School Details

Bessey Creek Elementary School

2201 Southwest Matheson Avenue, Palm City, FL 34990
(772) 219-1500
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 541 students 16 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

66%
63%
58%
74%
58%
57%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 2014
  • Martin County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
67%
63%
70%
62%
61%
83%
52%
53%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.
95%
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 2014
  • Martin County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
62%
56%
82%
63%
61%
72%
57%
54%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 2014
  • Martin County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Bessey Creek Elementary School is a public elementary school in Palm City. The principal of Bessey Creek Elementary School is MRS. VICTORIA DEFENTHALER, who can be contacted at defentv@martin.k12.fl.us. 541 children attend Bessey Creek Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 2% of the Bessey Creek Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 43% of the 541 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Bessey Creek Elementary School is 16:1. Palm City Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 84% 62%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Hispanic 13% 26%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.05%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43% 33%
Limited English proficiency 2% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    1st day of school where they tell us to get the bus one never shows up. I call and they say the bus route changed 2 says before school. No call. Now sitting in car poll lane for 30 min. How is this fare to a 5 tear old wondering if mommy and daddy are showing up. Extremely disappointed

  • (11 months ago)

    The school is average there is a 5th grade teacher "Michele" who has no patience with the kids and makes the classroom a negative environment. There are other teachers there that actually care about the students.

  • (1 year ago)

    We moved away to Central Florida and miss Bessey Creek terrible. My son has some developmental delays but was in a mainstream classroom and had Mrs. Castellanos as a kindergarten teacher. She was phenomenal. Also the administration there is outstanding Alice Lemond (school psychologist) Ruby Amsden (ESE coordinator) and the rest of the Bessey Creek team are top notch. This school truly made a difference for my child and I wish everyone at Bessey Creek much success.

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent staff and teachers. Excellent programs. Well managed school. Friendly respectful & nourishing environment.

  • (5 years ago)

    We have been on a roller coaster since attending BCE. The teachers can't seem to decide if my child is a problem or not. They are great at pointing out problems but not so great at finding the solutions for children that are not 'typical'. I am considering other options. This school may be more concerned with their 'A' ratings than meeting individual needs.

  • (5 years ago)

    My 2 kids love this school...they never say 'I don't want to go to school!'

  • (5 years ago)

    I had my children in private school before moving them to this public school. I have never been happier! they give 120% to each and every child there!

  • (5 years ago)

    It's just the best school ever! Wonderful Teachers Administrators Students and Volunteers. My kids love it here and we couldn't ask for more.

  • (5 years ago)

    My children love this school. They teach them to be responsible productive wonderful little people.

  • (5 years ago)

    Bessey Creek is a wonderful school with wonderful teachers and staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    We moved to Bessey Creek about 4 weeks ago and could not be happier! Everyone from the administration on down (yes including the parents) have been friendly kind and helpful. We moved after the start of the school year and they did everything they could to make my children's transition as smooth as possible. My children love this school!

  • (5 years ago)

    Bessey Creek truly believes in no child left behind. It is a small school feel with a big school ambition. We not only have great students but fantastic teachers and administrative staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    You feel at home when you walk on the campus. The parents teacher and staff all get along great.

  • (5 years ago)

    Over the past 7 years my Children have attended Bessey Creek. I can't think of anything I would change. We love our school!

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school super teachers. I have a friend that is a volunteer there as well as a sub teacher.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's such a great school. Character Counts is big at Bessey Creek Elementary and it really makes a difference in the students. They leave the school and enter middle school with an appreciation for good character. The school also has great teachers who really care about their students. There are so many extra curricular activities that the teachers get involved in as well as volunteers. The students seem to love coming to school and are sad to leave it.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our School is wonderful because of all our wonderful Students Teachers and Volunteers!

  • (5 years ago)

    Private school atmosphere; character counts discipline; the principal is approachable and cares about each individual student- goes above and beyond; 'family' feel. Academically sound.

  • (5 years ago)

    Amazing place because of dedicated teachers and staff that care about kids. Conscious Discipline makes all the difference!

  • (5 years ago)

    Bessey Creek has a great group of teachers and administrators who truly care about the students and encourage parent involvement.

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Overall score

(based on 16 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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