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PK-5
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Apollo Beach, FL
Students enrolled: 824
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6720 Covington Garden Drive
Apollo Beach, FL 33572

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(813) 672-5388
(813) 672-5392
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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
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
February 04, 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
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
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
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
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
February 09, 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
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
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
October 04, 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
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

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March 24, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
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
November 09, 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!

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October 03, 2009
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September 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
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.

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August 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 03, 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!

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June 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 01, 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!

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May 15, 2009
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- submitted by a student
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
no rating 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.

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October 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
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!

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July 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
My daughter has been at Doby since it opened and we've been very satisfied, not only with her teachers but with the administrative and support staff. The school understandably had some kinks to work out in the beginning but I feel it settled into a groove fairly quickly. It's a new and beautiful facility and we feel our child is in a safe, caring environment where she is appropriately challenged. Both her kindergarten and first grade teachers were wonderful - I couldn't have hand-picked better teachers!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
We have had a great year, my 11 yr old son has improved so much. My 5 yr old has learned alot as well and they both have great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2008
My children have both been attending Doby since they have opened. I am very pleased with the staff, teachers, assistants. Thery are all very well professional and have taught my children well.

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January 07, 2008
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October 31, 2007
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August 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2007
Inez Doby Elementary is a wonderful, caring school. The staff possesses a cohesive family value, which takes the education and safety of all students to heart. I rest assured that they will continue to build upon their strengths in their second year of serving our community. Thank you to the staff of Doby Elementary for coming together so quickly to make a new home for our community's children.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2007
My son attends Doby. He had the most amazing 1st grade teacher ever, Mrs. Zirfas. She was patient, caring and structured. He had a wonderful school year and looks forward to 2nd grade. The only negative I can give is that the school was new and they seemed to still be learning what processes worked more smoothly than others.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
My son is a student in their Hearing Impaired Program. I'm new to the district and initially was not impressed. I must say as the school year has went by I feel this will be a good fit for him. Everything is new and they are still working on the playgrounds, classrooms. I really didn't think the first day of school was going to happen but it did. The administrative staff is always present and the teachers and assistant are doing their best. In time, I know they will be an A school. The teaching staff is still being built so I don't really feel that I can rate it. The do have a great safety policy in place and do maintain for your children.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
This is a brand new school in it's first year, but so far they have managed to do everything right! From the faculty to the students, when you walk through the campus you feel the energy of people who want to be there. This school has everything you could want. A beautiful campus with lots of new musical instruments, a gorgeous, inviting media center with a technology dept that is state of the art. And a principal and vice principal that keep the order and do much to focus the children and good behavior and being positive citizens. My kids love coming to school each day, that says it all!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2007
Finally, for third grade, he is going to Doby. Overall, I have been pleased with Doby, although, it's March, and he's already on his third teacher this year. I'm hoping this is due to the school being 'new' and getting the kinks worked out of the system.

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Doby Elementary School
6720 Covington Garden Drive, Apollo Beach, FL  33572
(813) 672-5388
Last modified Doby Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Doby Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top