My daughter has been at Waterstone for about 4 year's already. She started off great but once she hit 3rd grade I saw a drastic change in her grades in her self esteem. She hated going to school. I don't see that the teacher's really help the kids at the child's current level. Know she is in 4th grade and at risk of Failing because she not getting the attention she needs in school. She is always worried of failing. I do see her Math teacher has gone above and beyond to really help her. I'm so greatfull for her! But her reading teacher I don't feeling like she is really helping my child. I hope and pray my child starts to love school again. Teachers need to really give these kids come confidence and guidance. I know the potential my child has and I don't see it in her gradess. I will be withdrawing my child this year. Super disappointed!!
My son has attended this school for 2 years. He is currently in third grade. His teachers throughout the years have been wonderful, caring, and extremely professional. My son enjoys all the special area classes and extra curricular activities as well. His teachers are very quick to respond to my emails and notes that I write in his agenda. Anytime I have requested a conference with them they schedule me in promptly. I also feel that they have prepared him for the FCAT very well. His teachers have taught higher grade levels previously and they use good critical thinking skills with the classwork that I have seen. I feel that my son will be entering 4th grade well prepared. His teachers also work well. My son tells me that they help him when he has a hard time understanding something. I am glad he feels comfortable and happy. The traffic is an issue at times but the school is doing the best they can. I really believe that is a non-issue. The teachers are outside with smiles on their faces in the hot weather. It breaks my heart. It annoys me that parents complain about that. I have no complaints about the school. I recommend it to anyone moving to Homestead.
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Terrible school only about how to make them selves look good but unless you have been in the school no one knows how terrible it is. Administration is the worse and the principal is only about her self. As far as parents not being involved as the one said I am on the board of the PTA and I can still say this school is not up to standards and always looking for a handout. You know the school has a bug problem when your son says he is the bug killer this week. So sad a lot if potential but need to remove most of the administration. I feel this school will be a B school in no time just as it scored last year lucky for then they get a one yr grace period. No communication with parents as u can not walk past the desk and the only was to talk to teachers is by email when they do respond. Not able to do lunch with your child so sad the keep the parents out but want the money from us.
As a 5th year teacher in this school, I am appalled by how inaccurate some of these reviews are. Yes, traffic is pretty terrible, but this can happen in any school. Does any other school provide FREE sibling care so that parents of children with more the one dismissal do not have to return multiple times for pick up nor pay for aftercare? Let's be a little more appreciative of these teachers who stay and watch your child after school hours as a courtesy to you. As far as the "bug" situation in the bathroom, please note that all the bathrooms are directly next to two doors leading to the outside world, where bugs roam free, as they should. If these little critters happen to sneak into the building, there's really not much we can do. Also, it is Homestead. We can all agree that there are bugs everywhere! Just to clarify something that might be a little confusing, as with any other public school, unfortunately teachers are not provided with all the materials necessary for a functioning classroom, unless paid for out of pocket. One of the things I love most about working in this school is the constant communication and cooperation between me and my parents. It's a blessing.
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.
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
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.
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.
I moved to homestead 4 years ago and I agree with the parent who wrote that the parents are not treated appropriately. I have witnessed this myself several times in the past and recently. In addition to this there are constant fund raisers and this year the school has asks for a $25.00 activity and lab fee that is required per child. I have 3 children. I thought the District/State provides funding for charter schools. Finally, this school has very minimal activities
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