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Elbridge Gale Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1038 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 5 ratings

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Posted March 13, 2014

I have two children attending this school. Let me first say the teachers are good. They are overworked and understaffed, but they do a good job except for one area, communication. They seem to not use email as we have been trying all year to get them to communicate with us via email. This is apparently a challenge at this school. As for the administration, it is lacking in a couple of key areas; first off the car line in the morning is a disaster, so unbelievably UN-organized. There is one adult supervising the car line. That is a disgrace. The patrols are standing around in little clicks chatting and not paying attention to the cars. Second the ESE department is poorly managed and not followed through on one bit. Third we have not seen or heard from the principal once this year. There seems to be a lack of direction and follow through at all levels we have encountered at this school. Improvements could include a better managed and better supervised car line in the morning. Communications from the teachers!!!! And most importantly, leadership from the principle.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2014

Staff over tasked. Poor supervision in cafeteria, Bullying! problem not handled since start of 2013/2014 school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

My daughter has been attending Elbridge Gale since Kindergarten. She is entering her final year in fifth grade this year. She is a very smart girl with excellent grades. Every year I mention to the teachers to keep her busy because she is a very active and a talker. This has been our only challenge. Some teachers know how to handle active kids but a few really need to adapt. Some absolutely fabulous teachers that encourage and connect with the kids are Ms. Koy ,Mr. Scazzaro ,Mrs. Saxon and Miss JB. They have all impacted my daughter in the most positive way. If you are a working parent, the aftercare program is one of the best!! They have homework time, snack time and various activities to stimulate every child's imagination. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2012

It's a good school, but if you are a parent with multiple aged children and one happens to be in kindergarten, be prepared to make two lines at dismissal. The principal has taken the liberty to dismiss K students through the bus loop at 1:40 pm. Afterwards, you must go through the front of the school and sit in another line and wait for 2:05 dismissal for you other child/children. That must be fine and dandy for stay at home parents. I'm surprised no other parent has complained, and if so, that nothing was done.I was told it was not School Board policy to use the bus loop to dismiss non-school bus riding children, but no one seems to want to act upon the inquiry. I know this has been an issue before, as I recall getting a memo and a message a year ago concerning K dismissal procedure changes late in the school year. I just can't recall the issue since it did not apply to me. God forbid you are late, as you are spoken down to like a child, to say the least. Adding insult to injury, no other elementary school in Wellington dismisses siblings separately either....HMMMM
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2012

In May I went to EGES to get information on their VPK program. The first receptionist I met, a Hispanic woman, was very patient and informative providing me with an application and contact info for if I had any questions. I came back a week later to turn in the application it was about 5 minutes before the office closed, I was let in by an employee and was told that the receptionist was in the back but would be out to assist me. This was a different receptionist from my first visit and when she came out she asked me how did I get in and told me that the office was closed and that i had to come back another day. I was a little upset and gave her a pass as she was probably having a bad day. I did came back to turn in the application she was more pleasant and helpful. I met with the principal who was at first was dismissive but after completing the tour was very engaging and informative. Now flash forward to August, a week before school starts, i receive several calls from the school to confirm my sons attendance and that I have to meet with the teacher sometime on Friday but that she will call me to confirm. It's Thursday night and no call...I will check back with another review
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2012

Elbridge Gale has been our first experience in the public school system. As a parent I consider myself a dedicated partner in our children's academic success and all too critical at times. My son is a gifted, highly energetic challenging child and the teachers and principal has been extremely supportive in meeting his developmental and educational needs. Our experience has been one surrounded by caring, enthusiastic teachers. If I had one complaint, I would love for opportunities for more community building among the parents. All too happy, Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2011

This is the best school my son has attended by far. The staff is friendly and helpful, they treat all kids respectfully and the teachers work hard and celebrate academic improvement. My son is happy to go to school. He has no friends because the kids in 5th grade are very clique and can be very unfriendly but this is very secondary to us. I would love to see more team building effort in class. I am very happy with the quality of the teaching, which is the main goal. Five stars and a high five.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2011

Hi, I am a teacher and have also substitute taught at schools across PBC, and I can say that EGES is one of the best run schools in the county, not to mention they have some of the nicest teachers and students. To address the person who was unhappy with the behavior of the children, swearing, etc... unfortunately it only gets worse at other schools. I will not sub at most central PBC schools because of the unruly behavior. To the person who mentioned that parents are not allowed to get out of their cars and socialize in the car loop, this is for the childrens' safety. It also holds up the line and when cars are backed up all the way down the street, people become impatient and use poor judgement. To all the parents who feel this school is too FCAT driven... I haven't found a Florida public school that is not. This is the result of No Child Left Behind, and the goal is to bring Florida out of the bottom percentile. Overall, I love EGES and how smoothly it runs, the well behaved children, the supportive administration, and the positive attitudes!


