Wow, so much has changed in just 16 months. Athenian Academy always had terrific staff, who truly cared about the students. Now the staff is under the wonderful leadership of Mrs. Messer, who is helping Athenian to soar to new levels of greatness! Athenian Academy offers a wonderful Arts program consisting of both Music and Art and fantastic musical productions! Athenian now also offers state of the art technology in every classroom via Interactive Whiteboard Technology and Projectors. Next year, Athenian Academy will be a 1:1 school, meaning every student will have his/her own tablet at school. Athenian is now also a Schoology school! Schoology is an integral part of how teachers design and implement their lesson plans, assignments and grades. Teachers use it to post updates to their class and communicate with parents. Parents are able to see what their children are working on and have access to their grades. It has been a wonderful addition to our school! It's amazing to see the wait lists developing! Great things truly are happening at Athenian Academy!
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.
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!