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Grady Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 427 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
Based on 13 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted November 21, 2013

I am the parent of two kids at Grady Elementary. This small school of about 460 students is the jewel of South Tampa. The principal is outstanding, approachable, extremely hard-working, and displays tremendous leadership. I've been extremely pleased with the quality of the teachers and staff. My kids are learning a great deal and have adjusted well to the school. Parent involvement is high and continues to increase. You can't go wrong with Grady Elementary - an excellent and caring small school in the heart of South Tampa.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

I would recommend this school to anyone. All three of my daughters have excelled at Grady because of the great instructors and administrators at the school. Parent participation is excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

Grady, Very happy with the school. Strong leaders in the PTA. Children are very welcoming of new students. My children are thrilled with their new school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Great school. Three of my neices and my nephew attended this school and they loved it!


Posted August 16, 2013

Grady is a wonderful, smaller school in South Tampa. This is my fourth year at the school and I couldn't be more satisfied. The Principal is fabulous, she pours her heart and soul into the school, the PTA is very active, and I have met many other wonderful parents I feel privileged to call friends. My children are excelling academically, with my youngest reading two grades ahead, and we feel very much a part of a tight-knit, yet diverse community. I would recommend this school to one and all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2013

Grady Elementary in Tampa Florida. I have 2 daughters who go to Grady and absolutley love it as do we. The Grady staff and teachers are very appreciative of our military and their families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

This is an excellent school. The teachers are responsive, the staff is helpful and the Principal is serious about quality at every level. I toured many South Tampa public and private schools and I was most impressed with this smaller, family friendly, neighborhood school. I am delighted with my children's academic progress. I've made many friends with the parents of other children and these other parents are happy too. I like how Grady has focused on drawing children from the neighborhood or from military families at nearby Mac Dill Air Force Base. Knowing that the majority of the student population is from South Tampa is nice because it means my kids have friends who live nearby. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2013

This has been our first year at Grady in the 2nd grade and its beyond excellent. The teachers have created the perfect environment for my son to learn. I had considered a private school however this has to be the best decision as he's excelled this year. The personal attention goes far beyond what I expected in the public school system. The experience has been absolutely perfect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2013

My daughter is in first grade at Grady. I have loved every activity, event, concert that the school has produced. It encourages a great involvement from all in one common goal. From the Principal to the academics this school truly deserves its A grade, that it has received for multiple consecutive years. Fantastic teachers and curriculum!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2013

We moved here from CA and I must say, this is a wonderfull family oriented School. School Staff is all dedicated, have meet lots of parents with kids in different classes and they all love it. I myself am very impress with how organized this school is. Staring with in the morning dropping your child at school. There is a car drop of line!! This is a public school with private school status. In my daugther older school she would come home hungry, because they would rush her at lunch. Here the cafeteria was very organized, no rushing. They come in small groups. I came to visit and I was really pleased. This school has think of everything. I also met a mom whos child doesn't go to this school no more, but she loved it so much she keeps coming back and volunteer!! . Military Family didn't get accepted at Tinker Elementary (this is the Elementary school on Base) because it's full you need to live on base. Grady accepted the student. I met Parents who drive far distance to get theirs kids to this school. About the School Staff how dedicated are they, they did a Flashmob at the Fall festival. You should have seen all the students faces! My opinion this is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2013

I say Grady is military friendly and I highly recommend Grady for the following reasons: 1. Excellent teachers and staff. They truly go beyond the required; they are cohesive, singularly focused on an excellent educational experience for the children. I cannot say enough good things about everyone from the front office and the rest of the support staff (lunch room, custodial crew) all are friendly and very engaging. 2. Intimate environ. Although Grady has children from all over town, it is a right sized, neighborhood school. There are four classes per grade level with an excellent student to teacher ratio. You and your child get to be known and get to know your peers - a wonderful experience for a large district, large city school. 3. Great resources. There are great programs and resources for the children. An excellent media center, a wonderful fall festival, musical activities, etc. My son says great things about all of these enriching activities. 4. Active parent community with many involved. We moved our son here after two years in an overseas Department of Defense School - this experience is so much better for us and for our son. Can't wait for my youngest to start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2013

Grady Elementary is a great school. My kids always had wonderful teachers and the support of administration and staff. I would recommend it to all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2013

I have a son in EELP and daughter in 1st grade. I have been noting but pleased with teachers and administration for past 2 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2012

Not a military friendly school. The front office staff is amazing at trying to get you on track, but everyone else simply doesn't care. The counselor is the worst we have run across in 5 states. We were hoping to find a good feeder school for Coleman and Plant. This is not it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2012

My daughter attended Grady Elementary and received the best foundation a parent could ask for. The staff and administration consistently do what is best for children... they go above and beyond!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

We are a military family that moved from GA. My son has a disability and we were told that Grady would be best for him. I have had nothing but problems since my son started attending this school! ESE staff talks down to you and are not worried about what I think is best for my son. They want tomdo what they want to do. He will not be attending this school next year. We will be moving to Dale Mabry Elem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2011

My youngest son was enrolled in the autism program in Grady, and since then he has shown a great amount of improvement. My oldest son was going to a different school where he was learning nothing but bad behavior. i decided to move him to Grady this year, and his behavior has changed dramatically. This is a really great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

This school is a great school. I would say that this school is one of the better schools in South Tampa. Looking for a better school that your child can attend, you found one. The Principal and Assistant Principal have great personalities along with a drive to improve and motivate children to want to do better in school. Thumbs up for this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2009

My son started kindergarden this year and loves Grady! I am very impressed with his teacher and principal.Nothing but Kudos so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2008

My son attended Riverhills Elementary last year for his kindergartenyear. He was miserable. We moved and this year he attends Grady. His attitude and behavior and outlook on scool has made a 360 degree turn for the better. The teachers are nicer, the administration is more organized and better equipt to work with children. Grady has changed his life. The best school and staff ever!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
76%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
47%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

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 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 42%
Hispanic 23% 29%
Black 8% 23%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 64%67%61%
Master's degree 36%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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