School Details

Collins Elementary School

12424 Summerfield Boulevard, Riverview, FL 33579
(813) 672-5400
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 1002 students 15 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

61%
56%
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71%
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 2012
  • Hillsborough County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
59%
63%
65%
61%
61%
82%
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.
90%
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

66%
55%
56%
71%
61%
61%
62%
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 2012
  • Hillsborough County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Collins Elementary School is a public elementary school in Riverview. The principal of Collins Elementary School is MR. STEVE SIMS, who can be contacted at Steve.Sims@sdhc.k12.fl.us. 1,002 students attend Collins Elementary School and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 8% of the Collins Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 39% of the 1,002 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Collins Elementary School is 15:1. Summerfield Crossings Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 42% 37%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Asian 3% 3%
Hispanic 28% 34%
Black, non-Hispanic 19% 21%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39% 60%
Limited English proficiency 8% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Love Collins! In my opinion what makes Collins great are the Principal Mr. Simms and Assistant Principal Ms. Madill. Responsive caring warm - if you've ever had the opportunity to speak with either of them you get the sense that they genuinely love and respect their jobs. For as large as a school as it is I feel like they know the students all of them! And if those in charge are so wonderful what does that tell you about the other staff/faculty that are employed there - just fantastic!

  • (1 year ago)

    I have just moved to the RIVERVIEW area from a very small town in TN. I have 2 daughters ages 6 and 9 the 6 yr old will be in K and the 9 yr old is going into the 4 th grade !! My 9 yr old is ADHD and has had a rough past year since we lost my husband and their dad in an accident and witnessed the tragedy!! She had a lot of problems staying focused In our small community school in Tn. It isn't that she isnt smart because she is a very bright and mature 9 yr old but the ADHD and the emotional problems wouldn't let her stay focused on her studies !! I don't know anything about the schools here and when I look up what school they should attend it tells me SUMMERFIELD CROSSINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL which is very close to where we live actually It's not even a half a mile from us but I want them to go to a good school where they can learn and have teachers that understand the struggles of ADHD AND THE EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS DAUGHTERS HAVE BEEN FACED WITH SO I AM ASKING FOR ANY ADVICE ANY ONE HAS TO OFFER ON WHICH SCHOOL WOULD BE BEST FOR THEM !! Thanks in advance !!!

  • (1 year ago)

    I can imagine what the poster meant by "pleasure" through my own brief experience. My child had two subjects with this teacher and the homeroom teacher taught the others. The homeroom teacher had the other conducted one of her parent teacher conferences. Talk about night & day. She only focused on the negative and seemed to make a huge effort to find fault ( your child is a little chatty - don't I know that? they do great but ) and spoke to me in a condescending tone throughout the whole conference. My child is an A student with top FCAT/SAT scores & extremely well behaved. He is not perfect; and I ve acknowledged his weaknesses with his teachers. I ve never had anyone speak to me in that manner before. Sure every kid has their faults but her approach was awful and made me glad she was not his main teacher. I have had mostly great experiences with teachers there. My children have never complained about any of them and I m sure this one does what s required of her job.

  • (1 year ago)

    I LOVE this school! It was soooo sad to leave! You will LOVE this school here.The staff is incredibly nice and they plan big and fun events and fundraisers all the time! The teachers give you different strategies on how to learn things and those strategies certainly help out in the future! I still use the "touch-math" method from 1st grade! The only thing is that parents may have difficulty helping children on their homework because they learned it differently. Also this school is very big on FCAT. They put a lot of weight on your shoulders about it and say its no big deal. Other than that this school is great. I have had lots of memories here made tons of friends (some even from different grades) and if you are going into 5th grade at this school your last year here will be amazing!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is the best school ever everybody is nice and kind.I have been there since kg and now i am going to 5th grade if this school was not the best i would go there. The teachers are very helpful the school has a program called HOST it is for the afternoon and summer.The PE art and music teachers make it fun to learn and to be safe.Our cafitria has excellent lunch ladys that help you clen up not do it for you.I wish you inroll your child(ren) into Collins. I wish i can stay there forever.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have had the pleasure of dealing with Mrs Hnizdil and Mrs Ritchie for my 5th grade student. I'm not sure what another parent was getting at by placing "pleasure" in quotation marks in reference to these ladies but my child absolutely adored both teachers. My child excelled under their instruction. I found them both incredibly to easy talk to and they are quite involved with their students. As a parent my big concern was with the lack of professionalism displayed by the principal. The ONLY thing Mr Sims cares about is the FCAT and that no one make waves for him. Parental concerns are dismissed out of hand by him and he has a very unpleasant attitude towards anyone who dares to question why certain things are done at his school. As long as you're not one of THOSE parents who actually cares about what's going on you won't have any problem with the principal. On the other hand if you are proud to be one of those parents who cares and who questions things be prepared to deal with an arrogant man who will not answer you and who will try to stifle your attempts to get the answers you seek.

