I think it is more than a school. It is really a community. My daughter has been there 2 years. I teach in the public sector and know what she should be learning vs. what she IS learning. They push the academics, yet at the same time they realize how important it is for family time and my child feeling good about her self! They do not put up with bullying either! Big Plus! It is expensive but my husband and I cannot put a price tag on our daughters esteem, safety or education.
I mostly picked this school because it was private and didn't teach religion classes as I prefer to teach my children my views and have my kids go to school to learn the academics. It is a struggle to afford for us and I wish it was free, but we do like it. The principal is very nice and lets you text or call her cell phone whenver you want. It reminds me of little house on the prairie sort of. I know the academics are what they should be as I was a teacher for 25 years in New York and stay on top of that. I wish it took infants but does not.
The school has been under new mgmt the past year and a half! I am very happy there. After Mr. Porter died the school struggled I heard from other parents but now it is being run in my opinion better than any other school. My daughter gets FREE tutoring as much as she needs it. I even had her tested privately and she is above where she should be academically. I look at the books they use and the spelling words and compared to Sunshine standards they are at a minimum a year ahead,.. My children are above average students that I am speaking of. I do know they have a separate program for special needs I heard was great but I cannot speak for that as I do not know! I do not care that they don't have a gym or a NEW perfect campus. That is not what is important to me at a school! I know they care about my children and care MORE than any where else I have been, The principal gives out her cell number and text me a picture of my daughter once when I was worried about her! Where else would I get that! I definitely think it is worth the money I pay for the peace of mind I have!
I have two children that currently attend this school. I have a High Schooler and a 5th Grader. I can tell you from my observations and having my children here for a couple of years, this school has been fantastic. I graduated from UF with a Masters in Education, and what I am seeing here is what every school should practice. An atmosphere that includes an involved principal, teachers who care, and a constant striving for improvement around campus is something I commend them for. This school has been fantastic for my children, and I wouldn't have chosen anywhere else to send them.
i was a student here for many years and believe me, you don't want your children attending this school. The work they gave us was way to easy, it takes 10 minutes to complete and its usually work that is a couple grades behind public schools (bad education). We were bored most of the day so we brought our cell phones and just listened to music and watch movies in class, right in front of the teachers and never got in trouble for it. The students themselves were nice and just as annoyed with the school. We could leave almost whenever we wanted to if you could walk home you could just walk right out of the campus. If you want your child to have a good education instead of free ride through all of school don't send them here
I am a parent of 3 children that go to Dunedin Academy. It is my girls 2nd year here & they are in 7th grade. It is my sons 1st year here & he's in 1-2 grade combined. It is a great school & they have wonderful caring teachers & a wonderful principal as well. It is a small school that feels like one big happy family & everybody really cares for one another. I love that it is a small school that has allot of personality like the kids & staff. I think once you've given Dunedin Academy a chance, you would not be disappointed. There's no bullying,drugs, & other things that go on in public schools here! Love it!!!!
I attended this school for several years, and I must say it leaves a lot to be desired. Some of the teachers didn't seem to care about classwork. They would put assignments out that took 10 minutes, and we sat bored a lot of the time. We did lots of classroom assisting with other teachers, but a lot of times we just sat at a corner table and talked. When I left the school, I was behind in so many areas I almost needed to repeat grades. They chased away the one decent math teacher they had two years before my family gave up on me succeeding in their program. If you want your kid to skate by, this is a school for you. It's easy to make straight A grades at this school. -- They are nice to their students, sure. Just too nice. I experienced a lot of rude, spoiled peers and teachers who couldn't care less. You'd expect more at such a small private school. I am grown now, with my own family. You can put money on the fact that my children would never attend this school.
Dunedin Academy is a fantastic school! Don't believe any of the bad comments, most likely their child got expelled or wasn't even excepted in the first place. I am forever grateful to the caring staff and nice students.
[Enter your review here]My older child went here and did great, and is graduating from college this year. He had bright futures, speaks several languages fluently... My younger child was enrolled in the 2 local Catholic elementary schools in the Dunedin area, and they were both a tragic disappointment. Those schools catered to a select few parents and the rest of the children and parents suffered as a result. I personally saw bullying, nepotism, and discrimination occur. I am happy that I took him out. At Dunedin Academy I immediately saw that the math is at least a year ahead of OLL and the reading program is more focused. If you want your child to have a great nuts and bolts academics along with teacher accountability and honesty....then this is the place to go!
Dunedin Academy DOES have art, music and spanish as electives as it should be. If you want your child to be an art student at school then yes go somewhere else then. We wanted our children and now grandchildren to actually have an education which is excatly what DA gave them. English, Math, Science and History is what an education should include. Art etc. should be limited. Look at test scores of schools that focus on the arts and compare them to DA'S CTBS scores or their collegboard scores (THAT ARE GRADED NOT BY THEMSELVES)!
My older son went here. My younger one is at GACS. Dunedin Prep had more dynamic, kind and caring teachers as well as the leadership which seems to be undercover at GACS
The teachers are excellent, the classes are serious but not stressful, and any child could benefit from Dunedin Academy.
I was a student, and it is awful! Filthy, I learned absolutly nothing that I didnt already know. They make kids sweep and beat rugs, clean for the teachers. No electives at all. Not a good choice, dont do it to your kids, keep them safe and educated.
This school is lacking in a lot of areas. There is no music program, art program and no library. There are virtually no hands on learning tools and no science labs for the older kids. When my daughter was in the pre school, I took her into the bathroom and it was so dirty and smelled strongly of urine. I do not recommend this school at all.
This school is not what it was supposed to be. We thought it would be better and safer than public school, not!. It is dirty,old,and alot of the students have discipline and/or learning problems. Just be sure to check out all other options before choosing here.
Amazing. Teachers are amazing. Especially Mr. U and Mr. Murray. School is amazing. Don't care what everyone else says, it's called opinion.
Wonderful, wonderful school. They prove that you don't have to have brand new state of the art equipment to get kids to learn. It's like it was growing up, they are there to learn not to see the latest and greatest computer program and unecessary crap. My child went from a 1.8gpa to a 4.0 having college credits from being dually enrolled with SPC. I couldn't praise this school anymore than I already have because it's just great.
My daughter attended this school for one year and I was very unhappy with the classrooms, campus and teacher. The campus and classrooms were unkept, had no amenities and reminded me of a summer camp in the woods. My daughter's teacher had no patience with the children! I was also told that my child's class would be small, but they failed to tell me that they had combined both the third and fourth grades together!
I am a graduated Valedictorian from Dunedin Academy of Florida. I have come across this page by accident and happened to stumble upon some reviews of the teachers and atmosphere which I found both noteworthy and aggressively critical. Particularly a review written by an anonymous 'student'. During the many years I spent attending Dunedin Academy I experienced many different cultures and attitudes. Most effectively the attitudes, like mine, whom enjoyed learning and being taught by teachers passionate about their environment and students. Many times while attending this school I was in need of serious tutoring in order to fill certain holes in my education. Every single one of teachers not only stayed late with me but continued to help tutor me through college more than 6 months AFTER I graduated. I urge any parent looking for an educating environment for their child to consider Dunedin Academy!
My child has switched to this school from the Public School system and he not only is learning his self esteem has soared! He has ADD and they teach things in a different way, that may not be for everyone, but the public school system casted my child aside and wanted him to withdraw and take his GED. My child now looks forward to going to school.
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