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Tropical Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 952 students

 

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Posted June 17, 2014

I love this school it is awesome. I came I here from another school and the students and staff here are so supportive now I am in my 2nd year and the years have passed by so quickly between the tropical trek and ar partys.i also love the pta because they go above and beyond. When I have trouble I some subjects the teachers are always by my side. We also have an awesome principal who is top knotch. We do this tradition for the 5th grader where we go out in the hallway and clap for them and the outstanding job they do. I hope you consider tropical as your child's school, I garentee they will love it.


Posted October 12, 2013

My son is a second grader currently attending Tropical Elementary, and my daughter, now in middle school, also attended Tropical from k-5 grade. Thanks to a great group of teachers, the administrative staff, a very involved PTA, the great Dr. K the assistant principal and an exceptional devoted principal Mr. Andrew, our experience has been nothing but a positive wonderful one. Both of our kids love Tropical, and the parents involvement is overwhelming. Thanks to a great PTA, the school always holds a nurturing, healthy family environment and fun events. I would not hesitate to enroll a child at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2013

I have two kids in this school, K and 5th grade. It is a wonderful school. The office staff is friendly. The principal and assistant principal are very hands on and seem to genuinely care about the welfare of the students. There are a million fund raisers which is the only reason it wasn't give 5 stars. Personally it's hard to keep up with so many but all of them are to better the school and they have top notch equipment. The PTA is very hands on and have awesome activities for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2012

Absolutely love this school!!!! Great principal, teachers, and parent involvement! My son is in 4th grade, and has been attending Tropical since Kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2012

I love Tropical Elementary school, great teachers , great people, great kids I have nothing to complaint about ..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2012

this is a great school.my sons hearing impaired and he feels comfortable in this school because there are also other students just like him in this school.the teachers are great the school is safe and well maintained.the staff are always more than helpful. this is my sons first yr in this school coming from another state and he loves it.i have great communication with the teachers and i can reacj out to them at any time and they will get back to me as soon as possible.i would recommend this school to anyone.love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2011

our daughter loves this school because when we arrived from Italy, she didn't speak english and she was sad for this reason,we found in this school wonderful teachers and they helped our daughter to get ahead specially Mrs. Smith and Mrs.Millet ..We are grateful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

Tropical Elementary is part of a community whose parents and staff are concerned, involved and who continually volunteer and support the school! The dedication of teachers, administration and the PTA has deep roots in the community. Tropical Elementary benefits in countless ways from the volunteerism spirit, knowledge and experience of the administration. The school is run efficiently in a large part due to Principle Anderson s leadership. As I parent, I so appreciate the effort in every decision that is based on Tropical Elementary mission to provide all its children with a successful educational experience. On any given day, parent volunteers and staff can be found throughout the school giving assistance to our students and teachers in the classrooms. In addition, their efforts, hours of service, and support have provided educational student events, fun-filled family activities, and the purchase of much needed equipment and resources for our students. In these challenging financial times, there are not enough words to express my sincere appreciation to each and every volunteer and community resident who support our district and work tirelessly for our children. I thank all of Tropical Elementary staff, volunteers and especially the teachers and Principal Anderson, for making a difference everyday in the lives of all of our children and by doing so, invest in the success of our school district as well as the future of our community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

Tropical Elementary School is like a large family. Everyone cares and takes care of each other. It is located in a neighborhood where many of the parents of current students grew up....including the Principal, Mr. Erik Anderson. Mr. Anderson grew up down the street and had the pleasure of hiring his former teacher to become his Assistant Principal many years later. Most families who grew up in Plantation choose to send their children there for the quality of education, the hometown atmosphere and the location. The PTA is strong and so is teacher involvement. Everyone from teachers to cafeteria workers to the front office secretaries is always willing to go the extra mile to help out a child and make them achieve their personal best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

Tropical has a great Principal that cares about his staff and students. The PTA is unbelievable and really cares for the school. The volunterring from the parents is priceless. We are an A rated school for the fact that the parents and staff work together to give our children the best enviroment for learning and stability in their surroundings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

We love Tropical Elementary because of the teachers. They are the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2009

When we moved to florida for med school i was worried about the school system there. We have loved tropical. My son has excelled in school, loved his teachers and had a great experience. A great place to send your child to school in south florida! great parent involvement!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

I have an excellent feeling when talking with teachers and staff at this school. I feel my son is in a sound, safe learning environment and is being challenged mentally.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

Very high standards for discipline, performance of students and teachers;very clean environment. Came from a small private school and still impressed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2007

This school is great. Here you will find a highly skilled and experienced team that really cares about the children they teach. In this school teachers hug a kid they once had in their class with a loving smile and shed tears when it's time to say goodbye at the end of the school year. What more can you ask for. A rare gem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2007

I attended Tropical as a student way back when. The school was excellent then and now today my two daughters have completed their elementary experience through Tropical. And what a wonderful experience it has been. This school excels far and beyond expectations. The caring attitude of the teachers helped my daughter get on track and be successful middle and high school students. My daughter loved her 5th grade team of teachers Ms. Fritz, Mr Garcimonde and Ms. Shapiro....The Best We will miss you Tropical.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2007

I am Taylor, i went to Tropical and it was the best school ever, my favorite teacher was Mrs. Giganti i had her in 2nd grade now I am in 10th and it just blows me away how fast that went by.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 5, 2007

I am really impressed. There is so much heart in this school. The principal, staff, and teachers seem to be in sync. They are a real team with the best in mind for the students. It really surpassed my expectations. You almost get the sense that they would do their jobs without pay because they seem to really want to be there. It feels like a 'small town' school in a large county. Class size seems good, too. Most parents when asked say they love it! Now I see why. Overall, a very dedicated group of educators who go beyond the classroom to give the kids a wonderful learning experience. Thanks, Tropical!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2006

My son had a great experience at Tropical. His teachers were caring and strong writing skills were taught. Excellent gifted teacher and program. I would recommend it highly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2006

I have 3 children currently attending Tropical Elementary. I have been very impressed with the level of teacher involvement. The teachers have managed to exceed my expectations in just about every way.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 2014.

179 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

179 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
60%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 63% in 2014.

181 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

180 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

179 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
88%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 56% in 2014.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
92%
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
White 41%
Hispanic 33%
Black 17%
Asian 5%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 132%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 210%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 67%53%61%
Master's degree 32%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 10%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MR. ERIK ANDERSON
Fax number
  • (754) 323-7790
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1500 Southwest 66th Avenue
Plantation, FL 33317
Phone: (754) 323-7750

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