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Hawkes Bluff Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 819 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted Saturday, September 13, 2014

Unfortunately I must agree with last 2 comments, it's just the first month and PTA meeting in my opinion was disappointing . There was no feeling of a welcoming open environment to exchange and promote the common goal ( the children). From the president of PTA on down. It was a gross example of how not to be as a parent/adult I am considering placing my child back in private school. The teachers however seem to be competent and well trained.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2014

I agree with the previous comment made by the parent who feels excluded. Extremely clicky crowd of PTA parents who stay within their social circles and never open the door to new friendships. I am constantly the recipient of their dirty looks and glares. Teachers are excellent although they definitely favor the popular crowd and my child is happy here academically, just not socially and neither am I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2014

I am really not happy here. The quality of education is good but as far as feeling welcomed and in a sense of community it is a poor experience. The assistant principal is rude and she is the gate keeper - never allows you to talk to the principal. The PTA is hard to be a part of it if you are a working parent. Most events after school get done by 6PM - I don't even get home till 5.45! I paid my dues but cannot really participate! There is a select group of parents and teachers who are in constant contact and they are the "in circle" very much like high school. Those parents' kids are the ones who are in the know and benefit the most. It is definitely not "equal opportunity". It used to be better when my older child went to school here but this year (2013-14) has been a poor experience. Fortunately we only have one more year to go! I hope this year will be better but I don't have much hope...will will try to survive and make the best of the situation! I can't believe I am saying this but Silver Trail Middle School for my older daughter has been a much more happy and rewarding experience!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2013

We love Hawkes Bluff. We've been there for 2 years. The teachers are mature, caring and very involved. There's a very active PTA with plenty of opportunities for both working and non working parents to participate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2013

We love Hawkes Bluff. We've been there for 4 years. The teachers are mature, caring and very involved. There's a very active PTA with plenty of opportunities for both working and non working parents to participate. The administrators are very present. Most days you can find the principal at the front gate greeting students and parents. What really sold me on this school is the support I received when from the administration when I did have a problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2012

One of the reasons we moved to this area was so that my 1st grade daughter could attend this school. She has excelled here and is becoming more responsible and confident in her abilities every day. The learning environment is challenging, supportive,and rewarding. She loves her teacher and classmates and feels like part of a family here. The staff are welcoming, caring and professional. This school is very organized and friendly. As a parent there is no better feeling then seeing your child happy to go to school , look forward to learning and grow up to be a responsible citizen. Thank you for all of the positive influences HBE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2012

Hawkes Bluff Elementary is the best school around! The teachers are phenomenal and the two administrators are exceptional leaders!! We moved just so that our kids could attend this school. From the moment you walk in, everyone is so accommodating. The principal and assistant principal know every child's name (or so it seems) and are available always to talk with parents and answer any questions. The office staff is unbelievably friendly. No wonder this school is so successful! If only the could allow it to go through middle school! Keep up the great work HBE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

Overall, this is an excellent school. Most of the teachers are outstanding, and really care about your child. The ESE staff is the best! And there is a great PTA with a lot of parental involvement. The weakest link are the administrators who are not approachable nor helpful if you have any concerns. The curriculum is taught so it is challenging to the student based on his/her ability but they have had to cut some specials like art due to budget constraints.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2011

A most excellent school despite weak administrative leadership. The teachers seem dedicated to providing a quality education to all the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2011

You will not find a better school. My sister- in-law works at an expensive private school and my child is progressing at a much higher rate than her students. The staff is professional across the board. If you live here and do not send your kids, you are throwing your money away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2011

So far really great teachers. Kindergarten teacher was really caring but was on top of the kids learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2010

Amazing staff ! The administration and teachers at this school are wonderful and caring individuals who care deeply about the kids! All 3 of my children are (or were) in Hawkes Bluff and love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2010

The teachers and adminstrators are AMAZING. They love our kids and we love them!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2010

Because we have the Best long term Teachers and parent Involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

Because they have the best education! The teachers all have the patient to sit down with you and your child and explain any problems there is. My two daughters attend this school and coming from New York City I am very proud to have moved here and picked this school for them. They have learned so much! Thank you Hawkes Bluff Elementary School and Teachers!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

Excellent teachers,very friendly and family oriented school. Kids love their school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

The education is great... From staff members , teachers etc. take the time care for each student and you can forget the PTA who make wonderful things happen for all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

Couldn't ask for more! My son gets up everday happy to go to school! I wish there was more money in the budget so that we could keep our specials but the school is doing a tremendous job with what they have!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

Hawkes Blufff Elementary has provided a great education for both my children. They seem to really put an effort in the childrens future and success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

This school has an excellent ESE program and a very dedicated, friendly and caring staff. They also have the most outstanding PTA I have ever seen.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
93%
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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
68%
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.

141 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
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 51%
Hispanic 35%
Black 6%
Asian 5%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 50%53%61%
Master's degree 48%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Southwest Ranches, FL 33331
Phone: (754) 323-6100

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