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Sea Castle Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 782 students

 

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Posted July 21, 2014

my three sons have been in 4 different schools in two years, and this is the 2nd of the schools that they all love, (the first is in NJ.) No school is perfect, however you know when educators are doing their best to accommodate your children, as well as when their hearts are in what they are doing, and when it's not. The principal is a strong man, disciplined, committed, friendly, and driven. I know that he is taking the school to the next level with the attitude that he has. There are a few teachers that need some work, but that can be worked out. You can always ask to change your child's class. I just had to have my children reassigned to this school because we moved out of the district, and they accepted our assignment, this made my family and I extremely elated that the boys would get to stay at the school that they love.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

I am in the same boat. My son attends a nearby charter school: that is absolutely HORRIFIC. Nevertheless, I was looking into transferring my child here. Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2014

My daugter is in 3 rd grade and attending at JCG elementary, im considering sea castle elementary to transfer both of my daugthers, but I need feed back and recomendations on what to do. Thanks
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

Sea Castle is a good School with great potential!. The principal needs to focus in the first grades (kinder, first grade) because they are the foundation! and not only to pass the State Test. Give more resource and help the teachers!!!! they need it. The principal needs to have a better comunication with the parents maybe in that way he will promote more parents involvement in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

Sea Castle Elementary School is a Good School. My daughter is in Kindergarten and have been a wonderful experience for me and her. Mrs. Chavez is an excellent teacher because she teaches from the heart making the learning process from the kids more easy because they want to learn. I wish the Broward County System stop the cutting of more teacher's jobs, our kids needs a good education and this situation only will put more stress in our teacher's. The Education should be a top priority in our country.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

Sea Castle Elementary is a very good school. My daughter has attended for the past 5 years. The new principal this school year seems very caring and focused on the students academics and also the family as a whole. I am very impressed to see that he attends the PTA meetings each month. Together we can improve our school grade C to a B or even an "A". We can do it, I have faith.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

More than 15 children under one teacher.Not offering enough help for all students.Non-communication within administration.Not a safe environment for kids:cleanliness and security.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2009

Excellent school, excellent principal, teachers, safety and dicipline
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2008

seacastle elementary is an excellent school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2007

Sea Castle is a great school. But the lack of teachers to students makes it very hard for the teacher to concentrate and stay on task, with helping students that have difficulty understanding what they are being taught. I understand that the school is over crowded, and Mrs. Eckhardt is trying her best to keep the school at an average grade level. She is an excellent principal and I hope she continues to be at that school as long as my daughters attend. I would like to say thank you Mrs Eckhardt for being such a great person and role model. Oh! by the way please update the parking area for parents to pick up their children at the front of the school and the buses at the side where it is impossible to get to) I do believe it would be better that way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2007

Sea castle is the best school in broward. My daughter is attending this school sence she was 5 years old. The teacher are great. I have to thanks mrs. Collins, mrs. Findley she was not only a teacher also like a mother to my child always kept me inform about my daughter no matter what it was we love you , mrs.Mears and ms lopez always keeping a eye on my child. The office staff are very friendly. The dicipline in this school is great also the safety. Thanks a lot for always keeping me inform.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2006

Sea castle is a good school. I just wish they would teach so the kids can learn instead of just teaching to pass the fcats.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2006

Both my children have gone to sea castle elememtary since they were 5 years old. sea castle is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. She is a great example of a leader and I will miss seeing her everyday as my son will be graduates in the next 4 years. Thank you sea castle for bringing out the best in my children and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world! ' God Bless
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

My child is in the first grade and this is his first year at Sea Castle. It is too soon for me to critic the academics of the school but the traffic and parking are a nightmare!! There are very, very few parking spaces for the parents and when your child is late, it takes at least 20 minutes to find a parking and process them through the office. This school needs a better system than what it has in place now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2005

As a parent of 2 austistic boys, I am very disapointed with the cluster program. Additional funding is made to this school for having this program and In my beliefs, I don't think is being used soloely for these children.The children of these class's are extremely seldom treated with the same respect and and dignity as 'regular' peers of same age.There is a few wonderful cluster teachers, BUT.. Not enought for my children to return next school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2004

The school has a very good principal. She really cares about the schools and the students. The staff is always helpful and coorperative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2003

I have a child in the 3rd grade and one in kindergarten. I receive weekly reports on both of my children. I can walk into the office with any concerns and all my questions are answered. They stress and encourage parental involvement. They have an after school academic camp which has really helped my 3rd grader in math and reading. I m sure we'll be an 'A' school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

151 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

151 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
39%
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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
88%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
44%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
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 "C".
  • 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

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 70%
Hispanic 23%
White 3%
Asian 2%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 7%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 46%53%61%
Master's degree 44%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 10%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MR. RICK RODRIGUEZ
Fax number
  • (754) 323-7290

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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