School Details

Dr. Mary Giella Elementary School

14710 Shady Hills Road, Spring Hill, FL 34610
(813) 794-5800
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 686 students 14 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Pasco County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
54%
63%
56%
62%
61%
17%
38%
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.
66%
77%
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
  • Pasco County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

34%
52%
56%
51%
61%
61%
40%
52%
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
  • Pasco County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Dr. Mary Giella Elementary School is a public elementary school in Shady Hills. The principal of Dr. Mary Giella Elementary School is MR. GEORGE B PAPAEMANUEL, who can be contacted at GPAPAEMA@PASCO.K12.FL.US. 686 students go to Dr. Mary Giella Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 4% of the Dr. Mary Giella Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 34% of the 686 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Dr. Mary Giella Elementary School is 14:1. Shady Hills Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 78% 66%
Multiracial 5% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 6%
Hispanic 14% 20%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34% 53%
Limited English proficiency 4% 4%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    My son attended mges through the pre-k program last year and he absolutely loved his teachers. They did an excellent job and i couldn't be more pleased with his progression. Now he can't wait to go back to school and i think that speaks volumes for the teachers and staff there.They were very involved and informative

  • (11 months ago)

    The teachers my children have are wonderful- the problem i have witnessed is the way the school is setup. The classrooms are too big in size and the classrooms are not separated very well because of the way the school was built. This causes it to be very noisy all the time. How can children learn their best when there are constant disruptions and the noise of other classrooms. I also do not understand why the superintendent would CHOOSE to be fined for oversized classrooms over hiring a few more teachers and doing it right. Fight for the extra $$ and put the children first. There are a ton of under privileged children and a lot of children who have parents that simply never get involved to an extreme measure to say the very least. It is really sad. There is not sufficient parking and parents have to pull in the dirt to form a pick up line every afternoon. It is simply unacceptable. The teachers are doing their best with what they have. I really hope things can change for the better at MGES. There are some great kids and teachers and they deserve to be given an environment that is conducive for learning.

  • (1 year ago)

    We simply love this school! The staff is friendly.The kids all seem to be happy my daughter loves her teacher. Both the teachers and administration are very involved with the students and there is plenty of communication between the teachers administration and the parents. I couldn't ask for a better environment for my child!

  • (1 year ago)

    My granddaughter loves this school. She went to shady hills elem. first and hated it now she loves to go .

  • (1 year ago)

    Dr. Mary Giella Elementar School. This will be our 1st year at this school. We are looking forward to being here this year.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a parent of children that attend this school I do agree with the last comment about the disruptive kids and the other comment about kids being a priority. I've seen some of these behavior kids and it just isn't right for the welfare of the class or the teacher. These kids should be removed from the school homeschooled or in an alternative program. The staff and other students shouldn't be subjected to this everyday. This is a fault of certain parents and how can other kids expect to learn? More discipline and suspensions should be taking place. Great school caring staff but they are trying too hard to turn kids around and may be losing out all the way around.

  • (2 years ago)

    I found the review below very valid. But in talking with some of the parents this school still has some issues that need to be addressed. Mainstreaming behaviorally challenged students into a regular classroom doesn't seem to be working out very well for this school. Also negative behavior on a professional level is not flattering and this was a very big disappointment for the school community. Maybe if the school would stop putting disruptions in their classrooms the scores would go up.

  • (2 years ago)

    My children have attended this school and I've had the opportunity to work with the staff at MGES. The teachers and staff do their best to provide incentives for ALL the kids. Some teaches work many hours after school to come up with activities that the kids will learn from and enjoy. As I read other comments I feel that the staff at this and any other school may have a stressed day and may encounter a parent during this time; however a school shouldn't be judged on the actions of a few. Parents teachers administration and kids should work together to achieve success. School doesn't end at 4 00 but learning should continue at home as well. Everyone should be positive and discuss concerns with the teacher or principal. The teachers do care about the kids and work together to find any minute of the day to help them get on level. Some kids don't test well that doesn't mean they are not good students but society judges everything on 1 day and 1 score...Really? Does your boss judge your worth on the one bad day or the tons of great days? Kids are no different. MGES is a very good school with a family type of staff...Kids are the priority!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    My child is attending MGES and loves it. I have noticed that the kids are happy and proud of their school. The staff truly care about the children.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am sick looking at the declining FCAT scores for 3rd grade over the last few years. You can see them just get worse every year so I'd like to know what is being done about this??

  • (3 years ago)

    My son is failing to no fault of his or my own. He has ADHD and I told the teacher about it but she treats him as others and does not remind him. He needs many reminders and I send notes in all the time but no responses from the teacher. The 5th grade teacher is great. The office staff the young man is welcoming no one else is. If I had a choice I'd take my kids out. We homeschooled for a while to avoid the school but our circumstances changed and had to go to this ES. I dislike it a lot we are looking into other possibilities now.

  • (3 years ago)

    Teachers were very disinterested in teaching. Staff was rude and inconsiderate. I was actually told by office staff that a family funeral was INCONVENIENT to the school's standardized testing that was happening that week. Principal is unavailable and uninvolved. I pulled my child from this school after only 1 miserable disappointing year. If you are moving to this area I suggest private/charter school or find another school in Pasco county.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school great staff!

  • (6 years ago)

    Mary Giella is a wonderful school community. The Administration and staff members are highly qualified and genuinely have the students best interest at heart.

  • (7 years ago)

    MGES is a great school. The staff and administration really care about the students. They have great resources. Teachers really try to help all students and encourage them to be successful.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think the test scores and the C rating speak for themselves. I think the school would do so much better if they wouldn't mix the grades together.

  • (8 years ago)

    Unfortunatelly I am a busy parent and I haven't had the opportunity to be with my daughter in any class but I feel that she really enjoys being there she has learned a lot and every day we have homework to do in fact there are big proyects once in a while. I am also really happy with the before and after school program they are always doing different and interesting activities.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a great school. My child loved going there. The teachers were very professional and caring. Lots of extra activities. Parents were kept very well informed about what was going on.

  • (9 years ago)

    my child went here for 2years except for the music teacher and vice principal some teachers ok the rest was substandard the safety and discipline was almost nonexistent when my child came down with bad case of stomach flu her complaints were ignored until had to take her to emerg. room. she had a bully problem with girl in her class had to write all the way to school board before anything got done by then was sick of that school and she now attends elsewhere she still has problems with reading etc. never able to learn anything in such disruptive environment. mrs. dee matter

  • (10 years ago)

    The teachers and staff at this school have been very gracious and kind to me every occasion that I have spoke with them and they have made my daughter feel welcomed and have helped ensure her growth both emotionally and academically.

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