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Weston, FL
Students enrolled: 1,179
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19200 Manatee Isles Drive
Weston, FL 33332

(754) 323-6450
(754) 323-6490
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August 11, 2014
Wow, I am searching for schools in Weston, but after I read the comments I am not considering this one for my child.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
This is an amazing school. Highest FCAT scores out of all Broward County Public Schools last year. Teachers are amazing. PTA does so much for the students here too. Also we were the only school in Broward County nominated for the National prestigious award called the Blue Ribbon Award. I would not go anywhere else. I love this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2014
It seems obvious to me that the one and two star ratings are from a disgruntled parent, who is the minority at the school. I have 3 children there and we really enjoy the school and the teachers. Manatee Bay is number one in Math and one of the only schools in the county up for a Blue Ribbon Award. I frequently volunteer at the school and not just in my own childrens' classes, but in others classes where they need help and I have not witnessed any bad behavior from any of the staff. Yes, there is a lot of fundraising, but the school receives no funding for technology because they are an A rated school. All the funding goes to schools with lower ratings. It has nothing to do with the median income of the surrounding area. All the negative publicity around the PTA was also from one disgruntled parent with an agenda. I like the school and I like the principal. The teachers are very tech savvy and easy to get a hold of via email when your child forgets their homework assignments. No school is perfect, but I find the teachers are held to a high standard. We actually turned down the Pines Charter schools because Manatee Bay had higher test scores.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2014
My son is in second grade and my little one starts kindergarten next year. We have had wonderful, caring teachers who put children first and have a passion for teaching. The principal and assistant principal are visible and available all the time. They go above and beyond for the school and students. Wish there was more parental involvement but maybe that will increase next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2014
I really cannot express how shockingly bad my child's teacher is. Many of us moms are so sick our kids have to be shouted at, berated, and threatened with F's in the coming grades if they do not improve at the expected rate. Children who complain of bullying are dismissed if there is no physical harm occurring. Teachers talk among themselves about the bad, intolerable behavior of the kids, by name, in a casual, gossipy fashion, in FRONT of kids and parents. The teachers are quite brazen about their horrible treatment of the children, as they know they are virtually untouchable when it comes to their employment. I know most employees would be fired if they were texting on their phones all day instead of working. At least one teacher is on her phone much of the time. The teachers take advantage that these poor 5 and 6 year old children don't have the ability to know they are being treated in such an undignified, disrespectful manner. Some of these teachers have no shame. We pay dearly to live in Weston, because we thought the schools would be above average. Please don't assume this, do your research. Some of these teachers have no business being around children.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2014
This school does not offer a loving environment our children. Most teachers scream at the children. Most parents will volunteer just so they do not have to leave their children in such a negative school.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
Manatee Bay is a wonderful school, my son had 5 years in this school and him experience was great!! Especially with Miss Mendez, Mrs Fatima Dager and Mrs. Allyssa Bloch.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2013
Awful school, principal just wants money for programs that used to be free. We need to write to the state and ask for an explanation of why the principal does not have money and is asking parents. This is a public and free school. We should not be asked for money for programs such as Accelerated Reader and make our kids walk for something they deserve free. This is taking them away from learning time. We demand that the principal explains to us why there is no money at this school and all the other schools here in weston have money.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
This is a great school!!! We movrd to FL last year. My kids were in private school (one of the best in our country), they adapted quickly. My daughter is in 5th grade now, and she tells me that this school is much better, in terms of teaching aspects and activities. She has to study a lot more, but she tells me that her teachers are very committed with the students. The antibullying policy is strongly enforced. Once a student complains, the situation is immediately resolved. My kids love their teachers. Mr. Schumann is great!!!! And my daughter's teachers are the best. It's very disciplined environment. I love it!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2013
We have been moving around the Country every two years and we had the opportunity to sent our kids to best school districts . This School was the worst experience that we had so far, teachers humiliating kids in front of others, sending them to walk under the sun with more than 100 degrees because they did not complete a homework or task, what is this ???? Please be aware to send your kids to this school, and more if you have one attending 5th grade. Not recommended at all.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2012
I have 3 children that attend MBE. Overall from my experience, I am satisfied with the school. I have heard horrible stories about the principal and some teachers. I think these teachers forget that they are teachers and it just becomes a paying job not about the passion for the kids. One thing I don't like is that this school is always begging for money. They think because we live in "Weston" that every family is wealthy. The PTA gives the room parents a template letter to hand out to all classes asking for $25. Then comes the ridiculous fundraisers asking parents to donate $50 or your hold is left out from the rewards. The field trips are overpriced. You are sent home a list of what gifts the teachers want and don't want. Aftershock activities are $250 each club and now FCAT camp is about $200. I can not afford this with 4 children so my kids are at a disadvantage and not able to participate at a PUBLIC school. I even had one teacher send at least 10 emails asking for holiday donations for other teachers. If you did not send in the money your child is left out when all the other kids are signing the card in class.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2012
I am surprised that the negative comments entered are not investigated by the Broward County School Board. There are some horrible teachers at the school, while others are very dedicated. My child was treated unfairly by his first grade teacher and when I requested that he be transferred to another class, the principal refused to do so. I had to remove my child because he was being emotionally scared. My child is now home schooled and is doing excellent. He is confident, happy and is excelling at his school work and the county testing. I certainly do not wish to send him back to that school when I cannot home school him anymore. The experience was just too traumatic for my son and me.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2012
One of my children just went into middle school. First of all, they teach only to the FCAT. In first grade, my child's teacher told her class the first week of school that if they didn't pass the SAT's, they would not be promoted. My child came home hysterical and that set the tone for the rest of her time at this school with stomach issues and stress of the possibility of not being promoted. Then, when she was in 4th grade, she was bullied by her 3 teachers. The worst experience ever! Thanks to this school, my child doesn't like school and it's a struggle to keep her motivated. Some of the teachers are really good, but you have to sift through them to find the good ones since there are some really bad ones.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2012
Its Michael Robertson and i'm just saying hi to any of my past teachers that see this and thank you. Especially, Mrs.copper, Mrs. Velez, Mr.Allison, and Mrs. Biner (i think i spelled the last teacher wrong). By he way this school is amazing!!!

