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Berkshire Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1115 students

 

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Posted July 17, 2010

My daughter had a great teacher for half the year this year, and she has excelled tremendously in his class. The principal, however, had him replaced with a new teacher in the middle of the year without any warning whatsoever. My girl was very upset, and as she explains to me so was the rest of the class. The teacher that replaced the previous one was a young girl who hollered at the kids all the time and my daughters performance came to a standstill. After doing a little bit of investigating it turns out that the principal is a mean spirited old woman who has done this to anyone she just does not like. I tell you, if the old principal (2009) is still there, opt to have your child go elsewhere... I am glad my daughter is out of that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

This school is wonderful - my daughter loves her school and is very happy. The only thing that is lacking is parental support. I have dealt with many facets of the educational system and parents are generally lacking in support these days. I see it lacking more in this school than another in the area that my son attended. Afterschool is phenomenal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

excellent excellent school
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2008

I have one child still in Berkshire and one that has moved on. From classroom instruction, teacher involvement, and learning concerns, to Aftercare, milers club, keyboard and chorus the kids love their school. As a parent that makes all the difference in the world. The dual language teachers are exceptional and the support staff throughout the school is phenomenal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

My kids used to go to a private school and I thought that if I sent them to pubic school they would be unhappy,but I was so wrong. This school is the best school. I think the teachers are fanastic and have nothing but good things to say. I highly recommend this school. And have you seen it? It is even beautiful on the outside too. :-)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2007

My son entered Kindergarten this year and I'm very satisfied with the academic program he receives from his great teacher Ms Freeman. She is the wonderful teacher. Everyone is so helpful and willing to go above and beyond. The only thing I wish this school could offer to Kindergarters more enrichment and recreational activities/clubs such a music, art or chess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2007

My daughter attended Berkshire when from second through fifth grade and I found it to be a very nurturing school. The teachers seemed very helpful and excited to do their jobs. They were always available if a question or concern arose.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2005

Berkshire has a wide range of family involvment nights. The programs they offer are great to keep the kids interested in learning. They offer the dual language program so children can also learn in Spanish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2005

Berkshire has a wonderful and comprehensive academic program which includes Music, Drama, Art, P.E., as well as a very diverse population which includes, deaf and hard of hearing, as well as a good mix of various ethnic backgrounds. Also, Berkshire is one of the few schools offerimg 'Dual Language' class! Half of this class's instruction is given in English and half in Spanish! Also, the staff of Berkshire meets on a regular basis as a whole staff body, as various grade groups as well as lower to upper grades and visa versa in order to identify any lapse of learning and to help each grade level teacher understand what is expected for the following grade level. The level of parent participation is high due to incentives put in place by it's awesome Parent/Teacher Organization! Many fun activities are held outside the school as well.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted January 31, 2004

Berkshire is an excellent elementary school! The teachers are skilled at preparing their students for academic excellence and social skills. You can tell that teaching is a team effort and teachers care about students as individuals. The school offers drama guild, milers club, K-Kids, safety patrols, art club and the list goes on. As far as I know it's the only elem. school that teaches sign language! It's comforting to know that it's a great place for kids to learn and it's a safe place too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2004

It's a great school in every way great teachers, good Parent Involment, great in dicipline; I am so happy my kids are in this school, they are great in kids illness like asthma. Because they been taking good care of my kids health. The school nurse is a sweet heart, she really cares about the kids health. I'm so happy
—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.

207 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

207 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
52%
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.

179 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

179 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

176 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
87%
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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
60%
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.

175 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%
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

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
Hispanic 74%
White 11%
Black 10%
Asian 2%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83%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 27%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 1%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. MARIA BISHOP
Fax number
  • (561) 304-2051

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1060 Kirk Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
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