Students enrolled 755
School leader MR. ROBERT JONES

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4500 Northdale Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33624

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(813) 975-7300
(813) 631-4536
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4 stars
Based on 25 ratings

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April 18, 2014
My school is one of the best in the county! They offer so much to the students and parents to be able to be involved in the education of our students. The staff and administration are supportive, friendly, and professional. It's very hard to suggest improvements when so much is right!!!

- submitted by a community member
April 01, 2014
We transferred from out of state this year and have been impressed with the warm welcome we received from other parents and staff here. I feel completely comfortable reaching out to the teachers as well as the principal and AP. I enjoy volunteering at events, which isn't the case at every school out there! Communication from the principal and AP is clear and consistent. The only area I see lacking is parent involvement...it seems to be the same few volunteers at nearly every event.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
The teachers, faculty, and admin are super friendly, helpful and kind. Both my kids have been here and I wish we never had to leave!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2013
Staff if great my child has been very happy at Claywell Elementary. I also feel safe when I drop off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon. They set a great environment for our children.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
I have one daughter that attends and one that is now in HS that attended there all 6 years. The school is good, however, communication lacks. When my older daughter went to Claywell, there was a homeroom parent for every class that assisted with communication. My youngest is now in 4th grade, and there hasn't been a homeroom parent yet. Art class was done away with. I rarely see paperwork sent home. Nor do I see requests to assist with the class in any way. If you ask, they tell you they don't need anything. So, much for parental involvement in the school. The previous principal that retired was VERY strict and didn't allow kids extracurricular activities with the classes that might actually be beneficial. Luckily, leadership has changed for the better!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2011
We moved from out of state and this will be our second year at Claywell. Overall, the school is good and locally has a great reputation. I would however, give them a C- in parent communication. The monthly newsletter is often late with some of the events already occurring. There is no parent-only open house going over the curriculum and covering extra-curricular opportunities for children. It was a full year before I knew what the principal and asst. principal looked like, as their pictures are not in the front office and they are 2-3 pages deep on the school website! The weekly communication between teacher and parent varies with the teacher, but when I have asked my friends for examples of what they receive it is still, very limited compared to what I am use to. As a parent I do not feel adequately informed about what my child should be learning. The PTA is very active, but there is nothing published on what they spent the money on. When I do ask questions, people tend to be helpful; but the info. actively distributed is minimal.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
We transferred in from out of state, and chose our house based on the fact that it was in an A-rated school zone. However we were quite disappointed with our experience at Claywell. The office staff was not the least bit friendly when we came in with my daughter's transfer paperwork. It has been over two years now, and unfortunately my opinion has not changed. Overall, the school is very impersonal. My daughter has had good teachers, but the ESE inclusion policy there hinders the class' momentum.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2010
I have 2 daughters that have attended Claywell. They both love their teachers and the staff is very helpful. The families that attend are very involved with the PTA and this makes it a pleasure for our kids to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
My 6 year old is in 1st grade and my 4 year old is an EELP student (special needs). My oldests kindergarten experience wasn't one of pleasure, his teacher was easily burnt out with him (he has ADHD). But this year, his experience is phenomanal! His teacher is loving, caring and really wants him to do well. So far his school year is going great! He's had great days, I'm really proud of his success and the teachers help! My 4 yr old, just started, but he seems to enjoy class very much! He's excited to go to school. My only issue is the administrative group. They seem like they care, but don't seem answer my questions, or get me certain results. But the teachers my children have this year, seem to be very concerned. I can only advocate to much, to have that extra help from the teachers is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
My daughter is currently in 2nd grade and we have had a wonderful experience. Communication with administraators and teachers is open and welcomed. I feel we have a voice and have many opportunities to volunteer in the school to make it even better. I have had the pleasure of working closely with various staff members, who are always looking for ways to make the school better and offer our students new programs for academic and social development. The school is filled with neighborhood families with a great sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
This school is just average. How it has an A rating is beyond me. I can only guess it's because all the teachers do it teach to the FCAT. There are very few extra things like PE, computer, or music. Teachers also seem to be burnt out and apathetic to parental concerns. This definitely is not a warm, caring and challenging environment for children. Grades may be good but everything else is lacking.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2009
I attended this school in 1985 when I first moved to Florida, and I am thrilled that my daughter is now attending. She is a third grade student and has attended since 1st grade and I have been happy with all of her teachers thus far. They have challenged my daughter and since attending Claywell shows such pride in her work. Her current teacher is wonderful and even has a special lunch bunch lit group that meets once a week for those that are excelling in their reading. All of her teachers have been innovative and seem very invested in the success of their students.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2008
My husband and I are relatively new to Florida, as we moved here two years ago from Maryland. We did our research, of course, and Claywell, at least on paper, offered a very attractive package. Its test scores were high, teachers well-educated, and parent/student populations seemingly involved. One of our children attended for his kindergarten year and had a very positive experience. His teacher was caring, patient, intelligent, and inspiring. When he got to first grade, things changed. His first-grade teacher is very FCAT-driven, concerned deeply about procedures and independence at the cost of kindness and compassion, and overall not very respectful of children as children. I think academically the school is satisfactory, but their lack of anything beyond academics is limited and sad. My son will not likely return to Claywell next year but will instead transfer to private school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 20, 2008
My daughter will be entering 2nd grade and my son will start kindergarten in the fall. We have had an exceptional 2 years so far at Claywell and look for ward to many to come. The teaching and administrative staff have done a tremendous job considering the number of children attending. Keep up the good work!!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 02, 2008
In my opinion, there are too many open doors/gates into the school that are kept open all day. Someone can walk in and leave with a child..thank god it's in a semi good neighborhood and that has not happened yet. In have a son inK there and his teacher is amazing and very patient with him..so far i am ok with the school. Wish the few events we have volunteered for were better organized. spring fling..but all in all...it's better than most.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2008
I have a son in the First grade at Claywell. He has an enthusiastic teacher which supports him and his classmates individual needs. We enjoyed seeing our son in the Thanksgiving musical and will see him perform poetry this month. I have seen a change in his reading ability and desire to come to school. The school is safe and the students are mannerly. The class sizes of students at Claywell are small.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 06, 2007
I volunteer at this school and see how the children are treated here. It all depends on which teacher you get. There are a few good ones that have stayed here but there are a lot of ones that aren't. The inconsistances with the policies and teaching is what I don't like. My child has been going here for 3 years and is bored because she is not being challenged. The teacher that was chosen for her was supposed to be one that would challenge her and also nuture her. Instead this teacher is disorganized and is behind in lesson planning. The reward system that is set up is as inconsistant as the schools policy.The Thanksgiving show that the other parent talks about is only for certain grade levels. Not for the whole school. The chorus is only for certain grades. Have programs for the whole school!!

