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Park Trails Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 984 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted June 16, 2014

Park Trails is an excellent school. My daughter went their last year for Pre-K and the teachers are excellent. They do a great job with the ESE program and have great therapist there. The school is well maintained and kept up. They do a great job with the field day and events to bring the parents in to show them what their kids are doing. The main challenge one may have to get their child into Park Trails is the overcrowding due to the growth of Parkland. If you can get your child into the school, I would recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2014

I have 3 kids at Park Trails. This is the 4th elementary school I have experienced and I have nothing but great things to say about our experience here. Every single one of the teachers my children have had have been amazing. They really go above and beyond to make learning fun, interesting, and challenging. My oldest is in the gifted program, and has really thrived. The gifted teachers are phenomenal. My two younger children are in the regular classes and have had incredible teachers as well- kind, caring, and willing to go above and beyond the curriculum to enrich the experience of their classes. When my middle child struggled in a subject, she received extra help. When she was ahead of the curve, she received enrichment work. The parents are very involved and the PTA does a lot of the school. There are a ton of great field trips and school activities. I think this is as good as is gets in Broward County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2014

Awesome! I have had 4 children at Park Trails since its opening resulting in 18 years of experience. Two children have progressed through Park Trails, Westglades, and Douglas. Two are still in school and doing very well. I may not agree with Broward School board policies but I fully support the teachers at all of the local schools. The teachers at Park Trails go above and beyond to create an interesting environment to learn. This year my children have planted gardens, watched butterflies develop, and learned how to play chess. One child attended a national robotics competition, designed projects with a 3-D printer, and ran several lighting productions. All of these experiences taught them important lessons in lieu of traditional lectures. They have never complained about the environment of the school. In fact, they look forward to school everyday. We are very fortunate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2014

This is a wonderful school. I have two children and two nieces that attended K-5 (24 years of education) and I have nothing negative to report. The teachers are up on the latest educational trends but keep their roots in the "tried and true" strategies at the same time. The special classes are great, as the teachers are very knowledgeable in their areas. Both of my children have gone on to middle school to be part of NJHS and recommended for the Duke TIP program and National Young Leaders Program. The foundation was set at Park Trails. Not only do these teachers educate, but they TRULY care about the children. One teacher invited the class to her home for a day of gardening! Other teachers attend students' recitals and sporting events outside of the school day. I also heard about a teacher going to a student's home to visit her new baby sister. While another teacher kept a student after to help a child with his homework because his parents did not speak English. At this school your child will receive a great education, develop a love for school, and feel a sense of belonging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2014

Park Trails is the worst elementary school ever. I have 5 kids and have seen 5 elementary schools due to moving and the age span of our children. This is by far the worst. The principal wants to know what can I do? but does nothing. The noise at the school is so high due to the lack of respect from the students. The cafe is so loud my child is in tears. The amount of sugar that they eat at school and the time spent in front of the tv is absurd. The teachers are under educated and lazy. The lack of interest in stimulating the children vs turning on the tv is like nothing I have ever seen. It is not Saturday morning. The staff does not require respect however uses a card system that means nothing as it is a zoo in the school at all times. They remove a misbehaving student and place them in a neighboring class not out of the classrooms. This school is not an A school is not a top school and should be avoided if you can. I may homeschool to avoid it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2013

This is an excellent schools. I have had two children in this school and the experience gets better each year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2011

This is an excellent school. I have 2 children in Park Trails each with different learning capabilities. The school has met their needs above and beyond in every way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2011

This might be as long as an essay because, PT was the greatest 6 years of my life i started PT when i was in kindergarten and now im in 8th grade at westglades.First all the teachers their were great teachers, i may not have liked them all but i have remembered everything they've taught me up to this day, It was the place i've learned to read and write, and every year since 3rd grade i have been getting straight 5s on my fcat. Next the kids there are great and very nice, it was a place where i met some of my bestfriends now even through middle school.Also the lunch's there were very good every year, it sometimes got very loud but i can still remember till this day ms.krate keeping us all in line everyday. 4th of all my favorite part of being at PT was the yearly field day it is a great time where the classes get together and get to compete against each other in athletic competitions,like my favorite the 50 yard dash.Lastly one thing i will always remember are the extremely nice crossing gaurds who always safely got all the students across trails end road.


