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Tampa, FL
Students enrolled: 362
Before care: Yes
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1721 North Macdill Avenue
Tampa, FL 33607

(813) 356-1760
(813) 356-1764
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August 18, 2014
Providing you with my honest opinion which is why this forum was created. My child attended Macfarlane Park from K-5th - my rating is based on: (a) Teachers - communication, involvement, quality, classroom structure, IB curriculum (b) PTA - excellent involvement, thanks to the community of great parents (c) Guidance counselor, Nurse, Front Office Staff, Cafeteria, PE Coach, Spanish/Chorus/Library/Strings - 5 starts all the way around, highly trained individuals who absolutely love what they do and they do it with class (d) Principal - this by far was the most disappointing experience I had during the 6 years. Future parents, please be aware of the lack of leadership and care the Principal shows. It's scary to have someone in authority who uses her title to bully parents, children and staff. The principal lacks all character traits of an IB leader. It saddens me to have seen first hand the lack of ethics and professionalism from someone in such an important role. As a parent, my advice is to make the best decision for YOUR child, always be involved. If something doesn't seem right use the tools you have at hand to have it researched such as calling the school district.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
Macfarlane Park has consistently been one of the best elementary schools in Hillsborough County for a decade. Great staff, great administration, great students, and the best PTA in the state makes a great school. I will say that there have been lots of teachers coming and going and switching grade levels over the past couple of years. A lot of the staff who left became lead teachers at other schools, but still, it's a lot of change. I really hope it doesn't affect the quality at Macfarlane. It hasn't yet, thankfully.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
We were initially happy with this school and felt the IB curriculum was providing an advanced academic experience for our children. The school offers extras most others in the district do not (Strings, Spanish). While the Strings program is a jewel, Spanish was highly disappointing. Many teachers/staff here are dedicated and engaging with the students. However, there are others who don't model Respect, Caring and even Commitment; aspects of the IB program that are supposed to be the foundation of this school. Students here have the same issues with bullying and cliches you find elsewhere, which we had hoped wouldn't be the case in an IB school. The school has degraded in quality of both education and environment since 2010. Being a student (or teacher) here used to be a privilege that was respected and coveted by all. Over the past few years there has been a "revolving door" of teacher turnover. New hires are often first year teachers. This says a lot. We have seriously considered moving our youngest out. We now give this school a B-, downgraded from an A.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2013
Our oldest daughter has been attending MacFarlane Park since last year (she is now in first grade). I knew before she started VPK that this was the best fit for our daughter and I could not have been more correct in that assumption. We drive our daughter over 28 miles one way to school every day and will continue to do so in order for our daughter to attend this wonderful school. This school understands that it is important to not only learn, but serve those in our community and world. Our daughter loves the variety of classes, great gifted programs, and continuous opportunities for school and community involvement. If you want a small "family" type school whose goal is to provide an environment where all types of learners and backgrounds are welcome; you will find it at MacFarlane Park. From International Festivals and Peace Day to Strings Concerts; your child will be able to pursue their interests while receiving an A+ education.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
We love this school! The teachers are wonderful, caring and go the extra mile. The kids are excited to go to school and are happy and smiling when I pick them up. The small class size and small school size lead to a child centered education that is family oriented and mutually supportive. We have loved our time at MacFarlane Park!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
MacFarlane Park Elementary is an inclusive, culturally diverse school. The school is intimate and friendly to all of the parents and students. The teachers are rigorous, yet fun and fair. We feel incredibly fortunate that our son is attending the "World's Best World School".

