Students enrolled 735
Hours 8:30 am - 3:05 pm
School leader MS. NORMA SCOTT
District Manatee County School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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6325 Lorraine Road
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

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(941) 751-8165
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4 stars
Based on 27 ratings

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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
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
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
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
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
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
January 03, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
October 07, 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
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
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
October 02, 2008
this school is great. it is like a mini college inside.. it is soooo nice.. my daughter loves it.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
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
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
September 07, 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
August 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
August 31, 2005
Excellent school, caring teachers, knowledgeable principal. They focus on students' individual abilities.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
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
no rating May 03, 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
March 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2005
Excellent teachers, strong exceptional student's education focus, principal is very supportive of parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2005
The school is very overcrowded and it is only going to get worse. They are ade teacher building a new school to help, but it may be too little, too late. CHAOS! However, the newly hired teacher seems to be better and has experience. I have seen my sons reading progress alot. The fine arts program is excellant. The after school enrichment is also very good. My son has excelled with his art. The facility is beautiful. Wonderful media center and computer lab. Parents are very involved and concerned. If not for the over crowding, I would be very happy.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2004
A great school. Teachers are really putting lot of effort. Very friendly staff.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2004
McNeal Elem. School doesn't give each child a fair chance to learn at the school, nor do they discipline fairly. When I attended school at McNeal I thought I was going to have a great education and a great time there. But McNeal was a big disappointment. Although the school looks like a nice learning enviroment for children of all races and nationalities; it's not what you would think.

- submitted by a former student
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Gilbert W Mcneal Elementary School
6325 Lorraine Road, Lakewood Ranch, FL  34202
(941) 751-8165
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