Students enrolled 579
School leader MS. LISA TIERNEY-JACKSON

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3535 Culbreath Road
Valrico, FL 33596

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4 stars
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June 07, 2013
I applied to have my son attend this school based on my personal experience since this is where I went to school from K-5. When he was offered a seat and accepted, I was beyond ecstatic for him! I really thought he could excel here academic and behavior wise. That clearly was NOT the case! His teacher agreed that my son could have a learning disability but blatantly denied it when confronted by the Principal who was also my Fifth grade teacher back in the mid 90's. They were both too busy to sit down and discuss with me why my child was the only one out of all the kids in his grade level to miss an end of the year party (yesterday) but then say he's good enough to attend today. Really?! And no one notified me about this like they said they put a note in his agenda and I went through it about 10 times and no note was written to me! My child isn't perfect but is it really right to tell him he can't go to a party an end of the year party at that!? He will be going back to Buckhorn Elementary this Fall. I expected so much more from this school,was extremely disappointed how they treat their kids, how they handle issues & when school takes in and let's out. Don't go here!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2013
I am very fortunate to have found Alafia Elementary School for my son. The school and the educators in the school are not only skilled but very friendly. My son loves the school and that means a lot to me. I see the difference in his reading, writing and maths skills. I see lot of improvements in his behavioral skills as well as communication. Entire staff, including the principal, teachers, and admin staff is very friendly. I am sure to continue my son with this school for next 5 years and send my second kid also to this school. I wish they had more extra-curricular activities such as sports, multi-language program, but that would not stop me from recommending this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2012
The school facilities are great and my kids are really loving being there. Having said that, any military moving to Hillsborough County need to be aware that while FL has signed the military interstate compact, it is not recognized in this school district. Even though my child was gifted in previous schools, we are 1 month into the school year and just signed the approval to get him tested for gifted even though I met with the school officials in April when we were under contract for our house. And the only reason we got this meeting was because I went over their heads to the district. Other than that, we are satisfied.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2011
Six years ago when we came to Alafia I would have been the first person to sing its praises to the rafters. There have been many changes. Our current principal is little better than the last one. She can be hard to reach, very rarely seems to be at the school, and often picks and chooses her battles sometimes to the detriment of children. Don t dare talk bad about a favorite to her! It is very frustrating to the parents that expect more common courtesy. The major issue at the school does appear to be the choice few parents who seem to think the school is belongs to them. In the past two years I have watched what was once an excellent PTA turn into a horrible mess. The few good parents who want to be involved often get passed over. The favoritism shown at the school is actually beyond disgusting. If your child is well behaved, quiet, and EARNS rewards the honest way, they are often overlooked. It is disgusting how blatant it is done. The principal will side with her favorites often to the detriment of the sweet children. Over the course of six years I have seen a once beautiful and loving family oriented school become the poster child for a common melodrama.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2010
My daughter is now in 4th grade at Alafia and her father and I are both involved at the school. It's a wonderful, warm, nurturing learning environment with a very family-oriented atmosphere. The Principal and her staff are fabulous. The PTA is very active and enhances the learning environment in so many ways. And the teachers my daughter has had have been top notch. Barbara Baker must be the finest Kindergarten teacher in the entire county, maybe in the whole state of Florida. Kathy Mulvihill is an incredible 3rd grade teacher who brings amazing warmth and joy to both her students and their parents. Carol Townsend has such an obvious passion not only for teaching her 4th grade students but for guiding them in the right direction as they go forward in life. These beautiful, gifted women have been such positive influences in my little girl's life. Thank you, Alafia!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2009
My daughter loves fourth grade. She loves her teacher. The other children are friendly and the Principal, Assistant Principle, faculty and staff actually know her name and smile and greet her. Wow! What a difference from Cimino Elementary where politics outweighed principle and your status in the school indicated which teacher your child got. The new Principal is bringing this once great school back from the edge. The Hillsborough School Board and the School Superintendent should be replaced.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
Since enrolling my fourth grader in Alafia we are having the best school year since Kindergarten. The atmosphere is extremely positve, the Principal keeps her promises and her teacher is wonderful. For years we had mornings when my daughter just did not want to get out of bed. Now she sets her alarm clock, her feet hit the floor and she goes out the door with a big smile on her face. She is actually dissapointed when Saturday rolls around. I had a terrible experience at Riverview Elementary and the more I tried to communicate the worse things seem to get! I am so thankful for Alafia, there is genuine enthusiasm and they act like it is an honor to teach my child! I am seeing her learning and growing in such a positive way!

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September 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2009
Our family loves Alafia Elementary. Its teachers are so dedicated and caring. Our daughter had Ms. Nichols for kindergarten and Mrs. Bethoney for first grade - both top notch teachers. We look forward to getting to know her second grade teacher and all future ones. Alafia Elementary certainly lives up to its years of excellent recommendations. The new principal is also doing a wonderful job.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2009
My son is going on his 4th year at Alafia and I love this school!! We have found not only great friends but truly amazing teachers!! Mrs. Baker in Kindergarten is one of the best human beings and teachers I have ever met!! All of his teachers have been wonderful and I have found very little to complain about. I do believe that the new principal has started to handle the disruptive students how they should be handled and was very pleased when my son came home last year with no complaints even though he was in class with the dreaded student!! Shows you how competant and caring his teacher, principal, and guidance councelors are!! Just an amazing group of people!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2009
My son has been at Alafia for 1 year. I have had some bad experiences since we moved to Florida, but have to say Alafia is by far the best school. We have had to move and will not be back next year but I can only pray his next school is as wonderful as Alafia. The teachers are wonderful and treat our children like there own. Mrs. Pletcher will be missed by the whole family.