  • (1 year ago)

    8/10 RATING & 5 stars with overall reviews should tell you something! let me tell you more ... the teachers at Collins are great creating the backbone of this school. they care alot about the students instead of just collecting a paycheck and going through the motions. I am so glad my wife found this gem and we were able to use 'school choice' and send our kids here! A little further but much better than the other public & charter schools in southern hillsborough! I cannot say enough about Collins and what it has meant to my Family! Just read the rest of these reviews & look at all their high ratings ... the proof is in the pudding!

  • (1 year ago)

    With all the great reviews I hope my wife gets a job at this wonderful sounding school. She is moving down from Buffalo New York and she is interviewing on June 19. Hopefully she gets an interview from this school right away. Gulino/Tybor

  • (1 year ago)

    Has anyone had the "pleasure" to deal with Mrs. Hnizdle and Mrs. Ritchie for their 5th grader?

  • (1 year ago)

    This is by far the best school in the area! Teachers are great and lots of room with no cluttering ... like most charter schools! Once our first kid went here we knew the other 2 would follow! Teachers are also easily appoachable and very much care about their students! after sending our fisrt child to a charter school in Riverview which made many promises they didn't keep & the campus being so loud and crowded ... Collins has become a blessing!!! An A rated school that keeps getting better. This is the school for you!

  • (1 year ago)

    WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE COLLINS!!!!!! My daughter has been there for the past two years her two older cousins for five years each before and we are so pro collins the staff and teachers are caring and attentive to the students and parents. I can't wait until my younger son is old enough to attend too!

  • (2 years ago)

    We love Collins Elementary School. My son moved from a very reputed private school to Collins and the results have been amazing. His interests and strengths were immediately recognized by his class teacher and he was encouraged in the right direction. A very organized school with excellent teachers and amazing involvement of PTA. One of the best schools in the area.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son LOVES this school and I am quite pleased with it myself. He is always challenged. He has been here since Kindergarten and will finish 5th grade in the 11/12 school year. We really feel he is lucky to have gone to such a wonderful school. I can only hope he has the same experiences later on in life!

  • (4 years ago)

    We love this school. I am so happy with the 4th grade teachers Ms Brown and Ms Gannon. They are wonderful. I am so happy that my child loves school because of his teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    Very pleased with Collins. My son has attended Collins for 1st 2nd and 3rd grade. All three of the teachers he has had have been wonderful!! I would absolutely recommend Collins to anyone. Very pleased with the school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Collins is a great school as for the teachers and the Principal. My child loves the challenge of the homework. In general its a great school. They have added more classrooms and hired more teachers to fit with the growing class size. The PTA of the school is also great and keeps the families up to date with what is going on as well as keeping the school spirit. The only issue we have is SOME (not all them are there are a few helpful ones ) of the office staff who are rude and talks down to the parents. Of the few times I have been to the office to talk to them reguarding my child I have talked to other parents who have felt the same way about some of the office staff. In general the school is great. My child is learning and is happy that is all

  • (5 years ago)

    I love this school. My child has attended for the last 1.5 yrs and I am a girl scout leader to 6 more girls from this school. I am impressed with the principal and teachers. The level of discipline is amazing. The kids do not talk in hall and they don't run around the lunch room. They run a tight ship. The Principal was a former principal at another school and brought only the best teachers with her to Collins. Most of the teachers are young and eager. They do so many extra activities throughout the year. The kids have so much pride in their school. My 1st grader was talking about life in India which she learned in music class.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is the first year of my kids in this school they are so happy no bullies respect for the students wonderful staff i just love it i wish i could know before about this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great teachers Great office staff! I have 3 children that attend Collins and we love it! Could not ask for a better school!

  • (5 years ago)

    My son has been attedning since Collins opened in 2005. It is a fantastic school!

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