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Clearwater, FL

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401 Old Coachman Road
Clearwater, FL 33765

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May 08, 2014
Great school. I have one graduate and one who has attended for 7 years. The Clearwater school's building will move next year to a nearby newly built campus. I have always had great teachers for my kids. They communicate well with parents. Teachers who do not teach well do not keep their jobs. Kids have the opportunity to earn high school credit in middle school - 2 years of Greek language credit, as well as any FLVS extras (guitar, Spanish, for example) and higher level math courses. My oldest graduated with 4 high school credits. My youngest will likely graduate with 7 high school credits. The end of year class trip to Greece for both kids was awesome! Family atmosphere. Large air conditioned gym and playing fields out back. New building drawings look great!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2014
Families are leaving this school due to overcrowding and unsanitary conditions. The management company owner has serious questions to answer and the teachers only teach to pass test scores. No real learning takes place.

- submitted by a community member
April 09, 2014
My children attend Plato Academy Clearwater. My children love their teachers. They are given lots of homework but it is worth it in the long run. The teacher work with the kids that have difficulty with the lessons. They offer tutoring and RTI. The school offers plenty of after school activities. The principal knows all the students by name. The staff, administration and teachers are great in regards to communication. Parents are friendly. Kids are great. I LOVE BEING PART OF THE PLATO FAMILY!!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My kids school is plato academy in Seminole, Fl My kids love to go to school and i can tell they are improving everyday on school work.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
They don't teach children much at school, it's all about homework. In school it's all about deterrence and discipline. Didn't see that kids are happy there. Restaurant owners and former telemarketing owner opened a business to make money. All they care is good result on FCAT so they can get more money from government. Your child there is a number. Wouldn't recommend to anybody...

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
We couldn't ask for a better kindergarten teacher for our 5 year old. Mrs. Badders at Clearwater Plato is amazing!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
Our school is phenomenal in every way! The teachers are top notch and have a wide range of diversified backgrounds. We even have teachers from Greece that teach the students by using the Greek language that they have been learning since Pre-K. The school staff and administration are caring, experienced individuals that provide a safe, strict and loving environment for our children. The cultural education here cannot be found anywhere else. The results show that Plato is a top school in Florida and likely nationwide as well. The extracurricular activities are awesome. We are a very technologically advanced school where every student has an iPad or laptop or both! These kids (and their parents) love their school and are very successful. Great leadership, with impeccable results, provides an atmosphere that is not only safe and secure, but the best education you can obtain for your child. We are very grateful.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Plato Academy is great! Our school is small but mighty. We have very caring teachers and staff. The teachers are working very hard to help every student be successful learners as well as well rounded citizens. Our family loves the private school experience at a public school price. I am a very happy parent.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2013
My Children Attend the Tarpon Springs Location: It's sad when I go through the reviews and see a negative comment about Plato Tarpon. To call out a principal by name is low. Honestly, if you do not care for the way Plato or the principal does things, you can do 1 of 2 things. Get involved with the PTO and make a difference or pull your kid out and send them to a public school(We'll be in greece(thanks to plato) while you are still waiting for your IPad in your new public school)) but don't whine online. Mrs. Turro shows up to every single Plato event(at the expense of her own family time, and that's because she cares). She knows her parents and children by name. I challenge anyone to know that many names. She is unable to give every parent 5 minutes during school hours because she is working. Do you believe she can stop everything during school hours because that time is good for you? Call and set a meeting, email her and if you do not get a response right away, then follow up till you do. That's the way big people do it. Oh yes and by the way the homework is not overkill, it's exactly why Plato is # 1! They expect more from the students, teachers and administrators.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
My children attend the New Tarpon Springs Campus. Nothing is either ALL bad or ALL good. However, first and foremost 1) Security is nonexistent. In the beginning of the new school year, I expressed concerns aout the campus not having any security fences/gates or cameras. After the Newton Shooting, I began writing and expressing concerns to the principal. I have received 0 feedback or responses. This is very disconcerting, and security is a must! Tarpon Plato does not have any, and anyone entering campus has immediate access to the open 4th and 5th grade buildings. The lower grades are safer, as you have to pass the front office first, before accessing the kindergarden through 3rd grade. This is the first year for a new principal. Ms. Turro, manifests substandard interpersonal communication skills/social skills. Very unapproachable and unfriendly. Bottom line, my children aren't safe; administration needs to take corrective action ASAP. Now, secondly, the teachers have ALL been very kind,communicative, and supportive. So far, the homework is overkill for the lower grades, but solutions seem possible through parent-teacher communication. Coming from private school, it's a step down.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
PLATO Tarpon springs: Board Members and the Superintedent should be ashamed of themselves for not doing more to protect our children, especially in the wake of recent school shootings. Their expectations are to create a challenging academic atmosphere. My expectations are to create a safe and loving environement, in which to teach our children. There is a 50% piece missing here. This campus needs a serious wake up call. To compromise our children's safety is quite frankly, unacceptable. Anyone thinking of sending their child to this campus, may want to do more research. Pinellas County School board should not allow a charter school to place our children in a potetially dangerous learning environement

