My granddaughter is in kindergarten and could not be more excited about her progress. This school focuses on the entire student, academics and physical activity. Her reading is above any of my expectations. She is getting more than a well rounded education. I have nothing but praise for this school and the excellence and caring of all teachers, especially Mrs. Marston. Love the small class sizes, my grandchild doesn't get lost in the crowd. I would and do recommend this school to everyone!!!!!
FROM OK TO AMAZING- My son attends this school and has received excellent and challenging education so far. The teachers are very caring and spend extra time with each child making sure they understand what is expected of them. I know what the school was like before, and I can see where some reviews here are negative, however, the new administration and the Principal Ms. Fowler make all the difference. Their main goal is to ensure that our students are prepared and geared toward academic excellence. Thank you so much for everything that you are doing with the school.
As the new management company, we are elated to join the 3 Preparatory and Fitness Academies. Our organization provides students with an invigorating and challenging environment which prepares students for college and beyond. Throughout the country, we have proven track record of academic excellence for all students. To bring the Preparatory and Fitness Academies to the level of their other schools, Celerity has increased use of technology and curriculum support in order to ensure the success of all of the students. Celerity is proud to join the Preparatory and Fitness Academy families and look forward to the growth of our wonderful partnership!
I have a 4th grader and a 3rd grader. Both great students. Both love their school and their teachers. I don't like the lunch aide, she yells at them like a mad woman and tells them to have a silent lunch. With an extended school day, I don't believe lunch should be "silent" other than that lunch aide, everyone is great friendly and they DO NOT discriminate against special needs. Ratings are tough because every experience is different. When we moved here last year we enrolled them in an "A" school cape elementary, my son didnt like it, he was deathly afraid of the 3rd grade teacher names Adkins.. The office personnel was rude and the school didnt feel "inviting" so even though they had a 10 rating at the time, we took them out and put them here at CCPFA which has a low grade, but they love it!!
This is a newer school so there is going to be some issues with the way things are run. No school will ever make every parent happy. This is my daughters second year attending. Last year she was in the 3rd grade, and I do agree that the changes with staff last year and lack of communication is frustrating but, the overall education and caring from the staff I personally think is wonderful. This year they have all new owners and a new principle. Mrs. Fowler is a wonderful addition. ( I personally did not care for last years principle and believe that all issues are gone now that she is gone) These changes have made a huge impact on this school. I believe that they are moving in the right direction. My son will be entering kindergarten next year and I without a doubt will be sending him to CCPFA.
This school has been very good to my kids I have a little one that just started kindergraten and I have a 5th grader and a 6th grader i could not be happier with the principal and the teachers i have had my kids there since it has opened and yes we had rough start cause a new company aquired the school but like anything else it takes time to get going. I have noticed a change in how the school is the new principal has done very well with the kids she is always around and very accessabile when needed and if u have an issue she right on top of it I love this school
DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL!!! Listen-some of the posts are favorable, but it is only because they more than likely have a decent teacher. The teachers are only part of the school! Some are most likely good teachers---BUT the organization is horrid!!! My son has gone through 4 teachers in one QUARTER!!!Don't fool yourselves ! If your teacher is good -they will more than likely get out of there at the first opportunity! Then they will fill in the permanent teacher position with a "long term sub".That's what they called my son's last teacher. Oh, by the way did I mention they never mentioned to any of the parents that they fired his last teacher? And replaced her with that said teacher's aid--Ms Littlestone!! A full time volunteer!I went to get my sons grades (after asking all year what's going on with grades and work) and they forgot to teach science-the whole first quarter-check her out....she teaches 6th AND 7th grade together! Apparently, her twenty children attend the school, so they thought it only fit to make her a teacher!! I went to the school district and they were mortified with everything I told them was going on-I don't have enough characters remaining to go on
I have a 4th grader and a 2nd grader attending this school. I am very satisfied with the teachers they have. They have taken the time to update me personally 15-30 minutes before school starts. This school was just acquired/bought by a very succesful charter schools company. I was hesitant about this at first. However, the change in the school is amazing now, they definately have high expectations of their students and teachers, mutual understanding of respect, and have their priorities straight. The new principal takes walks around the school, cafeteria, classrooms to make sure that the schools new expectations are being met. She smiles and greets everyone, and my kids tell me they see her in the cafeteria everyday making sure they follow the new implemented rules. Before the new charter schools management, the cafeteria was extremely noisy and a bit disorganized. There is no tolerance for placing your hands on another student, whether it's 'horseplay' or not, which was always ignored at my sons previous school. The parents have met the superintendant, who moved to the swfl area from California. He worked with the celerity charter schools in California.
continued....Parents are becoming involved, the p.t.o is in place, the new building is almost done, and the fitness program is great. Before CCPFA, I was paying out of pocket for soccer and was also going to enroll my son in Karate , these afterschool activities took a heavy time toll on our family. It's nice to see a school that has soccer, tennis, and taekwondo being part of my childrens school day. I too was concerned with the extended school day, but my children have never complained and come home excited. I would tell other parents to ignore every single previous post, it's not who they are anymore. I would not hesitate telling parents to give this school a try
This school has been horrible. My child hasn't had a proper teacher until well into the 6th week of school, they send about 8 pages of homework home on material that is not taught, they do not have a gym and allow the girls and boys to change clothes in front of each other. It is beyond me. They discriminate against children with special needs. Don't respond to parents questions, don't have a proper curriculum, they are a joke. I have been trying to get my child on a bus schedule, find out about free and reduced lunch, they wont tell me about their fitness program and the principle Mrs. Rice refuses to speak to me. They want parent involvement but won't communicate so how do they expect this to happen.
