This school is awesome! My son's teacher Mr.Barrio and his para Mrs. Crespo are wonderful! They show sincerity and patience with my son and we couldn't be happier. The principal is very nice and sincere as well. We transferred here from Ward Highlands where he had a terrible teacher and had a bad day everyday. He has done nothing but thrive at Maplewood. His grades are up and he comes home smiling everyday ready to go back. Mr. Barrio and Mrs. Crespo are a blessing! So glad we found them!
My Grandaughter has entered a contest DANNON Contest for a chance to win $30,000.00 for a playgraound makeover called RallyForRecess.com She is hoping that the teachers and student will also enter to win by purchasing Danimals Smoothies and enter codes from carton for a chance to win this contest for her school. She loves the school and her teachers and it shows, she is doing very well at this school.
We absolutely love this school. Our involvement has been in the ESE classes since our son is on the autism spectrum. He really struggled at another area school last year, but Maplewood's specific curriculum has made a world of difference for him. He is talking to us now! We have only ever been thrilled with the staff and teachers who have worked with him. Bless you all!
I am not Impressed with this elementary school at all. I had just moved in from another school district and my child was placed there because of their special needs. Their special needs program is literally a joke to me. The administration is Immature and act as if they are running a military boot camp or something. My Child went there for a short time and I could see a regression in her education. I would not recommend this school to anyone! I am really disappointed that this is actually what is offered here in ocala as special education, seems more like a daycare w/ no curriculum...
The Marion County School System is broken and always has been. Maplewood is no better. The prinicple that is there now, has no clue what is going on and treats that parents like children. He has been reported more than once with that type of mentality towards the parents. the school is definitely run politically and militaristic. If i wanted my child to be in the military i would have sent my child to military school. You can not trest these children in a military fashion. Some of the children that attend this school have not only physcially disabilities but also emotional disabilities. Alot of these new teachers can not handle these types of children and would perfer to write out referrels for not following directions (my son received 2) then to sit down and find out what the child does /does not understand.
I cannot possibly write what I want to in 150 words. To sum up: the Marion County School System has always been awful- this school is no better than any other- it is run very politically and militaristic. The administration is ridiculous, and parent input IS NOT appreciated. When trying to voice an opinion, parents are treated like 5 year olds - When trying to understand an issue, and asking polite questions, I was chastised for not seeing their point of view, was interrupted rudely, had my words twisted, until finally, I gave up;I felt like I was dealing with children! I will be looking back into the Virtual School and other options. I have a right to raise my children without the school having a say!