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Northboro Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 755 students

 

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Posted March 3, 2014

I'm the parent of a second grader and I couldn't be more pleased! I recently had some concerns about my daughters progression in reading. Her teacher did a great job of explaining her running record and giving me resources on how to better work with her on developing her fluency and comprehension(she taught me a lot). I have to also say the office staff is very friendly and helpful, everyone seems to really care about the students and their academic success. I couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2013

It is taking students more than three (3) years to get an IEP at this school. Very slow to respond. Issues of bulling on campus and on the bus. Students are afraid to report bulling. Some young inexperienced teachers on staff who don't know how to handle inclusion. Sad thing is that the school can not be call "negligent" under the law.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2012

My son was a student at Northboro and I must say this is a dynamic school. He was challenged by hhis teachers, received help when needed and it showed in his academics. He left and went into the gifted program which was due to the excellence in teaching he received while being a student there. The teachers were very helpful and involved, the principal was caring and I love the diversity in the students and staff. It was the perfect start for my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2012

Northboro Elementary was a great school when I placed my daughter there three years ago. She will be going to the third grade this year, but I am not highly impressed with the staff at this time. I don't feel that they promote or encourage much interaction with the parents, except for wanting them to volunteer on the PTO. It seems as if you have to beg to get a conference or a returned email or telephone call back from them. I am also not pleased with their attendance policy. They are over-dramatic about tardiness. I was told that if your child is not inside of the classroom when the door closes at 8:00, they are marked tardy. That to me is utterly ridiculous! I feel that they should give students at least a 3-5 minute window period AFTER 8:00 before they begin marking off the attendance. The new principal seems nice, but the assistant principal seems to always have something stuck up her you know what and is very negative. Bottom line, their teachers are not performing up to the hype of the school's "exclusiveness".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2011

I have not been very impressed with the teachers at Northboro for the past two years. I try to be a very involved parent through e-mails, in order to keep a line of communication between myself and my childs teachers but such actions are not very receptive. You would think that a teacher would encourage parents inquiring about their child. I am considering moving my child at the end of the school year. The school has a new principal now. I hope the non-open door environment will change. Not very impressed with the Assistant principal at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2011

My child had a hard time adjusting and the teacher was not very helpful. Even though my child will be promoted, I feel that enough was not done to help my child. This schools way of teaching has yet to impress me. I may simply change schools which will be of inconvenience to me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2009

The school has a very inclusive program which I truly appreciate and the students benefit from greatly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2009

Although Northboro moved from one building an dtown to another this year, the adminisration and teachers didn't miss a beat. My child was academically challenged from the first day until the last. Northboro is a great school with a dedicated staff. Our family has been with the school for over 9 years and we are looking forward to year 10.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2009

My daughter has attended this school since age 4 and it has been a Godsend! The teachers and principal are WONDERFUL! They care about their students and it shows. My daughter has scored thru the roof on the FCAT each year taken and writes her own short stories. She is now working on writing her own book! THANK YOU MRS. GRIFFIN!!! Her math skills are also off the charts. She also began learning playing the clarinet at age 7 at the school and now plays at an advanced high school level. My four year old was just accepted and I absolutely will not send her to any other school. I cant believe that this school is only rated a 5. If you want to send your child to a school where the teachers will love them as much as you do then please choose Northboro
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2008

My son has special needs, Northboro made sure he had the attention he needed to be an honor roll student last year and now this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

I'm a parent of a 5th grader,that has been going to Northboro,since she was in Kindergarden,I'm very satisfied with the school and teachers.They are very concerned with the growth and develpment of my child.This has been a positive experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2006

Great program...fantastic teachers...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2006

I have 2 children that have attended Northboro since they were in PK3. The Montessori Method has allowed my children to excel at their own pace. The staff is committed to the students and their families. Northboro has a very diverse student population that represents the global community. Students are exposed to students of many ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our experience at Northboro has been very positive and has given my children a strong academic and social foundation. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and be involved in their child's elementary school experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

I love my daughter's teacher, but I think there should have been more homework. It is Montessori based, and I thought she would have progressed further along. Personality wise, the school is great, but I have concerns about academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

I have had two children graduate from Northboro and are successful students at BAK M.S.O.A.This I attribute directly to the foundation attained at Northboro. Teachers that teach outside the box and go the extra mile.A diverse learning environment where children are allowed to be creative and to excel without being cutthroat.My children learn to play music at Northboro and are in the advanced band at M.S.O.A. Parents are encouraged to volunteer time, expertise or funds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2006

There is a very upbeat and positive vibe amoung the teachers who work at Northboro. Their outlook is a very good influence on a child's attitude toward school. My daughter whom I enrolled as a three year old is now reading at an advanced kindergarten level at the end of her 2nd pre-K year. There is a wonderful amount of flexibility within the Montessori program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2006

I had to pull my son out of this school and put him in private school because this could not provide adequate attention to his personal learning needs. I understand that montisorris might not be a good fit for certain individuals, but this school could not even provide the basics! I had to pay everything out of pocket to get my child evaluated properly, rather than wait for the school. You really have to be proactive with this school, or else your child will just be left behind. The poor teacher was overworked and underpaid; she was too busy dealing with behavioral issues, rather than teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2005

Wonderful school ,staff and program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2004

This is a magnet school and you would think that with all the advanced degrees that the teachers have that the students would do better on the FCAT. Wake up Palm Beach County.
—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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
47%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
44%
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.

87 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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
Black 48% 23%
Hispanic 40% 29%
White 7% 42%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%73%61%
Master's degree 28%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 4%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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  • Ms. Gayle Harper
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400 40th St
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