Students enrolled 666
Hours no info
School leader MS. MICHELLE KELTNER
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District Leon County School District
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5200 Tredington Park Drive
Tallahassee, FL 32309

(850) 488-4511
(850) 487-1623
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5 stars
Based on 27 ratings

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August 05, 2014
Couldn't agree more with the parent comments regarding Desoto Trial's emphasis is on FCAT and their "A" rating.....and the child who doesn't learn in a rigid environment is severely "left behind". We also had multiple meetings with school administration and are so happy we are not returning this next year. Our daughter has also become nervous and frustrated about academics at this point because of her experience last year.....not so much anxiety but very poor academic confidence in herself as a result of her experiences at Desoto Trail.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2014
I loved Desoto Trail. I loved the teachers they were very nice and thoughtful. The teachers really tried to help you if you were failing. My teacher helped me by offering to tutor me. The people are really nice!

- submitted by a community member
May 29, 2013
Desoto Trail rocks! Top notch school that my child loves!!!!!!!!!!! You can't go wrong. We love it!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2013
This is a fantastic school Overall. Almost every single teacher I've come into contact with at this school has genuinely seemed caring and personally vested in the success of my son. We've had a few challenges with a very small number of teachers, but they are in the minority. What I find the most amazing is the parent involvement at this school. It's been a pleasure to have my oldest son there, and I know my little one will enjoy it next year when he goes!

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2012
Very disappointed in this school - my sons grades have slipped greatly since attending. The emphasis is on FCAT and their "A" rating and the child who doesn't learn in a rigid environment is severely "left behind" - 8 meetings later with the school administration and we are pulling our son out. This is a great school for the child who is very academic in nature but in our case our child has become very nervous and frustrated at this school - to the point of severe anxiety.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2009
We have great teachers, great parents, great volunteers and the best Students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
DeSoto Trail Elementary School is commited to invest time and efforts in their students as well as in the community. I love the fact that they are constantly promoting activities and events in which the family is involved. Moreover, the teachers and the entire personnel work diligently to make sure that our children succeed! Thank you DeSoto Trail!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
Having examined many of the Leon County schools as part of my job in social services prior to having children, I can honestly say that DeSoto Trail is one of the better elementary schools in Leon County, and it is one of the best schools in Leon County for ESE children, particularly autistic children. My son is a ESE/Kindergarten student at DTES. My husband and I researched schools in depth and bought a house specifically in the DTES zone to be sure that he was zoned for this school, that is how good they are with ESE. Their regular education is exceptional as well in my opinion. DTES works very hard to integrate ESE children with regular ed children as much as they can, which in my opinion is a great experience for all of the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
great family oriented school, high academic standards

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
I have sent two children [one from original class] and now 1 grandchild to the school. Great teachers, caring staff, wonderful curriculum

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
These trailblazers are exactly that! The PTO is always searching out ways to volunteer their efforts to make the teacher's job easier. Innovative fundraising activities and caregivers lighten the load of every one involved in molding the minds of the future leaders of our world.

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2009
The teachers at DeSoto Trail are phenomenal! They go above and beyond to make learning fun and exciting for the children. The atmosphere is welcoming. We couldn't be happier there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Everyone works hard to make DTES the best school it can be in order to provide our students a solid educational foundation for future success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The reason why I think Pineview Elementary School is the best because the staff trys really hard to do their best with the kid.They make the kids their number one priority. My kids come home everyday and brag on their teachers and how much they like them. So I think they get an A+ in all the efforts and accomplishment they do. Now thats what a school is consist of.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The school and its teachers give my child a great education. They really care for the child. When they need help, someone is always there for my child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The teacher's here care about the students far beyond just what happens in the classroom. This school is also wonderful with being creative in it's approach to teaching, with fun learning experiences such as plays, field trips, and hands on science.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Pinview is great they take pride and students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I am so proud of the wonderful and careing teachers at Desoto Trails. I love the special reading program which included little dogs for the children to read to. This program helped my Grandaughter so much.

