I have two children at OSS. One has been going there for years. The things I like about OSS is how well my children fit in. They were picked on at the school they went to before and now they fit in. This school has almost no bullying. My kids' friends that go to other schools say there is bullying daily, fights daily and lots of cussing. My kids see and hear very little of that at OSS. The school is about education, not athletics. My kids learn. They do have a lot of homework but they are getting a great education. Yes, the school is very diverse but my kids have never complained about not being able to understand a teacher. Some have accents but they all speak English. They don't have a fancy cafeteria so I pack my kids a lunch. They have a very nice gym room and they are working on expanding the school. It is a small school so there might not be as many options but there is also less trouble. The school offers AP classes, many after school clubs, activities and has many challenging classes. If you want your child to learn and get a great education then OSS is a great school for your child.
My biggest complaint about this school is that they are hiring too many teachers who cannot hold a proper conversation in English and for many of the core subjects! How are these kids supposed to learn? This seriously needs to change and is the reason I am removing my child from this school. Two years of this problem is two years too many!
I don't quite understand all of the complaints about this school. Of course they have many flaws, but they are not that bad. Yes, we did get a lot of projects this summer, but if you can't handle it then you should find a different school. This school is for students looking for a challenge, and that is exactly what you will get. The teachers do have accents, but you are still able to understand what they are trying to say. You do get conduct points, but there are warnings before those are given. People are complaining about bullying and how little time we have at the lockers, but that is to make sure you don't have time to bully someone during transition. You have quite a lot of opportunities at this school. For example, we were allowed to go to Tallahassee and meet some state legislators. The school might be small, but their academics make up for that. We get a lot of practice with science and math. We also have SAT practice; even as a 6th grader you can practice. Since the school does not get that many funds, it is hard to expand and have a proper cafeteria and field. You can't really blame them, and they are trying their best to expand. It might not be the best, but it is good.
My school is amazing. Oss has flaws and i mean many flaws. For example the campus is horrible. The lack of electives is unfortunate but bearable. Also I do have to complain about the organization of the clubs. I had to of my clubs end because of lack organization. But the school has many good aspects about it like the extra-curricular such as science olympiad and math olympiad. Also to be honest six book reports for the summer may seem a lot but when i was doing them they were quite easy, considering you have more than two months to do them. The teachers are either ok or GREAT. I would have to say the more committed you are the more you like the school. This school is for hardworking kids looking for unique school experience. Although there is bullying I think the world needs bullying because many people that change the world were probably called a nerd. The workload can be a lot at times but this challenges the students. I try to convince some of my friends to come here but the experience is unexplainable so I would not recommend this school to everyone. Ultimately this school is not for the average public school kid but for "nerds". Brought to you by Pierre Lesperance.
I hate this school for my daughter i dont think i will send my kids back to oss it really should be an F school my daughter got a 2 on her math fcat score and thats her teachers fault
I don't like this school at all it's suppose to be a good school but it really isn't. First off this summer they had to read six books and do a book report and project. Its not even a school building it's a warehouse and we don't have a stage for talent shows and such no kitchen either somewhere else makes our food and they bring it in a random vanthe lunch meat is pink sometimes The chicken and hot dogs are pink.Also the teachers are just I don't even know. They pick favorites they give conduct points to everyone except the really super smart kids even if they talk in class it's not fair. Also the teachers can't even speak normal English they're accents are so strong and funny and they get all mad and such when we can't understand and laugh. Also they teachers sometimes make the students cry and it's upsetting seeing your fellow classmates cry because a teacher yelled at them or something. Also MANY students this year got referrals for being at their locker too long or standing in the hallway who does that? No one exactly. So send your kids here if you don't believe this they can tell you themself that this so is an F not A school.
