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K-8
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Dade City, FL
Students enrolled: 419

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9500 Alex Lange Way
Dade City, FL 33525

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(352) 588-9737
(352) 588-0508
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May 14, 2014
Academy at the Farm has been a blessing for our child and family. The public school we're zoned for was not an option due to it's low score and the horror stories I've heard from friends and teachers; it was either homeschool or hope that our child got into AATF. The children receive such a wonderful, individualized education that fits their needs (small groups if they're behind or above their grade level) and the teachers are consistent about staying in touch on your child's progress. The office staff is incredible and very kind; there's always a bright smiling face to greet you . The director is a cut above the rest. My husband and I are both awed by his dedication to the school and students. ( I swear he must have a clone because he is proudly at every meeting and every event!) We love the school and look forward to many years of proudly being AATF parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2014
I not only am a parent, but also a teacher at AATF. My children have been there 7 years now. I am extremely happy with the education my children receive. They both get what they need academically and also the character development training that is lacking in other schools. There is absolutely no other school for my children. Now...we need a high school!

- submitted by a community member
April 05, 2013
We waiting to get a spot in this school, which did not come available until mid-year. I dismissed the negative comments after touring the school. However, I removed my child from the school because of the nature of the teachers and principal. They did not have his best interests at heart and sitting through the parent-teacher conference was like listening to people complain about their job at a bar. We moved him to the school to get away from bullies and what we found were nothing more than adult ones. I spoke one of the men who started the school recently and he removed his son because of the new principal. I also had an education professor research the teachers & principal and he was very disappointed in the credentials he found. I am sure that for some parents this school is great. However, I know what an actual great school is and this is not it. The negative reviews are correct. Don't waste your time or your child's. The extra staff in the rooms (paraprofessionals) are just helpers. Not teachers.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
This is the 2nd yr my children attend this school. My kids love it, the teachers do a great job addressing the children's learning capabilies, they offer enrich and academic support for both of my children. They offer enough clubs at the school. I hope the future years are as good at the first 2!

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2013
My child started kindergarten at the zoned elementary school and started struggling with the fact that she had too many misbehaving children in her class. Luckily, mid year she was able to start academy at the farm and her entre aura changed. She was excited about school, talked about her teachers and assignments and never has to deal with bad behavior. The teachers along with the child to teacher ratio is amazing! I could not be happier with this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2013
After reading the negative comments posted on this site I can guarantee they were written by people that were not able to get in from the waiting list and are disgruntled. I can say there is a huge waiting list for this school because of its stellar reputation and you cant just move to the area and kiss some butts and think you will get in. There is an equal opportunity lottery and just because you came from the "best charter school" doesnt mean your walking right in. It is a shame people would bad mouth a school that has worked so hard to receive its wonderful reputation. I had to wait my turn and the wait was worth it!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2013
Here's why I like AATF: I called to verify my kids' re-enrollment form was received by the office because I sent it to school with my son. (You can't be too careful and there's no way I'd want to lose our spot.) When I was connected with the Admin Assistant and told her who I was, she didn't even have to look anything up. She said she had received it and everything was in order. That's what I love about this school. You're not just another face in the crowd and the individual matters. I'm not one of the moms who lives at the school. I'm just a regular mom who pops in to help a time or two each year. But they know people by name. They hire sharp people who treat others with dignity and respect while maintaining an expectation of success and excellence. Can't say enough good about the school!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2013
This place is FANTASTIC! What a difference! An extremely happy learning environment!!! Not a detail is missing!

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2013
AATF is a great place for kids to grow in learning and in character. The leadership and staff recognize that this is just as important to a child's success as academics. The school sets high standards academically, as they should. Anyone who has been paying attention to the direction Florida is steering the education system understands that the Common Core standards are only a few years away and students will be expected to acheive so much more than what is currently expected. Instruction must be rigourous now to prepare them for what is to come. Reviewers have mentioned that their children have done so much better after leaving AATF, that is not neccessarily a good thing since Pasco County is doing nothing to prepare students for the rigourous and demanding standards that are coming soon. Another reviewer mentioned negatively to the fact that many teachers/staff have their own children in the school. I would be worried otherwise! Why would I send my child to a school if the teachers themselves didn't feel it was a good place to educate their own kids? AATF may not be for everyone, but it's the only place for my children! I highly recommend anyone to come check it out!

