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Summerfield Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 813 students

 

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Posted March 19, 2014

I have to say, since moving here I am extremely disappointed with the teachers. They are judgmental, rude and ignorant to both the students and parents (during conferences). We moved our child from a choice school to Summerfield and as for academics I should have left my child at the choice school. As for the teachers this school takes the cake. I would not recommend this school. They teach for the under privileged and the children who are above average they are the ones left behind or get in trouble because they are bored. I can't even tell you what is being taught in this school, my child brings home 1 page of homework, on the one page he only has to do 3 maybe 4 problems a night, what happened to learning by repetition? Anyway, this is our third move and I have never run into a school or teachers like the ones I have dealt with in Florida. I have nothing good to say. My child will be going to another Choice school for the 2014-2015 school year and I hope it gets better because I don't know what I will do. All I want is the best for my child and we are not getting that in Florida! Good luck to the new comers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2014

I will be a parent in the fall of 2014. Reading the reviews I worried. So, I made an appt with principal. I was shocked and surprised and pleased with the school, the attentiveness of the teachers greeting me. Coincidently, the principal is from the north as well, and understood my concerns and anxiety. He just took over the school spring of 2013, and already had made so many improvements. I feel much more secure and pleased with my child attending this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

This is the third elementary school my children have been to due to us moving a lot and this is the one they have been happiest at. The teachers and staff have been nothing but welcoming and attentive to my children, the teachers have created a positive atmosphere for learning and for fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2011

So far I can say I really like this school. The last school my son went to for his KG & 1st grade he hated getting up in the morning & going there. I have not had a problem yet. He has said he really likes this school & his teachers. My daughter started KG this yr & loves it. & so far any of the staff Ive had to talk to have been great. Alot better than Doby Elem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2010

In the 3+ months my son has been at this school, I have been nothing but disappointed -- and that's being kind. My son's 1st grade teacher has no desire whatsoever to nurture all of the children in her class. She recently explained to us that my son needs to "stop asking so many questions" because it can become a disruption and sometimes with the "smarter kids, it's the simple things they can't understand." Never in a million years have I heard of a teacher discouraging a student's curiosity! Further, we were also told that when we're at home with him, we should just tell him that "enough's enough" and there are to be no more questions. Excuse me? Did this teacher just tell me how to parent my child? Additionally, last week, my son was in another classroom with a reading buddy. After he was done, he went back to his classroom only to find that it was empty. His teacher had left with her students and took them to PE -- without my son!! This is absurd and utterly ridiculous. I am disgusted. This school already tests well below average...and now I know why! Because of this, it's been given a restructuring status, which is fine - because I am moving him next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Am a transport from NYC and am very impressed with this school. Coming from a very competitive environment, we were reluctant with the school systems here. The teachers have been amazing so far and are very very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

In response to the parent who feels that ESL students may be holding others back, I understand the concern. However, it's not only the children whose 2nd language is English that may need remedial work. In my neighborhood, there is a diverse group of children who appear to need more remedial work because they are significantly behind and these are the not the ESL children. Parents need to be more involved than ever in the education of their children because of the reality of budgetary constraints on schools. The best thing a parent can do to help prepare a child for the real world is instill a love of learning. If children can learn to love reading early, or love to do math early, they will not be held back by any peers because they'll be able to drive themselves to learn at their own pace. Summerfield's scores are actually higher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

This school spends such an inordinate amount of time doing remedial work for students who do not speak English as their first language, that on-level students are held back. This is completely unacceptable, and the administrators are completely unresponsive to these concerns. It's no surprise that this school scores only five out of ten based on standardized testing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2009

I absolutly love my daughters 2nd grade teachers. Yes she has 2 in her classroom all the time. And I think it's great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

I have been very happy with Summerfield Elementary. No school is perfect, but Summerfield works hard to make the kids happy. The administration is always been available to speak with, and they know most every child by name. The teachers have given my daughter their knowledge and attention. Every staff member I have come in contact with has given me the up most respect. I am glad my daughter is part of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2009

My child came to this school mid season they were great and i have no complaints
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2009

This is the most organized, positive, efficient, and well-run school I have ever worked at. The teachers are well qualified professionals, and the administration is extremely open and supportive. We work hard to provide a great education to our students, and we love them!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 14, 2008

After reading the reviews of other parents I am appauled as to their remarks. They obviously didn't get to know the staff, teachers, administration and other students at Summerfield. I have two children both of which attend Summerfield and I would have no reservation in recommending this school to another parent. They strive to reach our children not just academically but as a whole child. Every school has their faults but the great things that Summerfield staff do, far surpasses any fault they may have ever had. I think if the parents with the poor comments took the time to partcipate in their child's education instead of dropping off the responsibility at the sidewalk, they would see all the wonderful things that Summerfield offers their students. They are truly caring professionals that strive to give our children the education they deserve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2008

I have had two children attend this school, I must say I am very impressed with everyones goal to serve these chilren, not just acamically but as a whole. I would never hesitate to recommed this school to another parent. We as parents must be involved to make our childrens education everyones goal. You can't expect to just drop your kids off every day and not work with the school to acheive the best education for your child. Public schools have their limitations, they have to work with what they are given, Summerfield staff strive to give our children the education that they deserve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2007

Summerfield deserves kudos for the safe and caring environment they provide for our children. My son is in Kindergarten and his teacher has made him feel comfortable and made me feel at ease to know I am leaving my child with her. I am confident he will have a positive first experience in Elementary School. The office staff has been courteous. The administration dressed up as their school mascot on the first day of school and the children and staff seemed so excited about that. I can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2007

I feel the administration get an 'F' for leadership. The Principal needed to be more hands on with all areas of the school. Communication between the school and parents was extremely poor. Communication between administration and teachers was equally bad. This school is in desperate need of a new Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2007

Summerfield is a great school the teachers and staff are doing a great job.We have had a great year. Looking forwards to the new year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2007

Summerfield has undergone a great change in the last year. There is no school that is perfect, but at Summerfield the teachers are excited, our grades are up, the kids are happy. Yes, my children attend a title-one (lower income), overcrowded school, but I know their teachers care about them and they are happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

Unfortunaly it't hard to said , but summerfield school its one of the worst and uncompetitive school in this area , i really dont know what the county can do , but this needs to be done. Its our kids development in their hands. Please staff try to do more for those kids. Thanks mother of 1st grade and 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2007

This is one of the worst schools I have had to send my child to. The parent/teacher interaction does not exist, they don't care about the kids. The kids there are hateful, and are completely inconsiderate of others.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
53%
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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
83%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
38%
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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 44%
Hispanic 34%
Black 16%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 15%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%67%61%
Master's degree 32%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:05am
School end time
  • 2:20pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MR. DERRICK MCLAUGHLIN
Fax number
  • (813) 672-5221

Programs

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  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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11990 Big Bend Road
Riverview, FL 33579
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