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  • Van R. Butler Elementary School7

    Santa Rosa Beach, FL | Walton County


    May 3, 2014

    We love Butler! Our sons are finishing up their 3rd year here. The administration knows every student by name which is pretty impressive for the number of students they have. We have zero complaints and our sons love their school.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 2, 2014

    I have five children, we have been in 4 school systems and I have never been in one as wonderful as this. We have made Miramar Beach our home because of this school. Mrs Smith is a wonderful principal, she knows all the children, what class their in, she walks through the lunchroom talking to them each day.

    Submitted by a parent

    January 23, 2014

    This school is so large, I feel it's easy for children to fall through the cracks. As a parent with a full-time job, I have found it nearly impossible to get any feedback on my child's progress, other than her report card. I have emailed, sent notes, requested conferences, with little to no response from her teachers -- for the past 3 years. My friends who have schedules that allow them to volunteer at the school don't seem to have the same communication issues with their childrens' teachers.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 8, 2013

    I found it very disturbing that an ARMED police officer was guarding the halls during homecoming. Sad very sad No extra curricular activities. Music for one hour every 2 weeks? Please!

    Submitted by a parent

    May 8, 2012

    Butler is generally a good school, but certainly can improve. I would not be too influenced by FCAT scores. The school is located in an affluent district and, as such, tends to serve students from successful families. The student peer-group is as ripe and prepared for education as most any anywhere. Wasted time and distraction spent on discipline and decorum are simply not issues at Butler. Given this student body, the level of educational opportunities could be far greater to help these students really soar and expand their horizons. The diversity of education is very limited with virtually no extra-curricular activities. The programming is very vanilla. The teachers are generally committed - often young and gaining experience. They run the gamut. I get the feeling that some of the school administration are just trying to keep things at an "acceptable" level, without any vision of "greatness" for the school and the student educational experience. I would suggest that senior administration could use some inspired vision building and better utilize some of the talent in the community - and study some of the really awesome school programs from Harlem to California.

    Submitted by a parent

    January 21, 2011

    Butler Elementary School is fantastic. We are somewhat new to the area, having lived here for 2 years. My children love going to school every day. The teachers are friendly and professional. The front office staff is eager to help and very accommodating. The principal is very "hands-on" and makes all students feel important. She knows them all by name! We absolutely will not move from this area until our children finish elementary school!

    Submitted by a parent

    November 22, 2010

    I usually don t write reviews but my story is one of direct contrast to a previous comment by a parent and felt the need to give another view of the same topic. My son transferred to Butler from a wonderful out of state school. He attended Butler in third, fourth and fifth grade. Automaticity in mathematics was a huge focus while he attended Butler. He also earned top scores on FCAT tests and was an honor roll student. We moved over the summer and he is now attending a K-8 school in Nevada whose math curriculum is the National Gifted Research Center's M-Cubed curriculum along with the National Council of Mathematics Teachers math series. At the beginning of the school year they tested every student s math aptitude and my son earned the highest score in the entire school. His mathematics average this first nine weeks of school was a 99. In no way do I feel he has lacked in what he was taught at Van R Butler. Every student is unique and what they retain from their lessons is based on individual student s aptitude. Tammy Smith is a wonderful principal that is very approachable and wants to see the students succeed. I highly recommend this school.

    Submitted by a parent

    November 16, 2010

    We moved to SRB right before our son started 4th grade, coming from Chesapeake Virginia. At first the idea of a small school was great and was quite a change. My son did awesome on the FCATS and was always an honor roll student even before we left Virginia. We have since returned to Chesapeake for his 5th grade and I could not believe how far behind he was compared to Florida. Math especially is where the lack of teaching shined. He is now playing catch up and his grades are suffering. We are absolutely appalled at having to ask "What DID they teach you?" Sure, the school is clean and beautiful and the staff is nice. Ms. Art is an asset to the program. However! All that is no comparison to my son being behind due to lack of teaching. If you want a nice looking school with nice staff and dont mind compromising the child's education more power to all. I am so glad to be back in Virginia, as well as our son, so maybe he can learn what is expected of the grade he is in. Yes, every teacher has their days and no school is without some controversy but if you could see the amount lacking in what is being taught compared to other school districts it is absolutely appalling!

    Submitted by a parent

    April 24, 2010

    my granddaughter is having a wonderful experience; she has attended preK, K, and is about to finish first grade. Her teachers and the school are wonderful.

    April 21, 2010

    My friends kids go there and they love it. The children seem stimulated and enthusiastic about going to school. Also, the school makes an effort to keep it clean. There's a saying that goes something like this 'A happy home is a clean one.'. My son will attend there next year. Also, I support public schools.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 19, 2010

    this school is pretty good my teacher is sooooo nice too!! ms.connie rocks

    Submitted by a student

    April 16, 2010

    They involvement that they encourage with parents and children in their fundraising efforts.

    April 12, 2010

    Top Notch School! I have no MAJOR negative observations or suggestions. Sure a teacher might have a bad moment or day, and the lunch room monitors might smile at the kids a little more often, but the teachers and administrative staff are great. I do wish that the district offered foreign language opportunities and I hear that is being considered. The staff have expressed nothing but love and caring for my child. She is progressing well in core education. My older kids went to school in one of the most highly regarded public school districts in the US and Butler compares favorably. I get the same positive feeling and energy. At the kindergarden and first grade levels, Butler has been a very positive experience for my child and my younger child can't wait to start. Thank you Butler staff and teachers!!!

    Submitted by a parent

    March 18, 2010

    My son is a kindergarten student and he loves Butler Elementary. As a parent, I am very pleased with the discipline and the academics at Butler.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 2, 2010

    Overall, I actually believe this is an exceptional school. I think the majority of the staff and teachers are wonderful...however there are at least two teachers there that seem to think it is appropriate to yell at, humiliate, or to embarass their students in front of the classroom. There is an open door policy but it is impossible to tell if situations are resolved when it involves a teacher. I encourage the school to address these issues seriously when they are presented.

    Submitted by a parent

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