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
Plato began as a school that taught Greek as a second language. It is extremely overcrowded, the halls at the Clearwater location were jammed with students, book bags and the bathrooms are insufficient. The extra curricular activities really comprise of after-school babysitting. Sadly, after 4th grade the school doesn't deliver like it used to. The teachers are doing their best with poor equipment and lack of space. God bless them.

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2012
My daughter attends the Seminole campus and being it's a new school I waited until the end of the school year to give my assessment . We moved to Florida a year ago and really researched the schools in the area. We were coming from a state and, more importantly, a school that had on average much higher academic standards than what I thought Florida had to offer. Plato has been a pleasant surprise. My daughter is in second grade and in the gifted program. She absolutely loves it. Her teachers (especially her second grade teacher) goes above and beyond my expectations of what I would consider a good educator. It's not all about academics at Plato. My daughter's teacher has done an amazing job helping her students to really care about one another and foster a sense of community while making sure each individual child's academic needs are being met. The principal is very approachable and you can tell she really cares about all the children. We feel so lucky to have found such an amazing place for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2012
Both of my children attend the Largo location, and I couldn't be happier. The staff is excellent, and everyone knows our names. The teachers are qualified and caring. The classes are equipped with state of the art teaching tools. The rooms are always clean, and the days run so smoothly. I don't know how they do it! 5 stars!

