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PK-5
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North Port, FL
Students enrolled: 760

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2775 Shalimar Terrace
North Port, FL 34286

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November 12, 2014
We love this school! The stuff is awesome. It might not be the easiest school but its one of the best!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2014
Cranberry is highly rated for success and I am proud to be a parent of this school. Students may not enjoy school sometimes it can be hard but after being involved in failing schools w no uniforms I truly think this school is the best in north port. No school is perfect and sometimes students may not feel they fit in but the teachers ,principal and staff help make a school. I look forward to being a active parent in this school and love the caring yet stern atmosphere. The First Day of school they gave kids wrist bands to make sure each child was in correct lines and orderly fashion. The pick up policy seems to keep things in a orderly fashion. The principal seems to be very active in the halls and classrooms She is a Good Leader! We need more Principals like her.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
I was once a student at Cranberry. I'd like to mention that I thrived at this school, not as much as at my current school, but I still maintained AB. I at least have to acknowledge that fact. That being said, the environment was absolutely suffocating. I was never allowed to be an individual, no matter in dress or creativity. I still go to a uniform school, but the dress code allows us to at least individualize small things like socks and belts. Other than that, the stress put upon each and every student is horrifying. I learn quickly and fluently, but they still expected even more of me. My mother had to transfer me after nurturing me away from years for the umpteenth time that month. Some of the teachers barely remembered my name, let alone cared to ever speak to me individually to help with work. This system is poisonous, and definitely sets a child up for failure. I am now very successful in the charter school system, holding straight A's and becoming class representative for the ninth grade at my high school. So if you want your child to be pushed away from creativity and individual driven learning, then Cranberry is the school for you.

- submitted by a community member
May 18, 2014
I could not ask for BETTER! I just asked both my children if they like Cranberry Elementary School. My son is in 5th grade and a daughter in 2nd grade which they both attend Cranberry. They like it very much but have an over load of work. They don't mind the work because they know it is part of learning. My son is an advanced straight A student and is now going to Pine View School(6th in the nation and 1st in the Florida School ranking) next year. Thank you Mrs. Pappas for your teaching abilities and all your personal attention. I have had some issues with other teachers for scolding. This is a no tolerant school!!! I live in this area so they can go Cranberry. I work 30 miles away in Sarasota. I will evaluate this school to be 9 out of 10!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
School is outstanding. My daughter is in the first grade there and never has she taken so much interest. Love how they make sure to keep the parents involved as much as possible with all the events they have. Definitely a grade A in my book!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I love Cranberry. I have a a child in kindergarten and one in 1st grade at this time and both of them are thriving academically and socially. I can tell all of the teachers that teach my kids care deeply about them and my children respond well to their style. As a parent I really appreciate Cranberry's commitment to teaching respect and I love their standards when it comes to the quality of the children's work. I volunteer whenever I can and I am always treated with open arms when I am there. I believe the principal is doing a great job of leading by example when it comes to showing children how to carry themselves in life. Both Mrs McCloud and Mr Carey are great leaders. A special thank you goes out to Ms Lang and Mrs Kemble for making my children want to become better students & citizens. No wonder these teachers are held in such high regard! I cannot thank them enough for the inspiration they have instilled in my children.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
I see a lot of complaining: Uniforms-my son is in fourth grade first year getting bullied would probable be more bullying if not for uniforms. FCAT-all public schools do it not Cranberries fault teachers are not happy about it either. Put voice on that in a large group to the right place. Certified teachers-All teachers have to be certified to teach. Today even subs unless your grandfathered in. Parent involvement-no body should say they can not get involved I have set on SAC board for four years and seats always half empty and only one meeting a month. Sign up sheets are sent home every year. Take the time to sign up and get PALS approved. Like I tell my son do you want to step up and fix a problem or complain and make a bigger problem. I have one complaint and that is stop rewarding a child that is disruptive 80% of the time and thinking he is going to change those kids need their parents made accountable. Remember they are still young kids. Kids that do generally listen are over looked because of so much focus on disruptive ones.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
There are two ways to view this school - It's academic results &/or It's child appropriateness. I have 2 children that go to Cranberry and academically - they are thriving. They are doing very well and are held to a decently high standard. That being said - I don't like this school. It has an amazing way of requiring each child to be in the little box they have deemed appropriate. I love the idea of the uniforms (I myself went to a uniform school as a child) and I understand that you need kids to seek out attention and be disruptive by using clothes, hair, etc to get attention. BUT - kids are kids and should be allowed to shine and little individuals. My daughter was reprimanded because she wore character socks one day.....are you kidding me - she's 7. Another thing that really shows how they feel about their school is the lack of any and all holiday parties. I was told by the principle that they "disrupt the learning environment" - SERIOUSLY! I wish I could completely explain why I don't like this school - but it is more just a general feeling. It's principle is cold and it ripples through. But, my kids do like it - but they don't know what is missing and I do....

