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Kate Sullivan Elementary School - Tallahassee, FL

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School NameAddressPhoneGradesCountyTypeDistrict Name
Kate Sullivan Elementary School927 Miccosukee Rd
Tallahassee, FL 32308
(850) 487-1216PK-5LeonpublicLeon

School Head OfficialYear
PAM STEPHENS2011

Students Getting Free LunchYear
32%2008

DateWhoComments
9/27/2012parentI too had a little anxiety about sending my Kindergartener to public school. I can honestly say that the teachers genuinely care about the students. I really like that my son's teacher loves reading. She has made it fun for her students, which has made learning to read enjoyable. My son is reading as though he's been doing so for years. He loves school and that makes me extremely happy.
6/22/2012parentWe had the usual kindergarten-parent concerns about sending our son to public school in Florida: fearing that state curriculum requirements to "teach to the tests," limited funding, and a large student population might allow some kids to fall through the cracks, and miss the independent critical-thinking and big-picture learning that really has to be established just as early as the ol' three Rs for kids to be successful. No fear at Kate Sullivan! The arts programs here are excellent--woven through the academic curriculum, and strongly supported through the efforts of an active PTA and an army of volunteers and very involved parents. Kids get excited about academic activities like science fair, actually internalize the guidance/discipline standards of the school (safety, respect, responsibility) and take them seriously, and learn to get along with a diverse student body. Teachers are warm and caring, and work hard to give individual attention to students despite standardized-test-based county and state curriculum requirements that put a huge strain on available classroom time, and they succeed in preparing kids to cope well with the occasional over-scheduled days.
2/15/2012parentKate Sullivan Elementary School is award-winning and it shows! The teachers and staff are very professional and experienced. The school has been going strong since 1948.
11/8/2009otherKate Sullivan Elementary continues to be a strong school with a superb reputation. The teachers, staff and administration care deeply about each and every student. Parent involvement has increased dramatically during the last two years. There is a strong PTA with an active PTA board. Kate Sullivan continues to draw kids from private schools. There is a strong focus on student achievement and providing quality instruction for all students.
10/3/2009parentKate Sullivan's teachers are passionate about inspiring children to learn. And the school has a strong sense of community among parents and volunteers.
9/15/2009parentMy daughter is now in 7th grade but she was at KSE from Kindergarten thru 5th Grade. We just loved the family atmosphere in this old downtown school!
4/19/2009otherthis is a wonderful school! my grandkids love it! parent involvement is great and all of the staff care so much about the kids and the kids respond in kind.
8/14/2008parentMany excellent caring experienced teachers. Wonderfully diverse student population. Good parent involvement. Smaller than many other comparable schools. Excellent test scores. Brand new media center and cafeteria. Lovely traditional, older building and beautiful campus. Convenient midtown location.
4/28/2008parentThis school is beginning to go downhill. Safety is a major concern with traffic and school policy enforcement. The teachers are wonderful but the administration makes excuses for safety concerns. PTA has about 10 parents every meeting if they are lucky.
4/28/2008parentThis school is beginning to go downhill. Safety is a major concern with traffic and school policy enforcement. The teachers are wonderful but the administration makes excuses for safety concerns. PTA has about 10 parents every meeting if they are lucky.
10/3/2007teacherI had my children attending a private school and due to some unfortunate events at that particular school, I ended up pulling them out and sending them to Kate Sullivan. What a blessing Kate Sullivan has been. This is an exceptional school! I have been so pleased with the teachers, staff and administration. My children have thrived and are clearly on the path of success, thanks to this wonderful school. Respect for the students, teachers and one another is clearly demonstrated at this school. The extracurricular activities are wonderful and enjoyed by the children. The curriculum is challenging and exceptional.
4/12/2007teacherFor the past 4 years I have had the opportunity to experience first hand the wonders of Kate Sullivan. From the richness of the diversity of our student population, to the generosity and devotion of our volunteers, from the enthusiastic, innovative educators, to the supportive, fore-thinking Administration, Kate Sullivan remains a front-runner among Tallahassee s educational institutions. Where else can you find a faculty and administration committed to the belief that all children will learn in a safe, nurturing and challenging environment, and are valued and actively involved in becoming life long learners and productive citizens in a diverse global society, and who envision an established culture of continuous excellence in teaching and learning through rigorous and relevant academics with the assistance of the arts and emerging technologies nowhere else but Kate Sullivan! Imagine how fortunate I feel to be a member of this Team! Teacher, First Grade
