Students enrolled 1186
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School leader MR. KEITH PETERS
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District Broward County School District
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1101 Glades Parkway
Weston, FL 33327

(754) 323-5850
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4 stars
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August 07, 2014
Excelent Elementary Excelent Teachers Excelent Staff!!! Excelent PRINCIPAL Pretty nice environment, the ESOL system is very hepful, I don't have any complaint about it...

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
Gator Run has been a rewarding experience for both of my kids. Parents are very involved and the school is challenging, safe and friendly. I am surprised and sad to see when others don't have a good experience. Hopefully there are only a couple bad seeds in this school because I would love for my kids to keep thriving the way they have the past two years. They come home with smiles and they are learning so much. The principal is outside greeting families with a huge smile and he updates everyone by phone. I'm happy.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
Shame on you Gator Run. We had a mediocre first grade teacher. I requested my son to be switched to a different classroom at the beginning of the year but the principal did not accomodate. My son who used to be a super involved enthusiastic student has now lost all interest in learning due to the lack of teacher guidance and involvement. Now the teacher "took a vacation leave" and left her class 10 days before the end of the school year. What kind of teacher does that?! Shame on you :(

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2013
I am happy with the school. I moved from California two years ago and comparing schools, Gator Run is better organized, safety is excellent (nobody can enter the school if not approved as a volunteer - checked background, and must sign in in the forgot office) ,the new principal amazing, he is so involved in everything: he is everywhere, greets all students and parents, even run in the Boosterthon race and attended with his family a local restaurant to help collect funds for the school. My sons are happy at this school. Both teachers are excellent. Just in first grade I was not satisfied with the teacher, she was not aware of things she did not notice my son being a potential for the gifted program and even suggested he would not succeed. Totally wrong, I had him tested and he is doing wonderful in the gifted program for 2 years and had excellent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
I have really nothing good to say about my daughter's experience at this school other than making friends. There are some bad things about this school and i will mention just two of them. 1. Car traffic in the mornings is horrible. You wait almost 30 minutes in line and staff at gator run dont seem to care to adress the problem. 2. The Teacher that my daughter had was terrible. Teacher was lack of all good qualities a good caring devoted teacher should have. I dont want to give details but my daughter learned more in pre-k than kindergarden. One thing i will say the parents seem more enthusiastic helping the kids than the own teacher.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2012
My son started Kindergarten in this school this year and we are now beginning our second semester here. For 2 years prior, he attended the Montessori school in Weston. I find that the curriculum is far behind what he was studying in the Montessori, though it rivals other high-ranking public elementary schools. Parent involvement is really what makes this school great. In kindergarten, students have plenty of individualized attention with parents volunteering in the classroom daily. I do love the fact that there is an advanced reading program in Kindergarten. There is a LOT of diversity (mainly White, Latino and Chinese) though many cultures and religions are represented and the district is highly affluent and worldly; the cultures seem to get along very well. The school could improve on the following: playground equipment, time spent outside (currently approximately 2 recesses per week), foreign language offering (none at the moment), and some staffers' attitudes toward students and parents (oftentimes condescending; the principal and staff will yell at classes at lunch and in the hallways, and staff scolds parents instead of patiently explaining.)

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2011
This is my daughter's first year at Gator Run and I could not be more pleased! Reading through the reviews, I am shocked to see some of the complaints- we have had nothing but the most wonderful experience. I could not be happier with the quality of the school and the education my daughter is receiving. I look forward to the next several years at Gator Run!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2011
The car pool line is ineffective. Lazy parents park in the front lot, drop their kids, block traffic while walking back to their cars while we sit in line and wait. Administration greets them while they block traffic and we sit and wait. It causes extra traffic as they exit the parking lot .

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no rating April 25, 2010
Best school, best teachers, best principal, superb education,everyone has a positive attitude, love it !!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2010
I was an intern at Gator Run for two years. This was the best elementary school I had the chance to work with. The teachers are excellent as well as the principle. Being an intern I was able to see 'behind the scenes' in many classrooms. Trust me: this school is great. Besides the wonderful education, parent participation and security, this school has a great materials to meet each child's needs and create unique activities. A++

- submitted by a community member
August 30, 2009
This school has it together. The car pool this year is organized! The prinicipal was visible the first day of school and at the meet and greet. She seems very pleasant and has a very well run office staff as well as excellent teachers. I am impressed.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
Horrible principal. Never can be seen around school after the first week of school. Make decisions based on what is beneficial for her and her kids since they also attend Gator Run. And carpool this year is a joke!! What a complete mess!!

