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Gainesville, FL
Students enrolled: 707
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5701 Northwest 43rd Street
Gainesville, FL 32653

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(352) 955-6716
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October 28, 2014
We moved from a private school and we are positive impressed with teacher's commitment and care toward their students.There is very good communication between the teacher and parents. Talbot has a safe environment and good parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent

April 28, 2014
We love Talbot. The teachers and staff are dedicated to providing the best education for our children - this includes academic achievement as well social and moral responsibility.

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2014
My school is committed to society. Develops activities that is contributing to the good training of students.

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August 16, 2011
We recently moved out of state, but our daughter attended Talbot from grade 2 through 5. She had a wonderful experience with teachers who engaged the students and really seemed to care. We also enjoyed occasionally meeting up with other families at nearby parks after school. LOVED the Halloween Carnival!!! We miss this great neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 2011
My son did not adjust to kindergarten very well. But with the help and cooperation of Ms. Skipper, Mr T. and the principal we made some real progress and a good understanding of the issues/problems he was having. I really appreciated the time and effort that was made to help him. I knocked off a star because I do agree with prior poster concerning EDEP. I did not like my son there and honestly did not feel that Ms. Amanda was very kind. My son already had issues in his classroom and him having to stay after school I think most likely exacerbated the problem. Overall I felt this was a very good school, with good staff and students.

- submitted by a parent

December 28, 2010
After we moved here,our youngest child started Talbot. He has an excellent teacher,has made friends,and is doing great academically-learning more than we would have imagined. Talbot is full of positive people and effective teachers, and the vast majority of parents I have spoken to couldn't be happier with the academics.That said, there are some concerns. First, the After School program (EDEP) is a joke. Parents are caught between a rock and a hard place; they work and have to pick their kids up after work, and don't want them riding buses to other after school alternatives which ride them all over town.Here your kid is just one of the many, and ALL ages (K-5th) are lumped in activities together, leading to little ones picking up on much too mature behaviors, and even getting bullied. Parent concerns fall on deaf ears, and many parents feel the same way but feel stuck. A word of caution in case you need after school care-EXPLORE OTHER OPTIONS. Also, while the PTA is active, it seems cliquish, and unfairly meets when most parents are working (8 am!)-neither my wife or I have yet to be able to make any of the meetings. Otherwise the school is solid and A+ in our book.

- submitted by a parent

October 12, 2010
I like the teachers here really care about every kids, really care about the students are studying not just have fun. My daughter went to 2nd grade in Ms. Winnermark class, she is so great a teacher, she is like a mother who has every kids in her hearts, and know every things about each kids, when you talk to her, she can give you the most valueble advice.

- submitted by a parent

April 09, 2010
Talbot is a hidden pearl in the Gainesville area. It's a great school with high academics and teachers' involvement in the students' progress. The school is safe and good behaviour is a must. The enrichment or gifte program is very good with very excelent teachers. I just wish it could be longer in the lower grades. I'm very happy with Talbot and the parent involvement is excellent.

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2010
We sent our son to Talbot after he had attended a small, private school for several years. I had friends who were very pleased with Talbot, but I knew that I would not be as pleased with this school as I had been with the private school. Or so I thought. I have been extremely impressed with the caring attention that the teachers give the students and the warm feeling at the school. All staff throughout the school have been pleasant and helpful. I recommend this school highly.

- submitted by a parent

November 24, 2009
I absolutely adore this school! The teachers are wonderful, the staff is always happy and helpful, and the principal is available. There are plenty of involved parents and the PTO raises a lot of money each year. I'm very happy with this school!

- submitted by a parent

June 17, 2009
This school rates very poorly if you have a child with a learning disability. You have to keep on the faculty to ensure they are meeting your child's needs in an IEP. I was also very unimpressed with the principal.

- submitted by a parent

January 20, 2009
There are some great teachers and some really lousy teachers. My daughter had one of the lousy ones. We're still trying to undo the damage that 2 months with this teacher has done.

