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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Awesome school. Caring teachers. Good kids. We're happy that we moved to Viera so our kids could attend this school.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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