The school has potential to improve with the new direction, however we were disappointed and removed our children. Many good teachers left the school and looks like the admin had to make a quick pick . The new teachers leave much to be desired, they scream at the students and have little patience, other teachers are so clueless they don't realize an educator shouldn't be playing pop songs while students are testing and working on math. Leave your Ipod in the car, this seems like an obvious rule. The new administration promised a solid sports program this year, but its yet to be seen. There is a new PE curriculum of course, but no real changes, the problem is not what is taught, but who teaches it and how they do it. If someone needs an easy, lazy job, then teaching is not for them. There are other professions out there, if you don't like teaching just don't! Hopefully the new admin will listen and make some changes fast before they lose the remaining student body.
The new changes Oxford has gone through as far as administration was a definite need. Just in general, with charter schools growing day by day, the best thing that could of happened to Oxford is that a management company took over. However, that does not erase the mess that has been done to this school. The teachers till this day have not received their checks that the school owes them. The debt that this school is in is outrageous. After leaving Oxford, and seeing what all the other charter schools have to offer, Oxford just can not compete. The amount of technology that is needed for our children and students to succeed, Oxford does not have. These other schools have smart boards, and IPADS for every child, and reading and math coaches to help the students excel. Students that need interventions because they are falling behind, other schools have. Yes, I understand some people want to shelter their children and keep them in a family/ friendly tiny environment, but your hindering your children from spreading their wings and participate in real school life. Example: clubs, and sports, and the latest resources in the classrooms. The grass sometimes is greener on the other side.
Oxford in my opinion had good intentions when it first opened. It had some amazing and supportive teachers. However, the principal with the administration did not have the correct back bone nor financial reserve to run the school nor make the school succeed. I withdrew both of my children from there in 2010 and went to an A school. They were sad to leave their friends but were amazed at the new technology, smart boards, abundance of classrooms, art, music computers, even the cafeteria. Transition for them was smooth. You can't deny that oxford fell short especially when compared to a regular public school and what it can offer to a child's education. The new administration will have to do a lot of cleanining up.
Oxford Academy is and will continue to be a great school. The recent administrative changes were obviously needed. Our new principal has the best intentions for our school and will work at making the improvements needed in having our school succeed. I for one, am not giving up so easily. I believe in this school, love the great teachers and will continue to support OAM!
OAM Once was an "A" school however as the time passed the school rating is a C-. We have decided not to continue supporting Oxford, specially after what happened towards the end of the year. There are other charter schools that are "A" schools. Thanks Oxford for all the years and memories.
I agree with the last review. My child is able to get the chance he would never get in a public school. The teachers, parents and students are amazing! My child said in the beginning of the year there was some bullying (like in all schools) but said as the year progressed it was a rare occasion. The administration that left needed to go, along with the guidance counselor. Already the enrollment is higher than it was before! This is a fantastic school and one of the rare charter schools to offer middle school education.
About a week ago, the school went into a panic b/c the parents & teachers were blindsided with the resignation of the principal & asst principal. When I learned of the news, I was concerned of what this meant for the school. I was ready to pull my kids since I was a supporter of the administration. However, after the first board meeting which was a circus, I lost all respect for the principal & asst principal. Their behavior as they both sat there unwilling to provide parents & teachers with answers was appalling. It was obvious that they want the school to fail. Along with the principal & asset principal, the school guidance counselor has been insensitive & unprofessional by encouraging parents to withdraw. I have been caught off guard at how these individuals want so desperately to sabotage the school, it makes me wonder what they don't want us to discover. I along with many parents say good riddance to those who don't want to support our school. Now that we have a new principal, maybe she will be able to lift the school from the gutter to make us a better school with a principal that is actually AT THE SCHOOL. I'm going to give the school one more chance to get it right.
We are disappointed with the school and its management, the principal and the assistant resigned, teachers allegedly knew nothing and are not been paid. as parents we are very decepcioneados by lack of information, the organizational disorder. This situation is inexcusable, students are not receiving education from a month ago. are just playing. The educational level is zero. I hope the school board takes action. It is an abuse what they are doing with students and a bad reputation in the educational system of the county.
Of the various schools that I've worked at, the professional environment here feels like a family. it's a pleasure to work here, I don't feel on my own as a teacher, the parents/students are a blessing to work with. I enjoy every day and thank God and my principals for the opportunity to work here.
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!
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.
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.
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