Terrible Administration! They LIE and are only out to make the selves look good. They also have classes of 36 kids when a teacher is out for a day they never get a sub in to help the other teacher . More then likely will send you to voice mail. Very Anti Military they say they are military priority but the way they treat some is terrible. Not to mention the Many bugs that are in the bathroom that my son tells me about. They are only about money if it is a event to gain money for the school the parents get the paperwork but if it is important information they tell the kid to pass the message. The kids are also NOT allowed to use the rest rooms during specials they are made to hold it and then get in trouble if they can't they say again its the 5 yr old kid responsibility to go before music, Spanish art or gym. This school really need to be looked into. Sad because they have a few good teachers but if the teachers go against them they are in trouble. Also they gave a 5yr old boy detention for giving a child a hug.You never see The principal for K-2nd and most kids are scarred of her anyway. Sad I for see this school being a C school in no time!!!!!
It is unfortunate that only parents who don't agree with the school's rules come to this site to write a review. I love this school and their rules keep my two kids safe. Yes, we need to show a parent pick up card when we pick up our children and yes, you need to go to the office and show ID if you don't have your card. I am so happy for this! Has any other parent here watched the news lately? I would like to start a new trend and invite parents who are happy and pleased with this school to write a review. This school is a ray of sunshine in our area. Let's make the time to write something positive instead of waiting for something to happen to write something negative. This school is a family!
Really disappoint how kids from 2 nd grade get their lunch so late when I call the first time to complain about this situation they said "don't worry we will provide a snack for the kids before lunch I went to the open house to find out that the school is not providing the snacks the school is asking the parents to donate the snacks well what about the parents that they can't donate snacks or what about parents just succeed to don't donate anything just give their kids what they need so what gonna happend with the other kids ??? Well I guess this school really don't care about this situation they just care about what it's better for then not for the kids.....
I cannot tell much about the school since this is the first year my child is going. But I am concerned about the dropping off and picking up students procedures. It is very dangerous for all. I hope they find a way to fix it.
I have heard only the best things about this school and my two little girls are on the waiting list and can't wait to attend hopefully next years strongly recommend water stone charter school. 5****
I want to say that the school is ok but the traffic is terrible gets. You guys need to improve in the traffic flowing faster.Also you guys need to work quickly in resolving in building the port because all the children not just mine pass a lot of hot weather waiting for us the parents to arrive to the front just to get them.And the other thing you need to work at is getting Mrs. Lopez back in the front office. was very upset when I went to the office and I did not see Mrs. Lopez. I have to say she is a wonderful person very caring always helps everybody. She has always been very polite never rude my oldest daughter a former student loves her and my two daughters love her so much they want to call her tia. I really hope that I get to see Mrs Lopez in the office again she is missed greatly there.We love Mrs. Lopez very much and hope you take into consideration the parents reviews thank you very much.
I hated this school! In fact, we took an early transfer to withdraw our children. Both of my kids lost an entire year of education and regressed tremendously in academics and behaviors. My daughter's confidence level went down the toilet. She became stressed, depressed and felt dumb with the belittling from the staff. Teachers do not work with parents or kids at all! They are rude, rude, RUDE! Class sizes are outrageous (at 40!) and use of staff time is wasted as I've found them sitting doing NOTHING as the co-teacher instructs. Absolutely no logic to how anything runs or is organized. By far the most stressful year of my life. I do not recommend any aspect of this disfunctional school. The A needs to be removed promptly from the front of the building.
I agree 100% with the parents postings on this page. I understand exactly what they have been through. The school is very militant and they write your children up until they get suspension , and only for the silliest things. The before/ after care is the worst. They have teenagers running things there and using fowl language. They are worse than the students. And don't get me started on the administration ( sarcastically speaking ) ... They are the worst. This school forced me to withdraw my young one. I withdrew my child immediately. It was a stress all together on me and my child. And I live right in the area. Do not, again I repeat, do not recommend any child go to this school. You And your child will become extremely stressed and depressed... And no child deserves that type of environment. And also to mention, they have young college teachers , which they have no experience with children and how to deal with different cultures and personalities. I'm very happy my child does not attend there anymore ...
too strict,greedy school,always asking for paents to buy something,parents basically buy all of teachers products like they dont get any funding,all the teachers are young,straight out of college and dont know how to deal with kids so any little thing a child does is wrote up and suspensions until they make you withdraw your kid,indoor suspensions for lateness caused by the school horrile traffic situations when the kid could be in class,too much rules,too strict,military runned,very stressful for parents,they dont serve breakfast even though your child qualifies for free and reduced lunch program.happy to have left that school.good reputation though,clean,small,A school,minimal sports
Waterstone is a wonderful school. My son's teachers are outstanding and dedicated. I hear parents complain about the requirements with hours, and being so disciplined but thats exactly what sets Waterstone apart from the rest. If my son starts to slack even a bit they let me know. He's not always automatically in trouble but i'm aware before it gets there. They keep me involved by having to participate and make volunteer hours, which may be an inconvenience to some and even to myself at times, but may be the only way parents even know whats going in school otherwise. If you dont care about your kids grades, even if they are in K or 1st grade and dont want to be bothered, if you dont want them to be in a school that cares about their parents caring about their own children's education as well, then send them to one of these nearby public schools and you'll see the difference. Save the spot for a family who cant afford private school but wants their kids to be treated like they are not just another FCAT Score that needs to get pushed through this year.
