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PK-5
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Orlando, FL
Students enrolled: 1,474
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1801 Lake Vilma Drive
Orlando, FL 32835

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(407) 296-6450
(407) 445-5432
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August 03, 2014
Metro west elementary is an "A" school every year, This school is great, awesome teachers, my kids love it.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2014
We have been an A school over a 12 year period. Our teachers are wonderful and help the school be the best it can be. We have a wonderful supportive staff. The secret to our school being great is that we are the picture of diversity, in every sense, and yet everyone gets along. Oh, and by the way, with a student population of nearly 1500, some of our middle schools would like to say that!

- submitted by a teacher
April 18, 2014
Our school is amazing with all that we do for all 1499 of our students!!!

- submitted by a teacher
April 08, 2014
Absolutely horrible school starting with the Principal and working down. If you have the choice to send your child to another school, you shouldn't hesitate. You will be happy you did. Zero communication, zero parental involvement allowed, zero accountability. Your child will be in prison like atmosphere for all their elementary school days if you are not careful. This school is run like a walmart, with no sense of family or community. I don't care that there are 1500 students here, a little effort could go a long way.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
I just graduated out of this school last year and I loved it! my teachers were all nice and they helped me out of academic stress and failure. one thing I really did not like was the Before School Program. They were all extremely rude to my parents and I, they would take us to breakfast late everyday and im proud that my parents took me out of it. Other that this is one of the best schools out there (: . - Class of 2013 student !

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 2014
We moved to this school in Nov 2013. The first thing I noticed was that when I requested to meet with their new teachers during the first week, they asked me why? They complied, but it was clear that they thought meeting with me was some sort of extra thing. Also the front office stops answering the phones promptly at 3pm and the only way to get a hold of a teacher outside of school hours is via email which has a 24 hour turn around time minimum. Cafeteria smells of urine due to perpetually unclean restroom next to it. Principal is totally MIA, never ever have seen her. I saw the school nurse tell a girl crying and complaining of shortness of breath to get back on the bus and go home. No security at car rider line, I once picked up someone else's kid without staff knowing and they once put a boy I was supposed to be picking up, on the bus, even though he'd been coming with me for the previous two weeks. The overall feeling is that they do not want parents to "bother" them. Any meetings or discussions out of their routine is seen as a bother and interruption. They may have higher test scores but their caring and friendly environment is nonexistent.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2013
horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible horrible

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Metrowest Elementary school is a diverse school that serves about 1500 students. Our school stands up high because of the great administration and highly qualified teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
October 24, 2013
My school is amazing. The teacher's and staff are caring and considerate. The teacher's are amazingly dedicated and hard working. We get to work with wonderful kids and nice families.

- submitted by a teacher
October 24, 2013
I love MetroWest Elementary School. I have had an association with this school since 2000. It has the largest enrollment in our county and it still maintains and "A" status. The staff is helpful, the teachers are dedicated and the student's are learners. They do their best to keep the children safe with a closed campus policy. This is a school I would highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
The best school ever, population are very diverse and the teacher are great. the administrator are amaizing and always try to help student, parents and staff

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
My daughter has just completed her 4th grade. She has recd very good FCAT grades in maths and reading i.e 5 & 4 . good grades reflects back on both efforts from teachers and student inc parents. i met with school teacher in all PTA meetings and they were very good in explaining childs progress. they organize musicals etc too. only thing which i feel school should focus too is on games, social development of kids after school hours.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
We have two kids that started at MetroWest this year. Our daughter (5) is in Kindergarten and our son (4) is in Exceptional Student Education Program. We have been "extremely happy" with the progression of both kids and that is a direct reflection the dedicated teachers and staff. Our son receives speech therapy twice a week through the school and we have seen a HUGE improvement in his ability to talk (almost immediately once getting into the program). And our daughter's reading, writing and story telling is well beyond where I thought she would be. I guess Kindergarten is the new 1st Grade. Sure there were a few hiccups in the beginning, but that was mainly due to the fact we were going through our first school year (lots has changed since I was in elementary in the '70's)!! Thank you to all the great MetroWest teachers and staff!!

