This was my 4th grade son's first year at a public school. He had previously attended a private school for gifted children. The core subjects at Binks Forest far surpassed those of the private school. His Reading class read and analyzed nine novels. His writing/language teacher was the best we've ever had. And in math, his favorite subject, he felt this was the first year he had truly been challenged, and announced during the last week of school, 'I can't believe how much I learned this year!' The students were worked-- but not overworked. The teachers were excellent. His classmates were bright, attentive, and mature. We were very pleased with Binks Forest Elementary.
My daughter is about to finish kindergarten. Her first year in school far surpassed our expectations. The teachers were excellent. They kept us well informed and involved. The school has a small, private school feel. I would highly recommend Binks.
dont waste your time with any florida public school. Florida public schools are just terrible. If you just moved down here from up north - find a private school fast. The teachers not up to par.
Our daughter just completed 3rd grade gifted and she had another phenomenal year. The teachers creativity and passion helped ensure successful strategies for learning. Our daughter has thrived at Binks! Since this year was her first experience with the FCAT we were able to see how she compared with other students in FL and nationally, the results reinforced how well she has been educated to date. Proactive administration, devoted teachers and supportive parents work as a team to make Binks one of the best elementary schools around.
Binks Forest is one of the better schools in PB County primarily because of the parent involvement. Just because a parent taught their kid to read site words at 4, is not a true measure of gifted. Now many of the kids struggle in gifted and are secretly tutored out of class to keep up. It seems more of a status for the parents to claim their kids are 'gifted' and then work those kids to death after school with tutors and 'parent enforced extra studying'. I wonder how much the kids learn in class from the school and how much is taught by involved parents and paid tutors. It's the parents that make this school and push the kids to succeed.
My daughter was transferred to the 5th grade gifted program here. I absolutely love this school. I can't say enough good things about it. I wish she had been able to attend this school the first 4 years of school. Fantastic!
Binks is an excellent school, with great teachers. Class sizes are a bit on the large size, though. Parental involvement is high. Parents show a keen interest in the activities of the school. Administration is very supportive of parents and teachers. We're not involved in extracurricular activities, so I'm not sure about how available they are.
Great academics...my daughter is reading well beyond the second grade level only half way through the first grade. Teachers are caring and devoted to student growth.
We started the gifted program last year, and we moved from out of state. We were never told that they use books from the next years curriculum. My daughter went from 1st grade books, to 3rd grade books, very difficult transition. The program is wonderful if your child has that type of personality, and they definately need a transition team for transfer students to see what these kids have already learned, and where the gaps are before starting the new curriculum. Also, the teachers seemed scared to approach the parent about this topic, and my daughter was basically just sinking within the program, and I was never notified of her struggles. I switched her out of the school mid year, and she has never been so happy.
Run like military school. Children treated like second class citizens here they are over worked, under valued and unloved at this school. Not recommended if you think children are children and not machines.
Binks Forest is an outstanding school. One of the most well respected principals in the school district, Ms. Keely Spinelli, provides excellent leadership, and the staff and teachers are equally outstanding. We are lucky that our children have the opportunity to attend a school of such high quality.
We moved to Wellington in the middle of the 2004 school year, my kids were in 2 & 3 grade. They adjusted really well and I was pleasantly suprised at the quality of the school and programs that it offered. I read about Binks on Greatschools.org and that is one of the reasons we settled here in Wellington. We were concerned when we first moved here because we had heard so many bad things about the Florida school system. Our kids are receiving a better education than they would have back in Southern California. I am very happy with the teachers and all the advanced classes that Binks has to offer!
Very good school. I have mixed feelings on the 'gifted program'. Since many children are gifted, I believe the school focuses more on that program than the regular students.
Excellent academic reputation. Excellent test scores and an impressive selection of special activities that are offered for all students as a normal part of ther school. The faculty here takes great pride in providing an excellent educational experience for all students.
I think binks forest elementary is one of the best elementary schools in palm beach county. The principal is the best i have seen yet. She takes a personal interest in the students & staff. She truly loves what she does and it really shows. She is respected immensely in our community. The principal, assistant principal, and the staff of the school expects only the best from the students. Fine arts program is well organized and the students are on a rotating schedule. The students receive art, PE, D.E.A.R.(Drop everything and read),spanish, technology, computer lab, and music. The students have library time during the week. Lastly, the level of parent involvement is quite high. I believe last school 2004-2005 there were well over 500 parent volunteers. My son is entering 2nd grade and my daughter will start kindergarten in the fall. The students are required to wear uniforms. That is wonderful, too.
My two daughters go to Binks Forest and they are doing great. The teachers are fantastic. They make use aware of everyting that goes on, and provide us with constant feedback. Great involvemnt from all parents.
Best: Mrs. Spinelli is the best role model that I could ask for my children. My children truly love her and it has a trickle down effect on the rest of her staff. Outstanding teachers.
My daughter attender Binks for 3 years in the gifted program which is great. She loved her school and was envolved in extracurricular classes in which she learned a great deal as well. The teaching and discipline is well balanced. The teachers are very caring of their students and when necessary they help and gide parents to better the child education and experience at Binks. I recommend this school 100% according to our own personal experience at Binks.
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