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Fort Myers, FL
Students enrolled: 284
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4740 S Cleveland Ave
Fort Myers, FL 33907

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(239) 333-0766
(239) 333-0768
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August 18, 2014
Not sure why there are so many bad reviews. My child is absolutely excelling at this school. Overall, their FCAT scores were not good, however, they did improve since last year with the new management company. I have seen many positive changes. My daughter took her 3rd grade FCATS and got very high scores. She missed one point on the entire math part, so she almost had a perfect score. She had a 4 in reading, which is still way above the state average. So, obviously, they are teaching what needs to get taught. If some students are not learning, maybe they need to be in special classes, so, it is good that they have left the school to go elsewhere. Because of this, I am sure there will be a huge increase in scores for whatever tests they will take this year. Unfortunately, this school is far below average with Parent Involvement. This could also have a huge impact on Test Scores. I can tell you that I am at every PTO meeting and I am one of 4 parents who actually come to these meetings. I love this school and love that my child is exceeding way past her grade level here and they are accommodating that and keeping her challenged. Way to go Fort Myers Prep!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
This is a school for no child ! Parents I wil not be taking my child back thier score in fcat are very low for the pasted three years and they looking forward to this year for what so the childern from this to get left behide yes it's true to brite future for these children sad to say it but true this school should be shut down if the teacher 's had a little of dignate for education they would do something about this ! The third grade teacher is not so helpful alway had smart remark to say to the kids education wise did a bad job of teaching them fcat score say it all very dissatisfied with the education give to my child ????

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2014
I have been a teacher at FMPFA for the last two years and I completely disagree with the negative reviews on this website. Our school is moving in the right direction. No school is perfect for every child but we are working really hard to make our school one of the best in Lee County. Celerity, our new management company is doing an excellent job at placing the right people in the appropriate positions. Our school administrator is excellent! He is by far the best administrator that I have worked with. The teachers and staff all have the students' best interest at heart. I personally know the names of every single student in our school and I know that other teachers do as well. Where else are you going to see this? Classes are in small in number which makes them easy to manage and gives all teachers a chance to work one on one with students on a regular basis. Our fitness program is THE BEST in Lee County. All students participate in sports specific physical education every day. I invite everyone to visit our school in take a look for themselves. We have come a long way in the last few years and the best is still to come. I am looking forward to the start of the new school year.

- submitted by a teacher
July 18, 2014
I think this is a great school, they are under new management since last year and that makes a big difference, the school is getting better and better, they are definetively going on the right direction. Children love the soccer, tennis and martial arts.