Run like a corporation. They have so many positions for a school that only goes to 5th grade. Positions Registar, Administration assistance, ,Principal , Assist. Principal for K-2, Principal and Assist Principal for 3-5, Dean, and Before and After Care Director. and you still have to make an appointment to speak to them. Good luck in trying to drop off your child in front of the school instead of the parking lot or and street corner. if you are in the drop off lane and by the time u make it to the front of school and its past 830am your child is late. You try to explain the line was long to the office or the principal, the reply you will get is YOUR LATE. The funny thing was that the next day the principal was outside directing traffic but u still late if you n your child are stuck in the drop off line waiting to get into the school. It seems I was not the only 1 complaining about the traffic issue. It ridiculous both pick up and drop off. The only parent involvement the schools seems to care most about is when raising money.
This school stresses anyone out... I can't deal with the staff, the teachers, etc... Children are not perfect, kids will be kids. This school runs militant. The office staff is horrible! The administration has to hire Professional Individuals. It's like a cult... My child And I are very stressed out, especially with there before and aftercare school care. The aftercare hires teenagers/ 21 years olds that act lesser then the elementary students. They do not have patience and use foul language ... :(. I'm removing my child immediately.
Has the worst front office staff in the world. Pure attitude all day everyday. They also have no patience of special needs kids. They would rather suspend a child repeatedly forcing a parent to withdraw. They care more about the grade the school receives then the children that attend.
Waterstone is a good academic charter school with great math and science courses. My granddaughter loves Waterstone.
I'm a parent of a 5th grader. My child has been attending since Kinder. Year by year things change but to better things. My child is more happy coming home. The curriculum is fantastic. The fundraising and actives they have can't compare to what other copy schools do. My daughter is enthusiastic about going to school learning. To those parents that point fingers about everything , I wonder if you hold your children accountable for the things they do, learn & speak. A reminder that children are from what they learn at home. Start being proactive and learn parenting tips from all those good parents & stop pointing fingers. Staff is great , very friendly & enthusiastic every morning & that's what my daughter has learn for five straight year. She's an honor roll student with a great attitude not socially challenge. I'm an evolve parents thru out the year & I don't sit behind a computer and type away things that are out of an anger action or out spite. Do things that change the world & get evolve maybe that will make all those angry parents. Make a difference so your child is a child that can make the difference in the future. Stop being angry & grow a brain.
I use to like this school, but now to speak to the Principal or the Assistant principasl they make you fill out a paper and they call you with an appoinment, seat and wait!!! Before they would take you in an listen to your concerns. The quality of service has gone down the drain!! You call to speak to the registrar about attendance or email her she never returns the calls or answer the emailsl. I left her a paper that was sent to me about my child's unexcused absences and never heard from her. I went to the teacher and the teacher sent me to the office and the front desk lady was very nice and told me to leave the registrar a note and that she would get back to me and I am still waiting!!! I don't know what is going on but Waterstone is the same Waterstone of years back. What happen? This year is not that great :(
This School Is amazing!! Office staff and teachers are spectacular. Now the only dislike that I have is that the registrar is rude and not willing to answer simple, nicely asked questions. This person should not be dealing with parents who are only concerned for their children. The parking is ridiculous but manageable. Yes they do ask for money all the time, but I in particular look at it as investing in your child's education and experience at school.
Academically good; however we will see after this year's test scores. After becoming k-5, the school increased classes and hired more teachers; however most of these teachers are fresh out of college with little experience. Not enough money for quality teachers? Also, the am drop off and pm pick up situation is a BIG MESS. The school kept changing the pick-up location and times constantly for the first month or so of school. Parents just didn t know how and when the kids were dismissed. Very chaotic, especially for siblings. PE facilities are almost none existing. No indoor gym and the kids have to play in a rough asphalt court in the in the south Florida heat. . Not only a terrible situation but also very dangerous. Injuries, dehydration, heat exhaustion you name it. Don t get me wrong, academics are important, but there is too much emphasis on school work, and kids need more than academics to be well-rounded. Children also need sports and other activities; otherwise they become overwhelmed with work and apathetic. The school s infrastructure speaks for itself. Plenty of pace for classes but not for sports.
The school is one of the best in the area I must say but the office personnel needs to treat parents with more respect. Also they go overboard with what a child might say it is ridiculous I have seen suspensions an detentions for the stupidest reasons, they are too strict on certain aspects. Be aware they ask for donations all the time and fees like 25.00 lab fee for a 9 yr old student that's ridiculous.
I just received an automated phone call from the school, supporting the local politicians and to vote. This is what the school uses their time and money for.???? this school needs to focus on education and becareful with how it is spending money and put it back into education not supporting local politicians.The school thanked them already, when they approved the highschool.
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