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Bryant Elementary School

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Posted January 23, 2014

Bryant Elementary is a superb school! I have had two children attend and my youngest sadly at Deer Park because we moved outside the zone. BY FAR Bryant is a much better school academically, including better teachers and administrative. I do like the former principal Mrs. Veranth better than Bass, and chose Deer Park ONLY because of Lou Cerreta and then we all were very disappointed when we got Mrs. Perebski. Your children will get by far a better education at Bryant and will be in advanced honor classes when they get to middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2013

Mary Bryant is a fantastic school with a great administration and teachers. This is our third year here. The education is top notched, giving the kids so many opportunities. I cannot say enough great things about Mary Bryant Elementary. Our experience is that the education here is better than local private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2013

I have been at this school since it first opened. My first child did wonderfully there. Of course there was a different administration at that time. My youngest child has had a horrific time at this school. She has had 3 great teachers. However, the rest of the teachers have been sub par. I attribute this mainly to the lack of or poor leadership by the administration. As parents we need to realize that the administration has to look at the school in totality. However, this administration does not even attempt to converse work with the parents when a situation arises. If you think your voice will be heard by the next level of administration you are mistaken. I have always tried not to interfere when my children say "the teacher is mean" or complain about their class. I want them to teach them that life is going to be like that and you have to find a way to get along. However, if I had it to do all over again I would have moved my youngest child to Deer Park. (I am not the only parent that feels this way.) If I had it to do over again I would have my child go to Deer Park. I have only heard wonderful things about that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2013

I like most of the teachers but I would say that the problem is the administration. I agree 100% with some of the comments. They are unwilling to work with students individual needs regardless of the childs ability or the parents requests, the fund raising is beyond over the top-the Boosterthon this year was 2 weeks of classroom interuptions to get the kids pumped up to ask for money (even the teachers were annoyed). Based on what I hear from my friends at Deer Park and Westchase the education from Mary Bryant (at least in the lower grades) is not up to the standards as the surrounding schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2012

My daughter is in her 2nd year at Bryant and so far the experience has been very positive. Her teachers each year have been phenomenal; caring, informative, and willing to engage us on class and curriculum structure. The first couple years a child is in school determine their attitude towards it and the teachers have made my daughter see school as a positive experience. My only concern is the constant fund raising that goes on. I'm sure this is probably the case at every school and while I understand the need, it seems like not a week goes by without my daughter coming home hawking something or needing to solicit money for some fund raising cause . She sometimes looks like a walking billboard due to all the stickers promoting the fundraisers that are put on her shirt. My real concern is that it's clearly emphasized aggressively because there are days she comes home telling us she "has" to get pledges or "has" to get more "fill in the blank." It's often hard to discuss her actual school work because she's so preoccupied with the fund raising task she's been given. Pretty sad that a 6 year old has such concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2012

I had to verify that information about my child's address was in the school's computer records. Followed normal school district process, but instead of getting what I needed, the principal (Karen Bass) was extremely rude and unprofessional once my identity was established, refusing to give me information I was legally entitled to have because of personal animus. This episode has been escalated and reported to the School District leadership. Teachers are great - school leadership is very poor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

We are very happy with Mary Bryant. We like the clubs that are available - Chess Club, Running Club, etc. and the AGP program. So far we have had good teachers and a good educuation. We previously went to a private school and found this to be very similar and slightly better without having to pay the cost of private tuition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2012

We moved to this area because of the school ratings. I'm sure glad that I like my neighborhood, but I am beyond frustrated with this school. This is our second year here and both years my daughter has received a very low-rate education. The writing lessons are boring, the math confusing and the teachers and staff very unfriendly and uncaring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

School is average for what you would expect in reading the reviews. It was much better with former principal but since then, new principal is not interested in working with parents or assisting with developing child's individual needs. Many teachers are less than happy and that reflects on the children. I recently moved my son to another smaller school nearby and he is flourishing. He ran up to me with a huge smile and said he loves school (first time in 4 yrs) Now that's priceless! I would not recommend chancing this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Great school. Great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

There are a lot of great teachers at this school, but the school lacks in extra-curricular activities and enrichment programs. (foreign language, music, art, etc) I think the academics are strong, but the school is very large and lacks a sense of community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2010

I am shocked by all of the negative reviews. I have 1 child in gifted and one child in the regular classes. Both enjoys school quit a bit. Their teachers are all caring. This has been the experience of every parent I have spoken with. It is my belief, that the parents that do not approve are more than likely negligent in their own duties.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

This school has gone down hill since the former principal Mrs. Veranth left. It shows when most of the staff has left because of the principal and gone to other schools such as Deerpark and Westchase. The new teachers are horrible! They are uncaring, rude, have favorites and if your child is not one of them, she will make your child's school year extrememly unpleasant! The principal WILL NOT under any circumstances move any child to another classroom. She stands behind her teachers regardless of any circumstance. I'm glad this is my child's last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2009

We moved to this area, specifically for the schools. At this point, I am extremely disappointed. Numerous faculty members at Bryant are rude and not helpful; from the enrollment process, to a secretary in the office, to my child's teacher. I volunteer my time, twice a week in the classroom and am helping with school fundraisers. The administration would be doing themselves a favor if they would speak with faculty about how they interact with the public.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2009

My daughter has gone to this school since kindergraten she is now on heer last year of elementary school! Mary bryant is a great school the teachers are awesome!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2008

Bryant is a really great school. We moved to this area only because of this school. We have been really lucky to have wonderful teachers. We are looking forward to this coming year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2008

What a wonderful school to work at. The teachers are amazing. Teachers work as teams within grade levels and throughout the school. The principal is supportive of both teachers and parents. I love to come to work each day and fully believe this is the best school to work at! Go Bryant Broncos!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 20, 2007

I love the school. My son has had wonderful teachers so far. Whenever he has needed extra help in a certain area, the school/teachers have seen to it. He is starting his 3rd year there and so far we have been very pleased with his progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

This school is a mixed bag. Good for students that excel, but not very supportive of the bottom half. Very slanted towards the upper 25%. Extremely award conscientious. If your child does not fit that category, you will probably be disappointed. The attitude of the principal is very bureaucratic. Its never their fault.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2006

My child was there and it was overcrowded and the instruction was just not there for students that need a little extra. I put my child in a smaller school and he flourished. Excellent parent involvement.
—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.

171 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

171 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%
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.

162 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

162 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

162 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
98%
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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

154 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

154 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
70%
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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
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 "A".
  • 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
White 69%
Asian 14%
Hispanic 10%
Two or more races 4%
Black 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 73%67%61%
Master's degree 27%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

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. KAREN BASS
Fax number
  • (813) 356-1649

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Auditorium
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Ice hockey
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
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13910 9 Eagles Drive
Tampa, FL 33626
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