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K-10
Public charter
West Palm Beach, FL
Students enrolled: 735
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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1518 W. Lantana Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33462

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(561) 547-3775
(561) 540-5177
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September 04, 2014
This is an OUTSTANDING school!! From the security patrol, front desk, cafeteria lady's, teachers, and of course the Big Boss Ms. T. Everyone has a passion to teach, care for the children and most importantly Parents and the concerns they might feel. Ms. G

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2014
Horrible staff, especially the receptionist, she is very unprofessional and very rude, she does how to do her job, no communication

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2014
Horrible experience... No communication. I was told my child would be able to enrolled and all paperwork was provided. They invited us to do a tour, talked to the teacher, give us the list of supplies to buy etc... to find out 24 hours before school starts that my chid was on a waiting list. Now she won't be able to start school on time. Not the best way to give a good reputation to a charter school.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2014
PBMA is a great place to work, everyone here is friendly and approachable. You are welcome to share your input and ideas for school involvement. They have a great FCAT rating and overall great program from KG to high school.

- submitted by a teacher
June 09, 2014
That is correct - we do not let parents volunteer in the classrooms. It is our feeling that students deserve some privacy and I've unfortunately had incidents where parents in the "parking lot" comment on which child doesn't read very well or who got into trouble that day. While many parents wouldn't think of doing something like that, it has happened on several occasions and the children and their feelings, in my opinion, are the ones I need to consider first. As for opportunities to volunteer, parents volunteer for way more than field trips, although they seem to like that the most! We have parents doing Book Fair, Picture Day, Lunch Duty, Graduation, and Fundraisers. We also try not to make too many demands on our parents in terms of time because many have difficulty taking a day off. I hope this helps...

- submitted by a teacher
June 06, 2014
Parents are not allowed to do any volunteer work in the classroom. There is no parent involvement allowed except for field trips. Parent pick up is a headache.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2013
My experience with this school has been okay. I have an eighth grader and I was going to send my twins there next year for kindergarten but am re-thinking that. They are just so un-organized and do not have their act together. I just feel as thought they grew too big too fast.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
Palm Beach Maritime Academy is an excellent school. The children are happy there. The teachers do a great job.I hear from the children how the teachers and even the principal are always there, always around, talking with them, encouraging them. As a parent that makes me feel good.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
My son attended Palm Beach Maritime Academy for the first time last year. After comparing what his new school offers and the organization skills of this brand new charter school all I can say is thank goodness he is out of PBMA. Not all of the teachers show respect to the students as well as the parents. If you complain they will make it worst for you and your child. Some of the outrageous behavior from the teachers is so incredible that I don't know if I wrote it all down anyone would even believe it. There is no accountability so they do whatever they want. There are no sports programs, a terrible after school program and No parent teacher organization. The posts about Jupiter grades and communication to a parent are understatements. Some of the teachers post a whole semester of grades at the very end so if your child is having difficulties its to late to do anything. One teacher told me she has children at home and doesn't have time to do them. If you pick up and drop off your child, that is a whole experience in itself! The traffic getting into the school is incredible. I hope that they make improvements this year but this review is what they deserve.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
Best school ever. My son is so excited to go back for his 4th year at the school. Teachers, Admins, and staff are all tops. The school releases weekly videos and almost daily updates via facebook and website.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2013
The problems with the school flow from the top down. The administration barely communicates with the teachers and other staff. Often expectations are not shared and therefore unmet. The administration treats each day as though it is a series of emergencies to put out, many of which can be avoided by some careful planning. For example, uniform distribution last year was a joke, because about an hour before open house, someone remembered that parents would expect uniforms, and it became an emergency. There are two levels of customer service: one for the parent whose kids have been there since the early days and a different one for newbie parents. If you are considered problematic, you'll be ignored. The opening of the high school concerns me because I think the problems that exist now will be amplified. All in all, i think this is a good school if your child is a good student, but if you, your child, or your family needs any special consideration, look elsewhere! Oh, and there is no pto or pta, simply because the administrator can't handle working with parents. Teachers may appear disorganized and indifferent but that is a symptom of a larger problem.