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2011
Great School. My son has learned a lot of new things. They really care for your children.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2011
The Clearwater Plato campus is overcrowded. The elementary school education is good but not the middle school. The school administration is overseen by a for profit company and does not respond to parents. Too many decisions are being made by for profit company rather than the administration. Many good families have left the school. The school has expanded too fast and is loosing the good things it used to have. The language program is only 30 or 40 min per day and at a low level. There is no computer lab or classes/instruction but some grades have laptops in classroom. Most of the teachers are good but are pushed to teach totally to the FCAT test. I would guess that all public schools are like this. The school teaches to the middle/average student almost entirely. As you can tell by the two types of reviews on this site, there is a growing divide at the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2011
Plato Academy is a charter school being offered to the public as one choice. Parents have the choice of many other charter schools, fundamentals, magnets, local public schools, or private schools. I am glad I had Plato as a choice. Believe me, I looked into all of the above for my kids. Plato has opened its doors to all children and strives to meet the needs of those students, low performing, average, and gifted, regardless of federal mandates. Plato consistently asks, "What do the kids need?" If it's tutoring, they get it. If it's enrichment, they get it. This happens in the classroom and via pull out services. Plato consistently asks, "How do we make learning fun?" The scores show the quality of the learning. Thank you to Plato, the staff and faculty, the Assistant Principal, Principal, and Superintendent, many of whom have their children at this school and are committed on a personal level in addition to a professional level. Thank you to the students who work hard, and families who work hard at home to make the learning happen. Anyone who disagrees with this assessment of the school, please consider your other options.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2011
(Post continued June 18, 2011) There are other goals, too. Educators are excellent listeners & when necessary, can find a way to respond swiftly if something needs to be improved. Overall, they respond to feedback and implement change asap. This is a dynamic, growing and successful school. Plato families are very blessed. It is a free education; a private school atmosphere paid for with public school dollars - indeed a best use of our tax dollars. The superintendent is a businessman wise enough to hire educators to run the school without glitz or glitter. Highly credentialed & experienced educators hold key roles as Vice Principal & Principal - not to mention an in-house Gifted program. It resulted spontaneously as highly gifted students - were drawn to Plato Academy. These gifted young persons have an in-house place to expand their thinking. Of course, there is ample tutoring for all learners in all subjects. Hence, this all wraps up to a solid framework for success: fiscal strength & excellent educators placed in leading & teaching roles. I would hope to hear more feedback from faculty. I would like to see faculty verbalizing their feelings. They need to be happy, too.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2011
We are very frustrated with overcrowding in this school. Where is the Florida DOE oversight? PCSB Board Members endorse this school? Our school pays the management company 14% of gross tuition plus a growing "deferred compensation debt" each year; and we expect a clean, healthy and robust learning environment for our children. But instead, we're getting 342 elementary and middle school students plus a growing number of Pre-K students in one facility with two bathrooms. Our eyes are open and the research is chilling!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
If your children attend Plato then you know how wonderful this program is. My children are not only learning, they are becoming well balanced kids who are part of a family at Plato. The teachers create such a mentally stimulating atmosphere that our kids are eager to learn, read, discover and grow. Homework is not a chore but an extension of what they learned that day and they are excited to share their homework assignments with us. The staff maintain their professionalism while making our kids feel like their are their own and when I celebrate their successes both small and large, their teachers are celebrating with me. The parents of Plato have chosen the road less traveled and there is a reason--our children do not go with the flow, they determine the direction of the flow because they are leaders. This is all because of the brilliant minds of the staff who I feel honored to have inspiring my children.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2011
The school's record speaks for itself. We agree that all three Plato Academy schools are in some need of renovations but all 3 are maintained super clean and all 3 have extensive renovations scheduled pending the final negotiations with their landlords. Plato is not known for its high cost facilities as the other public schools. Plato has chosen to place primary importance to the academic and social development program. Also, there is no strip club in back of the playground. There is a Holiday Inn Hotel but the school is separated by a solid 6 foot fence from the hotel's parking lot. The attempts to injure the Plato schools are spiteful and most likely are born out of malice and questionable motives. Again, verify for yourself. It would be more appropriate to thank the Superintendent for providing ALL of the below referenced dynamic software company products for FREE to the Plato schools. Where is the conflict of interest? Also, where is the fault if the Superintendent funds PERSONALLY the opening of additional schools in order to accommodate the existing 1650 students on the Plato wait lists. Can we say thank-you to him instead wrongful and malicious accusations?

- submitted by a teacher
May 09, 2011
Fabulous!!!!! Where else will a student tell you the FCAT was easy. These children are prepared, challanged and held accountable. There is no sliding by here.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2011
Surprised is not rating at 5 stars. Have two kids at Plato. One in middle , one in elementary. Both are challenged and motivated by teachers. Coming from private where I was paying over $15,0000 and not getting half of what Plato offers I feel VERY BLESSED for having being accepted into the Plato family.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2011
THIS SCHOOL IS EXCELLENT! I'm very please with the academic this school provided for my child. coming from a private school and not getting the same education for a no cost you can't ask for more. I love the fact that they have plenty of homework, they challenge the kids, and have them do problem solving is a plus. Some people might not like the adminstrative, but I think they doing a great job providing us the best teacher and putting a high standard for our kids. I can't ask for more and I'm very BLESSED to be part of Plato family!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2011
Plato Academy is an amazing school. We have been so pleased with the teachers and the administrators. Our child loves the school. Plato provides individualized attention to each student and the academics are phenomenal. Our child is reading and doing math problems at least a grade level above her existing grade. We love the school and would not want our child anywhere else. :)

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2011
Plato Academy Palm Harbor is a new school this year, but what an amazing school. The administration is helpful and responsive, they are personable and accessible. The teachers are wonderful. The school's environment has become like a community where all the teachers know all the students names. It has accountability and results written all over it! I have two children that attend there and we are very happy. It is a great school and I feel like this opportunity to have my children attend there is a gift. We are very lucky. The school administration has an inspired attitude to create schools in Florida that will educate and enbolden my children in a way that makes me think anything is possible. College? :-)

