My daughter's been attending Archimedean since Kinder, it's been almost 3 years and even though there are definitely areas for improvement I consider it to be a very good school. She's learning,her math and reading skills are great for a 7yo and I have to say discipline in the school is top priority.I agree with other comments, this is not a school for everyone..there is homework on summer, and for every long weekend too BUT you always know of that with enough time to plan ahead; they do put a lot of emphasis on SATs and FCATs and during test season kids get one-on-one with the teachers for interventions and I know from grades 3 to 5 there's Saturday school where you child is expected to attend in the morning to prep for tests; again, not a school for everyone. Teachers are all great! communication with them is basically via email and their responses and fast. I also have to mention to parents trying to make a decision, my daughter is not a genius, I think she's a smart little girl who gets in trouble every once in a while but even with the pressure of academics and strict discipline she loves her school and her friends! So to me as long as she's happy & learning I'm all good.
This school doesn't teach what it preaches. Some of the teachers are bullies. Sometimes my 7 and 8 year old children don't want to go to school. They are only concern with the donations that you have too provide during the year and lets not forget the Fcat results. This school is not for children that struggle to learn. The parents have to put maximum effort in their studies.
Greedy! The school is all about money. They enroll more and more students every year, but have no infrastructure to have them. Horrible, small, dirty cafeteria. Most of the school year is dedicated to prepare for the FCAT, and the children get little else education. They falsely advertise their "high" rankings: In reality they are ranked no. 70 in the state of Florida. Virtually no sports programs. No gymnasium. The school has two dilapidated basketball courts, and the limited grass area is unkept and children keep getting bit by insects. Try to complain to the greek bosses, and you will never get a response. After school care is more expensive than in private schools, and my child complaints about being so noisy that she can't even do her homework there. No computers available for students. They do have a strong PTO, and parents seem to be involved, however, with all the money the PTO collects, the school in general looks dirty and unkept. According to my child, the bathrooms are disgusting.
I am a parent of a child the principal Ms. Simpson tried to run out of the school. It is true.. they will run you out because they are not interested in the true education of children. Rather, the self falling egos of the Greeks and other parents!! The parents and the Greeks run that school. The principal and assistant principal are just puppets. Every year their scores go down and they scramble to keep them up. They don't provide current material for science nor social studies. It all consists of worksheets and teaching to state exams. The only child they want are those that can't think for themselves. They leave that school with no common sense or real world applications. So sad to hear a "leader" of a school say we can't teach your child.. Shame on the director for having that kind of leadership in the office.
The school has had some rough patches and issues, but overall its an excellent school. Its academics are top-notch and push many of the more ambitious children to succeed. If your child isn't very interested in Academics, then I suggest you don't even apply, because they'll be torn up like a pack of feral hogs
My child is currently enrolled in Archimedean Academy and I have to tell you...it's been a stressful year. #1 thing to know is that If you are not an involved parent, your child will have a very hard time in school. Here are some pros and cons. Pros: The education is phenomenal! <-reason for the 4 stars. My kindergartener is excelling in reading and math. He is even speaking in Greek! There is great parent/ teacher communication. Parents are always informed. The homework is uploaded online, so you always know what your child has to do. There are a lot of afterschool activities to choose from. The teachers help a child who is falling behind one on one, on teacher planning days. We have a lot of events. Cons: The school is extremely strict. My kindergartener to this day, is still having a hard time adjusting to the strict environment. You may not have to pay tuition, but you do have to pay for just about everything else. Prepare to get a lot of "we need this" emails. Homework has to be printed out at home, which 30+ pages a week = a lot of ink. The afterschool programs and the lunch program are expensive. You will be charged regardless of use. The homework is excessive.
Parents, this school is not what it appears to be. Your child is nothing but a numbet. The principal has no rapport with the children. Students often cry with the tactics administration uses to reprimand the students. Very much exhibit bully behaviours themselves. Aftercare is a disaster. At any given moment you can see children crawling on the floor while homework is to be done. My child spent hours at home completing assignments that could have been completed in aftercare. The principal knows its a problem but unfortunately nothing gets done about it. The greeks run the school with old school teaching and are not certified. My child cannot wait to leave this school and frankly neither can I!
Archimedean Academy is an excellent school. I was looking for a school that offers a strong academic education for my son and this was my first choice. The administration is very friendly and makes you feel welcome. They care about the education of your child and are concern about the student s performance in an individual basis. The only thing I really don't like is the afterschool care.
My daughter has been coming to Archimedean since 1st grade. To this day I think it was a blessing that my daughter was able to enter this school. I moved to NY in 2011 and I was not able to find a school that compared to Archimedean. I found a greek school but the level of education was by far not even close to Archimedean. So I moved back. I recommend this school to everyone I know with children. This is an awesome, awesome school!!!!
As a student from archimedean (graduate) i can verify that this school is challenging. Although the work load is exceedingly heavy, it has overly prepared me for college. As a graduate now attending one of the top schools in the nation, i will say this: if you are willing to put in the work it is worth it. I may not have been one of the "super stars" archimedean brags about, but the competitive nature of the school and special attention the teachers give have helped me to succeed. The teachers are extremely dedicated, and the school constantly keeps us in check. If your child does require extra attention due to mental disabilities, the rigorous, face-paced academic program may be problematic for your child, but for those whose child is not being challenged, or has dreams of going to Harvard, This is a good place to start. The elementry school is advanced, the middle school, top notch , and highschool is a sucess story in itself. The journey may have been tough, but it was worth it! Ps. Enroll your child in extra curriculars over the summer. He/she will have no social life prior to fcat season or AP season.