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2012
This is good school and I have enjoyed the years but I heard many students complain about lunch. I send my daughter with a lunch everyday. But I must say she was in 5th grade and nobody got as much work. The teacher was very unorganized and always losing assignments. So, she just put it as missing work decreasing my daughter's grades. I think I will look forward for middle school much more than I did for elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2012
I have raised several children and this is by far one of the worst schools in Orange County when it comes to helping students succeed. The principal is not interested in parents which has to make you believe there is no interest in the students either. They dont care about the community and the kids as someone else wrote is a true statement.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2012
I am a parent and I so dissapointed int he schools approach to parent involvement in the school. On one hand they complain that there is not enough but when you want to participate they tell you no. I walk my child to school every day, participate as a volunteer for the school and try to help if needed. I was just told I could not walk my child to class anymore..... It really makes me think that they dont care about the community and the kids. Why not and what harm is it doing to the school.??? My child loves her class and does great but we now have to deal with this issue and see how it will be resolved. The school has changed for the better in technology but has gone backwards with humanity.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2012
I agree with many of these parents. This is by far the worst communicating school. I have2 children in 5th grade. The one is special need and we did not get off to a very good start. I now have a wonderful relationship with that teacher but now having problems with my other childs teacher. I have sent numerous letters to her and no response. My child has about 4 hours of homework each night and then teacher wants to know why we helped her. What is the length of time an 11 year old can stay focused. 8am-3pm and then 3:30pm-8pm I do not call this a life. I may think differently if my child was coming home with A's. Then I get told I should pay for a tutor to teach her what she should be learning at school. Ok now we have just also added another 2hrs to her day studying. Still no A's

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
Best teachers, Best students and Best staff in Orlando, Florida. Most important is that the children respect each other and parents are very involved in thier children's progress.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2010
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- submitted by a student
October 12, 2009
My son is in kindergarten and I commend Mrs.R for all her time and dedication. I am involved in volunteering in this school and todate I have only seen 3 other parents involved in the classroom, Still there is a lot of criticism for all her hard work. Parents wake up and smell the coffee, schooling is not a baby sitting club you have to be involved with your childs extra curricular activities,in school and at home. Please get more involved for your childs sake. Mrs. R you are truly a gem. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
I am an Environmental Scientist. They do extra effort to raise Environmentally Aware Kids, which is very good for our planet in the future.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2008
I have had nothing but positive experiences with this school. All the teachers have been fantastic, and I especially love my daughter's current second grade teacher.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2008
Yes, I am sure that if your child is in regular classes as my oldest son was, it is a great school. Believe me and alot of other parents that have children that are in special classes this is not a good school at all. As for the principle she is very bad at returning phone calls. I have to contact the Orange County School Board just to hear from our own principle at MetroWest. It is the only time that I hear from her.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2008
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September 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 02, 2008
I will be extremely happy when this school year is over and I can transfer my daughter OUT of MetroWest. I have had nothing but problems with this school when I enrolled her for her first grade year and it's been a headache every day. Her first grade teacher loves to pile on the homework, and no other child in the other first grade classes comes home with half as much as my daughter and her classmates do. We're talking sheets of math, spelling, science and book reviews every night. Their after school program gave out my personal information to an in-home daycare without my permission. Calls to the principal were never returned.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2008
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January 31, 2008
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January 23, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 07, 2008
My daughter is having a great year in Kindergarten. I think her teachers are excellent, the Principal and staff are wonderful and I applaut you all at MWES! Keep up the good work and high standards.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 07, 2008
This is an excellent school. The Principal is very supportive of teachers and is always available for parents. Her administration team is also very involved. The principal has an open door policy and so do her assistant prinicpals. The teachers are great and they do a great job educating our children and keeping the school graded 'A'. Keep up the work!!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2007
I am a very happy teacher at MetroWest ... I have the greatest class and team in the world!