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2011
I am a parent of a student that has been at Plato Academy for the 3rd year now. I could not be happier, especially since we were on the waiting list for over four years. The strength of staff and administrators has made me feel at ease, knowing that my child's best interests are first priorty. The small class sizes with attention to detail from discipline to academics provides an all around life lesson of education. Since becoming a Plato family member and a prior public school mom, I know my child recieves a better overall experience each and everyday.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2011
As a staff member of Plato Academy, I (as well as many of my fellow teachers) am not happy!!! We were promised the world and given nothing. Oh we did get a laptop, but I had one at home. Pay is not good (better if you are a public school) insurance I cannot even afford or I do not have a paycheck and NO SUPPORT from administration both principals and superintendent. God help us if more schools open because this is not a good place for children or teachers,

- submitted by a teacher
June 02, 2010
I am so happy at Plato Academy.I am a Fifth Grade student and absolutely love my teachers and classmates .There has never been one day that I have not wanted to go to school!

- submitted by a community member
February 06, 2010
I a very happy with Plato Academy. I feel I can talk with the staff and they really care. I see my kids growing, learning and becoming the best they can be. Thank you to all the staff and all the families who make Plato a Great school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 17, 2010
I'm a parent of a student at Plato Academy Charter school and we are so pleased with the overall environment of the school. Due to the wonderful Greek influence, it feels more like a community.(and we're not even Greek) The students seem to have a better relationship with their teachers than other schools I've seen-I have never heard any student badmouth the principal (which is rare). The only drawback is that the children might be a little overindulged there but that's due to the Greek warmth and love of children. Good parent involvement. And my child has learned Greek which teaches tolerance and appreciation of other cultures.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
Emphasis on achievment and academic excellence

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
I have been hearing a diverse set of opinions regarding Plato Academy and I have it as a rule always to seek my own opinion. People seek different levels and areas of satisfaction in terms of school services. I have a daughter and my expectations from her school experience for her education are definite, especially in our era! The first thing I looked for is a school that matches my desired training outcome. Meaning, I believe in global education, therefore I am very happy to see her learn the Greek language. Most of our English vocabulary has a Greek root anyway! The second was to choose one that had and has an excellent reputation for their educational program. Upon research, Plato definitely meets this criterion. Another thing to look into was to choose a school with well-known, experienced professional faculty members. This includes everyone from the school board to the teachers in the classroom. Especially when considering a private or charter school, I carefully evaluated the leadership skills. Lack of leadership will frequently lead to much discontent. Strong leadership , like Mr. Christopoulos, will keep a school moving forward and spur on greater success for everyone children, teachers, parents and community. Plato also fulfils this expectation. Also, I was very happy to hear that she will be wearing a uniform. Lastly, and probably most importantly, did Plato fit my family s personal values? Plato received a positive checkmark this round also. The bottom line is that when I leave my child behind and go to work I trust all the people in this school to take care of my child and nurture her in my absence. Choosing the right school was an important step for us. We know that the rewards and future dividends can be tremendous. By examining the various aspect of each choice, families can greatly increase the chances of being happy with their selection and for every family it is different. Our family is very happy with Plato Academy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
I have two children at the school and could not be happier with the staff administration. Highest perfoming school in Pinellas County! After waiting almost two years to get in, it was all worth it!!!Look up their scores and compare.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2009
The best school in the county! It has the feel of a private school with uniforms and such, but the academics outshine any other school inthe county. All Online lessons are available for students and parents. Day to day information. Communication is awesome. This is our second year and we are thrilled there was an opening for us. I have one in 7th and one in 5th!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2009
Plato Academy teachers are wonderful and they work very hard. I would like to see the Principal of the school be an educator. I would like to see the school in a better facility. The church is just a run down mess. Pinellas County Schools should allow a building for such a successful and growing school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 30, 2009
I recently removed my child from this school. It is true the teachers are wonderful, however, the administration leaves a lot to be desired. The principal is unfriendly and unapproachable. He does not make you feel welcome. If you have a concern, he does not want to hear it. My child's teacher did not return this year over a misunderstanding with the principal. His main focus is business, not the children.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2008
I am a parent of 2 Plato students one will be entering the 6th grade and the other will be entering the 1st grade. We have no Greek heritage nor did we know anyone at the school. And yet, moving to Florida in the middle of the school year, we were met as if we had always been a part of the family. First, the principal set up an immediate appointment. Second, our middle son was placed on a waiting list for 1st grade for the upcoming year. Third, the second language challenges were carefully assisted by a great 5th grade teacher and an incredible Assistant Principal. A couple of other comments: 1. The homework level is fine for our student. 2. There are not a lot of extra activities as it relates to sports but there were science fairs, school trips, and others. 3. More school to parent communication would help.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2007
I have had a great deal of experience in various schools throughout the state. I can say, hands down, that Plato Academy is the best. The parent involvement is plentiful. The staff and administration are always willing to put in that extra effort and it is clear that they work as a very tight knit team. Any child that attends Plato will have an amazing experience that will help to prepare them for future success. Anything done at Plato is done with 110% effort from the teachers, administration and the parents. I feel very lucky that my son is able to attend such a caring school.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2007
This is a great school. My child loves it...teh teachers are highly trained and have excellent communication with parents. The programs are awesome: soccer, music, art, greek, computers...I wish it will continue with middle and hig school...

