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Manatee Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 938 students

 
 

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Posted September 28, 2013

During recess, multiple teachers are out on the playground talking, not watching children, while multiple children are playing and as a result various injuries have occurred. The wait to get into the school is ridiculous. You may wait in line for 10-14 minutes, finally get to drop your child off and then the buzzer sounds, then your child is tardy. Multiple suggestions are brought up to the administration on ways to have effective change and the principal has no interest. If your child is well beyond what the classroom is learning, there are no suggestions or attempts to advance the child. Unfortunately, if a child has some learning challenges, the parents get phone calls constantly. I am very displeased with how the principal takes no interest with the kids or the environment. Creativity for the kids is limited. Remember, they are kids. Stop focusing on scores. They are all individuals. Some will be doctors, lawyers, artists, mechanics. Some will make fantastic scores and make nothing of their life while others may not test well and become anything they desire.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

We are very surprised that they didn't move the current PE teacher back to the classroom so Mr. Bartlett could stay on. I know so many parents and teachers that feel the same way. My children are very upset that he is not at Manatee this year. He was one of the bright spots at this wonderful school. Our family has been at Manatee for five years and absolutely love this school and this area. We just wish they kept certain teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2013

The teachers only know how to teach 1 methodology and do not keep you updated on your child's progress. The principal seems uninvolved! My child received a scholastic award then 1 week later, they are threatening to hold her back! Go figure!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2012

Not at all what I had expected. The school seems sterile and the children very soldier like. There's no talking allowed in the cafeteria, PE is very structured and if you get to go to recess it's at the end of the day and doesn't last long. The kids are there 6 hours and expected to be quiet the entire time with no outlet. The academics are quite rigorous, which I suppose would be a plus for many people, but the 2 hours of homework each night on top of the 6 hours sitting at a desk staring at a white board becomes overkill. They teach from the FCAT practice books more than they do the curriculum. I suppose since the goal is to be on top via FCAT scores this is appropriate. The art program is a joke, they've cut out computer lab since they "don't have time to teach science in the classroom" and now need a science lab. Such an odd an eery feeling when walking into the school. It's almost as if there are no children here. No smiles, no laughter. Seemed more like a bunch of robots.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2012

Manatee is a great school with a great rating in a fantastic area. It is a perfect school for the Linguistic Learner. However, they seem to lack differentiation and the ability to teach students with other than linguistic learning styles. If Manatee could get their teachers better training in how to deal with multiple intelligences and use those concepts in the classroom regularly this school would have the full package. Teachers are great, parent participation is great. I kind of disliked that the only way I would find out anything about my child's performance is if I specifically requested it or through Edline. I would have appreciated a teacher initiated contact when something wasn't going well because usually by the time it posted on Edline it was too late to deal with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2011

We are new to Manatee this year. My son is in fifth grade and loves it, so do I. His teacher (Mrs. Rice) keeps me updated on his work and offers advice on how to help him succeed. He has never had such a dedicated and caring teacher. He also has another fifth grade teacher for a reading tutor. She is so good with him. All the teachers are so caring and helpful. The tone of the school is very positive. The principal is very visible. Love the experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2009

Excellent school, The teachers recognize the needs of some students to be challenged beyond the curriculum giving them more advanced lessons along with the required curriculum. Also the teachers are very responsive to parents concerns phone calls and emails are returned promptly, sometimes surprisingly so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2009

Great school if your child is a run of the mill student and goes with the status quo- not the best setting for children who need a differentiated curriculum that allows for creativity and their own voice.


Posted March 25, 2009

Awesome school. Caring teachers. Good kids. We're happy that we moved to Viera so our kids could attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2009

This is our 3rd year at Manatee and my children are really happy & thriving at this school. The teachers and office staff are nice and friendly. The kids come from good backgrounds, which is understandable with Manatee in an upper middle class to wealthy part of town. A lot of parents are involved at Manatee which says a great deal about the school. The principal, Mr. Brown is at carline every morning & afternoon helping out. I am impressed with the academic workload the school offers and the teachers push the students to work hard, but also are quick to provide extra help to those who need it. We love Manatee!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

We are new to Manatee this year and my first grade son loves it! His teacher is outstanding and communicates very well. I do not mind them changing the pick-up procedure for the children s safety although I am amused by cars being in line at 1:00PM. The front office has been nothing but pleasant and I always have a smile on my face when I leave there. We moved from beachside and it took a little while to get use to a big school but I have no regrets. The parents are very involved and the children are well behaved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2008

