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Royal Palm Beach Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 633 students

 

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2011:
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Posted April 22, 2014

I am from the Northern part of the country, so needless to say the education is much different than down here in FL. I was very nervous moving here knowing how the schools were. Fortunately, I placed my daughter in school at RPBE and I (as well as my daughter) LOVE this school! She is now in 3rd grade and no complaints yet. Cant say enough about the teachers and Principal Watson and Gaugler are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

I came from nyc dump school system and I did not want that for my daughter. I thank God that we found RPBES and my daughter is doing great. She has won honor roll three times and she is on her way to a good charter school at palms west. Thanks to every staff at the school and may God bless you all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

I thought this school was fantastic while my daughters were going there, but now after moving out of state, I can see that this school is beyond phenomenal. Although the schools my daughters are now attending are rated 9 and 10 (RPBES is a 7), they are nowhere near as excellent at RPBES. The principal and AP, Mrs Watson and Mrs Gaugler have done such an amazing job in ensuring high standards and a warm and caring atmosphere, professionalism among teachers and staff, and respect and kind behavior among the students. They also go above and beyond to encourage and support parent involvement, and reach out to the parents of all language backgrounds with their Parent Resource Center. All the families of RPBES are truly fortunate to have such an incredible school. I wish all the schools could follow this fine model.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2013

This school has amazing teachers and administration. I have 2 children who attend that love everything about it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2013

This school is amazing! Everyone is so wonderful and caring. The teachers genuinely care about your child's overall well-being, personally and academically. The administration is so supportive and involved. Everyone at RPBE makes it so much fun to come to school. The atmosphere is so positive, the environment is so appealing and we couldn't have asked for a better school for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2012

This is a fantastic school. The teachers are caring and provide a great education for our kids, and the staff and support are fantastic!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2012

I'm suprised at the positive rating. I'm not impressed with this school. The school is new, nice, everyone smiles but behind the scenes it is much different. Maybe this is more of a critique of our school system at large but there are issues. First, teaching and decisions appear to be driven by the FCAT tests and the desire to maintain the "A" status. It appears that each grade must now perform at a grade level above their actual age/grade. If your kid learns quick, you had them reading/writing going into school, they get A's and you view school as a race/competetion all will be well for you. If you or your child does not fit in the aforementioned mold/box then prepare for frustration. Your kid will be left behind. They'll put in supports to aide them but they'll get moved along w/o a solid foundation. But do not worry, they'll just end up failing the FCAT and be held back in third grade which is a much better solution to making sure kids learn correct and build on that foundation from day one (yes, sarcasm folks). The biggest part of being frustrated is getting lip service recognizing all these issues but providing no real solutions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2011

This school is phenomenal thanks to the great foundation of the principal Mrs Watson, and the assistant principal Mrs Gaugler. They create a great atmosphere for teachers, students, and parents. We have been here for 4 years and love it more each year. Every teacher my girls have had has been so professional, hard working, caring and creative. My girls love school and love learning due in large part to their wonderful experience here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

excellent education, clean, nice teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

I am very happy with Royal Palm Beach Elementary. I feel that the teachers are extremely qualified and very caring. The school is absolutely beautiful with murals around every hallway. Classrooms have state of the art technology and computers to help the children learn. Many of the teachers have received money from grants they have written and have used the money in their classrooms to help the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2009

I love this school, the teachers are wonderful!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2009

RPBE is an excellent school with excellent teachers that goand do things above and beyond there expectation my son that have ADD and my doughter attend this school. I will be praying for all teacher staff at RPBE my son and doughter would like to say thanks to all there Teacher have a good school year for thoughout the rest of 2009....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2009

RPBE is an excellent school with excellent teachers. My daughter attended this school from Kindergarten to 5th Grade. The teachers are all very nice and mostly all of them do an excellent job with the children. They all work together to make sure they are improving year after year. The principal Mrs. Watson is wonderful. She is always open to suggestions and welcomes your concerns. For a public school, this one is A+.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2008

My son Logan started at RPBE in January of 2007. We came from a Private School in Broward. From day one the experience has far surpassed my expectations. Mrs. Watson is a wonderful leader and educator. She is very involved with the students and you never feel brushed off when coming to speak with her. She has an attentive ear at all times. Angela in the front and Nurse MaryBeth are angels from above in my eyes. Mrs. Gwynne was his teacher this past year for 2nd grade. If I had to write down all the wonderful things about her my list would be never ending..... She is what a teacher 'should be' and others should aspire to be more like her! My son is truly receiving a top notch education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

We would be spending over five thousand dollars this year on tuition. It was a miracle that we looked into our local public school for our daughter. We could not be more proud of RPB Elem. Our school has the greatest principal with the greatest team working with her. It is so clean. The children love the learning atmosphere. We apprreciate all of their dedication. Perfect school for families who want the most.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2007

This community school offers a great education. The staff of this school go above and beyond to make learning fun and interesting, at the same time challenging and rewarding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2007

RPB elementary has been a great experience for my son. After moving from Massachusetts, I have been very impressed with the quality of the teachers and the school staff. I feel that my son has been right where he should be with the studies and it is very comparable to what we had up north. The teacher pushes my son to work his best. The only concern I have about the school is the traffic during drop-of and pick up times. It is very disorganized and needs much improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2006

My personal experience with Public Schools has been bleak, to say the least. My son Adam has Aspberger's syndrome (a form of autism) It causes Obsessive Compulsiveness. He is on medication for this. I cannot give enough praise to the teacher's and staff at Royal Palm Elementary! They truly care for the students. They give 110% + for all. They treat Adam as a boy, not as the kid with Aspbergers. When they say that Royal Palm Elementary is an 'A' school, it's no joke. Actually it's an A+. Over and beyond the norm. Truly--The only thing that is lacking--in all public schools--Is, Physical Education. Letter's need to be written by all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

This was my first experience with public schools in Florida since we relocated from the Northeast. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the Staff , the curriculum and the school itself. My child was in Kindergarten and I was thrilled to see that she was exposed to Fine arts as well as her regular studies. Some of the assignments given to her were not at all what I thought they would do in Kindergarten. They were not easy and I'm glad that she had a chance to really push herself besides just learning the alphabet and coloring. The PTO at this school is great-always coming up with fun , family-oriented activities. The aftercare program was wonderful as well. They kept her busy with lots of fun activities. The staff at this school is superb. They were all very helpful, friendly and caring. I felt secure leaving my child under their supervision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2006

All of the teachers we have come in contact with (two kids in all grades) have been very attentive and encouraging, with good control of the classroom and fostered a very good interest in learning.
—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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
55%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
96%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%
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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
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

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 36%
Hispanic 28%
Black 25%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 4%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 78%73%61%
Master's degree 22%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MRS. SUZANNE WATSON
Fax number
  • (561) 633-4450

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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11911 Okeechobee Boulevard
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411
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Phone: (561) 633-4400

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