this is a sorry excuse for a school all they do is pull the science and math olympiad kids out of class and they leave the other kids in the class to do nothing they cant teach right I promise you that for a specific class you can even ask the teacher themself we took notes every day (maybe like 10 times we did something different) but otherwise notes and videos. after notes we turn them in and watch videos and guess what we do after the video ends we turn in the notes we took on the videos I promise you im being completly serious and im not lying. NOTES = ALL YOU DO
I love the staff and teachers at this school! You will never see teachers as involved with your kids as in this school especially the math and science ones . The teachers give their best everyday and even spend most of their weekend supporting kids in science or robotics or even preparing them for Sat test .No school is perfect but this one will prepare your kid for success ! The reviews are mixed but believe me if your kid does not do well at this school , please do not blame it on teachers or staff but try to help your child . I have seen teachers pull children who were struggling in math or other subjects and spend one on one time to better prepare them for the state tests . You will never see that in any other schools even in private schools. It is no surprise that we see all those trophies at the entrance of the school. Those are the results of a very hard work done by students and teachers from OSS . We cannot deny that . 1st place this year for 6th, 7th, 8th grade Occtm ( math competition) and 1st for state science Olympiad . Thanks teachers and staff from OSS
OSS has potential but they need more organization overall and provide more electives and sports. Teachers give conduct points for petty non-disruptive behaviors. My child Also had issue understanding a math teacher who's primary language was not English and it had an effect on his grade. The teacher was also was not helpful with work in some cases. Elementary students do not have a playground to play at which supposedly they where raising money but not have seen it yet. After school care is not organized and not a lot of centers or activities for elementary students who are there more than 2 hours. On a good note there are some teachers who care about their students and future. The offer clubs for all ages and free tutoring. Classes are small which helps with teachers having the ability to work with students more. A lot of smart kids who are wanting to learn.
I have had no complaints about the school. Any issues that may arise are easily handled by a simple phone call to the school to find out who can help. If we simply try to find a positive solution, the school will work with you. The staff, administration and teachers are all wonderful. The students are fortunate to have Orlando Science.
The one thing that this school needs above all else is COMMUNICATION and PROFESSIONALISM. And by professionalism, I mean fairness. look out at your student body.. there are lots of eligible and smart kids out there that are being ignored and not enriched just because they are not in the "entitled" group.. you know? For just one example.... the robotics kids who were constantly pulled out of academic classes for special events.... the tension among the classmates was bad since many of those kids came back to the classrooms openly talking about how they were excused from classwork--rubbing it into other's faces with attitudes. did you know that not all the kids on the robotics team go to the school? I'm sure that there are some kids at the school that wanted to join but were told no room... ask yourself how that is done in a fair and just manor? it's that kind of "entitlement" that needs to stop. get the mom's out of the administration office and get back to the professional school environment that the school used to behave like. Just be fair.. stop showing favorites because when you do, you will never exceed, and barely achieve.
Due to the size of the school, there are no electives that get to be choosen by the students. They are just given a schedule for the year.If your child has issues with a teacher or a student, there are no choices your child is stuck.If your child is advanced/gifted your child will be in the same classes with the same students all day.That means if your child has a child bullying him/her, they deal with it all day everyday.Bullying is not taken seriously here.We dealt with repeated bullying issues.A few of the teachers were great, the rest well probably shouldn't be teachers.There is a lot of worksheets pushed to keep the kids busy and very little hands on activities.The communication from the school was horrible. My child had to stay over an hour after school to take fcats.I received no notification he would be staying.I went to pick him up and he just never came out.The school is just very unorganized.They labeled the 6th graders as bad kids and took away many of their privileges.Including bathroom rights and awards ceremonies.There was a high turnover for 6th grade students during the year.There are many more not returning next year. Overall just a horrible experience.
Oss, is not a bad school,I really think the do an excellent job of preparing the student and keeping them ahead, my son was there for a few months, didn't like it but he did so much better when he returned to public school, I do think the teachers need better supervision, they can be very incentive and petty. Some of the work is over kill and can cause the students to be confused or frustrated. There is a lack of enough extra curricular activities and electives for High schoolers. Over all Academically they are a 4 , parent involvement dropped this year so that's a 2 and admin gets 3. They need to recruit good teachers for the elementary program is new but,the teachers need to understand this is an alternative to public school if we want rude and insensitive teachers we will keep the in regular schools.The elementary program is bringing down the school image .
