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Sarasota, FL
Students enrolled: 778

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1901 Webber Street
Sarasota, FL 34239

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(941) 361-6420
(941) 361-6866
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November 10, 2014
this is a pitiful excuse for a school! I am sad that I sent my daughter there and have to leave her there with such an unwelcoming group of people! I went to this school and remember the old staff being very welcoming and assertive! They are really not a whole lot more then an advertisement agency and I believe they don't really care about my daughters education but more about the $$ and social status. It is time for the staff to take an interest in inspiring young minds and being the educators and role models they should be and stop worrying about social status, politics and $$$. It is an elementary school time to act like it!!

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2014
My two children were here for 6 yrs. This school is highly over-rated. Parents "request" teachers for their students and it is a complete popularity contest, and not based on academic needs of the children. Families who donate lots of $$ are given preference on teacher assignments. The administration will welcome you with open arms as long as you are willing to open your wallet and your child performs like a robotic minion. The 5th grade teachers are cynical and negative - preaching to students about preparing them for "the real world" by penalizing them for minor things such as forgetting to sharpen their pencil. One 4th grade teacher humiliates students by pinning a "No Whining" sign on their shirt and putting a doll on their desk if they act like "babies". More emphasis is put on enforcing rules and order than on providing a positive learning experience. Parents are afraid to make waves with the administration for fear that their child will not be assigned to one of the "popular" teachers. There are some wonderful, caring teachers who work tirelessly to help students in spite of the politics but sadly they are not valued the way they should be.

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2014
Southside is an excellent school. We moved here after being in another Sarasota school previously. My daughter has done 4th and 5th grade here. The arts program is second to none and the wealth of opportunities for student and family involvement are plentiful. The school is well run and it is evident that students are at the center of all decisions.

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2014
Southside is a great school. My three kids are in the lower grades. The more involved the parent then the more engaged the student and responsive the teacher. The parents are supportive, friendly and as involved as they can be with busy lives. I am an involved parent, the teachers care and my kids thrive. What else do you want for first grade?

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2014
Southside rests on its historical reputation. There has been a change in leadership 4 years ago and after having issues with the teacher, nothing has been done to correct it. The school has a very negative vibe, and the women are being allowed to live out their aggressions on moms. Instead of addressing bad grades and finding remedies, they send out emails about less important rules to be followed during teaching time. Shows their goal at heart is NOT advancing kids but just living out their personal issues.

- submitted by a parent

December 31, 2013
Objectively speaking there are many stellar qualities about this school, however, there are some huge drawbacks to this school that are not spoken about. First, you cannot get a better arts program without paying tuition at a private institute. They offer dance, drama, yoga, and have a world class garden the kids learn in. BUT the major drawback to this school is the social-class environment. For many "working class" families this school can feel unwelcoming. This school places a lot of focus on donations and contributions and it is felt by many that if you cannot participate in those contributions your child does not receive the "perks" or "highly requested teachers" that those families do. We have found in all our years here (and having lived other places) the social environment is very "cliquey" and our children do pay the price socially for us not being able to pay financially into their silent auctions & pricey masquerades. Overall, the school facilities are world class and teacher quality is superb but I think the social environment can feel discriminatory to many students and families below a 6-figure income.

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April 17, 2012
This is a great school. Both of my children go here and they did improve and get a great academy in their schooling. I was so impress with the staffs and teachers who are very care and be love to each of their student as their own child

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August 19, 2008
My children just finished thier first year of school after moving from the northest. I continue to extremely impressed with not only the quality of the teachers, but the personal interest from the teachers and administrators. Teachers picked up on my childrens concerns when one parent was in the hospital, and another teacher spent many hours after school on a regular basis helping students. We came away with the feeling that the educational experience at Southside is truely about the students. Sadly this was not always the case in my childrens previous experience.

- submitted by a parent

July 11, 2008
I've being teaching at Southside since 1987 and I love every part of it. The staff is superb from the administration to the custodians. Every adult involved with this school makes it what it is today. What I like most is that most teachers and staff knows the parents and families of most of the students because we work with all students whether they are assigned to our class or not. We collaborate together to come up with academic plans to meet the needs of each student. The parents are superb. They are active and supportive. We have one of the best Parent Groups and Community groups anywhere. Southside is a Community School and we all work together investing in our future:: the students.

- submitted by a teacher

October 29, 2007
This is a small, historic and charming public school near downtown Sarasota. The school just underwent a complete renovation which included a huge addition. The grounds are cloistered and safe. The principal is hands-on and the teachers dedicated. Parents are very involved and welcome. I can't imagine why anyone would pay for a private school if they live in the Southside Elementary School District!

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2006
Fantastic..ALL A's from our family!My daughter has been there for 5 years and she has had fantastic experiences in all areas: academics, art, computers, music and reading. I have never felt pressure financially nor has my child expressed a moment of concern in that area. Parental involvement is unbelievable and encouraged but it is not demanded. My daughter has received the benefits of having different styles of teaching, all great, which will help her throughout her school career. Sharon Marks, principal, has her students as her #1 concern and knows most all by name! I would recommend Southside to all!

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2006
The quality of academics at southside is outstanding. I'm not extemely familiar with the music, art, or sports programs but I believe they are comparable to other elementary schools. The level of parent involvement is extremly high. The school requires parent involvement and encourages it. There are many volunteer activities that parents participate in such as holiday house, a program where the students get points based on good academics and exchange the points for items they can 'buy' at xmas time for presents for family members. Programs like this are common for southside and encourage both parent participation as well as rewarding children for academic efforts.

- submitted by a parent

January 06, 2006
Southside is an excellent school with teachers and staff that really care about students and families. The prinicipal is always available and willing to help. Special programs are fantastic especially the science and computer labs.

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2005
Great school, child loves it there

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May 27, 2005
My oldest started school here. I thought that it tould be the best in the district with all of the acclaim that it recieves. I have to say that I was very happy. It's a very creative and enriching school. The teachers are top notch, the grounds are charming, and the parents are involved. Downer: the school's focus is quite obviously #1 Funds, #2 Students and Education. I know funds = better education in some sense, BUT Southside's BEST functions for scholastics have NOTHING to do with donations! I give it a 3 just because of the sheer pressure on aligning our finances in public schools. It rubs off on the kids. Otherwise, WONDERFUL!

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2005
an amazing school with 100%parental and community involvement. all teachers/classrooms have laptops and use of digital cameras. uptodate websites to email teachers. awesome principal, Sharon Marks.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2004
Outstanding parent participation makes this school stand out. Principal Sharon Marks is very approachable and nurturing. There is an unofficial accelerated program for children that are doing exceptionally well and/or have passed the Gifted Student test.

- submitted by a parent

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Southside Elementary School
1901 Webber Street, Sarasota, FL  34239
(941) 361-6420
Last modified Southside Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Southside Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top