These poor teachers have so much passion with such little support. A teacher you like this year will be gone next year, they are not valued. I felt many teachers were bullied by those who were their more years as well, always reminding them of "that's not how we do things here"
Weeks without homework..Although many parents might feel this is great, it really does help to have a parent sit down with their child to see what they are learning in class, and to help the child reinforce what they learned in the class.
I came into Plato with high expectations, little did I know it varies from campus to campus location. The teachers are phenomenal, but they change every year. I blame this on the little support they receive from administration, but are still forced to push children to the maximum. The school is TOO SMALL for the amount of children. The classroom sizes are stifling, my child's 1st grade classroom was around 300 square feet for 18 kids and student desks, so backpacks, lunch bags and all were piled up on each other to make room in a corner. NO AIRCONDITIONING several times per year..Several classrooms did not have student desks (!!!) and had to use pillows and beanbags to sit. The parking lot, and entrance overfills with water with rain (everyday in florida!) and kids walk around with muddy shoes/socks all day. You must take all this in account for deters to your child's learning....
We have been at this school since it opened and love it. The principal, Ms Staab, is wonderful. They have small class sizes, great teachers, a fantastic staff, and a real family feel. The only down side is that the middle school classes might not be advanced enough for our child so we might have to leave for middle school. I will miss Plato terribly.
The teachers are treated poorly by administration and are forced to teach only to the tests. Parents seem to think that if they send their child to a charter school their kids will be smarter. But they do not expect the kids to do any work. They will them complain that their kid isn't doing well. The school wants as much kids with special needs and 504s because the school is for profit and will get more money per child from the state. My husband and I have removed our child from the school and have never been happier.