Bellalago Academy is one of the BEST Schools I've ever been associated with. I am a Grandma with 5 granchildren, 3 of whom have gone to Bella. The Music dept, Chorus with Mike Ortiz and Band with Eric Troop has made such a difference in my two granddaughters. The Principal, Mrs Honeycutt is an outstanding educator and rules the school with a loving but firm hand. I have encouraged several parents to enroll their children in this exemplary school. I cannot stress enough the caliber of education this school supplies to our children. My grandson started kindergarten with Crystal Ortiz and has been on the A-B honor roll every 6 weeks and he is now in 3rd grade. I am at a loss as to what else could be said except that I LOVE this school and am so very glad my grandchildren have the chance to attend.
I have been going to this school for around 8 years now and I would NOT recommend this school for any parents thinking of sending their child here. The teachers here a quite rude and the students,The students say very nasty things to those who "don't fit in" and they use very nasty words to other's,The teachers dont give ANY discipline to their students, they only send them to other teachers or sometimes give them a detention, they send a boatload of homework, and expect you to finish them in one night! The only good thing about this school is probably how easy it is to zone out, because the teachers could be very boing, although the student can be a tad bit annoying... They barely prep the students for the F-CAT; I wish this school could give more discipline to the student and perhaps the teachers could be more nice. Overall, don't send your child to this school, because everyone at this school are very rude. My apologies if the majority of this didn't make sense :P
We moved to Kissimmee one year ago from El Paso TX because I was in the US ARMY, and this is, by far, the worst school I have ever seen. There is no extracurricular activities, there is no interest for the students, students spend half of the class doing homework, and there is no structure or discipline in the classroom. The teachers have little or no interest on the academic advancement of the student. Very disappointed, moving my sons to a different school for next school year.
Absolutely horrible. They seem to have no care for the students. They take forever to respond to requests. Orange County was so much better. Office staff is unprofessional. Not a school I would personally choose for my child. Expected a lot more from this particular Charter School.
The front office receptionist couldn't have been any ruder to me. I asked to see the principal as it took 2 and a half hours to enroll my daughter in her first day of school there even though she had all necessary paperwork. Instead of the principal I was "greeted" by the principal's secretary who also gave me attitude and asked me to " be patient" I think 2 and a half hours to enroll your child is being VERY patient! Last week I called to report a bullying incident my daughter was witness to and was told my daughter would be questioned about what she witnessed NOT I had to call the school again and report it to the district to get them to do something about it ridiculous. Today I tried to call the school for an hour & a half no one picks up they finally picked up the phone at 9 o clock " they are too busy in the morning" then that got changed to " there was a phone issue". Parents dropping off and picking up in the Walgreens, Publix and Mcdonalds parking lot daily so they don't have to wait in the car line. A child got hit last week in Walgreens because of this this school needs a major overhaul!
my grades are good im 11 and the teachers are pretty cool. iam in 6th grade and my friend by with there phones in class.....thers NO dissiplin
My family moved to Kissimmee last year. It took over a week to get a schedule and he didn't have books through the first week. Bullying is a huge problem. The administration does not return phone calls or emails(I had to get the State Board involved in one issue). Trying to keep track of your child's progress is impossible. We can only check thier homework on-line, yet the teachers are 2-3 weeks behind. The students spend half of the class doing "homework"(shouldn't they be learning?). Most teachers will teach some of the class in Spanish. I guess my expectations for a Charter school were much higher. My son will be entering the 7th grade, and the school is well below the state average(FCAT). Oh, and by the way, if you can ever get a parent-teacher conference scheduled, don't expect much. The teachers get too defensive and question you the parent for your concern. Makes no sense. If you are a parent looking for attentive teachers, reachable administrators, and an excellent education than Bellalago Academy should not be your first or second choice. We are less than two weeks from school starting and the website isn't even updated. That should say it all.
Wow what a coincidence! My daughter has been going to this school since 2009 too. She was always a "A" student! But here her grades goes down. After months of a deep investigation (by my self) I found she was victim of bully from diferent students. At the bus, at the school. I talked to different liders at school without a real help...other than..."hey, don't pay attention to those student!"...But what was the cherry on the top? The chorus teacher don't have the hability and knowledge to deal with student! Instead, he made my daughter's semester more hard..doing the same. I hope he changes his way, stop disturbing students who are not their favorite group and understand that his job is to help students NOT to make their life more difficult! He has just become a father. Life has planted and harvested. He should think a little more in their future generation...God bless your son when he gets to school!
I am 11 and about to enter 6th grade i love my school ive been going to this school since 1st grade the teachers are nice and the arts teachers are AMAZING!
