ADMINISTRATORS say teachers are becoming happier in Palm Beach County’s public schools, but some campuses are much more content than others.


In an anonymous survey of thousands of school district teachers and staff, educators sounded off about how they felt about their schools. Many didn’t pull punches.


Overall, the results indicate teacher and staff satisfaction increased more than 4 percentage points from last year, to the highest level in at least the last four years.


But from campus to campus the story was very different.


>> RELATED: See the school district’s survey results for teachers, parents and students


For example, at a quarter of the 170 surveyed schools, every teacher and staff member who responded agreed that their school maintains high expectations for learning.


That wasn’t the case everywhere, though. At Washington Elementary in Riviera Beach, only 80 percent of surveyed teachers and staff agreed about high expectations on campus – the lowest rate in the county.


At nine schools, every teacher and staff member who responded said they respected their school’s administrators.


At Pine Jog Elementary west of West Palm Beach, just 49 percent of respondents did – the county’s lowest.


Overall, teachers and staff responded anonymously to 62 questions about their school. The Palm Beach Post obtained the survey results through a public records request, then averaged the scores from each question to create a single composite "satisfaction score" for every campus.


Keep in mind that not every teacher and staff member completed the survey. Countywide, the district said 62 percent of school staff did so, but at many schools less than half did, meaning that the results may not represent the feelings of a majority of employees on campus.


THE ’HAPPIEST’ SCHOOLS BASED ON TEACHER AND STAFF SURVEY RESULTS:


>> Happiest Elementary School – Elbridge Gale Elementary


This A-rated Wellington school is always at or near the top of the charts. When The Post analyzed school survey results in 2017, it scored as the happiest school then, too. This spring, every responding teacher and staff member agreed that teachers respect the principal and that they are satisfied working there.


The school’s response rate to the survey was 74 percent.


>> Happiest Middle School – Osceola Creek Middle


The A-rated campus in The Acreage has been an A school every year since it opened in 2004. This spring all surveyed teachers agreed that the school maintains high expectations for teaching and learning and that the school is an inviting learning environment.


The school’s response rate was 52 percent.


>> Happiest High School – Royal Palm Beach High


This school is rated a B, and 99 percent of its surveyed teachers agreed its principal treats them with respect. Ninety-seven percent said they were satisfied being a teacher at the school.


The school’s response rate to the survey was 87 percent.


THE ’UNHAPPIEST’ SCHOOLS BASED ON TEACHER AND STAFF SURVEY RESULTS:


>> Unhappiest Elementary School – Washington Elementary


This Riviera Beach school fell to a D grade this year from a B two years ago. Just 44 percent of surveyed teachers said they felt the school’s administrators were knowledgeable about instructional resources. Forty-four percent said they thought the school was an inviting work environment.


One word of warning: Less than half of the school’s teachers – just 40 percent – filled out the survey.


>> Unhappiest Middle School – Lake Shore Middle


This C-rated Belle Glade school has struggled with low test scores and a rotating cast of principals. Only 43 percent of surveyed teachers agreed that there is a great deal of trust among teachers and school administrators. Just half agreed there is cooperation among the staff.


But keep in mind that only 32 percent of the staff completed the survey.


>> Unhappiest High School – Lake Worth High


This C-rated high school has had struggles in recent years, including a low graduation rate and a principal and assistant principal removed from the school.


Just 45 percent of surveyed teachers agreed that the school is kept clean. Fifty-four percent said they get sufficient help from school administrators to assist low-achieving students in their classes.


But keep in mind that only 30 percent of teachers and staff completed the survey.


NOTE: Alternative schools were not included because the district did not publish response rates for their surveys.


HOW DID YOUR SCHOOL DO?


How does your school measure up to its peers? We sorted all elementary, middle and high schools into three groups based on how their "satisfaction score" compared to other schools of their type: "happier than most," "about average happiness" and "less happy than most."


You can search for your school in the chart below and see how it ranked. Or if you prefer, compare its score directly to the median score for each school type:


* Elementary school median score: 92.2


* Middle school median score: 88.4


* High school median score: 86.1


* Alternative school median score: 90.7


NOTE: These median scores don’t include combined schools such as Pahokee Middle/Senior High or Village Academy.


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