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2013
We have been a part of this school from the beginning. We helped move in fixures to open this school. A solid school committed to closing the educational gap in this country. You can be sure that your child will be challenged to excel and perform at the highest level they can reach. Of course some parents and children are not able to accept this and cry as they leave. If you want your child to succeed in high school and beyond this is the place. Math, reading and tech skills are required to excel in the ever shrinking global enviroment and you can see on the evening news that other countries are moving beyond us simply due to high level education. A conservative family based school with solid leadership.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2013
All 3 of my children attend/attended Academy at the Farm. It is a safe environment for all. I amazed how the students with disabilites are treated by their peers. They fit in, participate, and are loved and cared for by all. Accepting others, regardless of their differences, is a wonderful trait to have in life.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
I have 4 children who have had the PRIVILEGE of attending AATF. My oldest had low self-esteem due to years of an SLD Reading issue. We came to this school when he began 6th grade. Thanks to AATF he is now a thriving, happy high school student with at 3.6 GPA! My second child is very bright and AATF recognized her potential. They had her on an accelerated curriculum and she gained tremendous knowledge for the 4 years she attended. My youngest two started in kindergarten...they have had nothing but the best since day one! I can't think of another school that loves the kids the way they do here, not to mention the rigorous academics. Yes, AATF has set a high standard for my kids. They have nightly homework, projects, extra-curricular activities and character expectations...Thank Goodness!!! They are preparing my kids for their future and I couldn't possibly be happier with the well-rounded education they are receiving. We are truly PRIVILEGED:)

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
Academy at the Farm is a quality A rated charter school in Pasco county. Here are a few reasons why the Academy is so successful: *The school promotes a positive approach to teaching by focusing on each individual students progress. *The dedicated teachers and staff provide a variety of options for teaching the curriculum. *The school offers a challenging curriculum that promotes all students to be successful. *The Academy at the Farm has high expectations for all teachers and students. *Parent involvement has been essential to the success of the Academy. *The Character Education program promotes respectful students. *School wide up to date technology programs *Computer Lab The Academy at the Farm is proud to be an A rated charter school. The outstanding teachers and staff make the Academy a positive environment for children to learn to their full potential. The Academy will continue to do what is best for students each and everyday.

- submitted by a teacher
October 31, 2012
This is a very good school. Not a great one yet, but it has much potential. The teachers are very caring and there is a community atmosphere, and both of those are reasons that people look to charter schools in the first place. The parents are involved and there are good families here. Again, reasons that people look to charter schools. The academics are improving, and with a focus on rigor, academic excellence, and programs that focus on students who excel (such as NJHS), the school can become a haven for both able learners and students who are willing to work hard. With a bit more direction, the faculty can assume a stance of academic integrity through their own certification and involvement, and I see positive steps in that regard. We are very happy at AATF and hope to continue to see advancement toward innovative teaching and rigor. I have found a very receptive administration eager to improve and be the best, and I believe they are determined to put into place all supports and programs that will do just that. Parents who are chagrined might look to their own ability to support and improve the school. I recommend the school and look forward to watching my son grow there.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
I am so distressed about the negative reviews of such an amazing school. My children have been attending this school since the 2004 school year. My son and daughter are now in High School and went straight into all honors classes. When my son began going to AATF he was struggling in all areas, especially reading. I still have 3 children that attend and my 4 year old will go into kindergarten next year. I trust EVERYONE on staff at that school. Even the new teachers this year, I know have been selected carefully to meet the needs of each child in the school. I have never had a problem getting a conference if I felt in were necessary. And although there are bullies in every school, when an issue comes up it is dealt with in a respectful and expedient manner. Their have been changes from year to year, some I don't like, most I do. But their are no perfect people therefore their will be no perfect school. But I do know that my children have received and will continue to receive an exceptional education in the formative years of their lives. THANK YOU ACADEMY AT THE FARM FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
Another year of sour attitudes and joyless faces to endure at Academy at the Farm. I believe if the parents on that waiting list truly paid attention to the complaints on this site, the numbers would drastically fall. Time will tell. ATF is just another run of the mill public school. Each year it's gotten closer and closer to following each and every rule, guideline, schedule, excuse, process, technique, and disconnect that well describes every public school in this county. Unique would NOT best describe this school. My biggest complaint is the blatant disrespect shown to my child and her family. One complaint from us and we're no longer treated the same. Yes, they might choose to hear you but be assured of your placement on the pending list for which you'll find yourself. It's won't be the A-list or the A-classroom for that matter. Division runs rampant here and the funny part is my kid knows it. So, she has been taught to disregard those who wish to push her aside. A good valuable lesson that will serve her well. Bullies come in all shapes and sizes and are found everywhere and anywhere. ATF, your reputation will preceed you - slowly but surely.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2012
My daughter could not stand this school. She started falling behind. I would talk to her teachers and they would tell me she is doing fine and she was not. Do your homework and please listen to your kids. When I pulled her out and put her in another school she did much better and loved it.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2012
I was reading some of the comments about our school. Of course it hirts. We have about 220 families in our school with 390 students. We are ranked in Pasco County asone of the top school. We are in the top four or higher either in math, reading, or science. We are also ranked 37 in the state of Florida out of over 500 charter schools. Our teacher/para staff is 1 to 8. I don't know of school that can brag about that. When people pull their child from our school I always wish th parent would have come and seen me way before thinking of pulling the child. When we know of a concern, we address it. It may not make everyone happy but they will be heard. That is a few reasons why we have over 190 students on our waiting list each year. Ray Polk, Director

