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About This School

Deer Park Elementary School is a public elementary school in Westchase. The principal of Deer Park Elementary School is Ms. Shirley Porebski. 1,034 students attend Deer Park Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 8% of the Deer Park Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 20% of the 1,034 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Deer Park Elementary School is 21:1. Bryant Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Arabic
    • Cantonese
    • French
    • German
    • Hebrew
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Russian
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 21%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 58% 38%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Hispanic 23% 33%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20% 57%
Limited English proficiency 8% 12%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    We LOVED our Kindergarten teacher here Mrs. Lee. She was excellent in all aspects. But now in first grade we have been really disappointed. It seems that the curriculum is only placing ALL emphasis on FCAT performance than providing a solid education that will allow these students to compete throughout their lives. I'm not going o even mention the "non-existent" principal with NO leadership whatsoever.

  • (6 months ago)

    I saw someone wrote they are impressed with the cleanliness of the school. Did you know children were getting sick because of the bacteria because of the water damage? With kids getting sick they had to "redo" part of the school. Communication is poor at the school information gets out last minute if it does get out at all. Many safety concerns with the school as there were holes in the play area/playground that kids were falling in and getting fractured ankles and also police were called when several kids heard adults yelling in the bushes. Notice how you never see the principal Mrs. Porebski at the outside school functions? Lots of bullying at this school and nothing is done on the principal's part teacher or guidance counselor. The principal is more concerned with her physical appearance than what goes on at the school. HOST program is poor too. Kids just run around the cafeteria.

  • (10 months ago)

    My ten year old daughter (5th grader) NYC. Deer Park has made the transition wonderful. The teachers and administration are very communicative and the curriculum is challenging yet provides students with all the necessary tools for success! Thank you!

  • (11 months ago)

    My started Kindergarten this year and I have to say that I am impressed with the cleanliness of the school the amazing staff and teachers. I am very happy to have him starting in such a great place!

  • (11 months ago)

    My daughter will be starting 1st grade this year @ Deer Park. She loved her kindergarten teacher and class but I was less than impressed with the principal and the overall running of the school. There is very little communication with the parents and what does come is very late/last minute. The principal has no leadership skills and does not begin to know how to talk to parents. She seems more concerned with herself than the students. We never saw her at any school function. The school also seems overcrowded as they were struggling to find additional classrooms last year. Everyone talks about what a great school but I'm not seeing it.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter completed her kindergarten year here @ deer park & she absolutely Loved it! Ms.Febre & Ms.Henry were amazing!! Very involved with their students & attentive to each students individual needs. I loved that they pay close attention to each students strengths & weaknesses & use that information to help them maximize their learning abilities. My child finished kindergarten as 1 of the top students in her class & reading @ a 2nd grade reading level. Staff members are very friendly & always helpful. I couldn't tell you how many times I'd be on campus & a staff member would approach me to tell me how well my child was doing. The staff knows their students even though they're not in their class & that alone says a lot to how attentive they are. This school really cares about their students & ensuring that they progress in ALL areas. We moved due to work related reasons & I am sad to have to withdraw her from Deer Park. I highly recommend Deer Park to anyone considering or new to the area.

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers at the school are top notch. The school is in a very good location. The only major issue is that the principal lacks good leadership skills and it does bring the quality down. WIth at new principal I would I would rate it a 4-5.

  • (1 year ago)

    Love this school! My son was at a private school in South Africa before we moved to the US and he was doing really well so I was quite worried to uproot him but he has settled so well and absolutely adores school! He is in first grade and his teacher Mrs Kasper has been fantastic.

  • (1 year ago)

    We were happy the first few years here. But this year our teacher is very hands-off and the parents from our classroom feel out of the loop. The guidance department has been slow to respond or take action on several requests and I feel like the school constantly has a hand out for money from the parents. The new homes and apartments in our district have caused some overcrowding-especially in the lower grades. The PE and music teachers are great and the Library staff is too. There are MANY wonderful teachers at this school. Thankfully my child is a self-starter and really enjoys school. Otherwise we would not be doing as well here.

  • (1 year ago)

    The test scores alone prove that the quality of education has gone down at this school. There are a few good teachers but the majority are wet behind the ears and would make better baby sitters than educators. They are proof that teaching is not for everyone. They seem unable to get the best out of the students. Unlike her predecessor the new principal seems relatively non-existent. My child has been a straight-A student at this school for years but it seems like the quality of education at Deer Park has gone down. More emphasis is placed on FCAT performance than providing a solid education that will allow these students to compete globally.

  • (1 year ago)

    Been at this school for 9 months now after attending an amazing school in the North. Despite what I've always believed you can get a great education in FL. The teachers and faculty I've met are amazing. Great diversity without anyone feeling odd. Just attended an amazing MATH night where kids LOVED to do math.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great teachers and good programs. Everyone cares for the kids great great scholl now that is 15 words.

  • (1 year ago)

    Love Love the school great teachers principal vice principal and great students and strong PTA. My daughter has been here for 5 years and we will miss it when she graduates

  • (2 years ago)

    I have a ba.in physicaleducation .a masters in esol I have over 15 years .of teaching in education a minor i n bilingual education

  • (4 years ago)

    Deer Paerk is GREAT school! I have 3 children here and could not be happier! The staff is great the suppoert staff is wonderful and Principal & Vice Principal are so helpful. Deer Park is a wonderful place to learn volunteer and feel like a family!

  • (4 years ago)

    Great safe school with encouraging friendly teachers staff and PTA. Promotes reading and writing competitions. Offers extra newspaper guitar percussion orchestra and choir classes and fun science-based events but no sports (through out district). Our 5th grade daughter has been here two years and enjoys her school and friends.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school. We are delighted to have been able to get in through the CHOICE program. Leadership here is outstanding - some of the problems are district-based. Terrific teachers private nature setting. Outstanding array of extra curricular opportunities.

  • (4 years ago)

    Absolutely hands down the very finest school with excellent superb leadership and exceptional teachers. This is an amazing school. I would recommend to anyone to attend here! Thank You Deer Park for the fine education!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am still not impressed with the academics I see in Kindergarten. The private pre-school we were in had the 4 year olds doing 1st grade work and still having fun like 4 year olds. The security and the setting are great. The teacher we have us caring concerned and devoted to doing a good job. They are limited because you have to teach to the lowest skill level and a state curriculum. The principal is outstanding and his attitude is reflected in about 50-75% of the team. He himself is superior and I think he REALLY TRIES to attract and retain the best he can find. The hot lunch menu is appalling with things like corn dogs powdered sugar red jello hot dogs nachos and the like. What happened to setting an example for good nutrition? This is the district's fault not theirs.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school. My daughter started kindergarden here and we have been impressed with both the facilities and the teachers (Mrs. Patton). The principal is great he was out in the parking lot directing traffic the first week of school you don't see that very often. If you can afford to live in the area Westchase has great schools all around.

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