I forget her name but she used to teach third grade I think and now she is in counseling. Please go back to the classroom. You were great. My daughter loved you as a teacher and it was evident you were what was supposed to be teaching at that school. I wish I could remember your name. Darn. But there is only one teacher that fits that descript.
Unfortunately I feel the teaching standard has diminished . I myself have a PhD and know as all of my kids test quickly in the 150 range with MENSA status. Most of these reviews sadly are correct. Truly gifted children are different in their learning styles. I know it sounds amazing to have a truly gifted child but it is challenging. I know I have 4. Pine view does have a problem with bullying. There are students that you raise an eybrow to ?" Gifted you really ? OK. Then you see their parents are Physicians or lawyers or big money somewhere. Oh Ok now I understand. I myself went to a very expensive boarding school 58K per year so I understand and know what manipulative money looks like and I see these kids who are let in because they are privately tested over and over and over till they score and combined with a few A's they score to get in to the school. The teachers do allow favoritism. There was a few teachers who were truly gifted and they moved them into administration. Gifted teaching does not me 6 hours of hard learning every night. Then they pick on all the " Geeky" eclectic truly gifted kids because we are all of normal average social status. The ones of us who are not ( like myself) would really not like to be identified . Go to a real boarding school and if you have you will know the wildy wealthy smart kids look like everyone else and the spooky crazy rich kids usually are not Biff and muffy. ( That is the new money kids) . I pulled my doaughter out in third grade to go back to main stream school in Sarasota County until I thought she was more mature as the bullying was definitely and issue. The school never does anything if you are not one of the rich kids. ( Ha if they only knew she was a trust fund baby ) I laugh. I put her back a few years ago and she does do better as she is more equipped socially to ignore the " I think I haves", She tells her dad all the time that the new principal is ruining the school and she wants to go to boarding school where she is truly challenged, and the social issues are nonexistent. pity The concept is great . But next year shes going to school with her sister in New England.
The administration does not adequately address bullying (either from students or even from teachers! look up Friedland on RateMyTeacher.com for instance). Teachers do not develop compassion in students. They do not teach them how to think through multiculturalism or difference, but instead set the tone for racism and discrimination in their classes.
Teachers, rather than engage students in the classroom, choose to humiliate students and pit them against one another. I say this as an educator from a family of educators and a long list of PV Alumni. So many of us are so heartbroken to see what has become of PV.
14 years ago, when our eldest (now a Ph.D) attended Pine View, the education was unparalleled. Since the new administration took over, teacher moral (and subsequently student moral) has nose-dived. Ask any parent who has a student in middle school here and you will here many stories of how the teachers are unfit, unqualified, or just plain bitter (we are a family of educators). Within the next few years PV will drop completely from being a highly ranked school. The students are being punished for small infractions (ex. stapling HW in the wrong order for Friedland's English course, and receiving an F when the student asks if they can unstaple and reorganize the HW, which otherwise, is immaculate). Countless students are leaving (in fact, almost all of the senior level "staple" instructors have left and retired early simply because the new administration does not adequately address student and parent concerns among other reasons). And countless students, at various levels, are having higher instances of nervous break-downs not necessarily because of the workload, but because of the way in which the teachers treat (often sabotaging) student success. For instance, the Spanish teacher Paulings has no knowledge of Second Language Acquisition pedagogy. Three months into school and she still hasn't taught students how to decline verbs or how to simply pronounce the alphabet in Spanish. As a result, students are asked to memorize information (as in China or Korea) rather than engage with it (i.e. learning how to think in Spanish, or math, or English, directly). As an education researcher for a renown American university, I am deeply saddened to say that PV is no longer what it was. Expect not only a decline in services, but also in crucial critical thinking assignments that prepare students for university. If you'll notice, since Dr. Couvert came on board in 2013, PV reviews have dropped significantly: notice how the parents echo how students are put down, humiliated, and not taught by their own teachers (the positive reviews come from parents of much older children who benefited from older policies or are parents of alumni) . When this is brought up with the administration, parents are simply ignored. The Golden Era of PV is simply over.