- submitted by a community member
July 17, 2011
I had 4 kids go to this school and pulled the last 3 out. At the start it was everything a school should be. We were there from day 1.It had a perfect balance of academics and ethics. My 1st child did great and went on to graduate HS with honors in all AP classes. Then it slowly started turning into a nepotistic political mess. It was nothing more than an employment mill for "Old Dade City Network . A new , unqualified director was put into place in 2010"a friend"of the old director.The students suffered and the focus changed. If you were not "Old Dade City" or "New Money" you were treated like dirt until you left. I ended up pulling my last 3 kids out. Once out, I had to hire tutors to catch them up to grade level. The school was founded on having ESE kids as its cornerstone. Once the New Guard took over all the ESE kids were kicked out and sent to other schools. The ESE portion of the charter is now only for "gifted" ESE. Shameful.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2011
This school is a horrible school, both children were pulled out. The school is in fact the opposite of how it is "formally" described. It is not an academy where children are taught to excel academically. Most of the school consists of staff and teachers that are related to each other and several of the students there are their own children. Those children are not treated like all of the other kids and if you are not part the so-called "loop", both student and parent alike become outcasts. The school is run by a bunch of money hungry people, right down to the secretaries. All they do is ask for money and if you don't have that money to give, then you are looked down upon. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO THIS SCHOOL.

- submitted by a community member
May 11, 2011
I have decided to pull my children out of this school after being there over 3 years. It has been declining since the start. If you are not part of the "family" run facility then you and your children are dirt. The focus has shifted from the children to money. Every week they are asking for money for something. If I had money I would have sent them to a private school. They lie about placing your children academically where they belong and hold them back in some way. I am not the only parent who feels that way. Example there were split grade levels a few years ago..example 5/6 grade. So the children in 5th grade who were advanced learned from the 6th grade books. The next year those same students got the "joy" of learning everything again from the SAME books. They were supposed to take out those students and give them more to do, individual instruction, etc. But NEVER DID. And then there is what they did with academically with my disabled child...

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2011
Inefficien, bias, and unsatisfactory. I am not happy with this school. I went to this school for two years and was pulled out because it was so bad. Every single person that I know who attended AATF says it was a horrible school. Everyone hated it. You don't just need to listen to the parents, actually listen to the students who went there and had to experience it. I would not be able to have excelled the way I now do in school if I had not been pulled out. The teachers are inconsiderate as well. One of my teachers (math) used the word "stupid" to describe me to my parents, in front of me! What a coincidence that I entered 7th grade and skipping grade level math and moving to 8th grade math. I am now a high school student in Honors and AP classes, as well as a recipient of the Academic Scholars Award. Because of AATF? I think not. Only because I was pulled out.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 13, 2010
The Academy has great teachers who keep the children the priority.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Their attentiveness to the children and thier success is bar none. They delivered for my child far beyond my expectations.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
Our grandchildren attend the Academy. We feel, along with their parents, that they are getting a quality education.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 21, 2009
Academy at the Farm supports children with learning disabilities and children with autism. The teachers and support staff invest hours beyond their normal work day, including weekends, to prepare lesson plans and an environment that is conducive to learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
great school and great kids

