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PK-8
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St. Petersburg, FL
Students enrolled: 600
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2350 22nd Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33712

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(727) 552-1700
(727) 522-1701
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November 24, 2014
My son started pre k this year at 4. My husband and I are so thrilled with how he's doing... his teachers, ms cary and ms patty are fabulous, he's learning in leaps and bounds, hes continued to be excited to go to school everyday.... We couldn't be happier. When we started searching for a school, we were really hoping to find a school that our son could attend through 8th grade and hoped Sanderlin was a fit.... It absolutely is! There are great events for the whole family to go to and get involved in, fun projects for us to do together at home..... We are so happy with the school and so glad that is where we decided to send him!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2014
After attending 2 Discovery Nights and having my daughter shadow at the school, we listed Sanderlin as our #1 choice. Imagine my surprise when I logged into the computer during the acceptance period and found a big red INELIGIBLE across our #1 choice. When I called the school to find out why she was ineligible, they put me on hold for what seemed like forever, and they finally came back to say that she was ineligible because she had gotten a 2 on her Math FCAT in 3rd grade. It didn't seem to matter to them that she was only 2 points away from receiving a 3 on that particular FCAT or the fact that she has always gotten 3's and 4's on all of her other FCATs. It didn't seem to matter that she has always made honor roll or principal's list in every grading period since 3rd grade. It didn't matter that she was not an attendance or discipline problem. I wasted my #1 pick on a school that labeled her ineligible. Had I known this, I never would've applied there. I would've listed Madeira or Thurgood as my #1 choice and maybe we would've gotten in to one of those schools instead of being #161 and #323 on the wait lists. Let this be a warning to other parents that might apply there.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2014
This school was one of Pinellas County's best kept secret until they scored an A this year. The Principle is incredible and so are the teachers. My daughter was in 6th grade and absolutely loves the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2014
We have had 3 of our 4 children at Sanderlin for the past 3 years. It has been a really good experience for us. The transition from an Elementary school to a Pre-K - 8th grade school has definitely had some bumps, but I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to have my voice heard as we have formed the policies and culture of this school. Our special needs son has really blossomed under the help of the teachers and staff, but be aware that the middle school is much more academic - so we are unable to continue to keep him here for middle school. My oldest child at Sanderlin has been in both the elementary and middle school and has had an overall positive experience. The teachers have really watched out for her and pushed her to reach higher. There are good and bad that come with a small school - but I LOVE that you can get to know all the teachers and work with them to help your kids and the school to excel. If you have the chance to enroll your kids here, take it. It is the best alternative to the fundamental system in this area hands down. Our gifted son really thrived there as well.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2014
This school has an amazing group of teachers and staff that show nothing but support for every student. The campus is beautiful, has high parent involvement and the IB program is a great alternative to a fundamental school.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2014
I am a student and I like this school but when your in middle school there you don't get the real feeling besides the 7 or 8 classes. You don't get lockers. You have to carry your stuff. But the kids are kool.

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2013
Sanderlin IB World School is AMAZING! Under the leadership of principal Dr. Miller and assistant Ms. Cehi. there is culture of professionalism I have not experienced in any other public or private school. The recently added middle school has a great staff of teachers who really care about children and are passionate about not just their academic growth, but also their social and emotional well-being. I wish my older children could have had the opportunity to attend. This school deserves more than 5 stars!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
My daughter is in VPK at this school and she LOVES it! She has grown leaps and bounds in her ability to write letters and draw while in this program. Ms. Cari and Ms. Patty are miracle workers and their classroom is always under control and I have never heard either of them raise their voice once. The playground area is wonderful with a huge sandbox and ride on toys. They get to go to learn in the Peace Patch organic garden every week. Tons of clubs for the older grades to join and get involved. The only thing I don't like is is can be a little difficult to get involved with the PTA. I signed up and paid but never got a calender of when meetings are or emails or anything. Some of the meetings were held on Friday nights which seems like poor planning to me but the PTA does wonderful things for the school and does a nice job of fundraising.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2010
As a parent of a first grader and a Pre K student I can say that Sanderlin has been a wonderful choice for our children and family. While the IB curriculum is dynamic, connecting county standards to real world applications, I feel that more importantly, my children are learning about how to be a responsible and caring people in the world. The "taking action" component is our favorite part. My sons are learning to think about how they can make the world a better place, whether recycling, cleaning up area parks or beaches, or simply showing kindness to a friend. Extracurricular clubs are also great! Brain Food, Percussion, Spanish Club, United Nations, Save the Planet, Garden Club... All of these provide such awesome opportunities to form relationships with classmates/peers and develop many different intelligences. When K students are researching and learning how they're choices matter- I think that says a lot! Even though my first grader has surpassed grade level expectations at this time- he is still being pushed and challenged academically every day. And is excited about his accomplishments. Great families, great teachers, great kids, great school!

