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Challenger Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 946 students

 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted March 1, 2005

I believe that the academic programs are good, but that class size is an issue in regards to what the teacher can get across to the students, when they have 2 classrooms in 1 room. Even though there are 2 teachers, I don't think it is a good idea. I know that extracurricular activities usually get cut from the budget, but this school rotates so that the child is able to participate in each one about every 4 to 6 weeks. Parent involvement is good, but at times there seems to be favoritism to students whose parents are in the PTA. I think that someone needs to be at the cross walks to ensure safety of the children. Even though there is a crossing guard, parents dropping off children do not pay attention, and there have been close calls of children getting hit in the cross walks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2005

Great School! Teachers are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2004

My son started school there in october of last year, since then he's been doing better than his last school.There are some concerns I would like to issue, in the morning there are hardly any police officers, I see parents entering through the exits, dropping students off in traffic, there are no using cellular phones in the car pool lane, I think signs should be posted for people to see, overall great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

the teachers at this school are very exceptional, so is the entire staffing body...thank for all the help that was given to my boys
—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.

160 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

160 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
72%
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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

148 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

147 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
89%
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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
51%
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.

159 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
100%

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
Black 44%
Hispanic 29%
White 21%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 46%53%61%
Master's degree 52%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. MARIA BACH
Fax number
  • (754) 322-5790

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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5703 Northwest 94th Avenue
Tamarac, FL 33321
Phone: (754) 322-5750

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