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Shore Elementary Magnet School

Public | K-5 | 380 students

 
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Posted April 10, 2014

My daughter has attended Philip Shore for 3 years. Each year her teachers have left for some reason or another. When I've asked about why her teachers keep leaving I was told they have a 3-6mo turn around with their teachers. Due to the teachers leaving in the middle of a school year or like this year they have left 2months prior to the end of the year my child has lost out on taking elective classes the reason she attends this school. Overall the school isn't bad it's just poorly put together in regards to structure. The office staff are friendly and helpful but there is no PTA but parents do receive Join our PTA packets all the time you pay your money but there is never a meeting the teachers hardly/never response to parent emails. There has been a couple of times when I child was out sick for weeks and when I requested her missed class assignments to take home her teachers never put the information together. Homework is a joke I can't remember the last time my child brought it home. The school is strict when it comes to HCPS rules but lack on some of them it's like they pick and choose which rules they wish to follow for each student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2012

I went to this school highly recommended but when I got there I didn't see what all the fuss was about. I guess by FL standards it was great but coming out of NJ is was no match to NJ public schools. I have to agree to tthe OP about the snotty parents. It's really ridiculous the way some of the parents act. There are also some teachers that will show preferential treatment to some of the kids. I think some of the parents primarily serve on the PA to act all snotty and to get their kids special privileges. I send my daughter to school but I fully home teach her to make sure she learns. She's in the gifted program and does very well so I don't need to pull out all my cards to get her any attention. I think it's OK. It's not by any means a bad school but I guess I just have really high expectations for her. I like that they have an immersion in the arts, which is what drew us there. You will still need to have your child in off campus institutions as they don't go in depth. They just primarily touch on the surface. It was a little better when we first got there 2 years ago but felt there has been a decline. I'm on a lot of the homeschooling sites so I can teach her at home as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2012

We love Philip Shore Elementary. My daughter is in the 1st grade and this is her second year at Shore. The teachers are great and the school keeps you constantly informed of any changes or anything that may effect your child's learning experience. We love it and it is a shame will be moving to N. Florida and won't be able next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

I have two very different kids in two first grade classes and they love it and are thriving. The teachers have their own styles, and are very good with communicating with me about the kids. The methods the school uses to encourage learning are wonderful. I wish more parents would participate in the programs - all this school needs is more active parents to help out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

We have been very impressed as all three of our children go to shore and they love it even with a long bus ride. The school radiates the caring that the teachers and staff have for the students. All of our children also are in the strings program and can not wait to get home and practice. A great school and highly recomend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2010

My son attended this school for his first year and although I tried to be involved and stay in close communication with his teacher, it was to no avail. There are serious egos going on at this school. The office staff and many teachers were snooty and if your child has any sort of disability, they will be set aside and labeled by the administration. Asking for help is no use because you will only receive excuse after excuse. I read these reviews before enrolling my son into this pathetic disappointment of a school and I was very taken aback by the actual interaction that was made with my child and myself. I will say one thing. The custodians and lunch room staff are friendlier than most of the teachers and administration at this school! There were some good people in the school but they were few and far in between.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2009

This is my daughter's second year at Shore and she couldn't be happier! She went to a neighborhood school for K, had a great teacher, but there was nothing special about the school. The teachers at Shore are all top notch and really care about the students. My daughter has been exposed to many arts oppurtunities that were not available at her other school. Because of this she has tried new extra-curricular activities to great success. Parent participation can be challenging due to the boundries, etc., but those of us that do participate are very passionate about our school. There has been a great improvement overall at the school now that Ms. Mercer is principal. We have never regreted our decision to go to Shore!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2009

I absolutely love Philip Shore! My child has been going here for 4 years, and I must say it just keeps getting better. She is always actively engaged, and the teachers she has are always kind, caring, and energetic. The new principal is fabulous! She is a great improvement over the previous principal. The arts program is stellar...as is the quality of education. I can't imagine my child going anywhere else! The previous entries must be from parents who don't know a good thing when they have it. Bring your child to Philip Shore: it will be one of the best decisions you've ever made!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2008

I completely agree with the recent postings here by parents. I loved this school at first, but over the past 2 years it has gone downhill. It's sad because they offer so many great art/music/dance/theater programs. My concerns this year have been: teachers and also the principal leaving with no explanation, negative attitudes of some teachers, the aftercare program is the worst. The positives are: Girl Scout troup and certain teachers are really great, including front office staff. Also, they strive for safety which is very comforting. Despite all the upheaval, somehow my daughter thrived there this past year - did great on the FCAT and is going to be tested for the gifted program. Even so, I am considering moving her to another school...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

This school has quickly gone downhill over the past year. As one of the previous writer stated,they now have a new principal and to my knowledge none of the parents were notified. Right now, there is no direction or leadership at the school.Once a great school,now mediocre at best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2008

