Students enrolled 872
School leader MS. DONNA MARRA

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6874 South Falkenburg Road
Riverview, FL 33578

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3 stars
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September 04, 2014
If you care about your child at all DO NOT send him/her to this school. I actually wish this site had an option for negative stars. This school should be ashamed of the staff,atmosphere and lack quality. Its no more than an out of control day care center without direction. My guess is this place is nothing more than a breeding ground for our future criminals at no fault of the kids who attend this place. Run and run fast from this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2014
My son attended this school for a few months last year. We moved him at the first available opportunity. The staff is not professional or pleasant to deal with. I don't feel like my son was learning anything while he attended and the behavior of a lot of the students is atrocious. My son came home with stories that made me cringe. It was very common to witness faculty screaming at kids. I also had major concerns about the dress code for faculty. There were a great many staff members who did not look at all professional and many more who dressed scantily or provocative. I also heard staff gossiping about kids and parents frequently to other parents and staff. The teacher seemed to put forth zero effort and I frequently received newsletters and permission slips days to weeks after they were due. Progress updates were non existent. There was no organization in the classroom or at pick up and drop off. There was also virtually no school functions like dances, festivals or award ceremonies. My child now attends a different local elementary school and I am 100% happier and so is my son. I would never consider sending me kid here again.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2014
Prior to what you may have heard I too was hesistant about my child attending this school, but there are so many amazing changes taking place there. I feel that with parent and community support any school can turn around. I know that I can take any issue to anyone there and get immediate assistance. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2014
I totally despised this school. The staff gossip about the parents and children, and also gossip with them about other parents, children. Seem like more of the teachers children goes to school here than the neighborhood children. Breakfast time is extremely loud,chaotic the teachers too scream. The excuse lays on that the whole faculty body is new, Principal came in January, end of school year and NO change. At 7:30 when the bell rings, most of the staff still aren't at their post, school buses over crowed. My child has learned absolutely nothing since coming to this school, if not I noticed a behavioral changes. Whatever you do, DON'T complain to no one, the whole school will know by the next day. This is what they call professionals? It was a true mistake enrolling my child. Instead of making changes they rather be offended and gossip. No wonder that school has a bad reputation.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
My daughter started a week ago. The registration process itself was an unorganized cluster. Staff to buisy to do it properly. No tour, no introduction to teacher, and they gave us the wrong room number and wrong directions to the class room. Good thing I went with my daughter her first day or she never would have found the class room I don't think. We moved from out of state and she does not understand the math. She said not once has a teacher shown her how to do the math. She said she asked for help today repeatedly and for hours the teacher responded "just a minute"... a substitute teacher again. She said the kids throw pencils, act out, swear, and the teachers scream at the top of the lungs frequently. She said the kids have all been nice to her, but despite that, she said she is frustrated because she feels "lost"...said the teachers just hand out papers and don't give instruction and she is begging me to get her out of the school. Will definately be putting in for school choice to try to get her into a much better rated school in which she is not a minority, but for now I am planning a visit tomarrow, and who knows, I may end up pulling her out and doing onlline for now

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
We have a new principal, new vice principal, lots of returning staff and lots of new staff. There are great new things that will be happening at this school. Please come to us with any concerns and we will do our best to address your needs. We want the best for our students and are working hard to make this a great place for your children. Keep an eye out many great things in store!

- submitted by a teacher
July 29, 2013
Hello i have been at this school for 5th grade for 2012-2013 and let me tell you it was awesome! They had awesome field trips (but should have more) and awesome teachers - Mine we're Ms.Holland and Ms.Davis , if you have one then you're in luck! I only had some bullys - 2-3 , but 2 of them were teasing , which i did back cause i'm a kid! But 1 didn't like me but didn't threaten me at all. Maybe the NO-BULLY can improve a little more ! I sure will miss my friend (2 are going to giunta and ''1'' is going to mclane)

- submitted by a community member
July 19, 2012
i had recently got my nephews back in nov 2011 i enrolled them into this schoolwhenthey started at ippolio they were below level for their grade.. by the end of theyear they were both on level and passed to the next grade..Their teachers andthe rest of the ippolito staff did a wonderful job with them.. this school is a excellent school..

