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Beachland Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 597 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted May 19, 2014

Beachland is a regular, public school. However, it operates at the level of a magnet or private school. The demographic and test data is so very similar that parents often make judgements and comparisons to the magnet schools. They do not compare Beachland to the other regular public schools in the district. Many changes have occurred at this school in the past year. I am not a person who likes change. I worried for my child. My little one had a difficult start to the year as the curriculum is far more challenging than ever before. However, with the inspiration to work hard and the fine dedication from the teachers, my child has thrived. Earlier in the year, I began researching alternative schools. I found none that offered a truly better education for my child. Sometimes perception can be wrong. My perception that the changes were bad turned out to be unsupported by data. I thank the administration for taking the road less traveled. It was an up-hill journey, and worth every struggle. Great school, great staff, and my child is happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2014

Sometimes change just isn't effective... Unfortunately, the administration is unwilling to recognize her failures. I feel very fortunate to have found an amazing alternative to our zoned school. It is a shame that we, as well as many others (an alarming number as another posted), are leaving this once great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

People are pulling their kids out of Beachland at an alarming rate. What happened to this once amazing school? The leadership is poor at best, and the quality of teachers has definitely fallen off. There are more discipline problem kids there than ever. This is certainly not the great school it once was. I have to believe that the majority of the problems start with the new principal. A real joke compared to the former.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2014

My child has done 4th and 5th grade here this is the school districted to us. My child was accepted into a magnet school after the first week of 4th grade, but she loved her 4th grade teacher so much we kept her there. It is because of that phenominal teach I don't fail this school all together. 5th grade has been horrible! The children have 5 teachers and they don't know what is going on with your child! Bullying is nasty and the principle is lazy! I have called her, she says she's done all she can do and tells me to call the police. The 5th grade teachers are insincere and rude. My child is miserable and now wants to be homeschooled.She has always been an honor role student, has scored advanced placement the past 2 years of testing, now her grades are coming home disappointing. This school's grade was lowered to "B" this past grading. With only a few months left of school I am considering pulling her out before she is damaged beyond repair. Vero has great schools, Beachland is no longer one of them. Osceola, Rosewood, or Vero elementary. If you're stuck with Beachland volunteer as much as possible to protect your child, because no one else at this school will.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2014

May seem like a great school since it is located on the island, but parents beware: there will be bullying, apathy and favoritism here just like at any other public school. Don't let the zip code and grade "A" fool you into believing this is as good as a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

Such a great place to grow!! My oldest daughter attended Beachland from from kindergarten through fith grade and has gone on to do very well in middle school. She loves school and I believe the community environment of Beachland had a lot to do with that! Her sister is now in second grade at Beachland and is also doing great! Teachers are amazing! I'm so thankful my girls have been able to attend here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

this is the best school .....best teacher Ms Oconnor, she is kind and also love what she is doing, My son improved a lot since he is in Beachland.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2013

Please take the time to read FCAT scores. Only 66% of the students are on grade level in Math. Would you want only 66% of the tellers at your bank able to count your money correctly. How is this deserving of an A rating? As intelligent educated parents how is this acceptable. There is alot of room for improvement for this to be a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2013

Beachland is not all that. The teachers are good. The parents are the problem. They try to run the school and most of them no nothing about what a good school is. If these parents want to see the true meaning of a good school the need to educate themselves. Once these students leave Beachland and go to the Highschool which only has a college readiness index of 14%. How does that make this a good school . All of Florida needs to educate themselves on what education is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2013

Beachland is a GREAT SCHOOL!!!! Sought after to the point of parents buying within the school's district to assure their kids qualify to attend. It is often the school of choice after a private island school. 14 years of A grades. Uncommon for a public school. Why? The Teachers are amazing! They truly care and their actions are the proof. There is a great deal of parent participation -- which I believe is HUGE! Most of the parents are very involved with their kids schooling. They volunteer, they go over their homework and correct it with them. They participate in parent teacher conferences. They read to them, etc... The school is not perfect, but it is by far the best public school in Vero Beach. 14 years of A grades WELL EARNED.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2012

Even though I was only here for a short time, I have to say that Beachland Elementary school is a place that I will never forget. Teachers are very kind, caring, and amazing at what they do. The principal leads the school very well and students are welcoming. It is a wonderful setting for elementary school with a reasonable dresscode for public school, a normal amount of homework, and thirty minutes of recess everyday. The school also has a very diverse student body consisting of students with many backgrounds, talents, interests, and strengths. There are many clubs and activities in the school such as the art club, chess club, Spanish club, and "Shark Singers". . Beachland has a good reputation and has been acclaimed an "A" school for a reason. Beachland for sure is the best public elementary school in Indian River County!


Posted October 8, 2009

Beachland was the best school my daughter has gone through. Now she is in 7th grade and still remembers all the fun she had. She and I loved all the teachers and staff. I think this is the best school out there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2009

Beachland continually receives 'A's' year after year! At this school, you don't have just the dedicated parents like those at a magnet school or private school. They have to pay or try to get into their school. We have underpriviledged kids bussed in. It shows our children the real world. But, even with these kids from rough backgrounds, we still score higher than most other surrounding schools, that your child has to be 'accepted' to attend. That means our teachers are stellar. They have to teach, as well as discipline, children from all sorts of backgrounds, not just the priviledged. Go sharks!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

What a great school. Our third grader recently told people she met that she has three of the best teachers in the world at Beachland. She has had Mrs. Jellie, Mrs. Harris and Mrs. Tippins. I am so thankful for these wonderful teachers. They have instilled a love of learning. The school has fostered a wonderful code of conduct. What a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2009

Beachland is a wonderful school! I have the pleasure of being an IRCS employee and a parent of this outstanding school!


Posted December 30, 2008

Beachland is an excellent elementary school with a decade of Florida State Grade A scoring. That is due to the overwhelming parent support coupled with a faculty and administration that is top notch. I have already been at this school for 6 years with my two oldest and have two more children in K and 1st now along with my 5th grader. The PTA has a strong involvement and supports the school tremendously along with parents who just 'do'. Supervision before and after school is more than adequate as long as the parent is aware of the drop off times. A great school with a great community feel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2008

In my opinion, this school is not what it is cracked up to be. If your child is struggling, then they expect you to help them at home without any guidance from the teacher or any supplementals. Also, in my opinion, safety is an issue when it comes to morning supervision for the kindergarten and first grade students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2007

They really care about our kids here, from the smart teachers and administrators through ALL staff members. It has earned an A for the past nine years, and it deserves it! The atmosphere is fun, friendly and respectful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2007

Wow, what can I say other than Beachland is wonderful. I have two children and this is my family 6th year as a shark and it has been a great educational experience. The teachers are wonderful and have been so pleased with how they care about the children beyond the classroom. Also, the PTA is very supportive of the students and faculty. Beachland is celebrating their 50th year serving the beachside (and beyond) community and has been a great asset to Vero Beach!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2006

Carol Wilson is a caring respectful Prinipal. Her attitude can be seen in the teachers staff and students. We are so blessed to be able to have our child attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
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 65%
Black 20%
Hispanic 12%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 59%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%64%61%
Master's degree 28%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 5%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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3350 Indian River Drive East
Vero Beach, FL 32963
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Phone: (772) 564-3300

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