After reading one of the parents reviews from Aug. 20, 2015 I have to say I couldn't disagree with them more. Many of the problems stated were quickly addressed and have changed.The mention of bullying has never been experienced by our family and we aren't aware of any incidences.
We love the new administration! We have experienced nothing less than professionalism and care and the atmosphere has been so positive. Our kids feel the same way and can't wait to go each day. We knew there would be some bumps and adjustments a long the way, as there are with any new changes, but we feel they have all been for the better. The church that bought the buildings have made so many positive improvements to the facilities and grounds. And the atmosphere is so different. I would say that the school has done a complete 180 in the last 12 months. We love it!
As far as it being a church school, we asked a lot of questions when the church purchased the buildings and they are two separate entities from what we were told. The school leases their building from the church. We have heard nothing but good about the church that made the purchase.
Enterprise Preparatory Academy has always been a Christian school from the very beginning so the Christian influence did not come about when the church purchased the buildings. We are thankful for all of the changes and for a positive, loving Christian environment. We are excited about the future of EPA!
We attended the Elementary portion of this school from 2008-2015. We were not impressed with the Public school option, so this school was an alternative for us. It is important to not that this school is now a church affiliated school. IT IS NOT a PREP school. Church affiliated= Church controlled.
1)Small teacher/child ratio
2)Fall break and Spring Break
3)Classroom Volunteer opportunities
1)Parent/teacher conferences. Not set days in school year for this. You could request though.
2)Curriculum. ABEKA and Bob Jones biased and not adequate. Especially in STEM. Very Christian based.
3)Extras: No foreign language, formal music program. Art program was available.
4)PE program. Not adequate. No gymnasium, Kids came home with severe carpet burns, now have scarring. Twisted ankles from outdoor activities. Grounds not safe. Fire ants and potholes galore.
5)No covered outdoor play area. Kids would go out during the heat of the day. Sunburns, some severe.
6) School lunch. It was WONDERFUL in past years. Now Fast food catered. Not healthy. $5 per lunch.
7)Bullying: there should be a NO TOLERANCE POLICY in force. We had issues that were not addressed by the school administration. SHOULD NOT HAPPEN IN A SMALL PRIVATE SCHOOL.
8)Administration: We experienced some nonprofessional attitudes. They did not handle situations with my child in a private and confidential manner. Did not handle disciplinary issues in an appropriate manner. Caused self-esteem issues with my child. Not sure if administration has an educational background. More church affiliated.
I chose not to give this school a "bad" review. We had some positive experiences over the years. Had some really wonderful teachers too. The past year was the worst. Parents need to do their due diligence and investigate the school. Research the curricula. We supplemented STEM, Music, and Foreign Language at home. Promotes Creation based Science education in a very biased manner. Also, many employees of the school affiliated with the church.
I am so extremely grateful to EPA for turning our son's third grade year into the best school year ever! He was no longer bored with the curriculum, nor frustrated with Common Core, nor hated going to school. The Christian based curriculum was very interesting to him and it challenged him to excel. The small class size enabled his teacher to focus more time on each student, encourage them, and allow them to talk quietly at times without being disruptive. We are so grateful to his teacher, Mrs. Beth, and the staff for the wonderful environment they have created. The fact that our child's innocence is protected is also a major advantage! We are looking forward to the next school year and only wish we had moved him sooner! It is also important to note that the leadership at EPA changed at the beginning of the 2014/2015 school year. Our experience was quite different from the negative reviews from previous years.
This school is a great answer to the current public school system. The children here are safe, very well cared for, and well educated by licensed teachers who have decades of experience. These teachers choose to work in this environment rather than the public schools for very telling reasons. The students learn from a traditional Christian based curriculum that advances them beyond where other schools are able or willing to go. This school is accredited, devoted to student's excellence in learning, and continuing to improve that experience in all areas.
EPA is an excellent school where children can learn in a safe and loving environment. The teachers are loving, kind and very professional. I love that the administration and all of the faculty are not afraid to live out Godly principals in front of the children and their families. The children love to learn here!! What a peaceful and family friendly place for children to go to school.
After only 17 days in their designated public school this fall, we started reviewing our options to keep our two grandchildren's education moving in a forward manner. Their's is a US Army family, and the Enterprise public school was fully two-years behind grade level from where they had just come in Clarksville TN, the staff we encountered were not very kid-friendly to newcomers, and the grandchildren (who are accustomed to relocating) were miserable. Home-schooling was considered, but then we discovered Enterprise Prep Academy. What a wonderful answer to our dilemma! The class sizes are small, the teachers caring and truly dedicated to ensuring the child's needs are met--educationally and emotionally. It's having small-group instruction, one-on-one attention--and that's the classroom--not a special pull-out group like in public schools! Being a Christian family, we are especially happy to have the faith-based curriculum. The grandchildren are excited to go to class everyday, the teachers are other staff members are friendly and encourage each child to excel, making the most of their capabilities. The school is inviting, family-oriented, a truly wonderful experience.
I hope anyone with half a brain will notice that the most negative comments were written by students. I know that some came to EPA already with problems. That being said, im sure the negative comments by parents were parents of those problem children. The school has some new teachers and have gotten rid of some bad apples and let me just tell you it is like a whole different world. Yes, it is a Christian education, so if you don't care to teach your child that, dont send them here. The staff truly care about the students and their families. The parents are wonderfully involved. The support and help from Highpointe has only enhanced the school. Rumors fly, and people believe them before finding out the truth....decide for yourself and visit the school. ...dont think of it as a place to place your problem child, please....I am sure other parents don't think that would be fair to their kids either. Btw, the Bob Jones curriculum is much better than the old A-Beka curriculum they now use with 3-up.
EPA was once a wonderful school. Now, it really isn't. I attended here from Kindergarten to seventh grade. My last year, seventh grade, was absolutely terrible. The elementary grades in EPA are decent. Seventh and above is the worst. This school is strongly Protestant. Being a Roman Catholic surrounded by a majority of Baptist kids, I was singled out. Every week in chapel, we were asked if we were saved. It was torture for me this whole last year. I was completely segregated from everyone in my grade. The kids in the middle and high school are not a very good group at all. EPA has no extra curricular activities at all, except for volleyball. Don't get me wrong, the volleyball team is actually pretty good. They are such a small school. Every year, EPA is declining in quality dramatically. Some teaches are excellent - some are not. Think twice before sending your kids to EPA above sixth grade. This school may work for some, but it didn't work for my family.
I went to this school and it was a horrendous experience. The curriculum is a joke, the teachers are ridiculously unprofessional and bullying runs rampant. Don't send your child here unless you plan on paying for their therapy sessions. I would give this school no stars if it were possible. Most two faced unchristian school ever!!!