Posted June 3, 2011

This is an excellent school. I have two children in the school and the learning experience has been great. The PTA is strong and adds to the ability to offer learning tools in addition to what the county provides.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2010

Park Trails is an amazing elementary school. My two son's attend and both have had great teachers and a great experience overall.


Posted April 13, 2010

it is my daughters last year at this school her improvemens of her grades are great. all her teachers have been great. even the staff when you visit or sign your child in they always give you a friendly nod smile or wave. The school officer is great he teaches litte classes with the students telling them to make right choices. The crossing gaurds are always doing there duties. But the school was way over crowded but they make heron hights so no the school is perfect. also i want to give a thumbs up to mrs.renguiso she is an outstanding pricipal she tries her best at every thing she does so thank you to all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2010

My first child attended kindergarten class at Park Trails. The carpool line was aweful. We lived in Parkland Isles and had to leave 30 minutes before school started so we were not late. The parents are rude. The cafeteria is a zoo. The police officer assigned to the school is nasty. My sons teacher was nice. But guess what? We were LUCKY to be able to move to Cary, North Carolina (in 2007) where the people are nice and the schools are BETTER. My children love it here. My husband and I love it here. People are NICE in NC. It is a relaxed environment here. NOT everybody's kid is gifted here. No one cares what brand of clothing you wear. You don't have to be showered and dressed up to go to your kids school or to Publix. People smile and say hello here. NC and its schools ROCK!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2010

This is our first year here and it has been excellent, excellent, excellent! Every experience we have had has been handled with politeness, professionalism and in a timely manner. We are kept informed by the teacher (and school) through emails, phone calls and newsletter. I realize that our experience may be different now that the school has lost some of its overcrowdedness due to the new school opening in Parkland - but either way, my children are so happy to be there and are thriving!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

Understanding you can never make EVERYONE happy, Parktrails is an excellent school. I have 2 children here and we have had great experiences with wonderful teachers! Ms. Ranguso is always there when I have a issue or need help! I do wish they offered a Spanish class after school, very surprised they don t, but that is my only complaint. To many compliments to mention...well done Parktrails!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2009

There is no control of the students here. I don't know if any one has had lunch with their child but the cafeteria is a free for all screaming nightmare!! The lunch 'helpers' seem to be of little or no help to the students. I have seen children with their hands raised for help and the 'helpers' just ignore them. Someone such as a principal needs to establish some lunch room rules. Yes PTA ladies rules!! We all understand allowing the children to be 'free' at lunch but come on, do your kids act like this at your dinner table. Gosh, I hope not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2009

My daughter is very unhappy at the school. The children are not asked to sit in an ordrerly fahion while waiting in the car line, its a free for all. My daughter held the door open and about 10 kids and 2 adults walked through and only two kids said thank you. I have almost been run over by bicycles twice. The crossing guards are friendly, but other then that no one takes the time to say hello. The Park Trails office workers are to busy to look up from their desk and nod or wave that they will be with you shortly. I'm very disappointed with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

this is my daughter and sons' second year at Park trails. Last year we had one unqualified teacher and one excellent teacher. The school is overcrowded and if there are any issues out side of normal parameters this school is too big to handle any issues quickly. Falling through the cracks is very easy at this school becuase of the population.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2008

Park Trails is an excellent school for my 3 children. However, it is extremely overcrowded. Some specials like Art & Music are only offered for half a year and although the teachers are excellent, the students don't get enough exposure to these crucial subjects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2007

My daughter is currently in her 2nd year at Parktrails in the gifted program and are extremely happy with the faculty and staff,which have been pivotal in her progress and development.I am impressed with the school,by far one of the best in broward county.The schools in Parkland are one of the many reasons why we chose to live in this beautiful city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

This is my daughter's third year at this school. her 1st grade teacher was excellent, her second grade teacher was pregnant, she was on maternity leave for two months the children had three different substitute teachers the substitutes did not teach much, my daughter's SAT scores went down last year. This year her 3rd grade teacher is pregnant too I hope this year is better then last. The school is OK it is not a great school.
—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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

147 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
72%
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.

192 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

192 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

187 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
94%
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.

160 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

160 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

160 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
75%
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.

174 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 65%
Hispanic 19%
Black 7%
Asian 5%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 8%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 62%53%61%
Master's degree 37%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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10700 Trails End
Parkland, FL 33076
Phone: (754) 322-7800

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