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Doby Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 824 students

 

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2011:
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Posted July 11, 2014

Great school! Clean, organized, and my daughters first year there went very well. She learned allot and I am very pleased she will be returning for first grade.it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2014

Doby Elementary is a good school in my opinion. My child had some behavior issues early on, and I felt that they dealt with it as well as they could have within the rules and guidelines. Parents have to understand that public education is not particularly well equipped for children with special needs. My only wish is that something could be done about the drop off/pickup wait line, but I understand the restrictions. This school was a choice for us (no bus transportation provided). The traffic issue isn't specific to this school. As more and more parents choose to drop off/pick up children these days, these schools that were designed based on earlier statistics just cannot accommodate the excessive car traffic during drop off/pick up times. My other child will start Kindergarten here in the fall of 2014, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this school to others parents. Just be prepared to wait in line for drop off in the morning, or get them there right at 7:30 when they start to take drop offs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

I am actually stretching it with two stars. More like 1 1/2. My son's experiences there have been awful. He was bullied by a teacher and after numerous conferences and calls, there was no other resolution available but to move him to a new class. I was told by administration that their hands were tied with this teacher because he was in his final year before retirement. And I use the term administration loosely. We have been a Doby family for a little over a year now and have only seen the Principal twice. The AP is who has been the most helpful. The only shining star in this is that my daughter has truly enjoyed the music program led by Mr. V and his assistant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

My 2nd grader just started as a new student at Doby and so far she loves her teacher and the school. I am thankful for Choice, the assigned school that my daughter attended last year is a D school. We are new to the Ruskin/Apollo Beach area. I am happy she got into an A rated school. The only issue that I have with Doby is the drop off/pick up it takes over 30+ minutes to get to the front of the line. Hopefully as the school goes on it will get better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2013

We wish the principal would be more active with the kids. She is always in the main office instead of being outside greeting kids and parents. She hardly ever attends the kids awards ceremonies and instead puts her assistant principal to be out there with the parents. However, our kids love the school. Our son had never shown any interest in Music. Thanks to Mr. V, he can now play the electric guitar and keyboard. They have also shown him many other instruments. He loves PE and the coach is very active with the kids. The computer access at every classroom is great. Our kids have been shown how to do Microsoft Power Point presentations and I didn't even know. Most of the teachers are active with email communication with parents. We did have a case when our daughter was bullied in the playard. We went to the teacher and talked directly to the principal. The matter was investigated and properly handled. Our other kid had issues with the FACT and were notified a bit later in the year. However, thanks to our involvement he was retested and properly passed with the aggressive state regulation on the fcat from last year. Our son's Math teacher has a master's in Math!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

I must say that I'm surprised by these negative comments about Doby. I think that this school is amazing and have nothing but positive things to say. I think that the staff is always friendly and I've never had an issue with any of my kids teachers. There have been times when my children were confused with homework and I went to their teacher and explained to them what was going on and they helped my child until they understood(also material was sent home for them to practice and study with, along with some websites that they can use to help study) I have 3 children,two which have already graduated from Doby and one that still and I'm forever grateful for all the staff who have been there to prepare my children for the future. My children and I are very proud to have been and to be a Doby Navigator!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2012

I am very happy with this school. My daughter is a bright child who wears a hearing aid and uses an FM system. I am a very active participant in my childs education. I am extremely pleased with the relationship I have developed with my daughter's teachers, guidance councelor, and administration. I think parents need to address any concerns they have and they will be pleased with how this school addresses them. I was concerned because my daughter was bored with the math, she wasn't fully utilizing her FM system, and at the beginning of the year she was bullied. I am very happy to say that as soon as I communicated with the school my concerns they were all addressed. This is a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2012

