We arrived from another country and enrolled our child in second grade two years ago. She is now in fourth grade. The quality of the leadership, particularly the principal, of the teachers and of the rest of the staff working at this school is outstanding. They offer a perfect combination of academic excellence, opportunities to develop various talents the children may have through activities they carry out during and after school, and this is done in a nurturing learning community that prepares students for the challenges of the future. Finally, an important aspect for parents coming from out of the country, they are proud of being a school were many nationalities are represented, and will make your child feel at home from day 1. We come from a prestigious private institution in another country, and we are can confirm that, being a public school, Everglades is all about excellence.
Principal Tillinger is the worst principal I've ever dealt with at any school. Completely unapproachable. He hides behind his secretary and does not return phone calls. He is impossible to get a conference with. Once you finally do get in contact with him ( for me it took months) he will tell you whatever you want you want yo hear to get you out of his office. He is a spineless weasel who is not fit for the position he is in.
The principal is phenomenal. Excellent faculty and staff. This school has high academic standards.I highly recommend this school.
Outstanding! It all starts with positive leadership. Principal, teachers, office staff are all A+ As the school song goes...."Catch our spirit, catch it while you can.....Everglades spirit, it's the best school in the land!"
My son attended Everglades from Kindergarten to 5th grade. The academic level is outstanding! Teachers are highly educated and have constant communications with parents, Mr Tillinger is a great Principal, Staff is caring and loving, without no doubt I recommend this school.
My son attended Kindergarten with Mrs. Crowe. She is a great teacher. She is experienced and can makes sure your child is challenged.
The post by Sheri in December 2006 has been my experience also. The expectations are unrealistic. The children are pushed to far too soon. I know several other parents also have had to get tutors. We came from an excellent school system. Our previous school was able to maintain a great rating while realizing that children have limits. There is no freedom to be a child at this school. The grade level work is too advanced. We do 2 to 3 hours of homework a night. We've also had to hire a tutor.
We were hesitant to relocate with a Kindergartener, after the school year started, but everyone made our transition easy and I've been extremely impressed! It's so obvious that his teacher goes above and beyond to teach the kids in a fun way to help them learn. My son is coming home daily with tons of new knowledge. And happy!!!
Our child has attended Everglades for three years now and has had a high-quality educational experience. Teachers are brilliant and caring; administrative staff are very responsive to our needs. We are willing to pay more for our house so that we can live within the school boundary and take advantage of Weston schools.
The teachers and the staff are great, they do their best to educate and care our kids.
This school is excellent. It is an A+ school with a great principal, Mr. Tillinger, and a wonderful administrative staff that are always available to assist. The teachers my children have had are excellent and many of them have been with the school for 5-10 years. They have a strong gifted student program, as well as being an ESE magnet school. The premises are spotless which makes for a healthy learning environment. the music and art programs are outstanding. I highly recommend this school.
My daughter has been at Everglades for the past 3 years and each year I have been happy with both her academic and social growth.
While I could go on for a number of paragraphs, I'll share simply the overriding dynamic that makes Everglades a superior public elementary school (even in a small city full of highly-rated elementary schools): The positive attitude, genuine concern for the students' academic and personal success, excellent academic preparedness of the schools' educators, and desire to be an open-door school that keeps open the lines of communication with its families very naturally trickles down -- from the administration (principal and assistant principal) to the teachers, to the office and support staff, and the PTA. How lucky we are to be in this district and to have our children attend Everglades Elementary!
We are very pleased with Everglades. It is like a private school at public school prices. The parents are very involved. The principal, vice principal and majority of teachers are excellent.
I have two childrens that goes to everglades, one of them is very special, she has down sindrome, she has 12 yrs old, since the beginning this school has been the best thing we have seen, the close contact with the teachers, their programs, the profesionalism from the whole staff, from botton to principals, this school remains a 5 star school.
In 2005 I rated this school as 5 star, and it still remains a 5 star school.The administration,teachers and all support staff can only be rated as outstanding. It is now the end of third grade for one child, who is so prepared academically and emotionally thanks to her teacher Mrs. Haines and Mrs. Machado from the prior year. My twins who are so different academically but Mrs. Winer and Mrs Silverman have helped both boys soar through the roof. I, as a gifted teacher in Miami Dade County for 21 years, can truly say that the level of learning and parental involvement at Everglades Elementary is superior to most. I look forward to many more positive and productive years here.
An awesome school. When you're there, it feels like a small quaint school setting because the administration and staff are so personable, genuine, and caring. The administration has an open door policy and are very approachable and accessible. My child's teacher is incredible and loves working there. Strong and supportive PTA and volunteer group. I can't say enough nice things about this school. I just wish it went up to 12th grade.
Fabulous school! The homes in my neighborhood sell at a premium specifically related to the desire to attend Everglades. Because of this, there are very few homes for sale in my neighborhood as compared to other neighborhoods in the city. In addition to the strong leadership of the administration and the friendly office staff, the teachers are awesome. The staff have a wonderful moral and attitude which is set by the administration and trickles down to the students. I have had kids in every grade at this school and have been very pleased. The teachers truly go above and beyond. My kids can't wait to get up in the morning and go to school. This school is like a private school for FREE. The PTA is strong and its leadership is well liked by all. The drama and art clubs are spectacular.
My children attended another excellent public school in New Jersey before we moved to Weston this summer. I was expecting the same type of education and curriculum at Everglades. I was wrong. It is all about the FCAT exam and parents are almost forced to hire tutors for their children to compete with the unrealistic academic expectations. I am also horrified by the lack of 'non-FCAT' time. What happened to balanced education? If you want to spend 2-3 hours a night with kid home work and if you want to hire a tutor so the school can continue to receive high FCAT scores, enroll your child in Everglades. If you want balanced elementary education, look elsewhere.
Any concerns that I've had as a parent regarding my two sons have all been attended in the most efficient, caring and personable way. From the Principal to the Teachers, to the Office Administration and Cafeteria. Our family belongs to the Everglades 'Otter' family. Keep up the great work!
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