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About This School

William S. Talbot Elementary School is a public elementary school in Gainesville. The principal of William S. Talbot Elementary School is Ms. Lina Burklew and can be contacted at 686 students go to William S. Talbot Elementary School and identify as Hispanic, Asian, and Multiracial. 1% of the William S. Talbot Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 29% of the 686 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at William S. Talbot Elementary School is 15:1. Glen Springs Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 8%
Asian 9% 4%
Multiracial 6% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 55% 46%
Black, non-Hispanic 21% 36%
Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 49%
Limited English proficiency 1% 2%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    My school is committed to society. Develops activities that is contributing to the good training of students.

  • (2 years ago)

    We recently moved out of state but our daughter attended Talbot from grade 2 through 5. She had a wonderful experience with teachers who engaged the students and really seemed to care. We also enjoyed occasionally meeting up with other families at nearby parks after school. LOVED the Halloween Carnival!!! We miss this great neighborhood school.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son did not adjust to kindergarten very well. But with the help and cooperation of Ms. Skipper Mr T. and the principal we made some real progress and a good understanding of the issues/problems he was having. I really appreciated the time and effort that was made to help him. I knocked off a star because I do agree with prior poster concerning EDEP. I did not like my son there and honestly did not feel that Ms. Amanda was very kind. My son already had issues in his classroom and him having to stay after school I think most likely exacerbated the problem. Overall I felt this was a very good school with good staff and students.

  • (3 years ago)

    After we moved here our youngest child started Talbot. He has an excellent teacher has made friends and is doing great academically-learning more than we would have imagined. Talbot is full of positive people and effective teachers and the vast majority of parents I have spoken to couldn't be happier with the academics.That said there are some concerns. First the After School program (EDEP) is a joke. Parents are caught between a rock and a hard place; they work and have to pick their kids up after work and don't want them riding buses to other after school alternatives which ride them all over town.Here your kid is just one of the many and ALL ages (K-5th) are lumped in activities together leading to little ones picking up on much too mature behaviors and even getting bullied. Parent concerns fall on deaf ears and many parents feel the same way but feel stuck. A word of caution in case you need after school care-EXPLORE OTHER OPTIONS. Also while the PTA is active it seems cliquish and unfairly meets when most parents are working (8 am!)-neither my wife or I have yet to be able to make any of the meetings. Otherwise the school is solid and A+ in our book.

  • (3 years ago)

    I like the teachers here really care about every kids really care about the students are studying not just have fun. My daughter went to 2nd grade in Ms. Winnermark class she is so great a teacher she is like a mother who has every kids in her hearts and know every things about each kids when you talk to her she can give you the most valueble advice.

  • (4 years ago)

    Talbot is a hidden pearl in the Gainesville area. It's a great school with high academics and teachers' involvement in the students' progress. The school is safe and good behaviour is a must. The enrichment or gifte program is very good with very excelent teachers. I just wish it could be longer in the lower grades. I'm very happy with Talbot and the parent involvement is excellent.

  • (4 years ago)

    We sent our son to Talbot after he had attended a small private school for several years. I had friends who were very pleased with Talbot but I knew that I would not be as pleased with this school as I had been with the private school. Or so I thought. I have been extremely impressed with the caring attention that the teachers give the students and the warm feeling at the school. All staff throughout the school have been pleasant and helpful. I recommend this school highly.

  • (4 years ago)

    I absolutely adore this school! The teachers are wonderful the staff is always happy and helpful and the principal is available. There are plenty of involved parents and the PTO raises a lot of money each year. I'm very happy with this school!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school rates very poorly if you have a child with a learning disability. You have to keep on the faculty to ensure they are meeting your child's needs in an IEP. I was also very unimpressed with the principal.

  • (5 years ago)

    There are some great teachers and some really lousy teachers. My daughter had one of the lousy ones. We're still trying to undo the damage that 2 months with this teacher has done.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am sure it is a fine school unless your child has Autism.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter attended Talbot from K-4 and we have since moved to another southern state. You don't know what you have until you move to another area. We came from the North East where schools are ranked much higher and Talbot was not a disappointment. We wish we could move back and return to this school for our younger child.

  • (5 years ago)

    Unfortunately this school is becoming very average. Talbot was a very special place to be at one time unfortunately most of what was special has now become mediocre like many of the other florida schools. Communication has become very poor from the school to the parents.

  • (6 years ago)

    Talbot is the best public educational institution at the K-12 level that I have ever experienced and my education was mostly public education. I am thrilled with my childrens' education. Bob Tucker

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a travel nurse and my kids went to this school. This was the first time they went to another school in another state. This school was wonderful from the teachers to the counselors.

  • (8 years ago)

    We moved from NE of US. At the beginning I really doub about the public education systom in Florida. However everything in Talbot suprised me. The principle and teachers are great. Highly recommended.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have had several children which attended this school. Both were in enrichment programs which were quite good until 5th grade. The reading and writing programs become quite weak. In hindsight I would have removed them from this program if I had known the lack of substance. I think better writing skills would have been addressed by their homeroom teachers. Although this has been mentioned over the years by many parents nothing seems to change about enrichment in this area for 5th grade. The enrichment math class is strong and the teacher is quite good. However the enrichment math class at times lacks structure and the teacher does not seem to have a structured daily plan. This can be both good and bad. The principal at this school is quite receptive to parents and overall it was a good learning experience for my children.

  • (8 years ago)

    Talbot is a great school if your child is a motivated above average student. However if your child has attention problems of any kind I would ask you to consider a smaller more attentive program. Talbot can be very competitive and impersonal for an ADHD child. My son struggled there for three years before I finally realized on my own that he had profound ADHD. He's now in a private school and flourishing. Talbot's after school program under Ms. Roundtree was very good and I thought the principal Dr. Colvin was very easy to talk to/work with.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great academic school....Not the friendliest of principal and guidance teachers.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school has a great computer lab in which the student's lessons are individualized and it really has given the children improved understanding of what was taught in class.

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