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K-5
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West Palm Beach, FL
Students enrolled: 691
 

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7101 South Olive Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

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(561) 202-0200
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November 01, 2014
I attended south olive elementary 16 years ago, and all I can say is that my memories from elementary school are some of the best memories I have. I love south olive. Every time I drive past it, I think of all the wonderful teachers I had, and how much fun it was to learn. I am actually friends with my old teachers on facebook, and when I see them out in public, it is always a wonderful occasion. My husband and I will be sending our children here...when that day comes. (Awesome memories I have: Learning my times tables and being rewarded with an ice cream sunday; In kindergarden when I learned how to spell by putting shaving cream on my desk and writing out my letters in the shaving cream! SO FUN!)

- submitted by a community member
March 26, 2014
I have been very happy with my child's performance at south olive despite the changes to common core which has made it very challenging for everyone. My child started in K and is now in 1st grade. Her teachers and the new Principal so far have been a delight. Her reading and math skills performance are over the top! I chose this school because I wanted my child to be in a diverse school. There is a combination of very rich and poor kids (the middle class is small) and white vs. latino children here and I like that because I want my daughter to remain humble while understanding that she is in some way more privileged than other children at her school and be proud of her hispanic heritage. I only dislike two main things: the excessive requests for money from the PTO, and the parental atmosphere which seems to be very socially and racially divided. The PTO is mainly driven by parents who either don't work or are very rich. Its hard to get involved in activities as a working parent and I wish the school promoted more events outside working hours so working parents could participate. South Olive academics are top notch and is a gifted school. and I am very happy with this school!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2012
We had a very bad experience. We enrolled because we heard good things and because it's an A school. My child was in the gifted program. The teacher was never very friendly and very disorganized. Announcements for meetings were sent home after the date held, we were given conflicting home work assignments on an on-going basis, notes for other parents with personal information would come home in my child's back pack. It's very frustrating to try and talk to anyone at the school, the phone would ring off the hook before being answered. The positive reviews surprise me because volunteering was never encouraged and there seems to be little family oriented activities unless you count the constant pressure for fund raising. The school is all about FCAT scores and keeping their rating. I also have been warned that there are security concerns (cars being broken into years back) and the school is practically in lock down on a daily basis. The principle as stated in a previous review is difficult to get along with and is more about his admin duties and a paycheck then the welfare of children. A great choice if you want Stepford children but not the place for progressive thinkers.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2012
My two grandchildren attend South Olive, and I am on the school's SAC(School Advisory Council). I am a reading specialist (retired) and my daughter-in-law is a math coach in the Palm Beach County School District. We are both very proud that South Olive has been deemed one of the best elementary schools in the state. Our wonderful principal, Hank Smith, has definitely helped to accomplish this by having the innate ability to understand and fulfill the needs of our teachers, parents and children. We are very lucky to have such a talented leader, excellent teachers and wonderful children!

