School Details

Hawkes Bluff Elementary School

5900 Southwest 160th Avenue, Southwest Ranches, FL 33331
(754) 323-6100
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 819 students 16 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

78%
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57%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Broward average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
64%
63%
82%
61%
61%
73%
60%
53%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
88%
84%
81%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Broward average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
56%
56%
79%
60%
61%
57%
49%
54%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Broward average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Hawkes Bluff Elementary School is a public elementary school in Davie. The principal of Hawkes Bluff Elementary School is MS. MELINDA CUNNINGHAM. 819 students attend Hawkes Bluff Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 2% of the Hawkes Bluff Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 16% of the 819 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Hawkes Bluff Elementary School is 16:1. Apple Tree Montessori School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 40%
White, non-Hispanic 51% 24%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Asian 5% 4%
Hispanic 35% 30%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16% 60%
Limited English proficiency 2% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Yes the PTA works hard to raise funds for the school and pay for things that were cut in the budget. They are a group of stay-at-home moms with the time to do so. The school is awesome with fabulous teachers who educate and love your children. The administration is first class and they truly care for the children. However I too agree the PTA is rude unprofessional and act like an extremely tight knit click of high school girls. Give a non PTA parent a chance you might find them kind and helpful as well.

  • (9 months ago)

    Hawkes Bluff Elementary is an amazing school. Originally I considered placing my children into a private school but was urged to check out HBE. 8 years later not only have I saved high tuition fees but I feel my children have received more services and have been challenged academically! Most of the staff has been part of HBE for 10+ years and don't seem to ever want to leave. Having a veteran staff really says something about a school! The staff truly loves and cares for the students. Communication to the staff is welcomed and easy! As far as the PTA they are a bunch of hard working VOLUNTEERS! The PTA Board supports the school wholeheartedly and it saddens me to read the mean comments about a group of ladies whom put all of the HBE student body first! The family events and fundraisers are what the children will remember most not how much they raised but how much fun they had helping their community and being an active citizen! "Clicks" are only what they seem and I am sure the PTA would welcome any help from any volunteer.

  • (9 months ago)

    This school is absolutely amazing! They are a true community and always have something going on! Last Friday they had a Fall Festival from 6 30 PM - 9 00 PM and it was AMAZING!! I couldn't believe how many families were there! There were games fun and a great time was had by all!

  • (9 months ago)

    HBE rocks! From the teachers to the kids this is a great school! EVERYONE is on board to make this the best school around! There's a few negative comments about the PTA but the truth is HBE's PTA is extremely active they do great things for our school that due to budget cuts the school would not be able to afford and as a parent what I appreciate most is the amazing experience & happy memories of their Elementary school! The Fall Festival & Food truck event was a blast! Keep the fun family times coming!

  • (9 months ago)

    I think this school is great. The admin is wonderful. My son has Aspergers and the school and teachers are great with him. He has become very attached to some children and I believe that his ESE specialized teachers have helped him become a bit more social. He is also in love with the PTA president and the treasurer we have now. They have been very nice and friendly to him. I work closely with the PTA and have been able to be a room mom as well. I'm not sure if those who have made negative comments about the PTA really know them. Have they even tried to talk to them? Everyone has bad days. I know the PTA is always looking for volunteers and they have open meetings for parents to come. They have to work with the times and dates they are giving so some events are in the day but there are plenty at night. As for the PTA always being together that is true. They have to be together because every month (including the summer months) there is a PTA function. The PTA either puts on funds or participates in the functions every month.

  • (10 months ago)

    Unfortunately I must agree with last 2 comments it's just the first month and PTA meeting in my opinion was disappointing . There was no feeling of a welcoming open environment to exchange and promote the common goal ( the children). From the president of PTA on down. It was a gross example of how not to be as a parent/adult I am considering placing my child back in private school. The teachers however seem to be competent and well trained.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am really not happy here. The quality of education is good but as far as feeling welcomed and in a sense of community it is a poor experience. The assistant principal is rude and she is the gate keeper - never allows you to talk to the principal. The PTA is hard to be a part of it if you are a working parent. Most events after school get done by 6PM - I don't even get home till 5.45! I paid my dues but cannot really participate! There is a select group of parents and teachers who are in constant contact and they are the "in circle" very much like high school. Those parents' kids are the ones who are in the know and benefit the most. It is definitely not "equal opportunity". It used to be better when my older child went to school here but this year (2013-14) has been a poor experience. Fortunately we only have one more year to go! I hope this year will be better but I don't have much hope...will will try to survive and make the best of the situation! I can't believe I am saying this but Silver Trail Middle School for my older daughter has been a much more happy and rewarding experience!!

  • (1 year ago)

    We love Hawkes Bluff. We've been there for 2 years. The teachers are mature caring and very involved. There's a very active PTA with plenty of opportunities for both working and non working parents to participate.

  • (2 years ago)

    We love Hawkes Bluff. We've been there for 4 years. The teachers are mature caring and very involved. There's a very active PTA with plenty of opportunities for both working and non working parents to participate. The administrators are very present. Most days you can find the principal at the front gate greeting students and parents. What really sold me on this school is the support I received when from the administration when I did have a problem.

  • (3 years ago)

    One of the reasons we moved to this area was so that my 1st grade daughter could attend this school. She has excelled here and is becoming more responsible and confident in her abilities every day. The learning environment is challenging supportive and rewarding. She loves her teacher and classmates and feels like part of a family here. The staff are welcoming caring and professional. This school is very organized and friendly. As a parent there is no better feeling then seeing your child happy to go to school look forward to learning and grow up to be a responsible citizen. Thank you for all of the positive influences HBE!

  • (3 years ago)

    Hawkes Bluff Elementary is the best school around! The teachers are phenomenal and the two administrators are exceptional leaders!! We moved just so that our kids could attend this school. From the moment you walk in everyone is so accommodating. The principal and assistant principal know every child's name (or so it seems) and are available always to talk with parents and answer any questions. The office staff is unbelievably friendly. No wonder this school is so successful! If only the could allow it to go through middle school! Keep up the great work HBE!

  • (3 years ago)

    Overall this is an excellent school. Most of the teachers are outstanding and really care about your child. The ESE staff is the best! And there is a great PTA with a lot of parental involvement. The weakest link are the administrators who are not approachable nor helpful if you have any concerns. The curriculum is taught so it is challenging to the student based on his/her ability but they have had to cut some specials like art due to budget constraints.

  • (3 years ago)

    A most excellent school despite weak administrative leadership. The teachers seem dedicated to providing a quality education to all the students.

  • (3 years ago)

    You will not find a better school. My sister- in-law works at an expensive private school and my child is progressing at a much higher rate than her students. The staff is professional across the board. If you live here and do not send your kids you are throwing your money away.

  • (3 years ago)

    So far really great teachers. Kindergarten teacher was really caring but was on top of the kids learning.

  • (4 years ago)

    Amazing staff ! The administration and teachers at this school are wonderful and caring individuals who care deeply about the kids! All 3 of my children are (or were) in Hawkes Bluff and love it.

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers and adminstrators are AMAZING. They love our kids and we love them!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Because we have the Best long term Teachers and parent Involvement.

  • (5 years ago)

    Because they have the best education! The teachers all have the patient to sit down with you and your child and explain any problems there is. My two daughters attend this school and coming from New York City I am very proud to have moved here and picked this school for them. They have learned so much! Thank you Hawkes Bluff Elementary School and Teachers!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent teachers very friendly and family oriented school. Kids love their school!

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