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K-8
Public charter
Dunedin, FL
Students enrolled: 287
 

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2817 Saint Marks Drive
Dunedin, FL 34683

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April 09, 2014
Hello to everyone, I received notification that a new review was posted and had to read it. I am a parent of a child at Athenian Academy of Pinellas. I obviously do not have the answer to the comment just posted, I do not have financial info on the school. Yes I agree there are many issues however, most of them in the process of been resolved. The school has been looking for some time to relocate but this is a very lengthy process. With that said I understand why no money is spent on the upkeep of the building except for the absolutely necessary. Part of the playground was removed because it was unsafe and was not aware there still are issues with it. I am sure the staff would address the issue if mentioned directly to them. As far as the bus goes they are as well looking to purchase a new one. While the school might not have a great building I must say they have great staff, teachers, families, and very good kids. I highly recommend it :)

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
I dont know how this charter school can come up with the additional money to pay the former board president a salary, yet it cannot repair or replace the playground equipment. My child comes home with splinters in their hand, or a self report from some kind of small injury. The bus is another issue...it has no air conditioning which is unacceptable in Florida.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
My son has almost completed his second year at Athenian Academy. He really loves his teachers and going to school and that's the most important thing. He's gotten the extra help with reading when he needed it. You can really tell the staff love what they do and care deeply for the kids. This was our best option outside of the poorly rated public elementary school we are zoned for. We are so happy that we were able to get into the school. Our youngest is a year out from kindergarten, but he will be going here as well. The only reason I didn't rate the school 5 stars is due to the fact that the playground and physical education areas are very small. The "auditorium" where they host plays and school events is also very cramped at this location. Rumor has it the school will be moving to another location in Dunedin however that will more than likely resolve these issues.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
Athenian Academy is a small K-8 charter school. They have a strong language program with classes in Greek and Spanish. All the children, staff members, and parents are a great family oriented group where we all know each other. Kids truly enjoy the small and nurturing environment they are in. If you are looking for a school that is truly dedicated to their children we highly recommend Athenian Academy of Pinellas

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
Excellent school! Feels like you're right at home. Wonderful hospitality, great teachers and incredible school spirit. Go Athenian Academy!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
My son loves the school, the staff is very nice and friendly, they treat the kids as their own and that is what make the difference.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
Athenian Academy, great school, friendly staff members, sweet and caring teachers, caring and concerned parents, and last but not least GREAT KIDS. We are very pleased with the overall education our son is receiving. Could not ask for a better school.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2013
This school is unorganized and frustrating for a parent. The building is old and unclean. The playground is absolutly dangerous with old and broken equipment. The school is unsafe and unsanitary for children. The school says there is small class sizes but in reality they are just as large and some classes larger than public school. Also, my child after going here still does not know any Greek or Spanish. The principal is never seen and is not qualified to be a principal. I have realized after speaking with teachers who work there that their own children do not even attend. ???

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2012
The idea of learning spanish and greek at the same time is great if they are being taught english grammer first. We delt with constant bickering and bullying, our child came home and cried every night. The children were expected to be able to write a fully developed paragraph before they knew sentance structure. The reading teacher autisim to be the same as ADD. Finally, the reading teacher told us our child was malnourished, had to many bosses (we live with my parents), not sleeping, not getting enough sleep, wasn't diciplined enough, and finally, she was neglected. Our child actually forgot concepts learned in previous grades and I had to hire a tutor two days a week to keep her on track.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2012
I don't understand the negative review I am a Athenian academy student and I love it the teacher are great and really care and the Greek teacher are great to I have had a full conversation with a greek person and I didn't mess up at all the spanish teacher do the same I don't know why there our all these negative reviews but to tell you the truth this school is great and I would know as a student

