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Benoist Farms Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 704 students

 

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Posted November 1, 2013

I think these ratings are harsh. Our teachers work diligently to make learning exciting and fun. We invite parents into the classroom to volunteer and be a part of their child's experience. The teachers get along very well. We have made close personal friendships. If you spend time at this school, attending PTA meetings, SAC meetings, Science and Literacy Nights, the Talent Shows, and the Awards Ceremony, then you will not doubt how much we LOVE parent involvement.The Principal, not only knows when locks are broken on any door, she makes sure the District comes immediately to fix it.She makes safety her TOP priority at this school, for everyone in the building. Behavior issues get addressed by calling a parent in to discuss and our school has one of the best Guidance Counselor's in Palm Beach County available to talk with you and your child. We have a zero tolerance for aggressive behavior and we have several solutions for your child, but we need to know that it is happening.Two teachers are based in all Reading Classes to provide your children the highest academic experience. ESE and Speech children are seen every day. Parent mtgs begin at 2:15. Have you THANKED a teacher?
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 26, 2013

In the PK area gates don't get locked and AC has not been working for a week now. Principal claimed had not idea until last Friday. Gates still not being locked and AC broken.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

I have a terrible rating for this school. I dislike everything about it. the academics, the policies. There is a huge amount of bullying and nothing done. The bus rides are unsafe and again, nothing done. ghetto. Your child needs to be a ruff neck to make it. No parent involvement, myself included, I never felt it would matter here. Terrible. Glad to be gone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2013

the school and the Principal is wonderful! They treat every child special and really make learning fun !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2012

I think there are far better public school in Palm Beach County! This school like any other has dedicated, hardworking good teachers. The Principal is another story, I have had the chance to meet with her on plenty of occasions and none of them good. I think she needs leadership and parenting courses. Not to say she is not a good parent but she has to do better with the kids enlisted to her care on a daily basis. She really shows no concern for the children, parents or her staff. Yes these are all opinions on my part but it does not make well for my children and the greater good of her school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2012

I have a son with an IEP, This school is supposed to have professional personal for children with special needs however the quality of education of this place is not what the children are supposed to have. The special needs teachers, speech pathologist, the principal, they all need training how to deal with children with special needs. The only way I was able to get more information about my sons progress was by written everything and having IEP review meetings, this is how I was able to get one daily note. The school district supports them on all of the mistakes and lack of professionalism. Bad school, if you have a child with special needs, try to don't put him/her in this school, you will waste the precious time and opportunity that your child has on their early age.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2011

THIS IS A SCHOOL U SHOULD NEVER GO TO FIRST OF ALL THERES ALWAYS A FIGHT GOING ON AND WHY WOULD YOU WANT UR CHILD TO GO IN A COMMUNITY LIKE THIS thats why my child is in a better school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2011

This school.......is THE MOST TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, SCHOOL MY DAUGHTER HAS EVER ATTENED. SOME of the teachers are disturbing creatures. They complain all the time about their jobs. Parent pickup is a hazardous cluttered mess. I have no idea who is bringing my child to my car. The grades are overall terrible. And don't even get me started on the principle and this annoying "code of conduct".......


Posted February 12, 2011

I actually appreciate the school and code of conduct - I belive that if your child needs extra assistance then a regular public school will not meet his/her needs - Daughter has been in the school for 2 years and I love it - She has strived and come a long way and Being awarded for her good work - The Teachers she has and had have been wonderful addressed me with any concerns and the school seems well organized - my step kids go to palmetto and i have never seen such disorganization and lack of proper communication - But on this site have 5 stars seems like Bull to me and BFES has 3 Ridiculous - I enjoy this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2011

My son is a student and I am a volunteer and I am very satisfied with the school, some teachers and staff. There are a few things that I would change but overall it is a very good school. I just moved from a place where the school system and schools were horrible and the FL school system and this school are a heck of a lot better system. It has one big problem, and that problem is not the principal or the teachers, or the PTO, like one review says, it s the parents. Right now, the school needs more parent involvement for the school to go forward but saying the school is bad and that the rules are too harsh or saying that the PTO does not do its job is not right. If you think it s a bad school, don t move your child, get involve with it. That s the way to make it better. I would change some things, but I can say that because I am there to see what I think needs to be changed. Come on parents, get involved. And to those new parents, BFES is a very good school, and has good teachers. Check it out for yourselves. Don t be persuaded otherwise .Good Luck!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

