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K-5
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Tampa, FL
Students enrolled: 229

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1730 West Union Street
Tampa, FL 33607

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(813) 276-5677
(813) 272-2254
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August 17, 2014
Dunbar got a new principal before the 2013-14 school year and the school has improved markedly already with lots of good new teachers and a new attitude. Don't let older reviews scare you away - it's worth checking out again.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2014
Under the administration of Principal Sarah Jacobsen-Capps, Dunbar Elementary Magnet School has quickly come to embody the best of public education. The energy and focus of Ms. Jacobsen and her staff is infectious to the point that I often leave the school questioning the wisdom of my career choice, so inspired am I by the commitment, focus, and genuine caring of the Dunbar faculty. The school only falls short of five stars because of pervasive shortfalls in public education funding, which affects Dunbar as it does any other school. But the student-to-teacher ratio is ideal, the curriculum is ambitious, and I am proud of the school's attention to diversity, character, discipline, honor, and effort. I recommend Dunbar Magnet Elementary School without hesitation, and laud the efforts of the Dunbar community - well done by all.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
This is my 3rd year here at Dunbar and I have seen wonderful things happen here! All of the teachers and staff are completely devoted to the school and to the success of the students placed in our care. Dunbar is truely becomming the "hidden jem" in Hillsborough County. If you are reading the reviews here, my suggestion is not to read back beyond the 12-13 school year.

- submitted by a teacher
January 08, 2014
My family has been with Dunbar for 4 years now. The last two years have been amazing! The principal Mrs. Jacobsen is very kind and caring to both students and parents. She truly cares for all of her students and their success. The assistant Principal Mr. Felder is also an asset to the school, he is very hard working and will do anything to help a student succeed! All of the teachers are very kind and supportive. This school needed new leadership and boy did they get it! In the last two years I have never seen teachers go out of their way to ensure a child will get the grades needed to move to the next level. They are consistently looking towards each childs future and not just the current year. Two of my children have had the same third grade teacher and she is amazing! Little did I know that last year was her first year teaching. I found out this year, and would have never guessed. I would have thought she had been teaching for at least 5 years (that's how good she is!). If you are considering bringing your child to Dunbar, I suggest you set up a tour. The small class sizes and family atmosphere is something every child should experience. Everyone will know your childs name!

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
As the media specialist at Dunbar I am happy to report that we are a school of readers. Our book circulation numbers are very high, as is our use of myON, an online library with over 3000 titles. We have special reading incentive programs for each grade level, as well as fun events throughout the year to inspire and encourage our students. Our school has an extraordinary teaching staff that includes dedicated classroom and resource teachers. Dunbar is privileged to have one of the finest administrations in Hillsborough County lead by Sarah Jacobsen Capps. We are constantly improving both the social climate of the school, as well as increasing our academic standards.

- submitted by a teacher
December 05, 2011
My Daughter graduated last year from Dunbar. My Son currently is in 3rd grade at Dunbar. If I had it all to do over again, knowing what I know, I would have enrolled my kids back in Dunbar. Both my kids are straight A students with the help of these outgoing teachers. The principal is a real jem that stands up for what is right, even if it goes against the grain. There has been some teacher turnaround however, the staff has been consistently wonderful and caring. I have high expectations of my kid's school being a former Father of the Year in Headstart. I give Dunbar 5 stars! Make no mistake, your child will have to work hard for those high grades. Thanks!

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2010
My oldest finished Dunbar last year because he wanted to stay with his friends. My two younger kids never started going there because Dunbar went way downhill while he was there. Every year, there were tons of new teachers but the same principal. Bottom line is that there are many better magnet schools in Tampa.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
I love how the teachers enjoy the students and care for the students!

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December 04, 2009
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September 23, 2009
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September 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2009
I am a parent of 3 students that have attended this school. Looking past the title of magnet school, this school does not have much to offer. My daughter just graduated from this school and all her achievements were reached on her own. There is always a new set of teacher every year. The principal is cold and phony. She is not a very warm person and seems to care more about the spotlight than the students. You have to buy tons of school supplies and give them to the teacher and your child never gets to use them. Someone really needs to look into whats going on in this school. I went out of my way for over 3 years to drive to this school from Brandon because my children seemed to love this school. When they started to complain that's when they were pulled out. Beware!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2009
I will just piggyback off of a review that nailed it! 1 It's definitely not a 'bad' school but has significant flaws. 2 It's a Magnet School for Math and Science, but really doesn't offer much of anything extra in comparison to other schools and 3 Math and Science FCAT grades should be much higher than they are. 4 The administration (front desk) are not very (try not at all!) helpful or amiable. 5 I don't have a real rapport with the current Principal but have not gotten any warm and fuzzy feelings from our brief encounters nor have I received any positive feedback from the students (my daughter included) or staff. (It s like I wrote this myself!) 6 The previous Vice Principal, Ms. Johnson was very competent and approachable (I agree, unfortunately she is currently at another school) which brings us to the main problem is teacher turnaround.