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2012
A school where they hire teachers who are "not qualified to teach" so they say they have to break up the classrooms and move students around. Everything is based on the all important FCAT, including the schools grade, (thats not from parents and students liking the school). If your child does not fall into line he or she will be tested for everything under the sun, to try and be pawned off elsewhere. If their grades are not honor roll they will be constantly insinuated to be sent to other schools as to not effect the schools grade by the FCAT grade.This is a school where they think its ok for teachers to tear up drawings and stories students make. And any hint of individualism is to be snuffed out.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
I love cranberry school. I have seen a couple of comments about the Ass. Principal not saying things to parents. There are a lot of kids that go to that school, and he shows that he knows the kids by name, which means he has taken the time to get to know them. This is about your child, be thankful there is someone there that takes that kind of time with your children. All the staff at that school., shows how much they care. Some people have also written about to much stress on testing. Be thankful there is staff that takes pride in teaching your child, and they take it personally when they want your child to succeed. They also receive a lot of rewards for succeeding. I know some schools do not even acknowledge the effort children put into school.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2011
My son started Cranberry last year in the Pre-K program. I have to say they were wonderful with him. He LOVES going to school and just adores his teacher. For a child who NEVER interacted with children and was around adults the first 3 years of his life he adjusted wonderfully. Now as a mother of 2 I'm looking forward to the coming years with Cranberry. Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2010
Both principals are wonderful and teacher are to great school to attend in north port

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
The teachers/staff make sure each child feels special by knowing names, asking questions,expecting respect,readiness. It is an'A' school. My child looks forward to going daily.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
My son has attended Cranberry for 2yrs. now. I have been very happy with the way Mrs.Daniels runs her school. Being a block mom I can tell you the children love Mr.Carey. I think the uniforms are great because it teaches our children respect for the way they look, even if it's not what they wear normally. I think that with more parent involvement the school would be if not close to the top in the state. If I had a complaint it would be over lack of parental support aswell as showing respect to the rules and dropping their children off and picking them up properly. What is that teaching our children? As for the teachers,there will always be a bad apple in a bunch but we have been lucky to have had the best.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2009
Cranberry is one of the best schools I have ever seen. I am very surprised by some negative comments about extra curricular activities and being invited to school. This school goes above and beyond in communication. We get phone calls, newsletters, and invitaions all the time in our child's agenda. The teachers are top notch. Almost all of them have at least a master's degree with many more having higher degrees. There are many who are Nationally certified as well. Yes, there is a focus on FCAT, but it's not crammed down their throat. The administration is the best. I like the high expectations, especially in fourth grade. My children have not only learned many academic things, but problem solving and social issues as well. My kids are better people because of this school. Sometimes it's hard to hear the truth about your child, but these teachers are here to help.

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October 09, 2008
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July 24, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
April 21, 2008
ok.....we just moved here from Ma and I have to say I am extremely happy with Cranberry so far. Parent involvement? Let me tell you something, I was never invited to have lunch with my child or invited to the book fair in Ma. My daughter who entered first grade 3/4 of the way through is excelling and comes home happy every day. In Ma she was miserable and her teachers were always complaining about her. Here she has been touted for being so polite and well behaved. Her reading has already improved by at least 20%. I have no problems with the uniform as she never has to worry about looking like she is 'poorer' then the other children when she's not wearing $100 pants.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2007
I like Cranberry school and I don't think these comments are negative. They are just how some parents feel about certain issues. I do agree somewhat about Mr. Carey in that he speaks when he feels like it and will pass right by a parent and not speak, or say good morning to a student and not the parent. I am pretty much satisfied with everything else about the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
Cranberry is so focused on the FCAT. My third grader was scared to death he wasn't going to pass the FCAT. The PTO is nothing but a popularity contest, like I'm back in school. They make these little kids wear uniforms, but the middle and high school get to wear all the clothes they want, doesn't make since. These kids are not enjoying elementary like I did. Just because a class is 'State of the art', doesn't mean it's a great. I don't remember being scared to death about passing a test or being in uniform in third grade. Staff is OK nothing fabulous.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 22, 2007
i like this school but I do not like the asssistant principal. He has no manners towards some of the parents and seem not to like outspoken parents. i though most schools like parent involvement but he seem to think that parents should not come to him with issues about kids having problem with other kids... i say too bad.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 28, 2007
I have two boys and one in now in middle school but i love Cranberry the staff is great and when i call to the school Gladis and kim are very quick to know what they are doing and if not they would find out . As for Mrs Daniels and Mr Carry they are great and have the childrens best intrests always first. Kepp up the good work Cranberry!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2007
I am really surprised to read any negative comments about Cranberry. Last year was the first year our three children attended, and we were thrilled with the teachers, principal, communication, academics, and family-inclusion as compared with the private school they had attended previously. Cranberry cannot be faulted for the FCAT focus. What I did see this past year was an extremely dedicated staff that worked overtime to help all of the children succeed on this state-mandated test. This school has excellent art and music programs, whereas our old private school devoted no real time for these activities. Additionally, the science lab is unbelievably advanced, and the staff is wonderful. Thank you Sarasota County for this great school!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2007
I have 2 children in Cranberry. One going into 1st and the other going into 5th (she's been there since 2nd). The only thing that they have ever complained about is the uniforms, and not even that often. They love the teachers, we haven't had a bad experience yet. They can't wait to start in August. The extracurriculars are decent and they seem be adding new activities for parents to do with their children every year. FCAT is deffinately a big part of their focus, but I think that's because of the pressure put on this and all schools in FL. There is little contact between parents and teachers unless you are a parent who has the time to volunteer. All in all I do like this school and feel that my children are getting a good education.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
The academics are far too FCAT driven. Students are expected to be almost robotic as far as behavior is concerned. There is no fun allowed. Students are truly missing out on a real elementary school experience and are lacking important knowledge simply because it is not tested on FCAT. Cranberry is preparing their students for future failure, not success. Teachers are good.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
I am disappointed with this school. My son is in Kindergarten and will be repeating next year. It has been made known to the other children, thus making him a target. I am so frustrated that I now am calling him out of school and beginning a home school program. There is nothing being done with school bullying and everything wrong with his school situation has been brought to our attention by our 5 year old and not even his teacher. Very disappointing.

