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Broward Charter School of Science and Technology

Charter | K-8 | 163 students

 
 

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2 stars

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2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
No new ratings

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Posted Monday, April 21, 2014

I have had my children in this school since the beginning when they opened. They had lots of plans and promises for our children to get and stay excited with Science and Technology in all subjects and they just seem to fall short. My children are very unhappy with all of the consistent changes in the staff. I'm afraid with all of the changes, they will far short of passing. I'm taking my children to home school to evaluate their progress to see if they are behind. Beware of the false promises.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2014

I can't believe the 2nd floor is still not ready, what a joke. I really was hoping things would turn around for the better. Should've seen the warning signs considering that I heard several teachers had theirs checks bounce more than once last year. How is it that a school that is supposed to be associated with technology continues to have problems with it's own website running.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2014

This school is the worsted school I've sent my child. I would like to send my child some where she can learn, not to have new teacher every week. My daughter have been complaining that the new math recherche only lets them watch videos and then makes them take a test after, and that's every other she has him, but when it comes to science he like to get into text books and do all kinds of things. My daughter is in 6th grade in FCAT time she'll have to take MATH AND READING FCAT, and as I heard they are now starting to inform our children about civics FCAT and they are now preparing for it. FCAT is around the comet and it seems that they aren't even ready. On top of that last year before I registered my son and daughter to this school they informed me that they will have 2nd floor ready by then, but they didn't even finish the school! All the kids were all sent from the school on a bus to signature grand, then at the end of the day same operation. So then at the middle of the year they finally finished the school, but the school still wasn't ready! Then after that they prekindergarten they would have 2nd story for next year. The year is almost done and they still haven't done it yet!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2014

This is the most unconventional school I have ever sent my child to. The fact that they proclaim classroom learning is more in depth due to smaller classroom sizes gives you the impression that it is better for students to learn; indeed it is not at all what they say it is. Drained teachers were constantly fired or quit & staff members were very unpleasant and rude. Science was barely taught and if so only about 20-30 minutes; let alone was there technology. I don t understand why they are advertising as a science &technology school when neither of the subjects is taught there. Prior to signing up I had a meeting w/ the current principal; he ranted on & on about what a great school it was and how the school's size is so beneficial to the learning environment. I m astonished how he so profoundly misled me. I wasn t informed of the schools current F grade, as if they were keeping it a secret. Standardized tests taken the year before were highly below Florida expectations, almost all students scored failing levels. I cannot believe the staff did not mention this big detail before I had registered my child. I am furious that I have wasted a precious year of my child's education here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2013

I am appalled that this school is still open due to the lack of resources and professionalism! Whoever does not have a gripe with this school is either delusional or has never set foot in a great school. Please keep your children in a public school or send them to a legitimate private or charter school that is established.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2013

It seems that some people are not happy wherever they send their children. My two grandchildren are there and I found the staff to be very helpful. My youngest grand child was not reading when she went there. She is now reading. I highly recommend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2013

This is a great school. I don't regret sending my child here. The classes are small and the teachers do a great job with the student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2013

This is a very bad school. I would not recommend enrolling your children in this school due to its lack of resources.


Posted October 2, 2013

It should be noted that the Principal, Dr. Hunter, is a caring individual, but unfortunately was not able to multi-task running the school as a owner while also being a Principal. Due to dual tasks he often made several ill advised decisions. Still, with a new Principal there I'm sure he's had more freedom to focus on other areas. However, the school is still running without a P.E. teacher, but this charter school is geared toward core classes and P.E. is not one of them.


Posted May 20, 2013

I have two children that attend this school and they are both very happy there. My oldest child didn t like school but since he has been there, he enjoys school and that makes me happy. I am, along with them, very happy having our children there. There were some problems at the beginning, but it had nothing to do with the school s administration or the staff. It was the company that owned the building that caused the problems that this person is writing about. The academics are good and I can only see a bright future for the school. I have encouraged by family and friends to send their children there. When Harvard and Yale opened I am sure they had some problems when they started. How can anyone write something like this about a new school that is trying to bring something new to the community and give parents another option to help their child. If the person that wrote this is so concerned about the school and knows so much about education, why doesn t she or he go to the school and offer their expertise instead of writing negative comments. My children will remain there for the next year and I wish nothing but the best for this school.


Posted April 7, 2013

The school does not stand a chance in comparison to other schools. Please do not send your children to this school if you are looking for great quality in a school from the outside, the education, and overall staff. The building reeks of sewer, several of the classrooms and the cafeteria are still under construction. There are no phone lines in each classroom, so you would have to reach the teachers through their cellphones. The appearance of the school looks nothing like the advertisements and they are lacking in technology. There is an inadequate amount of teachers and supplies to make this school successful. Also, former employees have confirmed that their pay checks would frequently arrive late. That is an outrage! There is also an inadequate amount of custodians, paraprofessionals, and anyone in the ESE department. There are no specials such as physical education, music, and art. The only physical education teacher was let go due to the below par budget. The communication between the staff and parents needs improvement. Overall, I would be surprised is this "charter school" remains open for the next year.


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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.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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25%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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35%

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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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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25%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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64%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%
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.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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6%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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19%

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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 52% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

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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.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

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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 51% in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

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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.

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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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

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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

This school did not receive a grade in 2011-2012.

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

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Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 48% 29%
Black 40% 23%
White 7% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races N/A 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 75%53%61%
Master's degree 17%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 8%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Phone: (954) 885-4040

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