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130 E Marks St
Orlando, FL 32803

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(407) 246-0556
(407) 246-0822
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October 24, 2011
This school is finally closed. They had a great concept, but the directors/owners bullying of students and their parents ultimately cost them their business. It was NOT the economy.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2010
As a previous student to this school I would like to start off by saying I would not be where I am today if it wasn't for my experience at the New School. I am currently a Junior double majoring at the University of Florida, which is now known as one of the toughest academic schools in the south. At the New School I was taught to be passionate, I was taught to never be indifferent, but most of all I was taught that I could be whatever I wanted to be. I became well rounded in the arts, sports, language, and academics. Because of the schools strong value in the performing arts, I learned to be very confident with public speaking, a strong leader, and a respected team player. The relationships I had with my teachers and the family atmosphere got me through some of the hardest times of my life.When my parents got divorced I received unlimited support from my teachers. I knew I could talk to any of them and if I had trouble with assignments or felt too stressed, all I had to do was talk to them and we always worked it out. In the future I plan on sending my children to New School Prep.

- submitted by a community member
March 26, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
February 02, 2009
i love this school keep it up you all are great people i dont care what other people think keep it up!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2007
This school has a reputation for excellence and Thursday night was over and above! Cabinet of Curiosity night embodied the very essence of multiple intelligence education by presenting a student generated evening of curiosities, pirates with pirate ship, gypsies, street sellers, experts on Natives in the New World, ancient Egypt, Rome, jungle explorers, Mayans complete with student built Mayan pyramid, scientists and a King Arthur play. The level of learning that took place cannot even be approximated by a hundred text books. My child went to school excited and came home excitedly relating all that they learned and accomplished that day. The characters, costumes, sets, scripts and information, all student generated, made for a wonderful reaffirmation of why I send my child to this school. Watching older students praise and assist younger school mates, even the Kindergarten's waltz, with such sincere appreciation of one another, was just icing on the cake.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2007
As a former student I would not recommend the school to the average child. English was the only class that was beneficial. The rest of the classes were a joke and a waste of my time. I did not fit the cookie-cutter standard in their eyes and it was obvious to me that I was never one of their favorites. I was made to feel stupid because I did not stand out in music, theatre or dance. I went on to a high school that pushed me academically and built up my confidence and self esteem. I am now a very successful college student and I credit very little to this school. Dont waste precious developmental years on a school that does not nurture the average student.

- submitted by a student
November 20, 2007
My child has been in New School Prep for several years and absolutely loves it, as do we (her parents). The school does expect good behavior and compliance with its rules, such as returning homework each day, but those rules are only ones that instill responsibility. When my child has been stressed about something (as all children can be), she has been given encouragement and guidance. My child loves the extracurricular offerings in dance, art, and German. If you want your child to be well-educated academically and in the arts, this is the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2007
As a former student, I want to thank the staff and directors of New School for a truly unique opportunity to grow and learn in such a safe and nurturing environment. Realistic expectations, confident encouragement, and fair consequences allowed me to realize a potential that would have been ignored in any other setting. The level of academic excellence and true faith in my own ability, prepared me to flourish in high school and beyond. The amazing music, dance and theater programs opened a world that I did not believe that I had access to.

- submitted by a former student
November 02, 2007
NSO can best be described as.... an empty promise. this school seemed that it was really a perfect place. but then i began to see the ugly side of things. this 'school' is an immensely stressfull environment. the curriculum was disorganized.

