This is my daughter's first year at Carrollwood but so far we absolutely love it. Her teacher is wonderful and the staff at the school is wonderful!
Carrollwood Elementary is a public school that is as good as a private school. The teachers have high standards and expect excellence. My son has attended this school since Kindergarten, and is now in 5th Grade. He has never had a bad teacher. Too bad they don't have a middle school! The principle, Mrs. Bottini, is awesome. She is kind and warm and very effective all at once. Since she came on board, the culture and school improved greatly. It's obvious that the teachers are engaged and really care, and that Mrs. Bottini is the center of all of that. Assistant Principal, Mrs. Gordon is also excellent. She is a class act. The students love Mrs. Bottini and Mrs. Gordon, and so do the parents. They take the time to know every student and parent. Parents feel very welcome here. I also have to give praise to the teachers of the Gifted Program, Mrs. Farmer, Mrs. Rodriquez, Mrs. Byer, and Mrs. Dunlap. There are none better, and I would put them up against any others, private school or otherwise. Carrollwood Elementary is a great school, and I feel very lucky that my child was able to have a quality experience and a great education at Carrollwood.
This is one of the best schools I have ever had my children in. The staff is very caring, loving, and hardworking. From the secretary to the custodians to the lunchroom aids, teachers, paraprofessionals, and administration this school works hard as a team and cares about each and every students regardless of background. They truly want the children to succeed.
great neighborhood, cute classrooms. Some incredible teachers, office staff is friendly and helpful. Lots of fun activities if you can get involved. Like all public schools, there is some bullying and this is swept under the rug. Also favoritism towards parents who can donate lots of time and money, as in they get to pick their teachers and classes. But, overall lots of great families and staff. Some staff that has been teaching / working do seem ready to retire, easily agitated, don't seem too happy to be working with children. Need more communication with teachers and all parents, that would be great. 3 years and we have been overall happy. Principal and vice principal are great as well.
Carrollwood Elementary was, for us, a choice school and we could not have been luckier with another school! Family oriented, the staff is incredibly professional. My son receives a great education and is happy to go to his school every day ! Go Owls !
Great School...Great Teachers! My girl loves to go to this school! This is her second year at the school. Either it is the regular curriculum or Gifted, quality of the teachers are a notch higher!
We moved here from Wesely Chapel and the administration difference between Seven Oaks ES and Carrollwood is NIGHT and DAY. The faculty and staff at CES are wonderful because they have an excellent boss. Ms. Botinni is friendly, energetic, and will find the time to talk to you. There are so many activities, and a lot of parental involvement. I'm sooo glad we are zoned for this school. BTW: as all PTAs are, they are very inclusive, but there is always a way to be involved.
After 4 years of really good and some ok teachers since kindergarten we have encounter a really bad teacher enough for me to change schools in the middle of the year so my child can get a better education.
I am a former student of this school and I loved going there. The teachers were nice and really cared about students reaching to their highest potential and the connection between the administrators and the parents was great. I also was a part of the advance gifted program which was a very challenging yet fun academic program. This is probably one of the best elementary school around.
I find Carrollwood Elementary to be of the finest elementary schools. The Teachers have great concerns for my daughters success in all aspects. The Principal and Vice-Principal show great Leadership of this fine school. Carrollwood Elementary has great parent envolvement events. I am honored to be a member of the best Dad's Club of any elementary school. I highly recomend this school to any and all parents.
My daughter goes to Carrollwood and loves it. The staff, from the lunchroom ladies to the pricinple, are so involved with the students and actually care about them.
I've always believed that you need to learn something new everyday and I feel that Carrollwood Elementary helps my son do that. I have already seen vast improvements in my son's education from his pre K to this years Kindergarten.
The school is AMAZING! The teachers are GREAT! We LOVE Mrs. Avery & Ms. Hastings; they really care about the school and children and make every effort to keep it great. The only issue we have with the school is the PTA and those who run it. Get involved with the school and volunteer for sure, but stay far away from the PTA!
I love this school! The administration takes every effort to inspire its students and include families- very active and caring parents. Great teachers! Safe location! a+
5 Star school for sure! The 'A' the students have recieved is every bit earned. The students work hard, as well as, the teachers and administrators. There are a lot of hard working parent volunteers and the relationship between parents and administrators is very pleasant! Great school to be a part of!
I have 2 children that have attended Carrollwood. One has moved on and the other still attends. No school is perfect but Mrs. Avery and Ms. Hastings have really made a noticeable difference in the way the school is run. The PTA works closely with them and everything they do is approved by them. Please join and volunteer!
FORMERLY AN EXCEPTIONAL REVIEW: My children have gone to Carrollwood Elementary since they were 5 years old. Carrollwood was a school where the children come first- but since the end of last year that's questionable. Children are encouraged to do their best but my kids have learning difficulties and feel 'different'. The new priniciple is somewhat distant almost bureaucratic - however the VP Ms. Hastings seems warm and friendly. I'll give it another year and see what happens.
We have been very pleased with the school. My children started at the school two years ago, after being on a small charter school, and I was kind of worried for them to go to a neighborhood school. The teachers and the staff at the office were all and continue being wonderful. They love Mrs. Rojas and frequently visited her 'just to talk'. She helped them during the time they lost their paternal grandmother. We enjoy the family activities planned and there are not too too too many fundraisers. Go Owls
Both my children have gone to Carrollwood Elementary since they were 5 years old. I thought Carrollwood was a school where the children come first- but since the end of last year I question that. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best but my kids have learning difficulties and feel 'different'. The teachers work hard to bring out the best in each child. The new principal is kind and is learning each child by name. She is a great example of a leader. Thank you for bringing out the best in my children and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world!
My oldest child has been at Carrollwood for 5 years and entered Kindergarden reading at a 2nd grade level. The teacher tested immediately and accomodated by moving my child a grade up for reading. They have accomodated ever since. My child is in all the gifted programs and has exceled. No school is perfect, but we have been very happy. There are many excellent teachers.
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