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
I have two children enrolled at Plato Academy and I have been very pleased with all aspects of the school. The principal Mr. Christopoulos is wonderful and the staff is very dedicated and loving. The amount of parent involvement is tremendous and therefore many extra activities take place during the year. Plato Academy is the first school in the State of Florida that has Smart Boards in every classroom and over 100 brand new laptops, keeping up with the latest technology. The one thing our family enjoyed the most was daily P.E. and recess. I didn't realize how many schools were cutting outside time and it is so important for children to have a break. When I walk into the school I see enthusiastic and very well behaved students. My children are thriving at Plato Academy! Administrators and Teachers, thank you for all your hard work - you are the best!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2007
My kids love this school. It has a loving environment with caring teachers and administration. This school excels in everything it does including academics, character education and fun activities for the kids. After two years at this school coming from a private school we are looking to purchase a home in clearwater to be closer to the school. I think it is the best thing that happened to our family. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2007
Plato Academy is the best school in Florida, children are happy and doing well. Go check it out yourself. There is a 300 student waiting list. Parental involvement is great, children are really learning. There is a great soccer program, Greek as a second language and music and art. Smartboards are in, children use computers. Teachers are great and administration is easy to work with.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2007
Plato Academy is a fantastic school! We are very excited to be a part of such a wonderful school. The teachers are very loving but also firm. Discipline is not an issue at this school and the small class sizes give the teachers time to spend with all students. The school offers music, art and Greek as a second language to all students. Plato Academy is one of the only elementary schools in Pinellas County with a Gym for indoor activities. Extracurricular activities include art, music, playtime, tutoring, soccer team, Greek chorus and soon... Boy / Girl Scouts. The administration is friendly and does a great job. Parent involvement is a required 30 hours per family and most families meet this criteria willingly. The PTO does a great job of keeping families involved with picnics, meetings and family fun nights. I highly recommend our school!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2007
This school has much room for improvement, but does do a good job overall: Organized well and kids are safe. No use of library during school hours. Poor extracirricular activities. No tolerance for troubled students. Offers before/after care. Poor Greek language class, no understanding. No resolution if there is a concern. Parents do not feel welcome. Some teachers are great, others poor. Emphasis on Greek culture and superiority. You will do well there as long as you do not cause any problems.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2007
A good school overall. Localized high FCAT scores (not broad). Some of its teachers are real wonders... while others leave much to be desired. The two main staff members are husband (principal) and wife (administration), and they seem to be unable or unwilling to allow other staff to assume the daily activities of running the school. The principal focuses primarily on strict obedience of students. The [administrator] is confrontational and unfriendly. While they stress parent involvement and volunteering, one never feels welcome at Plato. The school rents from the Greek Orthodox Church and sometimes shares the school building space, although they are not affiliated with one another. Plato is a step above public schools, a step below private.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2007
We are going into our 4th year @ Plato. I wouldn't have my child anywhere else. My oldest didn't have the possibility of attending so I can compare the quality between my kids education and Plato wins hands down. The teachers and administration are top notch and have always had the best intentions for the school and the kids. They continue to strive for excellence in themselves and with the kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2007
I have two kids at the school and couldn't be more satisfied with Plato Academy. All teachers are certified and/or hold masters degrees. I get daily reports on how my kids are doing, and I know that I can count on the teachers to keep my kids in a safe and positive learning environment. The principal and administration are superb, always willing to help. Overall an amazing school, producing great kids with excellent scores and social skills.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2007
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- submitted by a staff
August 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2007
This school is a great concept and deserves to be saved. It needs a new administration. Paellas County school board is aware of its problems but is helpless because Plato is merely charted by the county but not under the County's rules. As such administration determines its own standards unchecked. teacher and student turnover is tremendous at Plato. Stability and retention of staff and families is a huge concern here. We never know which teachers and to expect at open house. We cannot build a school with tradition. This school almost closed due to financial scandal amd turmoil as reported by the St. Pete Times. Current administrators are doing little to put the school's rocky past to rest.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 29, 2007
You hit the nail on the head when you wrote that the staff is phoney.If you lived what I lived and seen the things that I seen you would know that some of the teachers are just as phoney.I seen some kids and parents who could do no wrong. They came in late almost everyday even during testing. I was told that excessive tardiness would not be tolerated,I guess it just depended on who you were.It was insinuated that I did things that are not in my charcter.I was questioned about things by the principal that really wasn't his business.The fastest way for rumors to be spread is tell one certain teacher and one other parent.It got to the point that it became ridicouls.I hope this school year will be a new beginning and the staff will treat all students and parents the same with no favoritism given to certain families.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2007
The students do absolutely love this school. They don't want to go home because they enjoy it so much. The teachers love their students and do their absolute best. The children have an enormous amount of homework but it is vital for them to excel. But, the children only see their part. They don't see what a parent sees, one who spends time and watches the teachers, students, the principal and management. The gossip. Management chooses which parent they like and which they shun. They greet everyone so well, but when you see them often, you notice how fake it is. It is an awesome school. The children do so well. The management needs to improve. I have been a great part of this school for a year, I know.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
I think the 'hijacking' comment below is indicative of the atmosphere at this school. You're either with them or against them. There is no platform for parents to discuss their issues with teachers or administration. Access is not provided to the governing board of the school should you need to escalate your concerns. PCSB suggests only to remove your child from the school with no discussion of resolution or accountability on the school's behalf. Plato touts FCAT scores, but if you only have 18 children taking the test, of course all should pass.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2007
I think this school is the worst school I've ever had my child go to! I think it is obserd that next year they are making voluntering 'mandatory' c'mon mandatory 'volunteer! Now that's crazy....

