. That is what makes this such a great school. Discipline in a loving atomsphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2007

Administration and Teachers are very dedicated at Bob Graham Education Center, This is an excellent school where teachers care to increase children confidence and success. Mr.Jesus Mesa Assistant Principal he is highly qualified and very involved in student success, He is a very organized person making this a very good experience for our children. I highly recommend this school !! Mary Buonomo
—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.

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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.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
68%
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.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%
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.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
45%
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 52% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
64%
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 51% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%
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.

205 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

232 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
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 "A".
  • 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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
81%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 91% 29%
White 5% 42%
Black 2% 23%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races N/A 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 57%58%61%
Master's degree 38%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%2%1%
Other degree 4%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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