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2009
Our child has been at Gator Run K-5 and will now be going to middle school. The quality of the teaching has been excellent and our child recently received 3 fives on the FCAT (reading, math, and science) this year. Many of our friends pulled their kids from Sagemont to send them to Gator Run, as the quality of the education is on par with private school programs. The quality of the schools is one of the many perks of living in Weston.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2009
This is an excellent school. Teachers are challenging and loving. The office staff is really friendly and helpful, yet security is tight. I know my kids are safe each day. The test scores are evidence of the exceptional education and parent involvement is exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2009
Teachers are great. They are willing to challenge the students regardless of what level they are on. I found most of the office staff to be helpful. I have volunteered there on a regular basis and have yet to see the principal. She seems to be locked behind a door. In fact, I thought the Vice Principal was the actual principal until another parent informed me of the mix up. However, security is great. You don't need to worry about their safety when you drop your kids off. Great education and great security!!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2009
I have a 3rd grader and a Kindergardener attending Gator Run and we love it.....The school is clean, staff is friendly and the teachers are awesome!!! The kids love going to school there and are learning so much....I say yes attend school here...

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no rating November 10, 2008
Gator Run gives too much homework and parent's are expected to be involved in every homework and projects assigned. Without parent involvement kids are clueless. I wonder where my tax dollars are going to? I seem to be educating my own child.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2008
All three of my children attend/have attended Gator Run. My oldest son, now in middle school, started at Gator Run in Kindergarten all the way through the 5th grade. I can't say enough about this school. Wonderful teachers, wonderful support staff. The carpool drop off and pick up is no worse than any other school. Good, tight security (never a problem when visiting the school for events...everything runs smoothly). Event parking is an issue but doable and seems to improve each time. The school improves on itself every year. I have two children still attending Gator Run. We couldn't be happier.

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August 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2008
I have been there for a year. I love the school. The teachers are great. I like that they want to take extra precautions for the school to be safe. Will highly recommend the school

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2008
What makes this school great is the teaching. The teachers deliver a quality education in a caring environment. It's evident they love their job. I don't care about the long carpool lines or tight security when there are only 18 students in a class and my children are thriving.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 08, 2008
Gator Run is an excellent school, if you are moving to the area I highly recommend it! Teachers are what make the school and they have A+ teachers (besides the great security). Your typical snooty 'Weston Mom' might not be pleased, but my 3 kids are very happy and getting a great education!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2008
This the third year of my child on GR and apart of the 5 minute mayhem at the carpool, I can tell (and the comparison ratings as well) everything is great for parents who get INVOLVED on education and not leaving everything on the school. Absolutely great teachers who make all childs feel loved and respected. Child security is also a plus and unless a parent or a visitor register previosly on the main office, they are not allowed by any circumstances on the premises. A+ school!

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May 12, 2008
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no rating April 24, 2008
Too much focus on Safety and not enough teaching, too much testing and no learning, traffic terrible and not very friendly staff unless you are 'known' here. No help from office and HIRE your oun tutor you will need it. Keep looking around for more schools,..try Eaglepoint!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
I've watched the school grow and change over the past 10 years. I was here when is had it's first class and I have a child there now. This school has definately become more strict, but we have to face we live in South Florida and we all want to have our children safe. I was frustrated with the increased security, but I had to take a step back and realize the cost if the system didn't run as tight as it does. Teachers. I have not had one bad teacher. All different, some harder on the kids, but overall I am secure with the education my kids have received. My oldest in in honors classes in High School and was a Gator Run Kid.

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January 04, 2008
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December 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2007
3 stars for PTA, teachers, and volunteer involvment. However, the controlled environment limits everyone. It's not the worst school my child has been to, but I'd consider looking at all other options in the area before settling for this one. There are some serious issues with upper level managing, parking and overall friendliness.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2007
this school is just awful. we moved from Weston in 2005 . there is no comparison to the education that my children are now getting in Massachusetts!! talk about harsh if your first grader forgets his notebook ..forget about dropping it off at the school No Way!! it is way to overcrowded . The principal at our new school knows my name and my children's names !!. She also reads and signs each childs report card . The teachers do not teach at Gator Run . we had to hire a tutor!! In Massachusetts if your child needs extra help the teacher will actually stay after hours and help your child. Thank god we moved my children are finally getting an education.. Weston definitely lags behind the rest of the united states.. Plan on paying for private schools do not waste your time at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2007
My 3 children have been in other Broward County schools and I must say this is the worse by far. I thought by moving to Weston it would be better, but I was wrong. Ms. Sasse does not take her job as principal about the kids, she sees it as a contest to see if she can be number 1 in all these school contests. At the other Broward schools, EVERYONE worked together as a team. The principals were ALL friendly & approachable, as was the PTA. Here, being principal & being on the PTA committee is just a 'title' they think is worth bragging about. In reality, the PTA comm. does not do anything. That is why there are so many other committees to do all the leg work & the PTA Comm takes credit for it. Would not recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2007
Outdated website, poor communication & very disorganized. Big pta membership but only a few great parents that help. Insane carpool. Two years of stress & chaos is enough! our children are going to private school because broward schools & area charter schools get a solid f! far below the standards of the weston community.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
Gator Run is an excellent school with caring teachers, a strong administration, and involved parents. The gifted program is wonderful with full-time gifted classes and teachers who are qualified to teach them. Gator Run offers a safe, loving environment for students. It's a great place to be!

