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11251 Taft Street
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

(754) 323-6950
(754) 323-6990
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August 24, 2015
I am a very engaged parent of a high-functioning, intelligent and sweet student with special needs. He needed very minor accommodations and they made our life a nightmare for the whole year he was there. They treated his disability related behaviors as disciplinary problems. Instead of counseling, they suspended him for behaviors he cannot control. When he had the expected transition related meltdowns, instead of calling an autism coach or a paraprofessional, they call the school resource officer. Honestly, no matter how many times you call a young boy buddy, if you are in a police uniform (gun and everything), you are police and he is in trouble - period! As such, everything just escalates and I hated him going to school as much as he loved going to school (ironically). Even when they kicked him out of chorus to punish him for being generally bad. He had never had a meltdown in that activity - it was the only activity he excitedly participated in and Ms. Slater the assistant principal kicked him out because of his troubles in the regular classroom. Nice! They call their teachers dual-certified in lieu of having a real ESE department. This puts all the pressure on the teacher to pause and put on her ESE hat when she already has a class of 26 students to contend with. That is not realistic. Invest in a real ESE program or face more lawsuits - yes, there was already one this year for similar complaints. In general, if your child is perfect and needs very little, you may do well there. They are very conscious of keeping their 'A" status - just please don't let your child be one who may need a little more humanity or care. The principal and assistant principal were heartless in their dealings with us.

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April 10, 2015
The school is okay. Used to be great. But now, communication is non-existent. They cancel activities and events and don't notify parents. They send home one notice with a SAC meeting date and time, and a different one a week later. They say they will post things on the website, and they never make it. Notices only go home on Thursday. If the notices don't make it to the mailboxes or the folders in time, you are outta luck. But, they DO send a billion Parentlink messages if they want people to pay for something like aftercare. Not even Parentlinks for SAC or PTA meetings. It is frustrating and for people that try to attend as much as possible at the school, it's a real disappointment!

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August 01, 2011
I can say only good things about my son's experience with Pembroke Lakes Elementary - from the phenomenal Kindergarten teacher - Mrs. Culver to the administration. I do agree that I was not happy about not being able to go into the school with my son the first day or two of Kindergarten and it was VERY stressful, but I understand the school's reasoning behind it and respect it. The parent-teacher contact is a two-way street. If you want to know how your child is doing - ASK. I have never been denied the opportunity to speak with anyone at the school. Also, I recommend that parents get involved with the school - volunteer - get into the school whenever possible. This will instantly connect you better with the administration and teachers and will enhance your childs experience.

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July 30, 2009
My daughter will attend 1st grade this year. I loved her Kindergarten teacher. However, they do not have a meet and greet after Kindergarten. Parents are NOT allowed to walk their children to class from day one. You can find out which class your child is in the first Friday before school begins. This is the only negative thing I can say about this school thus far. They need to understand that children are scared and need support from their parents for at least the first week.

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April 21, 2009
I just read the negative review on this school and it is false. There is plenty parent/teacher contact. There is a meet and greet/ orientation before school begins. The school calls and let's you know who your teacher is before the first day of school. The parents can escort the kids up to the first week until they have thier Independence day, where the kids must go in alone. If there is an area of concern you can request a conference with the teachers at any time, they are always happy to meet. The teachers send interim reports to show child's progress. They celebrate all holidays, and inform the kids about it. They take part in lots of activities like Junior Diabetes campaign etc. My son has gone here for 5 years, and I wish it went all the way to high school!! Their after care prog is also great

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August 21, 2008
We are more than pleasews with pembroke lakes elementary.From top administration all the way to crossing guards,this place is excellent. Our son has attended for three years there, and loves it. He has been challenged,learned lots, and has had the latest technology to learn on...

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August 13, 2008
The principal, Ms. Lester will do whatever it takes to avoid talking to a concerned parent. We've been pretty disappointed in the school as a whole. Very little parent/teacher contact, only the twice a year conference. School does not have a meet and greet before classes start so on the first day of school it's a zoo finding out the teacher, meeting the new teacher, finding the classroom, finding their desk, etc. Starting day 2 no parents are allowed in the school. The school does not have career day, celebrate any holidays or even talk about them, only 1 field trip per year. No concern for your child's academic work even with failing grades until 3 weeks before FCATs then the school worries that a failed FCAT score might negatively impact the schools letter grade . On the positive side, my 2 children feel safe at school and like aftercare.

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May 02, 2008
I am a parent with 2 children presently attending PLE. I am extremely pleased that my children are able to go to such an excellent school. The administration are all 'for the kids' and the teachers/faculty are of the highest quality. There is much student/teacher/parent involvement and activities which are positive and nurturing. Also, the kids are in a safe, protected environment. My kids 'love' to go to school everyday. We will truly miss PLE when we graduate and go off to middle school.

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April 30, 2008
it is an awesome school. Mrs. Lester is and awesome Principal... Thank You!

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October 07, 2007
Great School! Friendly staff and administrators have an open door approach! Both of my children attend Pembroke Lakes Elementary. The school strives academically, and the intermedate students have various extra curricular activities and clubs to participate in. S.L. Parent

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September 24, 2005
Pembroke Lakes Elementary is an excellent school where students can truly grow. The only problem I have is the situation where my son was place this year. he's a 4th grader in a team teacheing class with 48 students. While this team of theachers have been very successful, this is not the best situation for my son.

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September 23, 2005
The vice principal is wonderful....The special education staff very informative and caring.

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September 06, 2005
I dealt with all professionals in this school as my child was in ESE program. I loved my childs teachers and therapists. The kids were happy. This school doesn't wear uniforms. One of the few in the county that doesn't. I never heard of any problems that the teachers had with administration.

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July 26, 2005
Great school and teachers! Need more P.E. and recess. Need Foreign Language program. Other than that, this is the best school my child has attended.

- submitted by a student

June 01, 2005
Wonderful school! Caring and professional staff. Quality education, as FCAT scores prove. In addition to providing a strong educational foundation, the teachers and staff truly care about the children as individuals. This school is very deserving of it's A rating.

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April 18, 2005
Both my children have gone to PEMBROKE LAKES ELEMENTARY. The teachers are high skilled and have helped the children to reach their potencial. My first grader has been able to read and comprenhed third grade level books and thanks to her teachers spend a lot of time reading. The science program includes a lot of field trips that permit hands-on experiences and therefore encourage science interest. The music program is also very interesting and promotes interaction with a variety of musical instruments. The school promotes a high level of parent involvement trough the volunteer program as well as in social and community events.

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October 24, 2004
this school is well organized by an excellent staff,my little one feele very safe there and the teachers are willing to work with parents.

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May 18, 2004
The classes are way too small, everything is crowded together, it is not challenging, the school campus is small, there is not enough chairs/desks, there is barely any light in the classrooms! the teachers are okay. The playground and field are also small. There isn't enough room!

- submitted by a student
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Pembroke Lakes Elementary School
11251 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, FL  33026
(754) 323-6950
Last modified Pembroke Lakes Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pembroke Lakes Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top