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2010
This is our 8th year involved with Sanderlin IB and we are thrilled. Our 17 year old son started here in 4th grade when the school opened and our daughter is now in 5th and youngest son is in 3rd. We are excited at the prospect of Sanderlin becoming a Pre-K thru 8 school so we can continue here for 5 more years! Many do not realize the value of the IB curriculum; it is truly an International Programme. Don't be fooled by some inferior schools gloating about their high scores. I would much rather my children be internationally minded and ready for a global economy than to score perfect on a 3rd grade test. We love that they do not teach to the test and allow the children to explore their individual giftedness. This really is a school you must tour to truly appreciate: laptop Macs for each student, Smart boards and a state-of-the-art TV news program are just some of the technological attributes. We also love the Suzuki Violin, Orff music instruction and recorder & percussion clubs (All FREE!) Visit the website sanderlinib.com for more info. This is hands down the most dedicated staff as well. If you can't tell already, WE LOVE SANDERLIN IB WORLD SCHOOL!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2010
My daughter went here for kindergarten and we pulled her. They didn't do enough for gifted students and they seemed to spend a lot of time trying to handle the behaviors of students. I didn't like what I saw and heard. Children were using vulgar language and in some of the classes it seemed like teachers didn't have a handle on their classes. They also seemed to reward for everything to try and curve these behaviors. I didn't like my child in this environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2010
This is my daughter's 4th year at Sanderlin and we're both sad that she won't be here next year (she'll be in middle school). Previously she was at a private school and neither my husband nor I have once regretted the decision to enroll her here! This school does exactly what they claim to---to teach children the basics while also teaching them to be respectful to all, to be critical thinkers, to ask questions, to be a participant in today's world instead of a bystander, etc. The teachers are THE BEST b/c they truly care about each and every child in the class and strive to help each student 'grow more brain!' The entire staff, including the wonderful principal Dr. Miller, is awesome! If you want the best education for your child, then take a tour of Sanderlin and see what being an International Baccalaureate school is about!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2010
My child is in Kindergarten and we have been so impressed by the teacher involvement and investment. We chose Sanderlin for the IB philosophy and value in problem solving and actual learning rather than simply testing...and we are loving the diversity, creativity and passion.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2010
I am the mother of a graduate, now 7th grade. My other son has been at Sanderlin for K and 1st and is now in 2nd. We have found a true home here at Sanderlin. I do not know what I will do when my youngest son leaves this school. Dr. Miller is the most caring and involved Principle I have seen. She really cares about the children and that reflects in every Teacher in our school.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2010
My son is in grade two and has been at Sanderlin since Kindergarden. We are very happy with the school. When I first visited Sanderlin before my son attended, I noticed that Dr. Miller (principal) knew all the kids by first name. Several of them came up and gave her a big hug. That shows how much the teachers and leaders care about the kids. As an mom that has adopted internationally, it's important for us to expose our children to an international education. I highly recommend Sanderlin. My other two boys will be attending in the future.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2010
Sanderlin is a fabulous school. I love the fact that it the curriculum is internationally minded. It is so important for our children to understand they are part of a global environment. In addition to the curriculum Sanderlin has a wonderful administrative team. Dr Miller the principal and Mrs. Burns the vice principal are amazing. They know their students. They care about their school and they do everything they can to make sure your child's experience is a good one both academically and emotionally. They are always available to parents. Sanderlin IB may not have the highest scores YET but we are on our way. Last year we became a county wide magnet and that is helping the school tremendously. We continue to see more parent involvement and improved student experience. I am a high maintenance parent in some ways and I cannot say enough good about our school.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2009
Sanderlin IB World School offers the best educational environment in Pinellas County. The teachers and staff are wonderful! As you walk down the halls, you will see students that truly display the PYP attitudes (respect, curiosity, empathy, cooperation, creativity, confidence . . .) This is an amazing school and I would not send my children anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2009
Sanderlin is a GREAT school! I am the father of a first grader at the school, she has been there since kindergarten. The teachers are top notch and the principal is incredible. My daughter feels like she is cared about and loved at the school. There is lots of individual attention for the needs of all kind of kids at all different levels. I am happy I choose Sanderlin for my child. It's like sending her to a second home for the day. And I've noticed that many members of the school's staff send their own children to the school, that speaks volumes to me! I am European, so finding a school that teaches the students about the world was very important to me. Sanderlin is an IB World School, international studies is a huge part of it. The kids learn all about the whole world, without limits.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2009
Sanderlin is the only international baccalaureate elementary school in the county. The principal is excellent and the teachers very caring. Our son loves it!