- submitted by a community member
June 13, 2014
I'd be Shocked if this school stays open. The school smells like urine. They don't have a janitor so it's a very unsanitary place. The roof leaks and probably have a mold problem but hide it by just putting in new celiing tiles because they can't spend any money fixing anything because they have no money. Rumor is they will not spend money on new curriculum so if you are there for the 2014-2015 school year, the curriculum will be outdated and teachers won't have the resources to teach. Nothing good comes out of that school.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2014
I really like this school. The teachers and staff really made my daughter's school year exceptional. They are always available to talk too when I have a question. It seems like they care just as much as I do about my daughter's learning experience. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2014
A COLLEGE PREPARATORY EDUCATION- FEELS LIKE A PRIVATE SCHOOL, BUT IT'S PUBLIC AND FREE!! My kids have received an excellent and challenging education this year. The teachers are very caring and spend extra time with each child making sure they understand what is expected of them. The curriculum is challenging and rewarding. The new benchmarks and assessments that are newly in place this year, allow the students to see their own progress, enabling the kids to want to be better and do better. Aside from a few negative remarks on here, which in my opinion are in relation to the previous administration; the new administration has made all the difference. I know that they are preparing my kids for a successful future beyond college, and their personal life!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
Just checking in on FMPA! Should be closed down FOREVER! This school is nothing more then a money machine for a few select people. I truly DO NOT know how these people sleep at night. It's the blatant robbery of children's education. Just to make a buck. Their should be some people arrested. Their opportunity of ever being involved in education to be completely and forever banned!!!!! Do your child a favor do not fall for their malarkey. You can use your government funds for your child even in private school. Please walk away. No, take that back RUN AWAY QUICKLY. Signed PARENT and CHILD STILL SUFFERING REPERCUSSIONS.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
EDUCATION AT ITS BEST! ! I am saddened to see negative reviews about my child's school. I've had nothing but high expectations and these have been reciprocated; from the Principal to the teachers to the support staff, I've experienced nothing but the best. As a parent I understand that we want nothing but the best for our children, and that is what the prep & fitness schools are doing. There have been many changes, however, I feel these are taking us in the right direction. The assessments and benchmarks are a great way of monitoring where my child is at and what he needs to work on. For me this is a trigger "a sign" that my child is doing well or needs help... And I am ecstatic to know that I can be made aware of advancement or needs ahead of time. Thank you so much for educating my child.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
EXTREMELY PLEASED...I enrolled 2 children into the Fort Myers Preparatory and fitness academy at the beginning of the 13-14 school year, and I am more than pleased with the school as a whole. The new management teams has done an amazing job of putting systems in place that I feel, will allow the school to thrive. The Office Manager Ms. Niblick has excellent interpersonal skills and ensures that everything is communicated in a clear and diligent manner. She provides a nurturing and caring environment that allows the students to feel welcome; an extension of home. The Principal Mr. Terebieniec is the pinnacle of the school, sustaining and acting as the foundation of the educational programs, thus, ensuring that the systems and curriculum run smooth. His listening skills and ability to communicate with the parents, by far surpassed my expectations. The teachers this year, are truly amazing! Teaching is by far one of the most difficult jobs, and I am grateful with the knowledge and insight that the teachers have imparted. I look forward to the new year and the years that will follow.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2014
What a great school! The high expectation and caring environment make Fort Myers Prep and Fitness a great place to work and learn! Under new leadership and management, the changes are evident and I am excited to be a part of the transformation. Our school will soon be one of the highest performing in all of Lee County!

- submitted by a teacher
April 14, 2014
My son and daughter attend this school and what a great experience they are having. They love their teachers and Principal and the hour of PE each day is a blessing. New management company operates some of the highest performing schools in the country and we are lucky to have them! I can go online and monitor my kids grades! Looking forward to continuing to see the school soar!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2014
I guess you can't please everyone. Reading all the bad reviews I wonder if their children are attending the same school as my two children? The Principal Mr. Terebieneic is incredible, the teachers are caring and the support staff makes my kid feel safe. I love the new assessments that are in place to make sure that my children are learning each and every standard that they are required for their grade level. My children have been and will continue to be enrolled in this school because I know they are safe and being challenged academically.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
This has been a great school for my son, the hour of PE everyday has been a great benefit for him. He really enjoys the martial arts program. Mr T has been fantastic working with the students learning how to effectively resolve conflicts that come up daily with middle school students. The teachers are truly connected to the students and want them to reach their potential. They have used fun experiments and other hands on activities to help my son learn. The class sizes are small and the teachers are able to know each child individually. I would highly recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a safe middle school for their student.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2014
It's an exciting time to be a part of the Fort Myers Preparatory and Fitness Academy family. The new management company has a great vision for the future and continues to provide the necessary tools to help ensure the success of our students. Looking forward to seeing great things here at FMPFA.

- submitted by a teacher
March 20, 2014
As the new management company, we are elated to join the 3 Preparatory and Fitness Academies. Our organization provides students with an invigorating and challenging environment which prepares students for college and beyond. Throughout the country, we have proven track record of academic excellence for all students. To bring the Preparatory and Fitness Academies to the level of their other schools, Celerity has increased use of technology and curriculum support in order to ensure the success of all of the students. Celerity is proud to join the Preparatory and Fitness Academy families and look forward to the growth of our wonderful partnership!

