School Details

Schwarzkopf Elementary School

18333 Calusa Trace Boulevard, Lutz, FL 33558
(813) 975-6945
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 654 students 17 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

79%
56%
58%
82%
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

70%
59%
63%
81%
61%
61%
92%
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.
92%
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

74%
55%
56%
86%
61%
61%
75%
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

Schwarzkopf Elementary School is a public elementary school in Lutz. The principal of Schwarzkopf Elementary School is MRS. CHERYL HOLLEY and can be contacted at Cheryl.Holley@sdhc.k12.fl.us. 654 children attend Schwarzkopf Elementary School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 5% of the Schwarzkopf Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 54% of the 654 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Schwarzkopf Elementary School is 17:1. Gaither Adult/Community Center is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 21%
White, non-Hispanic 54% 37%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Asian 4% 3%
Hispanic 30% 34%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54% 60%
Limited English proficiency 5% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    My children started in this school and are flourishing! The teaching has been excellent and the engagement of the teachers has been just fantastic. I an a pretty involved parent and I work with public education in the state. Gotta say Schwarzkopf is a a great place. Like anything else the good news about schools today is that we as parents have options. We do need to take a minute to understand what educational structure or school will work best for our children and their specific needs both educationally and emotionally. I think that as parents and as people who respond to comment on these forums we have to make sure that we are separating our children's needs and a school's performance. For me this school is excellent!

  • (7 months ago)

    It took me a long time to finally write this review because I understand that there is good and bad in every school and not every parent/child's experience will be the same. However after two years I have come to the conclusion that this school is AVERAGE at best. It's not the worst but it is far from a great experience for a child. I don't have enough room here to fully explain the whys and hows but if you send your child here I believe you will be in agreement on the following points 1. Militant robotic structure--meant to get kids to behave but kills the nature of Kindergarteners and Grades 1-2. The chance for kids to be free (within reason) should be recess and lunchtime but the controlling culture of this school destroys even those brief moments of release. The cafeteria staff are overzealous in their use of power to intimidate the kids. 2. Overemphasis on busywork instead of stimulating and inspiring naturally inquisitive minds. Less time micro-managing via 'behavior charting' /organizing colored folders/BOOSTERTHON and more time actually teaching. 3. If your child has an issue the fa ade is a listening one but you are on your own. Wish I had more room....

  • (11 months ago)

    This school is substandard and sneaky with their grading-'good' kids are those considered as favorites by staff- We had severe issues wherein a disabled child was NOT taken seriously and maltreated by teachers in disbelief. We actually had CPS do an investigation of the matter and chose to leave there and transfer to another much better school site with compassionate intelligence.

  • (11 months ago)

    I've had 2 children attend K-5th at Schwarzkopf one "graduated" last year and the other this year. Overall I was very pleased with the school. On average the teachers administration very were good. I would recommend the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school. My son has been there almost six years now and it has been a great experience for him. The teachers are kind and caring. It is a wonderful environment for the kids

  • (1 year ago)

    My child attended Schwarzkopf Elementary for a few years. I could not keep my child there one more year. The school was such a disappointment. They gave busy work in school and for homework. My child was far from excited to learn and was always bored. They do not challenge or motivate the "good" students. We are attending a different school now and my child has never been happier.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is fantastic! I moved in from out of state a while ago and I have to say that the first school that my child went to was a disappointment compared to Connecticut schools. However I knew from my first phone call to the school that this school was fantastic! The office staff are very polite and readily answer all questions with ease. I have not heard my daughter mention any bullying either which makes me feel more secure in the school as a whole. Ms Evarts is a phenomenal teacher she challenges my child and helps my child succeed! I also appreciate the communications through email from the teacher because I work a hectic schedule but she always notifues me of topics regarding my daughter that are relevant to me! A+ school!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    i have 2 children in this school. Both are doing well. My main concern about this school is they hold children back. one of my children is very advanced in math science and reading. so advanced she/he recieves perfect scores on fcat each year. They will not allow my child to test out to skip a grade so each day my child sits bored to tears. My other student has an iep and has had difficulty with teachers not wanting to be flexible in my childs learning style. This school is intent on keeping robotic teachers just because they have taught for a long time. There are only a few bad seeds but those bad teachers have a huge impact. My child with the iep had to be removed from a class because the teacher refused to comply with iep recommendations. There is still another teacher my child came in contact with that constantly yells and seems generally unhappy. This teacher never smiles and behaves like a robot. Thankfully this wasnt a permanent assignment it was only a special event. I have to say MOST of the teachers are great but this school needs some changes. The principle seems uninvolved and lets the vice handle most everything...