It is a miserable environment at BFES. Its been like rollercoaster ride. Students have been suspended arbitrarily. Who ever heard of a student being suspended for throwing food in the cafeteris (and it was their first offense!). The PTO does not appear strong. The Principal canceled many PTO meetings this year and even held one without any parents present because she forgot to do a 'phoneblast'!. Teachers look miserable. I've heard other parents complain as well. The Principal just isn't fair, she 's always changing things, like schedules and she does not appear to sincerely care about all the students in the school. Kids that were not doing well were not given extra help like through the tutoring program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

I want to talk about the faculty and PTA members of this school. The school doesn't have money but they give so much of their personal time to try and give the kids the education and support that they need and aren't always able to get at home. Children want to do the right thing. Benoist Farms Elementary works hard to make it happen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

Well my complaint is the fact that outisde of the horrible dismissal process, the rude staff conducting the dismissal process, my childs teacher never even acknowledges the fact that he has gotten in the car with me. Which makes me wonder if maybe someone a bit younger could just get in to anyones car. They are to busy talking. Some man I do not even know put my son in the car, and not once did his teacher look up or acknowledge in anyway that he was gone. I understand that it is very hectic and it is a challenge, but if you have time to stand around and talk you have time you make sure students are put in the car.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2009

My daughter used to enjoy going to school every day until this current year with the departure of Principal Paul. The new Principal has rules that are made up for Middle or High School kids; I think she is not dealing properly with the children and has no patience at all. Elementary school children should not be sent home for being disruptive or talking in class and there should be steps towards any suspension. Also the parents should be involved in the decision and not being advised about it or asked to come and pick up your child because he or she has been suspended. I am looking forward moving just for my child to attend another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2009

When Mr Paul was at this school it was an awesome school. Dr Miller however, has made school miserable. I am not happy. Neither are my children and by the looks of things neither are the staff. Thank God summer is here and I don't have to listen to the code of conduct being preached over and over and over again. I cringe every time I hear her reciting it. Give it a rest already!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2008

My son is assisting to this school, he is 6. We came from Ecuador 6 months ago. I am so happy with the school and teachers. My son has could learn more english then me at this time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

I am a teacher at Benoist Farms Elementary School. I have never been happier at any job. All of the teachers get along very well. Mr. Paul encourages creativity in all our classrooms. This is a very friendly school. We walk around smiling as do the children. Safety is our number one concern and we nicely remind the children. You won't find any screaming going on at this school. It is unfortunate that no one has update their review of this charming school in such a long time. I am happy to do so.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 30, 2006

When my kids first came to benoist farms . I couldnt stand it .. now its not a bad school , since they changed princapals , mr paul was like a breath of fresh air to the school , the staff seems alot happier now that he has taken the helm , lets just give it a chance to turn around it has turned around alot now ,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2005

Many of the kids in my area attend this school. The grounds have not been kept up to above standards since the hurricanes of 2004. Many of the children are disruptive and roudy in and outside of school. Not much control over this growing problem. Lack of school pride. Test scores for the FCAT are very poor. Then again it may be hard to concentrate with so many distractions
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2005

When I would pick my children up after school I would overhear some of the teachers complaining about how unhappy they were working there. I encountered several issues with discipline at the school. My child was injured twice and nothing was done by the principal or the teachers regarding this problem. The principal made arbitrary rules which she would change at a moments notice. The system that this school has for parent pick up is rediculous. They would release students at different times {ie. bus riders then walkers)even when the weather was bad. I would rather drive my children 30min. to there new school than have them return to Benoist which is 5min. away. My children use to enjoy and look forward to going to school until they attended Benoist Farms.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
41%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
82%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
43%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
28%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
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 "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 57%
Hispanic 27%
White 11%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 4%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 79%73%61%
Master's degree 21%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 8%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. RUTHANN MILLER
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1765 Benoist Farms Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
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