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PK-5
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Pembroke Pines, FL
Students enrolled: 752
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19595 Taft Street
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029

(754) 323-5000
(754) 323-5040
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October 23, 2014
Chapel Trail is great! The teachers are amazing and the staff is always helpful and friendly. They keep you updated and involved.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2014
This is an A+ school with A+ teachers and administration. Chapel Trail has a very safe and nurturing atmosphere. A great community to live in.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2014
Im sorry this school has horrible ways of dealing with children. My daughter has ADHD. Instead of working with her they made her take a test and held her back in first grade. I am not sure if it is just the teacher or the school. This is just ridiculous.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Chapel Trail is a great school! My son has been in this school for kinder and first grade. The teachers are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
I don't understand why there are so many charter schools in this area. This school is fantastic! Good public schools are not an option for most people who live in South Florida. Don't believe me? Check the Great Schools ratings for surrounding areas. We moved our family into this neighborhood which is pretty much in the Everglades, FOR THIS SCHOOL ZONE. My kids have attended this school for 3 years and LOVE it! I can't find one thing to complain about. It's worth every long drive to work and the higher price to live here. I also want to add that I am not one of those PTA totally involved super moms either, you don't have to be. BUT if you like that sort of thing, then you will fit right in here. The PTA is major. All of the teachers I have dealt with have been great but there are two that really stood out. Mrs. Robayna and Mrs. Reynolds. If you can get one of those teachers for your kids- you hit the lottery. They are very special and they LOVE the kids. My children will remember these women forever. I am sad that this will be our last year at Chapel Trail Elem. but because the area is so perfect we will be moving on to Silver Trail Middle which is also very highly rated.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2013
Teachers, in general are good and open to the children needs. Principal and assistant principal are quite the opposite. They are distant and unfriendly with the kids, and parents. On several occasions they were dismissive and condescending. They are terrible leaders, and set a bad example for the staff at Chapel Trail.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2013
I'm a father of two kids who currently attend chapel trail elem and my only beef with this school has been with the front office staff, i believe they lack professionalism and a good attitude, it's as if you were a bothered every time you have a concern or a problem and i believe it's the leadership were it starts. This unfortunately would've never occur with the previous principal Mr. B cause he would interfere in every issue that would happened at that school, the current staff is lazy, rude, unprosseional and lacks customer service education. I love the teachers there, like i said the staff is a reflection of the principal disorganize nature. I'm a big supporter of our teachers, classrooms and schools in any way i can but this school or principle should definitely retrain the staff.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2012
My family s experience, thus far, I can only say that I am very satisfied with Chapel Trail Elementary, its teachers, principals, paraprofessionals and parental community. My child is happy, positive, has made lots of friends, and is enjoying her overall school experience. My child is going into first grade already reading, as well as in math adding in single and double digits. My child s academics and view of school are only a reflection of Chapel Trail s excellence and the parent/teacher support and interaction that is implemented.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2012
My children have been attending this school for the past 3 years.They have blossomed, both academically and socially. Fantastic teachers and support staff. The principal and assistant principal seem detached, and at times, hostile. I have personally had no conflicts with them, nor have my children. They could use a refresher course in Personality 101. The teachers, I will say again, are top notch!! I would love to see more parents involved, both in the classroom and with school activities/functions.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2011
The teachers and everyone is very nice and respectful. I cant say the same thing regarding the assistant principal, Mrs Coachman, she has a very bad attitude and does not know how to be polite to parents and students. From my experience with her, the school could do without her rudeness.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2011
Let me just say my point based on experience as a student there, realizing their thoughtless flaws. Do they put your child in their appropriate learning level? Nope. Do they try to resolve bullying taking place at the school? No! Do they have teachers who make the kids feel that they will be able to do well in school? Absolutely not. If your child was a student who had no friends to socialize with, would a teacher ask your child's fellow students to give your child company? No such thing. If your child needed something (whether it be a bathroom emergency, a medical emergency, or an injury) will the staff always provide that for your child when needed the most? They don't give a baloney unless a bone is broken. So if your child has had bad experiences with bullies, CTE is a no-go. If your child has sensitive feelings, then this school will hurt their future self esteem.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2011
its a great school only if you are hispanic..but if you are a different culture, then your kid is in trouble. very insensitive faculty, who are only aware of their hispanic culture.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2010
Its a good school but they focus too much on FCATS I think. I don't see the kids being challenged as much as I thought I'd see and the adminstration is rather rude. They seem to think we cant hear them when they speak about kids or parents as we wait in the office. I'm not supper excited about this school. I think they can push our kids more and be a little nicer in that office.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2010
My son attended 1-5 + 2 months K, ending 2008. All but 5th were good or great. Especially good were teachers marie rosenthal and michelle tse. 5th grade was bad. His fcat scores fell like a rock that year. His teacher was frequently absent. The principal, balchunas, was in the classroom every day to remind the kids to accept their autistic classmate. Worthy goal, but not handled well, class was constantly in chaos. I found balchunas unhelpful and dogmatic on substantive matters, while being a charismatic cheerleader for the school and himself.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2009
Chapel Trail Elementary School should be a model for other schools to follow. The excellence in the administration and staff is second to none! We are losing an amazing Principal, Joseph Balchunas, but he has left an amazing groundwork and has put procedures in place to ensure that our school continues to be the Best in the West. We are fortunate to have a wonderful Intern Principal and an experienced and dedicated new Principal taking over. The parent involvement is extraordinary!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
CTE is the best in the West as they proudly say. My child had a phenomal kindergarten year and so far so good this year. They have great teachers and Mr. B is really the best. But unfortunatetly, Mr. B is leaving CTE. We will greatly miss him. So will the children. Someone will have big shoes to fill!!! Mr. B, we wish you the best!