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2007
This feedback was/is obviously being hijacked by a disgruntled parent with a vendetta. Unfortunately Greatschools.com removed only some of the virtual graffiti. Perhaps these vague ravings will scare off the right families, and my children on the waiting list will have a better chance! I've observed approximately 10 schools in Pinellas, both private/private. Usually, students/teachers become self-conscious when a parent/stranger walks in; Here at Plato, students were so engaged with the subject matter that they barely glanced over at me: excellent sign. My kids are already bilingual (German) and I'm enthusiastic about both semi-immersion in Greek and a European-based cultural emphasis. Pinellas families should be grateful to receive any cultural (vs. fundamental religious) exposure at all! Of course they aren't upgrading the facility, since Plato moves/expands in 2008. Teachers actually give out a classroom name roster! Plato has recess daily for all grades. To recess I can only say: Hallelujah!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2007
As a teacher, I am proud to be a part of the best school in the state of Florida. The children at Plato know they are loved and well known by all staff. This school is a true family. Integrating smart boards into our class rooms has raised the level of academic skills and achievement, and allowed every student hands on experience with computers and technology. Coming from a background in both public and private education, I can honestly say that Plato is an exceptionally well rounded school that provides all the necessary resources to both students and teachers for both a happy and exciting environment. The staff and administration work as a team to provide a loving and caring atmosphere. Any concerns are always met with an open door by Administration who works with diligence and sincere caring to solve any problem. Plato Academy deserves both praise and recognition.

