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Students enrolled: 647

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18201 East Meadows Road
Tampa, FL 33647

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(813) 740-4580
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January 08, 2015
We relocated from Northern VA- July 2014. I was very nervous about my daughter starting 5th grade at a new school- where she did not know anyone.. However, after just a few days she adjusted well and started making new friends and loves her new school. Her teacher- Mrs. Beckmann is superb! She truly cares about each student and has excellent communication with me regarding my daughter's progress! Heritage also offers various clubs and programs- which my daughter loves- Chorus, Running Club and Peer Mediator. Thanks Heritage Elementary and Mrs, Beckmann for making my daughter's last year of elementary school an awesome experience!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2014
My kids have loved going to Heritage and have loved all of their teachers. The teachers really seem to care here at this school. We love the smaller classroom sizes.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
My family has thoroughly enjoyed having our kids at this school. It's a hidden treasure off Cross Creek Blvd. The teachers are dedicated and loving to the children. I witness the teachers having solid relationships with children in their own classes and many other children of other grades. The administration and staff are also so friendly. Mr. Alvarez and Mrs. Stover are solid leaders and their office staff are wonderful and friendly. The whole school environment feels like a family. We are honored to be apart of it! The PTA is strong and hardworking as evident by the awards recently received at district level.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2014
This school has been a blessing. My family moved to this school this year and my kids had problems at other schools but the teachers here have helped them especially my boys 5th grade teacher mrs.beckman. She somehow has my boy liking to go to school and wanting to do good. I hope my girl gets her for a teacher next year

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
We moved to this area a year ago. Heritage is a great school! My son has had a fantastic experience and loves school. The teachers and staff are great! They are very friendly and it is easy to see that the students are their first priority. I always feel welcome when I am visiting the school. This is a great learning environment. Class sizes are great too! We are very happy to be a part of the Bobcat family! I would recommend this school to anyone moving into this area. Compared to other schools in the immediate area, this one has smaller class sizes and a very attentive, friendly faculty and staff whose love of children is apparent in all that they do.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
They should rename this school the nightmare of New Tampa. The absolute most unprofessional school I have ever seen in my 27 year career. Staff members fighting each other in the parking lot. Teachers backstabbing one another. Administration at this school does not care or support the students and staff. ESE teachers screaming in students and staff member faces. A complete disgrace to the teaching profession. The few remaining great teachers have moved on. I will do the same. I hope parents in New Tampa area will see this and find a decent school. My three years of horror are over. If you must stay pick your cheek teachers wisely

- submitted by a teacher
May 22, 2013
This is our first year at this school and I cannot express my disappointment in the lack of leadership that administration shows when a teacher is failing to properly teach a class. I have been to speak with both administrators on several occasions and they have both denied that what I say is happening is happening even when I have shown cell phone video ~ how can you deny it has happened when a parent has shown you a video of it happening? I have 3 children at this school and we have issues in two classes, however only 1 teacher is really bad and inept the others are trying but without administration backing our teachers we are setting our teachers up for failure. there is virtually no parent involvement and I would say administration likes it that way they have expressed several times that they would prefer me not be at the school so often, unfortunately I will continue to come until we are able to change schools hopefully before another lost year of education occurs. if you are lucky enough to get a good teacher and don't come to the school you will have no problems but if your involved I'm sure you too will be asking to be changed to another school

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2013
I must say it is sad that the reviews of parents are deleted when they r not saying how great the school is! The principal does nothing to make sure the teachers are taking care of their classes, call parents and students lairs . Our kindergarten teacher was great ! But I must say that is about it. My child has not moved forward at all this year. If u are able to choice to a different school that is your best choice for your child.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2013
I have two children at Heritage Elementary. My oldest daughter has attended Heritage Elementary since Kindergarten. She graduates this year. She is already dreading her last day of school. I also have a 3rd grader at Heritage Elementary. My girls are very different learners yet Heritage has helped them both achieve straight A's. My daughter also has incredible bonds with many of her teachers. They care for her personal well being as well as her academic well being. Class sizes are small so each child gets personal attention. Only the best teachers teach at Heritage. I a nephew at another public school in Hillsborough county and he does not have the individual attention my child gets at Heritage. In fact, we are moving out of Hillsborough county this year and I am choicing my 3rd grader to Heritage for her 4th and 5th grade year. I cannot say enough about Ms. Donley and Ms. Lilius. They watch over my girls at school which makes me feel like they are well cared for in my absence. I feel my voice is heard at Heritage and will be very sad to leave this school in two years.

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April 12, 2013

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January 24, 2013
Exceptional Staff!!!! Our son has been attending Heritage Elementary for the past four years. We can't express how deeply we appreciate the involvement of our son's teacher, Mrs. Schroeder. She really cares about each one of her students. She knows her students. She knows how each one learners and cares to help them to grow & excel academically. We love her!! Not only does this school abound with caring teacher, but the staff is amazing. The front office staff is warm and welcoming. They always have a friendly smile & eager to help parents when they walk in. The librarian is phenomenal!!! She loves what she does so much that she makes the love of reading infecious. This school has a staff this is involved. I only wish more parents would be as excited about thier childrens education as the teachers here. This school is very impressive.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2011
I graduated from Heritage Elementary School in 2008 and i am now entering High school. I enjoyed Heritage very much, as did my parents, they found that the teachers would work with you as long as you were willing to work with them. While I attened Heritage I had the same principal until 5th Grade when she relocated. I'm not sure how the new principle is handling Heritage but if shes(or hes) anything like the old one then Heritage should still be a school that works with the students so that they can acheive and surpass their potential. Go Bobcats!