- submitted by a community member
September 10, 2011
We are on our second year and I can not express the love I have for the school and Mr. Smith, the princibal. My daughter could not be happier and move loved and safe at South Olive. I am a great believer in children having a diversified enviroment and not being in a social bubble. Thank you to Hank Smith, he brings the best out of every student, no matter they back ground and that tells you a lot about a person. He does not see any difference between wealth or race. Thank you so much for all your hard work and love for the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2011
My son started in the 3rd grade this year, 2011, with butterflies in his stomach. He came from a school that acted more as a family unit, Pine Jog Elementary, he has been with the same kids since pre-school and was nervous but excited for a new start when we moved. From the 1st week of school, I started to feel at ease until I discovered the principal, Hank Smith, does not care about the saftety of the children who attend his school. All entrances are closed and the only way in for your child is to walk 10 minutes through a public park and enter through a side entrance. After trying to reason with an unreasonable man I relaized i made a huge mistake by enrolling my son here and we are switching back to Pine Jog.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2011
My daughter is in the second grade at South Olive and I am extrememly happy with all aspects of this school. I am amazed with the academics at this school and with the teachers and staff. They all truly care about what is in the best interest of the children. I am happy to be apart of the S.O. family.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2010
This is my son second and last year at this school. I feel so safe when I leave my son in SOES every morning. I feel sad that it is my son last year at this place. I love the teachers, the gifted program, the principal, the food in the cafeteria, the enviroment, the cleaness, neatness, the kids, the parents, the programs, the staff always have a big smile on their face... I will missed this school next year very dearly, I'll never forget it!!.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2010
Top-down, hands on leadership from a great principal, and exceptionally engaged teachers. SO is a great school and has recently had many out of area principals and teachers observe how they do it to try and replicate.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2010
Love the Principal, teachers and staff here! I'm sending my 3rd child here and my oldest is in 10th grade...it continues to be a fabulous school!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2010
South Olive continues to excel at producing the county s best students and young citizens. Our family s experience at the campus has been consistently pleasurable throughout the nine years and two students who have enrolled. The administration is led by Hank Smith, a principal who utilizes his knowledge and experience to deliver academic excellence in an environment that fosters faculty growth. The administration and staff have cultivated a relationship that allows for flexibility in providing the best education plan for an individual student. Advanced metrics are utilized to predict student achievement and areas of improvement leading to faculty discussions on how to best challenge the student. Combined with an involved SAC and PTO base of parental involvement, this has lead to a consistent growth in academic achievement that is the envy of public and private elementary schools across the county and state. Partnering in this hotbed of learning is our student body, which is rich in both cultural and economic diversity. The entire faculty has created a culture where success is independent of culture or economic strata. Quite simply, this is your elementary school of choice.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2010
I am a parent of 3 children who have all gone through South Olive Elementary. It is an amazing elementary school with outstanding leadership and academics as well as top notch teachers. It is a true "neighborhood" school.

- submitted by a community member
August 23, 2010
The criteria for a 5 star rating on this site include excellent teachers, strong principal/school leadership, and challenging academic program. South Olive not only meets the requirements for a 5 star rating, but exceeds the criteria. The teachers are incredible. They have a unique ability to balance between strong academics while continuing to provide this age group comfort, confidence and nurturing to make learning successful. The principal, Hank Smith, has not only surpassed academic hurdles and met high goals year by year but he does so while continuing to work hard to make South Olive a safe haven for the students. His leadership has provided a positive atmosphere for learning. The academic program at South Olive exceeds all expectations. Despite the mess we were handed last year, Mr. Smith, the teachers, and support staff stood up and embraced the challenge and were unbelievably successful in the end. South Olive Elementary School, Mr. Smith, the teachers, the staff, made my children s elementary experience fabulous and provided a solid educational path for their futures. I am thankful, proud, and lucky to be a part of this educational family!!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2010
I am a new parent at this school but am very impressed with my little girl's teacher. I also know that there is alot of parent involvement and it is rated an "A" school. We are looking forward to an excellent year!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2010
My son attended this school and I am not pleased with it at all. His teacher is great but I feel that regardless of how well the student is performing it is noever enough. I dont think that they realizze it is a elementary school and they expect way too much of children at such a low grade level.. When the issue was presented to the principal I was pretty much brushed off as if my concerns were not of interest to him. If I didnt live in the school zone I would prefer to attend another school. 2 more years and he will be out of the school. I cant wait.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 10, 2010
I was so disappointed with the academics at this school I had to take my child someplace else. I was told that the other children would eventually 'catch up' to her - meaning that she should sit and not learn anything for a period of time. It's a shame because the parent involvement at this school is wonderful. The new school has been fabulous and eye opening to how much kids can love school when they are challenged. They need to raise the academics at this school - I know many parents that have left for the same reasons.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2010
This is the 1st year that my children attended the school. it has been a very negative experience for my children, husband and I. I am requesting to have them transferred to another school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
My kids have been in different schools in the state and all I can say is that South Olive Elementary School is 2nd to none!!!! I cannot put my finger on what make the school so great, it must be the hard working parents/ community working with the teachers as one! I feel so lucky to have had my kid attend South Olive Elementary School. Thanks again to all !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2009
I never new I would be so happy with a public elementary school in palm beach county school district. The school, teachers, and parents at south olive are the best. My daughter loves school and never wants to miss a day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 25, 2009
South Olive Elem. is an amazing family. The education that my daughter has received is priceless, and how involved the school and staff are just amazing. South Olive experience has been a very positive environment and learning experience. The staff and parents are so involved in everything that the children do. I am thankful that my daughter had the positive experience and begining to her education.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2009
Great school and teachers.Really caring and involved!! Good use of resources and encourageparent participation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 11, 2009
This school does not accept teacher requests, but don't think I'm complaining. With one entering 3rd grade, and one entering kindergarten, we are very confident that the principal and staff will make classroom assignments based on the best match for our children. The oldest is looking forward to the new team teaching format. She thinks all the third grade teachers are great choices, and is thrilled to have several of them instead of just one. For an 8 year old to have that outlook for her upcoming school year, the school is doing things right! We have had a wonderful three years with the first child, and are excited about starting our second child at this great school. Thank you, South Olive, for providing a quality educational and social experience for our kids.