1/3/2007parentI am concerned about teacher morale. This is not the same school it was 5 years ago. Thank goodness for art, music, WKSN, media or I would pull my child out. Assistant Principal is trying to hold the school together.
8/10/2006parentWith a son that required some special needs, we were so pleased with the attention that he received during his stay at Kate Sullivan. At every grade level, K-5th, he was given the support of his individual grade level teachers, special area teachers, occupational therapist, and all the administrative personnel. Kate Sullivan Elementary status as a 'Blue Ribbon School' has truly stood the test in the results that we have witnessed with our son. As parents we always had an open line of communication with all his teachers and they all went the extra mile to inform us what it would take for him to succeed. We could not be happier with our experiences at Kate Sullivan Elementary.
5/2/2006parentKate Sullivan has a great academic program, most Teacher have good communication with parents. The SAC committee is committed to improving and maintaining the grade A standard they have
4/30/2006parentSullivan is now more of a magnet school... half the kids are from outside of the school zone. Not sure why the school board did this, but the impact has not been good. The playground is now covered with portable classrooms and the out-of-zone kids just keep coming.
1/13/2006former studentAs a former student of Jennie Moore Elementary, I recommend it to enyone. Although there are some problems at the school, there will never be a school that does not have any problems. I compare myself to friends I know who went to different elementary schools in the area, and I know that there are very few that had the same quality of education. In the end, three out of the four children in my family recieved full scholarships for college and I attribute it directly to the quality of the curriculum and staff of the schools that I attended (and my parents of course!).
1/11/2006parentThe school board has effectively turned Kate Sullivan into a magnet school for minorities - from 22% minority 10 years ago to 42% now, with school choice being used by every parent who works downtown (near Sullivan). There's less parent involvement, lower teacher morale, bigger classes. Portables have popped up all over the playground to accomodate the influx. I choose to send my child elsewhere.
12/9/2005parentFirst the good--an amazing art teacher, a high level of parental involvement, a good mix of kids, a safe environment, a handful of really amazing teachers. Now the negative--they spend far too much time teaching to the test, art and music are not an integral part of the program, new hires are not of the highest caliber, lack of leadership from the top, and no recess after grade 1.
11/28/2005parentMy son attends Kate Sullivan Elementary. We have been very pleased with the educational opportunties at this location. He has had some excellent teachers.
8/4/2005parentKate Sullivan has a very good academic programs, the teachers are very caring and involves the parents with thier childrens schooling. They constantly keep you updated on your child progress. The art classes are great, but they could do with a better music program for children who would like to play an instrument or sing in a chorus.
7/31/2005parentThis school is the real deal. The students love their school and it shows. The diversity at this school is handled expertly and facilitates productive relationships regardless of race.
1/5/2005parentExcellent teacher and parent involvement.
6/16/2004parentThe School is in need of more direction and a morale boost, but the teachers are determined and focused in their individual classrooms. The leadership from the Assistant Principal is what carried the school for the past year. Hopefully the Principal has not gotten adjusted and is prepared to lead.
4/14/2004parentMy daughter goes to Kate Sullivan now and is in K. She has made so much progress from the first day of school. Her teacher Mrs. B. Penn is one of the best teachers that takes time with every student and does what is needed to help that child alaong. I wish I had teachers like her when I was in school.
9/20/2003parentOur family is new to Kate Sullivan and we really like the school. All of the people in the office have been very helpful and pleasant whenever I have a question or concern. I love my child's teacher. We are very haooy.
4/17/2003 Kate Sullivan school is in transition right now. We just got a new principal. I got to PTA almost every month. Very few parents attend. Overall, however, this is one of the better schools in Leon County.


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