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Plantation, FL
Students enrolled: 398
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6511 West Sunrise Boulevard
Plantation, FL 33313

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(954) 587-8348
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March 29, 2015
There a number of problems with this school. I say this as a student who has been at the school for two years now. For two years the staff and administration have done a decent job of handling school matters. They provide enough extracurricular activities even though they run on a tight budget. The school has absolutely no sanitation issues. The issues it does have are as follow: Lack of disciplinary action on bad students Underqualified teachers Teachers teaching subjects they have no expertise on (former PE coaches teaching History) Too many teachers deserting the school (like true frenchmen) Sadly, most of the issues mentioned above are mostly due to a vast majority of under-disciplined kids. The student body doesn't care at all about the school. In fact this year no students volunteered to do yearbook. After a certain teacher left, 3 history teachers were in and out. Most of them either unqualified or just not able to manage a classroom. Again, it is the student's fault for being total d*cks to the teachers. But overall a pretty average school. Not worth $300 though.

- submitted by a community member
November 23, 2014
I am most grateful that all 3 of my children are out of Ben-Gamla, and are now in much much better schools. May you be so fortunate.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2014
The orientation last night was awful! I could barley walk in or breath or hear anything. It was like a bad disorganized flee market. Very disappointed! Is this what the new administration going to be like this year!!!??? Where are the Board of directors in all of this.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2014
Not ok really some things just need to be fixed and some teachers just can't teach they need to check this persons back round they also need to get sport teams for middle school because I was on a team and it was all fake we barely cheered at any games but one and we couldn't even stand up they need to be more serious about extra curricular activities

- submitted by a community member
July 13, 2014
School is a B! We had a great year last year and are looking forward to many more! Ben Gamla is not run by losers for losers! I think his teacher and the principal were great!!! We will do fine without your negativity, as I would not want my son in a classroom with your youngster! Call and schedule a tour, don't let the crazies scare you away. Great small school with a lot of potential to be an A in the near future.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
They have all the bad reviews removed. The school is academically awful, and changes principals every year. Kids are always leaving. Look at test scores - C. A school run by losers for losers.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2014
I am a parent to a middle school student at Ben Gamla. We have been with the school for three years and have seen a change for the better. The new middle/high school assistant principal is working to class up the upstairs. The teachers are dedicated to their students and most the middle school team teaches straight through without a planning period. The teachers know their subject areas and are motivated to effect change. It's a shame that some of the parents can not see how dedicated the staff is and to stop interfering.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2014
I went to this school last year in 7th grade... Like in every other school there are those mean/popular girls, but this school you were either mean, popular, not really put in a group, or bullied. Going to and from school on the bus was horrible not to mention i had to wake up at 5:30 or 6:00 to make the bus and a few times I didn't even make it. The highschoolers were especially mean to certain people on the bus. Overall the lower school I cant say anything for, but definitely didn't like the middle school. I heard they got a new principal but that doesn't change the way the kids are.

- submitted by a community member
March 24, 2014
My daughter has been going to this school for 3 years already, we are very happy, especially with her amazing teacher this year, she is one of those special teachers that really care for her students and their academic success , thank you Mrs. Egan ,we love you...

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2014
Don't let the last review scare you. The office staff, principal and teachers are amazing. The school is very warm and loving to the kids and parents. The reason why the school is rated low is beacons a lot of the kids are from Israel and they don't speak English very well. The principal is working very hard to make this school and A school and she will succeed. She is very dedicated and so is her staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2014
My child attends 2nd grade, Mrs Egan is a very attentive student and assess the children's ability well. She has gone out of her way to provide extra resources to help with extra work. We appreciate all her extra hard work with the children.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
As a previous Dade County School employee and parent, I see a vast difference in the school culture and integration of technology outside of the classroom assignments. At Ben Gamla they are not only dedicate to the academic success of the children but the are as equally concerned about the socials skills of a child which is paramount in preparation for tomorrows leaders. Its more of what school use to be about in the late 70's and early 80's encompassing the old African proverb of "It Takes a Village to Raise a Child".

