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Roland Park K-8 Magnet School

Public | K-8 | 763 students

 

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Posted September 26, 2007

I am truly disatisfied with they way they handles problems to their interaction with parents. My daughter is in all advanced classes and they are way over booked. She is bored in class and very rarely has homework. They have planners but the teachers never follow through from beginning to end with them. They lack correspondence with us as parents as well. There are many issues with staffing as well as transportation to school. I am very dissatisfied with our experience at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2007

This school is one of the best schools ever. My kids never want to leave and always are looking forward to coming back. This school changes them and they learn on there own how to defend themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2007

The school has been nothing than amazing to my daughter! They saw her abilities and put her where she belonged in advanced classes. The teachers are wonderful and communicate at all angels. The one thing they lack is extra activities for the kids but the academics really makes up for this! I am pleased with the outcome of a very hard move across counties for us, they made a wonderful experience for us and made me feel at ease to know that my daughter was in great hands during her school hours!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2007

This is a great school. Teachers are wonderful and truly love to teach. Parental involvment is ok - good in the lower grades but declines as the kids get older. Staff/Administration is very involved and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

The teachers are to be commended for their work at this school. It is a K-8 school where music, art, sports & other extracurricular activities are promoted. The location is nice since Jefferson H.S. is on the same grounds. A child need never leave the grounds from Kindergarten through high school. More parent involvement is needed. Only .7% of parents registered with the PTA this year. The PTA is actively seeking out parents & ways to attract them.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 14, 2006

Not a bad school, but can use some improvements. Westshore Alliance Program is not as cracked up as they'd like to show. There are discipline problems. Can be tough on the younger kids because it is a K-8 school, and there are many big/loud kids. Administration is friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2006

This school is below average to average. Discipline is inconsistent and many of the faculty and staff do not see eye to eye. Parent involvement is extremely low. There is little to no extacurricular activities of elementary students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 11, 2006

This school is wonderful. Everyone you have contact with is interested, dedicated and attentive. I have two children here and I would make this choice over and over. My daughter has a teacher who has identified problem areas and the resource teacher and her regular teacher have tirelessly worked to bring her up to speed. My son also have two amazing teachers who have tapped into exactly what he needs. He is above level in many areas and tends to get bored and they channel that and work with him. I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2005

This school has been a great learning experience for my son. His Teacher Ms. Elaine pushed his class to excel in all academic areas. She is an amazing teacher. The school offers a hands on creative learning environment for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2005

Mrs. Grossman was my son's teacher for K and 1st, and was great. It was the rest of the school that was unacceptable. The children only went outside once or twice a week. The office rules apply only when they chose fit. In the 2 yrs my son attended they went through several prinicpals. Don't bother paying for the before care program.. all the neighborhood kids start hanging around by 7:45.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2005

Roland Park is a great school to enroll your child my son has been there since the k-5 the academic programs are great that are available for the kids to enjoy while they lean at the same time. I would highly recommend this school to everyone. The extracurricular that they have to offer is all that and then some. The music department is highly recommended because of the chorse that the children can join even at the 1st grade level. There many parents involve with the extra activity that the kids have after hours as well as during regular school hours. I'm sorry that I am relocating because I don't know if I would be able to find a school as great as this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2005

I believe that the quality of academic programs are good. I feel that availability of music, art, sports and other activities are great. Could have better parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2004

An average school. I found the parental involvment a little low. Curriculum, average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2004

I am a parent at Roland Park. I have found that the teachers and staff have always worked as a team to encourage the students to work hard to improve their skills and grow as people not to improve the school grade or to impress onlookers. My children have attended Roland Park for two years and I am thrilled to have them return in the fall. Our success has a great deal to do with our outstanding administration and teachers who strive to do their best as well. I have always been welcome on campus and encouraged to be involved during events and during the school day where I can see the valuable education that is consistently provided. This year my son who has previously struggled, scored above average on all parts of the SAT. That says a lot about Roland Park's dedication to education and our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 63% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

83 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
93%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 56% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
45%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 53% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 56% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 47% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
25%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
82%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
96%

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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 29%
Black 28%
Hispanic 27%
Asian 11%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 55%67%61%
Master's degree 43%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MR. JONATHAN GRANTHAM
Fax number
  • (813) 673-4388

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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1510 North Manhattan Avenue
Tampa, FL 33607
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Phone: (813) 872-5212

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