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Chapel Trail Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 759 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 18, 2005

This is the greatest school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 2, 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


Posted June 2, 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


Posted March 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 4, 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


Posted February 3, 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


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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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%
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.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%
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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 51% 29%
White 29% 42%
Black 12% 23%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 67%53%61%
Master's degree 31%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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