I would not suggest this school if you do not speak Spanish. The office staff would ignore me and talk with other people around me when I would ask questions in English. The security would only speak to me and my child in Spanish. The administration was rude and would yell at the children frequently. I have put my child in private school because of their actions, the huge class size. My child was miserable, if you are moving to this district I would suggest seriously looking into private schools for your childs education. My child will never go back to this school.
The Staff is rude and always screaming. The school does not welcome parents, in the contrary, parents are viewed and treated as a burden. Not to mention the non-english environment...
I had my son for there for Kindergarten and I was extremely disappointed. The school is completely overcrowded beyond a safe capacity. There is no emphasis on individuality, creativity, gym, art, etc...only reading and math. The meet the teacher night gave no insight as to how each individual child was doing.
My child is in K and we are extremely disappointed with the school it is overcrowded and not well organized. Drop-off and pick up is a mess. The children are forced to sit outside for their pick-up with no shade. The staff answer all questions in Spanish, even went asked in English. Security is important; however, EBT goes beyond that it is not a parent-friendly environment at all. The aftercare office staff are unfriendly, and exhibit no training for that type of work I am treated as an inconvenience when I sign-out my child, and pay for aftercare. The Orientations were a waste of time; unorganized and focused on accommodating the Spanish-speaking parents . The open-house provided little information on our child s teacher. She was vague w/her answers and I still don t know what level of education or how many years of experience teaching she has. A true disappointment.
So far so good. Both my kids started this year at EBT and they are happy. The only problem is to drop them off and pick them up. They should re-arrange the whole thing! It will be better if half the school goes in the front and the other half goes in the back for pick up and drop off. That way the traffic and crazyness gets easier.
My child has been attending EBT for 3 years now and I think the education is ok. I have a problem with the dropping/picking up before and after school. I don't understand why the school does not provide school buses for all students like other schools do in order to ease the traffic issue and parking problem. The shuttle the City provides is not good enough. Parents will not need to drive. Everyone can benefit from this, i think.
This school may be fine for the mainstream population, but as an 'inclusion' school for disabled children it leaves alot to be desired. The school administration and teachers do not appear to be equipped to deal with disabled children. They group them together in one classroom per grade and have only three special education teachers (they have just as many physical education teachers -- which gives you an idea where their priorities are). To any parent who is planning on sending their disabled child here, I would advise you to do your homework carefully. There is no welcoming of your child with open arms here. You will face an uphill battle all the way.
My child has attended EBT since it first opened. This school is exceptional! The teachers are very tech savy and most of my kids teachers have had their own websites where they post homeworks and special projects. I love the fact that they use e-mail as the preferred method of communication. The school offers many programs and activities for children and every year they try to open more programs. The just opened guitar, parent and child art classes, strings (violin, cello, etc.) and computer based training. The one thing I really like is that the library has evening hours - they are open until 9pm.
My child entered Kindergarter at this school after attending a Montessori school for two years. The difference is night and day! I'm extremely disappointed thus far, although I'm desperately trying to keep an open mind until the Teacher/Parent Conference in September. His classroom has 31 children and only one teacher. His classwork is at a Pre-K3 level. (Ex. Coloring squares, circles, etc.; practicing the number 1 or downward stroke; and drawing a line from left to right.) I've just found out they don't offer advanced/gifted programs until 2nd grade. I'll probably need to transfer him back to a private school; It would be sad for him to loose his basic reading and math skills during the next two years. Shame on Eugenia B. Thomas Elementary School for failing those children whom are the most excited about learning.
My son have gone to EBT since they were 5 years old. EBT is a good school. But a think that the award proccess could be different, because the kids maybe being labeled as the smart or not. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child.
Great people, they helped me as fast that was as humanly possible. And they explained everything to me until I understood it. And like I said before it was done in record time.
My child moved from the Sarasota area to Miami and is having a culture intergration process. The office staff and teachers seem to understand thelanguage barriers and attempt to eliminate problems with assistance for English only students.
Eugenia B. Thomas is a great school. The standards are set up high and there is encouragement and motivation for students. The quality of teachers is great and the administration is cooperative. The parents in this school are pleased with the effort the staff makes to help children succeed.
Overall is Good. Excellent facilities, excellent discipline, excellent security. Need to improve Sports that is important to have mental and physical health of the students, into the regular program and with extracurricular activities. Excellent programs to FCAT preparation.
Limited availability of extracurricular activites. In our experince, one of three teachers does not have the proper pedagogic preparation, the other two were great teachers.
There are no extracurricular activities for the children (i.e., reading clubs, newsletters, sports teams) which I think is crucial for any child's overall development and enrichment.
This is a very good school. The building is brand new and the teachers are very well prepared. Classrooms are big and the groups are not too crowded.
overall is excellent,but the after school care teachers should focus more in helping the kids w/homework making them understand the homework not just doing it because the have to do it.
Is a great school with high level of quality in education and discipline. The teachers take good care of the childs and the school has a high standard of quality in the building.
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