- submitted by a community member
November 16, 2011
I have had both my boys go through Manatee Bay and I have been very active in volunteering. I believe it is so important to volunteer in your child's classroom and at other activities as often as you can so you can keep you finger on the pulse of what is going on in the classroom, other students and it helps to keep informed. If you NEVER volunteer how can you stand in judgement as to the environment??? The PTA has done an exceptional job in offering the children fun and educational activities. I must say I have been extremely impressed with the quality of the education my children have received. Of course some teachers are better than others but you have to expect that. The front office has changed a lot over the years and they are extremely helpful and caring. The new principal has provided a very warm environment that any child would enjoy and a fantastic learning eopportuniy for those who take advantage of all that is offered, she is very accessible. Unfortunately you can't please everyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2011
My son was a reassignment student in Manatee Bay Elementary. He was scrutinized because he was not from the community. They were racial comments made to him in school. And to make matters worse, he was constantly marked late without any proof, since tardiness is marked by the discretion of the teachers. If the teacher does not like your child, watch out. I reported these issues to the principal who did not believe that my son was targeted. Finally after being marked 31 times late I withdrew my son from Manatee Bay. I believed this would have been a wonderful school, but it is only wonderful if you are not of color. I would never recommend this school for any reassignment child and especially if you are of color.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
This is by far the best elementary school around! The staff is friendly & teachers are very involved. My son is in the first grade & helps a family friend (who's in the 2nd grade & at a different school) with her homework. It's not breezy curriculum, they are challenged which I love. If I could grade it higher I would have.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Love the teachers and the PTA works very hard, lots of activities and challenges for the kids...

