It is a shame to see this exceptional school that was building a foundation the last few years, simply become a "typical" charter cutting corners and being run by an ineffective and inexperienced staff (just look at the bios) - when there was already a competent staff in place with procedures and protocols. The lack of communication is deceptive and disorganized. No mention of teachers teaching out of field or specials teachers not even being certified. They are parents that used to volunteer that now just get paid, with little to no school experience. The "click" runs the school. There is no equality or fairness or sunshine laws being met. The quality and safety of the students has been lowered. If you are at a public school that is an A or a B, I'd think twice in sending your child here. Students are no longer the priority. Sad.
So we finally get into this "great school" only to find out that there is no Spanish at all-for any grade. There are no Kindergarten specials taught by certified instructors as promised. There is no physical education except for "teacher led" PE for all 5th graders. There is no certified Art instructor for 3rd grade. There are many teachers who are certified k-6 and are teaching out of their field ( ie. 7th grade). I understand the need to save $$ and spend on teacher salaries at a Charter school but to sacrifice having certified instructors. Feeling very disappointed.
Run away from this place This school had so much potential, but due to an over-powering board president (Tom Murray), it has floundered. For some reason, the other board members consistently listen to him, believing he is more knowledgeable than he really is. If you look at the mistakes the school has made, he has spear-headed most of them. Right now he is on his Worldly Scholars kick, before it was Technology , and before that Individualized Education ; what next? Speaking of individualized education, I never even saw the Individual Learning Plan this year that was supposed to be at the core of my child s education at this school. The new principal and her pet teachers are like a high school clique of misfits. I am so sad to see what started out as an amazing place for ALL children turn into one where only gifted students are welcome. The board president has told staff that the new administration will contact parents of underperforming students weekly, harassing them to the point where they will want to withdraw their child(ren) from the school. The board needs to get rid of that man and his newly hired Director of Schools puppet. This school is ready to implode!
Once again, the regime has changed--this time for the worse. Teachers are leaving left and right. I'm not sure who is responsible for the hiring of the impersonal new principal and the rude, apathetic new assistant principal, but I can assure you that they will do more harm than good. The policies put in place do not lead students toward success, which is part of Lutz Prep's mission statement. As a parent, my hands are tied The board and administration want parental involvement and money, yet shun any input. The middle school policies are are set up for failure. Stay at your suburban public school. They're all the same, except LP, being a smaller school, has more well-behaved students. LP brags about its wait list, but ALL charters have long wait lists. Tom Murray (Chairman) likes to talk the talk of wanting to be the "best school in the world," but they are forgetting to educate our children and lead by example. I feel sorry for the teachers having to put up with the constant change of administration. This upcoming school year will be a make or break one. If a board mbr is reading this, take note: Allow families' input on decisions-making. The buck stops here.
Lutz Prep provides a sound education for the average student as well as the ESE student as posted below. However, my 2 boys are both gifted and the school lacks a gifted program. Yes, they employ 1 gifted teacher, but she only serves 1-3 and not grades 4-5. Gifted services often encompass building a skeleton out of dry pasta- not my idea of gifted science. Hoping the new Director and her staff will make improvements in the gifted program. After all, the school is collecting funds for each gifted child yet no services are being provided. The classroom teacher in 4th grade was supposed to provide differentiated lessons for gifted but this did not happen. I am being patient as this is a developing school. But left wondering- where is my gifted $$$ going??
This school has been through transition in the first three years. Teachers and staff are very excited about the positive changes for the 14/15 school year that they are involved in implementing. The test scores from this school year demonstrated improvement across the board in reading, science and math. Some of the scores on state assessments this year where among the near top for this district. This is a school of choice in the district with a large wait list for entrance. Teachers work very hard and want the best for their students. The future is very bright for Lutz Prep. Since it is a school of choice you need to make sure it's the right fit for you. You can choose to support the school or move to a school that better fits your child's needs. We are excited to witness the continued growth of this great school.
Lutz Prep is a one of a kind school that has been a blessing for our family. The faculty is innovative and goes above and beyond to integrate the curriculum while supporting all of the varying levels of students. No child is left behind- on level, below level , or gifted students. Due to the outstanding team of teachers and unique programs like Iready, students are able to thrive and learn at there own levels- not just what is dictated by a state test. Thank you to the Board, PTA, faculty , and new director for daring to be different !
This is our second year and we are looking forward to our 3rd next year. We have 3 children here, all of which have had great experiences so far. The new director seems great and I feel confident my children will continue to get an excellent education. I look at all the upcoming changes( including teachers leaving) with a positive attitude. Change is often good.
Finally, it is the end of the school year. Unfortunately, Lutz Prep has not lived up to its promises. While my child has learned this year, it has been thanks to Kumon and private tutors. Most of the teachers try but there is a lack of cohesive curriculum. They use a program called I-Ready, no one in Hillsborough county has ever heard of it yet it is the guiding academic tool used in grades K-6. 50%of the teachers do not believe in it & tell parents it is worthless. There is no Student Council after 3 years or any other clubs. There is a new Director who I hope will turn things around, but it looks as of she is already playing favorites with teachers and parents. This school had so much potential but a few parents and board members have ruined it.
