School Details

McDonald Elementary School

501 W Pruett Rd, Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 744-8154
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 518 students 13 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

42%
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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 2013
  • Hillsborough County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

50%
57%
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59%
60%
77%
87%
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.
83%
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 2013
  • Hillsborough County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

32%
54%
55%
51%
58%
60%
25%
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 2013
  • Hillsborough County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

McDonald Elementary School is a public elementary school in Seffner. The principal of McDonald Elementary School is Mr. Gregory Cannella. 518 students go to McDonald Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 12% of the McDonald Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 86% of the 518 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at McDonald Elementary School is 13:1. Legacy Christian Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 56% 38%
Hispanic 31% 33%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 21%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86% 57%
Limited English proficiency 12% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great community school My children and now my grandchildren attend they have a great staff and try very hard to have a safe fun and friendly place for our kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is in Kindergarten this year with Ms. Stonesifer and we couldn't be happier with her progress. She loves going to school and she keeps the children interested in school with activities and holiday related projects to keep them engaged. My daughter was reading halfway through kindergarten and has made excellent progress in math. The school itself is a bit drab and I feel it tends to reflect negatively on the school even though it's a wonderful school. Don't let the appearance fool you it's the teachers that count.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter is in Kindergarten at McDonald. I volunteer in the classroom every week and I absolutely love her teacher. Being a preschool teacher myself I know how difficult running a classroom can be and I am impressed with what I have seen. The principal goes above and beyond when it comes to monitoring the teachers and being involved with the students. My daughter is doing so well and I wouldn't have her at any other school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter loves this school. The teachers and staff are very friendly and are working at their best to challenge their students.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have two daughters that attend this school and i will say that this is a very good school in the long run there are some people that you really dont like dealing with there but in the end it has been a good school!!! be carefull cause this school does have certain students they make there favorites as i have seen since one of my daughters have been there since she was 5 and now 10!!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    My son also had Ms. Senhauser last year and we were very happy with her as his teacher as his Kindergarten & 1st grade teachers. He still visits Ms. Senhauser & Mrs. Medero (his Kindergarten teacher is no longer at the school).

  • (6 years ago)

    I want to thank Ms. Senhauser she was my son's teacher and I have to say I was so pleased with the way that she was interested in my son's schooling before and after my son went on to higher education. My son always speaks of her and that he was so pleased and treasured her opinion. Thank you

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school. Very good teachers. As with all schools people may have one bad experience but it shouldn't cloud the over all quality of the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My Child now in 1st Grade at this school is suprising me daily with her expanded vocabulary and her thirst for more knowledge. The school seems to provide ample resourses and I've had no issues with the Staff. My 'lil one' has had no medical issues except colds etc.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter went to the VPK program there from 2004-2006. The teachers for that program were wonderful. She then went to Kindergarten and again had an amazing teacher. Her 1st grade teacher was also wonderful. The office staff are very friendly. The library staff needs to take some classes in professionalism. They get angry if the parents try and solve a problem instead of the children. The principal is okay. There are serious issues with head lice at the school. The 2 years she was in the portable for VPK she never once came home with head lice but once she entered the school building it was bad. They do not stay on top of the problem areas the way they should so they continuously get reinfested in the building. Other then spending $300-$400 a year on head lice treatment it is a good school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My little Girl has made tremendous advances at this school especially in reading and computer skills at age Six. I'm very impressed with her Teacher's planned work efforts. We'll see next year but so far so GREAT!

  • (7 years ago)

    My Child spent her 1st session here at VPK and I was amazed how much she learned. So far I highly recommend the Staff!

  • (8 years ago)

    I think that all in all it is a good school. I was bothered however by the way the staff was talking to the student or rather yelling at them during my last visit. And I find the color coded behavior charts very confusing my child gets a bad color but a note saying he had a good day. It makes it hard on a parent to help the teacher. I mean why tell me that that they are getting bad colors if your just going to send home a note saying it's ok they had a good day if it was a good day then why did they get in trouble 3 or more times. Our hole family has become aggravated with this system.

  • (9 years ago)

    McDonald Elementary school has a quality of academic programs. They have an excellent music program that my children enjoy. My son has been in the chorus for 2 years and he loves it!! McDonald Elementary has an excellent level of parent involvment also.

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