MY GRAND DAUGHTER HAS BEEN GOING TO THE ACADEMY GOING ON 6 YEARS NOW. I ALMOST PULLED HER OUT DURING HER FIRST YEAR.SHE HAD A HORRIBLE TEACHER. THAT TEACHER WAS REASSIGNED AND WE'VE HAD GREAT TEACHER EVER SINCE! LAST YEAR SHE HAD THE BEST 4TH GRADE TEACHERS. I HOPE THE 5TH GRADE TEACHERS ARE EQUALLY AS AWESOME. I AM ALSO HAPPY THAT WE FINALLY HAVE A MUSIC PROGRAM. I'D LOVE TO SEE AN ART PROJECT NEXT! AND YES, A GYM. I'VE BEEN TRULY AMAZED AT HOW ORGANIZED CAR LOOP IS. I HOPE IT CONTINUES TO RUN SMOOTHLY. I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT SHE IS NOT GETTING GREEK. THAT WAS ONE OF THE REASONS WE CHOSE THIS SCHOOL. AND I AGREE THAT THE P.E.FIELD NEEDS HELP. BUT I AM HOPEFUL THE SCHOOL IS ON AN UPWARD SWING.
The schools motto" Our Kids are Worth Whatever it Takes" is a joke. They put very minimal effort into helping children succeed. There have been times where my child was struggling academically, had been stabbed with a pencil, busted his face on the playground, had his lunch stolen and the school never bothered to clue me in on any of it. I have asked repeatedly to get my child's homework on Fridays instead of Monday's figuring the kids could benefit from the extra 2 days, after all, it's just a photocopy. However, not even once did they do so and the principal wouldn't help either. I've seen how they handle bullies by giving them an I-Pad and tell the rest of the kids to just leave them alone. It wasn't the teachers fault, she just didn't have any backup support from administration. This is not a school you would want to send your child to. Save yourself and your child the trouble.
I highly do NOT recommend this school. The lack of communication is a huge problem and has an effect on the children's safety and education. I think the new principal is definitely making some positive changes but it's yet to be seen if it's enough to turn this D grade school around. I for one do not want my child to be a guinea pig at this school any longer and will be changing to a nearby school with a long term positive track record.
My girls are in 1st and 8th grade at Athenian. We love the school, we really do. They have some issues, but it is a work in progress. Overall, I have not had any major problems with the school or any of the staff.
This is our 3rd year attending AAOP & I think our last. Not happy with alot of things there. The field is all dirt and full of ants...this we have to send our children out into during PE & recess. Not enough restrooms to the ratio of children and I hate that some of the kids have to traipse through the school yard just to use the restrooms and and the front office always seems so disorganized. I also agree that Dr A does not return emails (never called her) and I just get more disappointed as the year is progressing. I also see favoritism with certain parents/students with Dr A.
All staff at AAOP are friendly and go above an beyonf to ensure all needs are met for everyone in the family. Whenever there is a question, time is set aside to answer them. This has been our experience at Atheinian , thank you to everyone at AAOP.
This is my childrens second year at Athenian. I am very pleased with all the staff. They go above and beyond the call of duty. I saw a comment on here from a parent that said the school grade is dropping because of the FCAT scores. Well, guess what? Not all children are alike, and they do not all test like rocket scientists. It is very hard for some children. I do not think the school should be penalized for helping children with special needs to succeed. I commend them for that. The teachers are caring and honestly want to help thier students achieve thier highest goals possible.
it is the best school that my daughter has been to, they work there best with my daughter
This is a great school for my son. The classes are small and the teachers really seem to care. They go out of thier way to make sure that the kids are on the right track and I for one really appriciate that!
My daughter has only been going for a little while but so far I like it!
My son has been with this school since kindergarten and I am pleased with ALL of the teachers he has had thus far. They really do care about the kids and do all that they can to make sure they are all learning and progressing as they should. ALL SCHOOLS can use improvements but the MOST IMPORTANT thing for our children is their education, and having not only teachers but ALL staff that care and are giving 100% of their time and effort to keep our children safe, learning and wanting to go to school.
Very pleased with the school, the curriculum, the teachers & the administration!! All of my children are in the top of their classes.
My daughter went to kindergarten at another local public school. We had a lot of issues with older kids bullying her and no real results from numerous complaints. She is in her third year at Athenian Academy and we love it! No problems with other kids. And more importantly, I think the curriculum is more challenging for the students. I only hope they add 9th - 12th, so that my daughter can stay through high school!
Relax... how can we relax when then school will probably loose another letter grade because of its failing fcat scores. This is absurd and I agree with the court decision not to allow this school to expand. They cant handle the kids they have . Every year this school falls lower and lower, I just feel bad for the children.
My Daughter has been attending for 2 years+ I must say It has been a good experience for us. If I have any problems/concerns you can ALWAYS request to speak to and I have always been given an option to make an appt. Instead of calling and complaining if a parent is that concerned with issues, why not address them and get heard in person rather than on a website? I was very fearful of my daughter attending middle school because I had heard rumors of how horrible the teachers were. We kept her in and it has been the best thing for her! Parents who pulled there kids out and sent them to private schools ect that I stay in contact with regretted the decision. They had improved by hiring what I consider to be the best of the best. The school is not perfect, but hey neither or you or me. They don't have a fancy gym or cafeteria, but why does everyone feel so entitled? Once kids do get to a school that has more to offer they will appreciate it in the long run. One point my daughter did get bullied, but it was resolved with a meeting with the counselor, teachers and getting the other parent involved. You have to be proactive in your child's life, can't expect the world to raise them!
To all the parents that have complained, relax. It seems like you want to focus so much more on the negative than any of the positives. What a sad attitude to have. The administration is doing everything in their abilities to make our school a safe and progressive place of learning. Change takes time, and support. Do we need more space? Yes. Would it be beneficial to have a gym rather than a PE yard? Yes. Believe me, there are positive steps being taken to make this happen, and sooner rather than later. My advice? If you have a concern, make it known in a calm, concerned manner. Be patient. Encourage your student to be an active participant in any and every environment. We are raising the next generation. Let's teach them to be content, helpful, and hard working no matter their circumstances. For those of us sticking with Athenian, let's be proactive, not reactive. Proud to be an Owl!
This school is very poorly managed. They cram kids in every corner of that school. There is no where these children can have gym class, even the field does not have any grass, the kids play sports on a dirt field and constantly are getting hurt. Instead of planning to expand with more children, take care of the ones you have !!! They dont have enough restrooms for the amount of children. The schools grade has continued to drop every year, and as a parent I feel totaly disconnected from the school. I have spoken to many parents who are not returning for all these reasons and we will not be returning as well.
I'm very happy with this school! My kids get the best education ever for free. Much better than any private school. The principal is allways friendly and caring. I highly recommend Athenian!
My child is a kindergartener there and so far I am satisfied. I am sure there could be improvements, all schools need improvement. This is why they encourage parent involvement. My daughter loves it, feels cared for there and definitely enjoys going to school every morning. Parents need to get involved if they want to see improvement.
This school is a JOKE! Dr A NEVER returns calls no one knows what the heck is going in. There was supposed to be additional help for math which my child Never got and when I questioned why, no one knew. The bullying is out of control and no one does anything about it. I pulled my child out and would NOT reccomend this school to anyone!
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