We used to love this school but now we can't wait for the year to end so we can move on. The school has lost Track of its mission. The curriculum has been dumbed down and assessing students with a computer program allows no room for deeper thinking. If you want your child to have a top notch education this school is not for you. A group of parents and teachers openly gossip about the children so be prepared to have half of the school know confidential information about your student. You may even hear from a parent how your child is doing academically before the teacher has a chance to tell you.
The school started off great and has gone downhill every year. Nothing good to say about it anymore, the education is no better then a good public school.
This school is a sorry excuse for what it was supposed to be. 3 years ago we, parents, came together to create this wonderful educational institution. We had dreams, a vision, individualized education plans for each student, and a staff/administrator that worked so hard for our students. The school has developed into this monster of a place where the Board President, Tom Murray, makes empty promises on a regular basis and has destroyed this school. We haven't completed our 3rd year and we are now on our 3rd principal, 3rd AP, and countless other employees have been forced out by him. To top it all off, our daughter's 6th grade teacher, who lacks manners, respect, and positive communication, has been named the Middle School AP. Our dreams of making this school, we parents who started this process in the beginning, a warm, welcoming, positive environment, has been replaced by a Board President who does nothing but stomp on anyone and everyone to make sure his personal goal and vision is met. Forget educating the students, its more important about our image and how we are viewed by "elite schools". Stay clear of this school- enrolling your child here is a step backwards!
This school STINKS!! Do not put your children here if you want them to LEARN!!
It is quite unfortunate that this school is not living up to the expectation we all had. I think the success will be forever compromised if Thomas Murray and the board continue on. If the teachers had more say with the direction of the school..... It could be wonderful. But, ego's and unnecessary spending are putting the vision of this school in jeopardy. What happened to the individualized plans that we once had for our children? The small school feel could be maintained throughout the growth if parents, teachers, students and admin worked together the way we once did.
This school has gone from potential to poisonous very quickly. While the teachers are always willing to go above and beyond and work with my kids, the administration and Board, specifically the Chairman of the Board, are constantly undercutting one another and creating an atmosphere that is tense and uncomfortable. As a parent, I have high expectations of my child's education, and the curriculum did meet this before. But now the school spends money on anything but the teachers, causing some of them heartache and making our community concerned about what the future holds. Get rid of the principal and asst principal, get rid of Thomas Murray, and let that school breathe and realize its potential. If those 3 are not gone, stay very far away from this place- unless you're the smartest, white, and rich, you will be told how you don't belong, and made to feel uncomfortable until you do leave.
RE: the middle school-- teachers are apathetic unless they know you (Allen is great though). RE the entire school: There is a male sub who is there all the time, and he just sits behind the desk and plays on his phone. I've walked into a class many times to observe this. The school claims to be a school in which each student has an ILP, but every student does the exact same work (6th grade uses 7th gr math book). They're trying to be advanced, but forgetting to take necessary steps to get there (perhaps why math scores were so horrible last year). It looks nice from the outside (the main building), but the modular in the back leaves much to be desired. We also have a student in 4th grade. Durham and Brown are top-notch. Not looking forward to 5th gr and the lack of traditions that established schools have. The Spanish they learn during one semester is basic (alphabet and some nouns). The school will never invest in a bus system. It's an OK school, but if they're wanting to be the best in the country, they need to do more than dish out HW and teach common core. This is the principal's last year, so not sure what the future holds. The "in" parents will disagree with this.
I went to the information session on January 29th at 7pm at Lutz Prep and I just wanted to say that even if my son does not get into the Kindergarten program there I still wanted to come on here and say how aweseome the administration team is. The principal took time to talk to me about my son being one of the younger students in Kindergarten and how that may or may not hinder him socially. She even "watched" him while we were talking and was able to tell me that she didn't see any issues with keeping him out of Kindgarten for another year.
This is our 2nd year and I continue to be impressed with the level of commitment from everyone to the principal, staff, teachers and volunteers to create a great learning environment for the students. Everyone wants to be there and learn.
Our child's teacher is experienced, thorough and differentiates the curriculum appropriately. This school is certainly a BIG step up from my local "A" rated school that has had more than 2 teachers quit only 9 weeks in, doesn't offer specials like Spanish & technology weekly, and has a poor parent involvement. Name me a "county school" that enriches Classes with Wordly Wise & additional math curriculums! My experience was that the "county schools" had teachers who wanted to do the least and not learn any new curriculums or procedures. The fact that it is smaller also builds a stronger school community. In our second year here Ii continue to be impressed! Keep up the good work Lutz Prep!
My son started this Fall 2013. I have been volunteering everyday for an hour to help out the classroom teacher. What I have seen so far has been extremely good. My son loves his teachers, the kids and howbhe is being taught. I especially live the fact that all the kids are compliant in following the uniform pilicy. The school uniform policy makes it easy for everyone to follow Very impressed so far with this school..
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