School Details

Limona Elementary School

1115 Telfair Road, Brandon, FL 33510
(813) 744-8200
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 488 students 15 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

75%
56%
58%
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59%
57%

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 2014
  • Hillsborough County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
59%
63%
75%
61%
61%
58%
70%
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.
86%
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 2014
  • Hillsborough County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
55%
56%
83%
61%
61%
68%
56%
54%

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 2014
  • Hillsborough County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Limona Elementary School is a public elementary school in Brandon. The principal of Limona Elementary School is MS. KAREN B PIERSON, who can be contacted at Karen.Pierson@sdhc.k12.fl.us. 488 students attend Limona Elementary School and identify mostly as Multiracial; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 3% of the Limona Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 63% of the 488 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Limona Elementary School is 15:1. Brandon Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% 4%
Asian 6% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 41% 37%
Hispanic 31% 34%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 21%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63% 60%
Limited English proficiency 3% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    We have been at Limona for a year and a half. It has been a great experience! My daughter has loved both her teachers (both of whom were very welcoming of my desire to help in the classroom). Their new receptionist is very kind and always trys to find an answer to your question. I personally have been very impressed with the new principal that started back in March. I always see her treating the children with compassion literally getting down on their level even when you would think no one is looking. She is very active on campus and the kids seem to respond well to her. We are looking forward to another great year!

  • (9 months ago)

    I have no problem with this school except with the front office they need to smile a little bit more and not be so scary to the children

  • (1 year ago)

    Our son attended 2 years at Limona. Believe what you read about rude & uncaring staff. The front office staff never smiles and we were never greeted friendly. Our son has medical issues (stomach) & under doctors care; the school was well aware of this. However they did not mention anything ALL year about putting him on a 504 Plan in order to assist our son; rather their solution was to hold him back. The "assistant nurse" is a joke. She has yelled at our son on several occasions; making our son cry. His 1st grade teacher was great but she is now retired. His 2nd grade teacher is related to the "assistant nurse" and she also has a habit of yelling at the children. When addressing these concerns with the Principle she seemed involved but always took the side the teacher/nurse and not for the best interest of our son. We are not the type of people to complain but this school seriously needs to be evaluated. Their test scores may be high but their genuine concern for children is lacking to say the least. We have since transferred to the school down the road and are extremely happy that we did. Our son actually looks forward to going to school now.

  • (3 years ago)

    I couldn't agree more.. This school has some very rude staff who does no wrong. My son has felt uncomfortable since he started and for good reason. His one teacher could care less how he is adjusting and brushes him off as annoying. My daughter tells me her teacher is too busy to listen to her when she is having a problem. The lady walking around directing cars for student pick up has a chip on her shoulder and is very rude with no consideration to the parents. the front desk however seems genuine about concerns with parents and students.. it would be nice if other staff members could follow.

  • (3 years ago)

    Best elementary school in the Brandon area didn't think I would be back but here Iam with another grand child

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter attended Limona a few years ago & now I pick-up kids for my after school program and through all the 8 years I've been associated with this school I can say I've had nothing but the best things to say about the teachers principal and the car/bus line!!! Thank-you from The After School Academy

  • (4 years ago)

    I had to respond regarding the poster who said the principal and the front office staff could be more friendly. I find that to be the opposite. They know me when I go there even tho I am not one of the parents who hangs around helping in class etc. The principal handled a complaint of mine very professionally and took me seriously. I guess it's just hard for them to convince a parent they are wrong in a nice way when in fact they are wrong. I also guess it's hard to be friendly with a parent who has a chip on her shoulder. ;)

  • (4 years ago)

    My son attened Limona for 3 years and my daughter is now in her 3rd year there as well so I've had a few yrs to form an opinion. The teachers are great although there seems to be a clique amongst them & their children (who attend Limona) which can make many situations uncomfortable for the kids & parents. The principal is very unfriendly biased & can be blantantly rude. She doesnt care to actually listen to your side of any story their school or staff do no wrong and they never accept responsibilty for anything. And the ladies in the front office could be nicer they must really hate their job because they are always in a bad mood! Limona would be a GREAT school if it had a friendlier & less biased leadership and staff!

