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Ballast Point Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 408 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted August 25, 2013

Ballast Point is a great school with caring teachers. We have been very pleased with the education our daughter has received over the last 4 years. We only had one classroom that wasn't a good fit for our child and the principal worked with us to resolve the program. The HOST program used to be a good program but was horrible the last 2 years. Fortunately there is a fantastic new after school program at the church across the street. Thank you Ballast Point for providing our daughter with a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2013

Ballast Point is a wonderful school. I have one child in 2nd and have already had one child graduate fifth grade. Every year has been a wonderful experience. The teachers are caring and take the extra time needed to meet the needs of ALL children. I feel very fortunate to live in this school's zone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2013

LOVE this school! Our son finished Kindergarden this year. At the beginning of the year I was very apprehensive about our little boy starting Elementary School. I had a lot of questions and concerns, however, the teachers and specifically the principal, Ms. Debbie Fitzpatrick took time out of her busy schedule to put my mind at ease. On a few occasions she checked in on our son for us and reported back how he was doing. We are very blessed to be in this school district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

I agree that Ballast Point might be a good school if your child "fits in" and does not have any learning disablities or special needs. However, if you have a child that requires any educational accomdations outside of OR as a supplement to a regular classroom setting is a complete and total nightmare to work with. It's so unfair to the child. The HOST program is horrible as well!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2012

My son started there in the ASD classes last year, and has been mainstreamed for about a month so far, and counting. The teachers challenge him & keep him on his toes, which is good. The school itself get 5 stars, hands down. The HOST program after school, however, would get 0-1 stars. The expectations from kids as young as 4 & 5 years old is unrealistic, and kids are being kicked out permanently on a fairly regular basis. Lord help you if your child has special needs, as they are unflexible (even if you have an IEP), and inept under their new management this year, at best. At worst, they have no business being around young kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2012

This school may be good if your child fits in with the average student; however, if you have a child that requires a different educational approach or additional accomdations to be able to learn, working with this school is a total nightmare. It's so unfair to the child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

Ballast Point Elementary has a great faculty and staff. The principal's leadership is strong, and there are great relationships with the community. The school has consistently improved the quality of its education and has had an A rating for almost a decade! My children love it. On top of it, it is a historic school with a great learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2009

Ballast Point Elementary is an outstanding School with amazing teachers and support staff. Everyone there takes pride in the school and our community and It has been a great overall experience for my daughter and I. We look forward to the fifth grade!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2008

I have twin boys who attend the autism program in this school. They are 5 now and this is their third school, and it is the best school they have ever been in. Combined with private therapies, they are thriving, growing and doing exceptionally well. It is hard to get therapies in this school district, but this school, teachers and IEP team do all they can to get your child what they need. I am recognized and greeted every time I walk in, and the teachers meet with me whenever I ask. Their teacher has become a family friend. I would definitely recommend this school, especially if you have a special needs child of any type. Mrs. Frick is the principal now and she is great. She will personally walk my son to his class just because he wants her to anytime he asks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2008

this is the most warm and friendly school I have ever enrolled my children in. from principal, to teachers, librarians, nurses,secretaries,guidance...all of the staff are so nice and non-judgemental.they have one agenda and that is the education and the safety of the children who go there.kudos to you Ballast Point ...and sadly farewell.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2008

it is a very nice school I have 2 kids in the school and their teachers are the best teachers my kids ever had.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

I love this school. I often call it the private school without the tuition. I no longer live in the neighborhood but I drive the extra 25 minutes each morning to take my children. The teachers and staff are wonderful. I really have not been disappointed at all by this school. If you can get special permission for your child to attend it is well worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2007

We loe Ballast Point and would highly recommend it. The small class sizes are wonderful in these days of overcrowding. The staff is motivated and happy. The air is filled with positive attitude. Mrs. Cunningham, principal, is extremely supportive of her staff, and it shows in their dedication to the students. Parent involvement is high, and encouraged by the staff. The PTA is great, too. Can't say enough about the wonderful education my child is getting. Would love to see some after school clubs or activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2007

I absolutely love this school! The faculty and staff all work together so well and are always willing to lend a helping hand. The principal offers an overwhelming amount of support to the teachers and goes above and beyond to make accomodations for teachers, parents and students. I am so happy with Ballast Point!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 27, 2006

Excellent programs ranging from ESL to Gifted. The program for Autistic children is wonderful. The teachers truly care about the students and offers great motivation and rewards for good citizenship, grades, & attendance!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2006

This school has excellent academic programs and the teachers are just amazing. I have been so happy with the quality of education my children are receiving. I encourage you to check this school out, it is worth your time!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2006

Ballast Point is an excellent neighborhood gaining more and more parent involvement. The staff is excellent and the school is an ideal size. The reading program is strong as well as mathematic. It is a great place for a child to learn at a natural pace - taking childhood as a journey instead of a race. The athletics coach does an excellent job of teaching game skills and the kids seem to have a great time. The music teacher combines teaching the basics of music with some dance moves and choreography to the songs he teaches. I have been very pleased with all of the staff I have worked with - I volunteer frequently at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2006

Ballast Point is a grade A school and is a great little school in South Tampa. There are wonderful teachers and they go out of their way to accomodate all students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2005

Great small school environment. They know all kids by name and care about education. Recommended!
—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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
73%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
81%
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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
57%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
White 63%
Hispanic 17%
Asian 7%
Black 7%
Two or more races 6%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 164%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 26%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 66%67%61%
Master's degree 34%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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2802 West Ballast Point Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33611
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Phone: (813) 272-3070

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