- submitted by a teacher
February 03, 2014
This school should be shut down and the new owners need to go back to California. My son was enrolled for 2 years, I was an active and involved parent, only to walk in there on several occasions and volunteer as well and these were just SOME of the obvious things: 1. Cleanliness of where children eat completely disgusting, I was told we dont have time to wipe tables in between lunch periods, the kids just deal. 2. I witnessed the 1 lunchroom aid demanding one child to write thee others up or else he himself would be in trouble, well when did a 3rd grader start getting paid to be in charge 3. They have several "teachers" that are not credentialed to even be teaching students, but because its a charter school, they make their own rules and they list them as "working on credentials" 4. My son was personally assaulted and bullied on 3 different occasions, and NOT ONCE were the sheriff s department called, and they should have been CALLED they use the school as daycare...and as far as PTA goes the group from 2012 couldnt even document money. This year they started out on the right foot , but lost a good leader, now they are making deals with the administration !

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
Every negative thing being said about FMPFA is true! This "school" is horrible! I taught there when it first opened in Fort Myers in 2008. I was moved around from 4th grade to 2nd and finally to 1st grade. Principal was a joke Lisa was her name. There was a problem with me and the gym teacher" Sensei DJ" they called him and she had a legal obligation to handle it and she didn't. Do yourself a favor and keep your kids elsewhere before putting them in this nightmare ... It's a joke and they have no clue what they are doing.

- submitted by a teacher
January 05, 2014
I cannot say enough good things about Fort Myers Prep. I was hesitant at first reading the previous reviews, but we have been so happy this year. My son is in Kindergarten and I love the fact that the school is open from 8-4 and he has PE twice. He is learning math and reading and comes home happy and exhausted. The teachers are great and the principal is phenomenal! He and the administrators know all the kids by name, and the PTA is working hard to get more parents involved and create more opportunities for the kids. I was going to switch my son next year, but we're staying. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Fort Myers Preparatory and Fitness Academy should be shut down and all the staff should not be able to work with children another day in their lives. The new principle is unacceptable in all areas, who approved this school and where did the staff receive their credentialss from? The only reason I gave them 1 star, because the computer would not allow me to post this concern, without a star. So in reality im giving them no stars.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
I was a teacher at this school. The fitness program is great, but I was bullied by the principal. Other teachers made me feel uncomfortable, many teachers left this school for they too did not feel appreciated and had to work long hours without a lunch break. I felt like they wanted me to quit, I was completely stressed out. It is sad, but this school could be great. However, Edvantages didn't support the principal, like they should have. She had no assistant principal or dean when the school started in 2012-13, but later had a "type of dean" to help monitor behavior concerns. Also, teachers in charter schools should not have to "put up" with out of control behavior, such as running away from class or fighting. These students should be expelled.

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2013
Everything said is true..do not know why kids in this school are soo bad..some teachers, are not teaching good at all..they have mean teachers especially in 7 grade..aweful the way my son has been treated.the cafeteria workers should be more nicer.....no love for kids at all

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2013
I have 3 children enrolled at FMPFA. I am very unsatisfied with the education they have received while attending this school. My 7th grader has had 8 different teachers this year. My 5th grader has had 2 teachers and numerous substitutes for extended periods of time while the teachers were being replaced. His last teacher quit about 2 weeks ago and he has had substitutes since then. FMPFA does offer a great physical education program and they also teach extensive character education. Though they do not lead by example. I had a teacher bullying and making fun of my son because he could not concentrate and finish his assignment. She would say things like "Do you work genius" and "Whats your problem, smart one?" When I brought this to the principles attention she blamed it on my child. He has ADD and does not work like most kids. This principle is AWFUL! She has put her hands on a child, leaving him with a bruise on his chest and a ripped shirt, yet she still has a job here. I talked to the CEO of Edvantages about this and she told me it was none of my business! So basically these people do not care about your child and their education. My children will not be returning to this school

