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PK-5
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Tampa, FL
Students enrolled: 720
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3205 South Ferdinand Avenue
Tampa, FL 33629

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(813) 272-3090
(813) 233-3577
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November 04, 2014
The school's attitude is filtered. If you aren't in the upper class, don't expect to see a smiling face, Unless you are lawyer, dentist, doctor etc. The administration office really act like Roosevelt is a private school. They basically forgot that it's still a public school.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
I have many examples how the leadership can improve the school. The principal gave us a talk about a great program - conscious discipline. She says she follows this but this takes training for herself and her teachers and staff. I know that more parents would get involved if the leadership did not cater to a group of parents instead of working to include all parents. There are so many creative ways to work with kids and parents that help kids be better and learn how to be good learners and citizens. Change the culture because many of us do not feel part of the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2013
Best school ever! Two boys at Roosevelt and could not ask for better teachers and staff. Everyone cares!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2013
What a great school for the children. Community support is evident and the principal is approachable at all times. It is clear she is here for all children.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
The school administration does not do well with diversity. They teach to a norm culturally and intellectually. While it is true that my son had a 504 for Aspergers, he still got notes home for doing things that were different. He was singled out rather than included. Inclusion is meaningless, unless students, parents, teachers and, administration know how to look at what is right with the picture rather than what is wrong with the picture. The principal is still telling people to go to Pepin Academy rather than thinking about inclusion for middle school. This kind of advice is not inclusion.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2013
This school is great. Period. For those complaining of overbearing parents, a few exist but most are involved, caring, proactive parents. If this is an issue, move along to another school without the same level of parent commitment. Send us a letter. Let us know how it's going. The rest please volunteer in whatever manner possible so you can debunk the urban legend of the evil PTA. All hands are welcomed. We'll see you at the next opportunity. For those complaining of this mythical Camelot from principals past, I could beg to differ with both anecdotal and now statistical data. There is no talent that isn't replaceable. Only the most small minded and limited would think this way. The new principal embraces our traditional community while promoting smart and innovative ideas. I personally have no interest in teaching with dunce caps and abacus. And mean girl clicks...you can keep them. It's a great, great school. We're proud to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2013
My son is graduating from Roosevelt this June after 7 years at the school. When I asked him last night what he would miss most about the school, he told me the principal because he "knew she really cared about all of the kids." What better review could you get than that?

