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Pizzo Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 695 students

 

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Posted April 18, 2014

My 3 boys have been at Pizzo for 5 yrs and their 8 cousins also were at Pizzo k-5. The teachers and staff have become like family to my whole family! Our kids are thriving and happy,Pizzo is an amazing school and has been such a positive parts of our children's childhood, we will miss it here at Pizzo
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

I love that my son is happy... he has been at Pizzo for three years and all his teachers have been great so far. They really know how to engage the students and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

Excellent school...awesome teachers...my son is in the ESE program and the school exceeded my expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2013

My son has been attending this school for 3 years and it has been a great experience! The teachers and all the staff seem to really care for their students and as a parent that is very important!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2012

Great partnership with the museum! Teachers really go above and beyond to teach and care for students!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 17, 2012

The staff at pizzo changed my son's life they have helped him approve in every aspect of his life. my son is autistic. the genuine love and care that they utilize is impeccable starting with mrs. Mary marrs and now with Ms Schwartz whom my son adores it has given me great peace of mind when he's in school that everyone there is so dedicated to special needs kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2011

The best school in Hillsborough county. Great staff and excellent teachers, my son has autism and thanks to the teachers over at pizzo he has learned so much and communicates so much more! Thank you ms.Erin she is unbelievable awesome school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2011

Pizzo is a professional training school located on USF campus. This school is unique because USF students have the opportunity to intern with teachers, tutor children who need extra help and mentor children in programs such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters and AmeriCorps. Having this valuable resource and with the addition or having an amazing administration that is very involved is a recipe for success. The administration has done a wonderful job selecting a staff of caring teachers who create a structured and nurturing environment that kids need to be successful. They have also done a fabulous job supplying the resources they need to create successful classrooms, such as; Smart Boards or Mimeos, state of the art document cameras and projectors in every class room. They also have several ELP (extended learning programs) and tutoring programs for kids who need that extra help. I still have 2 children attending Pizzo (5th & 3rd grader) but I have had kids attending Pizzo since 2001. Pizzo is definitely a school that is truly striving to leave no child behind. The only thing I would like to see improve is the parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

My child is now in middle school however he attended Pizzo Elementary from Pre-K thru 5th grade and during that time we had a few of the greatest teachers and staff, however I must advise that during that time the quality of the school declined dramatically. I cannot put my finger to the pulse of the problem however the programs needed to advance children at Pizzo and in Hillsborough county are not available. It is evident to my family and I that although Pizzo may have received an 'A' it certainly is not. My child scored well in 3rd grade on FCAT and steadily declined despite our efforts to continue have him practice FCAT, read the dictionary and attend FCAT readiness programs. If a parent is looking for a top notch elementary school Pizzo is not it in my opinion. Besides access to MOSI it is not an 'A' school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2005

I found this school to be wonderful. The teachers are very involved in making sure they take what ever steps are necessary to help a child suceed. The school also is very good about communicating with the parents by sending monthly news letters and other information. There truly was a good partnership between the parents and the school. They also have wonderful extra curricular activities for the students. I can't say this enough, but I really felt this school cared about our children and this was not just a job for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2004

Very good school. Strong in science and math. My daughter had trouble getting to her classes. She was in the gifted program and was required to change classes more than other students. The class changes were poorly organized and constantly confusing. They seemed to change periodically so that it was difficult to know when and where she needed to be. Otherwise the teachers and staff were very caring. Homework was not posted online.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2004

Pizzo is a fabulous school and my son has been excelling since he began K this year. They are really supportive of children with advanced skills! Great work to all the staff, but especially to Ms. Hernandez, his teacher! Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2003

My daughter has attended Pizzo since its doors opened in the fall of 1998. She is now a fifth grader and will be leaving at the end of the school year to enter the sixth grade. This is bittersweet for me because I'm very proud of her progess but at the same time, I hate to see her leave this school. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT SCHOOL! The curriculum, the teachers and principals have all been great. I'm very involved with her school activities and it has been a pleasure working with everyone of her teachers throughout the years. Dr. Myers assumed responsibility as principal in the year 2000 and has been a great asset to the school every since. I would highly recommend anyone to send their child/ren to this wonderful school.
—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 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
55%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
34%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
86%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

84 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
51%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
98%

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 "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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
Black 47%
Hispanic 37%
White 11%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 29%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 67%67%61%
Master's degree 33%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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  • MS. PAM WILKINS
Fax number
  • (813) 987-6516

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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11701 USF Bull Run Drive
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