- submitted by a former student
September 18, 2007
New School Prep has been a great experience for my child. He has bonded well with his teacher and classmates and feels very at home there. He is allowed to learn at his own pace and has not been pressured to learn to read before he is ready. He loves it so much, he begs to go to aftercare! If your child needs some structure and if your child thrives when expectations are high, then this is a good school for you. Yes, they do expect children to behave well in class. Parents do need to take responsibility for their children, even for children with special needs.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2007
The New School Prep is the best preparatory school in Central Florida. My children are in high school now and are years above the rest. From Kindergarten to 8th grade the staff bends over backwards to meet your child's every need, not only in the academics and the arts but emotionally as well. Going through a divorce during middle school age was tough on the kids, but the school handled it with such sensitivity and care that made my life so much easier. These are 'the little things' that are not so little and yet go so far in making happy kids love school. The New school provided a well rounded and rich educational experience that will forever be part of my children's'lives. For that, I'm thankful!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2007
The school's administration is all about the money. Parents are not welcome on campus. The environment they claim to foster isn't the environment that the students experience. The administration is harsh and uncaring when dealing with student/family issues. They are quick to blame parents for issues they classify as problems. This environment simply isn't conducive to stress-free, joyful learning. There are many better choices.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2007
We are very disappointed with our experiences at New School. The atmosphere is one of constant stress, as students are scared to 'mess up' in fear of the consequences. School should be a place of wonder and fun, not fear. How can a child truly learn in such an atmosphere? Those working at the school were friendly and accommodating- until they had my money. Now, I am made to feel like a bother for asking questions. Not recommended.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2007
As a grandmother of a former student, I would appeal to the parents looking to send their children here. The teachers are top notch. Unfortunately the teachers do not run the school. We were admonished by administration for allowing our student to watch a educational video about how middle school children made a difference in their community. They felt the subject matter was inappropriate. School should not attempt to police the home lives of their student body in their homes. Should that not be the job of parents? The stress of being 'perfect' was causing health issues for our student. Now several years after leaving, we have our bright, happy child back. Please choose wisely. If you have a sensitive child-this school is not for you. The stress of the rigid rules and lack of positive loving respect can cause great damage to a child. Please choose wisely.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
My son is finishing third grade at New School and I couldn't be more pleased. He attended another school prior to New School and we felt we were losing him to depression and feeling 'not good enough'. At New School, because of the caring and whole-child centered teachers, we have our funny, confident child back. He is proud of the work he is doing and does not feel pressured or discouraged. He is working at an academic level we never imagined he could achieve and the art, music and dance programs are fabulous. How many middle schools are doing a whole school production of 'A Midsummer's Night Dream'? Our thanks to the teachers in this wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
As I read through the other comments it's obvious that parents either love it or hate it (which I suppose is true of any school). My son has attended New School now for several years and although there are areas which could be improved, I would never send him anywhere else. This is a place where intelligence is considered normal and mutual respect between students and teachers is earned. The kids are encouraged to ask questions and yes, even question authority. They also learn responsibility for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2007
New School is such a great place for kids and parents. I just gave a presentation to my daughter's class last week. Not only were the kids attentive, but they were so well prepared to take in the extra information. I feel extremely welcome at New School and am very glad my daughter is there.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2007
Kindergarten and first grade at New School have given me faith that schools can, indeed, inspire children to learn. What I great school. I recommend this school to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
New School gave my daughter an amazing academic program and helped her become pro-active in life. The arts program adds a richness to the fine academic standards. There is a positive energy that permeates the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
Great environment for kids to grow and thrive. Our 2 boys have had their creativity and special spirit supported by a warm and loving staff. Academics are top notch.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2007
I'm a single mom who works hard to get my child a good private education. This school has a very strong curriculum in a very loving atmosphere. The administration has been very supportive to us.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2007
The warmth in this school is felt the minute you walk in. My daughter doesn't want to go home from school. Teachers actually care about kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2007
Our family chose NSO for an ' out of the box' education , and the arts program that it offers. The music program and dance program are wonderful. However we found that children are expected to perform in a behavioral and academic 'box'. Punitive as opposed to positive measures are used for reinforcement, and parent involvement is discouraged.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
My kindergarten child has learned how to play chess at this school Spanish lessons are every day which is very unusual in schools. The principal is a true educator. Music, dance, theater and computer are integral parts of the school. A good place for kids and parents alike.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2007
This is the best school in the area. Science and opera? Physics and Mozart? Only at New School.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2007
My children have been at the New School of Orlando for five years. Sending my children to this school was the best decision I could have made for them. The teachers are kind and compassionate and take time to plan for individual differences. My kids come home bubbling with the amazing things they have done. I feel free to contact any teacher about any issue and I know I will get a quick response. Care is taken to be sure all children are adjusting well socially and academically. My child felt comfortable going to the director to discuss a problem with another child. A 'town meeting' was held to discuss the issue. Everyone was glad the issue was out in the open. This is a school where there will never be bullies, misfits, or cliques.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2007
Thank God for the New School! After years of disappointments with the schools of my two older children, my youngest is fortunate to be receiving a well rounded education by a knowledgeable and professional staff. They believe every child can learn and offer every opportunity for success, be it academically or through the arts. The administration and staff have an open door policy and my conferences are scheduled to fit my working schedule. I have always had my concerns addressed and the follow through is excellent. You can sense that the students are happy to be there. My son begs to stay in aftercare! My only regret is that the school does not go up to 12th grade. In a couple of years he graduates from 8th and I'll be out on the search again.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
I would not recommend this school to parents who value their child's happiness. The teachers place undue pressure on the students, and the rules are ridiculously dictatorial. I was fortunate not to experience these issues in the 1.5 years my child attended, but I moved my child to another school and she's happier than I have seen her in 1.5 years. Your child's happiness and emotional well-being depends on you staying away from New School of Orlando!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
New School of Orlando gives new parents a song and dance about their wonderful school and nurturing environment, but the reality is a stark contrast. Communication with parents is dreadful, and parents are made to feel as if they are bothering the teachers by asking questions. The school does not allow parents in the classrooms period. This school relies on punishment rather then positive reinforcement. I do not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2006
This small school is an incredible institution. It cares about scholarship and the personal growth of children. We have been here for 8 years now and are always amazed by their high standards.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2006
Finally, a school that understands children and knows how to teach!