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Best school in the nation!!! Fully qualified teachers that instill great values in our kids! A++

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
The Academy fosters not only great academic ethics it also teaches the students to treat everyonewith kindness. The special needs students are always treated with great respect and love by the staff and student body. Even after students move on to high school, that continues to be present.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
They are very involved with the communities that they serve. In addition, it's all about the students. Everyone working there is committed to excellence.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
Academy at the Farm is more than just a school, it is a way of life. We are an inclusive school where ESE students are mainstreamed into every classroom- from kindergarten through middle school. Academy at the Farm is one big family where no child is left behind or made to feel 'different'. Each and every child is given the opportunity to do their best and praised each step of the way!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
Why do you love Academy at the Farm? We know several children in school receiving a good education at the Farm.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
Students are allowed to progress in areas that they excel in while still staying with their age group. For example a 2nd grade student attending 3rd grade math glass.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 19, 2009
We love Academy at the Farm for their excellence in education standards, the caring teachers and staff who work very hard to ensure our childrens education and safety are top priority. The devotion and energy is beyond the standards of even the most elite schools!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
It is so close knit, it's like a family!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
All of the teachers and staff do an excellent job with the children. Dr. Rom (the principal) sets an amazing example as the leader of the school. You can see that hey truly cares about each and every child. I looked at tons of schools before I decided on Academy at the Farm, and I am very pleased with my decision.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
They provide an outstanding education to future leaders.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
Our kids are enjoying every aspect of their educational experience at Academy at the Farm.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
AATF is a small charter school with around 400 students set in a wonderful natural setting where the students come first. The teachers are more than dedicated. My family feels truly blessed that our child is able to attend.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
What a tremendous school where the Director, teachers & faculty do more than teacher...they put the children & their education above all else & make daily sacrifices to ensure the very best for our kids... We couldn't ask for a better learning & life experience for our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
It is small and has a feeling of being a real family where everyone watches out for each other without judgement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
The small classes and focus on agriculture are great to instill good values as well as education.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 19, 2009
My girls are getting the best education in Pasco County!! If they need something special they get it, they are not lost in the system.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
This is my 1st year at the school, I love how everyone knows everyone!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
The Academy has a committed and professional staff who strive to create a safe and caring environment that is child-centered and community-oriented. Beautiful country location.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 14, 2009
My daughters school has the most energetic teachers and staff I have ever seen . They have a really good vibe. They are so nourchering to the students and the school is in a farm setting very tranquil. I love it!!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
I am a teacher at this school and I can honestly say that I would not work anywhere else! The staff is awesome and the students are wonderful!! I am very blessed to be apart of this school.

- submitted by a teacher
April 02, 2009
What a wonderful school!! I cannot say enough good things about this school. Dr Rom is such a wonderul person-Very firm but yet loved greatly by everyone. My son started here this school year and he just loves it. The teachers are so caring and show so much concern for each child. We wish they would extended the school through high school!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2006
The quality of education and the caring of the administration and teachers at the Academy At The Farm have been outstanding since we put our son there last year. He is in first grade now, and receives special assistance, and teachers, aides, staff and administrators have shown a caring and willingness to do whatever they could to assist him, as well as other students, including those with problems and those attending regular classes. The school is an inclusion model, with about 20 students needing special assistance and the remainder in regular classes. Dr. Rom, the principal, is a long-time educator who is caring, yet firm, with the students, and provides the leadership necessary to ensure the school is extremely well-run. First hand experience with Mrs. McCrimmmon and Mrs. Carroll have shown the personal touch, and have aided my son immensely. An outstanding school.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2005
Unique 'country' environment; small school; strong parental involvement encouraged; intelligent, passionate, caring teaching and support staff; outstanding school director; emphasis on traditional values; successful mainstreaming of special ed. students; still growing and evolving, with hopes of building a permanent school structure (currently housed in nice modular building - not temporary 'trailers') as the school still needs more facilities, like art and music rooms, as well as a cafeteria, gymnasium and auditorium, but the kids and the staff have done a good job accommodating in the current surroundings. Our son has been at the Academy for 3 year (since kindergarten), and we've been pleased with his education, especially with his teacher this year!

- submitted by a parent
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Academy At The Farm
9500 Alex Lange Way, Dade City, FL  33525
(352) 588-9737
Last modified Academy At The Farm is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Academy At The Farm Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top