The school is good. I think they have some great teachers and some that should never be in a classroom. The school is small and probably should limit the number of choice students to help with the overcrowdedness and the drop-off and pick-up nightmare. I think the PTA should do a better job with communication because not all parents are on Facebook to get some of the information and volunteer opportunities that put on there instead of sending home.
We moved here last year from NY and my son was so nervous to start at a new school. This school was so wonderful from the minute we walked into the door. They made him feel safe and comfortable. His teacher did a great job (even though it was her first year) of keeping us as parents up to date on the activies in the classroom. They really create a lot of fun activies for the kids and we especially enoyed Hootiefest! Unfortunatley we will be relocating again....but we hope to find a school 1/2 as good as Carrollwood at our new lovation and we will be all set. We will miss this school community! Prayers and blessings to everyone at Carrollwood and hopes for a successful school year!!!!
-The Stewart Family
The school is over crowded. There are not enough bathrooms or parking to accommodate the amount of kids accepted through school choice. The principal is proud of having the most school choice students in the county, but enough is enough. It's still a good school in comparison to others in the district, but it is not the neighborhood school it once was.
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.