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April 15, 2009
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February 07, 2009
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December 26, 2008
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July 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 13, 2008
The school's staff is mixed in its ability and approachability. The Assistant Principal is very likable and helpful. The 4th grade teachers, Miss Fisher, Miss Lerner-Gilly, the art teacher, and the PE teacher Mr. Nickles seem professional and positive toward the children. The Principal and some of the other teachers need to be more positive like those other teachers and the place would improve.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2008
I could not be more pleased with the teachers. My son used to complain about going to school. He now shows enthusiasm for school, and pride in his work. His teachers (Ms. Barrett, and Mr. Turner)have done everything to make school interesting. For the first time my son is excited about learning.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2008
I cannot wait for the school year to end so that my son can be rid of this school. It is quite disorganized and has all new staff every year. The discipline has gotten worse every year.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
My daughter has attended Dunbar since 1st grade and it's definitely not a 'bad' school but it has significant flaws that need to be addressed. It's a Magnet School for Math and Science, but really doesn't offer very much of anything extra in comparison to any other school and the Math and Science FCAT grades should be much higher than they are. The administration (front desk) are not very helpful or amiable. I don't have a real rapport with the current Principal but have not gotten any warm and fuzzy feelings from our brief encounters nor have I received any positive feedback from the students (my daughter included) or staff. The previous Vice Principal, Ms. Johnson was very competent and approachable which is important to a Parent. The main problem is teacher turnaround. Only 1 of my child's previous teachers is still employed there. There's somethiing definitely wrong there.

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April 15, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
March 24, 2008
This school is a little secret more people should know about. The teachers all care very deeply for the success of the students. Students have resources that many schools lack. most importantly there are plenty of opportunities for hands on activities and learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 24, 2008
I enjoy working for Dunbar Elementary. It is truly a joy to work under such a caring administrative staff. I have seen the administrative staff stay as late as 8:00PM just to make sure the school was running effectively. Anything I have ever needed my administration has been there for me, which helps me give 100% to my students. Dunbar has excellent leadership, which in turn makes Dunbar a great school.

- submitted by a teacher
March 22, 2008
The school could be great. The potential is there. The administration and teachers truly care for the students. The only thing holding the school back is a complete lack of discipline for the students. Poor behavior is meet with excuses rather than consequences. This allows poor behavior to escalate and is also a hindrance for higher achievers. If students were disciplined more effectively the school has the potential for greatness.

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March 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2008
I must say, that contrary to the latest negative reviews, my son has had the been time of his educational experiences at Dunbar. My son's teacher is awesome. He started out with one horrible teacher but Mrs. Carson was prompt in replacing her with an outstanding teacher. My son loves school and doesn't want to miss a day at Dunbar. Administration listens and cares about every child and parent. I've seen Mrs.Carson actually assist in the cafeteria when they were short workers. Safety is overly stressed and I feel very safe and secure knowing my son is having a wonderful educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2008
The school was very good but I've only been to one other school and it was slightly better but besides that it was awsome.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2007
This school is just as disapointing as the other 4 schools I have had experience with in Hillsborough County clearly the problems are hewn directly from the administration, as I have experienced lack of communication from all levels, I have been currently waiting on response from the principal for several weeks on a very sensitive issue, also I attempted to get response from VP again with no avail. I was told to purchase additional supplies in excess of the norm, only to find the teacher has stockpiled them and have yet to be used - with half the school year completed. I am thouroughly dissapointed with yet another Hillsborough school - and suspect that the school choice program is really a cover for the district wide lack of standards enforcment.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2007
We moved our son to Dunbar this year because we wanted a more challenging curriculum for him. We researched the magnet school choices available to us and visited two schools and chose Dunbar because of the math, science and technology theme. Our son is extremely interested in these subjects, particularly space technology. I must say I am somewhat disappointed by the experience thus far. The math book they use (Voyages) is horrible however he does get a lot more science. Our son's teacher is very bright and enthusiastic. I've been waiting over a week for the vice principal to respond to an email. At this point, we're not convinced that Dunbar has met our expectations.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2007
I put my daughter in Dunbar after hearing many good things about the staff and program. At the rate things are going, I may pull her out before Christmas. She has a teacher who apparantly cannot control the class. My wife visited last week and the kids were yelling and throwing things while she sat there, and the teacher didn't even say anything. It's bad, and the office doesn't seem to care.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
I removed my 4th grader from dunbar after last year. The teacher turnover has been terrible for the last few years. I think it's because of the principal. That's a shame, because dunbar was a great school when my son started 1st grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
Our son went to Miles elementary until 4th grade at which time we couldn't take it any more, we got him enrolled in the magnet system and chose Dunbar because of their science and math curriculum. At first the neighborhood sort of frightened us but as soon as we were 'welcomed' through the doors by ms Carson and her staff we have never looked back. What a great job the whole staff does to making u feel like a big family. ms Fortman, our sons fourth grade teacher was absolutely fantastic. she always has a positive attitude. she didn't wait until our son was going down hill to ask for a conference if he was getting c's she called. (even Sunday evening!

