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Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Students enrolled: 320

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118 Gilmore Road
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

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(850) 622-5050
(850) 622-5059
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July 21, 2014
This school has great parent involvement, some great teachers but very poor administration. Administration actively discourages parental involvement and does not return calls nor address any concerns. There are NO before or after school activities or clubs - not one. No plays, robotics, science fairs, student programs - nothing. There is almost no art or science taught. Communication is poor (just look at the always empty online school calendar) and the front office is unpleasant and unhappy, uninspired by the lack of leadership. It's a shame the elected county school superintendent refuses to address these issues after parents have overwhelmingly voiced their disapproval. She also will not return calls or address issues.

- submitted by a parent

July 31, 2013
We have had children in this school the past 5-6 years and overall have been disappointed with the leadership and the attitude of the teachers. More and more teachers just seem to have a closed door policy to parents, are miserable with their principal and discouraged with their sole purpose of "teaching the test". There has been very little opportunity for our children to be creative and challenged in the classroom. Minimal artwork comes home from the teacher and the only discussion of music was surrounding the Christmas concert. The building is run down and filled to capacity. Some classrooms are in outdoor trailers with few windows. There is only one ESE teacher working out of what appears to be a closet. The only positive aspect to this school is the strong PTA and parent volunteers. Their participation and efforts have really stepped up and rallied the troops to make a better learning environment for the kids.

- submitted by a parent

June 29, 2013
Don't send your children here they won't like it!! It was fine at first but the the staff got meaner and the office staff hate on certain children and the way they teach is wrong. I would much rather my kid go to a different school. Like another one of the reviews said the pronclibles both don't really care. It is sad just sad.thogh I do like the janitors and other teachers but some are a disappointment

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2012
Great School! Great Teachers! I have been very happy with my daughter s advancement in the subject matter she has been learning. Everyone is very nice and inviting.

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November 20, 2011
The appeal of the tranquil little school house nestled back in an established community is what my family fell for when moving to the area. The first two years a Bay were great for my children and me. I always felt welcomed and felt great about leaving my children each day. Sadly, the teachers that gave me this welcoming and safe feeling are no longer at Bay. New administration is the cause of almost 50% of the teaching staff to no longer be at Bay. This caused us to move our children to another school. The picturesque little school house still exists, but the building is not what makes a great school, great leadership and great teachers do...Bay does still have some great teachers, but the leadership is questionable. We are now at Butler another local public school. The administration at this school makes me happy and the teachers make my kids.

- submitted by a parent

August 23, 2011
I think that over the past two years at Bay, we have had alot of growing pains. I think there are several different parties involved that have made it more of a drama filled transition than smooth. I think all schools at some point go through this, but, we have a small little school and when things happen, everyone talks about it. At the End of the Day- My children are happy, they love their school. They don't know about all the others things going on and we have had great teachers , that Work very hard. The past is just that- the Past. To all of the parents that have moved on from Bay, you did what you felt was best for your children, I wish you all the Best! The comments made are more hurtful to our teachers as we try to move forward. We have chosen to stand by "Our little School" where everyone knows you and your children by their first name .That personal interest means alot to my children. We have a great school and we are really trying to keep it that way.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2011
that was not my experience with this school. I think maybe a review should be done on the school. how could anyone say that a parent who looks after what is best their for child is spoiled and wants to be involved with their kids education. something seems wrong with that.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2011
Great School. The best. The teachers and leadership are fabulous. Thank goodness some of the spoiled parents have left, maybe the school can spend more time on creating an even better school instead of listening to all the drama from these parents. Bay Elementary School gets better everyday.

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2011
When we moved here in 2007 Bay Elementry was one of the reasons we felt safe moving to a rural area. This school had an incredible amount of parental involvement and great leadership. Unfortunaley this seemd to threaten the powers that be at the school ditrict, so they set out to change the dynamic of the school. In two years we have been through two principles both puppets for the district emphising scores scores ond scores without any concern for the well being of the child as whole. The firing of the brightest teachers this past Spring was the final straw for us. We with many other parents of some of the brightest children at the school have choosen to leave. This is a very very sad thing and one of the toughest decisions we have had to make. We are fotunalte enough to be able to pay for a private school, my concern is for the families and children that can't. In my opinio this is another expamle of a failed goverment institution.

- submitted by a parent

July 08, 2011
This school appears to care about your child, but only cares about themselves & their score. the staff is afraid to speak up against the district. or possibly they don't care either. Don't be surprised when your child is thrown to the wolves & don't think they want your mentally challenged child either. Bay Elementary only wants the rich & students who excel! I will tell you that they put on a good face, while they are manipulating the system & fooling you!

- submitted by a parent

November 01, 2010
This school is amazing. I feel the education and the "whole" school experience would be very hard to beat!

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September 23, 2010
This school has some leadership issues. The accedemic programs are weak. There is one gifted teacher assigned to 3 schools.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2009
I love this school! It is small but filled with personality. Everyone knows who you are and who your child is. They are not just another kid.

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2007
Wonderful School! This school is great, teachers are wonderful. This was the first school in the area and dates to the 1920's, it has been renovated and new wings added and just re-opened as an elementary school. You could not find a more perfect setting and school. Highly recommended

- submitted by a parent

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Bay Elementary School
118 Gilmore Road, Santa Rosa Beach, FL  32459
(850) 622-5050
Last modified Bay Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-4. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bay Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top