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.
Lutz Preps Middle School is a joke. The school is a place for teachers that want to teach at a country club. This place is so disorganized. There is no indivdual learning plan per student. My children's FCAT scores went down by a point in both math and reading when they said the students would excel in FCAT testing without gearing the studies strictly towards the FCAT they would learn what was needed through the classroom. The students run around like wild animals, teachers do not report to classroom on time they are10 to 15 minutes late. The middle schools committee goes on trips to shadow other schools in other states and spends money that could be spent on good for the school not extravagant trips that do nothing. They should have the middle school curriculum figured out - Lutz Prep has had a 6th grade for two years. The middle school is a science experiment with a bunch of guinea pigs.
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..
I had 2 children at Lutz Prep last year. None of their teachers were very young and all of them came with years of experience. I was very pleased with their academic progress. Both are honor roll students (both before and during) and scored well on FCATs. Is Lutz Prep perfect? Absolutely not. But I believe it is accomplishing and teaching beyond what our local, now rated C, school was doing due to bussing. I also think every teacher we have encountered are teaching because they love their jobs and take their jobs very seriously. Our family is very happy.
If you are looking for mostly young and inexperienced teachers and little to no cultural variety, then this is the school for you.
This school has been a blessing for us!! The teachers are amazing - they really go the extra mile for the students!! Our children have flourished! I can't say enough about the staff! Please keep doing what you are doing!!
We are very happy in our first year at this school. Our kids love going to school. The quality of education, environment and overall experience at Lutz Prep is fantastic and continues to get better each and every day.
This is our 2nd year at Lutz Prep and I still think its a great school! Yes it has had growing pains and teacher turn over, but many schools do. I also agree that it doesn't have that small community feel that it had last year but the school had to grow. It has nearly doubled in size since last year which means many new teachers, students and parents with all sorts of opinions. With that growth however, the school is better able to educate the kids with a variety of equipment and opportunities because the funds are there. I know a lot of people are saying its "just like a public school." Well technically it is a state funded school! Lutz Prep has a strong name in our community for a reason. Not EVERY family is going to be happy there and that's fine! I think the school has great ideals and truly attempts to individualize education for each child to the best level that they can and that's all I want for my children.
This is a good school but the education is not different than the local public schools which are "A" schools. The teachers are good but the administration is disorganized. Communication from the website is different from what you will get if you call. When this is brought to the staff's attention they make no effort to change it. They don't really care about what an inconvenience it is to the parents. They are so focused on "branding" their school and raking in money from their Pre-Prep that they are forgetting about the education of the kids that made them special in the first place. It is not a place where you can speak freely. Being "critical" of the school or offering suggestions is looked down upon. I was so excited to have my child get into the school but now I will be going elsewhere.
I agree with reviews mentioning many changes at LP. However, LP is a new school, and I know that no matter what project you are involved with there are always changes. What is important is for parents to keep a closer eye on your child development in all areas. In our case we are happy to say that our son has given the opportunity to excel. His teachers in 2nd and now 3rd grade have been caring, and truly interested in the development of the children under their care. I also see the new Principal growing into her positon. Once again you have to give a chance for people to adapt, learn, and execute. She is now fully engaged from what I can see. My son enjoys going to LP. Could LP be better? You bet - but it is up to all the parents to make it even better. God Bless LP! we are grateful for being part of it!
My husband and I couldn t have chosen a better school for our daughter. The school s philosophy is Individualized Education and I can attest that it works and it s implemented effectively. My daughter is excelling in academics and she s met so many wonderful new friends. Every single child in her classroom is her friend because the school instills a safe learning environment and focuses on building children s self-esteem and helping them relate to one another. My daughter loves her teachers and, as a parent, I m also very happy. I interact with them every day as my daughter brings home her individualized homework folder and we check off the items we ve worked on and what needs improvement, etc. Studies show children who typically excel in academics are the result of strong parental involvement which is why the school requires volunteer hours and provides parents with a lot of communication via emails, newsletters, blog, etc (which I happen to really like). I can t say enough good things about the school and we re very proud and happy to be a part of it.
STUDENT: I was here last year and I LOVED iT but in the changes of this year it's hard to say the same. I am in 6th grade and I think the school needs to be equivalently geared to younger children and older children the teachers are great but, since I spend ALL DAY there I think it's hurting my grades and if you ask others I am sure they will say the same thing. The new principle is fine but not the best, there no mean kids so that's great that I won't have to stand up for my sister, in the end it's not as great this year as it was last year because of rapid growth and extra hours. Remember this was written in a 11 year old 6th grader.
How disappointing....last year, this school showed such promise and my kids loved it. However, at the end of last year, the principal pretty much quit on the spot and sent all the parents an unsolicited email saying so, citing her reasons behind her decision being due to a profound lack of support by the administration. Now I am not in a position to say whether there was any truth to that or not, but what I can say with 100% accuracy and certainty is that ever since that happened, the schools underwent sweeping changes...all for the worse... They have doubled in size, extended their hours, depersonalized everything and now the place is run like a factory....the teachers they have brought in are AWFUL. They have the most condescending attitudes and are rude and apathetic. Have they forgotten that these are kids and they learn best when the learning is tangible and made to be rewarding?? Anyway, the school gets a major league THUMBS DOWN this year....which is a stark contrast from what it was a year ago....
Comunication has been great this year. Teachers give weekly emails on what academic goals are expected for the week and also a summary of what happened the week prior. The principal also sends out weekly emails and biweekly newsletter that makes keeping up with events and other items much easier. With all this communication, we can all work together to ensure our children are learning and are happy! To touch on the school hours comment...it doesn't seem like there was time to get parent involvement in the time change decision if she just came on mid August, give her a break..I personally like that my children have the extra hour for spanish, art or other specials that aren't provided as often (or at all) in a regular public school. Having a child in the EC bldg and main bldg, I'm glad she put the times closer together. If it makes sense for the way our school needs to work together for arrival and dismissals, it's fine by me.
Changed the school hours, admittedly, because of conflict with Early Childhood classes. When I spoke with the Hillsborough County's School Board Director of Charter Schools regarding this last-minute change without any regard to parents thoughts/ideas on this, the director said that the EC program should not have been have had ANY part of the equation...it's a separate entitity. Lutz Prep should NOT have allowed the EC and its VPK program to take precidence and influence the K-6 charter hours, but they receive funds from the state for VPK and LP doesn't want to lose that. I like that there are fewer students, but the teachers are no better than that of any public school. So, one star because it's unsatisfactory to allow the VPK influence the K-12 charter. One star because the board allowed the new Prinicipal to change the hours on a whim. Three stars because I won't know how the teachers are until I see it reflected in my daughter's grades. She's not thrilled about spending ALL DAY at school. Longer hours DOES NOT equate better education. Two stars for parent involvement. Some of us volunteer often, and others NEVER.
We are new to the school this year and our children love it! They have never been more confident or eager to learn. The principal is great! Since she came into her position late Summer, we are impressed at all she has accomplished in such a short time. It will only get even better! We look forward to being at LP through HS! (hopefully)
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