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Binks Forest Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 1049 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted May 4, 2014

My child has been attending this school since 2nd grade and we have had nothing but amazing experience. The teachers care about the students. The education is very high standard and may child has learned so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2014

This is our first year in this school. My daughter is in Kindergarten gifted program. Its a great feeling when she comes home to tell us about another great day...Praising her teacher all the time. School gives me many opportunities to volunteer. Volunteering keeps me updated to things going on in school and I feel good helping out too... I do not feel alienated here...I'm always welcomed by a smile from the receptionists.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2013

My daughter attended Binks Forest's gifted program for four years. First through 3rd grade were great. Now her fourth grade year was awlful. This is where I first noticed that this is not the school for my child. Her teacher would ridicule her infront of her peers consistently. I had many teacher conference at my request to try to understand her crazy method of teaching. What I was told is that if my child did not understand the lesson , she did not have time to stop and explain. I would ask my daughter to please ask questions if she was not clear on something. When she asked a question she was ridiculed. We finally made it through the year and my daughter did manage to get a "B" in her class. I was basically the math teacher all year. They really push the gifted children, which is fine by me as long as the children are also given the tools needed to suceed. I was basically told either they are born knowing it or the fall through the cracks. I did speak to two other parent's who noticed the same issues. To be fair to the school ,this may be just this teacher. Hopefully no one else has to endure a school year with her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2011

Nowdays every school in Florida runs in order to get good scores at FCAT, this is the way our government has found out to clasify teachers and students which in certain way is good but then drive everybody to mainly focus on it, putting aside what the most important focus should be for the students to learn regardless of test results, we have become and our students will be "TEST TAKERS" not knowing anything and knowing a minimal bit just to pass those tests and pass them well. On the other hand since this is a generalized way, I am very pleased with Binks Forest Elementary teachers and staff, they all show being very well trained on what they have to do, just one concern Principal has been changed 3 times in 4 years!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2011

Every child, every parent has their own unique experience. Your feeling about a school may depend on what your child's unique needs/abilities are. Realize this school offers a tremendous amount of academics and enrichment activities. Some parents may complain about letting up after FCAT and others complain there is too much work till the end of the year. Can't win. Hold your criticisms until your kid goes to middle school. You'll be grateful your child was prepared so well by Binks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2011

This is a school that caters to the higher achieving students and parents. They rush through the curriculum in order to have it "taught" for the FCAT, however children that struggle don't always catch the concepts. Now that FCAT is over, the teachers are just sailing through until the last day of school, with no real teaching going on. For such a high performing school it is very sad that they don't put in full effort into ALL the kids the WHOLE year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2011

My daughter attended this school from kindergarten through the 3rd grade. She was enrolled in the gifted program and I don't think we really appreciated it enough while we were there. Her teachers were dedicated, organized, and talented. They spent time individualizing the lessons, and even though it took a lot of extra effort, each child was treated as if they were in a class by themselves. When she began 2nd grade, she was already reading at a 9th grade reading level and it was a challenge for her teacher to find books that had appropriate content, yet would challenge her. Her teacher would not only find these books, but also create tests to go along with them. This is one of the best schools in the district. Although we now have moved to Boca Raton, and my daughter attends another school that is rated 10, Binks will always hold a special place in our hearts. When my daughter was injured in an accident, ALL of her teachers from previous years came to visit her in the hospital. This is one of the most caring, loving dedicated groups of teachers that I have ever met. It makes your child want to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2010

This school is run in order to please the FCATs which is truly hurting your childrens ability to grow in a wholesome teaching environrment. The teachers are to only teach to the test and when they are challanged with a student who is not able to follow as swift as the students who have parents that are directly involved with the staff they are to be diagnosed as ADD or some other prefabricated disoreder to offset the teaching staff and school from spending time with the students who truly need to be TAUGHT! This is a shame as I as a parent of four, 3 of which currently attend this halfway house and are being threatend with attitudes beyond belief. I as a parent refuse to medicate my child in order to make the so called teacher's life easier. Teachers need to go back and learn what teaching truly means. If no I would love the chance to test these teachers in an open public forum on basic elementary rudiments which had been at one time a necessary KNOWLEDGE that has been pushed aside for the FCAT's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Wonderful teachers, excellent extra services offered, great school activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

My 7 year old son is attending the gifted program at Binks Forest Elementary and he loves it! Although they have a lot of work to do in class, there are also fun and challenging activities during the day, so the kids never get bored... The teachers and staff are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Binks Forest is an awesome school. The teachers do a great job and they care so much for all the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Teachers are terrific and parent envolvement is strong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

I cannot say enough about Binks Forest. Both of our boys have gone there for 3 years. Each teacher is as kind, gifted and creative as the next. My wife is a teacher (at another school) so we have an inside perspective as to how great everything is. The school and faculty get so involved with all of the events and projects, giving many, MANY hours of their own time. It is truly inspiring. As a parent, I learn every day from what my kids bring home. What a continual learning experience. Thank you to Mrs. Armas/Lynn/Morine, Mrs. Cheatham, Mrs Oh/Davis, Mrs. Campbell (we miss you), Mrs. Riley/Purtell/Dowling, Mr. H., Mr. Murray, Mrs. LaFrance, Mrs. Morales and Dr. Q.! You all are phenomenal and I thank you every day for all you do for our boys.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

Great teachers and lots of involved parents! Ms. Davis rocks!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2009

My both kids went to Binks. I would recommend this school to every parent who is looking for a strong academic foundation for Middle school and High school. This is a great school. Parent teacher involvement is to the maximum and which has gone a long way in keeping this school's good reputation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

Coming from the North, we did not expect the Florida school system to be as good. We found Binks through 'greatschools' and decided to move to the neighbourhood. It has been an awsome experience for my children and us. This is a public shool with so much parent and teacher involvement (one would think it is a private school). My 1st Grader has come so far with the help of her teacher (and us) and my 3rd Grader is now on the Honour Roll (and we have not placed him in the Advance class). WE LOVE THIS SCHOOL! UNIFORMS help children to feel as if they belong ...IT WORKS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

Our son is doing quite well at Binks. The teachers are very caring and highly motivated and always available to meet if necessary. The environment is warm, friendly and safe! This is his first year at Binks and he is sorry that he will be graduating in the Spring and moving on. We hope that the Middle Schools are as conducive to learning as BFES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

My son is having a really rough year here....he is in the 4th grade gifted program, and this is his first year at Binks. Despite several parent/teacher meetings, his test scores are going down, as are his grades. He is feeling vey lost in the 'block' class system that they have in place, and the teachers don't seems to be ale to get to know him at all (they see approx. 80 students a day). Additionally, they have a 'slip' system in place, which means kids get discipline slips for everything from forgetting a book to talking back in class....my son seems to always get a slip for some silly thing....it is really working on his self esteem. I think many kids do better in a more 'positive' setting. We are considering transferring him back to his Royal Palm school, where he did very well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2008

taking my child out of this school. problems were not handled at all. my child feels isolated and very alone at this school.teacher told students to stay away from my child as a punishment. he is very sad
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2008

The teachers and parent involvement are fantastic...that's the good news. But seriously...the principal has extended the dress code down to the color of the students' socks. I guess there are no serious 'academic' concerns to address so we need to monitor the students' socks? How about addressing the teaching and learning instead of monitoring how sock color affects student learning...just a thought.
—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 2014.

175 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

175 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%
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.

189 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

188 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

188 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
97%
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.

199 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

200 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

198 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%
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.

196 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 64%
Hispanic 21%
Asian 7%
Black 4%
Two or more races 4%
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 50%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 72%73%61%
Master's degree 28%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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