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November 22, 2008
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November 20, 2008
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November 11, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating May 27, 2008
Have been at Alafia the past 3 years. It was a great school, now teacher moral is low, teacher turnover and secreterial turnover is at all time high, no leadership at the school and difficult and disruptive students are rewarded and not disciplined. Glad to be leaving.......

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November 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2007
My son just started a week ago and he loves it! I am really amazed. We moved from Georgia and when he started kindergarten this year he came home just about everyday upset saying he did not like school. I know there is a difference in schools because he Loved Legacy Academy his Pre-K school. So hats off to Alafia I am excited to be a part of this school!

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2007
I love this school, all three of my children have attended. The school has gotten a bit crowded over the years, even with the additional of another elementary school down the road, but most of the teachers are teriffic. The office staff is wonderful, and helpful; and they usually remember who you are when you stop by. If I had to do it all over again, I would choose this school again.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2007
My son came home today so excited about a new learning tool in the classroom, some type of digital projector he called 'elmo' I assume that stands for something else. After talking to one of my neighbors I found out that the PTA actually provided one of these machines for each grade at the school and that the cost was well over $ 20,000, WOW!!! I don't mind the fundraiser now. I was so impressed that they did this, I truly did not realize that they made such contributions to the school, it makes me so happy to know we made the right choice in sending our boys to this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2006
We have recently moved to Florida. During our house hunting we targeted this area due to the amazing reputation of the schools here in Bloomingdale. We have been very satisfied with Alafia Elementary. They have so many teachers that care about the school and their students. My son's teacher was recently awarded the 'Head of the Class' award giving by ABC Action News for outstanding teachers. What makes this school special is that there are several extraordinary teachers at this school.Another wonderful aspect is the overwhelming parent support for the school. This school is an asset to this community.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2006
Alafia is an excellent school! My children have had very caring teachers who incorporate highly effective strategies in the classroom to help their students learn and achieve.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2006
I love This school, it is the best school in hillsborough county

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2006
I have 2 children here and could not be happier. Parental involvement is very strong with a great PTA. There is a great gifted program. All of the teachers seem to work together very well.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
Recent entry in March. Since then my child has been very lucky to get Mrs. Pletcher who was given teacher of the year Absolutely WELL DESERVED. Without her who knows. She has captured my childs attention when everyone else opted for retaining. She has made my child love school again. Next year we will probably have to look elsewhere as I have yet to meet a teacher like this in 3yrs. As a working mom its not easy to volunteer which is what Alafia prefers. They really only offer activies for older students. They could use security on campus. Young students go from pod to pod without anyone watching over them. Many parents have an issue with this. The school is open for anyone to drive up to and walk through. Safety first Alafia! Try putting some of this volunteer work towards the safety of our children.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2005
If your child is a decent student they will do fine here. If they are SLD or gifted look for other schools!!

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August 10, 2005
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August 05, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
March 19, 2005
I found the school to be well maintained and the children are well behaved. All of the teachers and office staff seem to care a great deal about the children as well as the parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2005
Good academic programs. Math broken down into 3 different classes so students can learn with others on same level. Teachers seemed enthusiastic and caring. No sports, but (older) students can participate as crossing guard or the morning show. Art and music programs seemed average. Overall my stepdaughter really enjoyed this school. I think they really try hard to create a community that is receptive to learning. Again, faculty seemed very enthusiastic about educating these youngsters.

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January 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2004
Our first year experience at Alafia overall has been positive. There is a great deal of parent and community involvement and there is a core of experienced teachers who have taught at Alafia for a long time. I am concerned that the new principal does not have a presence at the school and there is poor communication between the principal and the teachers. Several parents (whose children have been at Alafia for several years) have remarked that the quality of the school is slipping. I have observed a situation where a child with a serious behavior problem was not appropriately dealt with until the school year was almost over; this was clearly not in the interests of the problem with the child or the other students in the classroom. During the upcoming year I will decide whether I should choose a different school.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2004
My son attended Alafia after being a home school student and a transplant from out of state. He has done fabulous at the school and has learned a lot. His writing skills which he was weak on at the beginning of the school year have improved two fold. His teacher has been open and honest with me about his progress, his strengths and his opportunities for development. I am very thankful to have found such a great school for my son.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2003
This elemtary school was a wonderful expirience for me. I attended Alafia K-5 grades. I loved the teachers and students. I had the honor of being a student council representative, a member of the school post office, an 'employee' at the 'Little Gator Store', and chorus. The music program is wonderful. This school definately changed me (for the better)as a person. I cried at my 5th grade graduation because I was so sad to leave.

- submitted by a former student
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Alafia Elementary School
3535 Culbreath Road, Valrico, FL  33596
(813) 744-8190
Last modified Alafia 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.
Alafia Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top