Generally speaking, I like this school - but I do agree with the post that children with special needs receive little attention. What a parent gets most is a resistance for specialized interventions and lots of empty promises that their child's needs will be met. The administration seems bothered by the fact that you even raise the question - and the Principal, although pleasant, does not, at all, take an interest. She simply passes this burden to staffers who are complicit in doing as little as possible.
McKitrick does not provide appropriate support or services to the lower 25% of the students in the school. It is too focused on only the upper 10% of students. In fact, at a recent meeting the Principle stated that the reason McKitrick is no longer an "A" school and is now a "B" school is because the bottorm 25% of the students did not show enough growth. To me that is a glaring sign that the school does not appropriately assist those students that are the ones with the greatest needs.
McKitrick Elementary teachers have VERY high academic and behavior standards. Testing is an issue the STATE has mandated. As a result of their education, all three of my children did very well and were very prepared for a challenging middle school experience. The teachers are professional and over-all wonderful people. Great school!!
With the exception of the Principal this school is very disappointing. I have watched my child, who was pasionate about learning and education, be deflated and intimidated to social compliance. Teachers justified their behaviors and never took ownership in the fact that they could not actively engage a child. I don't know who the 5 star teachers were the others wrote reviews about but I am sure it was not the teachers we had nor the Vice Principal. - Choose a Private School if you want your child to advance.
We had a great year!!!!! We would like to thank the entire school staff for making McKitrick the amazing school that it is!!! See you next year!!!!
Great staff - all the teachers really care and have keen interest in the students growth.
The school has very high parent participation, a high overall educational standard relative to other local schools, and for the most part it has a very good school spirit. The teachers are fast to label a child , and it seems that many parents are able to influence teachers and areas of the children's education, that should be above any parent's influence. the same children benefit, and it seems to often be at the expense of other children.
Excellent. We moved to this area of Tampa for McKitrick. We love the school and the teachers.
Great learning environment, excellent teachers leading the students to higher achievements. The students love going to school an indication of the atmosphere.
AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING!!!! We have been working for two years through school-choice to get into McKitrick and we couldn't be happier! They are more focused on education than anywhere we've been, yet they still have fun! Allison Cline, the principal and Cathy Bishop, the AP are beyond amazing...The administration at our other school cannot even come close to these women! This is where you want your kids!!!
After attending private schools my whole life, I was leary about admitting my child into the public school system, but these schools are so fantastic they can't be beat! My child is attending Kindergarten and I couldn't be happier with the program and especially, the teachers. Every process from child drop-off to the cafeteria to bell work is well thought out and they have the best intentions for the children. My child is a bit advanced in reading as well and their curriculum caters to the varying levels. Way to go, Bobcats! This is such a nice area to live in that feels like a tiny community within Tampa.
Because I found this website so helpful in my school search, I wanted to leave a comment about the school that we found. As I read the commment dated April 28, 2010, I have to wonder which school this person could be talking about. Apparently they do not take their child to school in the morning, because if they did they would see Ms. Cline, the principal, smiling and helping kids out of their cars. Apparently they do not stay around for the adorable TV show done every morning by the 5th graders where one or both Ms. Cline and Ms. Bishop welcome the kids to school that day, tell them about what is happening at school and impart a word of wisdom to the children. Apparently they have never had lunch with their child in the outdoor courtyard, because if they did they would see them regularly being a presence.
The school itself looks great. However the teachers are quick to label a child. The Adminstration office including prinipal and assistant don't seem to be so involved with the children. I have never even seen either one on campus. I did expect more from school however they are just like any other school in the county. The field trips at school are nothing major. I cam name other elementary schools in Tampa Palms that have more exciting trips for children. The extracurricular activities are very low. However the parent involvement in this school is big.
We moved to the area just for the school and I think this was the best decision for my children 's education.We are very happy with teachers,principal leadership and parents involvement.
This is the best school in the county it is just like private school and my kid's love it.
This is still a good school, but I am concerned that it is slipping. I've noticed a decrease in the quality of some instruction and discipline of students. I'd like to see the school's management hold everyone, from teachers to students to cafeteria personnel more accountable. Even so, most at this school genuinely care about providing and getting a good education, I just hope they tighten up the bootstraps so it doesn't get worse.
Dont be a parent of a child that has special needs. They are not proactive in getting specialized testing and instruction.
Our kids have been going to McKitrick ever since the school first opened, 9 years ago. The parent involvement is extraordinary and the teachers are great and genuinely care about their students.
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