- submitted by a community member
April 26, 2012
Our first year at Athenian Academy and it has been a wonderful experience. Have a student in middle school and have found the staff and faculty to be the best. I hope I can find a high school that can meet the standards set by Athenian Academy.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2012
My child first year in the school. He is as happy as I am. He had a terrible experience last year in a A+ public school. He is in first grade, he love his teacher, I love the family enviroment. I am so glad I found this school. Thanks to all the teachers and staff for the hard work.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2011
This school has caring teachers and staff that work together like a family. The children are kinder and more respectful to one another than at my child's previous school, which was considered a very good school.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2011
I love the family atmosphere of the school! The teachers are great! They work well with your child! I have a fundmental student and an Athenian Academy student. My only complaint with this school is I wish they would give more homework. I am a hands on parent and BELIEVE in participating in my childs academic growth! The parents are encouraged to work with their children, which increases the success rate of your child in the academic world. They should include the parent involvement clause in the annual contract we sign each school year, so parents know that they alyear!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2011
I just read the most recent post on this school- wow. I have never had a negative experience with this school! I find the homework to be minimal, and there are several ways for the kids and parents to get help if they need it. The teachers use the county portal, school planners, email and some teachers even give you a home telephone number. This school is a "charter" and they don't have the luxuries other public schools have, like a large pool of substitutes. I love this school and my son will attend as long as possible. Everyone knows me and my child. I don't have to worry about over-crowding, or drugs. These people really care ! Try going down the street to another "public" school and see how they treat you!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2011
Children are sent home with copious Homework assignments, most of the time the children do not know the answers to or unable to read the instructions for their Homework, requiring parents to teach & hover! Something wrong when School requires parents, to do their, teaching job. I told my son to send the work back to school uncompleted, w/ an explanation note, if the children cannot complete the assignments on their own. Have three grandchildren in this School. Weeknights are usually filled with overwhelming Homework. No family or reading time remains after homework is completed. Look at the students "projects" obvious most are done by the parents. A 3rd grade Teacher left and her class was divided between the other two third grades!! What a disruption to all!

- submitted by a community member
June 12, 2011
True "School Leaders" are more than policy enforcers. They are people who love children. They are people who understand that there is a reason behind every behavior. They are willing to listen to children and parents and take the time to first understand and then make an informed decsion. "Everything and Anything" is not allowed at Athenian Academy. We have a safe school, we have a drug free school, we have a school where children are not numbers, they are individuals with unique needs and personalities and are treated on an individual basis. One size never fits all! That is part of what makes Athenian Academy "different" The school leader can't make everyone happy all the time and if it was you or your child she took the time to understand and listen to, you might feel a little differently.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2011
5th year at Athenian Academy. My childs grades have exceeded my expectations and she is now fluent in both Greek and Spanish. FCAT scores were fantastic. Great job teachers! Thankyou!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2011
My child started at AAP last year and though he had a wonderful teacher then, this year has been a totally different experience. I see a lack of true leadership from the school leader. Consequences for less than stellar behavior are spelled out but never followed through with, creating an environment where children know they can get away with anything. I have had very little communication from the teacher, and am not at all happy with how this year progressed. On the plus side, the kids learn Greek and Spanish every day, get recess and PE every day, and the PTA has done some great things. Overall, I wouldn't go out of my way to keep my child at this school and probably won't.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2011
couldn't be happier, teachers and staff go out of their way to givi kids the best learning experience .

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2011
The Athenian Academy is a wonderful school- perfect? of course not, there is no perfect school, but everyone in the school is dedicated to making it a great place to learn. The campus is safe, the staff, leadership and teachers care about the children and give 100% to everything they do, everyday. The school has grown, is very stable and the children are safe, happy and learning. What more can a parent ask for?

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2011
I love this school! Very family oriented. The teachers genuinely care about the students. Lots of opportunites for parent involvement. It is a small school with lots of perks...after school dance, and art club. We just purchased smart boards. They strongly encourage the 3r's (respect, responsiblility, and ready to learn) and offer a monthly reward (pancake breakfast, games to you, pottery painting, to name a few) for those that exhibit the 3r's behavior. It is a very positive and rewarding atmosphere. My child LOVES school because it isfun, engaging, and she loves her teachers and friends. She is thriving, she loves learning, she is being challenged,and she's having a great time doing it! That to me, is a sign of a great school!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2011
The teachers at this school are wonderful! In fact, they are the main reason we continue to enroll our children here. The leadership and professionalism from the front office is greatly lacking- however, the teachers make up for that small detail! Our children are making huge gains and love coming to school! Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2011
Be a name, not a number! It's time that this best kept secret got out! Athenian Academy charter school (free) has a lot to be proud of. "A" rated school. AYP. FCAT: 1 of only 9 schools in the district that showed an increase last year in the number of students performing at grade level or above in both math and reading at all grade levels except one. Greek & Spanish taught daily from kindergarten up. Solid school leadership (principal- Kathy Manrique). Governed by local board (no longer Leona group). Caring, communicative teachers. K-8. Sibling priority. Uniforms. Partial busing. A great hybrid between public & private school without the religious curriculum & expensive tuition. So how do I know all of this? My child is a first grader at Athenian Academy. But don't just take my word for it, schedule a tour & come see for yourself. FYI, I'll see you at the PTA meetings, we're busy fundraising for smart boards & we're always looking for involved parents like you! Best of luck with your schooling decision (been there!) Isn't it awesome to have another option besides public or private? Charter schools offer a unique option indeed!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2011
This is a great charter school. It is a small school with excellent academics and two languages are taught starting in kindergarten. The staff is wonderful and we couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2010
ATHENIAN ACADEMY is Fabulous, FABULOUS for our boys. They had wonderful years in montessori to establish themselves in character and academics. Then we gave public school a 'go' and they tried the far away gifted school and the stringent fundamental school. We tried to encourage them to persevere because they were supposed to be the best schools right? After a long while we could clearly see that their heart wasn't in it anymore and their character was diminishing. They seemed robotic . Enough of that. We were on a search for a school that would be Inviting, Comfortable, with Pleasant, Personable Students, Staff, and Parents, and above all, GENUINE TEACHERS to "see" each students learning capabilities, where they need help, and where they can Soar!! And TWO Languages! Our kids are HAPPY !! We've been up and down this county and ATHENIAN is, by far, at its BEST !!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2010
I agree with the positive words from other parents. My daughter has been at Athenian Academy for 2 years now and we love it! We have tremendous interaction with the teachers and staff and her class only has 14 students - lots of personal attention! We love the private school "feel", along with the 2 languages taught daily (Spanish and Greek). Overall experience: EXCELLENT

