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PK-5
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Sanford, FL
Students enrolled: 835

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430 Vihlen Road
Sanford, FL 32771

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(407) 320-3750
(407) 320-3799
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August 15, 2013
BEST teachers ever ,now the school is like our home .We are there all time visiting our kids and every time is a new great experience.love all the staff

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
I wasnt surprised at what people are saying, because Idylwilde elementary anytime, anyday is a great school. Despite the fact thar my Kids had left the school I still Miss this school. The welcoming,hospitality of staffs and the concerned showed by the teachers to see that a Child excell is undescribable. The ways little Kids are treated and handled up to this day is never compared to any schools around us. I dont have Kids in vpk or kindergarten but I saw the way they were treated and transformed from nothing to people of dignity n excellence. Same in other classes. The principal Ms Danielle should be given a pat up. She is a mothers teacher n one of excellence character in all ramification.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
Great school,great staff,great community .i love everything about this place .my 3 kids go there and I am welcome every time I visit them ,the kindergarten teacher are part of family know and as them move up in bigger grades our family of teachers will grow with them

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
Miss Caesar kindergarten teacher is such a professional and sweetheart ,as her mother miss Mimi as the kids call her is the sweetes lady ever ,I was touch last thanksgiving she made the kids a turkey lunch and my daughter cooking for thanksgiving in our house was shearing all great time she have and memories forever .ms Sampson and ms Below also sweet and kind teachers ever .We lucky to count and trust this wonderful lady's to teach our treasures .Thank you and please change the rate from 6 to 10 is wha t this school deserve

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2013
My daughter started going here in Kindergarten and she is now going into 2nd. I can not say enough about how amazing the school and staff are. Mrs. Darnell (The Principal) is one of a kind and knows how to run an amazing school. We had Ms. Harned (1st grade)and she is the best teacher that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. My daughter excelled so much with her. If you have a choice of schools I would def put this one at the top of your list!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2013
The Autism teachers at this school are great. However, the front office and adminstration have a hard time hiding their disdain for these children and their parents. They are not recognized for their hard work even though they have to work 10x harder to reach the same goals as their normal piers. They keep the children seperated for 90-95% of the day from other piers that they could be modeling after. The school needs to institute a buddy program to match up 4th and 5th grade students so that they can have that interaction. It would also allow the regular ed kids to learn some empathy and compassion for those who have to work hard to learn to make friends. These children are special and want to have friends just like other "normal" children. Some staff have forgotten why they went to work in the public school system. Here is a reminder, it was to help ALL children learn, not just the ones it comes easily too. Parents are not welcome unless they are on the PTA staff. Otherwise, the administration seems to have no use or desire to hear from a concerned parent ever or return a phone call.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2013
Very happy with all the staff and the progress of my kids ,as you as a parent have to be involve in them education progress ,this school make you go there in so many events them have .Just the best of all the elementary schools Seminole county have

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2012
My son attended this school for Kindergarten and was teased throughout the day in his class and nothing seemed to be done to end this distraction. On his 3rd day of school, he was beaten on the bus for 15 minutes by two 10 year old boys. They punched him in the head, back, and stomach. They also kicked him in the head repeatedly. No one helped him. The kids watched, laughed, and hooted. All this, while the bus was moving. He came home bloody and crying. I called the school immediately and they arranged for me to sit through a recording of that day's bus route to observe what happened. A group of kids standing around the beating blocked the camera's view, but the boy that was suspected to have done most of the beating, came off the bus yelling "Um sorray um sorray!" while laughing. A teacher sent for him and he came into the room with a cast on his wrist! He denied everything, but was later found to be the boy and given 10 days of bus suspension. Can you imagine? This boy beat his hand into a cast on my son's head! And Idyllwilde gives him 10 days off the bus. This school is not a safe place.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2012
This school is okay if you have a "normal" child. Unfortunately the current principal does not have any concept of what autism is. My son was diagnosed with high functioning autism and was attending Idyllwilde. Lice was rampant in the year that he attended. It was traumatic for my son and even after removing the lice he refused to take off his cap. At first the principal said he could wear it no problem. After 2 weeks she changed her mind and said it was a school rule and he was not to wear it. When he came to school the next day wearing it she suspended him then called the police to arrest him for being on campus while he was suspended. He was 10 years old!!!! I would NEVER send my kids to any school wear this woman is the principal. Anyone who has a job working with children should, at the very least, be aware of any disorders that a child might have, what the characteristics are, and how to manage them. In my experience Wicklow elementary is a much better choice.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2012
my two boys one in kinder and the other in 3rd grade both seem to be happy my oldest has been recognized as a gifted student not sure if idllwilde has recognized it yet he says sometimes the work is too easy but only because hes super smart my kindergarten is doing well and now is able to read 4 letter words very impressed and he wants to learn too vert pleased so far just a shame that its far away from our house:(