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2009
I love Sanderlin Elementary School! The principal and teachers are fabulous. I am a very protective parent, and I feel 100% confident in the safety, security and high quality education that Sanderlin offers. I would not send my children anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2009
Sanderlin is a wonderful school. We feel our needs and issues are always addressed with concern, compassion, and respect. This is Sanderlin s first year as a full county wide magnet, and yes, there has been some challenges and discipline problems but I feel when they are brought to the administration s attention they are handle very well. The IB program is fantastic; my daughter knows so much about other countries already! The really push caring for the environment also which is great. You won t find a better principal anywhere and the teachers fabulous! The school itself is beautiful and new, there are international gardens throughout the campus that are very well maintained. Classical music plays in the walkways for the children to enjoy as they walk from class to class. It s beautiful. Sanderlin will be THE school once people truly discover it and learn about

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2007
When my son was first diagnosed w/ADHD @the start of the year it seemed the staff didn't know how to approach his needs. I have to say many thanks 2his 1st grade teacher & the behavioral specialist. Through constant contact and updates I've found meds that work without changing his personality. His teacher has implemented rewards that work 2keep him on track through the day. The BS and the teacher also learned along with me the triggers for his meltdowns and redirect him. It has been a trying year but with their help he's learned to focus more and feel successful. I was ready to pull up anchors and remove both my children but I'm willing to hang in there thanks to their attention and dedication to helping him reach his full potential. Many thanks Ms. D and Ms. H.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2007
The principal is very good. There is a lot of computers available and I like how much they are used in the school. My son was there for 2 years and it was a good experience. My concerns include that there is no science taught. It felt very heavy in reading, writing and math. No or very little science and social studies. No spelling in second grade and we have friends whose son is not getting spelling in 3rd grade either. Physical Education is only twice a week and I think the week gets long without more outdoor time. I also never felt volunteering was very welcomed. In the end we transferred our son after second grade and at his new school he is getting all As. In second grade there also wasn't a lot of understanding of my son's ADD which made the year very difficult.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2007
My two children just began at Sanderlin in january. I am concerned about the calibur of public schools in Pinellas county in general, but I think as public schools go, sanderlin offers the best you are going to get in a mixed student body environment. The principal, Dr. Miller, bends over backwards to make things comfortable for new families. I am concerned that the parental involvement is relatively low, but seems to get higher as the children move into higher grades. The campus is beautiful.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2006
My son has been at Sanderlin since 1st grade (now in 4th). I wasn't part of the white flight of our first year, because IB is the best curriculum in the district, and I didn't want my son living in a bubble (I took him out of fundamental - no sense of humor). My son has had AWESOME teachers - very creative and very tech oriented. Sanderlin is soaring. (And our PTA is thriving this year.) We still have EH, as do many schools, and those children can be difficult, be the world has an obligation to care for them. P.S.