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
This A rated small school is nurtures students natural desire to learn. The mission statement of the IB curriculum is: "The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right." This school fully encompasses this mission statement in the classroom, clubs, and service learning programs. This school also teaches all students both violin and introductory Spanish beginning in Kindergarten. The PTA is very active in providing programs and parent-led fundraising to ensure our school has everything it needs to be successful and effective in giving our children the best education possible. The staff includes teachers and administrators with bachelors, masters, & doctoral degrees.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
The IB program isn't for everyone and there are challenges when choosing a school outside your own neighborhood (playdates, etc) but we have been nothing but happy with our experience at MacFarlane. We have had a child enrolled there for the past two years and now have both of our kids there. Couldn't be happier with the content, rigor and breadth of the curriculum and have been very pleased with all of the teachers and staff. I wish more parents could and would get involved.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
This is our fourth year at McFarlane Park and we absolutely love it. In fact, I gladly drive by our A-rated neighborhood school daily because I firmly believe that this is the best school in the county. There is a spirit of inclusion, diversity and high academic standards. We have two sons with two very different personalities at the school. All of their teachers have made them better students and better people. We consider ourselves lucky to be a part of the MacFarlane Park family.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
The Principle at Macfarlene Park is very unprofessional and clearly needs some refreshing on her job duties. I have never had to encounter an educator in all my life that didn't want to help a child succeed. She is only worried about how good her school looks and tries to relocate the kids that make her school look bad. What makes you a great school is how well you teach our children not what school district grade you get by withdrawling children you don't like (without permission) mind you. Her school failed to do thier job during the school year for my son with a learning disability and now she doesnt want to be held accountable. Well as a parent I will fight for my child's right and education.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
This school is absolutely fantastic. I have been pleased with the teachers, administration and staff for several years. There is a community of people who genuinely care for students and their progress as individuals who will lead the world one day. This school has provided a wonderful academic and social atmosphere that has prepared both of my children for middle school.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
School is on the decline, used to be good. Too many teachers leave after a year or two.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
This school is fantastic. I drive almost an hour to get there and it is well worth it. The teachers will go above and beyond to make sure your child excels. As a parent I do my best to make sure I am communicating with the teachers and they do a great job of giving me great feedback. I love their violin program. Thankfully neither of my sons have experienced bullying there and they feel safe. It is a great school and my kids love it!!! THANK you to all the amazing staff!!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2013
Biggest disappointment! My son began in middle of 2nd grade. The communication with his teacher was beyond poor and I could not get any updates on his progress to save my life. I also will never understand how the first 8 weeks of the semester everything is fine...I hear nothing from his teacher (even after several emails) and then the last week he comes home with a progress report and an "N" under the behavior marks on his report card. Call me crazy but I'd think I should be notified much sooner so I can attempt to fix whatever issues are occurring. 5 days before school ends hardly sounds reasonable. So we can say this would be the teacher and they can make or break the year but the principal is another story...and not a good one. Within the 1st week of my childs attendance he was told "there were never any problems at this school until he arrived" and then when I approached the principal she told me my child was a liar....while later on in our convo she informed me she never had issues in his classroom until he arrived, sounded almost like what she "didn't" tell him. School might be better if you started in K so you can fit into the clique and child be accepted. Good luck!

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2013
I am surprise to hear the comments about the lunchroom staff. I volunteered in the lunchroom (lunch) for five years and never witnessed this behavior.Often times, students will not report Incidents of bullying. Please encourage your child to talk to you and report thhese incidents. Finally, I am sorry your child did not have positive and rewarding experiences. I am looking forward to having my grandson there 2013

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2012
This school is welcoming and committed to providing a quality education for their students. The teachers are engaged and do a fantastic job balancing fun with work. My son is completing his second year at MacFarlane and I'm excited that our second son will be a kindergartener next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2012
This school provides an excellent education! I am a new parent to the school and I have felt very welcomed by the staff and by the other parents. The PTA is welcomed in the school and has an obvious presence. We appreciate and support our teachers. My daughter has had a wonderful first year! My only complaint is that more children don't have access to this kind of experience. I hope to see even more IB schools open in the future.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2011
This school has some real "issues" at the administration level. They offer great programs, and "most" of the teachers are good. Its the few that are not that make the experience less than desirable. New kids are not integrated effectively and there is a lot of bullying from the older kids. The workers in the lunch room are disrespectful to the kids. Kids are people too! Not worth it unless your kid starts at the kindergarten level!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2011
What can I say about this school other than from top to bottom, it is excellent! The administration is exceptional, the teachers are absolutely, hands down, the best in Hillsborough County and the PTA is the strongest I have ever seen. My kids left their neghborhood school to attend MacFarlane and they have never looked back. They are studying Spanish, play violin, attend art and scrapbooking clubs, are challenged and rewarded on a daily basis, and genuinely look forward to school each day. When you walk through the halls of MacFarlane Park you will see smiling teachers and staff, happy kids who are eager to show what is happening in their school and parents who feel very comfortable in the school and proud to help their school in any way possible. The school is very clean and I feel confident in my children's safety as well. The IB program challenges kids to learn about the world and their role in it. The school is very involved in outreach programs locally and worldwide. It is important to this administration and the teachers, to show the children they can make a difference in the world and to give them the best education possible. We love our school!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2011
MacFarlane Park is full of wonderful teachers who care about the children inside and outside of the classroom. The diverse curriculum allows the students to excel...we are so pleased to be part of the MacFarlane Park family.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2010
We have only been happy with the quality of the school, its teachers and the expectations of the students.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2010
I decided to take my child out of this school after being at MacFarlane for many years. The teachers are great and I have never had any major issues with that, but the fact is that the administration has been focusing too much on issues that are not relevant to my child's education. The teachers seem to be busy preparing for events rather than teaching what they are supposed to teach. I knew that the scores would be lower this year, and a few parents and myself have been waiting for the scores before we pulled our children out of this school. It is a shame that with such wonderful teachers and kids, that there is an administration that is bringing this wonderful school down. New leadership is needed at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
MacFarlane Park has exceptional programs, teachers and administrators. The teachers develop innovative ideas and strategies to reach and teach our children.

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August 11, 2009
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March 01, 2009
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February 08, 2009
I am so happy with MacFarlane Park. The school culture is committed to excellence in academic achievement. More than that, it's committed to making the world a better place, starting with the surrounding community. My son loves going to school, and I'm happy to take him here.

