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8101 Benrus Street
Orlando, FL 32827

(407) 858-3110
(407) 858-2225
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December 18, 2014
My daughter attends this school and I have been nothing but thoroughly impressed. The individual attention is phenomenal, the science and math labs impressive and needed in all schools, the integration of physically disabled students smooth and natural, and the teachers highly dedicated. My main concern upon enrolling her was that art and music might be de-emphasized or lack luster, but that has not been the case. The Art teacher seems passionate about his teaching and my daughter came home fascinated with Claude Monet. The music teacher gives his all and seems to care and is adept in his subject. As a mother with a music background, I am pleased with the art and music. My daughter is happy and engaged and I will certainly send my other children there. As a side note, many schools become so focused on the FCATs and other standardized tests, that the scores are high on sites like GreatSchools, but the students still haven't learned anything except how to take a specific test (and how to suffer from teacher-pressured test anxiety). Test scores cannot and should not be the determining factor in choosing a child's school.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2014
Great Elementary w/ great kids and great staff.everyone is helpful tge teachers are always there for the students tge staff is so great.

- submitted by a parent

June 17, 2013
Well, the school isn't what it was since the new principal took over. It's hard to say how things will be next year, but most notably, the new principal does not seem responsive to emails, is late to meetings, the last one to get to school and the first one gone. He seems to refer to his assistant Principal to make decisions for him and never seems to be busy like the previous was. He just doesn't seem to be a real "go getter". But yes, he is very nice.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2013
Since the new principal came in, the school has not been the same. We no longer get messages in voicemails, the staff isn't always available as it used to be and some teachers need to retire and others should've never been hired. There's a handful of great teachers but unfortunately the bad ones outweigh the good ones. I'm taking my child to a different school.

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2011
My daughter has been attendeing Durrance for the past 3 yrs and i love this school. The Principal, vice principla and all the teachers go an extra mile for their students. I am totally overwhelmed by their commitment for excellence!!! Way to go!! keep the good work going!!!

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2011
Our daughter has attended Durrance for two years. The principal and assistant principal, staff, and teachers are excellent. Our family has been very happy at Durrance.

- submitted by a parent

March 06, 2011
Our two boys are so happy at Durrance Elementary. They are receiving an excellent education. The Principal, teachers, and staff are the best!

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2009
The teachers are great. They really care about the students. The principal is always available if you need anything

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August 01, 2007
Durrance Elementary is a wonderful school. My two boys have attended over the last two years. Their teachers were very helpful and encouraging. -Marquette Jackson

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January 11, 2006
Durrance continues to be a great environment for my two sons, 2nd and 3rd grade, to learn and grow. Their teachers are attentive to their needs and uniqueness while the administration is committed to excellence. The principal does a wonderful job balancing the needs of the kids and the needs of her staff - she is a fantastic asset to the district. The main area for improvement is for parents to take a more active role in the school and their children s education. The more parents who are involved the better for all the kids.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2005
Excellent staff, in depth programs, wonderful after school programs. Very involved teachers and assistants. I wish all schools were like Durrance.

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September 11, 2005
I think the staff at Durrance is wonderful. They are very helpful and concerned with making choices for the students that reflect learning. There are many extra activities and the parent involvement is OK...could be more.

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September 11, 2005
The administration and staff are wonderful. They truly love children and are willing to work hard to help all of them learn. There are tons of extra activities going on throughout the year. The level of parent involvement could use some help.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2005
I am not a big fan of Susan Abbe. My biggest problem is the high turn over rate.I have raised my 4th grade daughter to have integrity and to take responsibility for her actions. I do not feel that Mrs. Abbe has been honest or forthcoming with important staff information. I feel this principle is too political.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2005
Durrance has acheived a level of excellence hard to find in other schools in this area. The principal is caring, warm and concerned about every child in her care. The teachers and staff take time to get to really know the students and the parents.We often work together to make good things happen for the students and they are happy at this school.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2005
Our child is ADHD and mentally handicapped, and struggled in 1st grade the first time in an special class. This yr they put in regular class, and when asking teacher to assist him furhter she states she can not spend too much time assisting him. For his issues they need to be more willing to help. It also took 7 mo to get him into speech therapy, which only is 30 min a week, due to them not wanting him to miss class much, To me things aren't all great at this school.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2004
Durrance is a wonderful school, where the teachers care about each and every child. However, since the previous principal left, the atmosphere seems to have become more solemn. It used to be a more positive, upbeat place lead by a dynamic team of individuals. I believe it can return to that type of place. The parents have been involved for the past few years, and I hope to see the parent involvement continue.

- submitted by a teacher

October 11, 2003
Durrance is the best! Imagine a principal that tells parents that she is always available, that the complete staff will be actively involved with your child, and then you find that it is all true. My son was excelling at area elementary when he brought home a notice about the Magnet Program at Durrance. I wasn't happy at his elementary but I could live with it. I went to the Information Meeting and loved what I heard. My concern was the lack of a strings program. The principal assured me that she would look into it. Come August, the school had a violin and guitar teacher. The principal actively looks for parents to see if they are happy and if they have any concerns. Teachers are well-educated, highly motivated, and actively involved with all students even those not in their class. This school is a dream come true!

- submitted by a parent

July 08, 2003
I think it is time that we as parents get more involved with this school. The staff has done their job, let us do ours. Dr Fritzler and staff are excellent. My wife and I will find time to be more involved this year.

- submitted by a community member

June 18, 2003
The staff at Durrance, from the principal to the maintenance people are involved with the children's learning, safety and social needs. Our school is composed of the friendliest group of people in Orlando. Even the 5th grade teachers know some of the kindergartners,for example. It is truly a family oriented school.

- submitted by a community member

June 06, 2003
This is an exceptional school. Each teacher we had experience with took personal pride in the achievement of the children. The principal, Patti Fritzler sets the standard and with a friendly, but no nonsense manner, inspires her staff to reach high and take the kids right along with them. Anyone that has a child attending this school should cherish every day you child is in this environment.

- submitted by a community member

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Durrance Elementary School
8101 Benrus Street, Orlando, FL  32827
(407) 858-3110
Last modified Durrance Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Durrance Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top