SOUTHSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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1901 WEBBER ST
SARASOTA, FL 34239
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Phone: 941-361-6420
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • District: Sarasota County Public Schools
  • Students/Teacher: 16:1
  • Students/Grade: 129.2
  • Number Students: 775
  • Number Teachers: 40
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 6720
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Steven Dragon
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
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  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
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  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (20 ratings)
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    School Reviews (16 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-09
    "My two children were here for 6 yrs. This school is highly over-rated. Parents "request" teachers for their students and it is a complete popularity contest, and not based on academic needs of the children. Families who donate lots of $$ are given preference on teacher assignments. The administration will welcome you with open arms as long as you are willing to open your wallet and your child performs like a robotic minion. The 5th grade teachers are cynical and negative - preaching to students about preparing them for "the real world" by penalizing them for minor things such as forgetting to sharpen their pencil. One 4th grade teacher humiliates students by pinning a "No Whining" sign on their shirt and putting a doll on their desk if they act like "babies". More emphasis is put on enforcing rules and order than on providing a positive learning experience. Parents are afraid to make waves with the administration for fear that their child will not be assigned to one of the "popular" teachers. There are some wonderful, caring teachers who work tirelessly to help students in spite of the politics but sadly they are not valued the way they should be."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-22
    "Southside is an excellent school. We moved here after being in another Sarasota school previously. My daughter has done 4th and 5th grade here. The arts program is second to none and the wealth of opportunities for student and family involvement are plentiful. The school is well run and it is evident that students are at the center of all decisions."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-16
    "Southside is a great school. My three kids are in the lower grades. The more involved the parent then the more engaged the student and responsive the teacher. The parents are supportive, friendly and as involved as they can be with busy lives. I am an involved parent, the teachers care and my kids thrive. What else do you want for first grade?"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-04
    "Southside rests on its historical reputation. There has been a change in leadership 4 years ago and after having issues with the teacher, nothing has been done to correct it. The school has a very negative vibe, and the women are being allowed to live out their aggressions on moms. Instead of addressing bad grades and finding remedies, they send out emails about less important rules to be followed during teaching time. Shows their goal at heart is NOT advancing kids but just living out their personal issues."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-12-31
    "Objectively speaking there are many stellar qualities about this school, however, there are some huge drawbacks to this school that are not spoken about. First, you cannot get a better arts program without paying tuition at a private institute. They offer dance, drama, yoga, and have a world class garden the kids learn in. BUT the major drawback to this school is the social-class environment. For many "working class" families this school can feel unwelcoming. This school places a lot of focus on donations and contributions and it is felt by many that if you cannot participate in those contributions your child does not receive the "perks" or "highly requested teachers" that those families do. We have found in all our years here (and having lived other places) the social environment is very "cliquey" and our children do pay the price socially for us not being able to pay financially into their silent auctions & pricey masquerades. Overall, the school facilities are world class and teacher quality is superb but I think the social environment can feel discriminatory to many students and families below a 6-figure income."
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