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2012
We moved from the Heathrow school district and were assigned to Idyllwilde. My husband and I met with Mrs. Darnell and were very confortable and impressed with her and the school. I have one child in gifted and one slightly behind in her reading level. (She quickly caught up with the SFA program.) Heathrow never even caught the reading issue in my younger daughter. I love Idyllwilde. It is safe, clean, the real world, with real world diversity. They do not put up with bullying, or mean girls. The teachers we have gotten so far are a dream come true. I volunteer once a week and am always welcomed and needed. Heathrow was for the most part stepford moms in tennis skirts. They had so many moms helping that you were lucky if you could get in once a month and were given busy work to do. Overall, don't go by what you hear or the part of town a school is in. Idyllwilde is great!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2011
My experience with the school was really negative. My child's teacher was simply lazy. The classroom showed the teacher's lack of interest in her student's learning, it was very difficult to communicate with his teacher and administration. The school is unsafe, my kid was bullied and the administration did nothing about it.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
I am not happy with this school. My daughter has been given a new reading teacher every 3 months which has destroyed the continuity of instruction. Also, I have not been happy with the quality of instruction in other areas. I was a teacher myself for more than 30 years. If I had to give this school a grade it would be a D or C- at the most.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2010
Idyllwilde is more than a school - it is a community of caring teachers, dedicated staff, engaged parents, and professional administration. Transferring our children from private school, I have been very pleased with the academic rigor and emphasis on quality character that is on par with what we had been paying thousands of dollars a year for. I could not be happier with the education our children have received at Idyllwilde!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
I am so impressed with this school. the principal works 110% to see that each child is served. Teachers work extremely hard to provide for every one of their students. I see a difficult job well-done. Our family is very pleased!!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
I am at Idyllwilde Elementary School for the first time. I have to say that I am very impressed with the principal. I see her car here at all hours and i know she is busy doing everything she can possibly do to provide a safe, positive environment for the children. I don't know any school that rewards children for so many good things...academics and behavior, as well. I am working hard, but it is worth it because i feel appreciated here. the principal, mrs. Darnell really cares!!!

- submitted by a teacher
March 09, 2010
My son moved from a private school to Idyllwilde and i was really worried about his achievement. I met with Mrs. Darnell and ms DiCandido at the beginning of the year. they showed true concern and made a smooth transition for my son. he is so happy there! He has been rewarded for success in school, for good behavior, for reading AR books, and many other things. He participates in the TV station, safety patrol and track events. He loves his teacher and really has blossomed in this school. We are delighted!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
I am a new teacher and work at Idyllwilde. The school has a very diverse population and really represents the real world. The administration and staff work to ensure success for every child. I am very impressed with the number of programs and rewards for the children. Mrs. Darnell and Ms DeCandido really care about both the staff and the chldren and it is evident at every staff meeting and program we have. I am glad to be working here.

- submitted by a teacher
March 09, 2010
This is my first year as an Idyllwilde parent and I have been very pleased. My child is in kindergarten so I was much too upset about having him leave hime. Mrs. Darnell and the teacher made it so much easier for me by showing that they cared about me and my child. I have volunteered at the school and am a happy parent. All is good here!!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
My children and now my grandchildren attend Idyllwilde Elementary School. I have seen several principals come and go and I have been content. However, i never have seen such dedication as I now see from the current principal, Mrs. Darnell. She just goes above and beyond in everything she does. The school is organized, clean and attractive, and the teacherws who work here really do care about the well-being and education of the students. I am very pleased!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
I have been a parent at Idyllwilde since 2001. I have worked with 3 different principals during my time at the school and the current administration is by far the best of the best! Ms. Darnell and Ms. DeCandido are true professionals and make decisions based on what is in the best interest of the students. Both of my children have received a wonderful education thanks to the dedicated teachers at the school. I know that my children have received a strong educational foundation thanks to Idyllwilde Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2010
My son attends Idyllwilde this year. I am pleased with the school so far. There are a few people that need adjusting...like any other school. Bullies and confrontation come with any childrens environment, but Idyllwilde seems to keep things under control. The teachers and staff care about the students and follow strict rules to keep them safe. Idyllwilde provides a great learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2010
My daughter recently started here. We moved to the area from out of state and needless to say have not been pleased with the districts guidelines on 'choices'. However, keeping an open mind - we had to attend this school because we began mid year. My daughters teacher is brand new but definately is motivated and encouraging to me. I would say at first glance things seem ok but I will have to hold my full opinion until we have been here for a few months. Would be curious of other parents reviews on this for 09-10 school year?

