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School leader MS. ANTIONETTE KIRBY

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110 Leelon Road
Lakeland, FL 33809

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3 stars
Based on 30 ratings

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October 29, 2012
Horrible School. The principal needs to get fired. They don't help you unless your on the wrong side of the law. They basically assist people in kidnapping your kids. I know because they did it to me. I contacted the school board and they helped me locate my sons school and when I spoke with them. No help!! Please fire the principal worst ever.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
Worst school. Fire the principal. Principal and secretaries hang up on you. To be specific MS. MAtthews the principal is the worst principal I've seen. Not proffessional and doesnt take child care serious. Also Ms. Bruno is very rude.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2012
This school is the worst school in Polk County. The principle does nothing to to back her staff up. Doe's nothing to the children bullying other students. This school needs a new principle. I have talked to teachers there and the teachers say it is the worst school they have ever worked at. I have never seen a worst school then Padgett.

- submitted by a community member
December 07, 2011
Unfortunately this school does lack leadership!!! The teachers are hard working however they are not backed by the prinicipals at all! My children and I have had nothing but problems with this school. When trying to approach the situation it is made to believe that you can lie and nothing will be done. This is not how I raise my children to behave. I have since put them in another school whos values I prefer my children to learn. Its supposed to be a group effort. Teachers, children, and parents!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2010
The school is really disappointing and when you try to help out and volunteer you get the feeling that you are not welcomed.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2009
Great school because the teachers put a lot of effort into educating the students. The volunteers we get are also very much appreciated and helpful in creating a wonderful environment for the students to grow and learn.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 13, 2009
I love this school!!The best school my kids been to.The teachers are amazing and the staff are so nice.I love it and my kids do too.Go Padgett!!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2008
I have two children that attend Padgett. I feel very blessed that my children have had the opportunity to learn and grow with such a loving, supportive team of teachers, staff, and principal. I feel confident that they have prepared my oldest child for middle school and beyond. They are now building a great foundation for my younger son. Given the chance, I would not change a thing. GO PADGETT!!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
i love this school our daughter loves her kindergarten class and her teacher ms. rodriquez our daughter comes home everyday with a super in her agenda and a great day of learning to tell us about

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2008
So far it is about average, the teacher are great everybody wants to help .

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2008
I have read some reviews on this site about this school, some in a negative light. I would have to disagree with most of those reports. Padgett has received an A scoring. In order to accomplish such a high rating changes had to be made for the better of the school/ students as a whole not just suit a handful of individuals. Unfortunately some people didn t agree with this and have tried to spread their negativity in his/her ratings on the school. ( honestly some people no matter what the principal did with the school would have complained about it) I have been a volunteer at Padgett and have viewed several teachers as they interact with his/her class. I must tell you that I have been very pleased. The teachers and staff are devoted and caring. Many go above and beyond what they are required to do. I have noticed an enormous improvement in my child s grades since transferring him to Padgett. Padgett does have a PTA. Parents are encouraged through out the year to join.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
We feel that our son is receiving an 'A+' education here at Padgett. We have had many concerns with our son attending public school ( for the first time) and have asked many questions about the teachers, school, and the curriculum. ( Unfortunatly the Catholic School he attended didn't have a very good or up to date curriculum in place.)Nothing was hands at St. Anthony's like the lessons here at Padgett. We have seen a great improvement with our childs attitude about attending school. He loves it! Our first Midterm reports came out today and we are proud of his grades. We should have made this move 2 years ago !!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 16, 2008
My son is finishing kindergarten and I am very pleased with his teacher and the school in general. We are very happy with the education our son is recieving at this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
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March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2007
I am so proud of the hard work Padgett has put in over the past three years. My children love it there! Teachers, administrators and parents have worked hard to make Padgett an 'A' school and it is among the only schools in North Lakeland to make AYP as well. The teachers love their students and are always striving to meet each child's unique needs with differentiated instruction. Many teachers go above and beyond their daily duties and work 11 to 12 hour days striving to bring the best quality instruction to their students. I am proud to be a Padgett parent and educator and I will never cease caring for and focusing on my classroom children and instilling in them a lifelong love of learning!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2007
Contrary to what others have written about Padgett, I can say that I feel satisfied with this school. My daughter loves studying and is always looking forward to going to school next day. Many have mentioned that parent involvement is low. I agree with this, I am the kind of parent who always attends meetings as well as other school events, and I have noticed that most parents do not attend these meetings through which we can show our concern. Parents do need to get more implicated and avoid expectations of having the school do all the work. A vast part of what children learn is acquired by reinforcement at home.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2006
Not a good school at all - too much turn over in teachers & administration. I have had children in Polk County Schools for 20 yrs and this school is well past due for a overhaul. I commend the Superintendent for the changes she has made within the school system so far, but this school need to be looked into!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2006
I have one child who attends this school and since day 1, it seems I have had nothing but issues, and sadly enough after reading other's reviews, I see I am not the only one, when I asked what to do to get my son out of this school, I was simply told it was not going to happen...