  • (1 year ago)

    Unfortunately the same person who now seems absolutely psychotic keeps giving the school a one star review. If you look beyond the same one star review the same person gives it three times Schwarzkopf ranks well. It's no wonder their poor kid can't get a decent education look at the parent.

  • (1 year ago)

    All 3 of my children have attended Schwarzkopf - my last going into 5th grade next year. It is a wonderful school - the teachers are dedicated and the leadership is responsive. As a parent it is very important that you are involved and know what is going on. I would like to see Edline implemented which is a great tool used at the middle/HS level. Also extra-curricular activities could be improved. The last couple of years they had mini-courses such as Spanish or Fitness that would occur after school (for a fee) but they didn't offer it this year. All in all it is a great school with wonderful teachers and I would highly recommend.

  • (2 years ago)

    They are awful! They are a hands off kind of school. They send home graded paperwork that shows 100% when actually it's incorrect. This gives a mixed message to the students. They send work home that is not even finished! They do not grade work with incorrect spelling nor practice spelling at all. They tell parents "the school does not feel this is as important". This is a life skill needed for our future adults. The 5 years our children have attended we have had each teacher tell us This is not how we do things...It's out of our control...I do not have time. They do not give consequences to kids who do act out as it would break their spirit . The Principle Vice and counselors are rarely there when asking to speak to them & never return calls. Any kind of paperwork you do get from the school (Wednesday's) it's about asking for money not based on education. The smart kids do get left behind are ignored bored & are not challenged. They never smile they always look put out and agitated when picking up our children. Drive by yourself & take a peek at this demeanor. At the end of each year you are given a paper to grade the school & the staff. It's been low marks each year.

  • (2 years ago)

    We just found out that the homework that our daughter was bringing home (without being graded) the students graded their own work! The teacher does not look at it either. We also found out that the homework we take the time with after a busy day at work does not count for a grade. The teacher informed us this is a school policy. What?!?

  • (4 years ago)

    The staff is great and they are truly concerned about the children's well-being. My wife substitutes at the school is very familiar with day-to-day operations and has no complaints what-so-ever. While the school is great the district bends to the teacher's union like a Gumby doll. Students seems to be home more than at school have a full week off for Thanksgiving over a week off for Christmas over a week off for spring break and have a half-day every other Wednesday. I'm not sure how they get away with this much time off school but they do and it's a constant source of angst among the parents. It's nearly impossible to have a dual-income household without your kids spending an inordinate amount of time in after-school care or daycare. Again no complaints about the school or staff but the district needs to get some

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent staff that genuinely cares about the individual student. Situated in a great community providing a wonderful environment for the students while honoring the beliefs of a great American hero.

  • (5 years ago)

    I highly recommend this school my daughter goes there and the staff and teachers are very nice this school deserves five stars

  • (7 years ago)

    Good School. They are really strict about the kids being late though.

  • (9 years ago)

    Due to a recent move my daughter started at Schwarzkopf in the 4th grade. I think it's a good school academically however I am very disappointed in the extracurricular activities - especially for 5th graders as compared to other schools in the area.

  • (10 years ago)

    I would strongly recommend Schwartzkopf. My oldest son went there from K- 5th and loved it. The teachers are all excellent - except one. She was his 4th grade teacher who definitely preferred girls over boys and was rather obvious about it. Overall though the staff is excellent and the education is excellent. Highly recommend!

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