My son is about to graduate 8th Grade. When he enrolled in 2014, we weren’t sure as there were so many 'stories' about Christa. In reality, all Middle Schools have incidences. Christa has its own fair share but nothing more than the regular kid fights you hear about now and again. Mr Silverman is a very hands-on principal and I definitely credit him to turning Christa around.
I also have my daughter at Don Estridge for 6th Grade this year so I can state the comparisons between the 2 experiences.
Academically, Christa has been really awesome. Some of the best AP & Gifted teachers there – very dedicated, caring and responsive teachers. Communication is through edline and I have always had quick responses. Very helpful with their insight & guidance through all 3 years @ Christa.
Christa really gives the kids that have potential that extra push. My son is definitely a reluctant academic - he is smart but lazy. He was put into High School Algebra in 7th Grade. We were a little worried, but it turned out well. I credit this to Mrs Worrall, the best Algebra/Geometry teacher there. He was actually in a different class & struggling, but by luck, had to switch to Mrs Worrall due to schedule changes. She definitely turned it around for him. She is definitely a great asset to Christa.
They have a great Technology Academy. Kids are taught touch typing/keyboarding skills, learn MS Office and can take an industry standard IBA certification. Our experience at Christa has been really outstanding. Middle School is definitely a growing up experience for any kid but I feel like they have prepared him for stepping into High School.
Don Estridge has better funding, the kids aren't as 'tough' but they also have their fair share of fights, so it’s really no different. Academically - Christa definitely challenges the kids more. The course work seems more in depth and rigorous. (Daughter is in Gifted@Don vs. son in AP@Christa). Definitely see difference in workload and content covered. Both schools terrific, but teachers are so much more responsive @Christa. Christa reaches for their communication, while Don posts info on their site, so you just have to go there to get it.
the staff creates a such good environment for us and with all the teachers having different personalities every student finds at least one teacher they really connect with and will tend to actually listen to them when they try to help you with developing honesty, integrity, and fairness. Also, since all the teachers here have all these traits you will pick them up also since spending 7 hours a day with them.
Im a 8th grader here and I've never seen any bullying. Kid's will gossip about each other like every other school sure, but nothing severe. I've only seen 4 fights out of the 3 years I've been here and none of them were aloud to last longer than 20 seconds. All though there are some teachers who can annoy me they're all good at what they do. as far as the principle goes i always complain about him annoying me , but none of us pre-teens or teens will admit to liking an adult who's in charge of us. all the teachers though really seem to like and respect him and even though we don't want to admit it, all the students here low-key love the school and think the principle's does a good job.
I am currently a 7th grader here and it is a fantastic school. It has the best ESE program in the area. A lot of the other reviews complain about the principal. We do not have Mr. Myers or Ms. Cheek anymore. The new principal is great and any reviews before 2013 are when the old principal was around. The teachers are phenomenal and it does have an aftercare program, along with a lot of great clubs and electives. The band teacher is strict and the reason we have an amazing band. Art is not suggested and I do not know one person who enjoyed this elective due to the teacher. School hours are from 9:00 to 3:50
This is not a magnet school... It is not good for children that do not do well in the FCAT. If your child is a good student and get to be placed in advance classes it is an excellent school, otherwise no no.
I want my daughter to go to this school. But since her zoned school is Congress and Odyssey middle, she can't. So she is going to Odyssey because I don't like Congress. Anyway they said if we still haven't moved after a year of going to Odyssey, that if she wanted to change schools the district would let her pick a magnet school. So i just wanted to know if this is a magnet school because she really wants to go here. Thank you
Hello, Just wondering how parents/students would rate this school (Currently). I am considering moving into these school boundaries, and I have an Autistic daughter. How is the ESE program? Any advice? Thanks
Unfortunately the new principal finds it acceptable to let students get thrown down, punched and video taped without issuing any punishment. I fear that as all the students learn this the school will become even more violent and uncontrolled. In addition, he is not open to meeting with parents to discuss the problem and blames the victims. I have been a parent at this school for 5 years with my two kids and it makes me very sad to see the direction this school is taking.