School Details

Brooker Elementary School

812 Dewolf Rd, Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 744-8184
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 872 students 15 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 2012
  • Hillsborough County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
57%
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83%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.
89%
85%
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 2012
  • Hillsborough County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
54%
55%
61%
58%
60%
56%
52%
53%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 2012
  • Hillsborough County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Brooker Elementary School is a public elementary school in Brandon. The principal of Brooker Elementary School is Ms. Julie Lacy-kelly. 872 children attend Brooker Elementary School and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 10% of the Brooker Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 45% of the 872 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Brooker Elementary School is 15:1. Bell Shoals Baptist Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 58% 38%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Asian 3% 3%
Hispanic 20% 33%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 21%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 57%
Limited English proficiency 10% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    BROOKER ELEM IS A GREAT SCHOOL TO LEARN AND GROW.I THINK IF THERE WERE MORE FUND FOR TEACHING MATERIALS IT WOULD BE EVEN BETTER SCHOOL.

  • (10 months ago)

    We moved our child to Brooker this year as she was on special assignment at another HCPS. Wish we had made the change to Brooker many years ago. The principal is excellent and helps put education at the forefront. Many extra curricular activities are offered after school hours. AAAA+++++ School

  • (1 year ago)

    Excellent A school for the past eight years!!! with great teachers and a very caring staff!! Outstanding school year for our daughter...The Teachers vs. Students Soccer game was great so was the 5th grade Bash and Epcot Trip!! Outstanding!!! Thanks for a wonderful year!! KUDOS

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter is now in the second grade at Brooker Elementary and she loves it. We have had wonderful teachers that warm and loving creating a wonderful environment for learning. All of my daughter's teachers have been at Brooker for at least 5 years or more. This speaks volumes about the school and the principal. I also love the charm of an older school like Brooker.

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent school. My son is in 1st grade now and doing splendidly. The teachers are awesome. They keep us updated about student performance and take great care in every regard of the student's welfare.Every parent is welcome to get involved in the school activities. PTA is great.All the staff members are great.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school..The teachers were fantastic and very involved. My daughter attended for two years kindergarten and first grade. I loved how secure the children were very safe. The school had constant activities for parents and family to be involved in and were had constant updates about the schools happenings. I am out of state now and in a new school and I'm not very happy with it doesn't come close to Brooker. I still communicate with my daughters old teachers and miss the school very much.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great administration!! Amazing caring teachers!! We've had wonderful experience at Brooker!

  • (6 years ago)

    From the principal to her office staff to all of the teachers my grandson has had over the past 3yrs have ALL been superior caring individuals. Every one of the staff have gone way above the norm. The teachers help the students in the AM and PM after school which benefits the children. I have seen little if no staff changes over the past 3yrs. They all seem to be in high spirits & Ms. Lacey is always involved & does a demanding job so well. Our schools are teaching/shaping our future generation/leaders. A teacher does not do this job for the salary - but with her/his heart. Wouldn't it be nice if we paid them what they are owed.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have 2 sons one went to Kingswood Elementary and one went to Brooker Elementary. I can tell you first hand that Brooker is far superior than Kingswood and for that matter most any elemtary school I have seen period. They have great smart caring teachers a long history of super parent support and a friendly atmosphere with outstanding leadership. The only knock on the school is - Principle leadership and school spirit noticibaly dropped off when they lost their top leader Mr. Peppi - He was awesome!

  • (6 years ago)

    Excellent school. The staff handles relocated families in the best manner. Very personable and help full the the transistion.. Great choice moving from Chicago to Brandon.

  • (7 years ago)

    Excellent school. Faculty work well with parents and students. Good focus on academics reading writing math and science. Students also have access to an excellent music program.

  • (7 years ago)

    Overall I would have to say that I have been very pleased with this school. I think that all schools will have their ups and downs but it is how you respond to the negative that will determine the outcome. If you have an issue with a teacher communicate if that doesn't work take it a level higher. Believe me it works! It's true that parents who work have it a little harder in terms of participation but if you set a schedule with your child and stick to it you are likely to see positive results. Stay updated with the newsletters that come home and check out the website for updates as well. If you have to call the school for information and they seem overwhelmed just remember they are human! As far as the music program is concerned I have had 2 children participate and they both loved it!

