The day I enrolled my child, I saw a mother storming in who was called to pick up her child who was sick. They brought out the child and ups... they called the wrong person, little mix up with names you know, need I say more?! That is the general attitude in the front office. Many employees are unhelpful or outright rude, and others are dreadfully unclever. Some teachers are very good, others have now clue as to how to relate to their students, who are from all over the globe. If all this ( and I could go on, and on and on) earns the school a 10 then I am asking myself, how come you are rating them with a 10, or is the educational landscape so terribly grim, that this is as good as it gets ? Parent
I have had children in Manatee Bay since the school inaguarated. Experiencing both the worst and best teachers there. Staying involved and informed will evidently affect how your child performs but this is within any school. Nonetheless, without a doubt some people working at the school just as in any other will have certain priorities. My largest concern with Manatee Bay is that many of the students performing on average or below average ability are not being challenged enough and all of these students can excell if they are placed with teachers that have a more extensive educational background. As a whole I am very thankful that my children attended a school that provides many educational materials & such a strong PTA. Finally, the curriculum and how it is used should really be reevaluated to provide instruction that can move beyond the basals.
My daughter attends in Kinderagarten, so my experience with this school is limited. I just had agree with the other parent postings about the front office staff. When we were registering our child we were told that we had to have every bit of information right then and there or our child would not be allowed to register. Mind you, we had just moved across the country and regulations were different in our hometown. We ran out in a mad dash to get her finalized, came back and found out that we had the option of a 30 day waiver that the other woman failed to inform us on. She still could have been enrolled, without us running all over like chickens withour heads...well you know. They were rude, and short with my Husband and me. The Teacher is wonderful, but the office staff need some lessons on manners.
I totally agree with the other parent, the front office is rude and not very helpful.There are way too many students in this school and it is all about who you know in the school. People always told me it was a great school, but it is not that big of a deal.
I have had three children attend Manatee Bay since 2002. The good things about the school: 1) There are many exta-curricular activities for the students; 2) The school has a great Media Center; 3) The parents are very involved with the school; 4) There is a high level of ability/achievement among the students The Not So Good Things: 1) The front office staff is often not helpful and sometimes rude; 2) The Administration is standoffish and not worried about parent concerns and issues; 3) There are too many students at the school; 4) As with some other schools, it's not what you do at Manatee Bay. It's who you know.
The afternoon dismissal is absolute chaos. The administration sets rules and then let the parents do whatever they want anyways. It's a joke!
Manatee Bay is an excellent school. They have activities and clubs for the children to participate in after school. Their drama club is one of the best I have ever seen. They put on amazing productions with such young children. The teachers really care about their students and bring out the best in them.
My daughter has been in the school for 3 years and she loves her school. In fourth grade she had a teacher that was sweet and able to bring her creativity out mostly on her writing skills. Fifth grade is coming along well and teachers are guiding them through the process of becoming more and more independent to manage their time and belongings going from class to class, in preparation for middle school.
Academic level great! Teachers are very concerned about the learning of the students! Some sports are available and a lot of parents are involved in all activities!
Manatee Bay Elementary is a good school. The teachers are very dedicated to the children and the children receive a great education. The PTA is awesome. They are very involved in all school activities. The only negative about the school is the size of the student body. The school is very concerned about security and so it causes a less friendly and personal enviroment between staff, teachers, and principal.
Manatee bay is awesome. Your child will get a quality education here.
Manatee Bay is an amazing school. My child enjoyed it to her fullest. When she went, it was the year the schoo actually opened and unfortunately, she only stayed one year, as she was in 5th grade. Teachers was fabulous - her favourite up to this day. (she's now finishing 8th grade) Had lots of fun, made great friends, and had a wonderful experience.
I had two kids in this school last year and one this year. The facilities are wonderful and the parents seem to be very involved. My biggest concern is with the FCAT. Both of my children last year got sick of 'FCAT FCAT FCAT' all the time. While I understand that the test is important, the constant harping on it was a bother. The school has been rated 'A' since it began, which is fantastic, but how about the kids learning material for the sake of learning?
To many rules, to many regulations for such young kids, there are many immigrante kids in school that english is not their mother tongue, they need more encouragement and less rules and restrictions. luckily ,my kids teachers are wonderful.
I was disappointed with the pressure placed on my children while at Manatee Bay. Our family was experiencing an emotional time and the administration was not very nurturing in my opinion. Instead of supporting my children, they added pressure to them and were very negative in their attempts to motivate them. I was disappointed with the atmostphere in which my young children spent most of their day. The focus of classroom work seemed to be mainly FCAT related material. Homework is given every night, which I feel is to make up for the time not spent learning the material in class. Being an 'A' school is great, but FCAT scores are not the only indication of a good school. Perhaps this is the case in most Florida schools, but I was not pleased with our experience.
Excellent School. Test scores good, school very clean, materials new, school is safe.
Thi is an exellent school with caring teachers and staff. The environment enables a child to grow and learn at his own pace and encourages individuality.
Wonderful school. I had two children there last year, and we can't wait to go back. They have a gifted program which really helps enhance the high achievers, plus the teachers are extremely helpful in every aspect. We had a problem from another student abusing my child the first week of school. The principal and assistant were very caring, sensitive and solved the problem appropriately. I'm looking forward to another year of greatness. Thanks guys!
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