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Excelsior Charter of Broward

Charter | K-5 | 165 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 8 ratings
2012:
Based on 1 rating
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted August 24, 2013

Admin is horrible to teachers. That's why they quit or get fired. Teachers are overworked and are demoralized. Who wants to work in a school where your obnoxiously micromanaged and given little resources. The school is a joke.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 22, 2013

i give the school 4 stars. They are great and passionate about the students and their learning. The school is alway's very clean, well lit and alway's secure. Parents are kept involved in their childern's progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

Excelsior Charter is a Free Tuition Public School. Our school grade drop from an "A" to a "B". This school year we have set new goals and we have set a new plan of action to become once again an "A" school. In addition, Excelsior Charter partner with HP and we got new Technology for our students, including Tables Computer for our students. Last year it was challenge and although we have been in business for over 7 year this is the first time we got a "B" grade. Thanks to the new Florida's law on teachers evaluation we were able replace some ineffective teachers. Furthermore, this year not only technology is a new plus for our school but the expansion of our library as well as a basket ball court for our students. Stay tune to our facebook page for more updates. We are a save school with high standard for education.


Posted August 18, 2013

Just so you know the grade for this school fell to a 'B' this year, check the state and county website. They are not an 'A' school as they boast. I also recommend that you check the certifications of their 'administrators' and 'teachers'. Last year they had a parent teaching Kindergarten and their so called Administrator slammed the door in my face and also spoke ill of another parent right in front of me. While no school is without its issues, and the school does have some wonderful teachers like Mrs. Reynolds-very strong 3rd grade teacher, it needs a more highly qualified staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2013

A recent on-slot of reviews have come up for this school, but let's tell the truth. While the classes do have technology, not many teachers use them for their purpose, and worse is that the technology is mostly broken. My child rarely got a chance to use a computer by themselves, they always had to share, the air conditioning was always breaking, the roof was constantly leaking, special unannounced 'class pets' would show up (not the kind you buy in stores), and the school hits up its parents for money, tile, paint, sod, and other materials. I already spend money on uniforms for my child, now I have to pay for the floor they walk on; where does the money the state send them go to? I thank them for what they did for my child in the past, but I moved on and I would suggest you do as well. They cannot even write correct sentences on the publications they send home to parents or on their social media pages. I ask you is this the kind of education we really want our children to have? What does it say when the administration cannot formulate a simple sentence?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2013

My children have been going here for 6 years and getting a great education.Some teachers have been let go which could not have happened at a public school. Some have left for promotions but the. Core is there and the learning environment is very strong and caring . Mr Baez always has time for you The school now goes to 7th grade and is a STEM middle school with tablets for textbooks nada strong tech curriculum. Their FCAT scores are an A school while teaching your children the subjects and not just the test.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2013

My 2 daughters are attending to this school, since they were babies. DayCare, VPK, Kindergarden and now they are in 2nd a 3rd grade. Very friendly enviroment as well as people. The School is growing. Very good teachers and their techniques to teach are very good. My daughters are A+ in reading, math; and the most important part is to feel that they want to be at School every morning. Extra activities (karate) a plus. If you ever want to take the kids, to a safe, clean, nice, friendly school, this is the one. Some of our friends took the kids out of this school and went to Renaissance Charter and I can tell you, that they are thinking about bringing the kids back!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2013

I cannot believe that this school still has a charter! My child is in the FCAT grades, and this school has not done anything to help prepare my child. Luckily, I was able to put my child into a public school before the damage was irreversible. The school has allowed its best teachers to walk away, and instead of trying to improve, they make false promises and never follow through! They continually ask parents for money, but never explain where the money is going. If you are thinking of registering at this school, take a parent's advice-don't! I was lucky to get my child out before it was too late.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

The sense of family and community at this school, is what keeps us coming back year after year. The teachers and staff are.ALWAYS willing to go the extra mile for the children and their families..... I love that I can speak to my child's teacher at anytime....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2011

Please save yourself the torment. The staff is sub-par and lacks processes. They are only about raising money, not your childs education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2009

Great school overall!! Parent involvement and teacher communication with parents is paramount and they all live up to that - children are very advanced and ecouraged to read daily and be consistent with their school work and performance..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2009

I really like the ciriculum, and the fact that your child is not lost in the shuffle as in the larger schools. Everyone knows your child from the secretary to the principle. The staff are very helpful and informative
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2008

I love this school and the staff. This a charter school which means it's open to anyone in Broward but since it's charter it has small class sizes and extreme one on one contact with each student and parent. With cameras in each classroom for parents to check in on their child's day, a pool in the playground area, a new library being built for 2008, laptops for the classrooms, front door always locked, must be buzzed in, new out door coverd cafeteria, karate classes, Spanish classes and theater classes (coming soon) all for elemenatry school children. My daughter went to VPK at American Eagle which is located in the same building and run by the same director. My 2 year old son will definitly being following in his 5 year old sister's footsteps. We play and live in Tamarac and this school is our foundation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

I am very happy with the school and there curriculum. There is only two first grade classes and you get to speak with the teachers and other parents each day.
—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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
78%
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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
46%
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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
n/a
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".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2010-2011.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

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
Hispanic 39% 29%
Black 32% 23%
White 18% 42%
Asian 7% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races N/A 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 33%53%61%
Master's degree 67%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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10046 W McNab Rd
Tamarac, FL 33321
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