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2007
This is my son's second year at Claywell, and both of his teachers have been wonderful. They have helped my son become an enthusiastic learner and supported his and each of his classmate's unique personalities. The media center is active in developing reading and researching skills. We personally have been involved in the yearly talent show, Thanksgiving show and currently the school play that will be performed early next year. So, while sports and art are missing (and that is too bad), there are other activities to get involved in. The principal does seem rather detached. However, in my opinion, at the classroom level, this school is right on.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2007
My daughter has been in this school for 3 years now and I think it is horrible in so many aspects. There is no incouragement for these children to do better or any praise that I have seen in the teachers here. The principal is just waiting to retire. There is no sports being played here. They had a curriculm meeting without the Assistant Principal there who is in charge of the curriculm.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2007
Claywell has great teachers and is a very nice school, but I must agree the principal lacks social skills. She is not a very pleasant person, and does not make herself approachable. Also the traffic in the mornings at this school is a nightmare!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
When we first started at Claywell, we were very impressed with all aspects of Claywell. However, over the last few years, Claywell has lost a lot of excellent teachers. The principal has become a very negative factor in all areas. She does not seem to be happy with anything teachers, students, or parents do to make Claywell a better school. At one time, she was found all around the school with a smile and a nice word to say to everyone. Now she is never seen with a smile on her face or a nice word to say to anyone. The excellent art program was thrown away several years ago with out notifying parents. The school website still claims to have an art program. We are very disappointed in the current Claywell school. I wouldn't be surprised if it lost the 'A' rating it has had since school ratings began.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2006
Teachers are stay at this school for awhile but also seem burnt out. in the 4 years my daughter has been there they all have lacked enthusiasm and new ideas. they school thinks they are good and seems content with 'good enough'

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2006
Teachers are stay at this school for awhile but also seem burnt out. in the 4 years my daughter has been there they all have lacked enthusiasm and new ideas. they school thinks they are good and seems content with 'good enough'

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2006
Coming from a different state's school system, I don't see here the enrichment type classes I am used to. There is very little, if any, music, art, sports and extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
When I moved to the neighborhood, I saw that Claywell was an A school for many years, so, I was comfortable enrolling my son. However, I was soon disappointed with all aspects of his education, from academics, to PE and arts program (which is almost non-existent). I watch a few classes over the past 2 years, and what I saw were most yelling. This gave me a very bad impression of the teachers. I have kept some of my elementary school work, and by comparison with my son s, he is far behind me. In forth grade I was learning long division and my son still having trouble with subtractions. I am a mathematician and his father is an engineer, so I think my son could do if Claywell was a better school.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2003
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Claywell Elementary School
4500 Northdale Boulevard, Tampa, FL  33624
(813) 975-7300
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