Yes, Archimedean Academy is a great school when they teach above average students. If your child is not above average academically it won't take long before you remove him/her from the demanding stresses it puts on your child. If you don't remove him their overly aggressive characters(especially the Greeks) will certainly make him/her quit. What remains are the smart kids which is why they have such high FCATs. If they want to flatter themselves they should try teaching a child that needs the extra attention and succeeding. Greeks in general have that iron fist attitude which can damage a child permanently. On top of that the funding they used to receive by the Greek government has ended since their Country has been overrun by the greedy, selfish, two faced, lying characters that have plagued the Greek people recently. The question is will you follow those who have followed the one parent of an overly smart child to realize it was not the school that made that child smart, instead the child that made that school known. Shame on you Archimedean and shame on the Greeks that run it. Superintendent Carvalho has taken many public schools in Florida to A+ status, give that a try.
Archimedean academy is a great& challenging school that excels in both science & math. It offers a very rigorous academic program hence not for everyone . It is for kids that are driven & enjoy learning and/ or kids with more actively involved parents.There is even homework on summer & weekends :) .My 2 kids in school ( 1 in high school )are very happy &besides excelling in their academics,both are also involved in clubs, sports & other extracurricular activities. It's tough & a lot of work but i find it good for my kids because they have learned the importance of time management & responsibility . ( less time for video games/ phone / tv) . And yes, they do get a enough free time to play or do fun things:)!The teachers & the principals are strict yet very caring , accommodating , professional & dedicated. Most stay in the afternoon or come on the weekends to free tutoring to the kids in need. I like ambience of being not so big that parents mostly know each other &the kids have been together since kindergarten . Needless to say , it's not perfect. It needs more organized after school program & better facilities for sports / art / music .Overall, love it!
Best school in MiAmi, children learn another language, not Spanish like everywhere else , but Greek.
My two sons have been to this school for 21/2 years. My neighborhood school has pretty buildings and is well organized but I prefer unorganized archimedean for the academics. I switched from my neighborhood school to a magnet school and from the magnet school to this archimedean. The teachers are very caring and knowledgeable. The principal and vice principal are super nice and respectful. I pick this school because it is ranked among the best in Florida. Even though the organization is terrible, I don't care because my children are learning a lot. I disregard the fact that the after school care is not good because I want my children to be challenged. Ange
I totally agree with other parents this school is not for everybody, this is for students who wants to work hard if some parents don't like the school for any reason just simple try with other schools and give the opportunity to other students. Is true when you guys say in special events we can see some disorganization but that does not take away the credit of being a good school.
You know there is something wrong when teachers who WORK at the school tell you that they would NEVER send their own children to that very same establishment.
I agree with many points made by other parents. In a nut shell, the school did receive the best FCAT scores, but the administration leaves a lot to be desired. They work hard to push the students, academically, but they do NOT work hard to ensure that no student is left behind. Each special event at the school was terribly chaotic and disorganized and even something as simple as picking up my children from school became an arduous task, because many times, the "phone systems were down," so they could not call to find out where the children were located, or have them sent to the front office. This was a safety concern for me, because if they could not find my children on a regular basis, what am I to think of how they would keep accountability during an emergency situation? I was also not happy with the way the staff treated non-Spanish-speaking families. It was as if those who did not speak Spanish were treated as second-class citizens and those who spoke Spanish always received priority of service. Overall, this was not a good experience for my family, and our children will not be attending another year at this school.
The school was not at all what we expected; the math curriculum was its best feature, but the program as a whole, left a lot to be desired. The after school program is HORRIBLE. The after care providers yelled at the children, and did not make sure that their homework was done. There was no organization whatsoever and the aftercare staff was completely unprofessional. They did not seem to care how the program was run, it just appeared to me that they were there to collect a paycheck. We expressed our concerns several times and when nothing was done, we paid for an outside agency to pick our children up after school so that they could be under more competent care, until my wife and I got off work. Even when the contracted afterschool provider came to pick the children up, every few days she was directed to a new location from which to retreive the children. Many times, she was sent all over the school campus, to find them herself. Completely disorganized and unacceptable. When speaking to other parents about the after school program, they stated that they made similar complaints, however nothing was done to fix it.
My school is fantastic ive been there since kindergarten thats over 10 years now and I've never heard of a better school. Now we're the most philosophical school in the entire u.s. and we've got not 1 but TWO blue ribbon awards we were the only in Florida to get it.
I completely agree with you. Archimedean in my opinion goes above and beyond. While it is true that there is room for improvement. Its minor and I am sure with the hard work and dedication of Teachers, parents and administration our school will continue to excel and blow everyone out of the water. I am so proud to say my daughter goes to Archimedean. Every year she learns more and more. Her teachers love what they do, work hard to teach our children and they nurture them all while teaching them discipline and responsibility!!! We have to expect our children to work hard, to have more work and not be lazy. My daughter has straight As and a great social life. But she knows school is first. ThankS, gracias Archimedean !!
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