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2009
Great teachers. Great administration

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 17, 2009
Great teachers and administration! Everyone makes you feel like you belong.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
It's a community. Great volunteers. Great teachers. Well-rounded kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Desoto Trail brings home that small town feel with the added touch of excellent teachers who love what they do. I couldn't imagine my children anywhere else for their beginning educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I love the extra opportunities that my children have had like being on stage at every grade level to be part of a production for their parents and having the music, art, and classroom teachers give their time and work together. I also Watermelon Wednesdays that happen in the summer to encourage kids to read. It is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Our school is a smaller school. It is more like a big family than school. All of our staff including the principle takes the time to get to know the students and the parents. The teachers usually end up being the parents friends during the school year. Every year I have a new lasting friendship the starts out being a teacher parent relationship. The teachers truely love our children and want to see them achieve the highest standards as possible. The teachers prepare the students for the next grade so they will be on track. As a whole our school is a great teaching facility along with allowing the students to development in other areas. They are getting a wonderful foundation in all areas.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
I love the layout for the classrooms... the childrens individual play areas, the wonderful friendly teachers, the willingness of teachers to have email communication with parents on the progress and/or problems that may arise during the school year. I grand children are very happy in DeSoto Trail Elementary School. The teachers do wonders with the children and are really excellent.

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2009
DeSoto Trail is a fabilous school with caring teachers and a fantastic support staff!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 09, 2008
The current principal is very action oriented, accomodating. She brings a new spirit to the school.She goes straight to the problem and tries her best to solve it. The previous one did not mind at all because she was leaving already.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2006
My daughter has been a DeSoto Trailblazer for five years. We have enjoyed excellent and caring teachers, each of whom my daughter loves. The administration is exemplary and caring as well. We are proud to be a part of DeSoto Trail, and are thankful to all of the staff (and the volunteers) for all that they provide.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2006
Overall, I'd rate this school as OK. The concentration on test scores and teaching to the test is disheartening. I am not anti-testing, it is important to have a way to measure where are children are at. I feel that learning should still be fun and creative though, with the end result still being

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2006
I really appreciate having this school available for my child. Wonderful teachers!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2005
Great school with great teachers. Convenient to residences.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2005
DeSoto Trail is, in my opinion, the BEST public Elementary School available in Leon County. The curriculum is difficult enough to push students to the limits of their abilities, without being so difficult they become overwhelmed. The teachers are outstanding and communicate with parents VERY well and both the principal and vice principal are extremely open and easily accessible if ever needed. My experiences with DeSoto Trail have been nothing but exemplary!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
The School Rating system in Florida is way overrated. A school in FL can easily get an A or A+, which does NOT mean that Desoto Trail Elementary is a top notch School. Most of the teachers are experienced but some are burned out with teaching. The principal needs to direct the teachers to concentrate more on academics like in other countries (EU) and less on anything else. The parent involvement in Desoto Trail elementary is high, but lots of times for the wrong reasons. Many kids that have both parents working require help in academic subjects. Desoto Trail Elementary overall is a good school, but it can be improved and become an truly A+ School, if teachers will give more emphasis in Academics, and help the kids learn the subjects in depth and not just to pass the FCAT.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
DeSoto Trail has been a great school for my girls; we've been there for 5 years. The teachers as a whole are dedicated and genuinely interested in my children's education and personal growth. The volunteers are all a bunch of overachievers... Spring Supper, Fall Supper, Book Character Festival, school plays for every grade level... all attended by hordes of parents. Fabulous school, I highly recommend it!

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2005
Kindergarten academia is slow, However, first grade and above is very above average. They need to prepare the child for first grade and above. Parent involvement is adequate. Extracurricular is activity, musis, art, PE is above average.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2005
I've had twin boys in this school for 2 1/2 years (1,2,3 grade), and a girl who just started K this year. We've only had one serious problem with a teacher. (Burnt out, in my opinion, and seemed to have a problem with active boys, but loved the girls.) I do think they focus WAY too much on FCAT test scores and their 'Reading Counts' program. They're more worried that kids have X-many points than whether they are reading well, or enjoy reading. Don't care for physical layout - too open to predators (not an enclosed building). VERY high parental involvement. Office staff isn't as friendly as I'd like - not parent-focused. Overall, very good school, but takes themselves a little too seriously.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2004
I'm proud to say I am a parent of a DeSoto Trail student. Starting with the Principal and Vice Principal, staff and students. United we will keep a rating of 'A' for our school. That is what this community is all about.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2004
Desoto Trail has been a wonderful experience for us. We've been here for 3 years. Both of my kids love it and the teachers we've had are excellent. There are many volunteer parents, and this makes everything run even nicer. The principal seems to take a personal interest in each and every student. I'm really going to be sorry to leave, as we are moving. DeSoto Trail has been an A+ rated school for years.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2004
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Desoto Trail Elementary School
5200 Tredington Park Drive, Tallahassee, FL  32309
(850) 488-4511
Last modified Desoto Trail Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Desoto Trail Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 41 reviews.