Thanks to McKeel Academy my son went into college with enough scholarship money to finance his higher education. His transition has been very smooth and he credits McKeel. We have one child left and hopefully she'll utilize the wonderful programs, teachers etc that McKeel offers. Thanks to the teacher, staff and Mr. Maready
There is no other school that I want my son to be in.He is in the best school polk county has to offer.They strive to keep there students safe,busy,encouraged about everything they may be doing.They have no'quiters', no one fails in the academic department.They offer more extracurricular activies than most schools, and are still adding to the list. They always have the childs well-being first. The parent involment is amazing, they are so tuned in with each parent they can be tuned into. I have had alot of visits at the school,spoke with most everyone there,and throughout the years,they still know who I am. As teachers and staff, they are so in tune with each other, they all know at any given time what is happening with students,and the students don't even have to be in their class or grade. They watch out for everyone. And mr. Maraedy... Awsome
Impressive is the attention these kids get from teachers and staff, not overbearing but not to allow them to slack off their potential. That is important to me, working parent with several children. I'm alerted when necessary. Discipline is not a problem with their check system, bad behavior is simply not tolerated. That allows more time for instruction, constructive class time, and excellent field trips without student disruption. And of course, less worries. Their website gives access to grades and class assignments real-time and teachers quickly respond to emails. The culture makes it easy to partner with teachers for the benefit of the children as opposed to not working together, since we truly have the same goal - education of our children. The only downside is the long waiting list to get in. If you get called that there is an opening - take it!
This school has been terrific for the transition from elementary to middle school. The teachers are supportive and persistent to get the kids prepared although they are very strict. There are a lot of rules and restrictions, but once the kids learn them, it becomes easier for them on a daily basis. The curriculum moves rapidly along but again teachers will offer help to any student that asks. If the child keeps up with assignments, it goes much smoother.
I drive 30 minutes to have my son go to this school, and we are districted in one of the best middle schools in Lakeland. I have been pleased with most of the teachers, and really do like their very specific method of behavior management - the check book system. 6th grade is a tough year, but by the 7th grade students seem to get the rules. I have never met the principal, and my exposure to the assistant principal was upsetting. There is a problem making sure that the older kids don't pick on the younger ones, but that must be the case everywhere. All in all, the teachers are good, the environment as well as can be expected anywhere, and you don't have to deal often with the principal! As with all schools, the bus ride home is the worst part. I don't care what anyone says, a bus driver can't drive and supervise students!
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