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PK-6
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West Melbourne, FL
Students enrolled: 551
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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2255 Meadowlane Avenue
West Melbourne, FL 32904

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(321) 956-5040
(321) 956-5043
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October 25, 2014
My two children have attended this school for the past three years and I can not say enough good things about it. The teachers are all excellent and have always gone out of their way to keep in touch and to provide the best education possible. My children have thrived under their care. I have even had a teacher give me their home phone number in case I had any questions. The office staff is excellent and we absolutely love the guidance counselor, Ms. Mistretta. If you want a quality education for your child, this school is an excellent choice.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2014
I was a former student at WMSS and have several major complaints. First off, the current principal is an egomaniac who completely disregards the opinions/ concerns of students. Secondly, she has imposed several rules regulating the lunch aspect of the school day, requiring complete silence, as well as requiring that one sign up for the different options for physical education (recess). Where as before, the whole area was free to roam and change games as one would please. The principal has also repainted the school from its original tan and dark green color scheme to one of a more dark orange, creating a bleak outlook.

- submitted by a community member
December 20, 2013
Great School. Mrs Hershberger is great! Involved and concerned principal and teachers for the most part. My daughter loves it here and with the exception of one teacher last school year, I am very pleased!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
This school is amazing for your child IF they like and excel at academics. It is faster paced than the normal public school. People know this going into it. It is supposed to give your child a great head start when it comes time to get into a good middle school program. The communication is on the average side but the academics are great and we have loved it. Both of my boys have done very well as I anticipate that my daughter will also

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2013
This school cares little about children who need that extra push because they are so lazy to do the work. I t is notewothy to let the public know that if your child has any little struggle, the team of teachers is quick to claim him or her to be ESE which warrants a definite lablel on that child. My child was so uncomfortable at this school; I don't want to put her in this predicament for the sake of prestige!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2012
Good curriculum - value in having small school with limited number of classes per grade - science instruction is top of the bunch. Lots of great extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2012
Best school ever ! BENNETT KENT is a good kid ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2011
The overall strength of this school is that these students come from families which have involved parents. Children perform well, but likely would perform well at any school. The strength is that education is valued by all families. At times, the instruction can be lack-luster, primarily because behavior is often not an issue. Also, organization (using planners, coordinating tests, parent communication) could really be improved. It looks like there will be no PTO this year. Issues have arisen in the ease of volunteering; the process had gotten complicated. That's disappointing. We continue to keep out children here because we know that the other students come from families with similar values and that it is a more sheltered environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
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- submitted by a student
April 17, 2010
My children have attended WMSS for four years and I have been happy with the teachers and administration. I am concerned for next year as so many changes are being implemented. Teachers are being moved all around and they are seriously considering departmentalizing (having students change classes) in third through sixth grades. I think fifth grade is challenging, Children in the fourth grade and below need the support and consistency of having the same teacher. Personally, I think if something works, then it need maintenance - not an overhaul.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Because of the small classes, the children get much more personel attention from the teachers, also everything is done to keep the children focusted and interested in the subject at hand.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
I am so pleased with the changes being made by the new administration this year. The school has always had great teachers but now I can say the same about the administration! Readily available and willing to listen. A much more positive environment for students and parents alike.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
They always score in top 10 in the state, they don't accept excuses, aren't afraid to not be politically correct!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2009
Both my kids have been attending WMSS for three years. I can't begin to say how happy I am with the school. Diciplined, structured, and nothing but the highest expectations. It's not for every child, but they instill the qualities I would like my kids to have. And I disagree with any comments about stuffy teachers, all my kids teachers have been both loving and strict. Anyone would be lucky to get into this school. I feel those parents who have taken their kids out have missed a once in a lifetime chance.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2009
WMSS is an excellent school. A public school which is run like a private school (i.e. smaller school size, uniforms, higher standards ). My son loves this school. He has plenty of friends here and feels like he is part of a family. In response to some of the low rater's on this site...you get back what you put into it. This school expects you to put a lot into it, especially parents. I try to foster high expectations in my child. He enjoys the accelerated learning that is part of his education here. The teachers and admin here are highly accessible. If you are like me and want you child to behave properly and quietly while standing in a straight line, WMSS is for you.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2009
I believe that this school is great school for anyone who is involved. There are a couple I see though. Like the fact that there aren't enough chances for parents to volunteer, so some parents barely get in the 20 required hours of volunteering. Also how they make you stay in a straight line and not say a word to each other as you walk, almost reminds me of an Army school. I myself think that overall the school is great, and is worth going to.

