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Zephyrhills, FL
Students enrolled: 539

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3638 Morris Bridge Road
Zephyrhills, FL 33543

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(813) 794-6900
(813) 794-6991
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June 23, 2014
My child has attended CTES 2 yrs, and will be starting his 3rd year. I do see the major communication problems. However, I take responsibility for my child and email and call often to stay on top of things. I am not certain how the kids who dont have someone to be their advocate make it in the school. The teachers are great. I think the problems come from poor communication and the principal trying to cover things up. There is no transparency.

- submitted by a parent

February 06, 2014
I truthfully wouldn't even give this school 1 star! My daughter has been diagnosed with ADHD and was told by the teacher that I needed to get her tested... in which I did. The reason I got her tested is so she can get more focused learning (which she needs-her teacher said so herself) and put her on the 504 plan at school. I am against medication and wanted to try out this 504 plan. Then I go in to speak to some one about doing so and I get a completely different response than I got from the teacher... there is NO COMMUNICATION IN THIS SCHOOL!! and so far nothing has been done to help my child at school! I have hired a tutor at home to help her and she does excellent on her home work but all I get from the teacher is negative comments. My child will not be returning to Chester Taylor next year I am very disappointed! The only reason I sent her there in the first place is because Quail Hallow shut down...now that was an excellent school!! I agree with another parent about chaperoning field trips I had to make 5 phone calls to the school just to get a time to be there to go with my child! they definitely have their favorites!

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2013
My kids have been at this school for 7 years. I'm actually surprised at the comments I've read on here. My experience has been pretty good, overall. While I don't always agree with the new Principal's PC rules, her Admin Staff is great. My kids love it there. I will say that PLACE is TERRIBLE. My kids cried and begged not to go back. They barely watch the kids, they're constantly screaming at them..its like dropping your kids off at the pound. I wouldn't let them watch my goldfish.

- submitted by a parent

September 08, 2012
I attend this school when it first opened. I am now 25 years old and had my daughter attend for the 1st two years of her school. WOW, HAVE THINGS CHANGED. The principal is two faced and only likes to put up a show. I know teachers, staff, and voluntary that work at Chester Taylor and have either quit recently or trying to jump ship because of the way this school is ran. I also ate lunch with my daughter on a regular basis... well tried.. the lunch time is ridiculous, the kids barley have enough time to shove a sandwich and in their mouth before they are asked to clean up. I put my daughter in school for social skill building... but they have no time to interact in class, P.E., Lunch and no recess. I'm more than disappointed in this school and hope something changes soon! This school was once great, hopefully it will be again. Until this happens my daughter will not be attending.

- submitted by a parent

September 08, 2012
Anything over three star rating is from the staff..... instead of writing your own reviews why don't you change things, maybe than the 3 or above rating will actually be true and not from a person on the payroll!

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2012
This school is in desperate need of of new leadership. I believe some of the parents here don't realize they have other choices than sending their child to this school, while other want to move their child but don't have the means to do so. Maybe someone will wake up and take notice there is a lot of unhappy parents, children and staff in this school. so sad.

- submitted by a community member

August 29, 2012
One year at this school resulted in my children being home schooled. There were several bad situations that occurred. The administration wanted zero parental involvement, and they did not seem to care about the well being of the kids in the least. I used to try to volunteer to chaperone, but there were only a few favorites used again and again. If I insisted on going on trips with my daughter, I was told they already picked who they wanted. I once was told I had to come in my own car, and sit in a separate area on my own, because I could not be part of the group since they had enough people. The school itself is deceptively nice looking. Just don't scratch beneath the surface. If I wasn't able to quit my job to home school, I would have gotten a second one to afford private school. It was that bad. I have not heard one good thing from other parents since we left. Horrible.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2012
Who is kidding who? Believe the stuff you read, its bad and getting worse. The truth is already posted here, nothing else to say.

- submitted by a community member

March 29, 2012
Don't believe all the bad stuff you read about CWTES. Employees that leave are disgruntled! The stakes are high, so teaching standards are high. The administration has lots of supports in place for teachers WILLING to grow and improve for our students. Laziness in the classroom whether it's students OR teachers is just BAD business. Teachers who have been doing the bare minimum for years---time is UP for them!!!

- submitted by a teacher

March 16, 2012
Can you explain some of th problems that are going on in this school so that the rest of us can know to?

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 29, 2010
my daughter has been at this school for three years now and i love it the teachers have been great and the rest of the staff is just as good the people in the office are very helpful with just about anything you may need. i drive everyday from two school districts over and will continue to for as long as possible

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2010
This is school has some really nice teachers and others not. The principal and assistant principal are very nice and most of the teachers are nice. Only a few are rude.

- submitted by a community member

August 27, 2009
Chester Taylor is it's own little community. The Principal is more than helpful and available. The teachers I have met have been very friendly. They are ready and willing to answer any question I throw at them. Just found out they are now an A school! Great place for my kids!

- submitted by a parent

December 31, 2008
My kids love the schoo but place is terrible i cant belive the things my 5th grade and1st grade children tell me

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 10, 2008
I was not happy with Chester Taylor. And I agree with the Volunteer Parent Substitutes. I am glad to see parents taking an interest in their child's schooling but, I see more parents teaching then I do the teachers. It's getting out of hand...and why do we keep switching principles? every year we have a new oneprinciple???

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2008
This school has way to many volunteer parent substitutes than they do qualified teachers, I'm tired of these unqualified parents teaching my children!

- submitted by a parent

October 26, 2007
If I could give this school a negative star, I would. The only parents/students that enjoy being at this scholl ore those who breeze by with straight A's. They are incapable of spotting learning disabilities from my experience. I will be enrolling my child in private school next year. The only thing I can say is that they have a asst. principal that seems to be involved with the children.

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2006
Chester W. Taylor is an excellent school. The teachers work hard and are kept informed of the most up to date teaching methods with wonderful inservices. My child has loved learning here. The music program keeps kids active and involved. The art classes are excellent and do a great job exposing the students to all kinds of media. The PE program is not just 'play time.' The coaches work hard to involve the students in all kinds of sports and other fun activities. Parent involvement is superb. The parents that volunteer do a super job supporting the teachers and improving the quality of education by helping wherever they are needed.

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2006
volunteer at school library; great librarians and variety of books for all ages and levels.

- submitted by a parent

October 04, 2005
The school had very poor supervision of the young students. Academically the school is also poor. Two children attended for two years. I would not recomend this school.

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2005
Great school. A great deal of parental involvement. The staff is very knowledgeable and child-centered. One of the best elementary schools that I have ever seen. A great place for kids to learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent

May 11, 2005
Principal is changing this year... So a lot hangs in the balance. Otherwise a decent public school.

- submitted by a parent

October 07, 2004
This school uses more volunteers than educated teachers. They do not keep track of the children as well as they should. If your child has any learning problem or is a little behind they will fly through this school as it is easier to over look the problem than deal with it.

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2004
I have had my child at this school site for going on two years. I was very pleased with my childs teacher both last year and this year. with the new principal the school has improved a great deal. The car loop is also a very safe place.

- submitted by a parent

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Chester W. Taylor, Jr. Elementary School
3638 Morris Bridge Road, Zephyrhills, FL  33543
(813) 794-6900
Last modified Chester W. Taylor, Jr. Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Chester W. Taylor, Jr. Elementary School Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top