I graduated from AMC last year and I agree that it is not for everyone but I wouldn't use that as an excuse because that goes for every school because every school has a unique way of functioning. Archimedean, however, takes uniqueness to a WHOLE other level. The homework is excessive, but not entirely impossible to do (it has its moments). The teachers have gotten better over the years, I can only think of three to five teachers that it's highly unlikely for you to get through to once they form an opinion on you. Once you figure out how to act around that teacher and you know how they work, it'll work for most of them. The REAL problem is the principal, she's a nightmare. I understand that kids, especially at the ages of 12-15, should be disciplined, but that's not really what she does. She'll suspend you for ridiculous reasons and act tough, but when an actual situation occurs, she does not know how to handle it. She acts like she knows everything, and maybe it's the arrogance and ignorance that clouds her judgment, but boy is that lady something. Teachers even change the way they act when she walks in the room. Once you hear her heels in the hallway, everything is dead silent. If you report something to her, report to her three more times and MAYBE she'll do something. I was once had a horrible teacher in 7th grade that failed almost everyone. This is no exaggeration: more than half of my class went to the principal about once or maybe even two times a week to complain about him. Did anything get done? Nope. Last year there was this teacher that would form an opinion on the students over little things they would do and hold it against them throughout the year. He spent half of the class making speeches about how he learned in class when he was a child and basically bragging about how great he was. Who cares? Will that help me in life? It's not like the material he was teaching would've helped me either way but come on. He once spent a whole class insulting a student and telling them all the teachers thought they were absent minded. Who does that? And did the principal do anything about it? Nope. That lady doesn't do half as much as the vice principal. Just stay clear of her and it'll be fine. One thing I'll say is that I learned many life lessons there and there are truly amazing teachers at this school. Once you know how to act, it's really not that bad.
Too much homework, but they give it to you in a way where they know it's unfair but they also know it's possible to do so they'll give it to you anyways. There are a few teachers, however, that will give you more time or less work if you tell them you have too much already.
Our daughter has made leaps and bounds both academically, and socially at AMC. She is a new 6th grader to the school and words cannot express our appreciation for the teachers. They make her feel loved, welcomed and they always provide a safe nurturing environment. She has the full support of all her teachers and peers. The education provided by AMC is one of a kind!
Dito! Major nepotism in the school. was convinced and impressed the day I attended orientation. However, when school started, all my expectations and content with the school were erased. I agree with a previous comment that your child will be pulled from class and given indoor suspension without notifying the parent. I left several messages and emails to both the teacher and the principal, which were not answered. I plan to make an appointment with the school board to show that this is NOT proper behavior for any school's staff. I had to force my way to see the principal by going to the office and telling the receptionist that I was not leaving until I saw her. This is more of a boarding school where they treat your children as if they were criminals and liars. I agree with a strict curriculum and punishment but this goes too far. This is my child's first year at AMC. My child has excelled throughout previous years and received high scores on his FCATs, however, he is failing this year. I agree with another review, my child has also developed depression and emotional problems attending this school. This is NOT a happy place.
The high test scores this school brags about are everything that a parent would hope for but it IS NOT what it seems. Tutoring as they call it on Saturdays is mandatory.. Equivalent to a Kaplan course for the FCAT, the children put in an extra 50-60 hours toward preparation for the test? If it's so academically rigorous, why can't they score accordingly like the rest of the county? The children are threatened with 10 detentions for each Saturday missed. That's missed lunches by the way. Upon withdrawing my child, I was told by teachers & other staff to please let the board of education know; to do something!!! They said they see perfectly good children come out of the elementary and once they hit middle it's all downhill because of the principal's methods. With a charter school, you have no recourse with the county should a situation arise. We switched to a full-gifted program that is equivalently challenging and my child is so much happier. Don't make the mistake of thinking that the low rating reviews are exaggerated; for your child's sake and yours.
No, This school it's not for everybody!! It is a very demanding school, not only for the kids but also for the parents! That's why my kids go to Archimedean because I want the best for them and with all the pros and cons this school is doing a great job. The principal is very strict but that's how you have to be when you are dealing with rising teenagers. Saturday school is not mandatory but if you want to be the best you have to work hard! and that's what they teach the kids...
My daughter is in her first year at Archimedean Middle Conservatory. We are amazed at the kindness of students and staff (even though the teachers can be strict at times). We love the way that they teach at the school, although it may seem quite overwhelming. Yes, they are told to attend Saturday tutoring every week in the months before the exams, but only certain days are mandatory. The school also asks the students to attend Wednesday tutoring and stay an extra hour in the afternoons. Again, not all days are mandatory. The consequence for not attending the mandatory sessions is a detention during lunchtime but students are NOT deprived of their lunches. All the school is trying to do is confirm the success in your child's future. It is true that it is not for everyone, but anyone can succeed anywhere if they have the drive to.