- submitted by a teacher
July 22, 2013
I would not recommend this school. The teachers do what they want with little accountability to the Administration. They have good systems in place but only a few good teachers follow them. The communication between parents and teachers is lacking greatly. In all fairness there are some good teachers at this school but equally, not so great. There are no programs for sports and getting into and out of the school everyday to pick your child up is a nightmare. They have a good online system with Jupiter Grades so parents can know whats going on with their children but only half of the teachers use it. There are also some bad attitudes from the staff towards the parents that tend to spill over to how your child is treated. Some of the things they say and do are very concerning. I think the school could improve a lot but making all of the teachers accountable and be on one system that the administration puts in place. My child will not be coming back to PBMA and I think that they need to address many issues to be a better school.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2013
Palm Beach Maritime Academy is an excellent school. The children are happy there. The teachers do a great job. The school has EARNED an excellent academic reputation. I m sorry for the parents who have had bad experiences here. That has not been my experience. This is an excellent school and it is because of the leadership. I hear from the children how the teachers and even the principal are always there, always around, talking with them, encouraging them. As a parent that makes me feel good. I want the school staff to be supportive and attentive to my child. That my daughter receives a good education, feels comfortable, safe and even happy at her school is the best I could hope for. That s what we have here. As someone else mentioned, the tone is set from the top down and in this case the top, the principal has created and maintained a great school. Thank you M s T and Staff!!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2013
I am a parent of a middle school child I cannot begin to express my extreme disappointment in this school. I would NEVER recommend this school to any parent. The communication, as stated numerous times below, well... there is no communication. The principal minimizes major concerns of parents, that is when you do get to finally speak to her or any members of the staff. And as to the comment of weekly letters and video update, what does that have to do with concerns directly related to a child? I waited over a month to get a response from a teacher regarding a missing assignment that was showing up on Jupitergrades. Let's talk about Jupitergrades.. it would be helpful and nice if the teachers actually used it and updated it. One teacher in particular had not updated my child's grade in over a month. There is a homework tab but if the teachers do not utilize it, what's the point? My child will not be going back to this school STAY AWAY!

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2013
I'm in the 8th grade. I have been a student since 3rd grade. PBMA rocks! Best school ever. What else can I say.

- submitted by a community member
March 09, 2013
I can't believe that someone would site communication as an issue. PBMA provides a weekly letter and Video Update, Monthly Calendar, update website, and my daughter's teach always call back. Don't listen to a hater check out the following links and she what real parents are saying about the school. The school's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MaritimeAcademy Link to this week's letter and video: http://palmbeachmaritimeacademy.org/pbma/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=14&Itemid=83 PBMA has been a blessing for my little girl.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2013
I use to say this was a great school. However, since they have moved they have become a nightmare. I think the main problem is communication. This school is sadly lacking. You leave a message for administration to call. (they are never available when you call) you never get a call back. Teachers are no better. My son was missing homework. No teacher thought I should know (NO it did not show that on Jupiter grades) until he was missing 70 pages yes 70. The school nurse thinks she knows more than the doctor and gives my child messages to give me instead of picking up a phone and calling me. This school should have stayed small I think they lost something as they grew and now I would not recommend this school to anyone. Infact I am counting the days until my 8th grader is out of there.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2013
My children attend this school for the 1st year. We have always had our children in charter schools but not in the state of FL. Everything at the school seemed great until i made a complaint about my children stating their after school care teachers were cursing in font of my children and I didn't appreciate paying for my children to hear this language... that we try so hard to keep them away from. My daughter now claims that they are mean to her brother and that the Director Natasha hates him but she loves her. I was so very sad to hear this. My son is such a sweet boy that is now being punished for coming forward with something her heard from this director. Unfortunately no daycare's in the area pick up from the school and we must utilize the aftercare. Its hurts me to make them go but we really love the school teachers...really wish they could do something about the aftercare being a little safer and loose this director that obviously doesn't care for kids :(

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2013
My son was so happy with going to school untill the day another student punched him in his stomach more then once in the lunch room and he told one of the employees and they did nothing I went to the school to speak to the princple and can you believe they said she was to busy to speak to me when all she kept doing was walking back and fourth infront of me while i spoke with someone else to give my report then they said they would get back with me but NEVER did so I had to call more then once for someone to tell me they still have to check cameras but if I worked in that school or is friends with someone their I bet they would have done something right away but for anyone else nope Then when I spoke to someone they said they would CALL ME back but guess what still havent recieved a call they had the teacher write a note that SAME child that punched my son CHOKED another child in the same class and they had us read and sighn the HANDBOOK but for what they dont follow it this is what the handbook But which NOTHING was done

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2012
My daughter is in 8th grade and she thinks PBMA is "the Best School Ever!" What else can I say...

