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Weiss School

Private | PK-8 | 220 students

Unleashing the potential of Gifted Students

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $205,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,270.

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Posted Sunday, August 31, 2014

To the parent that posted on August 10th, 2014: thank you. We are one of the families that left mid-year and it is as if we had written the review. The lower school principal is particularly inept and constantly revises and downplays serious situations. The marketing video would like potential parents to believe that the alumni head to highly competitive colleges such as Harvard and M.I.T. but if you do enough research, you will see that they keep highlighting the same handful of kids. With a little more research, you can see the colleges that the majority of the alumni end up at. One of the most disturbing is that your child does not have to meet the public gifted requirement of a FSIQ score of 130 to enter Weiss. You do NOT need a FSIQ of 130, just 130 in ONE of the subsections. Of course, even this can be bypassed depending on who you are. Also, they do not require a full psycho-educational evaluation. Classes such as math are repetitive, with many children who have problems grasping basic concepts that a gifted child should have no problem with. And the level of drama and bullying.....this could be the theme of another review on its own!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2014

The reputation of the school is outstanding, sadly I believe it is riding the coat tails of the prior administration. High teacher turnover, poor retention of students in lower grade levels. Last year, 2013-2014 many students left mid year. The administration continues a good facade but has no depth in its ability to run a school or lead. Parents are scared to leave for public school as they think their kids will not be challenged and other private schools are more money or inconvenient. It is not a happy student body. Teachers have no compassion. Discipline is a huge issue and the staff can not handle it. They need an independent board who can take an honest look at the situation and replace the administrators and teachers who are inept. My personal experience was far worse than the generalities I am writing here. We were in tears listening to the stories we heard from our child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

This is my daughter's first year attending The Weiss School and it has been an amazing experience for her and our family. We knew that she was gifted, but she has grown leaps and bounds in so many ways. I am impressed by the curriculum, all of the staff and the supportive parents. My child is eager and happy to go to school! She has already planned to join different after-school activities for next fall!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2014

My daughter has had an amazing experience at The Weiss School so far. When we moved here in the summer we decided to put her in a public school taking gifted and advanced classes. The problem was that she was turning into a classic underachiever to fit in socially. Since started at The Weiss School (mid-way through the school year) she has blossomed socially, emotionally and academically. She was accepted with open arms by her peers and teachers. She is back to having to put effort and not afraid to show her intelligence and learn while having fun. Just this week, she has dissected in science class, read and acted out Shakespeare and performed in a talent show. I am so glad that we made the decision to take her out of her home public school and put her at Weiss.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2014

Our son started at Weiss this year. We toured the school beforehand, and I was excited about having our son attend. I can tell you that the school has completely exceeded our expectations. The teachers are very attentive, and the small student body means that everyone knows each other. The communication between the school and parents is incredible. Our son has absolutely thrived here. I cannot recommend this school more highly. The cost is very expensive, but we've made the decision to sacrifice other things so that our son can attend Weiss.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2014

The Weiss School is a great environment to have your kids learn in. The curriculum is excellent, the class sizes acceptable and teacher ratio good. The staff is excellent and are primarily returning teachers who take a genuine interest in the kids. If you don't live in Palm Beach Gardens you are seriously disadvantaged as no busing or transport options are left for the parents. With three kids at almost 20k/each not including transport, the costs quickly become prohibitive. With the coming increases in cost another couple thousand dollars per household would make sense to offer working parents a transport option. If you didn't have costs on top of costs (or a stay at home parent), and had at least an option for busing, this would be a 5 star school. A gifted school that doesn't offer transport to it's students to facilitate a smoother learning experience would create the ideal climate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2013

The Weiss School is a school for the gifted. The school has an excellent teaching technique. The teachers are very hands on during the classes. If you don't quite understand what they are trying to disperse among the class they will explain it in great detail so they can succeed in that category.