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2013
This school is not what it used to be. It should be a neighborhood school and has potential with a good number of acting and caring parents. The teachers need more support and training and leadership from the Principals. After being here for a while I see a change with the newer principal. Things stayed stable with the assistant principal but once she left and a new assistant principal arrived, communication has dropped and emails go out without thinking about kids parents or teachers. I used to think of it as a smaller grade school that had features of a private school. Now I think of it as a school that offers one way to teach kids without looking at their learning needs.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2013
Some schools have potential and Roosevelt is one of them. I am a mother of two boys and have repeatedly tried to work with the school to embrace learning differences. The school had high test scores under the former principal and over time they will decline because jewel schools do not just say great. It takes a conscious effort on the part of leadership to be constructive when there is a conflict and to keep the communication positive. I don' feel good recommending this school even thought the parents are active, the kids are all beautiful people and the teachers work with students as much as they are able.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2013
I've been a parent at this school for 7 years I feel really lucky to have my kids in such a great environment. This year, they started offering a before school math program from 7:30-8 and my son gets upset if dad is running late, because he wants to get to school early and work on his fast math. That is just one example. Excellent, motivated teachers. Well run school.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2012
I have been a parent at this school for over 8 years. After the former principal left 2 1/2 years ago, the quality of the school declined, but she was a tough act to follow. However, following the former assistant principal's departure just a few months ago, the school rapidly went downhill. As per present and former teachers, it's because it was being run by the former assistant principal. Now that she is gone, parent satisfaction has come to a screeching halt. It's #1 school status is based upon OLDER scores and performance. The current state of the school will soon be reflected in the school's future scores. SO MANY INVOLVED parents are incredibly unhappy after years of satisfaction and expectations being exceeded. The morale among faculty has taken a nosedive. People just don't smile there like they used to. Children are unhappy. Classes are overcrowded. Children are being put on buses on the wrong days. Assemblies aren't held in the auditorium because it is too small, so this childhood tradition is now conducted in individual classrooms, sacrificing the sense of school community. The once spacious playground has been replaced by new buildings. Concerns fall on deaf ears.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2012
The school is out of touch with parents and does not want to know what they think. Many parents have expressed concerns about anxiety in their children but feel they cannot talk to the teacher for fear of "getting into conflict with the school". This is very sad and there is no forum for expressing opinion or concern without risk of conflict. The school's approach is dictatorial and punitive to both children and parents. Some teachers are very good but some leave a lot to be desired.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2012
Teachers are great and the kids are the best. There are some great parents that help the teachers and volunteers save the school and teachers tons of time. How lucky to have parents that save the teachers time. How lucky it is to have great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2012
Roosevelt didn't get to be #1 in the district by accident! I was because of its dedicated teachers, administrators, students and 99.8% of the parents. I'm proud to say my child attends Roosevelt. I am also pleased when the administration cares enough to make changes in order for our school to grow even more. We unfortunately have had a small number of parents acting poorly as of late and that is a shame! Roosevelt students are fortunate to have and entire school staff focused entirely on helping them to be not only great students but also great citizens. I only wish this small amount of parents would act more maturely and stop being bullys.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2012
My children and I love Roosevelt Elementary School. We have a great principal who cares strongly about the children and education they get. Unfortunately there is a small minority who feel that they should be given priority over the majority. These are the types of people who like to use words such as "deep pockets" ie. because they have money, they should be listened to more than others. I have news for them, your deep pockets have always been closed and no one really cares how much money you have anyway. I hope our principal continues to stand up for her beliefs and our children's best interests.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2012
Kudos to the principal and her staff for teaching our children how to stand up to bullys. Obviously their parents can't when they are the ones being the bully. You (deep pocket mama's) ought to be ashamed. Some example you are setting. Do you work? When quitting time comes I am sure you are ready to put work behind you and go home to your family and not think about work till the next day. The teachers probably would like that scenario but unfortunately they can't. Papers to grade, lessons to plan, reports to write, and take care of family are the away from school life. They don't have a quitting time. Having that time in the morning will allow the teachers to be able to have some quality time with their families. They are allowed that just like the deep pocket mama's. The last thing to say to those parents is quit being a hypocrite and grow up!!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
Roosevelt is Number ONE in the county! This school has been such a wonderful environment for my children. The administrators are EXEMPLARY!Their number ONE priority is the children! They are VERY supportive of their FABULOUS STAFF! I see teachers staying very late DAILY. I see teachers taking home work, I know for a fact the faculty works into their evenings. I receive emails from teachers after 10:00pm.They are phenominal.There is quite a controversy right now with a new start the day time. After speaking to the teachers today, the extra 15 minutes they received on the first day of this new "start time" was extremely HELPFUL! If a teacher has ample time to plan (and I know they spend hours on this are) they will be able to implement a much better lesson! I have nothing to say but positive things about this new plan and the staff/administration.Kudos to the principal and assistant principal for making this change for the teachers which in turn will make things much better for the children! I hope everyone will accept this small change and let the administration lead and the teachers teach!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2012
The school used to be a lot better but the teachers do not rock like they used to when the old principal was there. The old principal ran a tighter ship, balanced parents interests and showed a way of caring about students that is unmatched. The culture change has made the school a less friendly place and groups within the school, have become divisive. Now the morning plan is making a lot of parents mad. Little kids are forced to be escorted by someone else than their mom? This is not family friendly.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2012
The principal is now telling parents that school starts five minutes earlier than it does. Parents can only walk their kids to the lunch room and not to class. Kids have to make this choice and stick with their choice. The principal is getting all kinds of complaints, not listening and not showing that she cares. It is tough when they say it is about safety and education but now they are saying it is about teacher prep time. The teachers get a half day once a week and also every day after 2:15.

- submitted by a community member
October 16, 2012
Overrated. This school has potential but there is nothing that is community oriented, unique, diverse or community-based.

- submitted by a teacher
September 29, 2012
A great school for learning and thriving. A school where children can be the main focus and opportunities are available beyond the standards.

