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About This School

Cimino Elementary School is a public elementary school in Valrico. The principal of Cimino Elementary School is Ms. Cindy Dowdy. 823 children attend Cimino Elementary School and identify as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 3% of the Cimino Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 27% of the 823 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Cimino Elementary School is 13:1. Lithia Springs Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Video film production
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 61% 38%
Hispanic 20% 33%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Asian 2% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 21%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27% 57%
Limited English proficiency 3% 12%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    I am a grandmother of two Cimino kids. The staff has been above average in any dealings I have had with them. I visit the girls from out of town and appreciate the security the school has in place. It's assuring to know all the children are safe there.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is our first year with two kids attending this school and we couldn't be happier! The leadership administrative staff and teachers truly go the extra mile to develop and care for the children. They understand that education must be integral including in their curriculum the teaching of good character. Teaching the kids about respect responsibility tolerance (among other character traits) is as important as teaching reading math and science. Our kids are so engaged in the different academic subjects that when they come home all they want to do is keep reading writing and doing research! That was not the case in our last school. (They don't miss the TV at all and we do have one!) As a parent I am definitely hands-on once the kids get home. I participate in some activities at school but I haven t felt pressure to do so or felt discriminated when I haven t been able to help. We feel welcome at the school at all times and more importantly our kids love their peers teachers and are excited about learning!

  • (3 years ago)

    An all-around great school. Teachers really make an effort to know each individual child and address their specific needs and learning styles. Parental involvement is highly encouraged and this gives me a sense of being connected with their learning environment. Has a close-knit neighborhood feel even though it is a large school; everyone from the secretaries in the front office to the Media Specialist know my children by name. They feel loved and nurtured at this school. Cimino makes an effort to recognize and appreciate military families and even has a program for military children which offers them support and camaraderie. After three years and two kids at this school I have only positive things to say about Cimino.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school with great teachers! The volunteer parent participation is amazing. We are a military family and I found this school is be a very welcoming environment.

  • (3 years ago)

    cimino started out as a great school but the teachers and staff are completely disengaged with their students with exception to the chosen few. I have had children in this school since day 1. I have been the stay at home mom and now the working mom. I can definately say the entire staff treats myself and my children very different now that I am working. I also have found that over the past three years it has become much more difficult to get information about school functions so many of the functions are very expensive and Cimino seems to have more clicks among staff and some children than most of us had in high school. The school needs to get back to basics of uniforms in clothing and treatment of families.

  • (4 years ago)

    Communication needs to improve and be consistent! They need a regularly updated website with a calendar of events instead of just word of mouth or posting 'some' things on the sign outside - nobody reads newsletters stuffed in with 10 sheets of other papers. Parents these days are busy so are the kids...Too much gets missed. Get with 2010 and get a decent website PLEASE! And use it to post everything! My child missed out on joining chorus once we missed out on an after school function another time and we barely got notified (day before) of another function. They specifically need to get on the ball with communicating the whats whens wheres etc. to all parents... Some parents work outside the home. Front office staff they seem very curt sounding to parents at times. Though more often than not its just indifference. And the car line is ridiculous.

  • (4 years ago)

    Parent involvement is restricted. Leadership states "'We're still raising your children for you and we're doing a good job." The Tampa Tribune Published August 4 2007

  • (4 years ago)

    Thank you to Cimino staff for not only providing my 3 children with a strong education but also encouraging the behaviors and characteristics of a good moral person in our community as well!

  • (4 years ago)

    Cimino goes above and beyond to make sure students excel and are keep safe at all times even when the school day is over.

  • (4 years ago)

    Communication Security Education Values are all high priorities of the school. We love Cimino so much that we've made this school a priority for both our children as school of choice for K-5 of their lives.

  • (4 years ago)

    cimino has the best staff anywhere who use out of the box thinking to help my child learn better

  • (4 years ago)

    All of the Teachers are great and the School is the best Elementary in the region...

  • (4 years ago)

    We have a very caring staff and family support and the Media Specialist is a fun and dedicated partner in learning.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have had a student attending Cimino for the past 6 years. Both of my children excel academically so my concern is not directly with the teachers. I believe strongly that the leadership at the school has really deminished over the past three years. Volunteering at the school last year opened my eyes to some facts that made me consider sending my child to a different school for 5th grade. The amount of favoritism shown to students of teachers and parents in the 'in crowd' is sickening. The front office staff is very rude to parents and the principal could use a class in people skills. Unfortunately new leadership is the only thing that will turn this around.

  • (4 years ago)

    This will be the second year that my family has been involved with Cimino. I have always found the faculty to be friendly and helpful. They know the majority of students by name and want what is best for them. It is also hard not to notice how excited the students are to be there. That has to tell you something about a school. I've read all the reviews that are listed here and completely agree with the positive ones. The negative reviews make me wonder how involved those parents are with their students and the school. If you want something to change make it happen. Don't just sit around and complain. It does not matter if you work outside of the home or not there are always ways that you can be involved in your child's education.

  • (4 years ago)

    Cimino is a school with phenomenal teachers!!! It has the feel of a neighborhood school despite its size and the teachers are what truly make it special. They care about the kids and go above and beyond to make sure the students get what is needed to be successful.

  • (5 years ago)

    Cimino used to be a good school but the uniform code has gotten out of hand. It's not enforced but to participate on the morning show or safety patrol you are suppose to wear one. I blame the administration they don't enforce any rules. And if you are the child of a PTA Board member they give you your choice for the best teachers. That is just wrong. I would not buy a home here again.

  • (5 years ago)

    Cimino's staff adheres to rules without being dogmatic. Excellent teachers and professional administration.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school has lost its prestige over the last couple of years. It used to be absolutely top-notch (an older child went through Cimino and we would have given it 5 stars then) but now with a younger child there there is a new administration which is much more dis-engaged. The dress code is no longer enforced (but yet is still there one should either enforce it or drop it); there are more behavioral issues; and a clear reluctance of the administration to provide information regarding any item that might be controversial. This has led to parental dissatisfaction - not to mention one can clearly see a resulting diminishing of FCAT scores and a reducition in the number of academic awards and achievements from what was previously seen with Cimino.

  • (6 years ago)

    Cimino is an excellent school! My older daughter is graduating this year from Cimino and I have to say she has not in all her six years there had a bad teacher. They are all top notch! She has Dowd and McClellan this year and we are so glad she got them. They have challenged her and I believe have prepared her to be successful at middle school. My younger daughter in second grade loves her teachers. I have no doubt that whoever she gets as teachers in her next three years at Cimino she will be challenged and happy there.

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