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
My children have been attending Ben Gamla since it first opened it's doors. Mrs Weisberg has turned the school around since she has been there and it has been wonderful. My sons teacher mrs Egan has been very influential this year for him. She is patient, fun and loving towards him and the class. His reading has improved tremendously since he joined her class. She has increased his confidence and helped mold to be more responsible. I receive almost daily contact from her updating me. He loves his teacher and his school. My daughter has had year after year amazing experiences here. She looped this year with her teacher from last Ms Gayle. This teacher has been a role model to my child and has taught her above and beyond. She is very loving and as the kids describe very "cool". Her class is very well behaved and my daughter has benefited from having Ms Gayle two years in a row .

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
My girls have been at this school for two years now and it is PHENOMENAL the change in the school since Mrs Weissberg took over as Principal. She has re introduced important subjects like drama and physical education. Mrs Egan is the best teacher that I have that we have ever had. Even the expensive private school that my girls attended is not have a teacher who came anywhere close to her. She is energetic, fun and inspires her students to always aim higher. And I love that she not only has my telephone number but she actually calls me whenever she feels the need to! These two educators really don't consider it a job, they have a passion to teach and help our children. We don't pay them enough.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
My daughter has been attending Ben Gamla since Kindergarten and she absolutely loves the environment and teachers and is also learning to speak Hebrew. She is now in 2nd grade and Mrs Egan, albeit new to the schoool, has already won the hearts of the parents as she goes above and beyond for her students. We are grateful for all the extra resources that have become available to help our child excel.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2014
Ever since Mrs. Weissberg took over as the principal, this school has been amazing. This is our 4th year here and I was ready to leave because of the old principal. Then I found out Mrs. Weissberg was coming so I had to give it another year!! She is amazing and really knows what she is doing. Did you know Broward County made a Mrs. Weissberg day?? That's how good she is!!! The only reason we are a 'C' school is because a lot of families move to America from Israel and bring their kids to Ben Gamla so they feel more comfortable. This effects the grade!! Also, being a smaller school, you feel better bringing you ADHD kids here because they get the attention they deserve but that too can effect the grade. AND because our grade is for K-8, we have an extra 100 points added to our average when testing. What I mean is most school get the average to decided the grade with 600 (I don't remember the actual number) so we are cut by 700. Basically guaranteeing it being a lower grade! So basically, I love the Elementary and high recommend it!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
My children have been in Ben gamla since it started 5 years ago. The actual principal is phenomenal. She inherited a school with problems which she has been diligently working to get them fixed. The changes could be seen last year but more so this year. The quality of teachers is amazing. There was a turnover of teachers; However, the new teachers are great and experienced. I highly recommend this school. We drive from far to bring our children to this school even though we have great schools around us.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
My daughter has been there now for three years. I like the school, my daughter does very well there and enjoys it. The school has had some rough times. When we started there it was a different principal, she was not good for the school, very miserable person. I think the new principal, Mrs. Weissburg is doing amazing things for the school. She has been there now two years and I have never had problem meeting to her. Yes, the school has had change in some staff, as some teachers were not teaching. My daughter had one of those teachers last year, and we were very upset. This year already I am in love with her teacher. The communication is very good, and my daughter comes home again with a light in her eyes and a big smile. She loves her new teacher, who was just hired by Mrs. W. My friends and I had coffee this weekend and we talked about our children's new teachers. All of us are happy. My friend with a boy in 3rd grade also has a new teacher, and she too is very happy so far this year. I think the school is doing a great job. I am thankful to have this school in my neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
This is my son's 4th year going to Ben Gamla and I couldn't be happier with the administration and faculty this year. He was placed with a new teacher to the school this year. We were very concerned, especially with FCAT. Mrs. Wolf has been phenomenal with my son. I know it's only the first week of school, but I already see a change in his work ethic and behavior. Mrs. Weissberg did a great job this year, and has a great bunch of teachers working for her. This will be a great year at Ben Gamla.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
I love the school. My son is so happy there. He is learing Hebrow everyday. The Principal is great- the Teachers are great as well as the staff.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
My oldest daughter has been at this school since this started and I've seen a very good change this last year. The best of the school is that we are like a big family where almost everyone know each others and the parents are very committed to the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2013
I am a former teacher at Ben Gamla . I had to resign this year for personal reasons. Mrs. Weissberg is a top notch principal! She is dedicated to surrounding herself with teachers and other staff who genuinely put their whole hearts into their jobs and truly care about the students. She also believes in continuous training and professional development of her teachers so that all students can succeed. The school is very family oriented and has a warm and caring environment with high parent involvement. It is so nice to have parents who are interested and are always looking for ways to help! Ben Gamla has the latest textbooks and technology in the classroom, which are both essential for student learning and engagement. The Hebrew program is excellent as well! It is shaping up to be a great year this year! I highly recommend Ben Gamla!