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2012
I am so disappointed that my husband and I made the decision to send our son to this school. While the building is new, the administration's failure to keep my child safe is appalling. On two occasions he was physically hurt by a peer, told a staff member ( including the nurse) and I was not contacted by anyone. There is no supervision during lunch, the children do not have recess and there are way more than the average number of students in a classroom. The principal is harsh and minimizes major concerns of parents. The aftercare staff is a joke, especially the "director" Natasha. She is rude and does not contribute anything to enrich the students' educational experience. The saving grace has been his teacher Mrs Barry who has been patient, kind and has been the only person to effectively communicate with me. She deserves to work for a much better school!!!! Overall I regret having my son attend this school and he will not return next year. In fact I plan on contacting the district, the media and whoever else it takes to shed light in this horrendous school.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2012
My daughter just started 6th grade at PBMA and she just loves it there ! I just love all her teachers and I also love the fact that you can check your child`s grades , homework ect. on their online Jupiter Grades it`s awesome . We are very happy !! By the way she`s straight A`s :)

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2012
I do not understand where all this positive rating is coming from. I have never experienced a more disorganized, old and filthy school in my life. There is no creativity in this school. White walls, no pictures or posters. Tiny classroom, dark and cramped. Cafeteria has a section closed off for use as a classroom because they do not have enough space. Teachers are on carts because they dont have their own classroom. Spanish and Music only half hour per week. New move, new building but no improvement. After 13 years they do not have a PTA. The Principal does not go out of her way to keep school open after school hours for parents to volunteer their time for fundraising opportunities for her school. Totally unprofessional manner and behaviour. My daughter started this year she is a straight A student and also I feel terrible doing this to her after school started already, I am pulling her out of Maritime Academy and putting her in one where she will have extra curriculum and sport options. An environment which will stimulate her in a positive way. A school every kid deserves. I can not believe this school is even open. Please do not send your kid to this school!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
I am very greatful my son Isaac has a teacher like Mrs.Rice,And to my Daughter Gennesse, Goodluck to you and the rest of the students,on the FCAT wrighting test today. GO MARITIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
The Teachers are caring & the school has a versatile, Close knit Student base & curriculum. Always engaging new topics & learning Advances to improve the Student interests.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
I have two children attending PBMA and a third that will start Kindergarten this year. I think this is an exceptional school and the staff makes a point to know every child attending even if they don't have them in class. My eighth grader did struggle through elementary school at a different school but has excelled at PBMA during his middle school years. I highly recommend this school, especially if you want to partner with the school to get your child the best education possible.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2010
Palm Beach Maritime Academy is an 'A' rated school dedicated to every student they serve. The faculty and staff have accepted the challenge to use available knowledge and foresight to meet the objective of educating the future generation of citizens who will apply their maritime education in their roles as stewards of the environment. Their goal is clear--to provide every student, regardless of socio-economic background, with an education that prepares them for the finest high schools, colleges and universities bolstered by a keen understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The innovative maritime curriculum ensures that fundamental environmental awareness is based on scientific inquiry, valid information, and siginficant knowledge of both recent discoveries and the work of early scientists. Students paricipate in many hands-on learning activities in the natual 'classroom' that is uniquely available in the coastal region of Palm Beach County. We love Palm Beach Maritime Academy!

