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Scottishkyle, Home Buyer in Tampa, FL

is Benito middle school good? there are good and bad reviews

Asked by Scottishkyle, Tampa, FL Mon Jan 21, 2013

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As a parent of a former Benito student (attended 6th grade only), I as a parent have mixed reviews as well as my daughter. First off, allow me to comment that the area in which the school is located, New Tampa, is not what it once was. We first moved to the New Tampa area in 1999 and saw it experience abundant growth which was positive to have more than a walmart and Publix, however, this growth brought apartment complexes, which are not bad in their very essence, they just allowed a type of people to permeate the area that previously would have been unable to, again this is both positive and negative. But the old adage holds true "one bad apple spoils the bunch" and I'm afraid this is the current state of New Tampa. I believe the people that have stayed are basically stuck there by their dwindling property value, through no fault of their own, however this problem is exacerbated by the communities, Cory Lake Isle being a main culprit, allowing multi- families to rent one home and not enfacing upkeep( horrendous overgrown dead lawns, 5+cars that are belonging to a 4 bedroom house, etc. Believe me, we once owned there, Java Isle, and I thank my lucky stars for being able to escape. Now to answer your question. I hope the community now paints a picture of the school. It is a cultural melting pot, which is very enriching to be educated in of course drawbacks are included... A pregnant 6th grader( it's her 2 child!) girls allowed to wear highly inappropriate attire such as skin tight dresses and believe me I'm in no way a prude. This shows the parenting of these children so you can imagine the overall tone of the school. The education is average with again average teachers and slightly higher if your child is in the "gifted program". I could go on but won't only to leave you with if you can live in another area, do so!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 25, 2013
i think that the school is a good school and to rely on the upcomming 7th graders im going to 6 and will like to see good reports and to see that a pregant 6th graded is having her 2 child it scares me
Flag Thu Jul 11, 2013
This school is great towards the students. But based on such negative description you gave such as the pregnant 6th grader I feel bad for such people.
Flag Thu Jul 11, 2013

That is a very subjective question asking for an opinioned answer. There are a couple of websites that you can puruse to glean information based upon public comments. Tampa

Hillsborough county school website

Best regards,
Lynn Brock
Brock Realty Inc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jan 24, 2013
I've worked and lived in Cory Lake since 2003. My clients, neighbors and friends have children who attend Benito. For what this is worth, in 10 years I've not heard anything negative among the parents about it. The older children I've known that have attended there seem well rounded and gone on to college, some with scholarships. Do your research, but in my opinion the school seems kid tested and parent approved.

Ann Tonelli
Florida Realty

PS: You will love Cory Lake.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 22, 2013
Any school is only as good as your child does in it! There are top rated schools where bullying and "mean girls" run wild. The most important thing about a school is whether your child feels safe and encouraged to participate at a high level.

Your child's education is important. Go to the school with your child. How does the principal treat you. Will they even meet with you? How is the energy? East Bay High School is a perfect example of a poorly rated school that turned it around because the administration, the staff, and the parents all worked together to make a change.

Don't trust any rating. Get in there and "feel" it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 21, 2013
Scottish Kyle,

That is a difficult question for a real estate agent to answer. Good? is a subjective question. Each person has their own idea of what is good or bad. I have included the hillsborough county site where they list the ratings of each school. This may help a little bit. I would suggest working one on one with an agent who works this area. They will be better informed to answer this question and others you may have.

I would love to help you in a home search. If you are planning to rent or buy I would be happy to help.

Please review my profile on Trulia and send me a message with your specific questions or email me directly at county link benito school link

Tracy Hoyt
Prudential Tropical Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 21, 2013
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