- submitted by a teacher
March 14, 2007
Cranberry overall is an excellent school. As with any new school, glitches need to be worked out. Uniforms? If you ask the students, 1/2 of them like it because they don't have to decide what to wear in the morning. The other 1/2 do wish they could wear 'street' clothes. Shirts tucked in just makes them look better & feel better about themselves. FCAT? I think there should be a test to measure the success of Florida students compared to schools across the nation. I do not agree that students miss out on other subject areas because they are not 'tested' yet. It's frustrating but they are only trying to keep up with other schools in the dist and state. The teachers...most of them I see always seem happy and like what they are doing. Extra Curr Activities are coming around (that too comes with an established school).

- submitted by a teacher
February 28, 2007
Although I like this school, I find that some of the kids there have no manners and don't know how to treat one another. It's sad little ones learn early to be mean and rude.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2007
Teacher are fine. It is a uniform school.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2006
Fantistic school. Plenty of fun activities for the students through out the year. Principal easy to commicate with and goes above and beyond to help students acheive. All students are treated equal, uniforms handed out to those in need. Plenty to do for parent volunteers from carnival, to fundraising. School has Breakfast with santa which is a blast, my child just loved it.The Holiday Shop is wonderful, my children enjoyed shopping for all of us. I found that safety is a high priorty there which I find very comforting. Couldn't ask for a better place to have my child educated.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2006
While I do think that Cranberry is a great school, I feel that it is a little to strict and a little too focused on F-Cat. It seems that the little ones get pushed to the side and the entire school gets wrapped with the F-Cat. I think a little more time should be spent on teaching the little ones as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2006
The complete focus is on FCAT and nothing else. Extracurricular activities? The school is a prison. Parents are shoved away. No parent involvement at all. Very cold and not welcoming. I feel the students at Cranberry are highly cheated. They miss out on many cultures, activities and fun. It cannot be all about FCAT it will make students back off and not want to learn. Learning has to be interesting and fun! The school uniforms are ridiculous. The shirts have to be tucked in and with a belt. Other uniform schools do not make the children tuck in their shirts. This targets overweight children! They do not have their priorities straight! They focus too much on being strict and the children rebel when they get home! All this and it is a B school.

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June 04, 2006
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October 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
Quality of academic program? It's all about FCAT Extracurricular activities? none Art music, etc... taught as a class, it's fine. Parent involvement? no. Other than a few aids, noone else is permitted in the building. Parents are seldom invited to the school. We are never warned of what special interest group shows up to instruct our kids in assembly. Parent teacher involvement is almost nill. Absolutely no parent/teacher conferences at report card time. School has been open one year. Kids go back into trailers next year. Yay, school choice. Other than that, the school looks nice.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2004
Our son attended 3rd. Grade here and for the first time we don t have to fight with him to go to school. He gets up in the morning and looks forward to going to school. He is reading on his own, a book a night if he enjoys the book. His Spelling and Math Improved. I am Excited to see what next year will bring.

- submitted by a parent
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Cranberry Elementary School
2775 Shalimar Terrace, North Port, FL  34286
(941) 480-3400
Last modified Cranberry Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cranberry Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top