Unbelievable that they have now let go a principle who had turned around all the negativity within the school. I am now worried again about the leadership of this school and wonder why we go through so many directors.
I agree with the last remark. The last Director had a great open door policy and really cared about every child. She was so positive. What's up with a leadership that has now gone through 5 directors? I am rethinking their whole philosophy. One that is posted but obviously not followed
I am very excited about KCC's relocation from Gotha to a new and larger campus in Ocoee (Silver Star/Clarke Rd-Lake Olympia area). The new building and campus will allow KCC to have greater flexibility, improve accessibility, newer design technology, and facility durability. The new facility will allow KCC kids and staff to be more comfortable, feel safe, secure, and healthful at the KCC Ocoee school campus. I believe in KCC's educational excellence and our family looks forward to remaining an active part of the KCC school community into the future.
I transferred my children from Westbrooke Elementary in Ocoee to Kids' Community College Charter in August 2014. KCC has created an environment which allowed my child to immediately begin receiving individualized educational attention which he was not offered while attending public school. I do feel that KCC has created an environment that is most advantageous for my children's well being. KCC staff are very well organized, extremely professional, and most importantly to me, they are caring and approachable. KCC has demonstrated they put student needs first. I feel confident in our move to KCC. KCC staff and teachers are well educated, have the knowledge, and experience to help my children excel in their educational pursuits. Parental involvement in education and activities are very important to me. We share same values as other KCC families.
We are new to the area and were glad when we were able to get a spot at KCC Orange for our 2nd grader. He was coming from a gifted program at his previous Theme School and it was important for us to keep him in a similar environment, So far, the teachers have been been good and the administration is prompt to reply if we should initiate contact. The kids enjoy school and they are also challenged. Smaller class sizes, a quiet campus and overall caring staff make this a good choice for a public charter school.
The truest portrait of a school's climate, care, and concern for well-being and safety should embody several factors: robust and comprehensive teacher support , active family engagement, supportive environmental conditions, strong social and emotional student growth and an organizational wide climate of high expectations. I founded KCC and am now a member of the executive team. I know 1st hand that ALL of or associates, not just any single group of them, are dedicated to these principles and others that make the foundation of an excellent school. While opinions may vary, results don't lie. Our 3rd grade students ranked 3rd of ALL District elementary school (93% reading/71% in math proficiency). Our 1st & 2nd graders SAT10 performance were in the top quartile of the nation. 96% satisfaction rating and were a top workplace again. Most importantly, our focus remains on the well-being and care of students and ensuring that everyone in our employ are dedicated to the values that will help students be their individual best and help us improve every year. We will remain courageous enough to make tough decisions stay committed to continuous improvement. We are blessed to serve.
Forget all these other reviews about principal turnover. Bottom line is that the teachers are excellent. They genuinely care for each student and this school strives and exceeds all expectations for the students to excel. This past year I had one child in kindergarten and one in second grade. The kindergarten teachers are excellent and my daughter's had her in an advanced group learning math skills I wouldn't have dreamed she would be doing in kindergarten. As well as my son's second grade teacher. She was caring and communicated weekly about what they were learning. While this is a newer school and they are still trying to get their bearings in some things, the foundation set by the teachers and the academics is excellent!!!
We were at KCC last year and had a great year. My child's teacher was wonderful, we loved the director, and things ran smoothly. We returned this year with high expectations, and were unfortunately disappointed from the very beginning of the year. The school seemed very disorganized pretty much from day 1, from some safety issues, to a lack of communication from teachers, to the rapid turnover of Directors (there now hasn't been a director for months - I guess they will not hire one before the end of the year). The quality of my child's teacher this year is drastically different than last year. Perhaps it is a lack of experience, I'm not sure. I completely agree with what some of the other parents below have said about the administration this year not wanting to hear opinions from parents if they disagree with anything at all! I'm not sure why things have changed so much for the worse this year, but it greatly saddens me to see a school that had such promise last year really go off track this year. We will not be returning next year.
Kid's Community College has been the best place to continue the education of my daughter. As parents, we believe that education starts at home, but having an amazing place to enrich that extra knowledge that every child must have has been a blessing for our family. KCC is the perfect fit for our family, because not just our daughter is enriching her academic life, as family we are also enjoying this experience been part of every aspect of her education. More than a school this is a big family and I'm more than glad to be part of it as parent and as an employee.
Kids Community College - Orange Campus is a great school because it has a great academic program that is always striving to be the best for our students. All the teachers and faculty truly care about the success of every student and family. The parent involvement is always extraordinary and is encouraged by staff on a daily basis. I have done a lot of research on public, charter, and private schools and I truly believe that this is the best school for any child to grow and succeed!
KCC is developing into a great experience for me and my family. This is my first year there and in the beginning we were very excited about the possibility of finding a Charter School that had a Private School feel. My children have only attended Private Schools until this year. We had a very rocky start but I feel in the past 2 months we have seen a huge push in the right direction. We currently do not have a director at the school but the administration staff, the board of directors and the Tampa employees have all made it their priority to help us rebuild and become successful. I am very happy with where the school is today and excited that next year we will be in a even better position. Not only will we continue to go here next year we will even be sending another one of our children as well.
