This year, they implemented a new program in the school called "Hero".
Each time a student is late, they get 2 warnings. The third time, the student gets a detention at 7:30 AM. If you know where this school is placed, this is already a horrible idea (it is placed right next to the Palmetto, by the way). Maybe it wouldn't be so bad if the school managed it properly, but they didn't do that. It is physically impossible to get to the school on time, no matter what time you wake up. Every grade enters at the same time and leaves the campus at the same time. For parent drop off in the morning, if your child is in elementary, you have to do an entire loop around the school. For middle and high schoolers, you don't have to do the loop- unless it's after 8:10 am, and they close off your path, forcing you to go through the elementary route and cause even more traffic. The middle school and elementary paths are closed off because at the opening of the school, the staff are scanning the students' IDs. They form up in a line, and while you wait in that line, you just arrive even later than you would have without Hero. The school has an overly strict policy on tardiness considering how impossible it is to get into the school.
That is probably the less worse thing there though. THERE ARE HOLES IN THE FLOORS OF THE PORTABLES. The school fixes the holes by putting duct tape or carpets over it. I even have proof of it. I have 2 classes in portables, and both of them have holes in them. The art class hole is covered by rugs, and the P.E class hole is covered by duct tape. There was even a hole in the middle of the hallway.
Last year, there was a 40 student class of 5th graders that took place in the library. The class was controlled by 2 teachers. The whole class got very bad grades.
Please don't come to this school, unless you hate your child and you love sitting in traffic for 2 hours.
I just got back from the school open house. It was very informative. The school is well equipped with computers, smart boards, and the teachers are fabulous! The principal is very accessible and helpful. I am lucky to have found this great school for my child.
Happy to see the school finally growing and accomplishing all their goals. The new building is now officially under construction. They are adding another 44 classrooms to the campus. This means smaller class sizes and more curriculum diversity.
This school has a major access issue. The administration doesn't address it and they mark children late when it is physically impossible to access their facility. The police does a terrible job at directing traffic flow and there is only one street access to this school. This is a very sad situation and the school is on denial and parents are frustrated as it is a repetitive issue and no one addresses it. I feel that in order to enforce such strict tardiness policy (within a min), the administration needs to fix this major problem.
It is a great school.The parents should be very happy if your son/daughter are studying in that school.All the educator team and staff in general are examples of dedication and responsibility each day.
My daughter has been in this school for two years now. She began in the preparatory section in Hialeah Gardens. Last year the staff and teachers were amazing and cared for their students had different activities for them to do. This year since both schools were combined into the new building the school is horrible. The entire staff from the preparatory section was fired. I have never seen such a horrible staff. The immediate front office staff lacks customer service big times. They are rude and treat parents as if we were children ourselves. They embarrass the students in front of everyone but, yet they are putting ads everywhere around the schools about being against bullying. When they are the main bully's. My youngest daughter says her teacher spends the whole yelling at her. If she tells the teacher her stomach hurts she doesn't call me she tells her that's because she's hungry to just wait till lunch time. I expect to get a call and I be the one to decide if to believe her not. Then, my oldest daughter tells me her two teachers chit chat all the day long whole drinking Starbucks and yell at the students. There are way better charter schools.
Last year the environment was much more dedicated to our children. This year the teachers assigned to my son's class lack that commitment. Suffice to say that his math teacher announced her departure on a Friday to the children. Come Monday they had cafeteria teachers overseeing the class. Instead of engaging these teachers expect the children to be quiet and actually punish the entire class if several of the students misbehave by NOT allowing them recreational time outdoors. When asked I was told the older children - jr high kids- have priority. My son has also told me the teachers label kids in his class "lazy" and I've personally witnessed the schools principal yelling at kids for being late. These children can not control traffic or the departure time their parents plan when driving them to school. Is this better than public school? Barely, but yes. Just be involved in your child's day to day activities and keep applying to other charter schools. We as parents are not there to bake friends but to safeguard or kids. By being visible and letting the administrators and teachers know these children have a vouce, your voice, the school will eventually improve.