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3425 Viera Boulevard
Rockledge, FL 32955

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(321) 433-0050
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October 26, 2014
Manatee is a wonderful place of learning. I have two children at Manatee and both rare excited to go to school every morning. The teachers I have encountered are nurturing and care about the students. Correspondence is constant for both good and bad reports . There is great parent involvement. The activities are many and always well attended. My girls love going there.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2014
We moved here two years ago from Chapel Hill, NC. We have one child in the 4th grade and one in the 1st grade. I am an education researcher and have found that Manatee is a good school by Brevard County standards. So much depends on the classroom teacher, as far as individual instruction and differentiation. Concerns about testing and state mandates aren't really a school site issue, although I see some complaints here based on such. The faculty is friendly, the office staff could use a kick in pants. YOU must work with your children on homework and assignments if you want them to succeed (as it should be at every school). There are many morning and afternoon activities. The morning mile is great for extra fitness and odyssey of the mind is a wonderful afterschool club. If you look at school scores, school of choice Robert Stevenson scores tops for the county, but Manatee is a good school. If you want your children to exceed the average, I suggest a tutoring service and extra help outside of the regular school day. The school could improve by offering extra content work outside of the school day (kind of like the summer science camp).

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2014
We moved up from S. Florida thinking we found the perfect school and we were excited. Our child was an honor roll student and as soon as she started at Manatee her grades dropped. Had several conferences with the teacher and all we heard was don't worry. Also, only having 3 days of recess is not enough for a child, they need to get out and relax their minds. If I knew what I know now, I wouldn't have bought our home for this school zone. Look at Suntree, Quest or Ralph Williams Elementary Schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2014
NOT ALL 10-RATINGS ARE DESERVING: MANATEE Will Teach Your Kid How To Score Higher On FCATs And LEARN Much Less - They Will Learn That PRAISE Is Over-rated, Unless The PAID Staff Is Receiving It - MANATEE Will Teach That Kids Only Count As Far As It BENEFITS The School or Admin; KIDS And Parents Are To Remain Quiet And Not DARE Question Nor Think - To Be Submissive, OR Suffer The Consequences - Not Mutual RESPECT or Performance - What Matters And Is Important Here Will Be DICTATED, So Grin And Bear It! - This School Will Provide ALL That, And So MUCH Less. - These Are YOUR KIDS, So SELECT Wisely. - Without Our Kids Or Money, They Have Nothing... USE IT! - YOUR Kids Are There ALONE ALL Day Being Intimidated; With NO Representation - If They Complain To You Today, Tomorrow They Are Back ALONE With Them - The Less A Parent Knows, The More They'll Love This Place. GET INFORMED! - There Is Only One BROWN To Be Concerned Of, NOT The Others - PARENTS Show Up, Don't Accept ANYTHING Blindly, Make DEMANDS, And STAY Involved AND Be Seen!