I am beyond thrilled at how well the school focuses on academic excellence for all of the students. The teachers truly care about their students and I love that even teachers who don't have my kids in their class know them personally. The community atmosphere and an overall commitment for integrity and high achievement surpass any school we've yet to encounter. The school is implementing more specials programs as the year has progressed and I like that even the after care program has a curriculum. I would like to see more PE activities, but know that is in progress. I feel my kids are safe and that the entire teaching staff and administration is looking out for the students. My kids come home happy. I have seen a vast improvement in my 2nd grader's academics -- it's as if going to KCC energized her and woke her up from the stupor that occurred from boredom at her previous school. Parents who are involved in the school really seem to care about their kid's education and the well-being of every child. There are mandatory volunteer hours, yet every parent still has to meet safety standards/protocol in order to do that. Math is taught a grade level above grade standards.
I have to agree with the post below word for word its like I wrote it. I was so upset at the Town Hall meeting with the way they spoke to us. They do not want the parents to get involved usless they want money. 2/9/2014 While I would like to agree with the comments posted already, mine are completely opposite. Since my child has started with KCC in 2012 the principal's office has been a revolving door. KCC is now searching for its 4th principal in 2 yrs. And if you bring up any issues or concerns with the administrative staff you are always led to believe everything is your fault, or that you are a burden for even coming to them with a question or issue. Parents have no voice whatsoever. You are told at Town Hall meetings to only ask questions related to agenda items or you will be told "to be on your way" (direct quote). Day to day and weekly communication is spotty at best, our two teachers have rarely sent out an email, maybe twice? When communication does go out, its full of spelling and grammatical errors, and confuses parents- which is embarrassing for an educational institution. Yes this school is a choice, but we will be choosing not to attend next year, as well as s.......
While I would like to agree with the comments posted already, mine are completely opposite. Since my child has started with KCC in 2012 the principal's office has been a revolving door. KCC is now searching for its 4th principal in 2 yrs. And if you bring up any issues or concerns with the administrative staff you are always led to believe everything is your fault, or that you are a burden for even coming to them with a question or issue. Parents have no voice whatsoever. You are told at Town Hall meetings to only ask questions related to agenda items or you will be told "to be on your way" (direct quote). Day to day and weekly communication is spotty at best, our two teachers have rarely sent out an email, maybe twice? When communication does go out, its full of spelling and grammatical errors, and confuses parents- which is embarrassing for an educational institution. Yes this school is a choice, but we will be choosing not to attend next year, as well as several other parents who have already pulled their children in complete dissatisfaction. KCC says they're interest is the well being of every child? But have no respect or concern for parent's voices.
My daughter loves KCC. Being her first ever school experience since Dec. 2012, it is a great fit for her and for me. The individualized curriculum keeps her ahead of her grade level. I enjoy the parent involvement and the fact that we help make the school so great because of our involvement. KCC is a nonprofit charter school that is dependent on family involvement. My daughter loves knowing I am making a difference in her life as I did when she was homeschooled.
We started at this school last January and absolutely love it. The teachers and staff are so invested in the children's learning it is wonderful. The staff is always friendly and welcoming and makes me as a parent feel safe in leaving my child in their care. Everyday when I pick my daughter up she is smiling and eager to tell me all about what she learned and did during the day. I cannot say enough good things about Kids Community College Charter School. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a better approach to learning for their child. So lucky to have found you.
Kcc is an excellant school. My children love going to this school. The education that they have been taught is exceptional. I highly reccommend this school.
I love this school. The classroom sizes are small and the teachers are very engaged with each student. My kids are getting a very good education and school experience.
Charter schools are about school choice. We moved to the Orlando area last year and our son has only attended charter schools his entire life. Compared to others I've had, the previous administrator was just ok in my opinion. I never felt as if she was fully vested in my child's success or well-being since many times she made commitments that were not kept and always seemed to blame others for areas we were dissatisfied with. My son did well this year, but I know he can do better. We believe in this school and its mission and hopefully the new admin can fully deliver on it. We are returning next year and plan to be here a long time. Charter schools are about working together, not about some of the clicky gossipy nonsense that happens with a few at this school - most of whom loved the previous administrator because she allowed them to get far to involved in my opinion. I'm glad that's just a few people though. My experience is that if you're not happy with the school or how it's run, you can work to change it or leave. Don't get in the way and keep it about the children.
My child also attended KCC this year and I was also upset with the way that the board of directors handled certain decisions regarding dismissing some admistrative staff. This happened very close to the end of the year, and before all of that happened, I had been very happy with the way the director (who is no longer there now) ran the school. She was wonderful. I was also very happy with my child's teacher, who was also amazing. Some of the teachers are leaving this year (and I can't blame them, it must not seem like the best environment to work in)And the board of directors will be announcing the new director for next year in the next few days. And yes, we will be returning next year - BUT with our guards up, and we have every right to do that.
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