- submitted by a teacher
September 28, 2007
Don't let the title of an 'A' school deceive you. The 'A' comes directly from the teachers' involvement and dedication. That hard work comes with no support from the administration or principal. My son has been attending this school for 4 yrs. and I have yet to see any kind of praise or support towards the teachers from the principal. If this is how she treats her excellent teachers imagine how she treats us parents. Very biased and divides the school in two parts faculty and staff. Very sad. She takes away the passion of teaching from the teachers which affects our children. Teachers=A+, Principal and Faculty=C-

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 02, 2007
MWES was everything I expected, a wonderful staff, teachers who care and a PTA that is very active and powerful, On a scale from 1-10, this school is an 11!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2007
MetroWest is a wonderfully diverse elementary school. I applaud both teachers and principal for their dedication and commitment to our students and it's community. I'm sure it isn't easy to effectively and successfully educate over 1400 students from different cultural backgrounds each year, but somehow this school has been able to maintain it's A status. Having relocated to FL from the north, too, my husband and I enrolled our children in Metrowest in 2003. My experiences at this school have all been very positive. The teachers are both knowledgeable and compassionate. They keep me informed about my children's social and academic progress. The principal, too, has been very responsive to our family's needs. She exercises an open door policy and responds to phone calls and e-mails. The principal attends PTA meetings and holds monthly coffees off campus to engage parents in discussions of their choice. This is a five star school!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2007
Metrowest Elementary has excellent teachers, but I don't feel the same about the principal. She has no involvement with the parents, calls are never answered and there are no meetings with parents during the year. I came from out of state in 2005 and my youngest child has been attending this school since 1st grade. My other children attended excellent public schools. At Metrowest there has never been a beginning of year meeting where the principal communicates to parents what is expected in the new year and welcoming them. Physical education is not given everyday and there is no music class. My child attended an academically advance class in the 1st grade. This year I was told that there was no fundings, so why am I paying $6,500 in property & school taxes?

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2007
My child was at mellowest from kindergarten to 4th grade and she was learning everything from the highest level. She loved getting up in the morning to go to school she had an excellent 4th grade teacher named mr.Carter who was always there when she needed it.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
Metrowest elementary school has been a wonderful learning environment for my son who is in kindergarten there. Academics are very involved, and support from teachers, staff and other parents are great, too. We are very involved with our school and my son is very proud to be a student there. He can't wait to get on the bus every morning to go there.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2006
My son had an excellent teacher and learned so much this year 2006. On the other hand my daughter had the so called best Kinder. teacher which I was completed disappionted with. Her needs were not met and the teacher did a horrible job assessing her. She toldme my child did not know things that she knew before she entered school. I took her out and put her in private school where is is doing fine. I left a detailed message with the principal and she never returned my phone call regarding my experience with this teacher. Maybe she was too busy or just did not care. I really can't sqay the school or the pricipal is bad but it seems to depend on the teacher you get. Ms. Allen is a terrific teacher.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
I was very disappointed in my experience with MetroWest Elementary. This was our first experience with Florida Public School, as our oldest child was in Kindergarten. Unfortunately due to circumstances outside of the teachers control, my daughters class ended up with 3 different full time teachers and many, many substitues. While all three teachers were good and did the best job possible in the short period of time that were with the class, I do not feel that she received quality education this year which is unfortunate as this should have been a great foundation year for the rest of her education. Lastly, I was very disappointed with the principal's response to our classes challenges. Many parents approached her and she simply brushed the challenges off. If the principal doesn't care...who will???Our daughter will be attending another public school next year & I am looking forward to a more positive experince.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
I was very disappointed with Metrowest Elementary School. I think they are overcrowded and my son fell through the cracks. I was disappointed with the staff and administration in the way things were handled. I am transfering my son next year and hopefully will be able to get him a better education somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2006
I am pleased with my child's education at MWES. He has attended the school from kindergarten through fifth grade and he had a wonderful experience. I felt he was well prepared for middle school and the FCAT. They took music away for a short time, but fought to get it back. They have wonderful special area classes (including a math lab and a science lab). Parent involvement could be better, but I was happy with the PTA - especially in his last couple years there.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2006
This school is mediocre at best. My child is stuck with a teacher who is very disorganized and irresponsible. Hopefully, next school year will be better. If not, I'm considering home schooling my child.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
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November 17, 2005
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September 27, 2005
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September 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
My son attended metrowest elementary from second thru fifth grades. I was really impressed with the amount of personalized attention that was given to him. Every teacher he had communicated with me on a consistant basis to let me know where we needed to improve and what he was excelling at.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 15, 2005
My daughter attended Metro West Elementary aftering moving here from out of state. I was reasonably happy with her experience there -- she did meaningful reading and writing that was appropriate for her age, and seemed to progress well. My largest concern was the apparent mayhem on the bus on the way home to our apartment community. As parents, we find there is little opportunity for the parents of other children in the class to get to know each other -- there is a lack of community, I find.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2005
I was just amazed at Metrowest's methods, and how they are so organized.It's a very good school, I would reccomend it to anyone.