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
Unfortunately, I am not able to provide a great deal of positive feedback. Compared to two different schools that I have been involved with, the teachers, although very nice, do not seem to be challenging or innovative in their approach to teaching. I can't say much about the principal other than it doesn't seem that there is a great rapport with the teachers and/or parents.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2006
I have one child whom attends Padgett and experiences a high level of anxiety when attending an outside establishment and I must say, her kindegarden teacher 'Mrs.Branning' was very supportive and competent in her teaching skills. My child was eager to learn everyday, disciplined with her homework ethics, and encouraged by her teacher to always be the top of the class. I found this teacher to be extememly involved, outstanding in her leadership roll in the class, creative in her teaching techniques keeping the class excited to attend the following day. I judged this teacher by the remarkable progress I witnessed daily in my child. Thank you Mrs.Branning for you have made an excellent impression on my child throughout the school year! I give her an A+ The school is a little worn down and needs improvement, the staff in the office is very friendly but unorganized.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2006
I wish my response was different, as I have been a volunteer with this school for 8 years and have two children who have gone here, The leadership has changed several times and not for the better. I don't recommend sending your kids here. I am pulling mine out and home schooling if I have to. The principal does not support the teachers. I hope that something changes to help this school because it has really gone down heal. If you have no choice but to send your kids here I recommend you get as involved as possible.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2006
I wish I could say this was a good school, but it lacks good honest, hard working leadership. The teachers need a Principal to lean on and count on and this is lacking at Padgett Elem. Discipline is also a bad subject here. Padgett says it encourages, volunteers in the classroom. (Teachers do!), but Principal seems to do whatever she can to discourage it by the way she treats her volunteers. I would love to see some improvements in this school. Test scores are low and they seem to be losing all there good teachers. I refuse to sub-teach at this school.

- submitted by a teacher
July 06, 2006
I have had nothing but trouble with this school. I do not think it is wise to put your child into this school until something is done about the principal and other staff at the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2005
Was not happy at all for two years of my child attending this school. I think that the staff is average and sweet peaople, but very unprofessional and somewhat unorganized. The school itself seems to be run down and needing some attention. A few of the teachers are good.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2005
in my opinion, this is an excellent school. it has transformed a boy who had trouble in school to a boy who helps others with their work. praise them

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2004
This school is like a tight knit family. The teachers and students really respect each other. I am proud to be a Padgett parent and to walk these halls as a volunteer. The staff at this school strives for improvement in all areas. As far as I am concerned, there isn't a better group of people to provide my boys education than the wonderful teachers, administrators and volunteers at Padgett Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
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Edgar L. Padgett Elementary School
110 Leelon Road, Lakeland, FL  33809
(863) 853-6044
Last modified Edgar L. Padgett Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Edgar L. Padgett Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top