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
I can't say enough great things about this school. one thing we forget is what a awesome principal we are so fortunate to have here! this guy Mr. B. should be a role model of how a principal should be. HIs interaction with parents and students is superb! hope to keep him around a bit longer; i have 2 little ones in the school and i'm afraid they'll take him from our school if too many good things are said about him.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
I am a parent and volunteer at Chapel Trail Elementary School. The School is so organized and has a excelent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 20, 2008
I cannot say enough good things about Chapel Trail Elementary. The principal, staff, and teachers are excellent. The kind. program is awesome and Mrs. Barron is top notch. The PTA program is great and Mr. B the principal is outstanding. My daughter loves going to school everyday and we are very sad to move.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 29, 2007
Im happy in general with the school, this is my third child in CTE, and we have been here since it opened, my only complaint is that my first two children excelled in the school but my last child had a lot of difficulty in math and reading skills and the school had no additional support to help her other than a great teacher, which is not enough. The school is great if your kid is doing well, but if they are not the school has nothing to offer to help them.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2007
I have a 5th grader and a kindergarten in CTE. So far the school has been wonderful. The teachers I have had experience with are great and the new principal is fantastic. he makes the students feel important, and boost their self-esteem. My only complaint is the school's appearance. That situation can be rectified, but for years it hasn't. Other than that, I'm pleased, the teachers are doing their job well.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2007
This school is a trusting and safe school. Everyone is very nice!!! This is the best school has the best teachers,staff,students and principle!!!

- submitted by a community member
September 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 12, 2007
I give this school 10 stars! This is the best thing that has happened to my son. Nurturing teachers eager to help, wonderful staff, the safest environment without making parents feel like strangers.These Gators are always helping one another, they are taught to care for eachother as family. This school is better thatn private, and my son went to one too! Exellent Fcat preparers, and the scores show! The grounds are super clean, the principal is outstanding, and the kids love him! Awesome job!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2007
This is my second child to attend CTE. I absolutely love this school. And, the new principle, Mr. Balchunas, is the 'Best in the West'! I have to say that when the previous principle was there, it was starting to go down hill. But what an improvement. It has to start from the leaders and then it goes from there. The teachers appear happy. I know my child is happy. Which, in turn, makes me happy! Go Gators!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2007
Chapel Trail is an excellent school! The teachers, staff, kids and parents have made CTE an exceptional place for kids to learn. I have a child going into 5th and one going into 2nd grade. We have always had positive experiences at CTE. No complaints here!

