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Mitchell Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 585 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted January 8, 2014

We are a military family and moved here when my daughter started kindergarten. She is now in 2nd grade and we are sad to be leaving this school. We have had nothing but wonderful experiences all around. The music/ violin program is outstanding. And the gifted program is excellent too. Although the school has over 500 students it has a small school feeling. You are greeted with smiles and kindness by all the staff every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2013

Wonderful experience! The staff is incredible and the individual needs of my learning disabled child is recognized. This is a public school that simulates a private school in regards to expectations, parent involvement, teacher qualifications and uniforms are easy to purchase at local shops. A must!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

My child attended the school in kindergarten , and was rejected by the principle because of affidavit , when I went to registe for first grader she threaten to send a social worker out to our house to verify address , even with the proper document of proof of address, she was very nasty with me, I do not recommend this school, very disappointing
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2013

My daughter has attended since kindergarten. She's now in 5th grade. My daughter, my wife, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the Mitchell experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2012

I have had a child here for 3 years, love the school and the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2012

I have a kindergartener, so I'm "new" in the world of formal schooling. Until Mitchell, I assumed I'd need to invest in private school. But, now, I save about $14-20K every year because my son is in a public school that is so well-run, organized and discliplined that it FEELS like a private school. There are no busses in and out, so all families live in the vicinity. It's a middle- to upper-class area of South Tampa but doesn't have a lot of airs or pretenses. Just good families. The concentration on student education exceeds my expectations DAILY. Some of the teachers are newer/younger and some are more seasoned. However, with strong leadership at the school, this has seemed to be a non-issue overall, and all faculty are held to equal standards. I'm thrilled we picked this neighborhood and qualify for Mitchell. I'd never move my child out of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2012

This is an excellent school if you have a gifted child or a child who does not have any special learning needs. If you have a child with special needs make sure to get to know the guidance counselor as she seems to be the only one to advocate for your child. There are some teachers excellent but the teachers who teach to the FCAT and do not know how to deal with special learning needs will not direct you to resources/guidance- you have to be an advocate for your child and go straight to the top
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2011

The administration at Mitchell is fabulous with strong leadership, values, and goals. This is directly reflected in the teachers' work and love for our children. The parental involvement and PTA are wonderful and I am pride to be a part of this. We won't go anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2011

Very Disappointed in School. Pick up and drop off is complete chaos with parents acting like kids pulling in front when its not there turn, running the stop signs...its chaotic. Then after my child makes friends in class and gets to know the teacher. We find out our child will be moved to a shared class with 29 kids and two teachers because there are 19 kids in our childs class. So the solution is to put our child in a class with 29 kids and two teachers. This seems so wrong on so many levels. We are planning to put our child in a private school during the winter break so we can put the chaos behind us once and for all. I had heard such good things about this school but we have yet to see anything good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2011

I have been a Mitchell Mom since 2004. Both of my children are students here and have been excelling since day one. The teachers are top notch and they truly care about their students. I am so impressed with their music/strings program, their art classes and their PTA. Overall Great School!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2011

AWESOME school even though its a public school its ran as if its a private school i give this school all 5 stars due to the teacher involvement they really care about there students, the curriculum, the atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2008

Outstanding school. We transferred from private school two years ago and have never looked back. Quality of education is the same as the private school we attended and I was surprised that the class sizes are actually smaller at Mitchell. Teachers are passionate, professional and nurturing. Construction is over so that has opened up a great playground area and after school enrichment programs. The curriculum offers diverse specials: art, Spanish, music, P.E., and violin. Involved parents and nice, grateful kids. Uniforms add a nice touch that blend all socioeconomic backgrounds. A sweet little gem in South Tampa.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2008

We moved from out of state and assumed we would need to put our children in private schools because of the reputation for Florida schools. We are so happy with the school. It has the advantages of a private school, low number of students so everyone knows your name, uniforms, strong academics, strong PTA and devoted teachers- with some of the other advantages you miss at a private school (no tuitions:), diversity, students learn there are children of different races and economical backgrounds but they are all still 'the same' and friends. We could not be happier and could not imagine paying the high cost of a private education when we are lucky to have this school in our backyard
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2008

I was a student there in 86'-91'. A lot has changed. Teachers (except for a few I know), the school its self. But there caring attitude towards the students is great. The faculty know when your new. I just had to move my daughter here last week. She loves it. I never thought she would go where I went, but I know she is going to get a good education and be safe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2008

My son did not have a good experience here. I had to pull him out and put him in another school further away. They allow bullying and taunting. They have signs up and they mention no bullying, but it takes more than that to develop children. He came from a school where character and education were both priorities. It created a healthy environment for the kids (of different backgrounds and ethnicities). All of them learned to get along and solve problems by working together. Maybe teachers simply aren't trained in that way. It's a void in the education system and whatever their character plan is, does not work. I have a few friends as well that experienced the same thing at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2007

Mitchell Elementary is a jewel in South Tampa. The teachers are engaging and involved. They create a dynamic environments for all to learn in. As a family who has just moved their children to Mitchell out of a private school in South Tampa I firmly believe I could not pay for a better education for my children. The parents are involved, the support staff and administration are responsive and they know what is going on in the classroom. Mitchell is just a superb environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

My son is a first grader at Mitchell Elementary in Tampa and I would not want it any other way. He went to kinder there also and I will continue to until he finishes grade school. The most carrying teachers you can find anywhere. I have nothing bad to say about Mitchell.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

Great public school that has much support from administration, teachers and parents. Even during much construction, they are thinking about ways to make the children feel special and enjoy coming to school to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2005

School has very strong PTA and parents are welcome on site. School is very crowded. This hampers PE.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2005

I have two children in this school. A new job is forcing us to move to a new district, and it has been very hard to duplicate the positive aspects of Mitchell in the public schools in our new town. Acedemics, teacher quality and family involvement at Mitchell are all top-notch. Strong and active PTA.
—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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
68%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
73%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
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 "B".
  • 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

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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 65% 42%
Hispanic 23% 29%
Black 5% 23%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian 3% 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 27%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 72%67%61%
Master's degree 28%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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Tampa, FL 33609
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