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Norcrest Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 819 students

 

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Posted January 26, 2014

You must stay on top of the IEP Directors. Learn your rights and insist them. Have a disability representative sit in on the meetings, they have lots of input. They help the director get what is needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

This is a GREAT school. We are in our second year at Norcrest. I have nothing but positive things to say about this school. My child is excelling here. I can not figure out for the life of me why this school is rated a "4". Shame on you greatschools.com. Norcrest is BY FAR the BEST public elementary in the area. Do a little more research.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

First year at Norcrest and first week of school from what I have seen its a great school. Everything seems so controlled and safety seems to the #1priority!! So glad we made the switch from a private school. So far so good...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2013

I absolutely love Norcrest & so does my daughter, who is in first grade there. She attended Wilton Manors Elementary for Kindergarten. Her reading has improved 100% as well as her math & science. She is much more well behaved since she actually likes her school & her teacher is outstanding. The parent involvement in this school, compared to others, is outstanding. I have nothing but great things to say about Norcrest!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2012

This school is OK. The new principal Mr. LeFevre isnt so great. I think he is just taking it easy until he retires. The school is better than most the ones in the pompano area but kids are always coming and going. I dont thk the staff really cares about their job, I know it depends on the teacher but I think they are few in between in this school. I think the lighthouse point moms like to think that this school is so great because they dont have a choice but really its not so great
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

I am very happy with NORCREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. My daughter attended this school from Kindergarten and this is her last year; she will begin 5th Grade in a few days. The principal is wonderful. The teachers are all very nice and mostly all of them do an excellent job with the children, they are extremely qualified and very caring. They all work together to make sure they are improving year after year. After all the remodeling this school is absolutely beautiful and the classrooms have state of the art technology and computers to help the children learn. We will miss Norcrest Elementary when our daughter graduates, therefore we wish to thank the staff and all the teachers for a great job done.. Sincerely, Ms. Santoni
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2012

Norcrest is such a great school! The teachers are always friendly and helpful. The students are great there. The building is clean and nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

I am a parent of 3 Norcrest children and am looking forward to a new school year (2 weeks from now). The Principle and office staff are wonderful! The teachers are outstanding (ms. Martin, ms. Dorbin, and ms. Delfaveroe are A+ all the way)! If you can get your child into Norcrest, I highly recomend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

great teachers...great atmosphere.great after care teachers take a lot of time with the students and have compassion for what they do as teachers.. staff is also very supportive
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2010

My son is in Kindergarten, but this is his 3rd year at Norcrest. He started in the PLACE Program for a delay in speech. The program exceeded my expectations. He was then placed into the Intergrated Pre-K class and again wonderful results. He is now in a regular class and I am happy with his academic achievements. Their after-care program is wonderful and so far his teachers have had an open communication policy with me when ever I had concerns. About my son and I worked well with them. The school has a great 'No Bullying Policy' and is a Drug-Free school. I am never worried about my child leaving the school grounds without authorization and feel comfortable that he is safe until he is picked up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2008

I like many of these reviews, had my children in a private school. I felt that they were falling behind how ever I was helpless living in an area that do to 'zoning' laws which put us in a horrible public school. Private school was our only answer at the time. Since then we just happened to move into the Norcrest school area. I was delighted with what I found. My Kindergartner and second grader are both coming along well now. They both struggled at first due to the habits they were thought in a non-public school. My second grader is in need of E.S.E's and got the attention and testing in one year that I asked for and did not receive in the private school for two years. Thank you Norcrest and keep up the good work! On a very resent note... Thank you to Mrs. Ray, staff and facility for always safely releasing our children to us in a weather event. It is a little bit of a wait however what price can you put on bringing your child home safely?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2007

Awesome! Tried private school and was not impressed. I am very happy with the quality of my child's enviroment there. He is happy and that is most important.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2007

Wonderful school and great teachers! Norcrest has adopted a uniform look dress code starting in August 2007. Also, they are renovating. Norcrest is the best! Go Tigers!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2007

My children all attended a local private school. I had heard excellent things about Norcrest and was not happy with the private school so I gave it a try. It was the best thing I had ever done for my children. Academically, my children have excelled after having to be tutored from not learning what they needed to learn at the private school. They have had excellent teachers who really cared about how well they were doing and worked with them really hard for the FCAT. Through the extra help, my children scored very high on the fcat which has gotten them into excellent middle school programs and then on to excellent high school programs. Norcrest is the best start you can give to your children. Excellent teachers, excellent safe environment, excellent family involvement! The best thing is an excellent education at no cost!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2006

My two children having been attending this school for a quite a few years. They have both done extremely well. The faculty take the time to really make sure the student understands what is being taught. It's small and everybody knows everybody, it's a very tight family. I would recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2006

This is a very good school and it has very nice rounds
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2006

This is a very good school. I am happy with the curriculum in my sons class. One of the schools big concerns is making sure the students are safe and accounted for at all times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2006

Academics is priority at norcrest, teacher team is motivated and well prepared, parent involvement is high. It needs a little push on the extracurricular activities and the gifted program. I've heard that esol program is good. Some teachesr are plain outstanding (ms. Park, ms. Narcise) most of them are very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2005

A good place to start for children, a nice pace of academic work, and a great amount of extra curriculars. Parent involvement could be higher but it is a good environment to start in without a doubt.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2004

I think the school is great. Never heard anything bad and the teachers and principals are right on top of the students. That makes me more confident knowing that my child is in the best care. I let everyone know how great you people really are. Keep up the good work im happy very much happy.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
58%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
77%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
42%
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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
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 "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 40%
Black 29%
Hispanic 28%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 53%53%61%
Master's degree 41%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%1%
Other degree 4%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. MARVIS WARD
Fax number
  • (754) 322-7290

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Library
  • Playground
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School leaders, update and verify information here.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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3951 Northeast 16th Avenue
Pompano Beach, FL 33064
Phone: (754) 322-7250

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