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PK-5
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Tampa, FL
Students enrolled: 1,124
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9190 Imperial Oak Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33647

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(813) 907-9066
(813) 907-9546
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July 28, 2015
This school was amazing before someone had the horrific idea to merge with the middle school and completely replace the administration. The new hours are completely ridiculous, and force young children to eat lunch at 10:30 in the morning, thus leaving them starving in the afternoon. There are so many children in the lunch room, that the aide has difficulty controlling them, therefore just enforces "silent lunches" when she does not want to be bothered. The new administration, although quite top heavy, is completely ineffective, as they prefer to fraternize with the teachers, rather than follow through on parental concerns. The new principal promised all sorts of grandeur, however, did not come through on any of it, leaving families to feel like they were all campaign promises. He rides around between the two campuses on his golf cart waving to people as if he were the queen of England. He missed several important events through the course of the school year, including a winter concert, and the fifth grade award ceremony, events that the prior principal would never have missed. There is a mandatory uniform policy, however, a large amount of students do not even follow it, with no repercussions, unless a teacher happens to be in a rancid mood that day. Perhaps that is because, many of the teachers themselves chose to dress inappropriately. There has been a huge influx of new teachers, many brought by the new principal, who quite frankly, are young and inexperienced, and unable to effectively teach our children, and have no guidance from administration, as they are just as young and inexperienced. Lastly, this past year, a pregnant eighth grader was thrown a baby shower by administration in the front office, which is extremely inappropriate and poor judgment for administrators to make. These are the things small elementary students see, which can affect their future judgments. If you have any way to utilize your choice to avoid the disaster that TBK8 is, I would highly recommend you do so. I am thrilled to have the ability to have removed my children from what in my opinion is an experiment for K-8 schools, and it has gone bad.

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2015
Teachers at Turner/Bartels truly care about the children. However, they are unable to advocate for their students due to ramifications administration places on teachers who voice different opinions. The high teacher turnover rate is due to the lack of professionalism and the stressful environment that administration has created. Lack of communication from administration makes it difficult for teachers to communicate effectively with parents. Staff is frequently given information the same time as parents and teachers are not provided any details about the events. Please work with your child's teacher to create the best environment for your child. Most will do their best to give students the best education possible. Unfortunately, teachers are limited due to the fear of retaliation from administration.

- submitted by a teacher

June 15, 2015
When it was just Turner the school was ok. After the merger with Bartels it became a parents worst nightmare. My daughter was in the third grade and was moved to Bartels middle school. They had so many students that her lunch time was 10:25 am and 10:05 in early release days! School didn't even start until 8:45 and she was starving by the time she got home. Within the first few weeks of school her teacher left and was replaced by a new teacher. She was very inexperienced and this was her first class. My daughter was having trouble with reading and spelling and I was told it didn't matter because of spell check! I requested that she be tested for dyslexia twice, her doctor even wrote a formal request, but nothing. I was told at first she was going to be retained for her reading, then one week later I was told they were promoting her, then another week later she received a "B" in her report card for reading! All that aside, she failed the reading portion of the FCAT and is now in summer reading camp! It is apparent that nobody knows what they are doing and they only promoted my daughter because I was in constant contact with the assistant principal (not the teacher. She never returned emails) I had to latch on like a pit bull and wouldn't let up for something to be done. In the end they really don't care about the students only their numbers. If they did they would of given my daughter the help she needed to benefit her. Instead by passing her she will now be accountable at a fourth grade standard where she clearly is not. I'm looking for another school... It's sad because I moved to new Tampa because of the "A" assigned schools. If you can utilize your school choice option or attend a private school! Beware.....

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
June 15, 2015
My daughter was always being bullied at school. When she would bring it to her teachers attention her teacher would often say to my daughter that she did not believe her. I guess this happened a lot. According to Bay News there was no reports of bullying that took place within the classroom. As a parent I knew different. I have dried many tears of my daughters. It got so bad that one of my daughters classmates tried to hang herself on the flagpole because kids were bullying her! They are only eight years old! Instead of using this incident as a learning tool, which is what I did, the school kept this hush hush and swept it under the rug! What happened to their "zero tolerance" policy on bulling? Oh right, if they addressed the issue the might be admitting they have ineffective, poorly trained, uneducated teachers!

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February 22, 2015
I wrote the review below about my daughter in 2nd grade and previously gave the school 5 stars when it was an elementary school. I unfortunately must give it 2 stars and that is because of the teachers. It is very large now being k-8 and the focus seems to be on the middle school. Parent are not as welcome and all the wonderful reading nights and book fairs and movie pajama nights have gone out the window. That was part of what made the elementary school so personal before. I guess turning around the middle school is a big job but I think its also a more distant administration . There are a lot more behavior issues this year--fights at the school. on buses, etc. It is quite possible things will get better as this is a transition year but I am looking for another school.