- submitted by a community member
September 27, 2012
The principal caters to the mom's who volunteer. She creates a climate that is not inclusive. Some people have left which creates more of the same problems related to an overly powerful group of parents. It is almost like it is not a public school. The FCAT is the one reminder that the school is public. Parents seem to be very insensitive to anyone different than them. Teachers would get a higher rating but they are constrained by the FCAT. It is almost like caring teachers cannot go the extra mile and help a kid.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2012
I went to this school for 6 years and loved every one of them during the last week of my 5th grade year I (and every one else) felt like a movie star I felt really connected with all my and teachers and they help me learn so much during the beggining of the year I could hardly stand reading now all my parents say is "your still reading!" This is a great school 6 stars and two thumbs up!

- submitted by a community member
June 14, 2012
I visited my granddaughter, who is in kindergarten,, for lunch on May 23, 2012. It was my first visit to Roosevelt. It was so new to me I had to mapquest it to find it. It is a true gem! The school is a well kept older school hidden in a quaint neighborhood in South Tampa. As I entered the main office the staff was very friendly and helpful. My granddaughter was called to the main office with a classmate to escort me to her class. I was welcomed by her teacher and observed class activites for several minutes until lunch. At lunch I observed a child eating with his parents in celebration of his birthday. My granddaughter was very proud of her school and pointed out the painting of the Rough Rider on the wall. She said, "that is what I am . . a Roosevelt Rough Rider." She was so happy and proud to "showcase" her school, Roosevelt. I commend Roosevelt as it appeared that ALL the students felt loved and appreciated. What a wonderful learning environment!!

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2012
I have been in this school for 6 years and my daughter was in the first ever PRE-K program. I love the parental involvement and feel that's the reason for the strength of the school character as well as overall academic achievement. It's extremely old which makes it part of the historical society. It's kept up with regard to the preservation and needs but it's good to know our money is going toward TEACHING and FUNDING for education, rather than APPEARANCES of the school overall. Remember when reading one of the posts below: THE FARMER WITH THE BIGGEST HAT, DOESN"T ALWAYS HAVE THE BEST CATTLE. This school is remarkable INSIDE AND OUT. This school continuously does tremendous on the F-CAT testing. They teach at a higher standard than the FLORIDA STANDARD. Great teachers, parental involvement and a strong community support, make it better than ANY competing school. One problem I had: NO MANDATORY UNIFORMS. The other elementary schools offered it. I GIVE THIS SCHOOL 6 starts. It deserves more than 5.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2011
Roosevelt is a fantastic school. I intentionally moved to this area because I knew this school received so much assistance from the parents. I am a working, single mom and cannot express how good I feel knowing my kid is getting so much attention during the day - both from teachers and volunteers. She loves her school, is allowed to do work at her academic level and is not kept back in the crowd. I cannot praise the school enough. Great work by everyone!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2011
5 stars is an understatement. My two siblings and I went to this school ourselves (Class of 2004, 2008, and 2009) and it's the best school I've ever attended! The staff and faculty are great, they're friendly, supportive, and just good people in general. It's a very community/parent oriented and sociable school. They have Writing, Reading, Math, and Science classes, along with Physical Education, Technology, and Music classes (along with clubs and yearly plays). Every year the students test scores are spectacular, due to the wonderful learning environment. Every year the classes get a little more difficult as your child graduates to the next grade level, and when it's time for middle school, 5th graders are as prepared as they can be. And now, finishing my middle school career, I've realized I honestly wouldn't be the same person if I hadn't gone to this school. Everyday was a great one, and every year was life-changing. If I were you, I wouldn't send my kids to any other school. BULLY! BULLY!

- submitted by a community member
February 11, 2011
Roosevelt is a great school. We moved here from out of state and did our research before buying in the expensive south Tampa area. We love being so close to the bay but the real hidden treasure is Roosevelt Elementary! We have a new principal who is working to supplement the school with art, strings and foreign language. I have 3 children at this school who feel loved everyday. Yes, parents are involved but I feel like that supplements what teachers are able to give to our kids. I am disappointed in the funding given by the state of Florida for education overall, specifically in the state's definition of a "full" day. The result is a lot of early release days. Next year, these days may become delay start. Either way, less time in the classroom means less education. With that said, I love living in south Tampa and there is no other school I would send my 3 daughters to. Another awesome thing at our school is the Dad's club involvement. The dad's host a bowling event, movie night, campfire, golf tourney & more. If your child is into acting, there is a great grade level play put on each year. Can't wait to meet you at Roosevelt!!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2011
My daughter has attended Roosevelt since K5. She is now in 4th grade. Last year she took the FCAT (Florida's standardized test) and received a perfect score. If you check the scores from all the other schools in the area Roosevelt scores highest each and every year, and there are other very good schools in the surrounding area. This year she has been invited to Duke University's TIP program for gifted students in the top 5% of their peers. My wife and I do work with her but Roosevelt deserves much of the credit. We could send her to any school in the city and Roosevelt remains our 1st choice without a doubt.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
Couldn't ask for a better school. Faculty does an amazing job.