- submitted by a former student
August 01, 2005
Academic programs are great sports could be better inforced and planed and parents can also be more inbolved

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2005
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June 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2005
This is a wonderful school. My children received a well rounded education. Teachers are very compassionate. I just wish we had more extra curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2005
My son has done well at this school because he comes from a private school where he was taught advanced classes. Overall, I think they focus too much on the FCAT, losing the bigger picture. I don't understand how they can get by learning science and social studies now and then, instead than on a regular basis. I also think they get too much free time and recess, sometimes my child comes home saying that they had up to 2 1/2 hours of doing nothing. Of course he loves that, but it concerns me.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2005
MetroWest is a satisfactory school, however I found it to be over crowded which makes it hard to focus on special programs for children who have special needs. The teachers are helpful, but somewhat restrictive about the authority that they have in decision making.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2005
My daughter has a great teacher and academically has been great. However, security wise is very poor. There is absolutely no supervision in drop-off and pick-up areas. No teachers present and this really concerns me. Also, no identification is requested when picking up early in the office. This is an issue that to me, deserves immediate attention.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
My older son attended MetroWest 4 years for 2nd grade; I was not impressed; he is hearing impaired and I felt they were not properly trained to handle the issues that come with that. However, I am thoroughly satisified with my 1st grader's experience this year. He has a wonderful & encouraging teacher, Ms. Walker. She does not tolerate nonsense, but is very focused, has high expectations on an academic and personal level with each child. It shows in my son's reading and math comprehension. I am very impressed with her dedication to her students and the character building skills she teaches. I do not like the openness of the school, particularly in the morning with the kids sitting outside of the classrooms, but there is always staff outside monitoring the walkways where they sit and the children seem to be disciplined and understand what is expected of them.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2005
This school is the poorest I've ever seen! I can not believe the lack of worth that the principal has for her students and parent concerns. When you call and leave her a message, you never receive a call back. I have yet to have a meeting with her and my child has been in the school for three years now. There is favoritism towards certain people and neglect towards others. If you do not speak up beyond the principal you will not be heard. I thought that this was an A school. There are big problems with Metrowest Elementary School.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2004
Wow! What a great school. We just moved to Orlando from South Florida. One of the reasons we moved here was the school system and it has NOT let me down!! My children are in the 2nd and 4th grades and they both have wonderful teachers. Both of their teachers are great about keeping in contact with me and up to date on how my children are doing. My 2nd grader is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and her teacher is so patient with her and works so hard to give her extra help and attention. This is the fifth school that my 4th grader has attended and MetroWest is by far the best school! Thank you MetroWest Elementary!

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May 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2004
This year I am satisfied with the feedback from my daughter's teacher however my daughter had a teacher last year that missed a vast majority of the school year. The administration failed to replace the teacher because of her contract. The students in the end suffered, they were forced to play makeup. I hope this never happens again to any other kid or parent. How can you weigh a teachers contract versus a childs future. Students within Orange County are average within the State, my concern is how do they rank nationwide. Help us Help them S. English

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2004
My daughter has been at Metrowest for 6 years. We love it here, great Teachers, staff, PTA. She has excelled and thrived because of the Teachers and oportunities she was offered. I always was informed and up to date with all her class work, test ect.. Which is a very important asset to have, to help our children succeed.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2003
My son is in kindergarten. He had been going for his K-3 & K-4 to a very good private school. Unfortunately we were not able to keep in it and he's going to Metrowest Elementary now. I am very impressed by the curriculum and his teacher desire to push the kids. From the beginning he has always received homework type practices and my son at this moment already reads and somewhat writes a sentence. For that, I am impressed and completely satisfied with this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2003
The teachers are first-rate! They have an outstanding ESE team. The ESE team took the extra time to place my son in the best setting for his needs.

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Metrowest Elementary School
1801 Lake Vilma Drive, Orlando, FL  32835
(407) 296-6450
Last modified Metrowest Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Metrowest Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 73 reviews. Top