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4545 Range Road
Niceville, FL 32578

(850) 833-4240
(850) 833-4232
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Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
August 29, 2015
Students learn in different ways. The right teacher can make or break a child's love for learning. I don't feel the principal does enough to place a child with a teacher who would bring out the best in them. I'm also not certain the school exceeds in optimizing the tools available to them.

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Develops empathy: Agree
August 29, 2015
The teachers my child has had provides a daily report and gives them a high score for sharing, and showing empathy to other students.

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August 29, 2015
My child has not been challenged at this school since moving from another 10 rated school in FL. Most teachers appear inexperienced. The principal and staff aren't welcoming and don't seem to care about getting to know parents. This area has a lot of military, so this school sees a lot of new students. I haven't heard of bullying or disciplinary issues with kids, so that is why I gave it a better rating than "bad".

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December 03, 2014
My daughter struggles in Reading. She was not taught phonics in kindergarten or 1st grade. She was instructed by a sight word based curriculum. I asked for help in first grade and received none. She's now in 2nd and way behind the curve ball. But how is one supposed to succeed on reading tests that are 30-60 questions long every Friday when the foundation in reading isn't there. The principal is not supportive nor does she show any care for anyone other than herself. It's all for show. As long as the school's data looks good on paper, nothing else matters.

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May 23, 2014
We moved to this area in Nov 2013. My child improved a whole grade level in reading and math in just a few months. We are so happy. My child also loves school, loves homework and is a completely different child since the move. Thank you to the teachers and staff for their dedication to making sure kids master each subject. Also what a joy that the office and staff make an effort to know the children personally. No child is ever on the back burner. Care and support for each child to succeed in their education and their social life with others is very important at BWE.

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April 27, 2014
BWE is awesome and all staff from teachers to front office staff rock! They know the kids so it is worth your while to get to know the teachers and staff too. Best before and after school care along with summer camp! My daughter started out in Project Child, which is sad to say that the school can not offer anymore but is now in Team Quest and is challenged and learning a lot! My only 2 complaints are creative writing is not year round and that we have common core but all schools do!

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April 18, 2014
Just moved into this school and so far it does not live up to its 10 rating or A+ rating. Every time I go into the front office I am barely spoken to. They don't want to get to know your children, the principal has not introduced themselves to us and the bullying on the bus is not handled fully. In gym my kids run mile after mile, they have not played any games or taught anything new. The teachers my children have want no one in their classrooms to volunteer. So disappointing, we moved into this schools zoning area and are very disappointed.

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March 12, 2014
My child was just a number! And the PTA was by invitation ONLY! Such a joke. The principal didn't know her students or her parents and the only teacher we liked moved as soon as she could get out the door. We had problems with a specific teacher and were informed that the principal had a stack of complaints about her...too bad they were friends outside of school. Nothing was ever done!

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August 24, 2013
its an excellent school with excellent enviornment.im satisfied to send my daughter to this school.

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June 18, 2012
My children have had a wonderful experience at this top notch school. We researched all the schools in the area and are very pleased with all aspects of Bluewater Elementary. They are getting a private school education at a first rate public school. Parental involvement is incredible, the principal is wonderful and each teacher goes above and beyond.

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January 13, 2012
I am a father of two daughters who attend 2nd grade and Kindergarten. Their educational curriculum is rigorous which we like. My wife and I do homework with them every evening. No problems with any of the teachers as all have been wonderful and kid centered. The entire school constituency have parents who are majority DoD engineers, military officers, and other civil servants. I hesitate moving for leaving the school behind. When you see terrible school stats for Florida or America in general, don't blame the Niceville School Network.

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March 06, 2011
I love Bluewater Elementary! My son is in the Project Child program and is doing awesome. He started the program his kindergarten year and will keep the same three teachers through 2nd grade. He is in 1st now and went back to school after summer break and didn't skip a beat, because he was already comfortable with his teachers. We have been thinking about moving to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to family, but are so afraid that the schools won't measure up that we are starting to have second thoughts. Thanks to the great principal, teachers and parent involvement, Bluewater is an A+ rated school and I truly feel my son is getting a great education and he is excited about going to school and learning. It's so sad that the music teacher left and art is only every other week now though. I really hope the budget for next year includes music.

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November 03, 2010
My son started kindergarten at this school and I have seen great improvement in all areas of his learning. I have spoke with other parents that have had time to volunteer in his class & they do not understand the "routine" but apparently it is working for the kids. As not one parent has complained about the amount of knowledge that their child is taking in. Teacher is nice and the staff is friendly. Great experience...especially since this is my first child to start school. We will miss BWE very much when we PCS.

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no rating
October 12, 2009
Great school, motivated teachers and involved parents...a winning combination!

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no rating
October 10, 2009
The extracurricular activities (art and music) get a full hour a week. Physical Education takes place three days a week with extra recess on the days when there is Art or Music. The teachers are all top rate, the staff is caring, and the school is clean. Although the curriculum (mandated by the State of Florida) seems to teach quite a bit to prepare for the FCAT test, there is nothing wrong with developing good test taking skills in our kids and they are learning in the process.

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January 15, 2009
I've had two children go through Bluewater Elementary and have another one who will be going next fall. With many family members in the education field...I know the ins and outs of schools...even some things that the average parent doesnt' see. While the current principal doesn't have the personal relationship with students like the previous, she is excellant as an administrator. I have also been involved in many other areas, as a parent...and the volunteer/parental support is out of this world! I can't say enough about the art program either! It's one of the best around! Overall, I can't say enough good things about BWE! That school runs like a fine oiled machine and I feel like my children have gotten the best education possible, certainly in the region..possibly in the country. And no..I don't have a family member employed there :) My children loved their experience at Bluewater Elementary!

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March 11, 2008
The school/teachers/students are all top notch, except I can't stand the fact that they reward and motivate the children with candy. For that, I take away a star.

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November 19, 2005
I have two children at Bluewater Elementary and I couldn't ask for a better school. We love the teachers and staff as well as the ciriculum.

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March 18, 2005
Teacher Ratio is low and the school offers traditional and accelrated class. Most teachers live in the area and neighbors to the children they teach. To meet Florida class to teacher ratio the 5th grade class may meet in the Portable building out for claoses.

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February 16, 2005
This school is wonderful. The art program is great. I love the team quest program.

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March 16, 2004
My daughter attended Bluewater Elementary 2nd thru 5th grade. She is now a junior at Niceville H.S. I believe Bluewater gave Shannon a distinct edge with their Gifted Program and with the knowledge of the faculty.

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Bluewater Elementary School
4545 Range Road, Niceville, FL  32578
(850) 833-4240
Last modified Bluewater Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bluewater Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top