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2014
Turner/ Bartel's merger has been a nightmare for parents. First the timing to drop kids couldn't be the worst timing. Second of all, there is 2 campus and nobody knows anything about the new rules and policies. My wife had to wait about an hour in line for each campus to pick up our 2 daughters ( one is in elementary- Turner and the other at Bartels). There is no way they can take my oldest daughter to Turner's campus to ride the bus with my kindergarten daughter. 4th and 5th grade are at the Bartels campus with the middle school kids, therefore their lunch times are very early about 10:30 am and dismissal is at 3:30, so if your kid lunches that early by the time he/she gets out of school is starving. Third the dismissal time is a nightmare, if you have to pick up your kid, prepare to be there an hour before or run a chance to be in line for an hour or so, not counting if you have kids at both campuses; it's even worse. I regret the day I sing up for this nightmare school. I wont recommend this school for anyone that lives around new tampa area and lives in hillsborough county.

- submitted by a parent

April 06, 2014
My daughter is in 2nd grade. Turner is very organized with a great principal Ms McMahon so though it is a large school,I feel my daughter gets a lot of personal attention. The teachers my daughter has had are passionate and well educated with no shortage of great ideas. My daughter has a 504 plan and is a challenge to teach at times. The support staff and teachers are friendly and seem happy to be there. Rules are followed here and I feel my daughter is safe. In the past the guidance department has been weak and the PTA is not very visible but their are plenty of clubs and school activities going on and you will meet a lot of teachers this way. Please be aware this school is slated to become a k-8 school and I am not happy about this because turner is so well run and I have other concerns.

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2014
My family has been part of Turner since it's inception. The teachers and Principals have been fantastic. However, one stat tells you everything you need to know: 1056 students. The staff is doing the best they can given the hand they're dealt. Turner ran out of room for the 5th graders three years ago and starting in the 2014-15 school year they're out of room for the 4th graders. Both 4th and 5th grade will be housed in Bartels Middle School (see reviews for Bartels). How long before there's no room for the 3rd graders? We live walking distance from Turner but unfortunately will have to look for an alternative for my current 3rd grader.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2013
This school has really gone down hill since the original principle left. My child was having great difficulty with his reading. I did a lot of research and kept suggesting that his was dyslexic. The teachers and staff told us in a nice way that we didn't know what we were talking about and swapped his teachers and a couple of other things to make it look like they were doing something. Needless to say my child's reading did not improve. We had him tested and yes he was dyslexic and had an above average IQ. Needless to say, we home school now. Use your school choice or homeschool. Stay away from Turner if you possible can.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2013
My daughter came from a private school for pre-K and was already reading before she got to Turner and my concern when entering K was that she would be kept back to meet the level of the students who may not have been as advanced as her...Complete opposite!! Mrs. Zabatta was her K teacher and awesome in regards to acknowledging her students abilities and grouping them so that no one was left behind or pushed backwards. My daughter is now in Mrs. Delgado's class and is in the Accelerated Readers program and loves school. Teacher are great!! School is always patroled by an officer and kids are always kept safe!!

- submitted by a parent

August 30, 2013
I really wish that I could give a favorable review of Turner. The stars just don't do my viewpoint justice. My daughter began at Turner after completing a VPK program; her mom and I agreed that Turner would be the best fit. Unfortunately, it soon became glaringly apparent that the K program was geared for kids who couldn't read, not for a girl who read at a very high level. She encountered many difficulties, including bullying, hostility from other students, and insensitive, unresponsive teachers. The principal repeatedly intervened, and to her credit did make some small difference. The same principal put our daughter with a specific teacher for first grade, and things did improve somewhat. But, second grade was an unmitigated disaster. By now she was reading at a fifth grade level, but was labelled a troublemaker early on and repeatedly ignored save for derogatory criticism and disciplinary action. The only lesson she learned was that she hated school. The principal was the only one who sympathized with us through it all, and is the only reason Turner gets two stars. Though my girl is now in private school, the damage remains.

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2013
This school is fantastic. The leadership is committed, caring, and forward-thinking. This is not the school for you if you are a parent who does not want to be involved - there is school info that comes home almost every night, and the programming is incredible. The teachers and staff are unbelieveably dedicated. The overcrowding (not the school's fault). is the only problem, and it's a big one for 4th and 5th grade.