Posted October 26, 2013

I am an alumni at The Weiss School and went there for 8 years. Now being a freshman in Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, I have been so thankful that I have gone to Weiss. Because of the wonderful teachers, I move up in all of my classes and am now taking Pre-Calculus Honors, Spanish 3 Honors, and being able to graduate as a black belt and national bronze junior Olympian medalist in their Academic Taekwondo program. We had a wonderful Head of School, Dr. Denise Spirou, who is professional, nurturing, and very approachable for parents and students. I would recommend this school to anybody.


Posted July 13, 2013

My daughter went to The Weiss school for 3 yrs. We relocated to Michigan and I have to say that we miss Weiss very much! My daughter loved it from the first day she went there. The teachers made learning so exciting and interesting. I never thought I had to battle for my daughter's education like I do now. The teachers are experienced with accelerated kids and know how to meet each child's individual needs. Another parent stated that they think they're better than others. I disagree. They help promote confidence, respect and strive for excellence which are good atributes to have. The teachers truely care about the education of the children. I disagree that they are money hungry or that those that can't afford much are not looked at in the same light. I was a single mom for the years my daughter was there and I was never made to feel inferior to any other person there. I was treated with respect and love and the progress of my child was their primary focus. It is truely an exceptional school in which the education and future of our children is their focus. I am so glad it was the foundation for my daughter's education. She gained so much there and we miss them very much!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

I without hesitation recommend The Weiss School. My child received a superior education. The teachers provide a hands on approach which catered to the unique qualities of each student. My child thrived both in and outside of the classroom at Weiss. She was provided with not only a superior academic education but the opportunity to grow and gain confidence thru extra-curricular activities. The Weiss School provided the necessary foundation which paved the way for her acceptance to a regional leading private High School. I highly recommend The Weiss School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2013

I am a dad with 2 girl that go to the Weiss schools they are 12+8 yrs old. My 12yr old started in PRE-K 4 and is in the 6th grade now. She never liked going to her prior school and cried constantly until she went to the Weiss, she is now as excited today as her first day at Weiss. My 8yr old now in 3rd grade is thriving so well, as parents we have made a great choice in going to Weiss. Weiss school is our girls second family away from home, the teachers are wonderful, loving and kind. It is a beautiful establishment it creates a warm an safe environment for the children, and gives us a peace of mind. Weiss has helped to mold my girls into wonderful young ladies, they are respectful, kind and smart. We believe the best and brightest are from Weiss, the children are so smart that they challenge each other on a daily basis. As parents we are strongly confident that our girls will be successful in life because of what they are being thought at Weiss. I know every parent wants the best for their children that is why we send our girls to Weiss. The principal and faculty are the greatest they take pride in their school and it show in our children. The Weiss school is AWESOME. Luv Weiss
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2013

I have recently graduated from the Weiss School and am now a freshman in high school. I have been a student at Weiss for seven years and I can say with complete sincerity that the school has prepared me wonderfully in a number of different aspects: academically, socially, and extra-curricularly. Weiss offers a number of classes and electives with some created to challenge "quicker learners," but the school does warmly accommodate students of all levels. All of these classes are taught by caring and experienced teachers. Weiss also offers an excellent extra-curricular program that includes a wide variety of activities ranging from musical theater to sports to homework assistance. This school truly considers students and their safety and well-being to be the utmost priority with its personalized classes, state-of-the-art technology, and warm, caring environment.


Posted October 8, 2012

My child has attended The Weiss School for several years and we couldn't be happier! The program is well-rounded and provides exposure to so many special classes in addition to top-notch academics. While it is true that children that attend The Weiss School are extremely bright, they are regular kids and experience the same "growing pains" that all kids do. Their proactive approach to issues (working with students and parents together) is fantastic. If a student continually does not meet their high standards for behavior and effort, it is not tolerated indefinitely. As a parent, I appreciate knowing my child is held to high standards in academics and behavior and that he is surrounded by others who value the same things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2012

