LG is a wonderful school; however, it is not for everyone. If you want your children to be independent, creative and critical thinkers, if you want them be good citizens that care about the earth, if you want them to enjoy learning their subjects through hands on involvement that allows them to express their creativity then you'll love LG and your whole family will fit right in. If you want a strict, structured, and cold classroom, or you care about material things more than about nature then you are better off somewhere else. I have two daughters at LG, I volunteer quite a bit in their classrooms and see what is going on, and although the school is not perfect (who is?), it is fantastic.
Basically the principal leadership would be described as a dictatorship. The teacher quality is lacking tremendously. Communication between teachers and parent is horrible. Extracurricular activities are pretty much nonexistent. Parent involvement is quite good considering the way the principal and teachers communicate with the parents. The best thing about the school is how they teach the students about the importance of protecting the environment and Mr. and Mrs. 'C'. I am suppose to have one middle school student there next year but I am seriously thinking about a different school.
Best school ever!! My children are in 2nd and 6th grade and love school now! Every day is a learning experience and if they come home dirty then I know it was a great day!! What other school out there teaches your children gardening and the importance of recylcing and learning outside as well as inside!
I graduated from Learning Gate last year. I have been going there since pre-k and have really enjoyed the school. The staff is really nice if you treat them correctly unlike the High School i go to now. I really want LG to be around when my kids are old enough because they are going to go to the very same school.
My son attended Learning Gate since preschool. We are grateful for a couple of amazing years. However once he completed Kindergarten he was no longer challenged. If you are looking for advanced curriculum this is not the place for you. This school is better suited for the child who needs less focus on academics and more on field trips and out door experiences.
I love Learning Gate!!! I cannot sing the praises for this school enough. The natural setting mixed with supportive staff pair an education facility like no other. I am grateful for the stellar education my children receive at Learning Gate.
I have only been going to learning gate for 3 years now and I am in 7th grade. I love most of the teachers but the principal is not nice at all. My mom doesn't think its a bad school because she thinks it's so cute. But parents don't let it fool you! I don't think there is any principal partisipation. In the morning the staf is nice to the parents but the second they leave they turn on us. I think they have awesome ideas but don't follow through,'it looks good on paper!' I've talked to my friends who have been going to the school since they were in pre-k, and they all hate it.
I am a 7th grade student and have been at Learning Gate Community School since Pre-k. I love Learning Gate and its teachers and I love how their going eco-friendly by building the green buildings which are runned by solar power. All the teachers are soo kind and the principal is really nice too.
This is the 3rd year my step-son has attended Learning Gate and this is also the 3rd year he has had an unexperienced teacher. During his 3rd and 4th grade classes, his teachers changed during his school year and nothing is every consistant with the school, except for unhelpful administration, who don't seem to have a clue what is happening in the classrooms or how the teachers are assigning work/grading papers.
Learning Gate has the potential to be a great school, but things fall apart because they operate in constant chaos. After my son attended for three years with 2 ineffective teachers, I enrolled him in a public school to find he is below level. The leadership is not visible or really in tune with what is going on-although they pretend to be There are many inconsistencies throughout, the grading is very subjective. The property is extensive and the best part of the school.
The environment at this school nurtures and encourages learning and creative thinking. Teamwork and respect for everyone and everything is fostered here. My daughter loves it.
My children have attended LG for 7 years. I have been happy with the elementary years overall but not with middle school so far. Some of the teachers are not experienced and they do not have many elective options included in the curriculum and most extracurriculars cost money. The biggest problem is politics, administration, and poor planning with fundraiser money distribution. The campus is great, safe and has improved greatly over the past year. On the other hand, we don't offer music, foreign languages, band, typing, and they really don't teach organizational skills to those who lack them. I don't see much cooperation to better a student having difficulties. The turn over of staff is high.
I love Learning Gate Community School. My children have attended this gorgeous campus for three years. I feel the Principal, Staff, parents and students are all a family. The community feel is evident from the office trickling down to the classrooms. My children have excelled in this school & we feel very lucky to be there.
My child is in 7th; has been there since 1st. My oldest attended from 3rd-8th and now takes Honors and AP classes in high school. LG students do exceptionally well in high school. The principal is a great educational visionary. Unfortunately, business leadership/management isn't her strong suit. But as far as quality education, competent and engaged teachers who teach (not just to FCAT) and care about students, and families who live the concept of community, no other school comes close. They have soccer, speech and debate for middle school. I would like PE in middle school, and foreign language in elementary, but considering all the other great things (environmental science/stewardship activities, gardening, art, drama, Latin are just some), they have only so many hours each day. I investigated other schools during LG's worst growing pains. I'm very glad we stayed.
Our family has been at Learning Gate for over nine years. We started when it was a private school and have gone through all of the growing pains of taking it from there to a charter school. It is true we have lost some good teachers but I don't see it mentioned that we have kept some great ones too. Some over 15 years. I am so greatful my children are able to experience a school like LG. They are very very happy here. They are thriving and improving all the time. It is like a big family, a community, and the parents are required to volunteer but they also really care.
Every aspect of this school is wonderful,my girls are in kindergarten and just love their teacher. Their teacher has set such a wonderful foundation of learning for her class and all of her kids love her.The school offers a great variety of extracurricular activities that the kids love to join.Parent involvement is expected,and the level of involvement is high. The school treats their families as just that family. Parents are always eager to stay involved.The school is filled with wonderful,loving,caring,and generous teachers and staff.It makes you feel proud to be a part of such a wonderful school.
This school is one of the best I have ever known. The environment is very friendly and most of the teachers are great at what they do and wonderful with kids. They definitely push your child to do his/her best, resulting in high academic skills. There are plenty of fun activities for both kids and adults including Casino Night, Fall Festival, and Soup Under the Stars just to name a few. They also offer many extra curricular activities like Latin, garden, p.e., art, drama, ect. I highly recommend this school to any one.
There is great variety in the willingness of the teachers to teach to the student's ability. Therefore, some years are great, others are not. The school does not adequately prepare for teacher maternity leave, resulting in numerous non-teacher substitues for months on end.
My daughter has gotten the attention she needed to advance in mathematics.
My Child attends Learning Gate and has received the best education I could ask for. I have a child that is special needs and the school is very committed to his success. I believe the school is going through some growing pains, but remains an excellent place to send your child. The administration change has been difficult, but there has been an effort made to fill these voids. The vice-principal and curriculm specialist that left, were exceptional and their absence is clearly missed. However, I think there are great strives toward filling the large shoes these people have left behind. All-in-all a wonderful school that I would highly recommend to any parent.
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