Students enrolled 610
School leader MRS. MARY ANN KEENE

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4332 Lynx Paw Trail
Valrico, FL 33596

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(813) 744-8016
(813) 740-4462
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4 stars
Based on 33 ratings

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August 12, 2014
This is a wonderful school and I will be sad to leave in five years. If you can choice in over other schools in the area then you should. Most of the schools around are excellent but they do not share the same level of intimacy as Lithia Springs. When I do finally leave I would have spent 15 years there and due to the kids age differences. What was I thinking you ask? Not sure, but I am so glad we stayed at Lithia Springs even though we moved.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
Great school! I find the leadership at this school to be absolutely outstanding. They handle some difficult situations calmly and fairly. The teachers are definitely hit or miss, as indicated in many of the other reviews. I have two students at this school and am glad we moved here to be near this set of schools (we've been here two years). The parents are generally very involved, and the PTA teams up with the school to create some innovative fun activities for the kids that are well organized and executed. The school could be improved with much better communication of homework to parents. They have an online communication system, but the teachers are not using it. There is a lot of homework and sometimes we feel that we are doing a lot of teaching at home without knowing the lesson. At same time, though, I feel it's important for parents to play a role in their child's education. I would also like to see better integration of topics across subjects and much more technology integration as well as a thorough discussion of digital literacy and plagiarism. All-in-all, though, it's a great choice.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
This is the best school around, high quality, great staff.safe place to send my child in everyday.friendly teachers and staff ready to help when I needed to.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
Incredible staff and individual attention to each of our children's needs. Proximity to Riverhills Community Club makes the location ideal!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2013
This is our first year at Lithia Springs Ele. and I am very pleased. The staff is professional and friendly. They work very hard to create a happy, welcoming and fun environment for all of the students and families. My daughter's teacher brings out the absolute best in her students.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2012
There are some awesome teachers in this school, but this year my 3rd grader and 5th graders have teachers are very rude. Some teachers call crybaby to the students who does not do well or would yell at them if they don't get it at first time. Also no attention is giving to the kids who don't do well. Teacher and parent communications is very poor.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2011
LSES is a very serious school. Test scores, tests and disciple are held in the highest regard. Play and fun are scheduled activities. If you are looking for an academically rigorous school you will be very happy. The staff often seems stressed and unfriendly which is very concerning for an elementary school. The teachers use technology at a minimum. Only a few teachers have a web page and there is no use (in our case) of email to communicate school activities, homework or important dates reminders. I have also found LSES to be insensitive or uneducated on the unique lifestyles of military families and military children. They seem to have limited knowledge on how to manage and cope with these issues. The facilities at the school appear to be in good shape and well maintained. It also seems they have enough resources for all the children and there are no shortages of materials. The PTA is very active and engaged. They do an excellent job of getting information out to the families.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
Major bullying issues which school seems to ignore or deny and this includes zero feed back on the zero-tolerance policy from hillsboro county school board. very disappointing..My child was crying sent back to class and told he handled being bullied wrong.Classes overload with adhd children which are very disruptive in class.My children helped get them the A ratings but it seems the children with more problems are the ones who receive the most benefit . school seems more concerned about receiving state funds &try to get ur child labeled so they can receive more money. past 2 years. I have had nothing but negative feedback and we are just holding are breath to get through this year..Teachers are great though can only teach so much when there are so many disruptive kids.They bus them in and have had issues with gang related kids/families

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2010
If you have a child who goes along right with the group and does exactly what is expected at all times, then it is a good school. Lithia is very rule oriented to a point of rigidity. Their ESE classes were moved to Valrico and this bothered me. They are not friendly about working with you if you have children with special needs, even minor ones.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
Lithia Springs is an outstanding Elementary School. The staff are great, leadership is great, teachers are outstanding and they really care about the kids. The facilities are fairly new and well maintained, with an outside covered gym area. All four of my children have gone to LSES. FCAT testing is something all public schools in Florida are geared for now thanks to No Child Left Behind, which is unfortunate. The only way to get away from teachers teaching to a test anywhere in the U.S.A. now is to Home School. For a public school LSES is top notch.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
I do afree they score high on state test levels because FCAT is etched in their brains from the first week of school. The office staff is OK, there are some really good teachers there, some of who have told me over the years they hate the FCAT test themselves. My 4th grader has already taken 8-10 FCAT practice tests, to teach them to fill in the cirles properly. Personally I'd rather have them learning phonics and times tables.... I've been here 8 years and its always the same parents doing everything then complaining the other parents don't help enough. As afr as the Drama program, thats for 5th grders only which costs 350.00 to perticipate. But first you have to try out for then play, last year 4 kids were left out (didn't make the cut) this year about 8. Excuse me, its a 'fifth' grade play,