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2014
The School Appears To Have A High Rating, but overall it has plenty of shortcomings. The Academics are limited to what the Administration determines how it benefits him and the school's ranking, rather than the student's benefit. Trophies for the School, Nothing for the kids. The students are discouraged from independent thinking, by the over use of written reprimands and intimidation tactics by the Teachers. There is virtually No Physical Activities, they discuss it more than actually going out nor a true recess or physical games. No actual Certificates are issued if your child achieves Honors, etc. but they get a Tag or a Coupon from a Vendor. Perhaps paper isn't in the budget. There is No playful commencement on the last year at the school either, although a Clap-out is okay, but Not the same. The Principal Dictates over the staff, and expects that All Activities and Yearbooks will have an Inflated Price to gain a Commission profit from it. If possible, I would avoid Manatee Elementary and would find a home within Quest or Ralph Williams, or any other. Any school where the children matter more than the Administrator's career and false self-accolades.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2014
I am VERY happy with our overall experience at Manatee. I have safety concerns and have never received such wonderful genuine action from any other school like we have had with Manatee. Mrs. DeSantis was our first teacher there when we moved to Manatee and I cannot even put in words just how wonderful she is. My son took pride in learning because of her and he went from struggling and feeling left behind in other school to feeling excited about learning and we saw such a huge improvement. The school overall communicates VERY well and the training they must have in safety again HIGHLY IMPRESSIVE. MR. Brown is the perfect principal and I feel so blessed to have had our son attend such a fine school. I think more schools need to have the kind of safety training and unity this school has. It felt like they were all on the same page. EXCELLENT communication. Mrs Eckert was our Second Grade Teacher and our son seemed to have the same experience with being given the tools to achieve. Obviously I personally have had the best experience here.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2014
This school runs off students who don't fit the mold. If your child doesn't perform at the top the ridiculous amount of testing and assessments they will try to convince you to retain your child. What is worse, a good portion of the kids in the area seem to be on add drugs. If your kid thrives on spitting out massive amounts of standardized test prep worksheets and you're a parent who doesn't care about whether your child is getting any sort of deep learning experiences, then this is the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2013
During recess, multiple teachers are out on the playground talking, not watching children, while multiple children are playing and as a result various injuries have occurred. The wait to get into the school is ridiculous. You may wait in line for 10-14 minutes, finally get to drop your child off and then the buzzer sounds, then your child is tardy. Multiple suggestions are brought up to the administration on ways to have effective change and the principal has no interest. If your child is well beyond what the classroom is learning, there are no suggestions or attempts to advance the child. Unfortunately, if a child has some learning challenges, the parents get phone calls constantly. I am very displeased with how the principal takes no interest with the kids or the environment. Creativity for the kids is limited. Remember, they are kids. Stop focusing on scores. They are all individuals. Some will be doctors, lawyers, artists, mechanics. Some will make fantastic scores and make nothing of their life while others may not test well and become anything they desire.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
We are very surprised that they didn't move the current PE teacher back to the classroom so Mr. Bartlett could stay on. I know so many parents and teachers that feel the same way. My children are very upset that he is not at Manatee this year. He was one of the bright spots at this wonderful school. Our family has been at Manatee for five years and absolutely love this school and this area. We just wish they kept certain teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2013
The teachers only know how to teach 1 methodology and do not keep you updated on your child's progress. The principal seems uninvolved! My child received a scholastic award then 1 week later, they are threatening to hold her back! Go figure!

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2012
Not at all what I had expected. The school seems sterile and the children very soldier like. There's no talking allowed in the cafeteria, PE is very structured and if you get to go to recess it's at the end of the day and doesn't last long. The kids are there 6 hours and expected to be quiet the entire time with no outlet. The academics are quite rigorous, which I suppose would be a plus for many people, but the 2 hours of homework each night on top of the 6 hours sitting at a desk staring at a white board becomes overkill. They teach from the FCAT practice books more than they do the curriculum. I suppose since the goal is to be on top via FCAT scores this is appropriate. The art program is a joke, they've cut out computer lab since they "don't have time to teach science in the classroom" and now need a science lab. Such an odd an eery feeling when walking into the school. It's almost as if there are no children here. No smiles, no laughter. Seemed more like a bunch of robots.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2012
Manatee is a great school with a great rating in a fantastic area. It is a perfect school for the Linguistic Learner. However, they seem to lack differentiation and the ability to teach students with other than linguistic learning styles. If Manatee could get their teachers better training in how to deal with multiple intelligences and use those concepts in the classroom regularly this school would have the full package. Teachers are great, parent participation is great. I kind of disliked that the only way I would find out anything about my child's performance is if I specifically requested it or through Edline. I would have appreciated a teacher initiated contact when something wasn't going well because usually by the time it posted on Edline it was too late to deal with.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2011
We are new to Manatee this year. My son is in fifth grade and loves it, so do I. His teacher (Mrs. Rice) keeps me updated on his work and offers advice on how to help him succeed. He has never had such a dedicated and caring teacher. He also has another fifth grade teacher for a reading tutor. She is so good with him. All the teachers are so caring and helpful. The tone of the school is very positive. The principal is very visible. Love the experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
Excellent school, The teachers recognize the needs of some students to be challenged beyond the curriculum giving them more advanced lessons along with the required curriculum. Also the teachers are very responsive to parents concerns phone calls and emails are returned promptly, sometimes surprisingly so.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2009
Great school if your child is a run of the mill student and goes with the status quo- not the best setting for children who need a differentiated curriculum that allows for creativity and their own voice.