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
I believe that Chapel Trail Elementary is a very good school, the teachers and the school staff work together to assist the students in learning. There curriculum consists of several different extracurricular activities but I believe that they have left out a very important course that should be given in every school, a Spanish class. Currently, in almost every Miami-Dade County school Spanish class is included in the curriculum. I believe that it is important do to the fact that we live in a multicultural world now and in almost every job it has become a requirement to speak two language (primarily English & Spanish). If the children aren't taught Spanish at school they won't be prepared for the future.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
Go Gators! Chapel Trail Elementary is a wonderful school with fantastic teachers. My child is happy to go to school every day, which means more than the latest test scores. It is elementary school, after all...not college! Students are getting the basics and learning to become indpendent learners...which does take support from parents, as well. Keep up the great work.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
July 14, 2006
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- submitted by a staff
May 27, 2006
For the most part, good teachers. Parent involvement also pretty good. Could have better sports and music, no fault of the teachers though.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
Chapel Trail is a high quality and challenging school that I'm glad my children attend. they cane from private schools but adjusted well and were given a top-notch curriculm. Clearly a great school.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2006
My child has attended 2 A+ schools in 2 different districts, Chapel Trail Elementary did not suit her- her test scores barely changed, and she graduated first grade with little to show. CTE wanted to put her in 'special' classes. We changed districts, and her new A+ school has not only changed her attitude and behavior for the better, but she caught up from last year and has made the A-B honor roll 3 times this year-AND got the character counts award for respect. They can keep their special classes and 'guidance' counselors.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
I feel that this school offers great learning skills for a child. the Principal is a well respected and consern person. My daughter have always had perfect teachers that shown interest in teaching all the students. I highley recomend this school before any. Learning in Chapel Trail Elementary is a priority and it shows. Great job.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2005
This is the greatest school!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
'CTE used to be the best school in the area. However the principal Gassman, the new Assistant Principal Thelmas and their hand picked favorites are the worst. Lack of leadership is a huge obstacle. Last year PTA was treated extremely poor. Administration thrives on power and favoritisism. Explain why you have a classroom teacher only teaching a couple of hour a day and then off she goes to do whatever she wants. What a waste of our tax payer's money. It is only because we have professional, honorable, educators like Mrs. Oliver, Mr. Nordstrom, to name a few that Chapel Trail is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
August 17, 2005
The success of this school is due generally to a mix of many good, caring teachers and a high level of parent involvement. However, the school is much too overcrowded.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2005
I have three children that have attended Chapel Trail. I think it is an excellent public school. My children have enjoyed learning there and the school encourages parents to become involved in many aspects of their child's education. The school is also well maintained which is something that cannot be said about many others.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
It's June 2, 2005 & my children have both graduated 4th grade at CTE. Thanks to Mrs. Boza & Mrs. Shapiro for everything! You are both excellent teachers, have been very helpful & caring & have gone above & beyond! As a parent I have to say that CTE is the complete package & lacks nothing. It's friendly, secure, clean, informative, has a huge PTA, has sports activities on their field afterschool (my daughter was in cheerleading) & they have many other activities available. This school really cares & always puts the kids first. They have everything to offer & are a 5 Star & A rated school. Their reputation is excellent & they are known all over S FL as the best elementary school in Broward. I am grateful to CTE for such an outstanding job! Everyone at CTE is absolutely fantastic. Thanks & we'll see you again next school year!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
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March 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2005
My first grader is learning quite well with Ms. Tse. Principal Gassman is a wise leader. The administration as a whole is a bit low-key, and likely to overlook details of the job, such as calling about an unexcused absence (Admin. told me there are too many students!) . However, particular staff, like the reading camp director, do keep on top of such things. Overall, it's an effective educational group with plenty of extras to engage the students. They could try to make the students more aware of the local environment, even in the school. No one seemed aware of the migrating birds that could be seen in the school courtyards. I'm concerned by commercial tie-ins, like the Polar Express movie they took the kids to see. It's not one that I would have chosen, but it was obviously promoted to the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2004
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May 03, 2004
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March 01, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
My 2 kids (both in 3rd grade) came from Miami Gardens to CTE. My kids both have excellent, caring teachers! I commend everyone at this school for doing such an excellent job with our 2 kids! Thanks CTE! You are the best! My family & I love this school! Every school has it's problems, we even had a few with the kid's buses & attendance records, but that has all been fixed. Everyone there is so nice & so welcoming. We have never seen any discrimination & we've always been treated like everyone else. This school's an A+ in our book!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2004
My daughter was accepted at 2 different charter schools which made my husband and I think very carefully about which school she would start attending. We weighed all the options and did our research and our gut told us that Chapel Trail was the right choice. I am so thankful that she is attending Chapel Trail. Our entire family is very pleased with the school and our daughter's academic and personal growth. Her teacher is by far the best we could have asked for. If you are lucky enough to live in the Chapel Trail community then I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2004
CTE is the best school in the area. However the principal, is the worst. His lack of leadership is terrible. It is only because we have professional, honorable, educators that CTE continues to be 'the best in the west'.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2004
I believe the keys to CTE's success are the parents! Parents really get involved at CTE! The teachers are under intense pressure to keep the numbers & reviews high. They rush through the subjects at an abnormal speed & our poor kids are left to sink or swim! It's the parents who really care about the kids because it's the parents who take the time to help the kids 'understand' & 'comprehend' the work at home.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2004
I think this is a very good school. It offers many learning environments with most of its teachers fully dedicated to the care and education of our students. My biggest complaint would be the parents. Many have been rude to the staff, they have passed through the 'do not enter' signs even though there have been barriers to prevent this. They can be dangerously impatient when picking up/dropping off their children. While there is no perfect school because people are not perfect, this one tries to meet high standards for its students. I also have not in the 2 yrs we've attended witnessed any discrimination toward race, religion, faith, or disabilities. The bus drivers are very bad too.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2004
I have 2 children that attend Chapel Trail Ele. School. One is now in 4th grade, the other is in 2nd grade. They both are doing absolutely wonderful at this school. Their academic schools have been the best - and I know it is because of the wonderful teachers they have. Not only are the teachers skilled in their profession, but also show very personal emotional feelings toward all the children and it shows in their development. My highest regard to them all!

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2003
We moved to Broward County from Montgomery County Maryland in August of 2003. My daughter attended Chapel Trail for a period of 45 days and I decided to withdrawal her from school after discovering that she was being treated unfairly. My 9 year old daughter was a victim of racial discrimination at the hands of the two guidance counselors at Chapel Trail. I would strongly advise African Americans (especially single parents) to closely monitor the schools staff and ask questions of their children.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2003
After several years in the charter school system, Chapel Trail Elementary is a breath of fresh air. The school is organized and the teachers are tops. My kids love it and so do I.

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Chapel Trail Elementary School
19595 Taft Street, Pembroke Pines, FL  33029
(754) 323-5000
Last modified Chapel Trail Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Chapel Trail Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 59 reviews. Top