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March 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 10, 2008
I am so lucky to be part of the South Olive Elementary Family. The staff is fantastic, the teachers are wonderful and to be part of the gifted program is a blessing. The aftercare provided is fun and reasonably priced. I am very fortunate to have met Mr Smith, Mrs Bell, Mrs Hetu and the entire staff. They are wonderful

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August 20, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 01, 2008
I'm proud for be part with my daugther for this excellent school, I hope in the future they can have until 8 grade.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
I love this school. I am especially pleased with the principal, Mr. Smith. He seems to really care and is totally in touch with the kids. He is very approachable. My daughter is in second grade, and loves to get up in the morning to go to school. The after-care program next door at South Olive Community Center is also exceptional!

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2007
If they had sixth grade at South Olive I would stay. Teachers are great, a gifted program is offered, and learning is made fun. If you are looking for a great school you found it!

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October 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2007
My son will begin his second year in the gifted program at this school. I have been extremely pleased with the school and the faculty. They care about the students.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2007
Excellent school. I am a teacher myself; this school has so much parental involvement. My two sons have attended s. Olive throughout their childhood and it is the best. It is very safe! The students learn the school recognizes their students, the gifted program is the best: mrs. Bell, mrs. Cebollero, mrs. Matrow, mr. Horton. Great teachers!

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September 19, 2006
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April 20, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2006
The gifted program is an excellent program for students who qualify. Unfortunatley the music, art, sports, and guidance program called 'specials' happen on a five day rotating basis for 45 minutes each. There is an extremely high level of parental involvement. I highly recommend this school for students interested in excelling.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
My daughter has attended South Olive for two years. This year I have been very pleased with the academic progress she has made. The school has excellent programs for helping new ones adjust to the environment. We considered private schools in the area, but prefered South Olive over them.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2005
This has been a wonderful school for my daughter! She was in the gifted program so we had to drive her a little way to the school but well worth it. Mrs. Bell (K) was a loving, caring, teacher with an incredible gift to give her students. She is the teacher we will always remember! If you are lucky enough to have Mr. Van Deurson for music your in for a treat!

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2005
South Olive is a great school that provide the highest academic standard programs to all students! The school provides an excellent aftercare program that includes; sports, chess, chorus, art, video, and academic clubs! The parents are dedicated and hard working. Overall, the school is rated A+!

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April 18, 2005
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February 21, 2005
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South Olive Elementary School
7101 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL  33405
(561) 202-0200
Last modified South Olive Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
South Olive Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top