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December 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2008
This is our first year at MacFarlane IB. Our two children were coming from private school. They are very bright and go getters. We had concerns about whether the curriculum would measure up in continuing to challenge them. It has! The curriculum focuses not only on just academics but cultural, social, environmental, the arts, etc. There are numerous programs for the children to get involved. The environment is very organized/structured but loving and caring. The kids love it and the parent participation is awesome! We have become a part of the MacFarlane IB Family and couldn't be happier.

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August 26, 2008
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August 18, 2008
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no rating August 16, 2008
Overall, I am very pleased with the school. Our teachers have been great and really care about my child's education. The guidance counselor is wonderful and is an asset to the school. In my experiance, I don't think the principal shows impartialty in dealing with parents and faculty,

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 08, 2008
Very happy with the educational quality of this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2008
Outstanding from top to bottom. Great teachers, great leadership, great curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
My children have been attending this school since its opening in 2004 and we just couldn't be happier. The teachers are amazing! They really work hard to provide authentic opportunities for the students to learn new material and apply it to their lives. The administration is excellent, always there to assist parents in any ways necessary. Because it is such a small school, it feels like a family where everyone knows each other and celebrates each others' successes. Just walking down the halls you can see the enthusiasm of the teachers and the students. They do a wonderful job of keeping the students engaged and on task, while allowing them to be themselves. I can't imagine my children attending school anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2008
The schools goals are great. I love the curriculum and the vision of the school. I just do not think all the teachers hired are qualified for this type of school. The faculty is not diverse enough to reflect the student bodleay and populations. International studies also should mean that all the staff knows the learning styles that differ and come along with the different cultures. My children go there and overall they like their friends they have made and the school has more than enough activities for the whole family to get involved in.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2008
I could not imagine a better place for my daughter. She was always the shy type, but Macfarlane's caring staff and friendly students have turned her into a new child. It is amazing to see how comfortable and happy she is when she is there. As I walk down the halls, I peek in the windows of other classrooms, the classrooms seem like they always have enthusiastic teachers, children with smiles on their faces, and parents helping out. I believe that those are the three things that make a school excellent. Also, the PTA does an outstanding job with holding fun events that make everyone feel apart of something special.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2008
Just amazing school! is the BEST. I'm sure.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
My son loves this school. He looks forward to going to school. His teachers have found something that wants him to be his best. The individual attention he receives is great.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2007
My daughter has attended MacFarlanePark since it opened. You can't find a better program in Hillsborough county - it's asgood or possibly even better than a private school. The staff is excellent and the attitudes and atmosphere in and around the student body reflects the fabulous education they are receiving. The class sizes are small and noone is attending in a portable! She is a fifth grader this year, so not only she will have many tears at the conclusion of this year. Wonderful school for advanced studies.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2007
This is our 2nd year at this school. The offerings are extremely unique and very original. My child loves this school. The curriculum is challenging. The staff, administration & teachers are amazing! Nothing short of an excellent school. The children recieve above and beyond what a regular public school has to offer. The parent involvement is very impressive! We love it!!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
After attending this school we found that the core curriculum was significantly lower than our regular neighborhood school. They stressed the learning of other countries though projects and regularly gave homework that was to challenge themselves in anything they wanted. Unfortunately, their was not any direction as to a theme or direction on what they were to challenge on. The music program is great also. The X-tra's would be great if the core curriculum was not so far behind as it does not give much of a foundation to build from. The administration was not helpfull in obtaining a more challenging curriculum so we ultimately left. They are a new school with alot to work through.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
We move around a lot and have attended a lot of schools around the world, including some very well-reputed private schools. This one blows them away. This is my second year here with two children and I've never seen so much dedication and individualized instruction from a teaching staff. The principal is very hands on, and the parents are dedicated. I chose this school because it has internationally recognized academic standards, and I'm staying here because my children are gifted and they really know how to motivate and stimulate them, not just in math in science but the other subjects as well, particularly the music program.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
My son has attended this school since it opened in 2004. We are very pleased with the curiculum as well as the extent of involvment with parents and teachers. Great Staff, Great school! We are very happy to start his 4th year there!!!

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May 31, 2007
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September 29, 2006
Good school. I am a parent of a student at this school. The only problem I see is the basics are not always covered at a rate that all children can keep up with. Just because a child learns slower doesn't mean they are incapable of learning large amounts of material. Advanced is wonderful keep challenging all the students but make sure you are giving them the foundatins they need.

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September 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2006
Needed a larger playground for some time, but finally got an area. Teachers are nice and really seem to care. Program is academically challenging. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
We have been impressed so far with the level of commitment on behalf of the staff. The students are engaged and on task.

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Macfarlane Park Elementary Magnet School
1721 North Macdill Avenue, Tampa, FL  33607
(813) 356-1760
Last modified Macfarlane Park Elementary Magnet School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Macfarlane Park Elementary Magnet School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top