- submitted by a community member
March 24, 2012
I moved to Brandon from Chicago Illinois and this school is horrible and a disgrace. They have ghetto students that are not civilized and they are psychopaths . My daughter is in kindergarten and she has been there for five days and iam taking her out of that school Monday morning . Please whatever you parents do .. Don't send your child here if she or he has morals and is civilized .. I rather move back to Chicago then let her stay in this ghetto school

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
This school is awful. Please if you are considering buying a house in this school district stay as far away from Ippolito as possible. Not only has my son suffered academically due to fights , bullying and other distractions taking place daily but we also had an incident recently where they "lost" my child. Yes LOST. He is a car rider and they put him on a bus (and not even the right bus). I never even received an apology or a call back from the vice principal as promised. I detest this school and I can't wait to get my son out of there. The only thing positive I can say is that my son's teacher is great. She obviously has a passion for what she does but due to circumstances at the school even a great teacher can't really make up for how awful this school is.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2011
we lived in riverview in 2009. our daughter went to this school, and she hated it. it was a chore every morning to get her up and ready for school. it was even more diffucult to get her to do her home work every night. she gets along with every one, but this one kid always picked on her. we went to the teacher, no results. went to the principle, no results, so i took matters in my own hands and confronted the kid. no problems since then.she spent 1 year there, and we moved that summer , and shes loves her new school. if you can get your child into a diffrent school, please do so.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
my children have attended this school for 3 weeks now and we moved here from out of state. I will say the area i live in in brandon is beautiful and with the amount of money we pay for rent here you would assume that your children would go to a nice safe school, however this is not the case. My son is in the 4th grade and he came from a great school with no violence and with him going to this school his first day there were 3 fist fights in the classroom, kids texting in the middle of class, the teacher yelling at the kids, and he is the only white kid in class. we are far from racist and i want him to be in a diverse school but this quickly became a problem. the 2nd day of class he began to get picked on. i assumed it was just the new kid thing and it would soon pass. it became almost a daily thing and it got to the point where the kids would sorround him and call him names and shove him. he never had troubles at any other school till here. he repeatedly told the teacher and that didnt solve the problem. the third week i unenrolled him. the only good thing about this school is the office staff. if you want your child to be safe do not send them here.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2010
No complaints. Very well organized. My daughter loves it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2009
My daughter attends Ippolito and I think they do a decent job. My biggest concern is that for four consecutives years this school has not been able to improve test results. If the school does not improve, I will be faced with considering other near by and more well rated schools than Ippolitto

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
My son goes to Ippolito Elementary since 2/16/2009 and I am very, very happy with the staff/faculty especially they staff/faculty for 2009-2010. My son's teacher is Mr. Patterson (new teacher)... He is very professional !! Kudos to the staff/faculty at Ippolito Elememetary!!

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2009
I have personally never had any issues with anything with Ippolito except for the PTA and their fundraiser. Other than that everyone has been great. My daughter has been attending this school for 2 years now and has had 2 very excellent teachers. I am not sure what the previous poster was talking about, but from my experience I have always been informed about everything. I have always attended the parent/teacher conferences. Obviously if you don't attend those, how would you know about what your child is up to unless you specifically ask otherwise?? The only downfall is is that most parents are not involved with the kids, this is why the grading for the school is low. Maybe if they spent more time with their kids and helped them with homework, the grades would be better on the tests to give the results for the school.

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April 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2009
Lack of leadership/ lack of participation from administration with preventing problems at the school. Kids are not sent home when they should be etc.....