It just now hit me! My 2 son's attend this school and I just realized that this school does not send home school books for the students to continue or understand what they've learned throughout the day/week/year. One of my sons was not doing so well in a particular subject, which was noted by the teacher. I now ask myself, how can I help him get better and understand the subject if I don't have the material to teach him. I don't believe anyone can just study from a piece of paper sent home. I asked him about taking notes in class and he says they don't. I feel this school system and maybe others in HC are just teaching to this FCAT test and don't care about understanding the material. I wouldn't care if my boys received books from 1990, because the underlying message didn't change...A noun is still a noun, 2+2=4 and the Earth is still round. No science, math or english books to send home, but my son is doing bad in a subject and can't figure it out. Help me, help these teachers. Where does all the money this school raises go to? Benches so you can eat outside. No field trips to Nature parks, no museums visits....Florida's future, huh!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2011

This school is not one that i would say i would put my kid in. My son went there for K & 1st grade and I'm pulling him out. They allow kids to bully other kids & award them for it. The teachers here have there favorite students. So make sure u get good with their teacher. There is 1 lady in the office that is very rude. (data processor)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

It's a beautiful school, super clean and organized, I feel my kids are more than safe at the school. Everybody is super nice and understandable. I am proud that I have choosen this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2010

This school is A rated for different needs other than that of the student. Why has it ranked so high? Maybe because they consider other factors more important. I had two daughters that attended this school and I pulled them out quickly. First of all, her 1st grade teacher was straight out of college and has no training to deal with kids with ADHD. All she did was complain. My daughter did this and my daughter wont do that....and on and on she nagged. So I transferred my daughter to another school (one that was c-rated by the way) and all I receive is excellent reviews. I made sure to advise the teachers of her disorder and also made sure she was placed with a teacher that has EXPERIENCE in dealing with kids with ADHD.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

i love this school i was at tht school at the 4th grade very plesant school love the teachers my great year was the 5th grade year misspalmer she is the best teacher i love her she is so nice not like eisenhower love doby


Posted January 26, 2010

My daughter does an excellent job at this school. We never have had any problems with any of the teachers or administration. The teachers are eager and energetic to do their jobs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2009

The school is so focused on being an A rated school that administration pays little attention to the needs of its students or staff. This is particularly true for those with ADHD or other needs. It was massively frustrating. It has been almost two months since we left Doby and we STILL cannot get them to even send our son's cumulative file or his 504 plan over to his new school - after repeated requests from the new school's records office. As a result, our son can't even get a grade for this period!! Stop worrying so much about your ranking at Doby and start paying attention to the needs of your teaching staff and students! They deserve much better than this!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2009

It's a beautiful school, super clean and organized, I feel my kids are more than safe at the school. Everybody is super nice and understandable. I am proud that I have choosen this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2009

We love this school! My only complaint is with the principal. She's does not listen to the parents or PTA about their concerns. She's very strict - no b-day snacks, no invitations to the kids, no fundraisers/event flyers that are not county-wide approved, many of the parents in the PTA have quit their efforts and it has hurt some of the extra fun & funding the school had just a year ago. BUT the TEACHERS, PARENTS and STUDENTS are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

Our child has had 2 great teachers. Mrs. Leach is amazing! If every teacher could have her teaching approach life would be awesome. She is rule oriented, controlled, fun, supportive and caring! The principal seems to lack the trust of her staff & parents. She is very harsh & does not seem to have a caring personality which is a negative for the school. They move teachers around between grades every year. Teachers should be able to have many years teaching the same grade so that they can master the curriculum. The PTA seems to be a joke! Unorganized and is not welcoming in my opinion. It seems to be a bunch of parents without a social life using the PTA to socialize instead of work! The PTA is supposed to support & look out for the best interest of the students! Doby has a long way to go!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2009

My children love going to school for the first time. Thank you to this staff. You are the best. PTA member
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2009

Being a teacher myself I was very interested in the quality of the school. A year later I am thrilled with this school. Great staff and concern for children. I can not ssay enough positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

My boys are new to the school and have been raving about the teachers! My son loves Mr. Shaw (5th grade). He says that he's funny. He uses a comical approach to education while keeping order. Thanks for all that you do!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
63%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
83%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
53%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "B".
  • 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 50%
Hispanic 27%
Black 16%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 29%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 75%67%61%
Master's degree 25%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%1%
Other degree 0%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Music teacher(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Rock band
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. CATHERINE FERGUSON
Fax number
  • (813) 672-5392

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Music room
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6720 Covington Garden Drive
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