Parents may be in love with this school but they don't have to deal with what goes on daily at this school. Almost all my friend want to leave this school. I love to sing and act but we don't have elective to choose and as far as im concerned there is no drama club or choir after school. The teachers and administrators give out conduct point for ridiculous reasons. My friend got one for asking what a teacher with a Turkish accent was saying, another one of my classmates was sent out of the classroom for asking for a pencil. It is the end of fourth quarter and my Turkish teacher hasn't put in one grade into oss connect! My parents had very high expectations but myself, not so much... i guess i have very good judgement.
I love most of the teachers at this school, esp. Mr. Parrella, the history teacher. You probably will not find a single kid that does not love him. But I also have issues with some teachers. One Spanish teacher has no interest of teaching, all she does is giving out worksheet, and she does not allow kids to talk in her class at all or you will get a conduct point. Then they hired a language art teacher that does not know what she is doing, even though some of her students have to take FCAT writing. I do like the dedication of most of the teachers, esp. the science and math teachers. There is always something going on at the school on Saturday, no matter it is science Olympiad, robotics or math competition. Unfortunately, this year Robotic dominates the game, kids got pulled out of the math classes to build robots and it is very disturbing for others students. I also think if we can have more parent involvement and better communication, the school will have a better rating from me.
I had such high expectations for the school. A few of the teachers have been great, but mostly mediocre. The 6th science teacher has done nothing hands-on with the kids all year, gives worksheets and when parents inquire about updating grades, it takes weeks and multiple emails to get done. He actually told the kids at beginning of year that he was leaving to become a scientist. What? Lack of school supervision in after school activities. Lots of bullying problems during school day. Parents drive like crazy nuts in the parking lot and let their kids out in between traffic to dodge cars so they are not late, nobody tells them to stop. Academics are average. The school is so focused on winning Science competitions that they will do ANYTHING to win. I have seen kids on the Science Olympiad team (who started in fall) removed from the team and replaced with "smarter" kids before state in spring. Cost was BIG hit to kids self esteem. What does this say about OSS? They care more about winning than about the kids. Ms. Becc and Ms. Palmer are amazing but male Turkish administrators are out of touch. Filing a complaint with school board. Could be a good school if OCPS takes over.
My daughter attended OSS from sixth grade to seventh grade until we moved at the end of her seventh grade year to Boston, MA. I am surprised by some of the comments as I know firsthand that this school is excellent. My daughter is in Massachusetts outshining her peers. She was prepared well by OSS! The only concerns I have ever had are money issues and teacher issues. Money - OSS has a tendency not to understand the fact that single parents exist and that individuals do lose their jobs. Also, Teachers - I found some of them to be unresponsive at times. For example, not returning my emails or contacting me back. I hope that has changed since we've left. Overall my daughter still cries for the friends she has made and remembers the lessons that she was taught. Hands down you cannot get a better public education than OSS in Orlando!
My daughter attended OSS before we moved overseas. Now she is attending one of the best private international schools where kids are from every corner of the globe (Singapore, UK, USA, Canada...), and let me tell you that folks at OSS did a fantastic job school educating my daughter; she is doing very well in all her classes especially in math, science and english, the basis classes needed for a successful educational path. It is easy to say negative thing on the lunch being served cold, this and that, but when it comes to learning, what you send your child for, you can't find anything to say. Truly, we are grateful to the teachers and the staff of OSS. But wait a second, just send your kids to your "dream" public school, and truly good luck with that.
This school is AMAZING! I've been here for years, and I've loved it so much! The teachers are nice and the students are friendly. I highly go against any negative comments; this school is worth sending your child to. It is just amazing, and it beats other public schools. Thank you!
Been at the school for a few years (not weeks) and past experiences (too many) demonstrated that the lunch needed MAJOR improvement! On most days students were served cold grilled cheese sandwiches or by the time they were ready to be served their lunch they would be completely out. My child shouldn't have to go to a public school to get a decent lunch when we are paying to have him fed. I must add that this year lunch has improved significantly. It is good that they heard the voices of the students and parents and worked to solve the lunch problem.
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