Tropical Elementary School
Merritt Island, FL | Brevard County
July 3, 2014
This school is very overrated! We moved to this school zone because we were told it was the best. We are very disappointed. While we had an excellent teacher, the administration staff is very condescending and rude! They try and make it your fault when they didn't follow through. Unprofessional. If you have a child who has special needs you are bringing the test scores of the school down and are treated like 2nd class citizens. We are trying to find a different school. Unless the administration can get off their negative high horses this school will always be terrible!Submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
Well this is our first year at this school My.kids last school was suntree and we didn't like it at all so I can't say enough about this school the teachers are great and my boys went from hating going to school to loving it :) I like how involved the other parents are and the staff are :) no complaints so fair about anything !Submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
Tropical has long been a vastly overrated educational institution. The neighborhood is a blend of 90% elitist families and 10% regular folks. More parents hang out around this school during daytime hours than probably any other in the county with Suntree the possible exception -- they don't work for a living. The focus is more on test scores than improving conditions within and around the classrooms. Kids aren't taught proper methods of communication with their peers, or how to blend in a melting pot society. It's the closest thing to a prep school mentality on taxpayer dime. Exclusivity without delivering quality education. Nasty, snobbish attitudes abound from the parents, staff, and teachers. It reflects in the student population. This is the "me, me, me" self-entitlement, princes and princesses school if you're looking for one. Search elsewhere to educate your children in the real world and arm them with broad people skills.
December 18, 2013
since the new principal came this year things have drastically went downhill. The office staff that has been here for years retired just about a month ago. The new office staff is completely rude very unprofessional. The teachers at the school, for the most part, are wonderful. Unfortunately most of the administration only care about receiving federal money. Because of that they are quick to label a child with something like a ADHD. I know several parents that are pulling their children out of school come January so they can homeschool their kids... It's the only way there will be no child left behind. I would highly recommend pulling your children out of school anyway... Simply due to the fact that this new Common Core that's being pushed by our federal government is a joke.Submitted by a parent
July 23, 2012
Horrible horrible school. Run down, dirty cafeteria and the 2nd grade teachers are burnt out! The office staff is rude and the principals are more interested in what they are wearing than what the kids are doing. So much bullying going on! So sad. Very overworked teachers and not much caring on the administrative part. Terrible speech program. How this school is rated a 10 is beyound me.Submitted by a parent
November 18, 2010
I attended Tropical from the time I was in Kindergarten to 6th grade and I can honestly say that the only thing I can really have a negative comment on is the students. The teachers themselves are amazing and will in a heartbeat take care of the students. Now I have no idea why any of the people would have a negative comment on the faculty, I grew up with the office staff and in my experience they are amazing people, they were nothing but KIND to the people who deserved it and to the students, and they have PLENTY of after school activities, that take place in Before-and-after school care, such as cheerleading spanish, karate, lego club, patrols, book bash, ect. The principal was amazing and absolutely kind-hearted. Like I said this school is amazing.
March 15, 2010
I am a grandparent of a child that attends Tropical elementary and I am very pleased with the quality of education my grandson is receiving. Great school, great principal all around positive learning environment.
November 23, 2009
The learning aspect of the school was okay. It was nothing special. No after school activities. Office staff extremely rude to parents including my own. Nurse also very rude. Physical Education classes are harsh.
November 13, 2008
Both my children attended Tropical Elementary. I was pleased with the school Educationally and they they were prepared for Middle School. However, I felt that the principal seemed to cater to the wealthy families in the community. Often allowing them to pick classes and teachers, the same kids always picked for special assignments etc, etc,. Not enough activites offered to children. No tutor program for children who are weak in subjects. Office staff are rude.Submitted by a parent
July 25, 2008
In response to the Sept 2004 comment. It sounds like this is a parent in denial about their child's servere behavior problems. Tropical deals with every sitiation on an individual basis and has an extremely positive learning environment! The administration is responsive and is typically available to meet with parents at a moments notice. From my perspective the teachers you say are allowed to do whatever they want are professionals and should be given that autonomy. If there is an issue I am sure it is handled in a confidential manner; that would be between the teacher and admininstration.Submitted by a parent
March 24, 2008
I love the teachers and staff of this school! They are responsive and caring, and it is a true neighborhood school. We are consistently an 'A' school.Submitted by a parent
April 29, 2006
My daughter has attended Tropical Elementary for the last three years and will be moving on to middle school next year. I can truly tell you that she received an excellent education at Tropical and was always dealt with repectfully and with caring. The parent and other support organizations at Tropical are outstanding and deserve to be commended.Submitted by a parent
February 5, 2006
Academic programs seem decent, but there's not a foreign language program. Rotating activities seem to be enjoyable by the children. Teachers don't have as much parental support in the classroom, so they don't do as many special activities.Submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
We just moved into the area and have been very impressed with the hard work of the principal and the teachersSubmitted by a parent
April 24, 2005
great school. well organized.Submitted by a parent
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