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
My child has attended Athenian Academy for two years. She has had two wonderful teachers. The languages are great and having the 3 R's club really gives your child something to work for.. The staff is a very caring and always willing to help....

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2010
My daughter LOVES this school and so do I. We have excellent communication with the teacher who is always avaliable for any help or questions. The principal is always is a great leader and will talk to you on the phone anytime you have a question. Great behavior is expected and rewarded!

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January 26, 2010
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no rating October 14, 2009
Athenian Academy is much more than simply a school. It has shaped my children in so many ways.Thay have become confident very smart and caring children. Athenian Academy is our extended family!!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2009
My child absolutely loves the school and constantly says he never wants to go to a BIG school again!

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2009
MY daughter just finished 7th grade and she also loved it!

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2009
My daughther just finished 7th grade with Excellent grades, she had a great score on her FCAT and she loves to read thanks to her teacher, I surelly recommend this school.

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July 11, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2009
This is one of the worst schools you could send your child to. The teachers do not communicate with the parents. I called and tried several times to get appointments to help my child and my call was only returned once. In the meantime they failed my 7th grader. These are not real teachers!

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January 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2008
My daughter goes here & they're GREAT. They communicate w/ me as a parent & do everything they can to make sure my daughter is learning & doing her best. My other daughter will DEFINATELY go here when she's old enough.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2008
My 2 daughters attend AAP, I'm very happy with their teachers, admin, small classrooms, parent involvement and overall . The Spanish and Greek launguages are outstanding additions to the curriculum. This is their first year here and I only wish they attended from Kinder. I look forward to many wonderful years and my daughters success.

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September 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2008
My daughter is in her first year at AAP and is in Kindergarten. We all love the school. The aesthetics of the school are in need of updating but I wouldn't rather her be at any other school. It's small, loving environment is a nice accessory to it's challenging academic style.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
my daughter just stared kindergarten there and she loves it.the teachers are all so friendly and caring.the building itself needs some updating but the academics are excellent

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2008
This school has so much more to offer than any other public school out there! No difference between Athenian abd other private schools that charge an arm and a leg for similar standards. The only lesser than attribute is the building itself that is outdated; other than that a perfect choice for education!

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2008
Second year there and I love the Elementry!! Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2008
Small Classes with a private school feel

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July 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 29, 2008
My son is a kindergartener at Athenian Pinellas. Their low class ratios and focused student - teacher comitment are a pinpoint for their students sucess. My son has improved dramatically and will continue attending as long as possible.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2008
My daughter just switched to this school. The school, principal, and teachers are incredible. My daughter has adjusted well because the children there are also wonderful. Incredible school! Academics are high and it is like a private school setting. We are very happy!