- submitted by a student
February 11, 2009
This school is winderful if you are an involved parent and not a complaining one . You must want what is best for your child and not what looks good for as a parent . The faculty and staff work very hard to make sure all children are challenged and do well in all parts of their lives not just in school . I take great pride and I trust the administration to do their best for the whole child . So I volunteer and speak my mind when I have a concern , This is a small school and we are very lucky to have it as one of our choices but it does have it's draw backs everyone 'thinks' they should know everyones business . So if you are looking for a great school this is it !

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2009
I had high hopes for this school and when we won placement in the lottery, we were thrilled. Unfortunately, this school isn't even close to my expectations. It may have been a better school under earlier leadership, but it's not great. My daughter may be accelerated, but they have not done a good job at fostering a love of learning and school instead is a chore. It shouldn't be that way. I also agree about an elitist attitude, which is just silly. We won't be returning.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2008
My son has been at the school for three yers and I think the standard has fallen..I wish they did a better job of selecting and monitoring the teachers. The atmosphere is stuffy and I really wish they had old fashion parent-teacher meetings. The parents feel they are better than everyone else and so unless you come from certain circles you are overtly excluded. During the science fairs, projects that obviously were done by parents were given awards and those that showed children's effort were overlooked. I am a teacher myself and believe me when I say that the only things that WMSS fosters and cultivates are cliques and elitist behavior in the pursuit of fcat scores while ignoring the children.....the school is totally overrated.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 24, 2008
Personally the school has been great. Excellent GSP, very fun. In my perspective I think that having to be drawn from a lottery is not that bad. At least not to the students, since it's the parents that would most likely care about that. I see some think they are majorly stict on being quiet and walking in straight lines, does it really matter if they do. It displays discipline. What matters is what the children learn, and the FCAT scores reflect that. As a student I feel I have absorbed quite a bit of knowledge from WMSS over the years, especially with the 'advanced curriculum'. Knowing this, since 7th and 8th graders have seen my math homework and comment they do basically the same thing. So this school ROCKS, and is very awesome. *Teachers are usually and most likley the reason for the students' accomplishments.

- submitted by a student
August 11, 2008
My son graduated from this school and my daughter is entering 6th grade this year and has been there since kindergarten. Overall, it is a great school, especially in the lower grades. However, being a science-focused school, I'm disappointed that after fourth grade, my kids no longer went to the science lab. The fifth-grade science teacher did labs in her classroom, which my kids enjoyed and learned from, but in sixth grade the science curriculum was not as good.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2008
Academically, WMSS is undoubtedly one of the best public elementary schools in Brevard county (and in the state of FL). The school boasts excellent FCAT scores and students from the school routinely win high awards at district science fair, etc. My children are thriving there. However, I do think there are some changes that need to be made. For one thing, the atmosphere is not inviting somehow..the school is a little cold and there is not a great 'community' feel. Also, the emphasis on walking in a straight line, not talking too loud, etc. is EXTREME. Luckily, my kids happen to be quiet and 'good' but kids who are the least bit hyper here will have a tough time. The cafeteria 'discipline' there, for example, is depressing...a constant barrage of threats over the microphone...not a very nice environment for the kids to eat lunch in. Changes need to be made.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
I have been more than satisfied with the wonderful and cooperative way that administration, staff, parents and students work together. Having been enrolled here for the last three years, we are more than happy with the progress and personal growth that our child has made. Kudos to the staff and administration, especially the Prinicipal, for always putting what is best for the students at the top of their list. Job well done!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2008
My children attend this school. We love it's small size and 'extras' like school garden, science lab, computer lab, pets in classroom. Most teachers are dedicated/hard working and kind. Parents here seem to value education. Students are from all backgrounds - it is not an 'elite' school. On the down side, I agree with other reviews - FCAT scores take priority here. With some teachers,the struggling student may be left to flounder. Administration is definitely cold & can't be relied on to look out for the best interests of child- they back their teachers at all costs. THe attitude seems to be that with so many on the waiting list, they don't have to help the struggling student when there are dozens of high achievers waiting to get in who will help bump up their FCAT scores. Front office atmosphere has improved, could be more customer friendly. Overboard on fundraising.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2008
My child attend this school. I can't begin to complement our teachers...they are the best! We truly have excellent teachers at our school who go above and beyond to ensure maximum learning and enrichment of the kids. Things I would like to see at our school is more of a community. More opportunities for parents to be involved. The administration should work on making it more inviting to families and promote involvement. Other than this, my child is thriving academically here.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2008
My daughter attended two previous schools before being at West melbourne School for Science. This has been by far the best school and educational program she could received. I love the school and all the special programs and clubs available for kids. The principal does agreat job and participates in everything related to the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2008
not as great as one imagines- for having to go through a lottery to get in one woudl think this is a great school, but i think it shows how poorly the other public schools are- that this is considered and hoped to be the best this is a school for those who have no other choice and want to get away fromteh school they are really zoned for- if thats the case this school is for you- if not- then keep looking.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
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- submitted by a staff
June 07, 2007
This school is very proud of the students and the fact that it's one of the highest rated science schools in Florida (if not the country). I've met many of the teachers as well as staff members and seems that all collectively have one goal and this is to help bring out the best in each and every student.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2006
WMSS is an outstanding school. The teachers and staff do an incredible job of providing a balanced curriculum that has been callenging and rewarding for my son. I have been involved in many schools in Brevard County, as well as other parts of the country, and I would put WMSS up against any of them. My hat goes off to the tremendously dedicated and generous teachers that make West Melbourne School for Science a wonderful educational opportunity for any family that values academic excellence!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2006
My son attended WMSS from third grade through sixth grade of this school year. It was the best experience that we could have imagined and we are so happy we made the decision for him to attend here. The school has excellent teachers who met not only his academic needs but his social needs as well. He was constantly encouraged to excell in all areas. His favorites were science and math. The science experiences went well beyond what he would have experienced in another public shcool. He finished elementary school completing middle school algebra. The school does a fantastic job of offering extracurricular activities such as golf, tennis, lego league, OM and running just to name a few. He was really sad to leave the current administration as he had connected personally with everyone in the fron office. This school laid a good foundation for junior high.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2006
This is not a science school. It is just like any other public school with the exception of uniforms. The front office staff with principal included are very cold to the parents and visitors. The atmosphere is stuffy and does not seem to have the childrens best interest in mind. They are in competition with Freedom 7 on their scores and put that above helping the children. They lie to the parents about ability grouping the students. This school was a waste of our childrens time and I would not recommend it to anyone.

