My school is State College of Florida Collegiate School and I believe it is the best opportunity in Manatee County to produce children who are college graduates.
I'm very glad this opportunity was available for my daughter. This is not your regular school. They are very focus on the real world and I love it, since I want my kids to start thinking of a future in a career that they enjoy!
My sn has been at SCFCS since the beginning and it has been awesome for him. He has learned so much! He has learned to think outside the box and organize his time wisely. I would recommend SCFCS highly!
The school design works well for my girls. The style teaches them independence, self confidence and self motivation. The technology puts them far above the rest and allows them the flexibility to work and communicate with their teachers easily.
The school works well for children that are motivated and independent thinkers, this school is NOT for every child. As a parent, you need to gage your child s interests and use this to decide if this is a good option for them. Extra-curricular activities are limited, this needs to be taken into consideration. The kids work off iPads and the smaller school size helps the kids know all their teachers (and vice versa). Since this is a Charter school, it is the last to start I strongly suggest if you can get your child to school on your own (early) do so. They can use the extra time in the morning to work on projects, get tutoring, etc.. This time is valuable in keeping up with daily tasks, etc.. since they have not been permitted to take home their iPads yet. I have found a significant difference in grades and my children s attitudes based on getting there when the school opens vs. taking the bus that gets the kids there right when school starts. I am very pleased with the results I have seen at the school (this is our third year) and look forward to my family continuing to work with them this truly is a partnership.
This is my childs third year at SCFCS. I am very happy with his progress. I like the smaller atmosphere for the kids. SCFCS has 264 students from grades 6 through 9. Next year it will be around 330 with 10th grade added on. There is an 11th grade but the students are on the college campus already.
What a wonderful Learning Model! My Student has had the opportunity to grow & be challenged daily. The consistent support from the Learning Coach is GREAT no problems are left unaddressed! The communication is so good and the staff is very responsive to any concerns that come up weather it be safety or academic. My son is very fortunate to have this once in a lifetime opportunity to Grow & Learn in this environment.
This is both of my daughters first year at this school. So far, what we see is a dedicated staff who sincerely care about the students success. We consistently receive updates to keep us connected to what is going on at the school and we can go online and see our child's grades as well. Both of our girls agree that enrolling at SCFCS was the best decision we have ever made concerning their education. The Head of School is always accessible and seems to be a very knowledgeable engaged leader. Big kudos to the guidance counselor who treated my kids as if they were the only kids in the world when we had questions. I'm sure she does the same for every student. Every day when I drop my children at school, I am convinced they are receiving a top notch education that even private schools could not match.
I have three children at this school. They have raised their grades since starting here. Why? Because the teachers really care about the student's success and style of learning. We are very happy but most importantly my children are happy and they can't wait to get up early in the morning to make it in before school starts to get ahead on their projects. With response to the parent who only gave the school a 3-star. It sounds to me like you don't have any children at this school. Every parent here knows that there is NO traditional High School experience here. This is why we chose this school. We are not interested in that, we are interested in our children learning and being prepared for real professional jobs. Please do not rate a school where you don't have children and don't have a true experience of it's successes.
SCFCS is still in the flegling stages and has assosciated growing pains. But, the atmosphere is mostly positive, the teachers are engaged in their student's success, and the teaching concepts are adaptable and fluid. Even the school design is intended to encourage different learning styles - from individual to small group to full classroom. Computer integration (each student has their own Ipad/laptop) and use of multi-media keeps students on pace with technology. The school is physically located and integrated into the local college. This integration allows use of the college's resources such as the Science labs, library, and performance hall. Students have been included in 2 of the college's play performances as well as done 2 musicals of their own. Although they lack some of the extra-curricular activities (no organized sport's teams, band, etc) the students will be allowed to join these types of activities at other schools, since they are still part of the county school system. Overall, a solid academic experience with a few "glitches" still to work on.
Wow - surprised at only the positive being stated since there are some pretty serious issues. We (and several others ) have found this school to be billing itself as the alternative for kids who are higher level or "gifted". The problem with this is that students aren't being realistically prepared for what they will need to do to complete their high school level and then college level courses (because they lure folks in with the promise of kids having an AA degree by graduation). Guess what - if your kid doesn't do the extra work involved for these courses, they are not magically going to get an AA upon graduation. Gadgets and technology, along with self-directed learning only, cannot hide the need for children of all ages to have structured academic interaction. There is also concern about students having a traditional high school experience that is age and maturity level appropriate - not sure high school age kids should be sent out on a college campus for classes (even though the partnership with SCF is the best thing going for this school). If parents and students don't care about this, then it's a valid choice. Also a note of due diligence - check teacher credentials...
Quality Education. The technology; iPads, computers, smart boards, and professional/caring teachers are noticeable. Goal setting and college readiness is big. There is an excellent drama/musical/theatre to be part of. I'm impressed with all the use of technology in mastery projects, iMovies, keynotes, wheel. Seeing students everywhere learning in little groups at their own speed is neat. Fun PTO ..dances, poetry slams, ect., STEM, excellent field trips, before school clubs.
SCFCS has been a godsend for my gifted child! He is able to work at his own academic level and actually now finds his work more challenging and exciting! The teachers challenge the students with "out of the box" thinking and assignments. Very happy that we found such a great school!
If you have a child that is self-directed (wants to learn on their own), interested in technology, or is bored with the structure in a mainstream school, SCFCS is the place to be! The County does very little to encourage gifted students in their talents. SCFCS has been the ONLY school to engage my daughter at her level (whatever level that is for that subject -- she is great a math, but needs help in science). They are deeply committed to an easy to understand rubric (parents have to UNlearn some things like homework grades are NOT everything). They are truly preparing them to think critically, write well and achieve their goals in school and college and life. Can't be happier!!
SCFCS offers an educational experience for the student and parent that is willing to learn and adapt to new ways of learning. The curriculum is challenging and interesting and the teachers and administrators provide support and direction to help all students navigate through the areas that may be challenging. My son and I have both enjoyed the experience at the school.
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