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Riverglades Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 623 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 4, 2014

We move to parkland 2 years ago. Both my children enrolled at Riverglades. One K and one in 4th. With the exception of Bridgette the office staff is not friendly and always acts as if they are inconvenienced. One 4th grade teacher particularly is horrible. After 2 months begged to get my child out of her class. Speaks with a slang, is rude and does not deserve to be a teacher. Guidance.... Good luck getting time from her. Principal and assistant principal, new and last one. They are always in meetings or too busy. Lots of unhappy looking kids and teachers when you walk around. Not really sure how this school is a "9". Other florida schools must be terrible. Oh yes, and don't let me forget about Coach K. The school is trying to get rid of him for the way he treats the children. Ask around. In a nut shell my recommendation is private school for sure.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

My oldest is in her 3rd year at Riverglades and the school is just amazing. From the principal to the teachers to the parent involvement, it's just wonderful. The only thing that could make this school better was if the class size was smaller. But I went to school/classes with almost 30 other kids and did just fine so I guess 20 is not too bad :) I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2013

This is our second year at Riverglades. Our experience has been fantastic. Our girls have had great teachers both years that communicate constantly with the parents & they clearly love what they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2012

It's my daughter's first year attending Riverglades, and were only 2 weeks into the school year, but so far, WOW! I am totally inlove with this school! Not to mention, my duaghter actually loves to go to school now. Her teacher actually takes the time to email the parents and communicate with them. And she leaves the line open to communicate with her as well. My daughter loves her teacher and just loves going to this school. I think already said that, but I this is such a big thing compared to how she felt last year about her old school. She would cry almost everyday and say she hates school and never wants to go back. Now, she freaks out if she doesn't get to school by 7:30am. We are both so happy. This school is sucha community involved school. I love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2012

There are good teachers like Mrs Marks in this school. But there is super lousy teacher in grade 3 gifted class. She is unfair, ill-minded and race discrimination. She does not fit to be a teacher. She is really the worst teacher we ever met so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2010

This school has the best teachers that are there for their students and a great office staff. My son has been there from Kindergarten and now in 5th Grade and my daughter started Kindergarten this year and they both have teachers that truly love being teachers and have the gift of making a difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2010

I am going on my 6 year at RE, and have 8 more to go! By far this is a community school, you feel part of it all! The communication is great! The PTA is a good organization and allows for parents to be involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

The teachers at Riverglades challenge the students and themselves to excel. Most parents are involved in the school and you feel a great spirit of cooperation towards common goals. The principal is outstanding and so are the counselors. I've had 2 of my children attend this wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2009

We moved to Parkland from New England last year. This is a wonderful and compassionate school. I have one daughter now in 4th grade and it has been a fantastic experience for her and a very smooth transition from the Rhode Island school system. Her teacher last year was phenomenal and this year, again, she has an amazing teacher. - Thank you Riverglades!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2008

I have 3 children, so I've known the school, teachers and staff for 8 years now and I am very happy with the school. There is always room for improvement, but in my experience, all of the teachers (and I've dealt with 13 of them so far) have been wonderful to my children and my perception is that they genuinely care for them, and they have done job teaching them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2008

This school definitelly does not live up to the hype. While the teachers seem to be good, the office staff is cold and unhelpful at best like some other parent said. Also the classes are crowded and parking is limited. If you are thinking of moving to parkland for the schools don't. Your child would do much better in a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2008

wonderful school, the principal is wonderful as well as the teachers, they care a lot about their students and it shows
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2008

My son has attended this school for 3 years and we have been pleased. I believe more could be done with the yard and area where the children play and have pe. They unfortunately have to be in the hot pavement or weed covered grass without any shade. With the donations this school recieves I would think they could improve that. Otherwise, they have some wonderful programs and after school events children and family attend. Teachers caring and very willing to work with the parents as a team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2007

If you want a school that teaches to the test and has larger class sizes, this is your school. The only score that counts is reading and in 4th grade, writing. The parent involvement is amazing, the teachers care, but the administration is quite cold and ungrateful. It is not optimum learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2007

We currently have an incredible spanish teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2006

Riverglades is a great school. My daughter has been attending this school for 4 years and she is attending music and Spanish class this year. There are some teachers I like better than others but that will happen at any school. I love that the school is next to the nature preserve and sometimes the teachers will take the students there and teach outdoors. I still think this school is the best in Broward county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Riverglades is a really good school with good staff, however, this is a case where new regulations regarding class size restrictions have killed all of the great non-core non-FCAT programs. So the teachers have to include these within the classroom whenever possible and I thank them for trying.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2006

I am so impressed by the quality of their academic program. My daughter just finished Kindergarten and is now able to read and write at a level higher than the children of our family and friends at other schools throughout the country. The faculty is exceptional and focused on educating the students with the latest principals and in a safe environment. The administration is friendly and responsive. This is a top rated school and the reasons are clear.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2006

A school that has very involved parents and hard-working staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2005

This school is supposed to be one of the best elementary schools in Broward county, but it has a lot of problems. If you are willing to move to Parkland just for the school system, consider private school instead. Riverglades doesn't live up to its reputation.
—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 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
89%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
68%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
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 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 42%
Hispanic 17% 29%
Asian 9% 3%
Black 7% 23%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 47%53%61%
Master's degree 47%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 6%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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7400 Parkside Dr
Parkland, FL 33067
Phone: (754) 322-8200

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