This school needs more help to properly work with special needs kids. Elementary school special needs teachers are overwhelmed, have no permanent assistants.
This school is in Federal violations - IDEA, is really sad because our special needs kids can have more from them, they are just like a Day Care for them.
I have to admit, my school is awesome even if I don't like school in general. The staff really cares about you. You actually learn here. I have been in this school since kindergarten and next year will be my last year. I'm going to miss this school. So many friends and great memories and even some bad ones but thats okay. I love Arbor Ridge.
I am a seventb grade student here it is an amazing school the teachers are wonderful as Wells atheists whole staff the students here are so nice I have been here since kindergarten and everyone gas a friend no fights no bullies best school ever
I hate this school. Their grades are high because they hold back the kids that challenge the teachers ability to teach. Most kids are held back right before hitting FCAT testing grades so that it will not impact the schools rating. Most of the teachers will sweet talk you in to thinking the children are better of being held back but is is only to not lower scores. Be forewarned.
Arbor Ridge is the best educational facility I have ever been involved with. My son has been there from K-8 and received great instruction and caring. His academic excellence is due to the high standards of all staff and the commitment they have to developing a child into a responsible, excelling student. Thanks for the support, fun, and learning over the years.
Fantastic school. My son is currently in first grade and is currently in a ASD classroom. The principle is encouraging of the special needs students and everyone works towards inclusion. I trained as a IEP advocate (the school doesn't know) and every IEP meeting I go to they are already suggesting interventions before I can. One of the best OCPS elementary and middle schools for children with autism. We are making sure we are not going to move just to stay near this school. They are moving towards inclusion next year for my son in a co teaching classroom with staffing support.
School has fantastic PTSA, caring and educated staff, fantastic administration. Poor ratings below are unfortunately due to disgruntled individuals who could not bully the school staff to get their way or were not able to hear anything negative about their children. No one is "trained" to cover up mistakes however, everyone is expected to treat students with love, respect and equality. Therefore, every child deserve equal focus.
I have nothing good to say about this school. Principal and teachers are rude and very unprofessional. They only care about themselves and love to cover up their mistakes. They are very well trained to do this.
Don't judge a book by it's cover. The school may be old and dirty and my kids try not to use the bathrooms, but we love it. The principal is a keeper and my kids like that EVERYONE has to follow the rules. The classes are tough! Slackers need not apply. Homework is as much a part of your life as breathing which is why the FCAT scores are so great. AR is slated to get a new building soon so the bathroom thing is only for a little while longer. I have 3 kids there now and can't WAIT to get my youngest in there too. Hopefully she'll win the lottery like my others.
Arbor Ridge is the greatest school ever! Though their rules are rather strict at times, it prevents the school (specifically the middle school) from being like any normal school. I am never afraid to walk in the hallways alone, or to even walk from class to class. The academics are great, I love the one on one attention and the challenges that are thrown at me. I truly feel I am prepared for high school in another year!
My youngest son was lucky enough to go to Arbor Ridge from k-8th grade, it was the best thing that could have happened to him. The teachers really took an interest in him as well as every other student in the school. My son lost his dad in the 6th grade and had a really hard time with it. The family at ARS were wonderful to him. They took a really sad time and helped me to turn it around. Two of my granddaughters attend one in 1st grade and one in the 7th. I cannot say enough about the school, the staff, the teachers etc. I was blessed to have my son there for 8 years and he is excelling becasue of the school and the staff.
In comparison to other Orange County public schools I had to deal with, the staff at Arbor Ridge seemed to really care about the students and family and wanted what was best for everyone as a whole. I do wish that Orange County Public Schools would get their schools to have the same guidlines accross the board, it would make for a less confusing experience, especially for those new to the area. In comparison to other public schools I've had experience with in other states, even Arbor Ridge, probably the best in Orange County, is far lacking the proper resources needed for today's students. Florida really needs to figure out that educating kids right today will lead to a better future.
I have been a teacher and parent at Arbor Ridge since 1994. I think the school is one of the best in Orange County. The teachers and staff provide the children with the best education possible.
Starting from the Principal to the teacher. They're caring individuals that work hard to see every student excel.
We moved here from another state about four months ago. I am very dissappointed in the school. They focus too much on the FCATS. Every child learns at their own pace, don't force it on them so much. He had great work and behavior at his old school. Every since he started its been nothing but bad according to the teacher. I have no problems at home. I think if the teacher cannot handle the students they need an assistant in the class so the children get more attention which his other school had, I think that made a big difference.
Arbor ridge is a wonderful school, with wonderful staff that take pride of there school.
Arbor Ridge is an excellent school with teachers who go beyond the call of duty to ensure the students succeed. Since 1992, both my boys attended from Kindergarten through 8th grade. (My eldest graduated IB from Winter Park High and is now finishing his sophomore year at FSU.) My youngest is finishing 8th grade. Both principals, former Principal Mr. Ralph Hewitt and current principal Ms. Paige Tracey are extremely dedicated individuals and it shows. There could be more extra-curricular activities and P.E. for Middle School, but I have no complaints about the Academics. Kudos to Arbor Ridge for their dedicated teachers and staff and for laying the education foundation that has prepared my sons for high school, college, and beyond. You're the greatest!
Not very satisfied: Poor attendance at the pta. Administration does not foster open communication, and imposes decisions. Web site not updated. Academics: driven by cat testing! Stress on reading in lower grades k-2, over writing and math; upper grades: strong curriculum, but no good facilities and labs. Do not recommend!
Arbor Ridge School is a great school! The teachers really want the students to be successful, and not just for the FCAT. Unfortunately, the school is getting older.
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