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
January 03, 2008
my daughter is in kindergarten and we are very happy. Her teacher and staff are very helpful and caring. small school, very personal. we thought this would be temporary, she is staying and we are enrolling our son in the vpk program here!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 08, 2007
I love this school It is very academically oriented. Foreign languages are taught from Kindergarten. They have a new staff ready to go and make it the best. They have had several orientations and parent meetings that have been great. A parent

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 03, 2007
I am thrilled with the new management of the school. The teachers and staff who were constantly working against the school are moving on and there is a new administrator and fresh new faces. The school will be stronger than ever. A returning parent.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2007
I'm so appalled at the Leona Group on how poorly they acknowledged their teachers that worked at the Athenian. As a former teacher that was treated in such a poorly unprofessional manner, and was greatly respected by everyone I truly am glad that I have moved on. The poor management and unstructured school did not make it a pleasant environment to work in. The dedication from the teachers and support of the parents is why the school kept going.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating July 26, 2007
The turn over for teachers is constant. There is no stability there. The managemant team never answer questions staright forward. Always research their answers to your questions. My child had enough last year and will be moving to a more stabile environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2007
I am very happy that Athenian no longer teaches Greek half of the day. I didn't agree with the Greek immersion. The teacher wasn't allowed to explain what she/he was saying in Greek - the kids was supposed to 'catch on'. I prefer that my child actually learns something. If 'Greek for half of the day' were to be reinstated I would immediately pull my daughter from the school. Right now with the ways things are going I really like it and am happy that my child is there. My daughter loves it and loves her teacher. I have never had an ill experience with any of the staff this year. They are always polite and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2007
My children spent many years at the Athenian Academy. It seemed like a wonderful idea at first,yet ended up being our nightmare!! We had a lot of catching up to do after I pulled them!! My kids were lacking in all areas of education since they only specialize in math and science, and those classes are taught in Greek only, so the kids have no idea what is happening. Yes they learned a few words in Greek, yet after a few months being out could not remember any! Stick with private, or I would even recommend public as a far better choice!

- submitted by a former student
March 09, 2007
The school was great until the new leadership took over. Major chaos. The teachers are good but the school is so unstable. My child did not last there very long,I needed more stability and it was not happening and no one knew when it would. Poor leadership and dull decisions.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2007
I am glad that My child is graduating and soon to be out of there.Complaints take forever to be fixed. Not recommended unless top people are reviewed and system revamped.Thank you to my child's teacher for saving the day.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2007
I think that the school is fantastic! They are not just teaching our son to read read and do math, but to be a world citizen. My son can count to 10 in Greek and Spanish, he tells me all about learning about the Greek holidays, and celebrating Hispanic culture by participating in Latin Heritage week. I truly think it helps him think outside of his little bubble at home. As for the academics, I can't say enough about how much he has excelled this year! He is in kindergarten and was not about to name all of the letters at the beginning of the year (despite my efforts and the fact he was in Pre-K), and now he is reading. He loves going to school everyday and thinks very highly of all of his teachers. The school principal is very involved. She makes an effort get to know every student and family.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
September 19, 2006
Unfortunately, Athenian Academy is literally falling apart!There is complete lack of discipline from both the staff and teachers. My daughter lasted there only two weeks! What I would truly like to say is that our children are not some type of experiment for underutilized teachers and unprofessional principals! Formatter how involved we the parents become, we ultimately relied on the teachers and principal for our children's academic achievement. So, it is about time this school be given to hands that know how to run it sufficiently!

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2006
Wonderful foreign language (Spanish and Greek) teaching school with an emphasis on math. Caring teachers. Small classes. High FCAT scores. My children love it here. Art, Gym, recess every day, with an emphasis on discipline. Parents must contribute volunteer hours to the school. Everyone knows everyone else. A true family atmosphere where they care about one another. This school has a great history of academic success since its founding in 2000. It has hopes of expanding into a middle school. The only immersion-language program in Pinellas County. I love the teachers. My children have excelled and they speak Greek (which I do not speak at all, but I'm working on it)!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2006
The athenian academy is a good school. Everybody is trying to do their best.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
The Athenian Academy is probably the worst school I have ever experienced. This school is literally falling apart. There is no discipline, no organization, no specific curriculum; This school should be shut down right away.

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February 14, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
April 12, 2004
Unique Charter school that teaches Greek through immersion. Teachers are excellent, but Board of Directors need to get there act together. The school is basically like a family where everyone knows one another and is committed to the language program. This is a good school to put your little one if you want them to excel in Greek/Math because the children learn math through the Greek teacher. Like I said the teachers are excellent, but the school needs some organization. The whole staff seems committed to my child's education.

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Athenian Academy
2817 Saint Marks Drive, Dunedin, FL  34683
(727) 298-2718
Last modified Athenian Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Athenian Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 67 reviews. Top