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Heron Heights Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1019 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 13 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted June 22, 2014

Parkland is known for it's schools. I have been highly disappointed in the quality of the education at this school. My child can barely read and the school did not provide any interventions to remedy this. Would not recommend moving to Parkland for this school. I would save up for private as it's the only place your child will get a real education that is comparable to anything up north.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2014

If your house is the correct size? Are you are a member of the correct synagogue? Do you have your child enrolled in the correct sports at the correct facility? Then your family will do splendidly here. If not, you should probably look elsewhere. My kid was bullied and was subsequently diagnosed with depression at age six. The way it was handled was wildly inappropriate. The way "room moms" are allowed to speak to children as if they are trained staff is outrageous. I feel incredibly guilty for leaving him there for as long as I did, but I believed in them. How could this big, beautiful, fancy school not do the right thing? Because it's all smoke and mirrors. The principal seems like a decent guy that cares...but good luck getting access to him. You have to get through the real strong arms there first. The parents are possibly the worst part of the entire place. I'm not sure what's worse: the way they allow their children to be pushy, entitled brats or the way they walk around like they own the place. How about you go out and get real jobs/hobbies instead of helicoptoring around your kids' school all day, every day?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

I believe Heron Heights Elementary is one of the best school in Broward County. The principle is an amazing person. His cooperation with parents is outstanding. He is a problem solver. School is very nice and clean. Teachers and office administrates are very helpful. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2013

It is my daughter 2nd year she started in Kindergarten and she loves the school and her teachers are very good
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

Our son attended Heron Heights since its opening. He just graduated 5th grade in May. It is a great school and he had great teachers. I cannot say enough nice things about Ms. Balbier, Ms. Brown, and Mr. Gibson. They are phenomenal and he learned so much despite his slight Asperger's. He is now breezing through middle school because he was taught such good study habits. The front desk staff is so sweet and always knew us even though we were not able to volunteer hardly at all. I am glad that he received such a good education, and I wish them continued success. We have now moved to Tampa, and are also having a great experience at the new school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

Does anyone else have a problem with parking or an hour line to drop off children? I sold a home to a client in Heron Bay and they don't get busing so they are upset that the situation at this school is dire. I know Forbes magazine rated Parkland schools #1 in the US so I gave Parkland 5 stars not to mention I raised 2 boys from kindergarten to college in Parkland.


Posted September 16, 2013

I have my daughter in second grade and son in kindergarten are super-happy! super friendly people found many friends. I am very happy with the school! facilities management staff and highly qualified teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

My daughter had attended this school for four years and I can't wait to move! There is inadequate parking.. or should I say NO parking to pick your child up. The teachers seem unenthused and should have retired ten years ago. Front desk secretary is rude and uninformed. Five stars to deputy Ware! We love you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

We took our son out of a private school to attended Heron Heights for 1st through 3rd grade and it was an excellent school. The teachers were excellent, the front office ladies are awesome and the principal is one of the best I ever dealt with. The school nurse took excellent care of my son who suffers from Asthma and the police officer is so kind and sweet... It is a very dafe school. Parents are very involved in the school and I met lots of nice parents which is unusual in South Florida... We moved out of the area last year, and I still drove 30 miles back and forth for my son to finish out the school year. If we had not moved, my son would still be at Heron Heights. I highly recommend this school for any parent moving into the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2013

My child joined this school in 4th grade and the teacher was pathetic..There are some good teachers ..but there are bad apples too. This particular teacher is Mrs. Srebnik. Not at all interested in teaching. The principal doesn't respond to your emails. If you get a good teacher, the school is good..New modern facilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

This is one of the best schools in Broward County. A+ Staff, Administration, Students and Parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

I am interested in any community activities at Heron Heights Elementary School. My sister will be teaching there this year.


Posted April 29, 2013

Coming from New York, this school is the best around. Parents are very involved and the teachers are very well experienced. Foreign language is offered as a special. I know in New York a foreign language was not an option in elementary school. Also, there are numerous clubs after school to further your childs education. Overall, a great school and community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2013

2 stars is based on only one year in 5th grade, at this school in the "gifted" program. Being a New Yorker and comparing to prior years learning there...I can tell you that there is NO COMPARISON. Waste of a year for us. As someone said...looks new and pretty on the outside - no substance on the inside. Parents are definitely very involved...but must not really realize what's going on here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2013

Good faculty that goes out of their way to help their students and is very proactive , especially with gifted students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2012

Overall,I am impressed by the teachers at this school. The teachers keep parents informed and have the students best interest in mind. Great P.T.A. as well. However,the administration is inadequate. The principal does not respond to e-mails or telephone calls. Good luck in dealing with the principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2012

My child is in the gifted program. Each child is given an individual gifted plan, however, to my knowledge all are taught the same. My child never brought home different assignments from the rest of the class to highlight areas of giftedness. I feel my child could have been more challenged and am disappointed with the program. No foreign language is taught which is also a disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2011

Useless and arrogant administration. All politics and no substance. Throwing money into a situation does not correct the problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2011

We have two students at this fantastic school. The facility itself is less than two years old, is full of amenities, and provides an inspiring place to learn. The parental involvement is very high, which is always a positive in my opinion. The administration is open to ideas and is able to recruit top teachers. Both of my kids have first time teachers this year, something we were concerned with going into the year. Both have been great. Again, the administration was able to recruit top new teachers and did an excellent job setting up a mentoring program for them. The school attracted and retains some excellent and very experienced teachers as well. Many top teachers jumped at the opportunity to work at this new school, in an affluent area with a great reputation. The school offers several after school enrichment programs for every grade level. As a graduate of Florida public schools I can only imagine how much more successful I would have been in life had I attended the great schools of the northeast. But for those of you that choose to live in lowly Florida, it would be difficult to find a better school than Heron Heights.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2011

If this is your first school and you have nothing to compare it to, you will probably be happy with this school. Or if you are comparing this school with other Florida schools, you will likely be happy, because it is better than other public schools in FL. However, if you have had any experience in a decent school in almost ANY state outside of Florida - you WILL be disappointed. Though there are some wonderful dedicated teachers, the education level is 1 to 3 years behind other state's public schools. There is good reason why families leave this state, in mass exodus, in order to give their kids a better education. If education is a family priority, run like the wind.
—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.

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

201 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%
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.

182 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

182 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

181 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
90%
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.

177 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

177 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

177 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
71%

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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
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".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

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 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 68%
Hispanic 16%
Asian 8%
Black 5%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 58%53%61%
Master's degree 38%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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11010 Nob Hill Road
Parkland, FL 33076
Phone: (754) 322-9150

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