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Grassy Waters Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 718 students

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Posted October 8, 2013

Grassy Waters is one of the best school in Florida. I am proud too to say it .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

I really like that school and I am proud to say to all my friends than my kids attend to Grassy Waters . The Principal every year does her best I know some teachers are rude but thank's God there are some of them they not only teachers ,they are mothers and fathers for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

We are so very happy to welcome back all of our students and families to another wonderful school year at Grassy Waters. We also would like to extend a heartfelt "welcome to the family" to all our new students and families. Grassy Waters is a fabulous school. Our faculty and staff are top notch. They absolutely love what they do and the children we have at Grassy Waters. We are looking forward to a phenomenal year. Sincerely...Mrs. Galindo (your Assistant Principal)
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 12, 2013

this is a great school its our first year here but we are happy to be attending a great school grassy waters .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

We moved here from NY state and were very nervous about sending our daughter to this school. We absolutely love it. Everyone has been so kind and welcoming. Her kindergarten teacher and the support staff are wonderful! Academically our daughter has been challenged by the curriculum, but at the same time excited about learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2013

All this school cares about is the FCAT. The principal is all about her, not the kids. This school needs to offer clubs like many other elementary schools do. Since class time is so limited clubs would be an asset. The kids need to be exposed to more than just FCAT and diaognistics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2013

Hate It, Really dislike the principal!!!! Staff very rude and unprofessional!!!!! Dont send your kids here!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2012

GRASSY WATERS is the worst that my son hve every been to the teacher are bad the principal has no respect for the parnets she doesnt even listen to what the parnets have to say.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2011

I have two kids in Grassy Waters. We moved here from Georgia which required the kindergarden class to know 100+ words by the end of the year which my son was the first to accomplish but now my daughter doesnt have that goal in Grassy Waters her goal is to learn 25 words for the year which she has already learned within the first month and a half since school started. Now I will be teaching her the other 75+ words that I feel that she should also be learning in school. I have no problem with teaching her at home but I also feel like the standards are too low. I also feel like they need to follow a set curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2011

listen this school is amazing dont listen to these reviews its really fun especially mr.miller and coach roney the teachers are awesome and really work hard to pursue you expectations mrs alber and kelly and burton really care about you and are really fun!!


Posted December 15, 2010

We moved to Palm Beach not knowing what to expect from this school and we have been extremely happy with this school. We have a child in the 3rd grade that needed a lot of help and teachers and staff where on it like white on rice. The ESE program does a lot to help kids that are slow to take, as well as having forums to update, to inform and to involve the parents. The school also came to us because they believe our 1st grader could be leaning towards giftedness. This schools is definitely here to teach and not here to judge or complain. The front office staff is always smiling and any time we are attending the school for anything, every teacher or staff member we've encountered have been down right terrific.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2010

Fortunately, my child only attended this school for one year. The front office staff was nice. Most of the teachers are good. For field trips, etc. only cash is accepted. No checks ever. I found that to be frustrating. The drop-off/pick-off line could be better organized to expedite children going to/from school. In addition, the principal of this school tends to 'boss' the parents around during pick-up time. In my child's class alone, there were sadly, atleast 6 children who attended the school last year and were held back. I found that number to be quite high. In addition, communication from teacher to parent is severely lacking, which is unfortunate with modern technology of the use of e-mails, cell phones, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2008

Grassy Waters is for sure the greaters school in palm beach county.My daughter have mild atusim, and the teachers work with her to give her the best education.thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2008

Wow! Grassy Waters is one of the best schools I have come accross. I never have a problem getting my kids up for school (like I did before this school) and I have to pick them up later from aftercare because they don't want to come home a minute earlier than they have to. I do not agree at all with the review written below (well I agree with the first line about the program being the 'best ever'). My children always have their homework done. They even have a teacher who runs a homework club, so when my children need extra help, they can get it. I have had questions and the Director has always been very helpful in answering my questions and helping me. The font desk staff are very friendly and helpful as well. I would definitely give Grassy Waters and A++ in all areas!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

My boys have been going here for 2 years now and it is a great school. I have to say the aftercare and summer camp is the best ever. They do a lot of activities for them and there's hardly ever down time. I do have a hard time getting homework done and staff co-operation. My son is in dual language spanish and since we don't speak it at home we can't help with homework. There are a lot of spanish teachers in aftercare,but they all seem so young and not verty concerned with homework even thought I have brough it to the directors attention several times. I have to say with all the horror stories I hear about teachers in florida being very cruel to kids, I haven't had any problems at this school, ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

My son attends this school and Grassy Waters has exceed my expectations. He's in a program called 'PROJECT CHILD' which challenge him. He received a 4 on his FCAT scores which 5 is the highest. The teachers in this group are the BEST..they don't put up with ANY misbehaving or fooling around in the classroom. They are expected to do their best at all times. Parents this is a great school, if you let your child know what's expected and work with the teachers. He or She will be a star like my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2007

My daughter has gone here now for two years (she's in the first grade.) There was definitely a concern at first due to the fact that this was a fairly new school and they were bussing in A LOT and they were 'B' rated but as time progressed, I was impressed with how they want to involve the students with doing lots of fun activities outside of school. Also there is an agenda book that is sent home daily to communicate with teachers. I find the discipline to be great and the principal is always visible and involved. I have been very happy so far with the teachers and staff. The school seems to be very well run and overall, I feel, the school is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

My son attends this school. He's in the 1st grade. He's excited about going to school everyday,his reading comprehension has really increased. The teacher really seems to care about her students and creates an enjoyable environment for her pupils. My son was awarded with a citizenship award,in front of the whole 1-2and 3rd graders.Which for a shy boy was a huge confidence builder. Teachers,principal,and members of staff are very approachable and always address my concerns. I'm aware of any events or special activites my son participates in. The school is very organized, safe and pleasant. They really do a good job of motivating the students to get involved with charity work in the community as well. Overall I am very pleased with this school. I hope they get an A rating this year because they deserve one. Grassy Waters is a great school for anyone looking for a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2005

Happy with the quality of academic programs
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
53%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
94%
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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
49%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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

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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 55%
Hispanic 22%
White 14%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 8%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 62%73%61%
Master's degree 36%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Haitian Creole
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • A - Rated (2013)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • 5-Star (2014)
  • 5-Star (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Literary magazine
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Haitian Creole
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish & Multi-cultural

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 2:20 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Jennifer Galindo
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (561) 383-9054

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Other
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Haitian Creole
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Academic Games
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish & Multi-cultural
  • Gardening
  • Literary magazine
  • Running Club
  • Student council/government
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Jeaga Middle School
Bear Lakes Middle School
Crestwood Middle School
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3550 North Jog Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
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Phone: (561) 383-9000

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