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Connerton Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 969 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 6 ratings
2013:
Based on 5 ratings
2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted September 22, 2014

Pasco County has done such a poor job of planning and now this elementary has 1,000 students in it (not an exaggeration, actual enrollment). They have 12 kindergarten classes and many classes being "co-taught", which means that 2 teachers and around 40 kids are crammed into a regular-sized classroom. Such a disappointment. The campus is really nice but Pasco county schools have not kept up with the growth in this area and now schools are bursting at the seams. This created a school that is impersonal and anonymous. We are disappointed overall by the lack of a community feeling in the school and by how huge and institutional it is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2014

Today was the last day of school and my daughter's first year in first grade. I have to say at the beginning of the year it was good but once they began breaking my daughter's first grade class into a different class for whatever reason is when things changed drastically and downhill it went. She went through 3 different teachers, and communication between parents and teachers was non existent. It's sad! I was never fond of the front officer people and today just confirmed it! I will give them one more year before I seriously speak my mind to them about this school and the job their doing. They need to do better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2014

This is school is such a great place to work. Our new principal is awesome and she really cares for all the kids. Everything our school does is right for children. This a school I would trust to educate my own children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 16, 2014

The Principal and teacher at that school create a lot of fabrications to harm children's reputation. It is sad the way they cover up after their actions and allow kids to be punished because of their actions. They are bullies. A child does not have a chance in pasco county when something happens at one school because they carry it on to other schools. Worse school district ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

We are the Champions and it shows in our children!! Love this school!! Great teachers and staff!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2014

My son has been at this school since it opened and he used to have some great positive teachers. I don't know what's happened to the place but I can only describe the attitude of his teachers this year as surly. Clearly they hate their jobs and, as a result, my son is starting to hate going to school. I'll be moving him to a more positive environment as soon as I can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2013

Connerton is as bad as they come. Though lowering my property value by writing this, the school is terrible. My child is illiterate and cannot learn successfully from this school. The staff doesn't give a hoot about any opinions that are voiced. The new principal is a joke along with their education standards. Had to send child to private school. Just terrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

My family and I relocated to Florida from Fairfield, CT a month ago. Finding a new school which not only had great ratings but a warm feeling once we visited was VERY important to us. After selecting a neighborhood we realized Connerton Elementary was the public school we were zoned for. Unfortunately after reading negative reviews we became not only alarmed but very apprehensive. I decided to visit the school and met the front office staff, and principles. Within minutes I felt a sense of relief! Not only were they very friendly, they reassured me the school was very safe as well. We lived twenty minutes from Sandy Hook Elementary and safety for our 7 year old is TOP priority. Mrs. Kinsman our son's 2nd great teacher seems very interactive and I'm SURE our son will stay engaged to learn with her as a teacher. We look forward to our years at Connerton elementary and wish the staff the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2013

Connerton's Principal is up for termination pending allegations of insubordination, breach of ethics and the board is working to revoke her license. You decipher what you believe to be true about Anna Falcone when you see the articles and the comments that follow in the Tampa Bay Times, St. Pete Times, TampaBayOnline (TBO), the Land O' Lakes Patch, and other various media sources. The things that are stated therein are only the tip of the iceberg. Over 25 teachers of a mere 30, transferred to other schools within the district to get away from such a principal and her underhanded ways of "leading" her employees. Those that stayed, did it for their own children who attend the school, trying not to uproot them midway through their elementary schooling. Now that Mrs. Falcone is gone and can no longer work for the Pasco County School District, Connerton will be 200% better than it ever has for the students, teachers, support staff, community, and the surrounding/supporting stakeholders. Enjoy the new Connerton for what it has the ability to become!!