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August 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2009
My son is entering into the 4th grade. At the Open House the teacher announced that our children will have only 15min. of recess TWICE A WEEK. On top of that she also announced there will be a 40 min. homework + 20 min. reading + special proyects. That trasnlate in at least an 1 1/2 of homework per day if you are one of the fastest ones. Computers is no longer a special. I cannot believe this school received a 10 by parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 10, 2009
I have been at Manatee Bay for 5 years so far, going on my 6th and I have loved everything about it. I think the staff are professionaland friendly, and the teachers are fabulous. I was very hesitant coming from the Northeast but I couldn't have asked for more.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2009
My children are having wonderful experience at Manatee Bay. Both are receiving a wonderful education and I can not say enough about the safety. I have been in the school for 2 real lockdowns and I was so impressed by the staff's professionalism. I never worry when my kids are at the school. I know that they are being well taken care of. My only complaint is about recess. I wish that the kids all had 15 minutes a day to just blow some steam off. I know for most kids this helps them refocus and enjoy coming to school. I feel that recess is a major part of a child's social development.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2009
Manatee Bay is a very good school. My son has been there for 3 years now. Curriculum should be revised. I agree with other parents on the FCAT focussed curriculum. Big difference between teachers and the way they handle their classrooms. RECESS is a big issue, spaecially for very active kids, who often get detention because they were talking, or walking around the classroon when they should be listening to the teacher. Bottom line , curriculum and recess policy should be revised. Excellent PTA and no complains about Office staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
I am so happy to see that I am not alone in my thoughts on Manatee Bay. As well you will notice that the majority of under 4 star ratings are in the last year. While I have my concerns and negative thoughts regarding this school I will say that academically my son has done better there than his previous 'A' school. While he has excelled academically, he has been scared emotionally. I do agree about the office staff and their lack on concern and sincerity where the kids are concerned. On a heavier note, they claim to embrace the no tolerance on bullying policy but have truly failed in that area. My son has been bullied there and emotionally scared since he came into the school a new student. After addressing it,the response is always that this generation of kids are horrible and they have to ignore it. Unacceptable!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2009
My two sons have attended Manatee Bay the last two years and are currently in 1st and 3rd grades. We have had three great teachers and one average teacher during this time. The school has a well-deserved reputation for academics; however, the administration's curriculum is focused almost exclusively on FCAT tests. There are very few extracurricular activities or outlets for the students, however, there are lots of athletic, music and other activities available in Weston. The school s enrollment is 1,600+ and very overcrowded. I estimate 30%-40% of the students classrooms are in portable trailers outside the main facilities. The portable trailers lack restrooms, washbasins and until this year did not even have a phone for the teacher! Portable trailers should be short-term solutions, but Broward County schools have been using them for years. The portable trailers are sited on what would be the schools playground. Physical education is a once a day 10-min exercise video that students perform in their classrooms. Many days students do not have recess, which I suspect is due largely to the lack or any real playground at the school. It is asking a lot for a 6-year old to focus on academics for 5-1/2 hours straight with a 30-min lunch. My youngest son has a hearing disability, and Broward County has resources to support special needs children, but applied mass. Speech therapy is conducted in groups of 3-7 students and is really focused on English as a second language, not kids with a hearing disability. Thankfully, my health insurance covers speech therapy, so my son receives the individual attention that he needs. Overall, I would give Manatee Bay a B. Solid academics, but over crowding is a major issue that stretches its limited resources.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 04, 2009
The day I enrolled my child, I saw a mother storming in who was called to pick up her child who was sick. They brought out the child and ups... they called the wrong person, little mix up with names you know, need I say more?! That is the general attitude in the front office. Many employees are unhelpful or outright rude, and others are dreadfully unclever. Some teachers are very good, others have now clue as to how to relate to their students, who are from all over the globe. If all this ( and I could go on, and on and on) earns the school a 10 then I am asking myself, how come you are rating them with a 10, or is the educational landscape so terribly grim, that this is as good as it gets ? Parent