I have had nothing but great experiences with the school! The teachers are some of the best I have ever seen and the Principal is always willing to speak with me. It is evident that the people who work there truly have a love for the kids. The parents who are complaining should probably look at the actions of their own students and quit blaming them on the school.
My daughter has been going to this school since 2009. She is a straight A student but the school has changed. There is a huge bully problem there. I know numerous parents who have the same problem. Here is an example, while in chorus class an after school activity my daughter was scratched on her arm and spit in her face. She tried to tell the teacher and he would not listen. The result after talking with the teacher and I quote "I don't care" If you can send you children to an other school send them to one that does not tolerate bullying of any kind. This is a nationwide disease which is a very sad thing. One positive note. My child's teachers have really been good over the past 3 years. My daughter passed the FCAT with a 4 which reflects on her teacher.
If there were zero stars, I would put it. We moved from SC 3/4 of the way into the school year, and my children were miles ahead of the kids here. My oldest son lost two courses that aren't offered in his grade here and became very downcast. One was a high school credit course. The asst principal didn't contact or notify me for two weeks about his schedule, and they tested him without my knowledge or consent. Only one teacher even will email with me, and that includes the principal. Discipline in the middle school is atrocious; fights are constantly breaking out and kids cuss and jeer at teachers-and these are the honor classes. When a teacher is out, they don't replace them, instead doing what they call "splits" which divides the class up into other classes, where you then don't do any work. We can't wait to get our kids out of this school, and I am shocked that any parent would try to have their children attend on purpose. The school also doesn't update it's website, and doesn't have the parent survey online that Osceola County schools are supposed to have. If you are thinking about moving to this part of Kissimmee, stay where you are.
I am a new 8th grade student this year. The middles school is very small and it is very hard to walk to your next class. The staircase is tiny so it is always full of people and this is a HUGE problem when you are trying not to be late to a class on a different floor. The rules are so strict that they might as well walk us to the next class. I am pleased with the school and It is not the best! But I do prefer it to schools that are nearby.
As a participating parent of my childrens education, I will state that Bellalago is the only area school my children will attend. They have quality teachers and great curriculum for the K-8. My oldest son is in his third year and he has been excelling each time. There is always homework and reading assignments, which keeps the students sharp, provided the parents are monitoring and participating in the work! Both my spouse and I commend the school for striving for excellence in it's FCAT preparedness and daily curriculum. Shame on the parents who complain about "the staff" and not take more control of their OWN participation of their child's educational growth. Go Bellalago Academy!
My kids have been going to this school for 3yrs and there has definitely been an improvement since the new Principal took over last fall. She cares about the students and the school. The front office staff has changed as well. There were some rude ladies before but the new staff is very helpful and polite. I think this is a wonderful school. They do need more parent involvement but the school is so big (K-8) it is hard to get all of the those parents involved but they do have 2 big events the Fall festival and the Multicultural night in the spring that bring the community together.
I am truly surprise at some at the negative comments on here. My son has been going to Bellalago for the past five years and I have nothing but praise for all the teachers and staff members I have come in contact with. His teachers have always promptly respond to any concerns I may have and the only one time I had to contact the principal, she respond to me the same day. I have also volunteer at the school on several occasion and all I see is staff being helpful to students.
As mention not all but the great majority of the staff and administration and yes including teachers are rude and definitely not helpful. When there is an issue is like loop holes to resolve unless you threaten to get the district involved. The staff at times seems to forget that the Parents are not there students but adults the merits respect as do also the students of course. On many occasion I had put the staff on check that mistaken me as a student. Unfortunately I cant wait until my children are older so they can be home school so I won't have to go through constant battle with this school. I have yet to to speak to the Principal since I guess she works for Washington D.C. and cant be bother. The only reason I know how she looks is because of the website.
I am amazed at what I have read. I don't know about the middle school, but the elementary has been wonderful. Everytime that I go to Bellalago, people have helped me. The School Secretary, Mrs. Padgett, has been especially professional and helpful. I have also spoken to the Assistant Principal, Mrs. Honeycutt, who has always helped me and greeted me with a smile on her face. I can tell that she truly cares for the students and they love her too. The teachers have all been good and my kids are happy!
I have 2 middle schoolers and very satisfied with the educational system in Bellalago. Both my kids are doing very well in school. They both are in honors and advance classes. Kudos to all the wonderful and very knowledgeable teachers of Bellalago. Great job Dr. Diez and to all the staff of Bellalago Academy.
My son is almost finished his first year at the school and I am very please with the school thus far. His teachers were wonderful and as for the administrative staff I cannot believe the things that are being said. I am a very involved parent and I interacted with the staff quite a bit. They were never anything but polite and helpful.
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