I am part of the massive parent exit of Oxford Academy, I don't know what kept me to stay in the school for so many years. Now that my children have moved to new schools they are struggling with Math & Reading, while in Oxford they were A's students and now are working below average. I can't stop to think that I was blinded by the "small classroom" philosophy that the school offered while thinking that they children were up to date with the rest of the schools in the academic side. Oxford children are below aversge. Very sad
I just read the previously entered review from the parent that decided to leave Oxford. If you have chosen to leave, why then would you choose to write a negative review? I have had a very different experience at Oxford. Yes, the school may not always be able to provide all the newest materials, books, etc., but I do not think the worth at Oxford lies there, it lies in the individual attention from the staff, teachers, and families to the students of Oxford. Oxford is a family and never fails to support and care about each and every child in "their house", you cannot say this about most schools out there today. The students at Oxford are viewed as individuals with individual needs, they are deeply cared for and appreciated by all adults involved with this very special school. I feel LUCKY as a parent to have found such a nurturing place for my children. I also feel they are receiving an amazing education (everything worth teaching and learning cannot be found inside the newest books), they are fulfilled and interested with what they are being taught every day! I for one am VERY SATISFIED and PROUD that my children are a part of the Oxford Academy of Miami family!
After many years of supporting the school, we have decided to move. Oxford cannot compete with the other charter schools. There is no doubt that OAM has great teachers; however, the school administration lacks of finances to purchase essential things, like books. We wish to see one day OAM to become a great school. On another note the PTSO president is a joke and everytime she gets, she talks bad about the principal with every parent willing listen. I believe that it is time for her to leave the chair and have a parent who believes in the school take over. Good luck OAM!
Oxford Academy of Miami has had its share of obstacles to overcome but the school always faces its challenges and comes back stronger. Our parents are involved and invest their time and energy to see the school continue to grow and succeed. The school is a community that works together.
my school is an ***A*** school teachers at oxford academy of Miami are very good with the students
My daughter has been doing great ever since I put her in this school. She has improved in her reading & math skills 100% due to teachers that dedicate to help the children do better. Im now going to enroll my 5 yr. Old in Oxford and I know she will also love the school and teachers. Everyone is just wonderful keep up the good work. Hope the school keeps improving and moving forward. This new school year will b great 2013-2014. To all the new parents you will not be let down u will love the school and staff and see a difference in your child's learning.
I being in Oxford for now 4 years. I like it, because by now everybody knows me and know my kids. The school is ok compare to most of the regular public school out there. The only compain I have its that the principal should make teachers payroll a priority and maybe that way we could keep the good teachers. I the fact that we have lost some many good one and they all leave for the same reason. Eventhough, the principal and all her friends dont have the honesty to admitt it. Hopefully things get better and we get to stay for more years to come. P/S. I believe putting Mrs. Urquiza to teach was a big mistake. She doesn't have the patient and it's always complaining about the kids.
We who withdrew are happier! The grass is greener on the other side! Principal and teachers are amazing at our new school!!!! Thank you for doing so bad that we all left!
My daugther has been in Oxford Academy for three years now and she is doing great! Currently her class has only 14 students which is a plus. I believe that the principal is doing an excellent job together with the teachers and parents.
This is our 3rd year at Oxford Academy. My children are doing very well academically. Test scores say it all. The teachers are very highly qualified and the principal has a very good eye in choosing them. A small class size is always a plus! You can't beat it! We are a K-8 and hope to be a K-12 in the future. The parent involvement is great and strives to be even better.
We are now a K-8 school!!!! AWESOME!!!! That's one of the reasons I decided to put my child in Oxford. We are so happy!!! Couldn't ask for more, or perhaps just ask for a little bit more of parents involvement. The PTSO is doing an excellent job!!! Let's support them. Also, the people who have withdrawn their children are really not aware in what they're missing, THE GRASS IS NOT ALWAYS GREEN ON THE OTHER SIDE, you just need to see the grades on your child's report card that's what is important!!!! By the way the administration is doing an excellent job!!!
The size of the school is a plus, classes are small and your kid receives more attention this way. The environment is safe and friendly. There are lots of activities, and fundraisers that celebrate school spirit such as no dress code day. Howeve I consider having a 'nerd day' inappropriate. I cant understand why would a learning institution mock intelligence, or perpetuate a stereotype that ridicules being smart or socially awkward children. I think encouraging this type of event - especially at such young age they dont even know what a nerd is?!- might send the wrong message . There are other themes such as pajama day, or crazy hat day, dress like a historic figure etc. Lets stay away from negative stereoptyping.
Great teachers left or were let go due to administration. I withdrew my child because I don't feel comfortable having my child in a school were administration and teachers do not see eye to eye. It is very sad because it was a school with potential.
I love this school. I am glad I made the decision to put my child at Oxford rather than the home public school. Many great things are happening and more to come. But the only complaint I have is that I wish for the teachers to dress for success. I believe the teachers should also be required to wear uniforms as they are our children's role models and authority figure while they are in school. The sneakers and flip flops should be kept for the weekends.
I am at loss about the criticism. This administrator and office manager have gotten a 6th grade added, and are now working very hard to get a 7th and 8th grade. This means our children will get to stay with their peers all the way through middle school. All this done without an assistant administrator and running a 200 child school. You want warm and fuzzy home school, you want a great education and safe environment then let them do their jobs and judge by your childs education.
I am very pleased with this school, the teachers and administration have been so helpful and understanding. You will not find the warm caring atmosphere at another school. The principal cares about each class and puts forth her maximum effort to run such a good school. The receptionist has always been very helpful with anything I have needed as well as all the teachers. It is a good feeling when you can drop off a middle school student and know they are safe, unlike many other schools. I am looking forward to my child finishing middle school here and hopefully even high school.
Teachers are amazing, doesn t matter if your kid is in Kindergarten or fifth grade all the teacher know your child. The classroom size is small, no more than 16 kids per class, teachers have the time to know your child s strengths and weaknesses and are able to work at the pace of each kid. Principal is doing a great job.
Oxford Academy of Miami is the best SCHOOL I've found for my daughter does not understand how other parents can criticize Mrs KLINEDINST if she is doing her best work. For me has been the best and from us about the teacher or say are highly qualified in all respects
Overall, I am happy with this school. The teachers/ administration really care about the ongoings of the school- and it shows. Between award ceremonies, field trips, and all of the extras that the school provides, the children receive a well rounded experience. FCAT scores may not be the highest, but the school doesn't seem to cater as much to the FCAT, unlike many other schools who postpone all activities until after the FCAT has been taken. For those parents whose children aren't able to receive more extracurricular activities, Oxford parents usually receive a discount for children at the JCC. About the principal- I really couldn't care about her being approachable or not- she seems to be a top notch administrator. I have addressed my concerns with her about the school before and she takes them all seriously and respectfully. She has a lot on her mind! She's trying to run our school, not run a bff competition. :) My desire for the school is this- I wish the children had access to foreign languages. 2x week in Spanish is simply not enough, esp. when children can learn so fast. I have noticed that many schools are running a EFL program (Extended Foreign Lang)- wish we had it, too.
Love the small school, love that the classes are all gifted, Teachers are very loving. Principle is a hard worker but not approachable or easy to talk to. Silvia the cafeteria lady is amazing, cares and encourages kids to finish their plate. Kids have Spanish class twice a week a definite plus in Miami! No sports the is the only defect of this school. I feel kids are missing out on being able to be involved in sports like other schools
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