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June 03, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
May 29, 2006
I am a parent of a 1st grader and an in-coming kindergartener and couldn't be more excited about the coming year! We have a great group of involved parents that have stuck with the school and now have an influx of newly interested families coming. The new strings program is a perfect addition to the IB programme already in place. There is no stopping us now!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2006
Overall a great school while my daughter loved it.They have great school pride. The academic programs, arts programs, and parent involvment are amazing. They have awsome family nights,with costumes,the kids really get into it. The teachers are great.There are no uniforms at this school.they don't celebrate holidays only student accomplishments. The only problems are It is a new school so they are short staffed, but they are working on that and parents volenteer so much it makes up for them. Also the student behavioral problems was an issue for me as well. students throwing furniture is common thing here.I think this school has the same problem most do. teachers need to work so hard at making the behind students OL that the ones that are OL or AL don't get as much attention as they deserve to help them reach there full potentiol.This is a great school just has some issues.

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May 26, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
May 12, 2006
This school as the best curriculum in the county! Academically, these students will be better prepared for secondary school than any other that I know. The population of the school allows for so many people to learn about each other that it is a life long value just being there! How the lessons are delivered and students are encouraged to question and think for themselves is so unique.

- submitted by a teacher
April 13, 2006
My son has been in Sanderlin since kindergarten. I like the school so far, the teachers have been great and he seems to enjoy it. I have some concerns about the discipline but overall we are pleased

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2006
We began at Sanderlin when it opened in 2003, transferring our eldest son from Bay Pointe Elem. Now our daughter attends and we look forward to our youngest son attending next year. The IB format allows for self directed 'inquiry based' learning where each student can take in as much about a subject as wanted. My daughter especially enjoys the hands on creativity offered by the music and art programs. I present at the Great American Teach-In yearly and regularly volunteer, and it is great to see the same subject matter explored at all grade levels concurrently; kindergarten learning a subject while 5th grade doing elaborate presentations on the same subject. All-Pro Dad's allows me special interaction with my daughter at her school. I recommend Sanderlin to anyone looking for 'hands on learning', not 'text book teaching'. Come to one of the Discovery Nights in February and see for yourself.

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December 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2005
My son has attended this school for the past three years and my daughter for the past two, and I am impressed with the curriculum and teachers and other staff members. I feel it is a great school and they put alot into what they teach our children. I would not change their school for anything they love it here.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2005
Great acedemics, my children love going to school everyday. Parents are allowed to come and go as they please...great open community environment!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2005
This school has high quality dedicated teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 26, 2004
I visited this school at discovery night. I was impressed by the teachers level of commitment, the curriculum and the facility. I am concerned over the FCAT scores. I am unsure where this school will rank on my choice application.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
Incredible staff, principal and families!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2004
This school is awesome! Sanderlin offers students a great opportunity to learn, using different techniques and not some formulary concrete way of gaining knowledge and experience. I love the array of students and staff that my children are exposed to, who bring their own experiences to school - everybody learns from each other. Interdependence is paramount and those within this school receive all the feedback they need! Perhaps someone pulled a child out because of a personal bias due to location or because the person did not realize all that is happening every day that escapes conversations or explanations. Sanderlin is wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2004
While this school has much potential, there are currently a multitude of problems that exist, from inadequate staff, children with behavioral problems and lack of funding to address these issues. It is for this reason, after having several conversations with staff and administration, that we transferred our daughter to a different school.

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James B. Sanderlin Pk-8
2350 22nd Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL  33712
(727) 552-1700
Last modified James B. Sanderlin Pk-8 is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
James B. Sanderlin Pk-8 Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top