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February 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2007
Would not recommend this school to anyone. Overcrowded, unresponsive principal. Large PTA but poor communication with few active volunteers. Unsafe campus with traffic & parking issues. Curriculum all for the FCAT test which is flawed. Very poor when compared with out of state schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
September 21, 2006
I haven't been here long for I just moved here but to compare it to the other school,I find that it is a little harsh it is very hard to know what is going on although they have lots of involvement from the parents(I fill out a form which will take months)I get what's going on in class through my child and I don't hear much learning going on and the homework needs to be explain to the child not just write it off the board.Yes,there is a P.T.A but I would love to see more interaction between the parents and children(maybe a reading program where the parent goes in and the child reads to them.My other complain is there is no Spanish where I hear the other schools are going to be starting and not in 5th grade but in 1st.Not too sure about the school as yet.Kathy

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
Gator Run Elementary has been an absolute disappointment. Both teachers and office staff are lazy and behave as if the job is 'part-time'. The school hours is short and provides no extra curricular activities, God forbid they have to work extra. Most students are being tutored, out of pocket, to compensate for the lack of education. If a child needs extra help, the staff recommends too quickly, to retain the student to repeat the grade, rather than take the time and work with the child. The staff is very snooty and have adapted to the persona of the 'Weston Attitude'.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2006
Serious overcrowding - severe traffic issues - unreasonable rules - stressfull environment for parents & children. Disorganized and not family friendly. Teachers are just doing their job, however the administration is out of control!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2006
Gator Run has an incredibly active PTA which is a huge help to the school. The parent involvement is what really sets this school apart from most other programs. Over all, the quality of the education is quite good. I have two children in the program and both like their teachers and have reasonable class sizes (18 and 21). The rules are so rigid that it is impossible to feel any sense of individuality in your child's education.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2006
The teachers and students seem to be matched well. The personalities match. The class sizes vary according to the needs of the students. Students that need more help get more help.

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April 28, 2006
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April 25, 2006
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April 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2006
Extracurricular activities are pretty much non existent; sometimes the office staff is not very helpful and rude. Hard to get appoints. A lot of teaching for test.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2006
In my opinion, this School is run like a prison. I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. The Principal as well as the Assistant Principal are disrespectful of both parents and students alike. I will say that Ms. Powers, the guidance counselor is a pleasure and should be promoted. She is extremely helpful, friendly and courteous.

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February 07, 2006
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January 29, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
November 27, 2005
Good teachers, good families. Technology and resources are not to par. Great parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2005
Run very well to be as big as it is. My child has been there four years and has had excellent teachers. Also, there does not seem to be a lot of turnover in teachers and staff.

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September 01, 2005
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August 30, 2005
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August 19, 2005
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August 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2005
Starting for the office staff, Gator Run is a school where the word 'friendly' is not their word. When my kids were there, Mrs. Sasee was the principal, and she was not a warm person with any student. The students weren t her priority, however most of the teachers were very good .

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August 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2005
I think is a good school overall it has some problems with space- to many portables classrooms.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2005
Quality of academics greatly dependent on teacher. Currently under construction and there is limited extracurricular activities. However nice sense of community within school.

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July 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2005
Great school. Teachers are helpful and involved (at least at k level). Parents need to be on top of homework assignement and teacher's comments to ensure kids reach required level.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2005
The PTA is very active and parent involvement is definitely obvious. I'm new to the school, but I am very pleased with my son's kindergarten teacher. I feel that it is a very nurturing environment where education is highly stressed and teachers as well as administration are supportive of children's as well as parents' needs.

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February 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2005
At Gator Run, my kid wasn t comfortable. He didn t like the way teachers discipline kids. In my case, I don t agree with the way the principal direct the school. It s too much of a 'hard control', and its not direct on the right way.

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January 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2005
excellent safety, secure, dedicated teachers and staff.

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January 17, 2005
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October 29, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2004
I'd like the Principal to take a different approach with the students. This is a great school but the students (specially my son's friends) are scared when she approaches to them. She needs to lose a little her attitude so they can feel that she is always there to help them. Students need to see her as an example and in order for them to feel that, they need to communicate with her, is like having a wall between the Principal and the students.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2004
This is the second year of my kids and they really like the school. Teaching is great and most of the teachers are very friendly. My only concern is safety, specially when it has been bad weather, it was not well organize.

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August 25, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2004
This was the first year of my kids at Gator Run, and they really liked it. Teaching is great and most of the teachers are very nice. However, we don t agree at all with the way the Principal runs the school, students are not her priority.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2004
The School's Principal (Mrs. Sasse) seams to be more concern about safety and security than comfort and happiness of students. Almost all the extracurricular, artistical and fun activities have been eliminated of the School Calendar during 2003.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2003
Gator Run has proven to be a great school. It is one of the few which offers a full time gifted program rather than a pull out program. Education is priority as well as safety for the children.

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Gator Run Elementary School
1101 Glades Parkway, Weston, FL  33327
(754) 323-5850
Last modified Gator Run Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Gator Run Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 75 reviews.