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Gilbert W Mcneal Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 735 students

 

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Posted April 19, 2014

McNeal is an excellent school. My children have attended this school since 2010 and I've grown happier each year. From the very beginning my children were excited about reading due to the Accelerated Reader program and the amazing media center. Both read at least 2 grade levels above their own. The Fine Arts program is second to none, including Art, Music, Engineeriing, PE, Science Lab and Media. The PTO is extremely organized and keeps us less involved parents informed through emails, their website, FB, and google calendar. Every fundraiser is successful and shows that the parents are committed to providing the school with what it needs. Most parents are college educated and successful and the caliber of students at the school reflects that. Each child receives a daily agenda which fosters communication between the parents and teachers. The administration is readily accessible and the Asst Principal is particularly friendly, caring and helpful. She is at every event. I highly recommend this school and Lakewood Ranch is an awesome community to live in!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2012

My kids have done wonderfully at this school since 2007. Although my kids are not in the gifted program, the school has a great gifted program implemented by the new principal. Almost all of the teachers are gifted qualified and do a great job with the kids. Many of the full-time teachers and Subs live nearby and/or have kids in the school. Best advice is to take a tour.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2011

My son has special needs and we only attended this school in order to get an IEP for him so that he could qualify for the McKay Scholarship. The administration at the school, especially the principal, have been less than helpful. I've even been called on the carpet by the principal when I questioned what was being done with my son. If your student has special needs, choose another school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2010

We absolutely love this school. My child's 1st grade teacher is looping with the class, so for 2nd grade my child will have the same teacher and classmates from 1st grade. This makes great sense to me....these kids will continue to excel in academics. The teachers, office staff and parents are very involved. The principal is awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2010

The new administration is a mess, FCAT scores are way down, and the staff is being all shifted around. My fifth grade daughter is going to have a former kindergarten teacher next year. I'm glad we only have one more year because McNeal seems to be taking a nose dive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2010

We moved here this year and my son started third grade. We love the school. We love his teacher and when I called the school at the beginning of the year to jump on a reading problem he had, everyone seemed to jump at the problem and do their best to help him. He has come so far already. My only VERY SMALL issue is he was placed in a class that had a very large number of special students. (for lack of a better word). After looking at the other third grade classes, I just wished they had been better split up into each class. I will leave it at that not wanting to hurt anyones feelings. Overall, we are very happy and looking forward to next year!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

Great school...if you never need any support from staff, or your child never has any learning style difficulties. Expect to be on your own. Willis is a much better alternative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I'm very disappointed with the new administration. Failure to rectify situation concerning child's placement. Bad environment for a child to learn. It is a sad situation for what had been a good first 2 years at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2008

My daughter is a kindergartener this year and so far we are very pleased with the school. The facilities are excellent, and we really like the engineering program. We find the atmosphere is very warm and friendly. Both teachers and students made us feel right at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

this school is great. it is like a mini college inside.. it is soooo nice.. my daughter loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2007

McNeal Elementary is a great school! My son started the first year it opened and the staff and administration handled the overcrowding very well. The principal has created an exceptional learning environment for the kids. The teachers are outstanding! I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

I have a 4th grader and a 2nd grader at McNeal and have had 4 years of quality academics. The majority of teachers are of a very high quality that both parents and kids appreciate. Over all test scores are always among the best in the county and state. Good luck finding a parking spot during parental participation functions. School is in the middle of an upscale one of a kind community. Uniforms would be nice but I guess you can't have everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2006

3 of my 4 kids attend(ed) McNeal. It is a great school if your child is perfectly typical. If he/she is in need of services, either gifted or ese, this is NOT the place. No diversity. No program for kids with special needs. Very disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

Leadership for this school is nonexsistant. Three of my neighbors kids were each bullied. Anti-bullying posters present throughout school, however a no tolerance for bullying policy is not enforced. All three children changed schools. Administration does not respond in a timely or serious enough fashion regarding complaints against staff. My children will not be returning to this school. Some truly good teachers who have to put up with a total lack of leadership and STUPID rules.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2006

New facilities, very organized administration and a staff that is keen on the safety of kids. We are delighted with our daughter's teacher and her effort to challenge our kid to excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2005

McNeal is a great school! The art & music programs are very impressive. The facilities are new, clean and wonderful. The sports program is also excellent and includes a family 'field day' activity for the students at the end of the year. Overall, the school is awesome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

Excellent school, caring teachers, knowledgeable principal. They focus on students' individual abilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

I have two children in Mcneal and i am very pleased with the school and teachers. My 4th grader did excellent this year. This was his first year at this school and he loves his teacher and she really cares about her students. Keep up the great work. I just feel that Mcneal could offer some more after school activities such as sports etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2005

We moved from out of state midway through the school year, when McNeal first opened. We were not happy with what they had to offer in terms of gifted programs. Most shocking was the fact that they had nearly no text books! They had run out of money building the school. As with many public Florida schools, they also spend a large amount of time on FCAT preparations. This would be great if my child ever needed to know how to fill in bubble tests in the real world, but sadly they don't.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2005

Excellent teachers, strong exceptional student's education focus, principal is very supportive of parents.
—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.

About these ratings

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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
71%
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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
99%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
56%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
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 "A".
  • 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 66%
Hispanic 24%
Asian 4%
Black 3%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 131%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 211%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 44%54%61%
Master's degree 54%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • Top 100 Schools in the State of Florida (2005)
  • Top 100 Schools in the State of Florida (2004)
  • A+ Florida School since 2002 (2006)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:05 pm
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  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MS. NORMA SCOTT
Fax number
  • (941) 751-8155

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6325 Lorraine Road
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
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