Posted February 14, 2013

Connerton is a fabulous school that truly centers around students as it should. This week my kids have been talking about campaign kindness and hoe they will get to make special desserts with guidance and administration. I love the enthusiasm that everyone models for our students. I appreciate everyone at that school for having an impact on my children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2013

We have 3 children that go here & we have had a fabulous experience at Connerton. They love their teachers & enjoy school. We appreciate the administration & the way they communicate w/ the parents. Our children love their school!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2012

This school consistently exceeds my expectations. We have been a part of COES since it opened and could not be happier with the results. The principal sets a very positive tone overall and that is reflected in the staff. There are many programs in place to encourage students to do their best (Student of the Month, Mathematician of the Month, classroom rewards, dogtags, etc.) and they work. Further, the school is very proactive about developing kids with excellent character and does not tolerate bullying of any kind. They do great anti-drug/anti-bullying campaigns throughout the year and have a solid guidance department. Also, it is the most high-tech school around, on par with a private school: 1:3 ratio of students to iPads in each classroom, every teacher has their own mac laptop, interactive white boards that are beamed onto the walls, plus a real working newsroom for the morning news, an art kiln for pottery making, etc. This school is just amazing, and most parents that I know would agree with that assessment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2012

We moved to Land O Lakes from Michigan two years ago. I was so worried about whether or not Connerton would be a good school. When we met Mrs. Garcia at the open house my worries quickly disappeared. She was so warm and welcoming that I knew she would take good care of my daughter. My child had an awesome year and Mrs. Garcia was superb! For first grade my daughter had Mrs. Mitchell and she flourished! I have had ample opportunity to volunteer as well. I worked in the library once a week from January to May 2012. During that time I was able to observe most of the teachers and I was impressed. In my opinion the teaching staff of this school is excellent! I did have one awkward interaction with Mrs. Carswell (the now former Asst. Principal). Honestly I was not surprised to hear they transferred her - she was a very tightly wound lady. I did not have any negative experiences with Mrs. Falcone. Overall our experience with Connerton has been awesome! We are proud to be Champions and our family will continue to support this school and the teaching staff. We are looking forward to a new school year with positive change. Go Connerton Champions!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2012

I love this school. It is organized, well maintained, very clean. The staff is professional and polite. My daughters teacher Ms. shook was Outstanding! The kids learned so much. I was given a ton of oppurtunity to volunteer, and I was treated with a lot of respect. While i volunteered I was able to observe the teachers, in the Unity Primary Pod. All of them were patient, polite and even against all odds, they always taught at an outstanding level of excellence. The only complaints i have are, the art teacher deserves her own classroom, rolling a cart around is silly, by the time she has got out all the supplies, class was almost over. My other complaint is that the gym teachers are pushing the kids harder then i think they should, its 90 degrees outside, the kids are going to pass out from heat stroke at the pace they set. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2012

Search TBO.com and Land O Lakes Patch for stories about the Principal Anna Falcone and the many problems at Connerton Elementary.


Posted May 31, 2012

My daughter has gone to Connerton since it opened and pretty much have had issues with all the teachers except for last year. Also when it was Sanders didnt always luck out w/ the teachers there. I'm frustrated with the principal being a bully and running the school anyway she sees fit and is not concerned about the greater good. She puts teachers in and grade she likes and forces them to quit or retire. I'm pulling my daughter out and she will be attending another school. Make your own decision , just trying to help. Many parents feel the same look on TBO.com
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

The teachers are great but the administration staff are insufficient in running a productive, transparent elementary school. As good as the teachers are, without competent support from administration, this school will remain unsatisfactory at best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

This is not a new school this is a transfer of Sanders Elementary to a new location. The Principal is so self involved that she cant help the teachers to teach. It is amazing that people think is is not the same day in and day out situations.There are a very few people at this school that really cares about the children and parent involvement and it is not in the Administration because there is no leadership for the parents or the students here at Sanders/Connerton with the Principal..SOOOO SAD
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

I was a teacher at this school for 34 years. What a wonderful school to work at! Sanders will be greatly missed when it closes at the end of this year. Thanks to everyone that made my teaching career at this school so enjoyable!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 30, 2009

I have recieved excellent care for my daughter regarding every issues and concern over the last two years. The staff have taken great care to assist in all problems that have arisen. I am looking forward to the same personal support and care in the following school year.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

169 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

169 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
65%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
90%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

143 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

141 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
45%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

130 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 63%
Hispanic 23%
Black 8%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 77%63%61%
Master's degree 23%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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9300 Flourish Drive
Pasco County, FL 34637
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Phone: (813) 346-1800

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