- submitted by a parent

June 02, 2013
One very important thing should be pointed out here. Because of overcrowding and the district's unwillingness to rezone, both 4th and 5th grade students do not attend Turner! That's right they do not attend Turner, they attend Bartel's MIddle School. THis is a huge issue as they are exposed at a very young age to fighting, drugs, cigarettes, etc. The school (Turner) claims that they are segregated, however this is not true. Additionally even if they were properly segregated, it goes against the idea's of school involvement and interactions with the younger students in Turner. I would not suggest this school until the district gets their act together and rezones appropriately.

- submitted by a parent

January 24, 2013
Overall Rating: A+ I am extremely pleased with Turner Elementary from every angle. First and foremost, they have created a learning enviroment that my daughter loves to attend. She is earger to learn & do better. This school encourages parent involment and parents love to get involved! What a beautiful mix! Next, Turner is always putting out information & giving informative parent night mini seminars. I just happened to come from a FCAT 2.0 Parents Night. It was very insight. I appreciate a school who takes the time to thoroughly inform the parents of whats is going on. There are so many good things from the extremely amazing music teacher (I love love love the children's music performaces each year. It always seems so darn cute with a little bit of wit thrown into them to make them even more charming and memorable.) So much good stuff. I can't say enough. If your child goes here, you won't go wrong. They will get an excellent education & they will have a caring staff encouraging your child along the way.

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2012
One thing I feel should be mentioned about Turner Elementary is that fact that there are way too many students attending this school. The area around it has grown much faster than anticipated and the influx is overwhelming. Many parents, including us, opted to pull thier children out at the end of the 11-12 school year, for other schools e.g. charter, magnet & private schools, but the problem remains. The school itself, is not very old, 5-6 years, but the fact that there are so many students makes it easy for under performing children to fall through the cracks. We opted to leave at the end of the year and our children are now attening a magnet school. We truely, were not impressed with Turner Elementary.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2012
It's a good school, but I don't like my daughter's teacher. I want someone with more experience!

- submitted by a parent

February 07, 2012
Regular ed classes have been fairly rigorous, and some of the gifted teachers are excellent. But having witnessed gifted and talented programs extensively, this one is not at the top of the pack. Turner admin should seriously evaluate the high expectations for the gifted program enrollees against the sub-par qualifications of some of the teachers in the program. Admin has been supportive otherwise and the school has a tight knit feel with events and organizations.

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June 20, 2011
My son moved from China to this school on his second grade. & it is so lucky to have a great teacher,Mrs Collier here. She is so nice & patient. Encourage him to learn English step by step and help us a lot. only 10month My son did made a marvellous progress. He got "E" on nearly every course.& more important, he has confidence again.

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2010
We love this school. My son is in Ms. Caldwell's single gender class and she is the best teacher we have encountered. My son is a straight A student. The values we have at home to raise him as a young gentleman is being enforced by Ms. Caldwell. He is much more open, social and expresses himself intellectually. I can see his critical thinking, creative and scholastic thoughts being gently molded for his future. I LOVE this school.

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March 21, 2010
Turner has is great school. My child loves going to school.

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October 08, 2009
Turner is very good a keeping parents fully involved in my childs education.

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May 28, 2009
My son goes to this school and I had no problems with it. My son loves the school and learned so much. His reading is much better than when we first arrived into Florida a few years ago. I give kudo's to Ms. Caldwell for being such a wonderful A+ teacher as well as the rest of the teacher faculty and principal. They are all caring and sweet. God bless....

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February 27, 2009
I agree Turner has is great school. The staff has always been nice and helpful. The teachers I have experience have been helpful and willing to listen to any concerns I am have.

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August 10, 2007
I think that turner is stupendous school, the staff at turner has taught my child so much this year. I am amazed at her progress in all subjects.At the end of the year she brought all here art work home and said she had a great time this year with the winter parties and pajama parties they gave these kids a great experience. I am very happy with the school!

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June 29, 2007
turner has a dedicated and caring staff who are interested in the academic and social well-being of all students. They seem to encourage parental involvement and have a variety of activities that help make it happen. My child loves going to school each day and I can see why.

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October 05, 2006
Turner Elementary is an outstanding school with excellent leadership. As a parent of a third grader and a kindergartner, I could not have picked a better, safer, health conscious, well rounded school. Parents are welcome to visit any time and students overall performance speaks for itself. Turner has terrific 'extras'. This includes enrichment clubs and a comprehensive wellness program. A school with all the perks but very serious about academics .

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Turner Elementary School
9190 Imperial Oak Boulevard, Tampa, FL  33647
(813) 907-9066
Last modified Turner Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Turner Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top