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.
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!!!!
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!
Excellent staff makes for an excellent school. Dunbar's math program is especially outstanding. Highly recommended.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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