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February 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2008
My son transferred to this school from an innercity school and I have to say, that I was far more impressed with the school that he came from! My son has faced bullying, picked up terrible habbits, and become a discipline nightmare since enrolling there. The teachers seem to have no autority over the children which is evident when an honor roll child like mine, with no behavioral issues transfers to a school, then begins behaving badly. It's a problem! My child has begun struggling academically, which I feel is directly related to the climate at this school of poor respect and authority between the teachers, students, and parents. I bought a home here and was told this was the school my child had to attend. I should have fought to have him go elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2008
My daughter was in Mrs. VanCor's class and the involvement she has with the parents as well as the students is incredible. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher for my daughter's first year in elementary school and my first time working with a teacher as a parent. The school rating may not be great but you cannot put the blame on the teachers, you have to also wonder about the parent's involvement in the child's life. Remember, you can lead a horse to water but that doesn't mean you can make it drink...

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2008
The staff are wonderful, and they worked hard in this school. I loved the Dr. Seuss Days they did, My kids love and excited to go to school on those days. Go... Mrs VanCor for your idea, and the teachers idol, but what about the children too...I think they need to do lot of things like this with the children too such as Talent show, International day for each class represent a country or dance. They also need to have like an appreciation night so parents can be motivated to participate because they see the progress of their child or children around everybody else. They also need to go for field trips to the children who have a good behavior so that way most of them are motivated to be good. This is the only school I have known that don't take children for a field trip....

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 08, 2008
Both my children attend this school for 2 years now after moving from Atlanta. The schools in Atlanta are great, I don't think that this school lives up to that, but, part of it has to do with parents. There is little PTA participation here at all. Yet I am satisfied with the school as I can tell clearly the teachers are rated on their student's FCAT scores. Those teachers are under pressure and it shows. Both my kids had to really work hard and did good on the FCAT. In general, I'm happy. Students come from all social and economic classes - guess what folks, that is the same in the real world they will face when adults.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2008
i hated this school.teachers didnt even try to help my 3rd grader instead they just failed her without taken regards to my complaining and constantly at the school wanting information.now it has turn into a ghetto school and i would never send my kids there again they go to apollo beach where i have had 3 honor roll students since they started there.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2008
I would say that the appearance of this school is very picturesque with its serene country like setting. I am a concerned parent who has a child that has recently transfered from an out of state school. This school appears to have great staff and be well organized. Unfortunately most of those students who attend this school have a lack of parent involvement and such. The students I feel are all over the map as far as academic growth and limit those who are excelling in the classroom. The teachers are trying their best to meet each childs individual needs, while also teaching the class as a whole in wich holds those back that are progressing much faster. There also has been problems addressed with improper use of language, etc. A new school obviously has it's kinks to work out, and I am sure this one will in the near future...

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2007
My daughter just started kindergarten there and I am very happy with the communication with her teacher.

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September 05, 2007
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September 05, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2007
I personally dislike this school. I moved here from out of state and had to send my son there was the worst experience ever. We were able to have him placed in another school the following year. However we now have our youngest getting ready to start kindergarten and have no other option but to send him here. The thought of this makes me nervous and sick to my stomach. The school has no regard for the states 'zero tolerance' program. Which was designed to keep our children safe. After several bullying episodes with my oldest child and numerous calls to the school board did the school finally do anything to protect him. I seriously fear for my youngest to be put in this school and do plan to pull him as soon as I can!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2007
After my experience at a different school for Kindergarten Ippolito is a breath of fresh air! As a first time parent I am extremely comfortable with leaving my soon to be second grader in their care for education. I feel involved and aware of what my daughter does daily. And I am allowed to visit at any time and have enjoyed participating throughout the school year. Thank you to Ippolito for making this first time parent very happy!!

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June 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2006
I have not been too impressed with this school. We moved here from the Atlanta area. There is little to no PTA participation. Overall this school has low student scores and I think that is dragging some of the good students down.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
My son is just finishing up his 4th year at Ippolito (pre-k-2nd) and I couldn't be happier with the teachers or the staff! This has been my son's best year yet, thanks to the teaching team of Mrs.Evans and Ms.Jackson. Their disciple/ reward system makes children want to behave. The personalized instruction in reading and writing has helped my son tremendously. I feel like they care about my child's academic sucess as much as I do. The availability of the enitre office staff from the principals on down make me feel a part of the 'Otter family.' The entire staff is approachable and friendly. I look forward to my other children growing up as otters as well. Thanks for another great year Ippolito!