After ignoring numerous warnings regarding putting our child in this school, we decided to go for it. Our child was excited to learn and be challenged. The first year went okay, a little rigorous but that's expected. The next year would be when we started to see the school's true colors. If you want your child to come home in tears, be overwhelmed with the amount of work and feel humiliated by the teachers who try to put the students against each other, this school is for you. The best thing we did was take our child out of this school.
We entered the school thinking it was a privilege and quickly learned it was a school of entitlement. Though there is a IQ requirement, we found that many of the students were privately tested (i.e. Bought their way in) only to be taught by teachers whom though they have gifted endorsements, don't have much experience with the intricacies of a truly gifted mind, mainly because they infrequently encounter them. That said, it's up to the teachers to engage and inspire gifted children, not overwhelm them with homework and strict parameters more akin to a boarding school. The work itself isn't hard, and my child is able to breeze through academically, the cost is belittling comments from teachers who turn learning into a competition and division between peers, stress from constant pressure to perform on assessments, and missing out on a lot of childhood due to homework, projects and busy work.
Though I will admit, you don't necessarily have to be gifted to achieve high marks at Pineview, you just have to be a subordinate child who plays by the rules and never questions authority. If your child is creative, sensitive, a free thinker, a dreamer, an artist than this "public-private" military type institution just might not be the place for them.
Children are held to an extremely high standard academically with very little wiggle room and an obscene amount of busy work, while behavioral issues, harassment and bullying from students and teacher alike are swept under the rug. Teachers encourage competitiveness and continually "assess" student work, effectively teaching most children to learn to hate school. Communication is infrequent and dismissive, which trickles down from an inept administration who's hands always seem to be tied in one way or another.
Pineview is a wonderful school and it is a privilege to send our daughter there. She is challenged, the work moves quickly, the projects are thought out, the staff differentiates curriculum. There is a reason the school is always in the top 20 and always the #1 school in Florida. Unfortunately- the administration is not great. They simply can't and don't say no. PV is a gifted school- the kids that do well there want to be there. They need to be there. There is a lot of work. Honors level work. The kids here all work a grade ahead, and many are several grades ahead. IQ score is the minimum to be accepted, but is simply not enough to stay here. They have to do the work. Yet there are kids who consistently come to school without homework? Without completing projects? Getting repeat Cs and Ds? Poor state test scores? Parents who blatantly do their kids work? Why are these kids still here Dr. Covert? The teachers know 25-30 percent of the kids don't belong here, and would be better served by their zoned school. And why would parents whose kids are getting C averages even keep their kids here? Because it's a status symbol. This is a predominately wealthy town- with overeducated, nervy, entitled parents who treat their children like objects. Mercedes, check. McMansion, check, my kid is in the gifted school, check. And the administration panders to these parents, who whine that the school should be less difficult. Are you people kidding? It's a school for gifted kids!!!! If you are not happy at PV, stop posting nasty reviews and go elsewhere. Simple as that. Your C student will be an A student at his home school and the kids who belong here can get the education they need
Not one positive review has been written in the last year. Since Covert has taken the reigns from Largo, PV has sadly quickly gone downhill. PV has moved from #6th on US News to #24th. PV response? Raise the required GPA to stay at PV View to 3.0 from 2.5. This is ridiculous. Truly gifted students may not always make the grade, while less gifted, conformist students might. Often, gifted underachievers may decide to only do the minimum work; their heads are stuck inside a turbine or writing a novel or some other endeavor. They often lack study or organizational skills because in the early grades they didn't need to develop them. PV kicks out students with a lower GPA only for the interest of the school and their ratings, not the student. The high schoolers used to have more freedom of movement and thought. Students there no longer feel free or respected for their own thoughts. Attire policy has gotten stricter. Freedom of movement around and on campus has been limited. It might as well be Pine View academic Military Academy. The academic rigor expected at Pine View is indeed high. However, you could get the same or even better rigor without requiring so much homework.