- submitted by a former student
May 30, 2006
For being a 'Science School', there isn't much Science going on at this school. As for technology, it's not any better/different than any of our other public schools. The Music Program is good. The new music teacher this year has really worked herself to death putting together some awesome musical programs involving most, if not all, of the grade levels at the school. And there can never be enough PE! It should be every day, not 1ce/week.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2005
We have been in this school since it's beginning. My child and I love it. The teachers are great. They really care about each student. They care how they are doing in school and out of school. The acedemics are great. They push the students to learn as much as they can learn without making the student stress about it. My child has passed the other children in the class in math, so she gives him, along with the work they are doing in class, harder work and encourages him to expand his knowledge in all subjects.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2005
This school is extremely structured. It seems to be unbalanced toward relaxed light hearted atmosphere for learning i.e.Holidays, celebrations no, no. Tense vein running through school starting with the faculty and trickling down to student. No one-on-one encouragement teacher to student. An excelling student is expected. A stuggling student is ref. out to another school to keep scores up. Socialization is rare. No plan to challenge exceptional students. Teachers focus on continuing true goal of Degree seeking to the point of the class suffering lack of quality. The more degrees earned by the Teacher, the better it looks on the progress report for the school. This school is out to impress the state, not to excel student potential. The school has gotten away from mission. First part of year focuses totally on teaching FCAT. Students relearn over several grades. My child lost much and was behind when we returned to private.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2004
This concept behind this school makes it very appealing, however the gap between theory and practice is very wide. Science is not presented to the students any more frequently that it is to those in a traditional public school. The current administration lacks consistency in handling of day to day issues. Rules are often arbitrarily made and changed according to the needs at hand. The children are supposedly held to higher standard of discipline, yet disruptive children and not dealt with directly. Rather the administration's position is to have the entire class is punished and it is left to the chlidren to see that those who are disruptive conform.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2004
Very involved parents. Great principal who is concerned and follows thru. Not a good match for children who need lots of academic support, or ex. ed. or ese /iep types of situations. Science focus is definitely present, though not overwelming. Not even that prevalent compared to other elem schools. Has chorus gr.4,5, lego team, oddessy of the mind, tv group gr 4-6 and spanish club, science mentors, tasters club cooking with science learning, and a discovery garden.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2004
The school keeps the spark in learning. It is nice when kids want to go to school. The school is a very positive one. I think this school is a very good one.

- submitted by a community member
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W. Melbourne Elementary School For Science
2255 Meadowlane Avenue, West Melbourne, FL  32904
(321) 956-5040
Last modified W. Melbourne Elementary School For Science is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
W. Melbourne Elementary School For Science Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top