If you can afford private, opt for that instead of Tavares. The principal is focused on her title - not making the school an admired place. The teachers are subpar and leftovers from other schools and districts. The place has been effectively run in the ground to the point of impacting the resale value of our home. Our little one receives great grades, but hates school - what does that tell you? Also, the parking issue at school dismissal is a nightmare based on lax administration. Will not return after this year!!
This school lacks the ability to properly educate students, and struggles with staff retention. I find the administration to be laughable at best; collectively, they are strikingly inept. Further, the school is overcrowded, the teaching staff is below average and the atmosphere is hostile for both students and their parents. Administration lacks accountability as well as competence. The facilities are subpar, with children being ushered to a stationary bike under a covered pavilion for physical education. As a parent, I was horrified to learn just how substandard the facilities and staff are until after we moved into the district. Regarding the ELC program: the coordinator is combative and miserable. Stay away!
PRINCIPAL SO RUDE, NOT FRIENDLY NOT HELPFUL NEEDS TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE WHERE SHE BELONGS, VERY DISCRIMINATIVE ONLY LIKES DARK PEOPLE. DOES NOT HOW TO HANDLE SITUATION AND NOT EDUCATION AT ALL. PLEASE REPLACE HER SHE IS NOT FOR THIS SCHOOL.
Tavares Elementary School is a great school so far. My baby sister is 5 years old and just now started kindergarten, and she has been with Tavares Elementary since pre-school last year. I would like to thank her pre-school teacher, Ms. Davis, for making her first year at the school a memorable one. I would also like to thank her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Laroe, for being such a great teacher, my sister speaks very highly of her. The office staff are also very sincere and that makes me feel comfortable leaving my sister in their care. This school definitely deserves 5 stars!
Triangle elementry DOES have a dual language program starting in kindergarden. And that school is in mount dora. Just to let you know.
i think this is one of the best schools in florida and my son's teacher Mr. Swanson jis the very best teacher you could ever ask for. he is willing to drop everything and help my son. He is the type of child that needs the help and Mr. Swanson is always willing to be there to help and support him and our entire family. that is why our family was so proud to hear that he was chosen for the teacher of the year because is is the very best teacher you could ever ask for. Thank you Mr. Swanson for all your help andlove and support you are truley the greatest gift for Lucas. he loves you and he is so proud to say that you are is teacher. you are an excellent teacher and person. Keep up the good work
My child is ADD they told me to put him on meds and basicly swept him under the rug. I now have him private school and what a change! D's to all A's on his first report card.
Hello Tavares Elementary!!! I have (2) grandchildren in your school and they seem to love going to school everyday! How great is that? Anyway, thank you to all the administrators, teachers, and school staff who care for and teacher my grandkids. I am a 34 year veteran of the Broward County School System. It is not easy sometimes to deal with kids, but how great it is when the 'bulb' lights up! Keep up the good work - your example is what makes a difference.
I wanted to praise the 5th grade teacher 'team'. They have split up their classes so the 5th graders rotate. Mrs. Burg, Mrs. Lassiter and Mr. Bidding are truly a dream team of teachers. My 5th grader has gained so much in knowledge and confidence this year. The teachers (for the most part} MAKE this school. I agree they need a foreign language offered and a the whole Lake county school system needs a homeword accessible review on the internet sschschschschool).Mrs Ough, M M
My daughter enrolled here after we moved about 1 year ago. Overall the school is good. I am concerned that she doesn't get out enough for sports, etc. I am a bit concerned as well that communication seems to be lacking. Although she does have an assignment book, she is responsible to write down her assignments and no one else is reporting to me through the book. My daughter's grade fell dramatically in this school and I don't have a good handle on why. We are moving to a different school, so this won't be an issue. I must say that the people I have met are very friendly and professional A+ on making me feel welcome.
We moved from another county and I was leary about Tavares Elem. We moved in the middle of my son's kind year. When we got here he wasn't yet reading. In one week he started reading!! His teacher was great. We could not have more blessed. Thank you Mrs. Graber. I don't really know about the extracurricular activities or parent involvement, but we really like the school and the teachers.
I am very happy with this school. My two children are doing better with there grades and reading levels since coming to this school. They have thanked me several times for sending them to this school. The teachers are supportive, but they do not push so that the kids feel like failures when they are 'tested' for advance classes. My kids were in a charter school the past two years and the pressure was unbelievable for first graders to perform 'above average'. Tavares school is encouraging and thats wonderful.
All in all its a good school, it seems they are 'understaffed', not enough staff to watch the children in the lunchroom, therefore the poor kids can't even 'talk' at lunchtime, they also don't have enough 'outdoor' time (if any) on the playground, the older children get priority, campus is too 'open', kindergarteners should not be able to 'roam' as they do. But I was very pleased with her kindergarten teacher, Mrs Brown was great and my daughter learned alot. Hopefully the first grade teachers are as dedicated!And I am looking forward to a new principal!
I feel that my daughter has learned alot in the last 5 years at Tavares Elementary. I feel that the teachers have to put too much emphasize on the FCAT but I know that they have no choice. THe school has always been good about fairness and they have a wonderful before and after daycare.
The school is ok. For kindergarteners there are no art classes, but the music class is great (Mrs. Bain is the best, Great!)Sports and the playground is not available for the kindergarteners, the older children get preference here, which is not good, it makes no sense. PE with coach Boyd is great, they get excercise at least(once a week). The staff is very friendly, but I agree with a previous poster, anyone can come and go as they please on this campus. The kindergarten teachers are great, so far I only know the kindergarten teachers!
I don't feel the school is safe because of the open campus and the freedom of people coming ang going, and the children (kindergarteners) are allowed to walk the campus alone. The after school program is excellent, and thats what I rated A+!
Good faculty. Excellent Kindergarten teachers. Very good school for art and music enrichment. This school has a mixed population of involved parents and un-involved. School is currently being rebuilt and when completed will be a become a beautiful campus.
I recently enrolled my daughter in Kindergarten in Tavares Elementary. (I was originally going to place her in a private school but was told of this school by some associates) I have been very pleased with her selection of teachers. Her main teacher is Mrs. Keyes and she has done an outstanding job with her students and goes the extra mile to care for her students. A perfect example of a great school with exceptional teachers.
I have four grandchildren in Tavares Elementary and I volunteer there. It is without a doubt the best elementary school in Lake County with the very best staff. The staff reflects the principal. The most important thing besides the learning the students get is that they feel important. They are treated with respect and their talents are really drawn out with the school productions that they do. It hasn't changed since my two sons went there. Thank you.
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