Sales pitch is great! Delivery on promises is extremely lacking; the moon, it is NOT! This private arena has the same social temptations/issues found in any demographic (rich or poor) in every public middle school! That was unexpected, given the picture they painted before we committed to them. We were told by staff and parents, alike, that this school does not have the drama you find elsewhere - simply NOT true!!! Conversely, parents are very welcoming!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2012

This will be our fifth year at the Weiss School. We are so proud to be a part of the Weiss family. It is truly the most comprehensive, creative, compassionate, caring environment for the gifted child. My son has had the opportunity at Weiss to flourish in academics and the arts. Through an amazing staff, he grows more and more every year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2012

This has been our 1st year attending this school EC3 class and our daughter and us love it. There is a right balance of learning and playing for this special 3 year old age. The teacher are professional and well educated and know how to deal with different situation. We will definitely attend this school in the coming years too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2012

Our son has attended the Weiss School for three years and will graduate the eighth grade in May 2012. I could cry tears of joy thinking of all the ways the Weiss School has helped him mature, discover and develop his gifts and reach his potential in the relatively short time we have been there. They care about each child as an individual and about bringing out the best in him/her in terms of developing their strengths while encouraging and modeling leadership, high academic achievement and community involvement . They understand the gifted child and go to great lengths to educate parents in ways the public schools cannot and will not, to be the best advocate for their child. Weiss has helped us beyond measure in navigating the often difficult middle school years. Recently our son was accepted to Oxbridge Academy for high school, and we are confident that the Weiss School has prepared him to excel there. (He most likely would not have even been a candidate if it were not for excellent preparation he received from the Weiss School.) We are truly grateful for the guidance and stellar education he has received at this outstanding school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

My daughter is a graduate of The Weiss School. She is now attending Suncoast High School whiched has been ranked the 9th best high school in the country by Newsweek. She is in her second year and because of the exceptional education at The Weiss School she has been extremely well prepared for her honors and AP classes. When I talk to parents who have smaller children I try to encourage them to look at the whole picture not just one aspect of a school they wish their children to attend. There is much to be thankful for at the Weiss School. Small class sizes, wonderful and caring teachers, excellent resources. My daughter is thriving in a much larger environment due to the preparation she received in middle school. Isn't it our goal to have well rounded, smart, confident and creative children as they go into college? I will always recommend the Weiss School to parents. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

Our family was at the Weiss School for the past several years, and we made the decision to switch schools for this coming school year. The Weiss School and all it purports to be is a great concept. In actuality, however, it is nowhere close. The classrooms for the younger students are filled to the state mandated maximum of 18 children, which is actually worse than at our local public school. Additionally, kindergartners are not taught anything about the planets or space, which again, is less than the public school standards. Weiss creates an artificial environment in which children are led to believe that they are superior because they are at a private school. It does not reward children or parents for merit based accomplishments. The school is run by a few extraordinarily wealthy parents, and the rest of us who pay tuition and volunteer are not valued as greatly because we don't pay for a new playground. Moreover, the teacher turnover is ridiculous. Each year, good teachers have been let go. A two-time Dwyer Award nominee was fired at the end of the last school year because she is honest and doesn't toe the party line. Weiss is a great idea turned great disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

I feel grateful every day when I drop my son off at Weiss. The education is exceptional in every way. The academics are of the highest caliber. Teachers explore topics with passion and creativity. The expectations are high; Weiss is a school where your child will be challenged. He or she will also get the tools and the support needed to excel. The teachers at Weiss understand the emotional component of learning. Dr Daniels, Head of School, is a real pioneer in this field and we are lucky to have this type of program right here in Palm Beach Gardens. The educational environment is rich; theater, sports, music, art, language. The school community is warm and welcoming great teachers, parents, and kids! I wholeheartedly recommend Weiss.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 42%
Hispanic 14% 29%
Black 7% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Denise Spirou
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (561) 775-7794

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Foreign languages
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Organize cultural events
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Suncoast
Dreyfoos School of Arts
The Pine School
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4176 Burns Road
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
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Phone: (561) 627-0740

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