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Palm Beach Public School

Public | K-5 | 418 students

 

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Posted April 3, 2014

the staff is very good and the child are important for then . The string program is the best.


Posted August 15, 2013

This is an awesome school. My son came into this country not able to read and write and when spring break of his first school year came around he was on the honor roll. The strings program is second to none in the area. All 5th graders got into BAK this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2013

I am saddened by the attitiude of most teachers. Grumpy would be a good description. I wish I could see them smile once in awile. I am in and out of there for volunteer work, some teachers look miserable. Some teachers are amazing and wonderful though. A grumpy spirit rubs off unto the kids. It also seems like there is so much paper work and not a whole lot of exploring hands on learning. My child is in gifted and it seems that these kids get to have alot more exciting things going on in the classroom. The typical classrooms seem to be just busy paperwork nothing exciting. I cant say for sure, but that is what I have herad from friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2011

The Vice Principal, M. Garcia, is a compassionate, professional, and devoted member of the Palm Beach Public staff. All schools have strengths and weaknesses, but PBP is a good representation of a school with a culturally and economically diverse student group taught by teachers of all types, abilites, and interests. Public schools seem more bureaucratic than most private schools, but all in all, PBP is effective and a pleasant environment for primary school students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2010

I have two children in the gifted program at Palm Beach Public. We chose this school over Palm Beach Day Academy and are very happy with our choice. In general, we have found the teaching is above par. We are particularly excited about the new Kindergarten gifted teacher, Ms. Paine. I had heard that she is exceptional, and we are finding that to be true. In addition, Andy Matzgow's strings program is phenomonal. My children came into the school without any violin training. One is playing very well and loves the violin. The other will begin to learn this year through the Kinderstrings program two mornings a week. We are very grateful for all the school has given our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

My son started this year in Kindergarten and he loves it. I think the teachers and staff and wonderful and dedicated individuals. I look forward to my daughter starting in the future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2009

I have sent 4 kids through PBPE and 2 more on there way. Everyone in the school is great. The principal is right ontop of everything and makes very fair judgements. The teachers are great I have seen old ones leave and new ones come and all are very nice and dedicated to the childrens education. Special thanks to MRS. Angie Brown!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2009

Love this school. Moved down from NJ a year ago and came from a private school up there. The teachers I have had experience with are communicative and knowledgable about child development and learning tradegies. My older son is in the gifted program and it is the perfect balance of challenging without getting too much pressure.Would recommend it to anyone new to the palm beach area who is looking for a great public school. Also has a great recreation center right next door for afterschool activities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2007

I went to Palm Beach Day School across the street and loved my experience there, but now I am thrilled to have one child at Palm Beach Public with the prospect of one or two other children attending there. I agree with another comment on this site that PB Public is of the caliber of a very good private school (at least within our reference of the gifted program). Ms. Campbell's kindergarten gifted class is superb. She is both creative and stimulating. My son, who had Ms. Campbell last year, continually refers to all the interesting and amazing things he learned in her class. As for first grade gifted this year, we are very pleased thus far with a newly hired teacher, Rachel Denahey. She has a strong science background (which my son loves) and she seems to take an interest in each student individually.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2007

PB Public is as good a public school as I have ever seen. However, if you are looking to challenge your child you will be disappointed. I found out quickly that my child was only one of a handful of children in the gifted program that qualified legitimately by school testing. Most of the children in the gifted program are there via private testing paid for by the student's parents. These children are no more gifted than any other child at the school. I subsequently enrolled my child in PB Day School and have seen my child blossom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2007

I have had two kids go to palm beach public. It is a wonderful school with very caring and professional teachers. When my oldest daughter moved on to middle school she did so very confidently and was able to maintain A's. The 4th grade teachers earned the school the highest percent of proficient writers on the FCAT writes for 2006 in all of PB county! The gifted program could improve though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2007

Not a great school academically. I do agree that you don't have to worry about bullying at this school. I am somewhat reluctant to pull my daughter out of the school, because of the bullying issues in schools. However, I also feel that their academics are not at all challenging. They need to step up in this area to be competitive with other schools in the west palm beach area much less statewide.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2006

GREAT SCHOOL! I moved my child from Private School to Palm Beach Public and we could not be happier. With under 400 children, in a brand new building with beautiful architecture, it feels like a private school. The technology in the classroom is second to none, with pull down monitors and the teachers equipped with microphones. My child is thriving in the gifted program, under Ms. Campbell's tutelage, and it exceeds any academic programming I've seen elsewhere, by emphasizing development and creative learning, rather than 'busy work'. Parents are warmly welcomed by Ms. Campbell, a superb gifted teacher, and excess volunteers had to be divided into groups of two, daily. The strings program director, Mr. Matzgow, is unbelievably dedicated and provides an amazing opportunity for these children. The environment is safe, without the intolerance/bullying we saw at our last school, and the Principal, Ms. Stevens, is extremely responsive. A hidden treasure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

They are doing an outstanding job. They made sure the parents got a first-hand look at the classroom and classroom materials early on. The number of different ways they are introducing the children to reading and writing is just wonderful. They make learning fun and relate it to everyday life. They are communicating especially well with the parents. We, the parents, are learning more about the school and the curriculum each day. School certainly has changed for these young people; much improved from when their parents and grandparents went to school. I can't see how any of these children could fail with all of the attention and support they are receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2006

My child has been with Palm Beach Public Elementary School since she was in third grade. It is a wonderful little public school with a private school feeling. It is small (only about 400 kids) so there is lots of individual attention. The Principal and the teachers are very dedicated and caring. The Director of the strings program is terrific, very motivated! We are moving on to middle school next year, but will be sad to have to leave our little school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2005

This school is a great school, the strings program is the best
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2005

The gentleman who runs the strings program is incredibly dedicated. The shows that the students put on are superb, especially since it is all done on volunteer time. That program alone makes the school worth checking into.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2004

My son is in his third year at PBP and I am very pleased with the school. We highly recommend the strings program. Mr. Matzgow has a gift for teaching music to young children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2004

I attended the orientation for the freshman class on Monday August 9th, 2004. I was very pleasantly surprised with the Staff and the New Princepal. During the very informative naratives given by various Department Heads, the Principal walked over to a student who was out of dress code and with a few hand signals the student knew exactly what was expected of him. He quickly removed his head gear and put it in his pocket. I was glad to see enforcement of the rules they say are in place.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
93%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
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

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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
White 51%
Hispanic 32%
Black 9%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 155%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 215%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 39%73%61%
Master's degree 58%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%1%1%
Other degree 0%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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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Orchestra
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MRS. SHARON STEVENS
Fax number
  • (561) 822-0750

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Music
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239 Cocoanut Row
Palm Beach, FL 33480
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