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2013
It's funny that you say that. I am one of the parents that posted about how terrible this school is. I have been a member of the PTO in previous years. Whether or not a parent is on the PTO or not does not mean that they are not involved in their child's education. I am very concerned with my child's education which is why I am so disgusted by this school. My child has had 3 teachers so far this year since all of the teachers ran when the public schools posted job openings. I was informed that by someone in the front office. I have reached out several times to the principal and teacher via phone and email regarding issues and everytime was told they would call me right back. Never happened. I went to the school several times to address problems. It's not me, not my child, it is the school that has a lack of concern regarding our children. How many schools do you know that a 6th grader is arrested on school grounds but yet no parents are informed. Maybe your child is one of the problem children. Possibly you were just the one fortunate family that has not had an issue and that is great. These issues that people are talking about are legitimate problems with the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2013
I wish I could give them no stars at all. Over this last year this school has seriously declined. My son has had 3 teachers so far. There is no discipline what so ever! Constant bullying and nothing done about it. The older kids get the younger kids to fight each other. Where are the teachers during all of this? Do not put your child in this school and if they are currently there I know you agree 100%. I truly do not believe my son has learned anything in this past year. It's a free for all and no one is in control. I would not be surprised if they give the children the answer to the FCAT's since I know they are not at grade level but yet the school has excellent testing scores.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2013
Awful... I took my grand-daughter out and placed in the Villa. She was an honor student before going to FMP and was so far behind when tested at the Villas, that she had to do tutoring to catch up with the rest of the grade .. Thankfully back on track to pass the FCAT and getting back on track. The Principal thinks she's a drill Sargent but she did absolutely nothing about bulling in the school or on the bus, dress code was a mess after it cost a fortune in uniforms from the 1 vendor only to find everyone out of dress code. Regardless of change of location, there was zero excuse for this nightmare . The teacher was nice but not up to standard with the education level, The class was extremely behind grade level .. Ms Nicky is awesome and is missed . The rest I can do without.. Be prepared for failure with the kids on the FCAT, academically the kids are almost a full grade level behind the Lee County school district and state standards.. Very disappointed and sorry I even did the change to begin with , Only did damage to a 4 year honor student

- submitted by a community member
January 18, 2013
This is the worst school I could have ever choosen! The Principal walks around yelling and screaming at the students. And when my son had a bullying issue, I had to call the school which took 4 days before I could actually get someone to answer the phone, was told in a face to face meeting with the Principal that "my son needs to get tougher skin"! This was said to me by the PRINCIPAL..The one that is suppose to be on top of bullying, made it my sons fault he was this place people...Save your time and go to a REAL school. Every teacher considered to be good has left this school. My son had 5 teachers so far this year and counting. Office staff rude and not helpful. The waokit to get in building is ridiculous and parent pick up is a joke..Leave early!!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
There is a mutiny at this school. The teachers are quitting the first month of school due to incompetence of principal (#3 in 2 years) and the for profit corporation in Ohio called Edvantages. This school is a joke and will be shut down after their misdeeds are exposed. I know for a fact that certain details were disclosed to some very important people who govern charter schools in Lee County and the hammer is about to fall hard on this corporation Edvantages. Three 4th grade teachers quit already this year! Other grade teachers are dropping like flies. Get your kids out of here while there is still hope for them. You have been warned.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2012
I recently received a letter from this school, where my daughter has been attending, that "effective immediately" there is a new principal. This is the THIRD principal in TWO years. There is no consistency in leadership. The letter was from the CEO of the school and it invited parents to e-mail her. I did and got NO RESPONSE. The change was said to have been after an extensive search, yet the parents were never informed. The timing was during SAT 10 testing and disrupted the students. It was also kept from the parents until after the "first choice" applications were taken for the local public school system basically trapping families from being able to leave. The CEO of Performance Academies (this is a chain charter) has shown a complete lack of respect for the students and parents of this school and I would be wary of any of them. It might look good right now but it can change very quickly, with no warning. BEWARE!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2012
Just remember that when picking a school you should really look at the whole picture. This school had changed locations 3 times since opening. There teacher retention rate is low, although I was told it was 100%. I personally asked parent with kids there and most of the teacher with the exception a about 5 have turned over since the start of the school year.They are more than happy to take students with IEP's and 504 needs, becuase they get more money. You are the parent so be ready to stand up for kid and make sure you are getting everything from them that is outline in your accomadations. This school is getting ready to move again and with moving and growing comes growing pains, just be prepared to endure them. Remember FCAT is how they get paid and they teach to FCAT after christmas break and dismiss other subjects.

- submitted by a community member

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Fort Myers Preparatory and Fitness Academy
4740 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, FL  33907
(239) 333-0766
Last modified Fort Myers Preparatory and Fitness Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 1 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Fort Myers Preparatory and Fitness Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top