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
I have had children in Manatee Bay since the school inaguarated. Experiencing both the worst and best teachers there. Staying involved and informed will evidently affect how your child performs but this is within any school. Nonetheless, without a doubt some people working at the school just as in any other will have certain priorities. My largest concern with Manatee Bay is that many of the students performing on average or below average ability are not being challenged enough and all of these students can excell if they are placed with teachers that have a more extensive educational background. As a whole I am very thankful that my children attended a school that provides many educational materials & such a strong PTA. Finally, the curriculum and how it is used should really be reevaluated to provide instruction that can move beyond the basals.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2008
My daughter attends in Kinderagarten, so my experience with this school is limited. I just had agree with the other parent postings about the front office staff. When we were registering our child we were told that we had to have every bit of information right then and there or our child would not be allowed to register. Mind you, we had just moved across the country and regulations were different in our hometown. We ran out in a mad dash to get her finalized, came back and found out that we had the option of a 30 day waiver that the other woman failed to inform us on. She still could have been enrolled, without us running all over like chickens withour heads...well you know. They were rude, and short with my Husband and me. The Teacher is wonderful, but the office staff need some lessons on manners.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
I totally agree with the other parent, the front office is rude and not very helpful.There are way too many students in this school and it is all about who you know in the school. People always told me it was a great school, but it is not that big of a deal.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
I have had three children attend Manatee Bay since 2002. The good things about the school: 1) There are many exta-curricular activities for the students; 2) The school has a great Media Center; 3) The parents are very involved with the school; 4) There is a high level of ability/achievement among the students The Not So Good Things: 1) The front office staff is often not helpful and sometimes rude; 2) The Administration is standoffish and not worried about parent concerns and issues; 3) There are too many students at the school; 4) As with some other schools, it's not what you do at Manatee Bay. It's who you know.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 27, 2008
The afternoon dismissal is absolute chaos. The administration sets rules and then let the parents do whatever they want anyways. It's a joke!

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August 02, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
May 31, 2008
Manatee Bay is an excellent school. They have activities and clubs for the children to participate in after school. Their drama club is one of the best I have ever seen. They put on amazing productions with such young children. The teachers really care about their students and bring out the best in them.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2007
My daughter has been in the school for 3 years and she loves her school. In fourth grade she had a teacher that was sweet and able to bring her creativity out mostly on her writing skills. Fifth grade is coming along well and teachers are guiding them through the process of becoming more and more independent to manage their time and belongings going from class to class, in preparation for middle school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
Academic level great! Teachers are very concerned about the learning of the students! Some sports are available and a lot of parents are involved in all activities!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2006
Manatee Bay Elementary is a good school. The teachers are very dedicated to the children and the children receive a great education. The PTA is awesome. They are very involved in all school activities. The only negative about the school is the size of the student body. The school is very concerned about security and so it causes a less friendly and personal enviroment between staff, teachers, and principal.

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May 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2006
Manatee bay is awesome. Your child will get a quality education here.

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April 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
Manatee Bay is an amazing school. My child enjoyed it to her fullest. When she went, it was the year the schoo actually opened and unfortunately, she only stayed one year, as she was in 5th grade. Teachers was fabulous - her favourite up to this day. (she's now finishing 8th grade) Had lots of fun, made great friends, and had a wonderful experience.

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January 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2005
The staff is very friendly and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
I had two kids in this school last year and one this year. The facilities are wonderful and the parents seem to be very involved. My biggest concern is with the FCAT. Both of my children last year got sick of 'FCAT FCAT FCAT' all the time. While I understand that the test is important, the constant harping on it was a bother. The school has been rated 'A' since it began, which is fantastic, but how about the kids learning material for the sake of learning?

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
To many rules, to many regulations for such young kids, there are many immigrante kids in school that english is not their mother tongue, they need more encouragement and less rules and restrictions. luckily ,my kids teachers are wonderful.

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- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2005
I was disappointed with the pressure placed on my children while at Manatee Bay. Our family was experiencing an emotional time and the administration was not very nurturing in my opinion. Instead of supporting my children, they added pressure to them and were very negative in their attempts to motivate them. I was disappointed with the atmostphere in which my young children spent most of their day. The focus of classroom work seemed to be mainly FCAT related material. Homework is given every night, which I feel is to make up for the time not spent learning the material in class. Being an 'A' school is great, but FCAT scores are not the only indication of a good school. Perhaps this is the case in most Florida schools, but I was not pleased with our experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2005
Excellent School. Test scores good, school very clean, materials new, school is safe.

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- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2004
Thi is an exellent school with caring teachers and staff. The environment enables a child to grow and learn at his own pace and encourages individuality.

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- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
Wonderful school. I had two children there last year, and we can't wait to go back. They have a gifted program which really helps enhance the high achievers, plus the teachers are extremely helpful in every aspect. We had a problem from another student abusing my child the first week of school. The principal and assistant were very caring, sensitive and solved the problem appropriately. I'm looking forward to another year of greatness. Thanks guys!

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Manatee Bay Elementary School
19200 Manatee Isles Drive, Weston, FL  33332
(754) 323-6450
Last modified Manatee Bay Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Manatee Bay Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top