My son attended the 2013-2014 school year at FS as his first year in third grade since we moved from the Northeast. I was aware my son needed help in reading comprehension, attended several parent conferences, he attended the tutoring program, and yet his reading score had not improved. I had my son do reading exercises plus extra reading at home on top of doing FCAT preparation and normal homework. It was 3 hours of rigorous time afterschool. I might as well have homeschooled him. There is also a huge segregation between parent and school community. For a 1100 student count in this school, 5% or few parents partake in volunteering. This is sad. The type of culture we experienced in this school was as long as you pass your tests, who cares that learning can be fun! There are limitations to school holidays, field trips, and even the science projects. We are not returning back to this school because of those reasons.
Freedom Shores has been a great school for my kids. With the exception of one teacher, all teachers have been wonderful. It really depends on the teacher you get if your child needs extra help.
2013-2014 school year was my sons first year at this school needless to say he will not be returning. This school waits till the last minute to help my child seek help after I had already inform them that my son needs extra help in reading. My son was choked at school no parent or teacher told me I found out from my son that he was choked by another student and could not breathe. I do a better job teaching him at home.
Congratulations to the Principal at Freedom Shores. She was awarded SECME Administrator of the year. My son is part of the SECME program and loves it.
School is great. I agree with the posting below. I volunteer sometimes and I always feel welcomed.
i think this school has ppotential and the teachers give dicipline that is why kids dont misbehave all over the school.
heard a lot of staff are not happy anymore, not many volunteers either. The PSO board has been reduced.
Freedom Shore is an excellent school my fifth grader graduated from their last year. It is such a great school that my kindergartener will attend there this year. The staff is very friendly and the teachers are amazing. The Principal always had a smile on her face and greeted the students with a good morning and a hand shake. I read the comment below and I don't think that is fair that the parent is criticizing the principal on not being their when she on maternity leave.
the principal may have been saying hi to the kids more recently, she did not when school first opened...but this is because parents complained that she did not. but now she is not at school anymore...it's crunch time now and the principal is gone! The other week I saw her shaking kids hands just a few feet from the crossing.... Not a safe place for her to be shaking hands there.
Wonderful school. Teachers are great and very caring. The school has a very safe and nurturing atmosphere. The new Principal is very nice and attentive. She has an open door policy and is always willing to sit down and listen to any concerns. My son loves going to school and likes that the principal says hello to him and takes the time to see how he is doing. The teachers always seem to go above and beyond for the kids. I just couln't say enought good things about this school.
Great teachers, prinicipal and staff! Great parent volunteers, close knit community...I have 2 kids there now and I couldn't be happier with the education they are getting.
AWESOME AWESOME SCHOOL....AND THE AFTERCARE PROGRAM IS UNBELIEVABLE MY SON LOVES IT....GREAT TEACHERS AND COMMUNICATION
Freedom Shores teachers, support staff and Administration have been wonderful in every way to our grandchildren for the past 4 years. The Aftercare Program...I can't say enough about how good it is. The counselors and Director put 150% into the daily program but also into having the Talent Show, Mommy & Me, etc. Summer Camp, the same. We are very fortunate to have them all. I also love the way the different teaching styles of the Fourth grade compliment each other. A terrific balance that all children can adapt to for the first year of changing classes. Kudos to all at Freedom Shores.
Great Aftercare program! My children have been in it for years. Both of my children are in the gifted program and they love it. Summer Camp is the high light for my children at Freedom Shores! A+
I think my review from April 17 was deleted. Anyway, GREAT SACC Program (offers Tai Kwon Do, Hip-Hop Dance for a fee) and many other included activities, pretty challenging curriculum for gifted. Great teachers (so far) have one entering 4th grade and one entering 2nd. Safe school (thorough checking of ID's upon entry, pickup.....) A lot of parent involvement (volunteering) for those teachers that want help. Clean facilities, well-maintained grounds, kids like cafeteria food, friendly school nurse, Library good, fully operational Reading Counts! program with plenty of opportunity to participate, Chess Club one of the best (place high at state tournaments), parking for volunteers up front so they can pick their kids up first, appropriate discipline, bullying not tolerated ( I know because my son so much as changed name to make it sound funny, and he was immediatley disciplined-apparently creating nicknames is considered 'bullying'). TVnews network run by kids-very good.
The school definately has gone down in quality since the departure of the old principal and her staff. It is better to send your kids to a regular school then the gifted program here.
I have a son in the gifted program and I am very disappointed with the school. I think the the curriculum is in a disarray. The irony is the regular classes performed better than the gifted classes.
I absolutely love Freedom Shores Elementary. My children are in the Gifted Program and have been blessed with the best teachers! I really hope that the reviewer of April 15th gets a teacher next year that works better for her and her child. The teachers that have taught my children reply to any comments I send to them in the communication folder or email. I do, however, tend to be hands-off as far as letting the teachers do their jobs, but I am very involved in my children's educations. I am blessed with a job that allows me to volunteer. The April 17th reviewer is correct. The school has 'Concretables'. The only disadvantage is that they don't have water fountains in them. But the children go to the main school building for specials and lunch and are also encouraged to bring water to school with them.
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