- submitted by a teacher
May 01, 2007
Extremely disappointed with the school's leadership and teaching staff. Regular Pinellas County Schools have a lot more to offer in comparison. Plato lacks organization and stability throughout.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2007
This school's leadership has odd priorities. They just spent tens of thousands of dollars on 'Smart Boards' for every classroom, yet the building is in disrepair and the bathroom facilities are disgusting. I don't know in what way these smart boards are going to enhance or benefit my child's education. I would have like to have seen all that money spent on tightening security, expanding the playground, thorough cleaning and further training and education for the staff. Everything is bells and whistles at this school with no substance.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2007
I am very sad to see anyone say anything negative about Plato Academy. My kids love this school. The teachers are great and the principal and staff do a very good job of keeping the children's education as their first priority. If you don't want to be involved in your child's education do not come to Plato Academy. It is very parent involved which I love. I know every day what my children's behavior was and how they are doing with the academics. The school is still growing which I feel is great. The children do get a lot of homework, but I feel the most important thing in our children lives is their education. I have visited other public and private schools. None of them were as interested in my children's education as Plato. The staff knows me by Name not by a number. It is a GREAT school!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2007
Awesome, awesome! I love this school . Private school setting at no cost. Great teachers, and easy to work with administration. Very good student to teacher ratio. Lots of extracurricular activities!

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2007
Plato Academy is simply the best!

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2007
My family feels blessed to have found such a wonderful school that our child loves to attend!

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2007
Plato Academy is a fantastic school to attend. To be on the ground level of a great school is wonderful because I get to watch Plato grow and get better and better. Teacher's in this school work together, and when they see something is not working, they change their teaching methodologies. All the parents I have talked to about this school are extremely happy and willing to take the time and help our school implement programs correctly. When we take our time and thoroughly research what to do, as a school we move forward together. I am very happy to be involved in Plato Academy. To think that something is going to be perfect is unrealistic and I know that Plato Academy administration and staff continuously work to make their school the best school in Florida. And with ALL schools in this country, FCAT scores are important.

- submitted by a teacher
March 08, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
My sons attend Plato Academy. I proudly give it a five star rating. I volunteer regularly, and have seen following firsthand. The extracurricular activities include soccer for 3rd-4th, greek chorus for K-4, two types of dance classes are available for all ages. Computer time, including lab and laptops, is available and used by each K-4 class as part of cirriculum. The smart boards that will be installed in every classroom by spring are remarkable and will give Plato the highest technology rating among public county schools in Pinellas. The library is small yet growing. Each teacher has a well stocked classroom library. Interested parents should visit Plato and experience it for themselves! The school t-shirts say it all... Plato Rocks!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
Great school! Kudos to the teachers and principal for providing such a superior alternative to Pinellas County public school choice program!

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2007
I am surprised at the 5 star ratings. The truth is it would have to be perfect all around and it is not. People deserve facts: School lacks extracurricular activities for all grade levels. Academics do not include computer time for all children-other schools offer computer and library time on a regular basis to all even kindergarten. As for safety, I would be cautious to state that security is great. The wooded fence falls on occasion in the play area that makes security a compromise to younger children that may cross over to outside school grounds. We are concerned. 5 star reviewees-take off your rose colored glasses.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2007
If anyone is not happy with Plato, they should find another school for their child because there is a waiting list of over 200. Plato is the absolute best school I could find for my child and the staff is always hands-on. As for discipline problems, show me a school without. Parents need to take responsibility. School is a learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2007
I am really surprised to find negative feedback about Plato Academy. My children go to Plato and it is a wonderful school. The staff and administration are wonderful. The principal, Mr. Christopoulos, knows the name of every student and greets them by name. The students are all provided with outstanding educational opportunities, in a caring environment. FCAT focus is present, but no more than the focus that is on every part of the curriculum. There is an outstanding security system in place. The PTO works hard to provide support for the school including family friendly events. We attending a movie night this week that was fantastic. We couldn't be happier with our children's academic performance, and more importantly our children love their school and teachers. How many parents can say that their children love and look forward to getting up and going to school everyday? Ours do. We love Plato!

