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Cannella Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 720 students

 

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Posted April 16, 2014

This is the first year my daughter attends this school. She's a 3rd grader and has always struggle w/ reading. Here she has gotten a lot of help. She use to always be frustrated because she couldn't read as well as she does today. To me as a strict parent, this school year has been a blessing. I thank Mrs. Armstrong for listening to me as a concerned parent about my daughters academy. I can really see a progress and now. She loves to read. * I believe that as a parent we cannot blame teachers for everything. We as parents need to take time out to help our kids with what ever academic need they may have. Just think about helping up to 4 of your kids maybe 5 or 6 compared to one teacher helping 20 kids or more. Very tough. *
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

Second time having my kids at this school, bad experience again. Some teachers did not show proficiency and capacity to handle kids. For years my son has suffered with ADHD, this is too much for some teachers who do not care about it. We were plenty of complains the whole year. Before the beginning of the year Staff offered help for my kid. Just lies. Good luck if you are the next parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2013

We realized about the level of this school, after moving to California and after putting him in another elementary school. In Cannella, the teachers in Kindergarten and 1st grade were so concerned about the child's development. Regular interaction with parents is a pattern in this school, giving feedback about the child's behavior and academic performance. We can specifically name the 2 teachers - Ms. Mattingly and Ms. Thurman who taught my son in KG and Ist grade respectively. They have always been very concerned about the kids. My kid's general knowledge level went very high within these 2 years. He always misses these things here in his new school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

This is the first year my kids have attended this school and it has been by far the worst experience. You should lead by example and this school is poorly lead by the Principle. The teachers have given up on the children of this school because they do not have a positive work environment. There is more childish drama than dedication to educate the kids. My child's teacher does not even agree with the new curriculum set for the students how do I expect that she is willing to put forth effort to teach what she does not agree with. " A child will learn to read and write at there own pace they should not be required to complete this before the end of the year." I want my child to be challenged to learn and want them to be able to complete all task expected of them with a positive guidance of their teacher. The teachers and principle talk as if they look down on you and you are not educated, literally make you feel unwanted at this school. With in the first week my child was bullied and tried to bring it to the attention of the teacher, she blew it off and did not address the issue. I spoke with the teacher and she still did not address the issue to ensure my child is safe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

I have been in this school district since 1992. My youngest son now age 31 went to Cannella. I was not happy with the school then. Over the years things changed. I have a 9 year old that goes to Cannella. The Principal Rachel Walters has not regard for parents. She makes you feel like you are not welcome at the school. The teachers there are great but believe me most have a bone to pick with this principal. I feel that this principal has brought the moral of most of the teachers down. I have a couple more years to go in this school and I would love to see this principal replaced so that Cannella can become an A school again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2013

Cannella is a school which has a good PTA; however, the principle is not friendly and does not appear in my opinion to be very involved in the school in terms of being involved with the parents. I like my daughters Kindergarten teacher; however, she is out a lot an never on time. I will be glad once this year is over so I can move my daugther out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2012

I have been to this school it is fun and the teachers and staff are nice and they work hard just to help children learn and have fun I all my teachers alot and I always had A/B honor roll no madder how hard I work the teachers help me and I am just a kid but I know more than my parents about the school because I was there and I know that I am kid but trust me the school , teachers , and staff are amazing and I wish I didn't grow up and stay there .


Posted September 25, 2011

My daughter has been in Cannella since Kindergarten and is now in 5th grade. She's an A/B honor roll, has had excellent teachers (some more awesome than others) but definitely Cannella is an inspiration in the Hillsborough School System. Until recently, I have been inspired by the way Administration performed. With the retirement of the previous principal, things have changed for, in my opinion, not the better. Some teachers and parents like the new principal... some don't. I personally do not. I am trying to deal with the changes as it is my daughter's last year there. She has an awesome 5th grade teacher and she still loves Cannella as do I. I just hope the new principal (who comes from Pinellas btw) just puts on the brakes and doesn't make too many changes at once.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2011

My daughter completd 5th gr this yr, and I agree with the previous parent that administration has slipped the last several yrs. The principal her first few yrs there was great. The last 2 not so impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2011

im in 5th grade now and cannella has awesome teachers some of the kids are annoying but he school and teachers are great!!!!! go there


Posted April 21, 2010

Ok except for children with special needs. Some wonderful regular classroom teachers and the speech therapists aere awesome. Not impressed with administration. Quality has slipped last couple of years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

Cannella is an excellent school. My daughter Lynette went to Cannella all her elementary years (1992-1997). And I loved it. The teachers were great and all the personnel. The discipline and the education that she received are a life time assett. Now my 2 boys Alex(10yrs old) and Angel(7yrs) are also attending. And their teachers are Awesome and the personnel, too. The education and the discipline that my children have received makes Cannella an 'Outstanding School'. Sincerely, Lina Martinez
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2008

Last year was my son's first year in school..kindergarten...his teacher mrs. bayliss was awesome. she helped my son develope is first line of defense in education. he is now in the 1st grade. cannella is by far the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2008

Last year was my daughters first year in school.. her teach was amazining..She learned so much and her reading has astonished me, but. I still believe a kid needs to be a kid.. Lunch room needs to be a lunch room and not a classroom, kids should beable to talk with out a lunch lady and her mega phone yelling all the time.. I know this, cuz I voluntered once a week. My child was tested and said she needed speech.. I thought, okay.. Well, I am an involved parent tried to meet 2x with the speech teacher and she never showed up.. no one knew where she was.. was suppose to send me weekly reports. I never saw one. IHopefully this year will prove differently.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2008

This is a great school. There is not much parent envolvment, but that only says more about what the principal and her staff are doing. The parents that are involved work very hard and are very dedicated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

Cannella's new principal cares very much about her students. The parents are not as involved as they should be mostly because most do work full time. The majority of the teachers care very much as well. I am impressed with the care taken to assure the students do well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2007

Excellent school and excellent teachers. My daughter just completed her Kindergarten. I was completely taken aback to see how fast my daughter started reading from simple letters to a whole chapter within a short span of time. Thanks to accelerated reading programs and also to wonderful staff. Apart from English, other aspects like color, shape and size recognition also is worth mentioning. Math is also given due importance. My daughter is now able to do most of the two digit number addition and subtraction without actually writing it down. Coin recognition and summing of coins was another achievement she had from this school. The PTA meeting held in the school helped us (parents) in giving a right direction to meeting the desired goals. I am happy that my daughter was able to attend one of the best schools in Florida without spending too much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

The School is okay..I think too much pressure is place on children now a days. Some teachers are way to disorganized and not cleared on their expectations of a child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2005

Great parent teacher relationships.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2004

As a non-custodial parent living in Texas, my visits during the school year have impressed me with Cannella from the office staff to administration and teaching staff, as well as, lunch room staff and volunteers. I would highly recommend to any parent(s) with elementary school aged childern make a real effort to locate within the Cannella district.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

126 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
92%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
36%
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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • 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 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 58%
White 20%
Black 11%
Asian 8%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 78%67%61%
Master's degree 22%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. RACHEL WALTERS
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  • (813) 631-5328

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