Remember this is a C rated school. If you want your children to know a lot about the holocaust and some Hebrew, yet do not care about the rest of their education; this school may be a good fit for you.
Very Happy with the School. Awseome princepal and Teachers. Sharon from PTO is doing an amazing JOB!!
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.
I am a new parent to the school this year, my son is in 4th grade, and so far, so good. We stumbled into this school after being at a close charter school that got run to the ground by administration. After coming to this school, we found out the school was previously not so great, as a few years ago it was run by the same administrator we were trying to get away from. We asked parents at the Open House what they thought of the school, and they all had great things to say about the school. We like the small size of the school and the fact that it is a middle and high school as well is a big selling point for us. My son loves his teachers and has made new friends and the pick/up drop off is a smooth process. My son has Hebrew everyday, which I thought was strange, but he loves it. He has PE twice a week, and computers once a week. I would like some after school enrichment options, but I have been told that this year, they have these things in the middle/high school.
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.
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.
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.
The highest turn over was in the Hebrew Dept b/c the horrible behavior of the students. Yes, while everyone's intentions are good, the school admin take a very soft and arbitrary approach to discipline. It's very unfortunate, but the FCAT scores reflect this. It's not that there are bad teachers , its the lack of quality discipline from admin that created a real breakdown in teacher morale and student respect. And this has been ongoing. The school is a C once again.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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)
... 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!
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.
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.
Excellent new atitude to the whole school. Love the new principal and all the office staff.
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.
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.
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