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Becuase they have really good teachers, who actually devote their time to helping kids, and not just doing it so they can get money.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2009
We moved here from the D.C. suburbs in 2005. I was afraid of the pyublic schools here in Florida (based on my research). My child has now been at this school for 4 yrs and we couldn't be more pleased! The quality of her education has superb. There is a ton of parental involvement and the faculty is top notch.

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August 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2008
Both of my children attended Lithia Springs from kindergarten through fifth grade. The staff has very high expectations and the school is academically focused, which is what parents in this community value. In addition to excellence in academics, the school offers music lessons, a drama program, and other opportunities for enrichment.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2008
We have been at this school for 6 years total (two children, 3rd and 5th). I would not recommend this school to anyone. The school focases on FCAT and AR(Reading Program) starting day 1 of school each year. They do very well each year on FCATS...but the basic fundementals of subjects are not taught . The AR program rewards the students who reach their goal and the students who do not are kept in their rooms and not allowed to participate in the special Activities and Carnival. This is a state FCAT Focused school....I am extremely disappointed in the teaching at this school but we are within walking distance and that is the only reason I stay. The kids are forced to focus on FCAT,FCAT, FCAT......I hate FCATS at this age....

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August 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
My daughter is in kindergarten at Lithia Springs and I can only hope the rest of her years there prove to be as excellent as this first has been. Her teacher is wonderful to deal with and my daughter loves being there every day.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2007
Lithia Springs is an excellent school. The school continually ranks in the top ten in the district based on test scores. Teachers and administrators know each child and work hard to meet their individual needs. Parent involvement is encouraged, and many unique programs are offered.

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June 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2007
I have been a parent at LSES for 12 years now. Never have I been disappointed in the quality of education that my children have received. The faculty and staff are wonderful. There is a very active PTA. Parents are always welcomed and appreciated. Students are treated respectfully. Many great programs and opportunities are available to include a science lab, computer lab, keyboard musical lab, drama program, morning show, peer mediation, safety patrol etc, not to mention the usual PE, Music, Art, etc. Principal is friendly, helpful and available. Great neighborhood, great families, great school!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2007
Excellent school. My children have attended for three years now. We are very happy with the staff and quality of education. The gifted program has been wonderful for our children.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2007
This is my child's first year at LSES. The PTA is the best part of the School. The teachers and Staff appear to be average in their skills and are not the friendliest group. I guess having to teach the FCAT could be culprit.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
This school has been a big disappointment. We moved from another Hillsborough County school to Lithia. We checked into what it offered and did research, and we were comfortable with our choice to move our children here. But later we doubted our decision after only being at the school for a couple of months. We received little to no help from one teacher to support the needs of one of our children. We eventually gave up after seeking help from administration with no success. We were denied to be heard. From our experience the staff has not been helpful or friendly. I would not recommend this school to anyone. I believe in the long run you as a parent will be disappointed.

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March 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2006
Nice school, very active pta

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January 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
Lithia Springs Elementary is a school with a solid tradition. All three of our kids went there. The staff and faculty have always been caring and competent. Superb principal, too!

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January 03, 2006
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October 03, 2005
My son went here for first grade after we moved from New York. Very disapointed in the staff and the education leve.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
My son went to Kindergarten there, and has just started first grade there again this year. It seems to be a good school with good teachers. I have no complaints so far.

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January 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2003
Excellent principal and overall teaching staff. Good education, nice people, safe, clean, good neighborhoods in area.

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Lithia Springs Elementary School
4332 Lynx Paw Trail, Valrico, FL  33596
(813) 744-8016
Last modified Lithia Springs Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lithia Springs Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top