We are extremely happy with the elementary school. Although science and math focused, it is a warm and caring place, and the scientific activities the younger children do are age appropriate and all about discovering and understanding the world. Our child is in kindergarten and has learned to read very well this year; we have also seen our child's performance rise significantly above average on standardized tests in math and reading. Because the elementary school is new, they didn't have a playground until halfway through the year, but now that they've added recess it gives the little kids an outlet for playing. (That was my only complaint, which has been addressed). After school clubs are also great - they give the kids time to be involved with art, creative writing, and other fun pursuits. We love this school so far.
I have a 2nd grader - and he is learning a lot! He has the opportunity to do afterschool clubs which he didn't have at his previous school, the class is a lot smaller and less disruptive! The work is challenging so parental support is a must to help your child succeed. The teachers are open to communication - and MS. BECC the first face you see as you enter the school is a pure delight!!!!!!!!!!
We are very happy at Orlando Science Elementary. The school is a very happy energized place. The atmosphere is welcoming, nurturing, , and fun to be in. I have been very impressed with the administration and teachers I've met. They have treated me and my child with caring and respect and been supportive. The opportunities for the students, beyond just the regular curriculum, are abundant.
OSES is one of truest academic schools my family has attended. While the school has numerous social events, recreational activities, and events, it is driven by academics. Students learn at this school. The school does a really nice job on focusing on all learners, not just the lower twenty-five percent (which is very common at most public schools). While meeting with her teacher and the principal, he shared with me both my student's strengths and needed areas of improvement; even though she has a A, he explained to me directly the areas of needed improvement. Her teacher is easily accessible and does a wonderful job with challenging her. My student is gifted and the school provides numerous opportunities for her to expand her understanding of concepts. Keep up the good work.
My children have bee going to Orlando Science Elementary School for two years now. They absolutely love it and the teachers are amazing. Everyone is so nice and accommodating. Although I live far away from the school and the commute cost me time and money, my kids refuse to go any other school. I am not sure if I agree with the term teaching to the FCAT because they pretty much focus on Science and Math. They do offer optional and free FCAT assistance every Saturday January to April from 8:30-12:30, which I think is above and beyond. While I disagree with the term Teaching to the FCAT , I think any time students have the opportunity to practice math and reading more is great and will defiantly lay the foundation when students get to middle and high school.
Well, I saw in the reviews that school is teaching only FCAT and test taking and no extracurricular activities are provided? Just to know that this school has been getting first places for three years in a row in Florida state wide Science Olympiad and representing State of Florida in National level for three years. Robotics... The team has been competing in world championship two years in a row ... Math? Last year studentsswept all medals in elementary level... Not teaching from the book... Because students are given visual opportunities to enrich their knowledge and experience plus they are encouraged to research online... They do classroom discussions after each experimentation... Studying FCAT? yes, but tell me a single school that does not care about FCAT? If it is the ultimate tool that county monitors teachers' and school's "success" would you ignore that, no!!! By the way Orlando Science school is an "A" school in the county since it opened. Learn about your school, ask questions, you will always hear good things about this school.
This school teaches to the FCAT. All the focus is on producing great little test takers. Test taking is NOT learning and kids should not be forced to take a standardized test that is in place only for corporate profits. This is not a "science school", most of the science is learned out of textbooks with very little hands on projects. Both of my kids were completely bored and stressed out from the test taking.
My biggest problem its one of the teacher of the core subject that she is very rude to the kids and I am very surprised after many complaints from parents that she is still there and no actions has been taken. She just keep giving lot of homework and doesn't explains the lessons.
I recommend you look up Charter School Watchdog and read about the type of school you are considering for your child. You should become fully informed of the background of this school. As a parent, I want to know everything about my school. This is a business, and not a business with the best interest of your child in mind. Ask about the "temporary" mobile classrooms for the elementary school. Ask about the books and supplies provided for your child/ren. Ask, ask, ask............ You will be surprised at the answers. Protect your children.
Being a teacher as well as a parent lets me see a school from both perspectives. This is the first year of our Elementary School and in this one year, the students have experienced much more than I have ever seen at any other school where I have worked. Science is woven into every subject and students have the chance to do incredible extracurricular activities like robotics, Legos, and art club. I put my own children on the waiting list so they will be able to attend OSES and OSS next year. Even though it is a small school, the teachers, staff, parents, students, and administration are top notch. I am glad that Orlando Science Schools goes all way to high school because my children will have the best education possible and be near me for many years to come. Like many people, we drive a long way every morning and every evening but I would not change it for the world .
OSES has been an amazing opportunity for both of my children (1st and 3rd grade) . Both are highly gifted and have never been as challenged, engaged, or as enthusiastic as they are this year! The teachers are amazing, parental involvement is huge, and the administration has been nothing short of great! One of my son's has an IEP and his accommodation have been met with no "coaxing" on my part. Both teachers ( Mrs. Jennifer Morris and Mrs. Amy Trujillo) go above and beyond for their students. They not only are interested in them as students but as people as well! The encouraging words before a baseball game, etc mean a lot to a cute little 6 year old! Or a picture from his teacher of her son doing Martial Arts just as he is starting was received with a huge smile from my 9 year old! I honestly cannot say enough good things. It was a gamble going to a new school when we have 6 "A" rated schools within a 5 mile radius of our home. 5 minute commute went to 30-40 minutes plus tolls. But, it was well worth it and we will be making the drive again next year happily!
School has a full time gifted program. My children are engaged and the teachers are dedicated. It's the first year for the school, but I am very happy, as are my children.
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