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Dr. Mary Giella Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 686 students

 

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Posted April 13, 2014

The teachers my children have are wonderful- the problem i have witnessed is the way the school is setup. The classrooms are too big in size, and the classrooms are not separated very well because of the way the school was built. This causes it to be very noisy all the time. How can children learn their best when there are constant disruptions and the noise of other classrooms. I also do not understand why the superintendent would CHOOSE to be fined for oversized classrooms over hiring a few more teachers and doing it right. Fight for the extra $$ and put the children first. There are a ton of under privileged children and a lot of children who have parents that simply never get involved to an extreme measure to say the very least. It is really sad. There is not sufficient parking and parents have to pull in the dirt to form a pick up line every afternoon. It is simply unacceptable. The teachers are doing their best with what they have. I really hope things can change for the better at MGES. There are some great kids and teachers and they deserve to be given an environment that is conducive for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

We simply love this school! The staff is friendly.The kids all seem to be happy, my daughter loves her teacher. Both the teachers and administration are very involved with the students, and there is plenty of communication between the teachers, administration and the parents. I couldn't ask for a better environment for my child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2013

My granddaughter loves this school. She went to shady hills elem. first and hated it ,now she loves to go .


Posted August 8, 2013

Dr. Mary Giella Elementar School. This will be our 1st year at this school. We are looking forward to being here this year.


Posted May 27, 2013

As a parent of children that attend this school, I do agree with the last comment about the disruptive kids and the other comment about kids being a priority. I've seen some of these behavior kids and it just isn't right for the welfare of the class or the teacher. These kids should be removed from the school, homeschooled, or in an alternative program. The staff and other students shouldn't be subjected to this everyday. This is a fault of certain parents and how can other kids expect to learn? More discipline and suspensions should be taking place. Great school, caring staff, but they are trying too hard to turn kids around and may be losing out all the way around.


Posted July 4, 2012

I found the review below very valid. But in talking with some of the parents, this school still has some issues that need to be addressed. Mainstreaming behaviorally challenged students into a regular classroom doesn't seem to be working out very well for this school. Also,negative behavior on a professional level is not flattering and this was a very big disappointment for the school community. Maybe if the school would stop putting disruptions in their classrooms, the scores would go up.


Posted June 21, 2012

My children have attended this school and I've had the opportunity to work with the staff at MGES. The teachers and staff do their best to provide incentives for ALL the kids. Some teaches work many hours after school to come up with activities that the kids will learn from and enjoy. As I read other comments, I feel that the staff at this and any other school, may have a stressed day and may encounter a parent during this time; however, a school shouldn't be judged on the actions of a few. Parents, teachers, administration, and kids should work together to achieve success. School doesn't end at 4:00, but learning should continue at home as well. Everyone should be positive and discuss concerns with the teacher or principal. The teachers do care about the kids and work together to find any minute of the day to help them get on level. Some kids don't test well, that doesn't mean they are not good students, but society judges everything on 1 day and 1 score...Really? Does your boss judge your worth on the one bad day or the tons of great days? Kids are no different. MGES is a very good school with a family type of staff...Kids are the priority!!!


Posted March 9, 2012

My child is attending MGES and loves it. I have noticed that the kids are happy and proud of their school. The staff truly care about the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2011

I am sick looking at the declining FCAT scores for 3rd grade over the last few years. You can see them just get worse every year, so I'd like to know what is being done about this??
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2011

My son is failing to no fault of his or my own. He has ADHD and I told the teacher about it but she treats him as others and does not remind him. He needs many reminders and I send notes in all the time but no responses from the teacher. The 5th grade teacher is great. The office staff, the young man is welcoming, no one else is. If I had a choice, I'd take my kids out. We homeschooled for a while to avoid the school but our circumstances changed and had to go to this ES. I dislike it a lot, we are looking into other possibilities now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

Teachers were very disinterested in teaching. Staff was rude and inconsiderate. I was actually told by office staff that a family funeral was INCONVENIENT to the school's standardized testing that was happening that week. Principal is unavailable and uninvolved. I pulled my child from this school after only 1 miserable, disappointing year. If you are moving to this area, I suggest private/charter school or find another school in Pasco county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

Great school, great staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

Mary Giella is a wonderful school community. The Administration and staff members are highly qualified and genuinely have the students best interest at heart.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 20, 2007

MGES is a great school. The staff and administration really care about the students. They have great resources. Teachers really try to help all students and encourage them to be successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2006

I think the test scores and the C rating speak for themselves. I think the school would do so much better if they wouldn't mix the grades together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2006

Unfortunatelly I am a busy parent and I haven't had the opportunity to be with my daughter in any class, but I feel that she really enjoys being there, she has learned a lot, and every day we have homework to do, in fact there are big proyects once in a while. I am also really happy with the before and after school program they are always doing different and interesting activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2005

This is a great school. My child loved going there. The teachers were very professional and caring. Lots of extra activities. Parents were kept very well informed about what was going on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2005

my child went here for 2years, except for the music teacher and vice principal,some teachers ok, the rest was substandard, the safety and discipline was almost nonexistent, when my child came down with bad case of stomach flu her complaints were ignored until had to take her to emerg. room. she had a bully problem with girl in her class had to write all the way to school board before anything got done by then was sick of that school and she now attends elsewhere, she still has problems with reading etc. never able to learn anything in such disruptive environment. mrs. dee matter
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2004

The teachers and staff at this school have been very gracious and kind to me every occasion that I have spoke with them and they have made my daughter feel welcomed and have helped ensure her growth both emotionally and academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
46%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
70%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
29%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
92%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 78%
Hispanic 14%
Two or more races 5%
Black 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 134%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 24%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 56%63%61%
Master's degree 42%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Awards

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  • School Grade "B" (2007)
  • AYP (2007)

Special education / special needs

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  • Specific learning disabilities
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:20am
School end time
  • 3:40pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MR. GEORGE B PAPAEMANUEL
Fax number
  • (813) 794-5891

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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14710 Shady Hills Road
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