School Details

Gilbert W McNeal Elementary School

6325 Lorraine Road, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
(941) 751-8165
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 735 students 18 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

79%
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57%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Manatee average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
65%
63%
80%
57%
61%
85%
54%
53%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
98%
77%
81%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.
  • This school in 2014
  • Manatee average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
57%
56%
75%
57%
61%
63%
50%
54%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Manatee average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Gilbert W McNeal Elementary School is a public elementary school in Myakka City. The principal of Gilbert W McNeal Elementary School is MS. NORMA SCOTT, who can be contacted at parispr@manateeschools.net. 735 children attend Gilbert W McNeal Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 11% of the Gilbert W McNeal Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 31% of the 735 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Gilbert W McNeal Elementary School is 18:1. Robert Willis Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 66% 50%
Asian 4% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 14%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Hispanic 24% 31%
Multiracial 2% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31% 58%
Limited English proficiency 11% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    McNeal is an excellent school. My children have attended this school since 2010 and I've grown happier each year. From the very beginning my children were excited about reading due to the Accelerated Reader program and the amazing media center. Both read at least 2 grade levels above their own. The Fine Arts program is second to none including Art Music Engineeriing PE Science Lab and Media. The PTO is extremely organized and keeps us less involved parents informed through emails their website FB and google calendar. Every fundraiser is successful and shows that the parents are committed to providing the school with what it needs. Most parents are college educated and successful and the caliber of students at the school reflects that. Each child receives a daily agenda which fosters communication between the parents and teachers. The administration is readily accessible and the Asst Principal is particularly friendly caring and helpful. She is at every event. I highly recommend this school and Lakewood Ranch is an awesome community to live in!

  • (3 years ago)

    My kids have done wonderfully at this school since 2007. Although my kids are not in the gifted program the school has a great gifted program implemented by the new principal. Almost all of the teachers are gifted qualified and do a great job with the kids. Many of the full-time teachers and Subs live nearby and/or have kids in the school. Best advice is to take a tour.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son has special needs and we only attended this school in order to get an IEP for him so that he could qualify for the McKay Scholarship. The administration at the school especially the principal have been less than helpful. I've even been called on the carpet by the principal when I questioned what was being done with my son. If your student has special needs choose another school!

  • (4 years ago)

    We absolutely love this school. My child's 1st grade teacher is looping with the class so for 2nd grade my child will have the same teacher and classmates from 1st grade. This makes great sense to me....these kids will continue to excel in academics. The teachers office staff and parents are very involved. The principal is awesome!

  • (5 years ago)

    The new administration is a mess FCAT scores are way down and the staff is being all shifted around. My fifth grade daughter is going to have a former kindergarten teacher next year. I'm glad we only have one more year because McNeal seems to be taking a nose dive.

  • (5 years ago)

    We moved here this year and my son started third grade. We love the school. We love his teacher and when I called the school at the beginning of the year to jump on a reading problem he had everyone seemed to jump at the problem and do their best to help him. He has come so far already. My only VERY SMALL issue is he was placed in a class that had a very large number of special students. (for lack of a better word). After looking at the other third grade classes I just wished they had been better split up into each class. I will leave it at that not wanting to hurt anyones feelings. Overall we are very happy and looking forward to next year!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school...if you never need any support from staff or your child never has any learning style difficulties. Expect to be on your own. Willis is a much better alternative.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm very disappointed with the new administration. Failure to rectify situation concerning child's placement. Bad environment for a child to learn. It is a sad situation for what had been a good first 2 years at this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter is a kindergartener this year and so far we are very pleased with the school. The facilities are excellent and we really like the engineering program. We find the atmosphere is very warm and friendly. Both teachers and students made us feel right at home.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is great. it is like a mini college inside.. it is soooo nice.. my daughter loves it.

  • (8 years ago)

    McNeal Elementary is a great school! My son started the first year it opened and the staff and administration handled the overcrowding very well. The principal has created an exceptional learning environment for the kids. The teachers are outstanding! I would recommend this school to anyone.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have a 4th grader and a 2nd grader at McNeal and have had 4 years of quality academics. The majority of teachers are of a very high quality that both parents and kids appreciate. Over all test scores are always among the best in the county and state. Good luck finding a parking spot during parental participation functions. School is in the middle of an upscale one of a kind community. Uniforms would be nice but I guess you can't have everything.

  • (8 years ago)

    3 of my 4 kids attend(ed) McNeal. It is a great school if your child is perfectly typical. If he/she is in need of services either gifted or ese this is NOT the place. No diversity. No program for kids with special needs. Very disappointing.

  • (9 years ago)

    Leadership for this school is nonexsistant. Three of my neighbors kids were each bullied. Anti-bullying posters present throughout school however a no tolerance for bullying policy is not enforced. All three children changed schools. Administration does not respond in a timely or serious enough fashion regarding complaints against staff. My children will not be returning to this school. Some truly good teachers who have to put up with a total lack of leadership and STUPID rules.

  • (9 years ago)

    New facilities very organized administration and a staff that is keen on the safety of kids. We are delighted with our daughter's teacher and her effort to challenge our kid to excel.

  • (9 years ago)

    McNeal is a great school! The art & music programs are very impressive. The facilities are new clean and wonderful. The sports program is also excellent and includes a family 'field day' activity for the students at the end of the year. Overall the school is awesome.

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent school caring teachers knowledgeable principal. They focus on students' individual abilities.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have two children in Mcneal and i am very pleased with the school and teachers. My 4th grader did excellent this year. This was his first year at this school and he loves his teacher and she really cares about her students. Keep up the great work. I just feel that Mcneal could offer some more after school activities such as sports etc.

  • (10 years ago)

    We moved from out of state midway through the school year when McNeal first opened. We were not happy with what they had to offer in terms of gifted programs. Most shocking was the fact that they had nearly no text books! They had run out of money building the school. As with many public Florida schools they also spend a large amount of time on FCAT preparations. This would be great if my child ever needed to know how to fill in bubble tests in the real world but sadly they don't.

  • (10 years ago)

    Excellent teachers strong exceptional student's education focus principal is very supportive of parents.

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