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Lowry Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 915 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted January 24, 2014

I need to respond to the comments by the last poster. The parent who posted the negativity 7 years later and without ever discussing the issue with her directly really is unfair. Mrs. Molinaro is the type of Kindergarten teacher you HOPE your child will get. If you have a concern you should always talk to your teacher or the principal. Mrs. Molinaro is an exceptional teacher. She brings energy and ethusiasm to her class every day. She is very welcoming as well. If this parent didn't talk to her openly then shame on her. It frustrates me so much to see an amazing teacher slandered like this. If you child is entering Kindergarten next year and you get her you are VERY LUCKY. The kindergarten teachers at Lowry really care about their kids as a team. It's an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2013

I have just placed my third child in Lowry. My oldest daughter started there in 2005. My daughter, who is now in middle school, is in all advanced honors classes and in 1st grade my son was recommended for the gifted program by his teacher. The guidance counsellor called me at home to go over his results! I then met with the school psychologist and gifted teacher to go over everything that the gifted program entails. I have been very happy with the school and the progress my children have made. Whenever I have had an issue, it has been dealt with immediately. They have a great PTA which is very involved. I love the diversity of the school, after all, isn't this what our world is made up of. Believe me, if I wasn't satisfied with my children's progress, they would have been pulled from the school immediately.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

Very disappointed with this school, we removed our child three weeks after school started and put them in a charter Scool and we live right around the corner. We had a parent/teacher conference and was told our child had a focusing problem and see our pediatrician. I called the school nurse for an evaluation and the school nurse said to skip the pediatrician and see a neurologist and put him i mess, NO JOKE!! Now he has never been in trouble of which required intervention, seen the principal, nor was denoted prior to having issues, he is 10. I suggested that the teacher perhaps was not the right fit which she was offended by clearly. We interviewed a fabulous charter school, met the teachers, and he is in the school doing well, in fact all a's and one c in reading of which the current teacher said not to worry he had to get used to get strategies. I asked her if she noted any problems requiring intervention and said ABSOLUTELY NOT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2013

Lowry the school has nothing to do with being good or bad, it is the teachers and administrators that run it. All that the administrators seem to be doing is eat pizza at the conf room. Every time I had gone to pick up my kids early that is where they were. Someone mentioned bullying, I agree a lot went on in there and nobody cared even after things were reported.My kids were excellent students throughout their life and teachers at lowry had no hand in it. Their academic and extracurricular performance enhanced three folds after they got out of that school. Lowry has no website that can be labeled as being recent or correctly updated. Anyway writing about Lowry's condition is also wastage of my time. I am glad it is over for me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Lowry is an EXCELLENT school. We like all the teachers we have encountered and the admistration staff at the front desk is excellent and very welcoming. My daughter has done very well at Lowry and is very happy there. For Kindergarten she had an absolutely wonderful teacher. We could not have asked for a better kindergarten experience. Her first grade teacher also seems very good and within the first month of school has quickly pinpointed my daughter's strengths and weaknesses. As a parent this is important to me as I think its very important for teachers to know the children as individuals. My daughter has just started the gifted program and I was quite impressed with how thorough the program appears to be, especiall in the upper grades. I know my child will be challenged and that is terrific! My only 'Lowry wish' is that parent participation was encouraged by the administration after kindergarten. As a parent who loved helping this has been hard to get used to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2012

My daughter was lucky to spend 3 years at Lowry. The teachers were fantastic - caring, bright & committed. Mrs. White, Mrs, Zaritsky & Mrs. Jahosky are just awesome & will be much missed. Overall, a wonderful experience. A great school !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2011

Lowry is an awesome school. My kids had great teachers. Mrs. White in Kindergarten and Ms. Washington in 2nd grade. Great band program, drum corps, & chorus. Art & PE teachers wonderful. PTA does many positive things for our children and help to raise so much money for the school. We are stationed elsewhere now, but hope to come back, so atleast son can finish elementary here. We miss it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2011

This is our child's first year at Lowry. We, too, were a bit timid to try public school. So far we are most impressed with our child's kindergarten teacher, Ms. Apgar. She is very patient with the kids, very dedicated and is on her game. Any problems that pop up in the classroom are addressed immediately and sensitively. Our child is excited to go to school everyday and excited about learning, and we attribute that to the teacher. We're not as impressed with other areas of the school, most notably the PTA and other regular parent-led committees we've joined. While we realize these are volunteer committees, meetings are extremely disorganized and leaders aren't particularly patient with parents who have questions. We've found this very disappointing because we've wanted to be actively involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2011

As a Staff Member at Lowry, this school suffers from many poor teachers, and administration. I am basing this on complaints from Parents, and the Mediocrity that persist. Lowry is not a Kid friendly school. Try Westchase or other schools in this district. I give Lowry a F+ .
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 10, 2010

I have been part of the lowry family for 4years now the teachers are wonderful and caring always willing to go go the extra mile
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

I have one child still attending Lowry and another that has moved on to middle school. I absolutely love Lowry! I have never had an issue, the staff and teachers are always friendly and care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2009

Lowry is the best! Wonderful teachers and staff! Very caring people! A Lowry grandparent


Posted July 10, 2009

We love this school. The teachers are wonderful, the campus is very well taken care of and the security is excellent. We love Lowry!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

Excellent school, great teachers and great parent involvement
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2008

My 3 children LOVE Lowry. Always have had great teachers who are caring as well as great educators. PTA is active and have enrichment programs and events. We have used the AGP program, orchestra, and Paws for Peace(character-building club) as well as the standard curriculum which includes an awesome art and music program. I think my kids have been privledged to attend such a positive elementary school. A healthy cultural mix also contributes to the school's charm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2008

This is my child's 2nd year and loves it there! the aftercare program is great and we love the staff that mr. Steve's has there. Thank you! I do have to admit the Mrs. Coto is not the best principal, she should work more towards her attitude towards parents when they don't agree with her, and be patient as well. The teachers are great too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2007

Lowry is an outstanding school. It has well rounded teachers and staff supported by effective administration. Students with various abilities and disabilities are interactive together in order to achieve a high level of education. At Lowry, students are supported and challenged each and every day. In addition, it is a safe, warm, and welcoming environment. My children have made great gains due to the education they are receiving at Lowry Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2007

My daughter is in her final year at Lowry. I must say it was a good experience until the 4th grade. I was very disappointed how an incident was handled and had to go all the way to the superintendent to get the issue resolved. As a parent to have to learn about something through your child instead of the school, principal or teacher was disappointing. The principal was not helpful at all. I called the superintendent. The aftercare program is great. Mr. Steve is wonderful and would make a great principal. He really is involved with the kids and parents. He keeps us well informed. I really appreciate his ethics. He will be the one thing we miss about Lowry.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2007

I have 2 children, one still attends Lowry (3rd grade), the other graduated from Lowry last year. My overall experience has been very good. The teaching staff is superb although as with most schools you may find an inadequate teacher here and there. The school has a couple of very good extra-curricular music programs and also has a very good After School Care Program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

Our daughter has attended Lowry since Kindergarten and will be leaving after this year to start Middle school. We have been extremely pleased with the quality education she has received. The principal is professional and fair and we have been very happy with all of the teachers. The music and art departments are very good. The only area we feel that needs improvement is the gifted program. Overall I would highly recommend this school. We will be sad to leave next year.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 2013.

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
57%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
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 "A".
  • 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 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 49% 42%
Hispanic 30% 29%
Asian 9% 3%
Black 7% 23%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 65%67%61%
Master's degree 35%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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