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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!!!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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