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Challenger Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 906 students

 

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Posted April 17, 2014

Mrs. Doolittle is an amazing kindergarten teacher. She is well educated, loves her job and always communicates with her students and their parents. On the other hand, the after school program needs improvements. The program needs additional activities which will help keep the students interested and busy throughout the afternoon. As any public school, some of the students need more discipline than others, but other than that I will recommend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Best school ever, great staff. My son really love this school and so do i.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2013

I used to go to this school last year and it was amazing! This school is great for your kids!


Posted August 22, 2013

I have a son that just started 4th grade and a daughter that just started 1st grade. They both love the school as do I. Their speech program is amazing. All the teachers are awesome. This is one if the best schools around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

im now in 7th but while a child i went to this school, im serious when i say this school is amazing. The principle does not put up with no drama, and bullying is unexcitble, if it does take place they will take care off it. They have an aftercare for all the parents that work the later days and it is fun for the children. There are games and very intresting, amusing activites instored for them. They keep cops on duty all day, and have very safe system. There restrooms and catfrics are very clean. Everyday the principle greets you wormly and tells you to have a great day. The parents can get very involved by th PTA and the activies as staff. Its a very happy and joyful school, and is also an "A" school! They treat the kids to huge field trips and they ebjoy them. Though when it is time to work, it is time to work! They prepar you for thr FCAT and work you hard! Giving you homework nonstop, but you know what it pays off. Cause that is why it is an "A" school. At a time when i waz in 4th grade there, there where so many students, over 400, and if i could remember some of them has to leave because there where to many. Trust me you will enjoy this school. I recomend it to the highest


Posted February 6, 2011

I had my daughter reassigned to this school last year and we are extremely pleased. Principal Maria Bach is "Hands on" and greets all students at the front door warmly. This school is bright, clean, happy and unlike many other Broward schools.....they still have music and art! They also have math night, halloween night and so many other parties that gets the parents involved....and this school has involved parents which sometimes is hard to find. There is very little turnover with teachers there so that tells you that they are happy working there. Many if not most have been there since the school opened. I recommend this school very highly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2011

I'm a 5th grader at Challenger Elementary! I'v been going there since kindergarten. I have always LOVED the school! They have great cafeteria food and sanitary restrooms avaliable as needed! Most of the teachers are VERY SUPPORTIVE! They help improve skills so you pass to the next grade! Bullying is unacceptable there and if there is bullying happening to you or someone else, you can talk the school officer on or the principal and the vice principal, or even responsiable adult! The officers ,teachers, and the principals want you to reach our goasl! They also treat you with respect and kindness! They also encourage you to read more! They also have after school tutoring to improve your skills! They have specials and clubs such as math club, cheerleding, student government, singing stars, recorder club and more! I recommend this school to those ready for great supportive teachers & staff, lots of kindness, respect and a lot more!


Posted September 16, 2009

My son received an excellent education there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2009

Try Malachy in Tamarac. We moved our child there and he excelled tremendously. No FCATs! They have so much more time with each child and every class is very small. Lots more benefits at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2008

My children absolutely love Challenger Elementary School. The teachers & staff are wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2008

This is the best school ever. Every time my son comes home he tells me nothing but good things about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2007

Challenger's leadership should focus more on listening to parents concerns before making a decision on what they believe/think the issue is. My child was advanced academically however, was not challenged and became very bored. A lot of the curriculum for his grade level he had completed previously. Instead of focusing on addressing my concerns, I felt ignored. This school did not provide the educational experience my child deserved. I decided to move my child to another school that was better equipped to handle students in similar situations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2007

Challanger-needs to look a kids that have problems and listen to the parent of childern and help the parent find out what's wrong with the child instead of telling them he will out grow it. Instead of going to the next step the push these kids to the side. They need to take care of our child better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2007

My daughter is finishing up the 5th grade this year. She was a transfer student from Weston and was really behind academically, it is an advanced school. It was a great experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2006

This is our son's first year attending the school. I thought the music, art, & sports(P.E.) would be more in the planned agenda. It works as a 9 weeks 'special' not as a set day is 45min of music a set day of P.E. etc....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

Challenger elementary is a great school. I am glad to have my daughter attend this school. Safety is the # 1 priority and education is the second. Everytime I visit the school I always see the presence of a school official near by, to monitor school surroundings and activity betweenthe adults and kids. They send out monthly newsletters keeping you up to date as to the different activities and accomplishments the school has made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

The school is good but It seems that it is so concerned with being a 'A' school it forgets the child as a person.It has a element of coldness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2005

Children who need intervention while in 1st grade - should receive it without the parent asking all the time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2005

The educational programs for reading and math are not consistent. For example, both of my daughters attend Challenger. My older child became part of a pilot math program. She participated at Grade 2 and 3. By 4th grade the program was dismantled. This left her 'behind' other students comparatively speaking. Example #2 My younger daughter also participated in a vocabulary pilot. In second grade her spelling and vocabulary words were more age appropriate for a 4th or 5th grader. I expected that the program would have continued into 3rd grade. Instead it too was not continued. After school Pick up process (drivers) does not require ID. Teachers are too subjective in their approach. Extracurricual activitis are not geared toward future career development but are more festive and seasonal in nature. Newspaper club does not start until December/January.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2005

Challenger Elementary is an excellent school. They take extra care in providing safety measures for the children. The school overall is very consistent in education, discipline and safety. I have been very happy with the school and I find it to be superior to most public elementary schools.
—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 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
72%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
51%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 42% 23%
Hispanic 28% 29%
White 23% 42%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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 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 NW 94th Ave
Tamarac, FL 33321
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