Good school. My son is happy there. He loves the academics and especially the fitness element. Uniforms are a big plus. He scored high on his FCAT and even got a letter from the governor for his scores. I would recommend this school to anyone.
my daughter attended here 2 yrs. she prev attended a Montessori school for three yrs. at xmas time her teacher left for another job, i figured by the time xmas vac was over they would be well on there way to having a perm teacher to replace her. when she returned from vac they had a sub and barely any teaching was going on. at the end of jan we went on a family vac came back from that and still no perm teacher...(in this economy they cant find a teacher willing to work?) so I pulled her out and finished her school yr by homeschooling her and thats when i found out how bad it really was.... she couldn't mulitply or divide write in cursive they barely teach history or science, it was a big mess. and by the time she finished her school year with me she was back up where she shouldve been. the school does give an enormous amount of homework, (but why so much they have an extended school day why isn't it being handled sometime between 8-4) i'm guessing so the parents can teach their children because for two yrs she learned nothing there. all they care about is trying to pass the fcats i'm guessing i dont know what else it can be... just beware for your childs educational future.
... Enrolled them in Cape Coral prep and fitness and they love it! The extended school day was a little rough at first, but they adjusted. As for academics, my kids are smart and do well in school. They would do well at this school or at any other. Why? Because as a parent I'm always involved with their learning. I'm always helping them with their homework and reinforcing skills taught at school. If your gonna leave your child's eductIon solely to their teacher, they arent going to succeed! If your child hears you complain about the amount of homework they get nightly, they too will devolope a bad attitude towards learning and homework! They DO NOT get a lot of homework. If you take the time to sit with your child and positively help him/her through it, you can knock the homework out in less than half hour- that's less time than it takes to whine about the schools, the teachers, the educational system and anything else you wanna blame as a reason your children aren't succeeding!
I agree charter schools are good. I would recommend Oasis to anyone. The principle's children attend this school, but most teachers send their kids to different schools. It is a small school with one class per grade. I would expect the teachers would know your name. I agree, there is a lot of homework. There is only one hour out of the extended day for athletics, what are they doing the rest of the day? When my son would do homework in the evenings, there was a lot I would have to instruct him in because the teacher did not. I did not leave public school because I or my child was not happy. I personally chose this school because my son loves sports. Martial arts, tennis, and soccer are very enticing to offer in a school day. The lack of academics being taught puzzles me. I just recieved his FCAT scores, and they did go down. Since it is a newer school, there was not many reviews to hear other parent's opinions on CCPFA. Glad the year is over. On to bigger and better.
This is a great school. The academics are just as important as the athletics. It's funny that one post is complaining about the academics, yet complaining about homework, hum... Interesting. For the January post, FCAT was not even taken yet. How did your daughter go down? If you are talking about the year prior, FCAT changed, and MOST students, regardless of the school, dropped levels. Just check the news. Also, the 3rd graders this year, the only grade that has scores posted, was very close to the state average. My children attend this school, and I would not send them anywhere else. The teachers and staff truly care, and know everyone by name. Charter schools are not for all people, if you are not happy, then go back to a public school. Just remember the reason you left public schools, you weren't happy there either, so maybe it is you.
Parents beware. It's great to think outside the box, but children still need a good education. The concept was very appealing, but athletics should not take place of academics. The amount of homework was very overwhelming considering school runs from 8-4. Worst mistake I made in my child's education was sending her to this school. Very disappointing.
PLEASE do not send your children to this school. My daughter went for one year after being in a public school. That year, her FCAT scores dropped from high 4's to low 2's. In addition, my other daughter, who attended second grade at this school, entered third grade this year in a public school being severely below grade level in math, barely able to do simple addition. With the help of the public school, she is now on grade level. It is apparent that my children missed a year of instruction by attending this school. Their averages compared to the state tell the true story.
The school is getting a bad rap for the FCAT scores....unlike other FLORIDA schools, they allow the children to think outside of the box. I cannot say enough good things about CCPFA, it has changed my son's attitude completely toward school...he is starting his second year and I have seen NOTHING but positiveness from both him and the school! They offer an extended school day and fitness every day, which is an awesome asset....taekwondo is the discipline they learn in Martial Arts (and trust me), it carries over into everyday life....the respect they have for adults and other children is phenomenal....my son's football coach says "I love this kid, he listens and says yes sir", my friend's are amazed by how well behaved he is and how much happier as a child he seems....just remember, not everything about a school revolves around the FCAT!!!
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