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2007
My daughter is in 1st grade at Plato Academy. Her reading, writing, and math skills have improved exponentially. Although she was a little below grade level when she started Plato this year, she has now exceeded grade level expectations. I accredit this success to the dedication of the staff. My daughter was offered extra help when she needed it, without ever feeling pressured or overworked. Homework has been very manageable, I actually expected more. Teacher communication comes home daily in her agenda, so I am always aware of how she is doing both behaviorally and academically. She is also having fun learning to speak and write in Greek. Her social skills have blossomed. The staff and volunteers are all friendly and welcoming. I think that Plato Academy is a wonderful school. I have recommended that all my family and friends with elementary age children look into attending! Thanks Plato!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2007
Only Fcat curriculum is emphasized along with Greek as a second language. Too much work for lower grades..parents have to help to teach in order to get homework completed..time consuming-1 hour plus a night. Students are pushed to exceed their grade level. Teachers - teaching methods..questionable. Research and compare to what others offer..this school lacks where it should excel for a charter.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2007
Plato Academy is a great concept, offering a longer school day, Greek as a second language, strict uniform and discipline policies and advanced academia. Concept to conception has not been easy for this school. My child is not being instilled with a love of learning, but a fear of failure or rather, disappointing his teacher. The homework is exorbitant compared to what other children in our neighborhood are bringing home. And since this is Kindergarten, parents have to help. If he doesn't do the homework, he has to sit out at recess. We have no time for anything in the evening aside from homework. And, the school offers no sports or organized afterschool activities. Just the after care program, which I don't need. This is not enriching for my child, but placing more burdens on him. I am saddened.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2007
No notes home, no communication when something is wrong. I am a very upset parent.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2007
This is a great school, which offers a learning environment second to none, including the Greek language. The teachers are outstanding. When comparing what my child is learning with friends in the same grade at public schools, Plato Academy is leaps and bounds ahead. The administration leads with fairness and assesses each situation individually without jumping to conclusions and giving a knee-jerk reaction. We have been at Plato for 3 years & we love it. This is an opportunity to get a private school education without the price tag attached.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2007
My family is very happy and satisfied with Plato Academy. The principal and staff are outstanding. It has been very easy to speak to the principal about any concerns that I have had-his door is always open. Resolutions have always been timely. Academically, our school is top-notch. If you want to be involved in your child's education-this is the place to be. I recommend this school highly.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2006
I was promised a lot when I came to Plato, and received little. The Greek instruction is wonderful, but not enough and the Greek teachers are really an incredible group. The principal is completely out of touch. Behavior problems are common and not addressed as they should be. There is no accountability.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2006
Awesome school! My son has been a student at Plato for a couple months now and in that short time, I already love the school and staff! I did a lot of research - Public school, Private school, Charter school - and this was by far the best choice. I have immediate family in the local public schools and I am amazed in the difference. In the Charter School, your child is not a number, your child has a name. Also, any child, no matter his or her grade helps other children, regardless of age. The parents are highly involved in both the school and the child's life - a small atmosphere allows for so much more! I also do not see the peer pressure as I have at public schools. Plato is the best!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2006
Plato Academy is the best school in our area. As an alternative to choice, this charter school basically offers a private school education free of tuition costs. The administration truly believes in the school, and is passionate about making sure that Plato is the best it can possibly be. The faculty and staff are outstanding. The commitment of ivolved parents, is greater than I have seen at any other school. My children love the school. They are happy to go to school everyday and truly enjoy being a part of the Plato's positive learning environment. I would strongly recommend this school to every parent of elementary aged children.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2006
Charter school...Very good; however administrtion is very disorganized.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2006
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October 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2005
We have found our school! Plato Academy Charter Elementary in Clearwater follows Pinellas County public school curriculum (ensuring accountability) but adds 1 hour daily of Greek as a second language. This is a public school with private school benefits. The classes are small and the teachers are dedicated to providing the students with what they need to learn. No more than 18 in each class ensures that your child is not lost among the masses. The school currently serves K-3 with a grade added each year. High quality before and after-care is offered which includes tutoring, sports and enrichment activities. My kids beg to stay each day! Emphasis is on fundamental academics with a well-structured discipline policy. There is a mandatory uniform policy. Parents are encouraged and welcomed to become involved through volunteer services and participation through the school PTO. Pre-K services on campus too.

- submitted by a parent
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Plato Academy Charter School
401 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater, FL  33765
(727) 793-2400
Last modified Plato Academy Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Plato Academy Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 91 reviews. Top