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October 29, 2008
I am sure it is a fine school unless your child has Autism.

- submitted by a parent

October 20, 2008
My daughter attended Talbot from K-4 and we have since moved to another southern state. You don't know what you have until you move to another area. We came from the North East where schools are ranked much higher and Talbot was not a disappointment. We wish we could move back and return to this school for our younger child.

- submitted by a parent

October 11, 2008
Unfortunately this school is becoming very average. Talbot was a very special place to be at one time, unfortunately, most of what was special has now become mediocre like many of the other florida schools. Communication has become very poor from the school to the parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 11, 2008
Talbot is the best public educational institution at the K-12 level that I have ever experienced and my education was mostly public education. I am thrilled with my childrens' education. Bob Tucker

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 20, 2007
I am a travel nurse and my kids went to this school. This was the first time they went to another school in another state. This school was wonderful from the teachers to the counselors.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2006
We moved from NE of US. At the beginning, I really doub about the public education systom in Florida. However, everything in Talbot suprised me. The principle and teachers are great. Highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent

February 28, 2006
I have had several children which attended this school. Both were in enrichment programs which were quite good until 5th grade. The reading and writing programs become quite weak. In hindsight I would have removed them from this program if I had known the lack of substance. I think better writing skills would have been addressed by their homeroom teachers. Although, this has been mentioned over the years by many parents, nothing seems to change about enrichment in this area for 5th grade. The enrichment math class is strong and the teacher is quite good. However, the enrichment math class at times lacks structure and the teacher does not seem to have a structured daily plan. This can be both good and bad. The principal at this school is quite receptive to parents and overall, it was a good learning experience for my children.

- submitted by a parent

October 31, 2005
Talbot is a great school if your child is a motivated, above average student. However, if your child has attention problems of any kind, I would ask you to consider a smaller, more attentive program. Talbot can be very competitive and impersonal for an ADHD child. My son struggled there for three years before I finally realized on my own that he had profound ADHD. He's now in a private school and flourishing. Talbot's after school program under Ms. Roundtree was very good and I thought the principal, Dr. Colvin, was very easy to talk to/work with.

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2005
Great academic school....Not the friendliest of principal and guidance teachers.

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June 20, 2005
This school has a great computer lab in which the student's lessons are individualized, and it really has given the children improved understanding of what was taught in class.

- submitted by a teacher

February 22, 2005
The administration is excellent along with the teaching staff. The parent involvement is over the top and wonderful to work with. The specials are great, unfortunately, not as active as I believe should be. Just moved her less than a year ago and happy with our choice.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 16, 2005
I'm hopeing that my son likes this school as much I think he will. I have been very satisfied with what I have heard about this school.

- submitted by a parent

December 27, 2004
Talbot is a great school. They have a strong curriculum on all subjects and really shine on reading! My children enjoy it there very much.

- submitted by a parent

June 05, 2004
Talbot Elementary is a great school. However, for any child to be successful, the parents must be involved. What I can say about Talbot is that if you are a involved parent, you will (should) request the teacher of your choice. Talbot seems to have either really good teachers or really not so good teachers. Especially in the lower grades it is important to find a teacher that can handle the disciplinary issues with children while keeping the 'good' kids focused on learning. For instance, this one teacher (Sandra Johnson) is the absolute best teacher I have seen. The others are either burnt out, struggling with discipline issues, or lack parent involvement. As far as the remaining aspects of the school, it is probably comparable to other schools (excluding private).

- submitted by a parent

May 29, 2004
Talbot is a very good school. They are over enrolled, however, they do a good job of keeping everyone orderly. The teachers as well as the students are very friendly.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2003
Overall, loved the school....wish there had been more info for incoming Kindergarten parents who were new to it all, but loved it overall.

- submitted by a community member

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William S. Talbot Elementary School
5701 Northwest 43rd Street, Gainesville, FL  32653
(352) 955-6716
Last modified William S. Talbot Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
William S. Talbot Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top