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 25, 2009
Awesome school. Caring teachers. Good kids. We're happy that we moved to Viera so our kids could attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 23, 2009
This is our 3rd year at Manatee and my children are really happy & thriving at this school. The teachers and office staff are nice and friendly. The kids come from good backgrounds, which is understandable with Manatee in an upper middle class to wealthy part of town. A lot of parents are involved at Manatee which says a great deal about the school. The principal, Mr. Brown is at carline every morning & afternoon helping out. I am impressed with the academic workload the school offers and the teachers push the students to work hard, but also are quick to provide extra help to those who need it. We love Manatee!

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2008
We are new to Manatee this year and my first grade son loves it! His teacher is outstanding and communicates very well. I do not mind them changing the pick-up procedure for the children s safety although I am amused by cars being in line at 1:00PM. The front office has been nothing but pleasant and I always have a smile on my face when I leave there. We moved from beachside and it took a little while to get use to a big school but I have no regrets. The parents are very involved and the children are well behaved.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2008
I have two children enrolled in Manatee. We have been involved with the school for three years. Overall, I am pleased with the education my kids are receiving. Second grade is a critical transitional grade, so more homework is to be expected. The teachers aren't always parent friendly, but they care about being good teachers and helping kids achieve their best. You will always find a few bad eggs in any school, but I have to say that so far, I have been happy. I applaud the school for trying to implement safety procedures during dismissal in order to keep the kids safe. I have never had a problem with the office staff or the principal. I have to laugh at the comment made here about too much FCAT teaching. Welcome to Florida!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2008
I am shocked by some of the reviews on here. I have extremely high praise for Manatee Elem. One of the main reasons I didn't want to move is because I didn't want to take my son Cody out of Manatee. He had McLellan for K and she was a wonderful. The other K teachers were great also. For 1st he had Mrs. Kellam and I can't sing her praises high enough. The 1st gr team is stellar. In second grade it does get tougher but it needs to, the kids are growing. Office staff, Ruth is tough but fair in her dealings w/ all parents and great w/ the kids. Mr. Brown is a great principal. He isn't hiding he is out there directing traffic and saying good morning. I put in alot of volunteer hours and got to know most of the staff. They are an incredible team!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2008
After only two months into the school year, I am seeking out private schools. We moved from another area in Brevard County and regret it! The problem is the 2+ hours of homework my second grade girl brings home each night. Twenty spelling words a week using words like Guacamole is absurd. That is in addition to the six pages of math, grammar, social studies and special projects. And don't expect any communication other than the weekly newsletter that you have to download off the teacher s website. I pay Smart Teachers tutoring center a small fortune each week just to keep my daughter on pace with the overloaded amount of work she is given each day. For the record, she won many academic awards in the other school she attended last year. This year she is struggling to retain because she is overloaded with work.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2008
Not a bad school, but could use improvements. Some teachers are great, and some are just plain awful. Principal is kinda wishy-washy, set rules for some people and different rules for others. Kids are nice and come from good families. Too much FCAT based teaching; kids are deprived of a real school education so the teachers, principal can keep their jobs. But that is the same story at all the FL public schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2008
My child is a new student this year & I have to agree about avoiding this school like the plague! I am looking into transferring my son to another public school. The front office staff are very rude! Except for a select few, all the teachers look unhappy & grumpy which is demoralizing to their students. There are terrible in teacher to parent communication & kids are caught in the middle of it. Teachers are too heavy handed on punishment for things such as forgetting a book or not finishing an in-school assignment on time. The standard punishment is running multiple laps around the school playground & missing out on fun activites on Fridays. The principal is a jerk. My son said on the 1st day of school during lunch, a janitor yelled at 2 kids for playing 'Pat-a-Cake' Avoid Manatee, this place is run like a

