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Alafia Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 579 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted June 7, 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


Posted June 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 3, 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


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted August 4, 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


Posted June 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 14, 2006

I love This school, it is the best school in hillsborough county
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 2, 2005

If your child is a decent student they will do fine here. If they are SLD or gifted look for other schools!!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
94%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
61%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

108 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 65%
Hispanic 18%
Black 7%
Two or more races 7%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 140%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 24%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 61%67%61%
Master's degree 39%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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3535 Culbreath Road
Valrico, FL 33596
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