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Fruitville Elementary School9

Sarasota, FL | Sarasota County


March 16, 2015

Very disappointed in the entire school. Fortunately my son has only 2 months left and moving on to middle school. It hasn't been a good experience. He is in the Spark "the gifted program" and its been a mess. They have lost the best Spark teachers since he has attended, they even had the Principal run off in the middle of the 2015 school year. The have no clue how to run the program and its at the expense of the children. My son has been verbally abused at the school by some teachers of which is on record. The best thing that happened at the school was his first 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Johnson, you will be so fortunate to have her. As for the rest, good luck. His 3rd grade teacher was not even qualified to teach gifted yet they allowed it anyways. Don't rely on the liason there either, as she is extremely rude and I'm not really sure what she even does for the children. Anyways, that's my opinion. I would recommend any other elementary school even if not gifted.

Submitted by a parent

July 30, 2014

We moved our 2 boys from the montessori school to this one. They are both in the full-time gifted (1st and 2nd grade last year and now entering 2nd and 3rd). We selected it over pineview and couldn't be more pleased. The teachers (thank you Mrs J and Mrs C) couldn't be better. Our boys have flourished and the extra activities they get to engage in are outstanding. We love it so much we 'choiced-in" for our 3rd childing entering kindergarten in 2014. Dr Kingsley is one of a kind and her love for the school and the kids remarkable. I think its the finest school in Sarasota!

Submitted by a parent

May 20, 2014

Very good school for learning. But the teachers see someone getting bullied they do nothing about it.

April 9, 2014

My daughter attended this school for a very short period of time I did not like how the prek kids are segregated in the trailers . The teachers and staff are not on the same page if you care about your child education I would not recommend this school.

Submitted by a parent

March 7, 2014

If your child is self-motivated and a textbook learner then Fruitville would be a great school for you. However, if your child has a different style of learning then what his/her teacher was trained for, RUNaway. You will be constantly told that you are a subpar parent and any concerns you have will fall on deaf ears.

Submitted by a parent

October 28, 2013

This school is Amazing! we love it here, moved from a well known charter school- Suncoast Academy to Fruitville, and it has been exceptional! Can not say enough about the staff, just fantastic! Dr. Kingsley runs a great school! I am so happy there, our daughter has just flourished! I would recommend it to anyone! As for having issues with the ESE department, I love their ESE programs, and love how it is structured. They have a can do attitude and do whatever it takes to make a child successful!

Submitted by a parent

February 12, 2013

Fruitville Elementary is truly an outstanding school. I was a teacher there and then moved to a different state and I can tell you that I would go back in a heartbeat if I could. I would also be so thrilled if I could send my own children there. The teachers are phenomenal. They individualize each child's experience and encourage creativity. Dr. Kingsley only accepts excellence. She is so warm and caring and open. The teachers enjoy going to work each day and that translates into better teaching. The Spark team (gifted program) is just as good as Pineview, if not better. If you have the choice, choose Fruitville!

Submitted by a teacher

December 17, 2012

I really am not sure exactly who posted on 10/10/12 but they have some personal issues that have nothing to do with the quality of the school. My daughter has been part of the gifted program from kindergarden. She is so far from acting like an adult. She is very active and is by far, not the most well behaved. However, she is doing great. The program is amazing. The staff is amazing. She has never, ever had 1.5 hrs of homework and she is in her 5th year there (4th grade). So if their child had 1.5 hrs of homework, maybe they need to look at their child's work ethics during class. Dr. Kingsley could not love each of the kids more. Somehow she knows all their names and most of the parents. Not sure how, but I am amazed when I watch her interact with the students and parents. Her car is there early in the AM until late in the PM. The post from Feb 11, 2011. FV has the best Austic program in the county. They are in the portables, so they have their own pod with the own playground designed for the safety of the children in a fenced area. I guess the 2nd graders in the portables in the back "are kept away too"? Geez......

Submitted by a parent

October 10, 2012

We came from out of town. We rented in Fruitville area because we heard it had a great gifted program Our son had an EP for his gifted. We were extremely disappointed when we were informed we had no say in our child's edcuation. They don't meet the whole child's needs there. If your child doesn't fit their mold of what a gifted child should be, then you are just shoved aside. If your child is not a pefect child who doesn't act like an adult and if you don't like 1.5 hours of homework a night. I would look elsewhere.

Submitted by a parent

November 18, 2011

This is a fantastic school! I have a son in Miss Sharon's Pre K class and she is just fantastic, as is Fruitville's principle Dr. Laura Kingsley. We are so happy to be apart of the Fruitville Elementry Family!

Submitted by a parent

February 11, 2011

I would NOT reccomend this school at all!! Especially if your child has any special needs.. they keep them away from other general ed children in portables (only children that are in portables). They basically just warehouse your child instead of educating them. Recently removed my child from this school and it was THE BEST decision I ever made. She is doing wonderful at another school and is with gen ed children w/ support!!!! PLEASE if your have a special needs child don't consider this school!! they won't give your child what they deserve.

Submitted by a parent

January 25, 2011

All the teachers are excellent at this school!!!!!!!! You couldn't ask for a better principal and atmosphere!:-)

Submitted by a parent

December 13, 2010

We have had such a great experience at Fruitville - I would highly recommend this school to anyone.

Submitted by a parent

April 24, 2010

The staff and the teachers all seem to work in symphony with each other. They are aware of the needs of each child and strive to meet those need on a daily basis. AND everyone, from the Principal to the very funny and personable grounds-keeper, is always smiling and cheerful.

Submitted by a parent

November 4, 2009

Fruitville Elementary has been asn excdeptional school with some of the best teachers I have ever had the pleasure of teaching my children. They have been on top of my children with there difficulty in reading and have make sure that we as parents are involved and have took the time even on saturdays to help bring them up to speed in the areas that they needed more one on one with. Not many schools or teachers would permit someone donating there time to help children on the weekends. As a parent i think this school goes above and beyond. I would love to thank them all. thank you Jennifer Nott

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