  • (4 years ago)

    I see where one of the prior reviews states that Limona is overcrowded. I beg to differ. I have two children in Limona and one has 15 kids in her class and the other 16. I think that is awesome!

  • (4 years ago)

    I took my son out of this school and feel it was a good decision. He was at Limona three years the teachers could not control the bad behavior in the classrooms and many times the bad behavior was what recd lots of attn and good students were left to fend for themselves. I met with the teacher and principal multiple times and I truly feel the principal would say things that weren't true and she tried to make me feel like I was being overly judgmental. I think the principal made statements that were just words that sounded good but had no basis in fact. I had a meeting with the asst principal and she upset my son by disregarding his feelings so much he didn't want to go back to the school. The teacher favored the girls over the boys and had a hard time controlling the class.

  • (6 years ago)

    Limona is by far the best school that I have ever been involved with. I used to teach at Limona until we had our first daughter and began to stay home with her. The teachers that I worked alongside went far above and beyond to meet the individual needs of their students. The principal is efficient effective and works very hard this school has been an 'A' school for many years! Now that my own child has begun going to school my positive experiences with Limona are even more solidified. If we could move back to Brandon so that our own daughters could attend Limona we would do it in a heart beat. We would be lucky to attend a school as good as Limona. Hanneke Olson

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school. My family and I moved from New York and from the beginning we loved this school. It will be my daughter's 3rd year and my son will start next year.

  • (6 years ago)

    Nice school but very overcrowded. Not very impressed with my child's teacher or the administration.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is my son's first year at Limona and he and myself absolutely love it. His teacher has been wonderful and is always there for any concerns a parent would have. He will definately continue his grade school years through this elementary school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Excellent school. Both of my sons attended there and I cannot say enough about the high quality expected of them while attending and how far they came academically. I have nothing but praise for this wonderful school!

  • (7 years ago)

    Limona Elementary School is amazing. My eldest daughter attended the school from kindergarten through fifth grade. My middle daughter attended Limona from fifth grade through third grade. I moved my middle daughter to another elementary school for fourth grade because I was having another baby and she could walk to the school we were zoned for. That was the biggest mistake I ever made! I had been spoiled by the wonderful principal teachers and staff at Limona. I knew that Limona was an excellent school but I didn't realize how far superior to other schools they were until I experienced another school. My daughter will be returning to Limona for fifth grade because it is the best school in the county and totally worth the 20-30 minute drive to get there from our house. Also the uniforms are wonderful especially when it comes to getting the kids dressed in the morning!

  • (7 years ago)

    Parent involvement/volunteering are not encouraged at Limona Elementary. The PTA is non-existent and very low quality. No one knows what the PTA even does. Limona s teachers are arrogant do not listen to feedback and want parents to be seen and not heard. They are extremely defensive and not open to simple communication. Families who are new to the school struggle to find information and are often intimidated to ask for help. Teachers and the administration roll their eyes and complain about parents who simply ask questions. The front office team seems to resent their jobs. With the right management team or maybe even help from the School Board this school could be great!

  • (8 years ago)

    This is my daughters first year at Limona. She is in Kindergarten. We were fortunate enough to get into the school choice program as she has been at a private daycare which buses to Limona. Her teacher is absolutely wonderful. My daughter is reading already! The teacher pushes the children beyond what we think they are capable of and it's working! The school is very structured which I like. We feel very blessed to be a part of such a great school!

  • (8 years ago)

    It has been a very unjoyable experience at this school.Our children will be going to another school.The principal is unfriendly and she and the staff have a policy of yelling at children at the pick up line.This behavior carries over to the school patrol children who also yell at children when they are not looking disinterested in helping younger children to their cars.Also the ese program consists of them watching many movies and their is not a 'continuous progress' program as they claim.Also a lack of vision with this school as well as very lttle if any extracurricular activities.

  • (9 years ago)

    I believe Limona is a wonderful school. The school is very organized. It has teachers and staff that seem to go the distance for their students.

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