My son attended FAA as a day student and boarding student for 5 years. It was a great experience. He graduated with numerous AP and Dual Enrollment credits. The teachers were so supportive and always did a great job of communicating with every parent I know. His tactical officers(dorm supervisors) taught him to become a leader and helped him grow into the successful young man he is today.
Sending Jonathan to Florida Air Academy was the best decision I could have ever made. Actually, it was Jonathan that discovered FAA and requested to attend after coming to an Open House. He was treated with respect upon entering the building. I tell people all the time that it has been the best investment I could have ever made. Jonathan has done exceptionally well here. He has become a great young man and has learned how to set goals and reach them. He has been molded into being a leader and given responsibility while being held accountable for all his actions. The teachers at FAA truly care about the students. At home, most of his friends ask him about FAA. His comments, the school is great, we have a lot of fun and all you have to do is follow a few rules ! Thank you, Denise Wallace
I hate this school. It really has a lot of problems, the worst among them being how bad the facilities are kept, my roommates ceiling had a rather large hole in it and it wasnt attended to for weeks, and when they finally did come to fix it, it was just patched up and proceeded to mess up again. This was just one instance.
Good academics but unacceptable boarding conditions. Theft, vandalism and bullying occur regularly. Facilities are poor. Lax supervision. Tuition is too high considering what you get.
Our son is in his junior year of high school as a boarding student at FAA. This is his second year and although the initial adjustment was very difficult, the benefits have been tremendous. The teachers are competent and caring. All other staff members are approachable and eager to help. Our son entered as a good student from a large public school. He was never a troublemaker, but one year at Florida Air has matured him in ways we could never imagine. He is more polite, appreciative of us, and considerate of other people. He got to play on a state championship basketball team under a terrific coach. The facilities are nothing fancy, but are adequate. We cannot be very active in the parents' association since we are out-of-state, but we feel very confident about the school's leadership. We recommend FAA very highly for its academics, activities and leadership development.
I am a student here at Florida Air, and I think that the academics here are superior to every other school I've been to so far, but the boarding cadet's life here is very bad. The rooms and hallways are dirty, and the cadet staff members are not disciplined. In short, this is not the school for you if you want to be a boarding student, but as a day student you will have a great time.
My son, who attends as a boarding student, has made tremendous academic progress. His ability to self discipline and focus has also improved. They keep the kids super busy on the weekends and out of trouble. They offer a lot of sports and extracurricular activities.
This school has been very good for my son but there are many short falls fo the amount of money you pay. The facilities are horribly kept; seems more interesst in tuition than your kid; teachers are good and caring. I would not recommend for boarding but for day student, ok.
FAA is a wonderful school. The teachers are hardworking and caring. They go the extra mile for the students, because most of the students board at the school. My son has attended for two years and is quite happy. When given the option to return to public school, he chose to stay at FAA because of the strong sense of community. There are plenty of extracurricular activies and a large array of classes, especially for a small school. The only thing he complains about is the food.
My son attended FAA for four years and now my daughter is on her 1st of 4 yrs. As in any school you get out of it what you put in to it. FAA has great teachers with a small environment in which every child is known personally by not only the teachers but also the staff. The school operates on accountability. The children are held accountable for their actions or inaction. They also offer positive rewards and incentives whereas both of these are generally lacking in the public schools. The Drum and Bugle Corp is of high standards as well as the Jazz Band. The sports are competitive in their district with repeating State Champs titles in Basketball! The parental involvement is great considering many parents do not live locally but when ask to support an event the parents are the most generous you will want to meet!
I will agree the the previous parent who rate this school with a two star rating. Yes, they are strict, but needed when many of the students in the school experienced a rough street life. Do not get me wrong, there are student who come in with honors and good backgrounds. The good students need to be spiritual strong in order to survive the taunting. Strict yes, that is good in my opinions along with proper mannerisms. The school is dirty, food is below average. Poor weekend supervision. Teachers and staff wear a morbid look on their faces. No one smiles. There is no southern friendliness.
My grandson has attended FAA for two years and it has been a great opportunity for him. Not only the academic programs are challenging and interesting but the sports programs are among the best in the area and give everyone a chance.
This school has terrible boarding facilities. Their math and science departments are disappointing, but they have great electives. Little parent involvement.
This is a military style college prep school. The Academic programs and the teachers are excellent! My son went from a B/C student to being on the President's List! Music programs are limited. They have a great Drum & Bugle Corp but nothing much for strings, winds or keyboards. This school has about 500 cadets (students) with more than 3/4 being bording students... the rest are day students who go home at night. This is the first year females have been accepted to the school. I thought this wasn't a good idea at first but it worked out fine. Parent involvement is not very high only because many parents live in other states & countries. In general, if I had to do it again, I would delinetly send my son here. I am proud of him and what he has become, thanks to FAA.
Great communication with teachers through Netclassroom. Definetely not recommended for boarding school, concerns of safety and supervision.
Very strict. New students will doubtless struggle with the rigid and opressive enviornment. This may be ultimately beneficial for the student, but your child will need support to accomodate the rather drastic change in lifestyle.
Great school. Great involvement. Great teachers. Great everything. Love the school.
Young teachers... School promises 8 -12 students and classes are max'ed out between 15 to 20. Additional costs for tuttoring, weekend restriction, Medicine despensing, avg to below avg food, etc. By far one of the dirtiest schools I have seen. Dorms are not properly cleaned. Kids are not properly supervised on weekends.
My Son is attending this school year 2003/2004. He has had a tremendous change in his attitude toward school. He has study hall each afternoon and has actually learned how to study! He is so much more respectful to everyone and polite. He even makes his bed at home without a fuss! Just a great turn around in his grades and attitude. He is 15 years old and is happy at the school and has made friends from around the world. This school is very expensive (Approx $21,000+) but could save your child from becoming a dropout. Mine was just so lazy towards school but is now excited about things like having projects, reports, etc to do. Overall it has changed his thinking about his future and he is now thinking of what he wants to do for College and a career etc.
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