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2008
My child has been attending the school for 3 years now and I have to say that I would avoid sending your children to Mantee Elementary. The administration is not courteous and the principal is not open to new ideas or parent concerns. The tone of the school is very negative, while volunteering, I see teachers yelling at children for touching the walls , the janitors yelling at the children at lunch for waving at their friends across the room, and the office staff being rude to parents. The principal is not willing to work with parents of children with special needs and since I have been there several have had to resort to putting their children in other schools to get the help they needed. The one good thing about this school is the teachers. The teaching is very structured but they do care!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2007
Perhaps my child's teacher is an exception, but I have tried to get this teacher to keep me in the loop as to what is going on with my son and continually hit a brick wall. The principal seems to be wishy washy, with one set of rules for some parents and another for others and no firm rules for anything.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2006
We have been attending this school for 2 years. They really did try to work with us, but... The principal is very friendly and has a great sense of humor; however, he is very black and white and finds difficulty understanding ESE and Special needs children. We had to move to another school more knowledgeable and understanding. I believe training is needed in this area at Manatee. We are not the only family who has had serious trouble here, it is very unfortunate. If your child is typically developing then you are blessed and this is a great school to be at. If not look elsewhere, try for a McKay Scholarship. The principal can be rather harsh and is extremely black and white. He cannot grasp the gray areas and is determined to have things his way only.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
My Daughter started kindgarten at Manatee and had a great year. Nice school new facilities lots of extracurricular activies. Definately a good school A rated as well.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2006
I attended Manatee Elementary for grades 5-6 and thought it was a fairly nice school. Its new, has got some good teachers, some bad teachers, and not a whole lot of bad kids. The GSP program was not very good for when I went the 2nd year, as our projects were fairly boring. The principal was very nice and participated in many school events, even getting himself taped to a school wall due to students participating in a fundraiser. The school did not have many conseqeunces if you got in trouble, but they didn't really need it as most of the other students behaved.

- submitted by a student
April 05, 2006
The staff are dedicated to providing an exceptional learning environment for every child.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2006
We have only attended the GSP program at Manatee, but our experience has been excellent. I have been very impressed with the administration and teachers I have met. If I could go to this school full-time, we would.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2005
Manatee Elementary is a great school in my eyes. I had 3 kids going to this school and their teachers were great with keeping me informed with their work and behaqvior and they encourage parents to be involved all the time. My son had some trouble with the work but his teacher took her own personal time and tutored him after school which helped him alot. This school really shows that they care about their students.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
After a complete year at Manatee Elementary, I must say, I was initially wrong about this school. This is by far, the BEST school in Brevard, staffed by the BEST teachers and administrators in Brevard! Its teachers are God-sends and I am very thankful to everyone at Manatee! This is a very well deserved A school! Congrats to all of you!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
Wonderful academic, music, arts and sports programs. Parent involvement is highly encouraged at Manatee.

- submitted by a teacher
December 01, 2004
The school is only a few years old and we transferred from a magnet school driven into the ground by the principal after having a child there 9 years. For the last two years, 5th and 6th, I've found Manatee to be an excellent school. The principal, Carl Brown is outstanding in that he especially connects with the kids and the classroom. He is not pro administration. He runs a tight ship but he clearly promotes and maintains teamwork and cooperation among everyone there. He always jumps in to help out with even the mundane tasks when needed, like outside car/bus duty and even answering the phone in the office if others are busy. I see this the mark of a true educator, proponent for the children and support for the teachers. The music program, instruments etc. is very good too. The facility is top notch.

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October 11, 2004
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May 17, 2004
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Manatee Elementary School
3425 Viera Boulevard, Rockledge, FL  32955
(321) 433-0050
Last modified Manatee Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Manatee Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top