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Pembroke Pines Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 602 students

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted September 2, 2014

Excellent school. My daughter first grade teacher was the best. Very patient, understanding, and willing to do what it takes to make sure she makes it. I would highly recommend this school to everyone. Go pirates :-)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2013

Great School my daughter love it. My daughter has improved so much and the teacher is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

PPE (Pembroke Pines Elementary) is a great public school that caters o the student education through several sources i.e. field trips to Parker Playhouse, incorporating computers, clubs, etc. PPE can improve with merging of students from a charter school environment to public school as my child struggled with the curriculum and style of learning. Once it was explained to the teacher that my childs previous school environment, she quick step in to help him adapt. Great teachers and great school are a good combination.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

My children love this school. The teachers and office ladies are amazing. I am so happy that teacher created new clubs for my kids. I wish some parents look at the good things and volunteer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

I have two kids.One loves art and outdoors, the other dancing and singing. That is $65 for each of them to participate in these clubs. I didn't realize that it was only 10 weeks. That's a lot of money for the year for clubs that were free.Chorus has been a free extracurricular activity since I was a kid.I thought the purpose of the PTA was to help the students and school with funding for programs like this?What about families on free lunch? How can they afford this?I thought that was what PTA was for?They just announced that PTA wants to make a huge contribution to the school. No real details, but they cut funding to clubs that were free?I didn't even know you had to fight to get in.I would have had more questions about the PTA budget and said no.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2013

I picked up my son yesterday after school. Normally, he is picked up by my neighbor. As I was driving through the pick up line I noticed so many new teachers standing outside. Later that evening I was speaking to a few neighbors who said the entire school is brand new, even the special teachers. As I read some previous posts I see that the reason for all the new teachers is because they wanted to be closer to their homes. I would think that if you LOVED your place of work, you would remain no matter how far you needed to travel. There must be something more going on in that building that is making the teachers want to leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2013

I agree with the below comments about all the new teachers. Many of those teachers lived in the neighborhood and were there for years. It doesn't add up. Something more is going on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

I too see the change at PPE this year and wondered quite often about what is going on at the school. There are many new faces that I can't keep up with the change. Even the atmosphere, the morale, at school feels different. That is why I do not plan to attend anymore school functions, seems insincere.It is good to hear that parents have pulled their children out of charter and attend the public school system. I'm all about public education, and loved PPE, but seeing all these changes at once, qualified teachers, more enrollment, more volunteer hours, technology, and all the great positive listing that the principal suggests, but they still dropped to a C school? 2 of my kids attended PPE from K-5 and 1 more remains for the last year, the school has never been lower than a B. I honestly feel terrible for my last child not to receive the quality education from my other 2 kids teachers and it can't honestly be to be closer to home. They drove all that way for 10 plus years. Now the drive is too much? There is more to it.Look at the teachers faces.Says it all, just like someone said below.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

I agree that we have fabulous teachers (and staff) at PPE! Some of the teachers that you have mentioned have retired or have moved to schools closer to their home. I am proud to say that our new staff members are experienced teachers that we have recruited from other schools and were highly recommended. Over the past few years as principal, we have increased in student enrollment, volunteer hours, parent involvement, number of gifted and/or ESE certified teachers, technology, and specials classes (including art, music, PE, Spanish, and Science, as well as Media). In addition, we have many teachers that bring their own children to our school. As a parent, that speaks volumes. As always, administration is available to all parents interested in discussing their child's quality education. Thank you for your input. Sincerely, Mrs. Schentrup, Proud Principal of Pembroke Pines Elementary - Home of the Pirates
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 25, 2013

I don't know what happened, but my child's fantastic teachers for K, 1, 2, and 3 and others are all gone this year. They were so great and helped my child.Some great teachers still remain, but there are many new faces and not that there is a problem with a few new staff, accept I wonder why all those teachers would leave at one time.They had been through so many principals over the years and all of sudden they are gone now. Even all of the usual volunteers are also gone. I'm glad they will have more access to the library and computers now, but it's strange.I feel like I transferred my child to another school. It is a blow to over all quality.My child has a new teacher this year.We will see how it goes, but sad that those I had grown to love and trust with my child are gone.What's going on?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2012

Excellent School!!! My child is in Kindergarden this year in Ms. Herr... class and she is so excited to learn everything. She is exposed to so many wonderful educational things that amazes me. When I speak with her it feels as if I'm speaking to a 3rd grader. I knew my kid was always smart, but PPE continues to challenge and encourage her. I am very pleased with PPE and recommend this school to other parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2012

Awesome school! My daughter was having a lot of trouble with reading and failed kindergarten @ stirling elementary, but 1st grade with Ms. Hamilton was great. She really took the time to spark my daughters interest to over come her frustration, and now she's turning into a book worm. I wish my daughter would've gotten her this year for 2nd grade, but Ms. Payero is a doll too. I'm definitely satisfied with my daughter staying in this school until she finishes 5th grade. Also, the staff is very friendly, as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2011

Outstanding school, I have not had any issues. My daughter, who is in 1st grade had great difficulty with her reading and comprehension class and thanks to Mrs. Rodriguez assistance, I have seen a drastic improvement in my daughter grade. I hope that as she goes through the remaining of her school years, she will continue to have teachers like Mrs Rodriguez who will be able to identify her weaknesses and work of them. THANK YOU Mrs. Esther Rodriguez.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2011

It is an outstanding school, I'm very happy my son goes there.l. I wish the middle school where he belongs would be as good as this Elementary school. Two thumbs up for the entire staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2011

My son is in the 3rd grade this year. Being that this is his first year in a public school from a charter school, I am very proud at the commitment of the teachers and dedication of all the staff. The principal is very attentive and the office staff and administration are very approachable. Thank you is not enough to say to all that work there. My son's teacher is great at the progress and transition of my son. Great school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

My Grandson is in Mrs Rogers Class 4th Grade and she is terrific with the kids in her class!


Posted July 16, 2009

Autism cluster needs a lot of improvement.I do not know what they do with all the extra money they received for having these children.The teachers need more training,there are a few(only one actually) that are good,but most of them don't know what they are doing (I am talking about the autism cluster) They should get some professional ABA therapist.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

Very good school...would not change for nothing. We have very good parent participation. Principal is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

The teachers are wonderful, very helpful , when you have questionsregarding you child they are more than happy to help you , very family oriented school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2008

Our child is in first grade and the program and teavhers, Especially Mrs Castro have brought the total level of education to it's hightest standard
—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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
53%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
87%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
37%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
91%
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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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
Black 38%
Hispanic 38%
White 17%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 16%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 78%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 50%53%61%
Master's degree 39%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 5%2%1%
Other degree 5%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 15%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Golden School Award (2011)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. APRIL SCHENTRUP
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (754) 323-7040

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special ed
  • Special eduction
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Physical Education/Recess
Girls sports
  • Physical Education/Recess

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
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6700 Southwest 9th Street
Pembroke Pines, FL 33023
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