  • (7 years ago)

    I had my daughter attend kindergarten last year. I feel this school has good academics. On the other hand I think they push kid's to far in performance. Kid's need a life outside school not just homework. My daughter was shy to begin with. Now she hates school. Not all kid's are overweight lunch needs improvement.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have 2 children at Brooker and I love it! I think that my children have progressed academically and they exell in reading and other subjects. The administration is friendly and the front office staff is always polite. They have improved when it comes to dropping off and picking up kids through the car rider line. My advice is to get there a little early to drop off and a little late to pick up. I'm never in line more than a minute. Ofcourse at the beginning of the school year it always takes longer but then it eases up. Coach Seagan is considered 'the enforcer' and yells if you don't follow the drop off/pick up rules. Which by the way if you don't know them you obviously have not read all the paperwork they give parents telling us to take Bama Rd....and not use the bus route.

  • (7 years ago)

    I had to visit the school five times to enroll my child. Each time a different staff member assisted me or I was told I had to come back during certain hours. On one visit the principal did step in and help me when I became frustrated with the staff member. I have to agree with the previous review. The staff is either uniformed or on one occasion unyielding. In my opinion the staff is unorganized and based on what I see the new principal will have her hands full. I would also like to say to all parents new to the school - watch your childs progress. My now fifteen year old step daughter was pretty much passed along (due to her being sweet and cute) and when I found out it was to late. The bottom line -insist on seeing tests and any scored work.

  • (7 years ago)

    overall brooker stinks. the staff in the office are stuck up and when i had an emergency and had to switch my son from bus rider to car rider they gave me all kinds of hard time. my son has been in several different schools in hillsborough county and i have never had such a hard time before at other schools. not everyone has alot of money to buy everything that they are selling in those fundraisers. i have never seen a school so obsessed with raising money. and that p.e. coach they have standing outside in the mornings is a seargant. pointing her finger and yelling if you are going the wrong way and continue to yell through your closed car window as you drive by. they dont seem interested in helping you if your kid needs tutoring or needs to be in a special class either.

  • (8 years ago)

    Good school. Academic programs are good and teachers are very good. students are encouraged to participate in extra curricular activities like music.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have had 2 children at Brooker for the past 3 years and don't have great things to say. Dropping off in the morning is awful! Of the 4 teachers we've had 2 have been great and 2 were the pits! I totally agree with the parent who said that working parents are left out of the loop. Those who are fortunate enough to volunteer regularly at the school are treated differently than those of us who work full time and can't come make copies in the front office 5 days a week. We'll see if a change in the Principal makes any difference. One positive thing the violin program is awesome!

  • (9 years ago)

    Although the overall quality of the school is good the abundance of cramped portable classrooms is a problem. Because of diminished state funds the school is weak in it's availability to provide music and art programs. Dropping off or picking up children is a logistical nightmare especially on rain days. Most parents can expect at least thirty minute wait on good days. The staff is excellent for the most part. They are kind and understanding and do a magnicifent job within the structure they have to work in. Most of the teachers are dedicated to their jobs and well qualified. Although this school is outdated for it's demographic it is one of the better schools in the Hillsborough County school system. Like most schools in Florida it's weaknesses from the areas overgrowth and insufficent funding are obvious and clearly visible.

  • (9 years ago)

    This my family's second year at Brooker I am a bit concerned with the teacher turnover for 2005-2006 school year. I have a 3rd and 5th grader I'm just not too impressed with the teacher she is very laid back and nonchalant. I am also concerned about those parents that work and are not able to volunteer as often as non working parents. It seems as if we are left out of the loop of information and what's going on. Yes I paid the PTA dues but now what? It would be nice if there were a math/reading club. So much emphasis is put on gifted students that the potential gifted students are overlooked. EVERYONE deserves an excellent education experience.

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