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K-5
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Tampa, FL
Students enrolled: 786

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16541 Tampa Palms Boulevard West
Tampa, FL 33647

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(813) 558-5422
(813) 558-5426
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January 29, 2014
I can't even begin to tell you how amazing this school is.....teachers, past principal and the new one!!! The opportunities and "extras" at this school are unbelievable! We came from a local private school where we were paying out the nose and not getting even half the education my children have gotten at Chiles.... especially if you have a child that qualifies for the gifted program. The county wide programs like Battle of the Books, Tropicana Speech, Odyssey of the Mind cannot be experienced in the private schools. Not to mention the amazing bells and chorus program. I will definitely miss this place when my years here are done!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
Principle from 2012 was horrible she allows the teachers to disrespect parents. She doesn't follow the school board rules. I'm glad she was replaced there is a god!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
My daughter has adapted very well to which has been her very first school! The staff members that have worked with her are very dedicated and determined to exceed expectations. The school has a lot of activities aimed towards family involvement. These are offered during evenings and weekends, which as a working parent, allows me to participate in such events.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2012
This school is in major need of fair leadership! The children need to become the priority!

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2011
My children have attended Chiles since the day that it opened. This is a tremendous school. The children are encouraged to use their imaginations and creativity. The teachers give and seek feedback with parents while providing love and discipline to the children. I have always felt that my child is safe and secure while I am at work. I am made to feel welcome and encouraged to visit or volunteer. You can get spoiled having your children in a school like this.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
very poor principal at this school. Has her favorites and all others are out. What a shame too. Chiles has gone down hill since she took over.Wonderful teachers and staff.

- submitted by a teacher
April 30, 2010
My child has attended this school for a few years. The new prinicpal totally caters to the parents who have money and those whom are not minorities. They have eliminated multicutural programs, every staff member's child somehow always gets into the chorus program, certain children's behavior (including bullying) are ignored because of who they are.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 21, 2009
Great School, Great Teachers & Great Staff. What more could you ask for in a school. Chiles is a great school and my children love it!

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2008
My daughter attended Lawton Chiles last year. It is a terrific school with great teachers and great kids and tons of support from parents. We moved out of state and I wish we could have taken this school with us.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
My daughter really enjoys going to school. Teachers very dedicated and make an effort to make learning fun. Cannot wait for next year when my son joins his sister at Chiles. He is currently in a very expensive private school. Cannot believe you can get good quality education without having to pay the earth!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating March 25, 2008
What a school! This is by far the best school in the county. There is great parent involvement, excellent teachers and superb administration. Class size is low and educational activites are high. The curriculum is very strong! With public schools like these, who needs private schools?

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2007
Both of my children have always gone to Chiles, so I don't have much data with which to compare Chiles to other elementary schools. However, I am impressed with the quality of the teachers, the facilities, the parental involvement, and so on. Based on that, I am giving Chiles the highest possible rating.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2007
This is my son's second year here and he's had two great teachers. It's a shame that with 'no child left behind' and having to teach to the test, he no longer has science every day. I don't fault the school for this, just the system.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2007
The school had decent computer facilities, however for 850 students the computer/child ratio is incredibly low. The school my kids were previously at had a 2 child per one computer ratio and used wonderful new technology to stimulate student participation in the classroom. I think the size of the school is a major problem as there is lack of personal attention between principal and parents. There are just too many kids. The kids become numbers and are shuffled through the cafeteria, playgrounds, etc. Also teachers need training for special needs kids. My child has a LD and I had to train his teacher on how he learns. For such a Posh school, you have to look beyond the money, the glam, etc and see that there is a lack of personal relationships between staff and parents that would come with a smaller school.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
This is my daughter's second year in the school. We considered private school first, but heard very good things about Chiles from friends & neighbors. We decided to try Chiles and have been so happy. It's a great school and my daughter loves it. There is a lot of parent involvement and I volunteer as well. Both years we have been very happy with the teachers as well. The staff is friendly & the principal is very 'hands-on'.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2006
We are new to the school this year but it has been an extremely positive experience. My child loves her teacher, and has had no problem adapting to the size of the school. There seems to be a very high level of parent involvement. There is chorus for grades 2nd and up. And my child loves participating in the art and music classes.

