I found this school to be okay academically, but lacking in extracurricular activities and enrichment experiences. I think that the children would benefit from a more well-rounded education.
I couldn't disagree more with the negative comments about Stowers Elem. as it is an outstanding school. I'd like to ask those who posted negative comments what other recourses they took (talking directly with teachers, guidance, or administration OR volunteering at the school as a means to actually see better and more clearly what everyone involved with the school's daily success actually accomplishes) FIRST. IF the nay-sayers did ALL of the above with a sense of open-mindedness and a desire to actually problem-solve and you're still unhappy, OK. Yet, I have serious doubts. Stowers goes above and beyond on a daily basis- so many opportunities to love learning are provided to students. And, the 'fun' stuff is there if you look closely. Examples include Vocab Parade, Mother's Day Tea, Fairy Tale Bowl, Grandparents' Breakfasts, the 4th/5th Grade Talent Show, community forums for the chorus to perform, Author Trees, RP Goal Celebrations, Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances, amazing field trips, art shows, Field Day events, etc. There's always something going on. Before you speak out AGAINST a school, please make every effort to do all you can FOR it first.
We are a military family and moving is common for us. I have to say I am very pleased with Stowers Elementary. My son was much more advanced than other children in the class and his teacher really met his needs as far as his level was concerned. For a public school I feel Stowers does a great job attending to the needs of the children. Lets not forget the first and foremost educators for any children should be their parents. Teachers can only do so much and if the family unit can't do their job with their own children perhaps they need to re-evaluate their priorities. Definitely would recommend this school!
Stowers is a wonderful school. The negative comments on this website are ridiculous. I have 3 children in this school and have had absolutely no problem communicating with the teachers. All the teachers and staff care about the children. The comment about the AGP testing is common to Hillsborough County Schools not just Stowers. I could not be happier about the education my children have received and are receiving at Stowers.
Stowers is a very good school. It is not perfect, as no schools are but the principal and assistant principal are committed to giving the students a quality environment with excellent teaching. I love that Stowers has a warm feel and has more of a varied population that reflects the real world. After all, the world is made up of all types of people from all ethnicities and backgrounds. This is one of the reasons I prefer to send my daughter to this school over the other elementary schools in Fishhawk. My child is in the AGP program and I can not say ENOUGH about how fabulous the teacher of this program is. For others that have been disappointed, I can not speak, but my daughter is doing quite well there. She has been there for 3 years and is passing all the rigorous tests with flying colors. Also, as for students not getting tested in a timely fashion for gifted programs, I encourage the parent who wants the process to go faster to seek private evaluation. It is a PUBLIC school for goodness sake. The staff must seek to educate all children there, which means school psychologists are testing a great many children for various reasons, not just gifted. LOVE STOWERS!
We have been at Stowers for a couple of years and the teachers and staff are not professional. They fail to return calls in a timely manner and do not work around the parent's schedule. Children with specific needs are not encourage to meet standards and teachers do not work with families to address these needs! This is our last year!!
We are a military family whose children have attended schools in three states. We love the small, "hometown" feel of Stowers. The teachers are truly invested in their students' success and the parents of the community are very involved. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this school!!
My daughter was in one of the 1st and 2nd grade combination classes. I was very impressed with the way the group of teachers was able to meet her individual needs so well. I wasn't sure what it was going to be like in the beginning because it wasn't something I had heard of before. There was a parent night explaining why they group the students, to allow each child to work at their level and be challenged. Since I still wasn't quite sure of the set-up, I requested a conference to discuss my reservations. They set up a conference for later that week. They explained how they group the students based on individual needs in regular subjects (math, reading, writing), but have all ability levels working together in science. They did really cool project together where groups researched their own questions and presented what they learned to the whole group. My daughter learned so much! She was very excited about learning. She really broke out of her shell and became more confidant. I am so glad that she just happened to be in that combination class. Although it really was 3 classes with 3 teachers. They really were all like a family. I don't know how those teachers did it!
When you move around from state to state you experience difference different school systems. So far this move is number 3 with kids in school and thus far this is the worst school we have been at. There is a lack of concern for the above average students, leaving the above average students bored. A bored student is never a good thing! Academically speaking, they are behind the school we were last at in a different state! So frustrating. Also, the same classes are not on the same page. Meaning, one group of 2nd graders are not doing the same things as another group of 2nd graders. There is no congruency with classes. 1st grade should not be in with 2nd graders... unless it is know that the 1st grader and the 2nd grader are on the same level. But this is not the case. 1st and 2nd graders are put in the same class randomly... not good! All this and more has brought us to the decision that Hillsborough County Schools are not educating our children to the standards that we are used to. We are pulling our kids in a few weeks and we are HOMESCHOOLING them!
I personally disagree with some of the comments here. Stowers seems to really address the individual needs of their kids. Each class, made up of different kids, with different teachers should be different. Different types of classes, whether made up of different age levels or not, seems to be designed to do what is best for different kids and heir abilities. As a parent, I am glad they don't teach all students the same way.