- submitted by a teacher
August 01, 2013
The school did great last year. All the way from the administration down have done an amazing job. We have been in this school since it started. The progress is noticeable! Do not quite understand how could someone give a bad review with the excellent year they just had! Great school!

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2013
We've been at the school for four now, and absolutely love it. The warm sense of family and safety, combined with caring teachers and top notch academics make me very happy to have chosen Ben Gamla.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2013
This is going to be our 4th year in Ben Gamla. The first few years were OK but this year with the new principal we had a great year, big improvmets from the previous years. Mrs. Weissberg's (the principal) added leadership and invoation, parents are involved, teacher care about their students and what I like the most is the culture. I am extremly happy with the school and the fact that my kids are going to stay from K-12 is just terrific. Thank you tachers and principal for a wonderfull year. (2013)

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2013
... We were grateful to discover Ben Gamla exists. Despite the reviews we found we decided to speak to parents with kids already at the school and were surprised by how warmly and lovingly everyone spoke of it. We enrolled our 5 year old for the school year 2012-13. We now commute 30 minutes just to take him to school (and drive 30 minutes back!) If we weren't ecstatic we would have immediately pulled him out! (Who in their right mind travels 2 hours a day just to take / pick up their son from school if not because they are super thrilled with the school itself?!) The sense of community is overwhelming from the get go. Education is outstanding. I love the fact that Hebrew is taught as a 2nd language every day. Not many Broward Schools teach a second language, any language!, to all kids on a daily basis. The teachers are engaging and it's incredible the pace with which children progress! Also, students actually have fun. Yes, incredibly refreshing to know that, isn't it? :) The whole staff is attentive, patient, helpful. Bottom line, we are extremely proud of the school and are looking forward to continuing to be part of this community for many years to come! Go Ben Gamla!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2012
This school was a big disappointment. My daughter has been miserable here and I fear the academics are frighteningly behind other schools. We will be switching schools next year.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2012
My kids have been there since they first started in Plantation, and this year I can see a BIG difference. They are more focused on getting bigger and more students than they are about the kids and families that are there. If your child has any special needs or is ESE, then Ben Gamla is not for you. They don't have the resources to accommadate like a regular public school does. It isn't a priority to them. This school had a lot of potential but it failed me and my children. I stayed and was patient through all of the confusion and now I am leaving. My kids are so much happier in their new school and so am I.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2011
Excellent new atitude to the whole school. Love the new principal and all the office staff.

- submitted by a community member
September 14, 2010
My children are at Ben Gamla and were there last year. I am very happy with the principal, the entire organization and the way things are being run. The principal made more things happen in the one month before school opened than I saw last year. I am so happy with the professionalism this year. Love all the new specials the children are getting. GREAT IMPROVEMENT. Looking forward to growing with the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2010
Ben Gamla in Plantation was great last year, The teachers and principal were amazing. It had a warm feeling and a great sense of family. This year I need to admit, I am very dissapointed with the school. the new Principal is mean and sesms like she doesnt care about the families. the teachers are unhappy and the disorganization this year is unbelievable. I am considering moving my children to Weston to complete their year.

- submitted by a parent

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Ben Gamla Charter School South Broward
6511 West Sunrise Boulevard, Plantation, FL  33313
(954) 587-8348
Last modified Ben Gamla Charter School South Broward is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ben Gamla Charter School South Broward Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top