Posted March 23, 2011

EGES now has the Palm Beach County teacher of the year honors! The Principal is obviously doing the right things for the school, the teachers and most importantly the students....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2011

Excellence brought to a new level! My son has been at Elbridge Gale for 3 years now and each year he has been blessed with extraordinary teachers who love to teach and motivate students to be the best they can be! He has had a wonderful, well rounded, elementary experience so far. He is challenged when needed, tutored when needed, commended for his excellent choices and corrected behaviorally when necessary. I have experienced excellent communication from teachers, office and administration. I couldn't be happier with this school. EGES ROCKS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2011

I recently moved here from the north and so far I am not impressed. The principal is harsh. The first day both kids complained of all the curse words in the school. I witnessed the nurse send a kindergartner that puking to go get her own back pack and tell your teacher your leaving. The next day a fist fight on the bus for a kid ditching line and no one got in trouble. I am so far horrified and can't believe the ranking given to this school! I purchased my house here for my kids (big mistake)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

My child has gone here since first grade. The school is more focused on getting there funds for FCAT that all the kids do until March is prepare for this and are loosing on learning the basic they need for schooling. The Cafeteria is a night mare if you have little ones starting make sure to send them with easy open drinks and food because there is not enough adult helpt to get to all the children. They have the janitor help in the cafeteria with the children wich I thought was just wrong.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

We are new to EGES and are extremely Happy. We made a very important decision to leave a private school because of what the school was lacking. I can honestly tell you that Elbrige Gale has had such a major impact on my children in such a short time. Mrs. P hires only the best and I can't thank her enough. I'm thrilled to be involved in a school where you see the principal, can speak to the principal and know that she wants nothing but the best for each and every family who attends her school. Her professionalism inspires me as a parent and I owe so much thanks and gratitude to the second grade and fifth grade team of teachers as well. They have been shining stars in my children's lives. I'm so thankful our children attend Elbridge Gale.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2010

I just have to say that Mrs. Koy is fantastic. She keeps the children motivated and always ready to learn!!! My child struggled with reading and writing but not anymore. She is at the top of her class. MRS. KOY is AWESOME!!! Thanks Mrs. P. for hiring the best teachers ever!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

I am very happy about this school. I was very dissapointed that he could not go to Brinks but now I am very proud. In the beginning I was homeschooling him, but it was not necesary, they are above the curriculum, always challenging the kids and it is amazing that my son want to know more so we are goggling all the time. This year after care services are much better ofering better quality in tutoting
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

They have innovative ways to increase student learning. They incorporate many hands-on learning experiences, and field trips into the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

My two children go to Elbridge Gale & I was excited to enroll them. Unfortunately we are very disappointed! I agree with other parents stating that most of the emphasis is on the FCAT. I do agree with the dress code & think that the teachers should adhere to it as well. On more than one occasion I was sickened while picking up my girls to see a teacher wearing a SHORT skirt & thigh high boots! My child came home telling me about a certain teacher who doesn't allow the children to eat in her classroom, but snacks on cream cheese while teaching. From what my daughter said uses extremly bad manners as well. What happened to leading by example??? While my children seem to be meeting my children's academic needs, the staff leaves something to be desired in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2009

I give the school the highest rating there is. My child is going to be in 1st grade this Aug and he already can read, write, add, subtract and multiply. When he stated K last year, I thought that the school would not be able to keep up with him, but I was proven wrong. He was reading at a 2nd grade level and the school was able to nurture that enthusiasm. The school rocks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2009

I agree with other posts that there is no feeling of community at this school. You aren't allowed out of your car when dropping off/picking up your child. Very little interaction between parents and teachers or between parents. We have attended several EGES events and there is no interaction between families. There is a total focus on FCATs. Additionally, they set ridiculously high standards beginning in kindergarten. While my child is doing well, he is already burned out in first grade from all the pressure! I believe the teachers are about average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2009

I read all the kudos that this school is receiving from both parents and teachers all around, but I do not feel that there is communication among the parents teachers, or principal. I feel that this is an FCAT driven oraganization, and that all other aspects of the the school's day to day is affected by the dreaded F word. I really do not feel a sense of community. As a parent who is told to eat lunch outside with her child, or the way the students are to face the wall in the cafeteria during lunch or the way the parents are hardly ever allowed to chaperone a field trip, and that are just a couple of examples that make one feel alienated from the school. My children have had and continue having exceptional teachers, but I feel there is something missing.
—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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
68%
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.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%
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.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
68%
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

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
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 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
White 40% 42%
Hispanic 31% 29%
Black 19% 23%
Asian 5% 3%
Two or more races 3% 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 42%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 69%73%61%
Master's degree 29%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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 12%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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1915 Royal Fern Dr
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