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Tropical Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 952 students

 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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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


Posted January 17, 2006

Tropical Elementary is and has always been a great school. I, as a parent today, attended there many years ago and I wanted my daughter to go there as well. The principal is very nice and always pleasant. He knows you by name. The staff are basically on top of their game and have a lot of experience. As far as public schools go, this is one of the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2005

The Fifth Grade Team of Teachers are great. They are firm and caring. They really want the children to succeed. They work together and they really know your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2005

My daughter only attended 5th grade. I wish she would of started kinder in Tropical. They are the best. The teachers are GREAT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2005

My son has been at Tropical from Kindergarten and is now in fifth grade. The quality of the programs at the school are outstanding. I have been impressed with the teachers and their dedication to the students. Parent involvement is high and they offer average music, art and sports (like most grade schools). Overall, the school is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2004

My child and I had the best experience at Tropical Elementary School. We were blessed with an incredible teacher. The administration and staff are all very friendly and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2004

I have had the best experince this year my daugher went to Kindergarden in Ms. Kaplans class It made her love school she loves reading and doing Math. What a great 1st year experince after several year's with my other daugher whom has a handicap and has a hard time w/schools this school was refreshing.. You could not ask for a better principal and staff they are all looking out for our children and the fund raiser where great alway somthing every month to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2004

My son is in kindergarten and is already reading at a second-grade level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2004

I love my teachers Mrs. Brown (k)Mrs.Napale (1)Mrs. Firzsgerld (2) Mrs.Gianinte (3) Mrs. Neteigey Mrs. Davis (4) Mrs Adams Mr. Garcmondey (5)
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 3, 2003

Love this school. Everyone from teachers, office staff, custodians, and volunteers were very nice, helpful and caring.
—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 2013-2014 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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  • Ice hockey
  • Swimming
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1500 Southwest 66th Avenue
Plantation, FL 33317
Phone: (754) 323-7750

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