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March 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2006
As long as your child is mainstream and not in need of any special education services, this is a wonderful school with great teachers, involved parents and sharp administrators.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2006
My son only went to Chiles for 1 year (Kindergarten) but it was an outstanding school. He is now going to school in what is supposed to be one of the best schools in the country in NY, and I think Chiles was far better. Computers in every classroom, kids as 'anchors' on TV making morning announcements, summer computer class taught kids to create their own business cards...so many innovative, modern ideas. I was also impressed by the PTA, which gave a 'boohoo' breakfast for parents of kindergartners' after the 1st day, complete with tissue packs stickered with the date and school info. The teachers were wonderful, the kids were great, and the community was so nice. The only negative was the large class size, but that didn't seem to affect the quality at all. The covered playground was also wonderful w/the heat. I'd send my son back there tomorrow.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2005
What a school! This is by far the best school we have ever been involved in great parent involvement, excellent teachers and superb administration. With public schools like these, who needs private schools?

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2005
This has been a good school for my child to attend. The teachers have benn willing to change and adapt to my childs needs. My child has been able to be with a group of ethinically diverse students which has given her understanding and respect for others.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2005
Excellent Academic Program Excellent Availability of Extracurriculars 100% Parent Involvement.

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July 08, 2004
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July 08, 2004
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June 08, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2004
Chiles is a great school with great staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2004
This is our first year at Lawton Chiles, and my son (a Kindergartner) absolutely loves it. He can't wait to go to school each day. Even though the class sizes are large (his is 26, currently), the classes are orderly and the kids get a lot of attention. My son likes order and routine, and so loves the uniforms and the reward system his teacher uses. Special honors like 'student of the week' also really encourage him. I am amazed at how much he has improved this year - when I look at his work from the beginning of the year, it looks like another child altogether. Everyone at the school is friendly and inviting, and with so many new families moving in and out, they really make an effort to make everyone feel welcome.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2004
I would have to agree with the other parents about this school. I feel that the activities, fund raisers, and such are geared to families who have more money than the average family. Although I do have to say I am very impressed with my daughters progress.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2004
The teachers are constantly worried more about pleasing the principal than their students. I totally agree with the person who wrote: looks at this school are very deceiving.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2004
I feel that this is a safe and very nice environment for my 3 children that attend. But, I hate the fact that since it is in a very nice community I am constantly solicited to buy stuff and the cost of the parties and other extra stuff is outragous. I also don't like that most of the functions, like awards ceremony's and the such are always scheduled during school hours which is catering to the non-working mothers. I work and therefore cannot attend. I think the pricipal is great. I think most of the teachers are great. I think that the school caters to the upper class parents too much and forgets about us that aren't upper class. I think that they expect too much money to be spent on projects and forget that some people cannot afford for their child's project to be store bought and therefore will not be as neat as the other childrens. Overall the experience is much better than other schools but expect to be snubbed if you are not rich.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2004
Chiles Elementary is a nice, new school with many students from high income, educated families. But does that mean it is a 'good' school? It also boasts an 'A' grade from the state based on FCAT... I would argue that these do not mean it is a 'good' school. Appearances are only one part of the picture. There is much too much pressure on students and families to 'perform' well on the FCAT, which basically means memorizing stuff and using formulaic writing approaches to pass this test. Finally, I had had enough of the high stakes testing culture and removed my child. Who needs constant initially and signing of papers and agendas? I felt like teachers were only interested in covering their own backsides and didn't really care whether a child was learning to his or her abilities. My message to parents is don't be fooled by appearances; they can be very deceiving. Make sure your child's teacher can even read and write competantly him/herself. Could he/she even pass the h.s. level FCAT? I wonder sometimes.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
Chiles is making fantastic progress for such a young school...only two years old. The added features of Math Academy and grades 3-5 addresses the need for extended curriculum in the area of math for students who have this area as a strength. The partnership with USF in the STARS science research partnership is wonderful...students are given the opportunity to interact with doctoral level engineering students from USF in hands on resersearch based science activitiesl

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Chiles Elementary School
16541 Tampa Palms Boulevard West, Tampa, FL  33647
(813) 558-5422
Last modified Chiles Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Chiles Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top