As a parent at Deer Park for 3 years I can safely say it's the best experience we've had with our children. And we did have our children at a real private school before & pulled them out of 2nd grade there. As for the 'CEO' directing traffic- he does this so he can interact with the kids & parents every day & isn't it GREAT to be able to SEE your principal every day! He's not a remote figure that is inaccessible! The parents are welcome on campus everyday & are encouraged to be involved in both the school & the classrooms. And our principal and vice principal are always available to discuss and resolve any problems. Our teachers come from both public & private backgrounds and all tell me how wonderful their working environment is here. As parents, we feel welcome and at home at Deer Park.
I made the decision during last school year to pull my son from private school. I visited many schools in the area including the school that my son was zoned for. I decided the second I walked into Deer Park that I wanted him to attend. I school choiced him & cannot be happier. I decided to introduce myself to some of the PTA over the summer and was pleasantly surprised to have made some great friends. I was a bit nervous on the first day of school, I worried my son wouldn't adjust well & it would be hard for him at his age. (He's in 3rd grade) When I picked him up the first day, he actually thanked me. Getting up in the morning hasn't been a chore & he looks forward to school. His teachers are fantastic and I am thrilled to be a part of the family!
I am not all that impressed. Maybe I am too used to private school (preschool) yet. The people seem to first assume the kids behave badly and teach children what they can not or should not do, instead of focusing on what they can do. The teachers and VP are always telling kids, not asking kids, to do things. The afternoon pick up needs to improve. Westchase Elementary had the kids wait in the lunchroom, I heard, which I think is better. I have a great respect for the principal in his effort to be so involved. However, great organizations do not necessarily have their 'CEOs' directing traffic 1-2 hours of their days.
This school is excellent! I have had several parents tell me they pulled their children out of private education because Deer Park has a superior campus, teachers, and staff. The staff works with the families to find the right teaching style/teacher for the children. I feel there is plenty of parental involvement, but then again, you only get out what you put into it. Heck, there is even a dad's club that has at least one dad and kid event every month! The only issue I have with the school is inadequate parking, but that is on the district not the school. Contrary to a previous review there are benches around the campus (in fairness, that review was posted prior to the installation of said benches as the school had only been open for a few months).
Deer Park is hands-down one of the best public schools in the state. The principal is a dynamo - I can't say enough about his enthusiasm, visibility, availability to the parents, and genuine interest in the sucess and well-being of our kids. Parents love him, teachers love him, and the students treat him like a rock star. The best thing about Deer Park is Principal Cerreta's mission to make this a COMMUNITY. He has tasked the PTA with getting as much family involvement as possible, and encorages relationships with neighborhood business as well. The quality of the teachers is great, the options for extra-curricular activities are varied, and the campus is beautiful. We love Deer Park - it's the BEST!
Absolutely fabulous. I pulled my children out of private school to go to Deer Park and I have never looked back! It is beyond expectations with wonderful teachers, huge parent participation and an extroadinary administration. And the principal...what can I say except that he is top notch. Fantastic school. Best school is the state if not one of the best in the nation.
Trust me, this is a GREAT school. The principal is amazing...you'll see him every single day on campus. The assistant Principal is just as great. There isn't a student at the school they both don't know. Security is handled well, with a complete lockdown after the morning bell, and a computerized system to sign-in and check any and all visitors/volunteers at the school. The classrooms are nicely sized, and there is a beautiful courtyard with benches in the middle of the school. We have a great playground with small picnic tables to eat at, and soon we'll have a covered court to protect our kids from the sun during PE. Our staff, from front office to teachers to custodians are great people with a wonderful dedication to our students. Also, parent involvement is welcomed and appreciated. This is just a great school!!
This was our first year there and the school was very well run and I felt very informed about everything going on with my children
The PE program is only twice a week and seems a bit boring, specially for boys. Classrooms are very tiny. There are no benches around the campus and no designated pick nick tables outside to have lunch with your kids.Campus should be more secure and only accessible through the front office. Music is great and they even offer free guitar lessons. Principal,Teachers and Staff are awesome.
Im a prospective physical education teacher attending USF interning at Deer Park Elementary. For a school that has just opened I am suprised to see how good of a school it is, the principal is very good and seems to take a lot of pride in structuring a good program. The school has only one pysical education teacher, and like most Hillsborough County schools students have only two days of P.E. The instructor Mrs. Brown is very good, as she was one of the choosen by my professors as an intern to allow us to see how a good program is run. She has taught for about 20 years. She does not devote time to game play such as dodgeball and kickball, instead she developes skills in locomotor areas like throwing, hopping, kicking, running etc. She also runs an after school program called HOST and has a 'jump rope' team.
Excellent school. Very organized adminstration & involved principal. You see him out and about every day, helping with the drop off line, in the cafeteria & just talking with parents. Great parental involvement and a great perspective on fundraising - you won't have to get your co-workers to buy wrapping paper & junky stuff to help raise money for the school. The school also reaches out to the community and has activities, like inviting students from an economically disadvantaged school to spend a fun day at Deer Park.
We love Deer Park! The new campus is great and we are very happy with the adminsitration as well as the teaching staff. The principal is awesome!!! I'm looking forward to new activities/programs now that we are on our 'real' campus.
Wonderful principle who is very involved with the students and knows them each by name. Ok parental involvement. Academics are fairly good. My child likes the school and her teacher isn't all that bad.
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