I have attended PKY since the fourth grade and I admit that it is a very unique school. The only problem is that there are barely any clubs and whatnot to choose from, which is why BHS tends to look more appealing. Yes, it does have a family "feel" to it, but it can also make you feel as if you aren't able to grow up and explore yourself because the people you see everyday have known you for a long time so a fresh start is almost impossible. There are some cliques but no one really cares about them because they aren't worth the time. This a good school for people who want a stable environment for their children. For people who like adventure, this is NOT the school for you.
My daughter has attended PK for the past two years. She got in a week before her 4th grade year. PK was certainly the best possible choice we could have made for her. The teachers are awesome and WANT to be there. You can tell they love their jobs and the students. My daughter is very bright and her teachera are constantly working to make sure she's appropriately challenged.
P.K. has a phenomienal performing arts program that nurtures and develops talent with the core benefit of improving the self-confidence of all its students! We love the new assured manner our 6th grader has developed - not to mention his straight A's!
I went to P.K. Yonge a while ago and i loved it more than any other schoool i have been to.
Pk Yonge was the only 'A' High School in Alachua County last year. It has great sports, performing arts, and everyone knows everyone.
My children and grandchildren really liked going to PKYonge school. It is small enough that it has the feeling of a warm community.
My DD is entering 9th grade and has attended P.K. since Kindergarten. It is a wonderful school. She is getting a great education. The most important thing that I am proud of is the opportunities to think for her self rather than just learn facts. She is learning to question her sources of information and make a decision/theory. The downside would be their sports facilities. The coaches and what they do in spite of the facilities are tremendous.
I'm a former student (K-12). As a small school, PKY doesn't have the resources to offer the variety of courses available at the largest high schools. On the other hand, classes are small and the teachers superb. The small enrollment fosters strong student-teacher and student-student interactions. It is an excellent place in which to grow and to develop the learning skills that last a lifetime.
I'm a proud former lab rat, K-12. PK has its positive and negative qualities, but what school doesn't? PK has a great performing arts program, undoubtedly one of the best in the area. We also have a very good athletic program - we are the only school in Alachua County where middle school students can play on JV and Varsity teams. Our gym is struggling but supposedly they are raising money to build a new one. As for education, it's true that we have very few AP courses offered here and only one foreign language, but we also have an extremely high number of students taking dual-enrollment courses through SFC and UF. And the AP/Honors courses we do have are of high quality - I am now attending UF and have no problem keeping up with the material here.
I have three kids at PK and my boys attended Wiles elementary for Kindergarten. they were tested for 'gifted' in kindergarten and were told they 'were not gifted'. When they entered 1st grade at PK Yonge, their teacher recommended they be tested for gifted and they psychologist who tested them said they were incredibily gifted. Because of that test, they are now in 9th grade and doing 11th grade math. When they are in 11th grade they will qualify to Dual-enroll at UF for additional math classes. How can a parent say PK doesn't cater to the 'overachiever'. Every school has it's share of problems but all three of my kids are excited when school starts. My daughter can't wait to go to get up and go to school for both the Performing Arts and for the Gifted Classes. My kids would never leave PK.
Excellent facilities and the reseaerch-based emphasis of the teaching combine to creat a tremendous learning format.
Not enough concern about a child's grades more concerned with making sure a child feels like a 'winner'. They have a 'every child must make the team' mentality.
PK is the the place to be if you have talent in athletics or the performing arts, there is no doubt about it. sure, if all you want out of high school is an education or just to party, then go somewhere else, becasue at PK, they are serious about what they do, and the achieve things no other school has achieved, having fun doing it.
Hey, don't throw put-downs on P.K. and the Blue Wave! I've been there for 10 years now, and theres no other place I would rather be! Yes, it may have only 1 foreign language, and few AP classes, but what do you expect?!? It has enough AP classes, the performing arts are more than outstanding, its one of the best schools in Gainesville, and if anything, lifers are proud to be the Blue Wave. I am. Ninth grade. Second year marching, fifth playin the clarinet (They rock!XD)!
Yes, P.K. Yonge has an outstanding performing arts program. But it ends there. This is the research and development school at the University of Florida, and they offer few AP classes at the secondary school level and ONLY 1 foreign language. My son transferred from an outstanding high school, and this school was a tremendous disappointment. To top it all off, the P.K. Yonge 'lifer' parents are as obnoxious as one would assume. This school is NOT for students who wish to be intellectually challenged, nor is it for students who have high academic expectations. An utter and complete disappointment, and a farce.
I have been a parent of a PK student for the last 13 years. I have been very pleased with the overall program at PK. Most of all I feel PK gives students a chance to develop and mature from childhood to adolescence. Over the years I have been able to interact and work hand in hand with persons at all levels, from the top of administration through the teachers to the most helpful support staff I have seen anywhere. You will be hard pressed to find a place where everything is perfect but PK has worked with me through all the stages of my son academic career and I really mean worked with me. I have been included, informed, listened to, and given suggestions. If you are looking for a true support team to help you develop a well-rounded person you should consider PK Yonge.
This school is only good for one kind of people that is those who are interested in preforming arts. There is not a wide variety of classes to chooses from. Teachers use favortism and critisize you if you are diffrent from them. They do not care for students concerns like they should. They say everyone gets along but they dont, everyone is apart of a click and each group hates each other.
This is an excellent school. My son is in 7 nth grade,one of my daughters are in 5 nth grade and one in kindergarten. There are a lot of special activities. The teachers try to make their students learn and have fun at the same time!
I love this school. My daughter is a lifer (which means she has been and will be going here K-12). My other daughter and neice graduated from here, and I still have three neices and a nephew going. I love the small class size and the feeling of family.
P.K. Yonge is a school with a large focus on the performing arts but they do not participate in elementary science fairs or math clubs. They have a good P.E. program and the teachers all work together well. If your child enjoys the performing arts then this school is an excellent choice for them.
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