We moved here from up north and my kids have been at Stowers since it opened. I have been impressed with the academics and technology since we arrived. More importantly, Stowers seems to educate a well-rounded child, a compassionate citizen, one who appreciates diversity, and a creative problem solver, not just a child who can do well on an annual test. My oldest child in the AGP program has always been challenged to work to her potential but I've noticed that teachers seem to try and bring out the best in each student regardless of their abilities. Teachers send out weekly email updates and we've had some make themselves available to parents and students through email, webpages, and phone in the evening and even on weekends. The PTA does a great job of keeping parents involved and their fall hoedown is not to be missed. We like the principal there; she always has been very approachable and seems to really want to do what is best for the kids. I will be Sad when my kids move on to middle school and are no longer a part of the Stowers family.... By far the best school in the Lithia/Riverview area.
My daughter has been at Stowers for 3 years now. The teachers, administration and staff go above and beyond to take care of her and meet her needs, as a person and as a learner. I rest easy knowing that my child is well-cared for each day and that she is taught in a rigorous academic setting.
Our child started at Stowers in August 2012. Extremely disappointing, especially for a 2nd grade experience. The teacher has zero communication, unless asking for money of some kind to support a new fundraiser or whatever may be going on that week. Such a great experience in his other school so we are almost dumb founded at the lack of personable ability on the teachers part. At times, we wonder if she even knows his names. At the beginning, he came home from the day care that he started in preparation of the school year stating that he heard from other kids that his teacher that he was assigned to was horrible (apparently other parents and students had experienced her). Our response was don't listen to the negativity but then it slowly showed his face. Comments are now, well she never smiles and always just seems mad. Our child is definitely not use to this. Just found out that our child has never even met the principal, now this is unacceptable. We moved to the Lithia area for a supposedly better experience in the school system but it seems to be all about what parents can give and a huge lack of communication. So disappointed, thinking of selling our home to move!
I have to say, that when we found out we were moving here, I did a lot of research for schools in this area. They all are ranked pretty good, so I wasn't too concerned and even told my kids that they better step it up... What a let down. There is definitely a lack in communication, there were busing issues right from the start (too many kids, not enough buses), the lack in motivating the kids to work harder (I kept hearing, "She is working at her level", not acceptable! Kids need to be pushed/nudged to do better, work harder). 1st and 2nd grades are combined, with no rhyme or reason... classes are just thrown together without regard to the what level the child is at and then they work down to the lowest level, leaving the smarter kids bored! There is an AGP program, but it take a year just to get the testing done. No sense of urgency. I started the process to get my daughter into the program in September. December she had the first test, and now it is mid January and we still haven't gotten any farther. So, we have wasted a year and my daughter is bored at school. Oh, the homework they send home is a joke... just a time waster! Such a let down!
1st year here but noticing a pattern in lack of communication. Very little support given to new kids to the school for orientation; who the principal is, explanation of new/different programs used by the school/Florida. School bus was over 30 minutes late after school due to breaking down or no bus/driver available and no one from the school called to let parents know and this occurred 2 days in a row without a call. When we called the school to make sure the kids were safe, the office offered no reason or reassurance just that the bus was now in route. On the other hand, the PTA seem to be very active and busy with various events for the school and kids.
I LOVE Stowers Elementary!!! My daughter has special needs and has been to five other schools in this area. Although many were good, none of them begin to compare with Stowers. The ESE teachers at this school are exceptional, and the staff and administration are extremely supportive of the ESE classrooms and children. This is my daughter's last year at this school, and I will miss it terribly!
I have two children at this school. I really like that the school is smaller than the other two in the fishhawk area (only about 5 classes per grade as opposed to 8 or 10). The PTA and active parents seem very friendly and welcoming to new people. They really take their "cowboys" and "cowgirls" theme seriously. It's sort of odd but certainly spirited. The teachers are very good overall. They do a good job of communicated with parents weekly about classroom happenings. However, they don't seem as responsive about specific issues with an individual child. It just might take a few days for them to reply even if you write in the child's planner. I don't know the principal. My kids tell me that she is in the classrooms observing a lot but isn't very warm or approachable for the kids (not your huggy, get to know all the kids kind of principal). The assistant principal is the opposite. Very sweet. Overalll, so far, so good.
My son just finished his 3rd grade year at Stowers(1st year opened). I think that the Principal and her staff are terrific. The Principal and her staff make my child feel welcomed and care very much about the quality of education that they provide to him. Their focus is on educating the child not just getting the highest FCAT scores as the school he attended last year. This is the BEST elementary school in Fish Hawk! They are working together with the parents to continue developing well rounded students inside and out! My child needed to be challenged and they are doing just that! I love the fact that every adult at that school knows my child's name and who I am. The PTA is very active and did a fabulous job this yr. f I highly recommend this school to anyone currently living in Fish Hawk or surrounding area.
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