I have never taught at a school as unusual as this one. There is a core group of long-standing teachers at this school. This group runs the school, NOT the administration! The principal and assistant principal are afraid of this group of bullies. They NEVER take disciplinary action against any of them. Sadly, I will be turning in my resignation at the end of this year.
This school does not like "smart" parents who ask pertinent questions. If you do not feel comfortable about their answers (either from the teachers or the administration), please contact the district at (754)321-0000 to get a truthful answer.
Racism Abounds at McNab Elementary School. The school is comprised of a apx. 60% WHITE students while HISPANICS make up less than 25% of the student population and AFRICAN AMERICAN students number in the range of 12%. There are classrooms in this school which administration refers to as the "MIGRANT CLASS" where a unusually high percentage of the students are Hispanic. There are also classes in the school with a disproportionate number of African American students vs. the percentage of student population.
Haven't seen any improvements at the school considering that it received $1.6 million from a bond referendum and the PTA raised over $100,000 last year! The roof is constantly leaking and the air conditioning system is unreliable which causes a constant issue with mold in the classrooms. One would have to ask, "Where is all of the money going?"
Low, Low technology school! Where is all the money going? Children have to share computers, many with broken keys and headsets. No supervision at recess, sure there are teachers physically present, but are mostly on their cell phones or gossiping with each other and NOT watching your children. Children have come home with black eyes and bruises!
If you have a smart child, please go elsewhere! Your child will be ignored with little or no stimulation. They will be denied any computer usage while others play catch up because "THEY DON'T NEED IT"!
I would give ZERO stars if that was an option. If you do not work and have the time to be a "homeroom mom" or volunteer, you will be rewarded with placement into the classes with the most desirable teachers. If not, you will get one of the old croonies that have been there for ages and simply do not care for your child. This school now accepts "REASSIGNMENTS" because so many area families have moved away to better schools.
The current administration and PTA have driven the morale, parent participation, and test scores way down over the past 3 years. Parents are extremely concerned about not knowing how much money is collected through fundraisers and not knowing where it went. Lack of control has damaged the trust of the vast majority of parents and the community. With two children attending this school over the past few years, it's heartbreaking to witness this deterioration!!!
I like a lot the new Principal. He is every day outside on the car loop helping and monitoring the kids. I turn to him few times and he respond so fast, professional with care. Even just approach him outside he will pay attention if you need him for something. He is open to all of us. The school go down in rating, because may be us reflect of previous principal. Plus the school boundary changed... New families moving to the area us well. Important is how much they care and did they have time to work and help kids at home. I see a lot of factors that are out of school possibilities. My son graduating 5 grade there in gifted class. All this years had great teachers. I don't have any complain about the school staff too. The school is large, clean, have good library and computers equipment for kids. For public school I can't ask more. Now my girl will start Kindergarden there this August. I didn't even think about other option. She is familiar with the school by going to her brothers events and very excited to become McNAB student.
In the past few years since getting a new principal (Mr Schwartz) this school has tanked. The FL state grades were constantly an A, now they are dropping fast. We pulled our son out because it was getting worse each year. I like many other parents had bad experiences with the principal and the vice principal and the ESE coordinator. His teachers were OK mostly. We still have many friends with kids going to McNab, it's not gotten better since we pulled last year. Our son is now in a different school (still public) and it is like night and day. Better office staff, more caring environment and a great principal. It makes a huge difference!