I have two children enrolled in Manatee. We have been involved with the school for three years. Overall, I am pleased with the education my kids are receiving. Second grade is a critical transitional grade, so more homework is to be expected. The teachers aren't always parent friendly, but they care about being good teachers and helping kids achieve their best. You will always find a few bad eggs in any school, but I have to say that so far, I have been happy. I applaud the school for trying to implement safety procedures during dismissal in order to keep the kids safe. I have never had a problem with the office staff or the principal. I have to laugh at the comment made here about too much FCAT teaching. Welcome to Florida!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2008

I am shocked by some of the reviews on here. I have extremely high praise for Manatee Elem. One of the main reasons I didn't want to move is because I didn't want to take my son Cody out of Manatee. He had McLellan for K and she was a wonderful. The other K teachers were great also. For 1st he had Mrs. Kellam and I can't sing her praises high enough. The 1st gr team is stellar. In second grade it does get tougher but it needs to, the kids are growing. Office staff, Ruth is tough but fair in her dealings w/ all parents and great w/ the kids. Mr. Brown is a great principal. He isn't hiding he is out there directing traffic and saying good morning. I put in alot of volunteer hours and got to know most of the staff. They are an incredible team!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2008

After only two months into the school year, I am seeking out private schools. We moved from another area in Brevard County and regret it! The problem is the 2+ hours of homework my second grade girl brings home each night. Twenty spelling words a week using words like Guacamole is absurd. That is in addition to the six pages of math, grammar, social studies and special projects. And don't expect any communication other than the weekly newsletter that you have to download off the teacher s website. I pay Smart Teachers tutoring center a small fortune each week just to keep my daughter on pace with the overloaded amount of work she is given each day. For the record, she won many academic awards in the other school she attended last year. This year she is struggling to retain because she is overloaded with work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

Not a bad school, but could use improvements. Some teachers are great, and some are just plain awful. Principal is kinda wishy-washy, set rules for some people and different rules for others. Kids are nice and come from good families. Too much FCAT based teaching; kids are deprived of a real school education so the teachers, principal can keep their jobs. But that is the same story at all the FL public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2008

My child is a new student this year & I have to agree about avoiding this school like the plague! I am looking into transferring my son to another public school. The front office staff are very rude! Except for a select few, all the teachers look unhappy & grumpy which is demoralizing to their students. There are terrible in teacher to parent communication & kids are caught in the middle of it. Teachers are too heavy handed on punishment for things such as forgetting a book or not finishing an in-school assignment on time. The standard punishment is running multiple laps around the school playground & missing out on fun activites on Fridays. The principal is a jerk. My son said on the 1st day of school during lunch, a janitor yelled at 2 kids for playing 'Pat-a-Cake' Avoid Manatee, this place is run like a
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2008

My child has been attending the school for 3 years now and I have to say that I would avoid sending your children to Mantee Elementary. The administration is not courteous and the principal is not open to new ideas or parent concerns. The tone of the school is very negative, while volunteering, I see teachers yelling at children for touching the walls , the janitors yelling at the children at lunch for waving at their friends across the room, and the office staff being rude to parents. The principal is not willing to work with parents of children with special needs and since I have been there several have had to resort to putting their children in other schools to get the help they needed. The one good thing about this school is the teachers. The teaching is very structured but they do care!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2007

Perhaps my child's teacher is an exception, but I have tried to get this teacher to keep me in the loop as to what is going on with my son and continually hit a brick wall. The principal seems to be wishy washy, with one set of rules for some parents and another for others and no firm rules for anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2006

We have been attending this school for 2 years. They really did try to work with us, but... The principal is very friendly and has a great sense of humor; however, he is very black and white and finds difficulty understanding ESE and Special needs children. We had to move to another school more knowledgeable and understanding. I believe training is needed in this area at Manatee. We are not the only family who has had serious trouble here, it is very unfortunate. If your child is typically developing then you are blessed and this is a great school to be at. If not look elsewhere, try for a McKay Scholarship. The principal can be rather harsh and is extremely black and white. He cannot grasp the gray areas and is determined to have things his way only.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

My Daughter started kindgarten at Manatee and had a great year. Nice school new facilities lots of extracurricular activies. Definately a good school A rated as well.
—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 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
80%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 52% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
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 State average
White 72% 42%
Hispanic 11% 29%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Asian 4% 3%
Black 4% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 69%58%61%
Master's degree 31%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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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