My daughter was in the third grade gifted program last year. It was quite unorganized and not at all advanced. She was also being bullied throughout the year and the times I complained, I was told that they just needed to learn to get along. The younger teachers in this school are very condescending and dress inappropriately. I definitely moved my daughter to a better school. She is now being challenged and is so much happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2008

I don't know what is going on this year but it's getting weird! Teachers are leaving left & right with no reasons given to the parents, and now even the principal is gone! Again, we aren't being told why. The Strings program is practically non-existant this year; same with the art programs, etc. At this point we're simply staying in the magnet program in order to make it easier to avoid our assigned middle school later on (McLane). What a mess!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2007

I must say...the school is wonderful, my daughter thrives and is very involved. The teachers are good and they are truly dedicated to the students. The only concern that I have is the principal, Mrs. Menia. In general I love the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2007

This is my child's 3d year at Shore; we love it. The principal is energetic, friendly, responsive, and produces results. The teachers speak highly of her even in private; many followed her from prior school(s). Shore offers more enrichment programs than any other public school I've encountered. At my child's last school, the focus was entirely FCAT; my child's love of learning was quickly being zapped away. At Shore the many programs are used to keep that love of learning, and the FCAT is merely worked into those programs so children are left engaged and excited about school. I wish I knew what parent wanted contact with PTA - we always welcome volunteers but communication is difficult - try again! Zoning for the school makes parent involvement challenging.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2007

I switched my son (3rd grade now) from neighborhood school. I love the school and teachers and it encourages parents participation. The strings program has been disappointing but it is not because of the string teachers or school, it is the county who changed teachers multiple times. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2007

This school is not set apart from other schools. My children have been in different schools over the past years - one child in Shore and the other elsewhere. Shore is no different than other public schools in the Tampa area. My other children have the same instruments available to them as Shore in their public school - even the out sourced programs such as piano. As for the other programs at Shore, the spaces are limited and not offered to all students - no matter how hard they try to get in, so essentially nothing worth highlighting about Shore as far as programs. Additionally, I have requested to be on PTA since the start of the semester and have not been notified of a single thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2007

I can compare Shore to any other public school because I worked in so many, and most public schools don't even come close to offering the art, music, drama enrichment that Shore has. As with any school, if you want to play an instrument, you have to pay a rental fee. Piano is also offered at Shore from an outside source, and this has been convenient for me, because my child will get the lesson during school, and I don't have to drive to the lesson. And you pay monthly just like any piano lesson would. Harp, violin, chorus, Pancea (steel drums), Italian chorus, drama play, handbells, all free at the school (obviously rent some instruments, very reasonable one time fee). The principal is positive, goal oriented about the kids, I see it first hand. Her own children are bright and talented and earned every program they are in. A +++++++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2007

This is a wonderful school; with great - intelligent and compassionate teachers my child has Ms. Buono and she is a wonderful teacher. Additionally, there is a motivated PTA. The school is committed to Parent Involvement and Shore benefits from the most Dynamic Principal I've ever met!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2007

This school has declined since Mrs. Menia has become principal. Sure the school is physiaclly looking better but the education and concern for the children is obsolete. The biggest concern with this school is that it appears to have someone who likes to be in the spotlight but does not face any of the concerns from the parents. In addition to all the great services this school offers it does not follow through. Teachers who really care leave completing their first year because the administration does not care and the guidance counselor is a joke.Watch out for this school 2 years was enough!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2007

Two years ago, switching my daughter to Philip Shore Magnet school was the best decision I ever made. She attended a neighborhood school for KG, and then I decided to try the Magnet school for the arts for 1st grade. She is now starting 3rd grade at Shore. The teachers are very friendly and highly qualified! The principle is wonderful and so energetic about the school and the programs. My husband and I are involved in PTA and love it. The learning environment is excellent, with strong emphasis on academics. The art, dance, PE, and drama classes are top notch and enhances the learning environment. The drama program has opened a whole new world for my daughter. Carpool is available and has worked out wonderful for us also. I highly recommend Philip Shore. Shore has alot to offer your child in so many ways. Try it! -B Fong
—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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
70%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
46%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
100%

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 "C".
  • 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 50% 23%
Hispanic 26% 29%
White 20% 42%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian N/A 3%
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 65%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 78%67%61%
Master's degree 22%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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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Magnet School of Distinction (2011)
  • Magnet School of Distinction (2010)
  • Magnet School of Distinction (2009)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Tony Pizzo Award (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Step team
  • Television/Radio News

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Italian
Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Step team

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 2:35 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Barbara Mercer
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (813) 272-0426

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Italian
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Patel Conservatory
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Girl scouts
  • National Honor Society
  • Step team
  • Student council/government
  • Television/Radio News
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • We also have single gender classes in the 4th and 5th grade as an additional option that parents might want to try. For the past three years test scores in the single gender classes have shown greater achievement than those in the co-ed classes and we believe that the model really works at Philip Shore.
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6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
80
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
145

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1908 E 2nd Ave
Tampa, FL 33605
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Phone: (813) 276-5712

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