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Frank E. Brigham Academy

Public | K-5 | 528 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 18, 2014

While a majority of the teaching staff is amazing...the leadership is sub-par at best. The principal is not seen on campus, little involvement with the students, does not return emails in a timely manner (if at all), etc....and....unfortunately....I have watched teacher morale deteriorate at a fast pace at this school over the last 4 years. Luckily this is not really affecting what is going on in the classrooms, but I imagine it will at some point.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2013

My 5th grader looks forward to going to school each day, and has for three years! This says a lot for Brigham Academy! GO Bears GO!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2013

2013 April. Overall it is a great school. The teachers try really hard against massive financial budget cuts to provide a fun and great place to learn. My daughter, who is currently in 3rd grade, is doing very well. I get compliments all of the time of how intelligent she is. I have to give credit to the great teachers at this school. My only concern is that I've noticed parents participating less and less.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2012

Well, I am torn grades K-4 are WONDERFUL! Teachers are great, welcoming, inviting, and want your kids to succeed! They are willing to go the extra mile to help them too! Then you hit 5th grade...one teacher should really just retire! I have had 2 children go thru her class and it was a nightmare for both of them! As a parent it is a loosing battle if you even attempt to address an acadmeic concern. My children thrived in all of the other classes and struggled in this one teachers class. I provided my own at home instruction to ensure they didn't miss any key skills. As far as administration, I am sure it was difficult to fill the previous principal's shoes, he was loved by all parents, students, and staff! I never had any issues with the administration or bullying. The once well oiled machine that ran like clock work is in need of some love. I sure hope the staff and administration can find it again and bring Brigham back! Go Brigham Bears!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2012

This used to be the best school in Winter Haven. Notice there has been no update in the last few years. Teachers are awesome up until they hit 5th grade, grading changes every nine weeks. Some teachers are rude to students... Even had one tell my child day one "Don't expect to make straight A's in my class, it won't happen." ( because nothing was taught in her class!! ) Bullying is a huge problem, principal does nothing about it. Not surprised at all that they dropped to a B school. I would recommend Elbert over this school hands down!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2012

I agree with the last post, not what this school once was. You can tell teachers are fed up. I used to spend all my extra time as a volunteer at this school for the teachers. Once the new andmin came in it became a very unwelcome environment. I absolutly love most of the teachers , but I agree the 5th grade was terrible. I know exactly what teacher the previous post was referring to. My son will have a hard time in Jr, High in math based on this one year. This was absolutely the worst school year my child has ever had. I would also recommend home based school over this magnet / choice school. Absolutely th worst educational exerie my child has ever had. And the bullying is a huge issue that just gets pushed under the rug far as admin cares.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2010

Brigham Academy gave our daughter a great foundation for her education. A great principal and staff. If you are lucky enough to get into Brigham, you have enrolled your child in the best elementary school possible anywhere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2009

I can't imagine my daughters attending any other school than Brigham. The best elementary school in the county. Enthusiastic teachers and principal. Definitely one to pick if you have the opportunity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2008

The principals and teacher are very good with the student
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2007

My son will be starting 3rd grade this year. We have loved every minute of the last 3 years. The teachers have been fantastic and the principal is a class act. He seems to know each child in the school. Great 'gifted' classes for 'advanced' students. Great school/family involvement. Spanish, music and art classes are top notch. The teachers seem to push the kids to succeed without over doing it. When there are problems, they know how to identify them. I personally went to a private elementary school in Polk County, but I would not ever think of sending my second child anywhere else! They are an A rated school, and they deserve it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

One of the best schools in the county - academically, community wise, and in the minds of parents and students. Looks at the whole child. Great staff. Wonderful parents.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 1, 2006

This is an excellent school with top of the line administrators and teachers. The academics include special classes for spanish, science, music and art. Parent involvement is strongly encouraged and parents sign a contract upon enrolling their children. I couldn't ask for a better place for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2005

Awesome school with a great curriculum!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2005

Brigham Academy has one of the most outstanding acadmic programs within the Winter Haven/Polk County School district. I would be hard pressed to think of a better school to send my children to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2003

I am very happy that my daughter is currently at Brigham. The Principal is a wonderful, hard working teacher who really cares for the students, staff, and parents at the school. He is involved in the children education at all levels and he is very accesible to parents for questions or any kind of help. The teachers are excelent. The students are very well behaved, wear their uniforms in a very proud manner, are loved and respected by all around them at school. The parents love to be a part of the school and volunteer for all activities. The general environment for the children is one of respect to others, love for learning and a desire to be the best they can be. I really love this school and I give Brigham high marks of recommendation. Graciela Dickson


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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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
98%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
64%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
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 "A".
  • 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 "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
White 56%
Black 23%
Hispanic 11%
Asian 7%
Two or more races 3%
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 54%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 60%66%61%
Master's degree 38%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 3%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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601 Avenue C Southeast
Winter Haven, FL 33880
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Phone: (863) 291-5300

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