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- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2008
I have actually told friends who are sending their kids to private school that they are waisting their money. The teachers are dedicated and I feel that over all it's been a positive experience for my children. You're always going to that I didn't care for isn't there any more. As for the parent who seemed to be so disappointed in the school, I don't get it. Sure on a personal level I find wealthy soccer moms to be annoying but you can't fault anyone who wants to be involved in their kid's lives. The fact is that it's a great school and the grades prove it, not to mention the fact that my kids love it. Great principal and a great staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2008
The reviewer of 6/7/08 either has chosen the wrong Roosevelt EL to review or has never been to the school! In the past five years I have seen nothing but positive changes in the school's academic focus and programs. The staff is well qualified. They love their chosen profession and our children. The beautiful 80 year old facility is neither run-down or dirty. It is the pride of our community! How is it possible that there is ever too much parental involvement? We are fortunate to have a principal that allows and encourages us to be involved. Roosevelt is the best school in South Tampa. This doesn't happen by chance... everyone working together towards a common goal is how that happens. If your child didn't get the help they need, you should have talked to the teacher, assistant principal or principal. Bully, Bully Rough Riders!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2008
I believe that the person who wrote the review on 6/7/08 has never been to the school! I have had children at this school for 10 years and let me tell you the amazing positive transformation in this school during the last 5 years, coincidentally the same amount of time the the current principal has been there! Academics are the focus! It is refreshing to have a school allow so much parent involvement. And as for the comment about too much parental involvement, how is that even possible? Involvement is our responsibility as parents! The staff has excellent credentials, they are caring and loving. My children always cry on the last day because 'they will miss their teacher.' The facility is anything but run down and dirty. It is well-kept, beautiful 80 year old building! Bully Bully Rough Riders! Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2008
While this school has great scores acedemically, i do not believe it is mainly due to the teachers, but yet, the parents. This school has a bit to much parental involvement (they pretty much run the school) the parents get whatever they want and the staff os not supported in any way. The principal does things and makes choices that are not in the students best intrest, just to please parents. The school is dirty and run down. With all the money that this school has, where is it going? The school is more focused of social activities rather than strong acedemics. Ask any primary teacher if they teach writing. The answer will prbably be no. Do not be fooled by this school. It is very poorly ran. The struggling students at this school will receive very little support. Staff and administration are lacking.

- submitted by a community member
August 15, 2007
Roosevelt Elementary has exceeded all of our expectations! Every year, I think 'it can't get better', and IT DOES. The excellent education, support and love our son has received in his 4 years here is extraordinary. He can't wait to get to school in the morning. As he puts it, 'this school rocks!' We are very fortunate to have a school of this calibre in S. Tampa.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2007
This is an excellent school! The staff give 110% to the students!

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- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2006
Very good academic support from teachers and a variety of extracurricular activities for students join after school. Very organized in celebrating students' achievements. Parents are extremely involved and have great volunteer support.

- submitted by a teacher
October 09, 2005
Roosevelt is an exceptional school. It has a smaller population of students (around 500) which allows the principal and staff to know students as individuals. The teachers are caring, well-trained, and supportive. There is strong parent involvement as well. All students are expected to do their best and are given the support to achieve. Excellent music program! Many after school activities/clubs offered. Strong academic achievement in all grade levels. Highly recommended!

- submitted by a teacher
September 01, 2005
Quality of academic programs is very good, have to follow Florida public school guidelines. Music program strong, art is good, but not enough time spent on it, sports and extracurricular activiities are good. Parent involvment has been excellent in the past, seems to be dropping only due to lack of parking and ease of getting into the school.

- submitted by a parent
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Roosevelt Elementary School
3205 South Ferdinand Avenue, Tampa, FL  33629
(813) 272-3090
Last modified Roosevelt Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Roosevelt Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top