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May 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2007
The neighborhood Dunbar is in might not be as good as some other school neighborhood but never judge a book by it's cover. I went to Dunbar ever since 2NDgrade, now I am still at Dunbar in 5thgrade. My brother use to go to Dunbar but now he is in middle school. We both thinks this school is fabulous. The staffs at Dunbar is wonderful! The teachers are very funny, and caring. The specials teachers (music,P.E..etc) teaches you things that you can apply to the real world!Dunbar offers many fun things but educational at the same time too, for example clubs. Some of the clubs are the chess club and the recycling club! There is also a 5THgrade banquet. (A party for 5THgraders since they are graduating elementary school) Also Margareta Spellings, The Secretary of the United States visited Dunbar! Trust Me you won't be disappointed if your child(ren) attend Dunbar.

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2006
I have watched with sadness this once very good school swiftly decline over the past couple of years as my children worked their way through. 'A fish rots from the head' is true at Dunbar. An outstanding principal was replaced by a very good one, but then she was replaced by another new principal who has alienated parents with very disappointing decisions followed by very poor communication. During these transitions, many of the best teachers have also transfered. My youngest is in 5th grade, where the teachers are still experienced and excellent. I wouldn't recommend Dunbar to someone starting out today, though.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
I wanted to take time to say that my son has recently begun attending Dunbar and he has made great strides. He's enthusiastic about school and his teacher Mrs. Gibbs. I visited the school last week and sat in his class. The staff were very courteous and helpful; I felt as if I've been associated with this school years. The teachers were very patient and attentive to the kids, even those who weren't following directions. All the children, amazingly, anticipated their 'quiet' reading time. I found this astonishing; my son is steadily making progress and the first quarter hasn't arrived. I'm really looking forward to what the future holds for my son and I at Dunbar Elementary! My son, only in the first grade, was explaining to me how the music, art, and sports instructors are very pleasant; 'Mommy they're great because they enjoy teaching us. I was impressed!!!!

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June 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2005
First I believe every good academic program start from the directive given to the staff as well as the teachers from the administration. Dunbar's administrative staff has a wonderful rapport with the parents. They are very active in meeting the needs of the student as well as addressing the concerns of the parents. It has been my experience that if you have any difficulty communicating with a teacher the administrative staff is always willing to intercede and acts as a liaison between the parents and teacher to resolve the concerns of both parties. Most of the teachers are giving excellent support to the children to ensure their academic success. Supplemental materials are always given to help with the current lesson. Additional feedback is given to parents on status of the children's progress. Dunbar is fortunate to have great teachers; it has been for the most part a wonderful experience for my children. I wish all the school in Hillsborough County were as successful as this one. KUDOS FOR DUNBAR!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2004
Excellent staff makes for an excellent school. Dunbar's math program is especially outstanding. Highly recommended.

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July 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2004
This is a wonderful school with an outstanding staff. My son attended this school from 1st grade, now he is in third and I continue to be amazed with the quality and diversity of this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2004
I am a former student that attended Dunbar and I think that it was a great school. I went there since 2nd grade. The teachers had good personalities and my parents got along with them very well besides a couple. Overall I enjoyed my time at Dunbar and am now an honnor roll student in the 6th grade at Williams Middle Magnet, which is also a good school. If you are thinking about going there then you are on the right track.

- submitted by a former student
January 07, 2004
My son has made an immense improvement in his math skills. His teacher provides support in more than just teaching; she has help improve his self esteem by focusing on positive attributes. He adores his 2nd grade teacher Ms. Van Name and he enjoys going to school. We moved to Brandon and live walking distance from another elementary school but he chooses to the take bus across town to continue his education at Dunbar.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2003
Perhaps the best public elementary school in Tampa. My daughter has attended since 1st grade and we've been very happy with our choice. The staff is especially outstanding.

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November 14, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
My child is no longer enrolled at Dunbar due to the lack of administrative responsibility. Our time spent there last year was a nightmare! We moved our son to another magnet and have never been happier!

- submitted by a former student
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Dunbar Elementary Magnet School
1730 West Union Street, Tampa, FL  33607
(813) 276-5677
Last modified Dunbar Elementary Magnet School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dunbar Elementary Magnet School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top