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2006
great, great place for kids

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2006
We love New School. It cares about the intelligence of children. It moves them ahead if need be and works hard to teach with passion. I love the fact that a there is no 'required parental volunteering'. We don't miss the fund raisers either.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2006
Terrifc place. Kids are allow to be kids. Thank goodness they get rid of trouble maker kids or trouble maker parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2006
They are not out for the well being of your children....unless they are perfect.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2006
Found the school to quick to diagnoise problem areas in the student body. Many of the teachers are very 'rude' to parents.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2006
The NSO is not what it represents itself to be. Creativity and independent thinking are discouraged. The school operates by punishment and not positive reinforcment. Children who don't fit the 'mold' of what the adminstration believes is the perfect robot-like child are considered to have emotional or learning problems. The administrators have accused parents of creating these perceived problems. Parent involvment and communication with parents (even when there are problems and communication is critical) are strongly discouraged. Parents have been called to the administrator's office to get lectured and wrongly accussed of improper conduct relating to their children or simply talking about the school. The school discourages parents from talking to each other and has threaten to expell children if such communications continue.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2006
I started out loving this school. My son attended NSO from kindergarten to 4th grade. As the years progressed, I grew more and more disgusted. The administration didn't care at all about my concerns about my son not being challenged.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
I am so disappointed. We chose this school because we thought our children would receive a great education and get the love and support children need. We were fooled. They no longer do the great plays, our kids never had homework and worst than that I have seen children were constantly yelled at; guilty before innocent here and about the tiniest things by the assistant director, uneven in her like and dislikes of children and I was witness to it. Not only was I disappointed about everything but I believe the education was substandard, perhaps not but who can get over the damage to the kids spirit. Where is the support for the children to do their best to succeed?

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
We had very high expectations for this school, but now we as not so sure. There is a strong desire to make all kids fit into a single mold, with a lot of pressure on both parents and kids to meet this 'Stepford kids' ideal mold.

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April 08, 2006
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January 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2005
The New School of Orlando is a wonderful school if your child is creative and artistically inclined. Its academic programs and teachers are topnotch. However, because of its focus on the performing arts, it does not accomodate students who have focus issues or ADD very well. Parents of students like that may be pressured to medicate their kids in order to keep them at the New School.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
Great academic program infused with the arts. My children love the music and art program and even sing opera at home now. Teachers are great and very qualified. Facility itself is modest, but the learning method they use -- teaching something such as German history by incorporating it into every subject works great for the kids. One thing that is very different about the school is minimal parent involvement to make it a 'kid's place' but I think it works well with their program.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2005
It is a wonderful school. I am a student in the seventh grade, we excel far more faster with our one-on-one teaching. Expecialy in math, if you aren't quite up with the rest of your group our wonderfuly nice math teacher will make a group just for you, until you are comfertable to excel with the rest of the class.

- submitted by a student
December 01, 2003
NSO fosters an environment of respect, both in teachers and students. They have high standards, but recognize different learning styles. My son is in Kindergarten and actually asks when he gets to go back to school, on the weekends! We're thrilled with NSO so far.

- submitted by a parent
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New School Preparatory
130 E Marks St, Orlando, FL  32803
(407) 246-0556
Last modified New School Preparatory is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
New School Preparatory Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 52 reviews. Top