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2009
my son started as a kindergartner under the old principal and the school was wonderful - however 2 principals later and by 5th grade it had changed ....his teachers are excellent and committed however the principal seems more concerned with grades and numbers and how the school landscaping looks than with knowing the kids and their needs......if you are a parent used to being involved in your childs education you will not be welcomed here...until there is a change in principals i would not recommend this school

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2008
The ofiice staff at Idyllwilde needs to be better informed of who takes care of what there. They also don't seem to be very concerned with the children's safety in the in the school buses. No one seems to accept responsibility of kids who are being bullied and are bullies.

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July 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2008
Idyllwilde is a very good school that has wonderful and helping teachers. They make it fun, and I feel at home there.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 17, 2007
I would never want to have my children go to Idyllwilde School because the principle is very rude and my children do not need to see that.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2006
We are new to Florida and I have not been impressed with this school. I have met with the new principal regarding these matters and she seems generally concerned about this problem. There are a few teachers that are caring and want to help the students. My youngest son's Kindergarten teacher is very good and she seems very focused on helping with my youngest child's learning disabilities. My recommendation is to find a different school for your child.

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June 15, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2006
As a teacher myself, I am disappointed by a low grade for what has always proven to be an excellent school for my family. My son attends Idyllwilde and I couldn't be more pleased with the education he has received thus far. I think the staff at Idyllwilde is dedicated and skilled and I highly recommend this school in the cluster.

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May 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
One of the best school on Seminole County. Everyone cares. Music, art, sport, overall one of the best.

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February 11, 2006
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January 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
My son started the school year in 2005. We came from Miami, Fl. It was a big adjustment for him He attended a Christian private school since he was 4yrs. old. Public school was a big ajustment for him. I recieved phone calls everyday from his teacher about his behavior. After 5 months his was the most improved/important student of the week. He has a caring teacher, who kept in touch and let me know everything that was happening with him in the classroom.

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November 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
We moved to this area specifically for the schools and I am glad to say it was a good decision. My 2 children, (one in k and one in 4th) are excelling at this school. The teachers really care, the admin. is very involved and seem to approach learning as a fun and exciting thing to do, which needless to say, makes the kids approach it that way too instead of dreading going to school, they are now eager to get there...Yea!

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2005
I've only been in this school since December 2004, but I'm very happy. My children are doing very well. The academic programs are great. They focus on reading and seem really invested in each child. The arts programs seem to be great also. My children always seem excited about the different activities they are taking part in. The parents seem really involved. I'm very happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2005
Idyllwilde has a lot to offer. It has 3 great computer labs. A very friendly staff and excellent teachers. Parent involvement is always welcomed but not all parents have the time or desire to help. They have a wonderful music program including band and chorus for 4th and 5th graders. The facilities are older and the playgrounds need improvement but the teachers love and care for each student and really want what's best for their students.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2005
I have had my child in this school for the past 3 yrs. He has done extremely well academically compared to an old Volusia County school. The teacher are patient, caring, and take the time to help.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2004
My child has attended for three years, and we are pleased with the student/teacher ratio, attention to student/family needs, the involvment of the staff (the principal, Mr. Scott was at every event we went to!) and the parent involvement. We did have an issue one year with a teacher's quality and once it was addressed with the principle leadership, the problem was quickly resolved to our satisfaction. The school's focus on CHEER which reflects respect, honesty, etc. is a favorable focus. We have had very good feedback in terms of mutual respect in classes and amongst the students, and my child feels safe and protected at the campus. We would like to see the needs of the gifted program expanded. We were grateful for the free lunches offered during the multiple hurricanes.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2004
i just moved from N.Y to Florida in August of 2003 and my daughter was in a catholic school. When we put her in the school she just loved the teacher's and the students. I also like the after school program the school offers. We live in Lake Mary and we still put her in the school. I personally love the school and it makes my wife and I very happy to have her in the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2004
Fabulous school! Our family has had children there since 1995. We had an elementary school open less than a quarter of a mile from us and we still chose to stay at Idyllwilde. The principal has an open-door policy. Parents are welcomed to volunteer or Dividend in the school. There are plenty of extracurricular activities that helps to make the children well rounded. Some of these include: band, chorus, drama, safety patrol, Beta Club, chess club, etc. The staff and teachers are loving & caring and encourage your child to learn. I would not hesitate to recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
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Idyllwilde Elementary School
430 Vihlen Road, Sanford, FL  32771
(407) 320-3750
Last modified Idyllwilde Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Idyllwilde Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top