- submitted by a community member
April 15, 2010
My son has excelled at the school and loves it there. he enjoys going to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
March 31, 2009
I am a parent of two students that have been raised with the PBMA family. Currently my daughter just started Middle School this year and my son graduated into High School. I love the warm environment that my family has experienced. Every teacher and admin member not only personally knows both of my children but take an interest in their wants and needs. The tutoring that the teachers offer after school has been a comfort in preparing my children for FCAT test and such. My son was more than prepared for high school and excels in his new school because of the strong base he was given in the early years. I was thrilled when I did not have to worry about finding a quality middle school for my children. They did not have to go through that rough transition but instead could continue their education with the teachers and students.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 21, 2008
My child has been attending this school for 3 years. It is a terrible school! The staff is rude to the parents and students. The principle is a women on a power trip and her staff takes her attitude as well. They all act like they hate their jobs and punish everyone around them. The PBMA website states they teach with an emphasis on maritime studies. They do not, unless you consider boating them to Peanut a few times maritime studies. Most of the students that attend here have behavior problems and disrupt the classes. I am amazed by the work my child sends home. I don't even think the teaches look at them. My child has been given high marks on papers that were completely wrong. There is sports or electives like other schools. When reading the reviews please note that all the good ones are from years ago.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2007
Responding to the parent who is upset about 'drama'...As a parent of both a boy and a girl attending PBMA for many years, I have never had this problem or anything like it. I have found through raising teenagers that you sometimes have to let children solve their own problems. I have never found that the school attracts the type of students you say. That is an unfair statement and reflects negatively on my children as well as all the other students there. The students at PBMA have won awards for their academics and for outside activities and are of better character than you'll find at any other middle school. I have always recommended this school to others and will continue with confidence.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2007
My two children moved into PBMA from a very large and consistently 'A-rated' school in Board County. I felt moving them into a smaller environment would make things easier for them as far as making friends and the learning process. I was wrong. It seems as though children who cannot deal well in the regular public schools often migrate to this one. The school seems to have a pension for the 'dramatic' when it comes to behavior of the students. I do think that most of the teachers are exceptional and are very committed to their students. However, the children that make learning difficult for others and hold back advanced curriculum from being taught can be found in abundance in the classes of these teachers who I believe want to make a difference. My kids were often derailed from the learning process by kids who simply can't do the work.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2007
My children have been attending Palm Beach Maritime Academy for the past two years. Their first year went extremely well. They both had amazing teachers who went above and beyond to bring them up to grade level. This year one of my children has ended up with a teacher who has very little tolerance for children with ADHD. The principal apparently doesn't have the time to deal with these type of issues. I also have issues concerning safety of my children at school and on the bus.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2006
PBMA is a very good alternative to regular district schools. I am pleased with all of the faculty and staff that do a great job with all of the kids. There are some parents that do not realize how lucky we are to have the opportunity to choose a school such as this one. I would like to see more parent involvement next school year. I surprise to hear the school mentioned on the radio. The FCAT scores had gone from C to A. This gives you an idea of how hard the teachers have worked to make our children successful with all of the testing. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2005
My kids have attended PBMA since they were in kindegarten and I have been nothing but pleased with everything about that school, from staff to curiculum....positivly great.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2005
I would like to give my thanks to the wonderful staff at this school for the help they have given my children. Anytime my kids have a problem the staff are always ready to help. My oldest son had problems with homework, I talked to the teachers about it, and they told me how I could help him to do the work. As a result his grades are improving. Again, thanks for being such a great school!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2005
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- submitted by a student
May 30, 2005
My neighbor's daughter attends this school and finds it to be top-notch. Her daughter has learned a lot about Marine Studies as well as the basic Academic studies in elemenatry school. A true difference among the plain things.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
PBMA has been a secure safe place for my two children to grow up. I love the personal attention that the teacher show my children as well as the idea that the same children follow each other up through middle school. My children have bonded with a great group of friends and have succedded in everything they have tried as a result of a great set of teachers preparing them and helping them build the self esteem needed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2005
I have two children attending this school. I have been impressed with the quality of education my children have received. My son started this school in 6th grade, and he is in his last year. He left elementary making A/B and he has become a straigt A student. This school has qualified and caring teachers and I believe the small class size makes a huge difference. My son has been excepted into two private schools, and IB magnet program. The problem has been choosing from one of the three. My daughter has been at this school for three years. Again, she has excelled and is straight A student. Also, I think is important to know that I have had peace of mind because my kids have been safe at this school. They have strict rules and they don't tolerate any kind of violence. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2005
I like this school for my child because of its small class size. An the individual attention the teachers have to spend with the students because they don't allow over 25 to a class. So your child is not a number like in public school. The teachers really care about the progress of the students and keep you well informed. The acedemics are no different than going to Public school they have to follow the same guidelines. But they do offer a reading class that will help your child with the FCAT. My child has attended this school for 3 years. I reccommend it to any parent that is looking for the smaller school that has no violence. And a more personal touch to it than public school.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2005
My daughter has been going to this school for 3 years and with any new school there are adjustments. The staff here has always made it a major part of there daily duties to make sure the children are in a safe comfortable learning space.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2005
My child is learning so much and goes to school with a smile on her face. I couldn't ask for more!

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2004
I feel that this school is doing a great job. the class room size are small at about 20 t0 25 kids, the teacher show great interest in the kids and they provide assistance for kids that need extra help after school at no additional charg. I strongly feeel that the principle is on the right track.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2004
My children have loved going to Maritime Academy. The teachers are wonderful and the staff cares about the kids. The principal, although a bit eccentric at times, has a great heart and has great vision. My children have always felt safe at this school and every child receives attention if they are not performing at their best. I would recommend the school to others.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2003
My child had previously attended private school and I was nervous about putting him in a public school. I have been nothing but pleased with this school and it's staff. I would (and have) reccomended this school to everyone I know.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2003
I would take issue with the parent whose child 'spoke back' to a teacher - rather, the child screamed a curse at the teacher in the hallway in front of many other students and was correctly, I believe, disciplined by the school administration. i have always found the staff to be fair-minded, my child is very happy and enjoys going to school, my child is learning, and I feel I have put him/her in a very safe environment due, in no small part, to the uniform enforcement of the discipline code. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
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Due to small classes in a small school, teachers and administrators know most students by name, and it is much easier to monitor students and troubleshoot problems before they get out of control. Students are expected to adhere to the code of conduct and the dress code, and the safety of our students is primary.

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Palm Beach Maritime Academy
1518 W. Lantana Road, West Palm Beach, FL  33462
(561) 547-3775
Last modified Palm Beach Maritime Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-10. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Palm Beach Maritime Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top