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September 16, 2005
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September 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
I like this school. The teachers are caring and the administration is hard working.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
My son attended this school for the 2004-2005 school year. His teacher, Mrs. Exposito, was so wonderful and caring. He learned so much and all of her students recieved an accelerated reader award. The staff was very organized and professional and easily to communicate with. I had no problems during the school year. I also had the opportunity to volunteer in my son's classroom and that was a rewarding experience also.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2005
Ippolito was not a good experience for my children! Inexperienced teachers coupled with low level parent involvement makes for a chaotic learning environment. Most of the children attending Ippolito live in Apartments (not that there is anything wrong with that, they just tend to move more.)so the turn over of students is overwhelming and disruptive to the classroom. It seems as though there are some serious disciplinary issues at this school. As for academics there is such a large gap between the top and bottom of the class; the top of the class gets dragged down as the bottom of the class consumes all of the teachers resources.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2005
I highly recommend Ippolito Elementary to parents that care about their childs education. The quality of academic programs are excellent because they are based on the childs level. Music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities are availlable to all children. Parents are always welcome and are encouraged to become involved at all levels.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2005
Nice new school with lots of computers. The library is also very nice. I think the school needs to improve on its academics. Reading and math scores were lower than the neighboring schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2005
I found the school very nice and the office staff very attentive. The kids are a little rowdy though compared to other schools that I have visited. Discipline seems to be lacking.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2004
I have been deeply involved in this school since they opened their doors 2-1/2 years ago. The school is great, with lots of opportunities and individualized attention. The staff is absolutely wonderful, the school is always kept clean. The children are held accountable for becoming good citizens and responsible students. The flow of the system at Ippolito is exceptional, and I would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a good school. The only downside that I have seen in relation to the school is the behavior and involvement of some of the parents. Most of the children at Ippolito are better behaved than the parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2004
As a parent of a past and a current student I would like to say Ippolito could stand to make changes in their parent-teacher communications. I have tried for several years to have make sure the lines of communication is open between myself , the principal, and the teachers. However, the lines of communcation with the principal has been slim to none and the same with some of the teachers. It is very hard to make sure that your children have a good education when your calls and notes are not returned. Schools request that the parents be involved and take an interest in their children's education , but are not always interested in listening to the parents concerns. I have to say on the other hand... I have had a very pleasant experience and excellent communication with Mrs.Lescho, Mrs. Lofreddo and Mrs. Brill (the asst. principal).

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
I would imagine that building a school from the ground up takes time, and there are many bugs to work out. My first impression of this school was very poor, however, with year 2 at an end, I find that the school has grown tremendously in terms of organization and leadership. This school has the flavor of a small community school, with excellent office staff, and strong leadership. Kudos to this school-you've come a long way, baby!

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April 13, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2004
I am surprised to see negative reviews. I think the school is doing well. My daughter is in her second year there. Her teacher looped, where she taught them in 2nd grade, followed the class and is teaching them again in the 3rd grade. This is the first I've seen this done and I think is has really helped to open my child up. Her teacher, Ms. Jackson is wonderful. She keeps the parents aware of whats going on in the class. Thanks Ippolito staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2003
I am very disappointed with the school. My children have just transferred here. There is so much emphasis on having good behavior than learning at this school. My child told me that he feels like he's invisible in the class. The teacher seems to be too busy to help my child's transition to his new school easier.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
My child transferred from another school, from another state and I am very disappointed with the way in which everything is done at school. Students are not given the proper materials to work with. Loose pages are used instead of workbooks. Homework is very disorganized and hard to follow. Students should be allowed to take their textbook at home so that they could be used as reference.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2003
My daughter,Ty'kora attended shool for the first time, and was placed in Mrs. Sweeney and Mrs. Serrano's kindergarten class. She has learned so much and I owe it all to those two ladies who are truly dedicated to education and our children. Thank you so much.

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Ippolito Elementary School
6874 South Falkenburg Road, Riverview, FL  33578
(813) 672-5180
Last modified Ippolito Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ippolito Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top