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February 04, 2011

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January 14, 2011
We moved from Alberta Canada and I find this school to be equally as diverse and welcoming to students from other countries. Teachers and admin staff are very accommodating and friendly. The school facility is safe and well maintained. My daughter says good things about her new teacher and she always has nice stories about her whole day in the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
My son fels safe and ejoys his teacher!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2009
My son attends Heritage Elementary school and has Mrs. Berschauer as his teacher. After nine years in the Army, I recently got out. Because of the military, my two boys have attended no less than 12 schools in the last five years. I am also finishing up a divorce an my son lives with his mom. I bring all this up, because I have never had the pleasure of meeting a teacher like Mrs. Berschauer. I contacted her a few weeks into the school year, because my divorce led to a lack of communication about school between my ex-wife and I. Since that time, I have been impressed more and more with each passing week. From my first contact, Mrs. B began sending me weekly updates on everything from how my son was doing to every activity that takes place in the classroom. I wish there was more room to write.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2009
My niece attends this school and so do all her friends. They could not imagine a better school atmosphere. It is very diverse. There are children from all over the world. The student teacher ratio is the lowest in Tampa and children receive lots of extra attention. P.S. if you are racist you should look elsewhere this schools is packed with Indians, Africans, Arabs, Chinese, and Hispanics, along with a equal number of Caucasians and African Americans. It is very diverse in a very well to do neighborhood and is only at 50% capacity.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2009
This school has a great open door policy with the VP, however there seems to be a breakdown when it comes to the teachers. The campus is beautiful, the teachers are friendly but there is some sort of breakdown when it comes to the academic portion.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2008
My daughter loves her school. We moved here at the beginning of the year and my daughter started Kindergarten at Heritage. We have loved it from the beginning. She has had caring teachers who want to see her excel. No overcrowding whatsoever like some nearby schools. They do not push the kids like other schools esp just to achieve higher test scores. I am a frequent volunteer and I see her teacher encouraging kids from all levels of learning. It is a very positive school and if given the choice, would choose NOT to leave this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2008
We have two children at Heritage and have been there from when they opened the doors in 2003. It is a great school with room to grow no over crowded classrooms. The teachers and staff are great and encourage parent envolvement.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2007
We moved from West Palm Beach last August and were hesitant on the Public School as my daughter was starting Kindergarten and had been rated gifted. While Palm Beach County has full time gifted programs for Kindergarten, Hillsborough County does not have any type of similar program for Kindergarten. However, at Heritage Elementary, my daughter's teacher and the Guidance Counselor worked towards creating a challenging and complete program for my daughter so that she takes some advanced lessons while still maturing, learning and growing with her age group. Her teacher has only been great and done so much for all her classroom, the school organizes great family events and programs. We are very happy with what Heritage Elementary is providing to our community.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2007
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May 07, 2006
We moved from IL last year and were worried about the FL schools and their ratings. My son excelled in IL and hasn't skipped a beat since moving here. I've read some of the reviews about Heritage and can say of the cmoplaints that have been written, I have not noticed. What I have seen is caring, respectful and friendly people on staff. For those that complain about the 'teachers' and 'staff', perhaps instead of living in a 'blaming' society, you should realize YOU need to be more involved in your kids lives and not dump all their troubles on the teachers. Teachers are there to help and guide your children, not take over. No child will excel without your involvement. There is some lack of communication, but other than that, I have NO issues with my child at Heritage.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2006
We recently moved from FL to TN. We had been at Heritage from day one. We absolutely loved the school. The staff is wonderful. Everyone there cared about your children even if they weren't the teacher. I really miss that school and all the help that was available to my kids. People really went out of their way to make all the kids feel safe and welcome. I would recommend this school to anyone with elementary aged children.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2006
Recently moved from CA. My daughter is in 1st grade. She seems to be doing good in the classroom. great management.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
My student attended first two years at Heritage and is now atending second grade in Canella Elem. Heritage showed very poor communication and lack of concern from teachers and staff. No help or guidance offered for my ADHD student from teachers or guidance. I saw little to no academic progress at this school but have seen improvement since relocating. Glad I got him out before it was too late.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2006
Poor cooperation from teachers and staff. My child was allowed to slip significantly with his grades. He almost failed. I contacted the guidance counselor as well as the vice principle and nothing was done. My son has since been relocated and is now achieving far more than he ever did at Heritage. I feel this is because his new school did everything possible to bring him up to speed with several programs available to public schools. These programs were available to Heritage elementary school as well; they just chose to do nothing. My son was tested at Pride Elementary and a specialized program was made for him. His self esteem has improved and he is doing very well. I attribute this solely to the intervention of the teachers and staff of Pride Elementary. Don't send your children to Heritage Elementary, YOU WILL REGRET IT!

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2005
Beautiful, new school! Small classes. Knowledgable teachers and staff. Teachers always have children's interests in mind.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2005
Heritage Elementary School is a great school especially if you like a low student/teacher ratio. The students enjoy art, chorus and etc. for extracurricular activities. Both pareents can be seen volunteering at this school. The teachers provide not only great education but they also meet their students emotional needs as well. The only problem I see for the 2005-2006 school year, is the fact that Heritage will not only house their students but they will be accomodating the students that are zoned for Sand Pine Elementary. The reason for this is that the construction will not be completed til 1/2006. To have twice as many students as they had this year seems to me to be quite a big problem for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2005
I love the staff at Heritage, very caring. Principal has open door policy. Diverse student population. The academic performance has been a huge disappointment. New Tampa schools are supposed to be the best but so far Heritage has not measured up.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2005
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Heritage Elementary School
18201 East Meadows Road, Tampa, FL  33647
(813) 740-4580
Last modified Heritage Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Heritage Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top