I have been a teacher at The Weiss School for many years. During that time, the administration has always been extremely supportive of the teachers and provide us with the opportunity to obtain our gifted endorsement. Just like any educational requirement in Florida, we have 3 years to complete the coursework. The Head of the School, who was past president of FLAG and taught gifted students, meets with the teachers every 4 weeks to review our lesson plans to make sure we are differentiating the curriculum for our gifted students. Every teacher at the school is extremely dedicated-there is not one teacher who works an '8 to 4' day. We love our jobs and enjoy being with the children every day.
The school overpromises and underdelivers. There is no individualized curriculuma s they want you to believe. Many teachers are against accelerating students, but are more apt to coddle these students. Deadlines are pushed back, tests are rescheduled. The students are not challenged like gifted students should be. The parents are the substitute teachers. The gifted endorsement training is performed by the principal and another administrator of the school. It is not obtained from a university. There are far better options in which to obtain a great education for your children. The teachers may care about the students, but the wealthy parents run the school and as such the teachers are limited in their effectiveness. We will certainly not be returning in the fall.
My son attended the public school gifted program from K thru mid 3rd grade and he was incredibly unhappy until we moved him to Weiss. Weiss moves at a faster pace than public school and encourages children to love learning. There is nothing worse than a highly intelligent child being told to slow down so others can keep up. Weiss is a truly unique environment that allows him to move as fast as he wants with the support that he needs. My husband and I are grateful for it everyday. I drive 45 min.daily each way to have my son attend. The public school gifted program forces children to do monotonous, repetitive tasks by which only the truly gifted child is bothered. The parents, teachers, and staff are truly concerned with the needs of gifted children and go above and beyond to address them.
My children have been going to The Weiss School for 4 years. I have found this to be an excellent school with inspiring teachers and administration. My gifted children are challenged and happy. They are taught to think out of the box, creatively solve problems and lead. This school is more than I could ever want in a school.
Until recently my child attended Weiss. My child had 2 gifted teachers in 5 years. The school touts its gifted curriculum but the truth of the matter is that generally that is not what is taught. When my kid transfered out to gifted public school my kid was behind in math and writing skills just to name a few and had received straight 'A' average at Weiss.
My children have attended The Weiss School for the past 7 years. I am proud to say that the school encourages and fosters their abilities whether it be academically or socially. In addition to the fabulous faculty, (who indeed have their gifted endorsement), the administration is always there with a listening ear. It is also nice to know that you are greeted with a smile and welcome into the school anytime.
Before Weiss my children had only attended public school gifted programs, and comparatively, this school is a joke. The sense of entitlement this school and its parents instill in students creates an environment that coddles rather than challenges. One thing's certain, at the Weiss School, no child would ever fail. Parents are the culprits here--what can you ask of sheltered students who have gone through life having their (dubiously) high IQs tossed around as an extension of their parents 'success'? The Weiss School gives the image of being a St. Ann's or a Crossroads-like school, but first it needs to learn the value of learning for the sake of learning--the only attitude toward education that can really provide gifted children with the rigor they need and deserve.
My daughter is in middle school and transferred in recently. She loves it! We had been at another private school for 7 years that had an accelerated curriculum. At Weiss she is finally being academically challenged! Weiss celebrates being gifted whereas most schools do not! I regret not moving her years ago.
I love this school and my son is soaring. He has been here for five years and loves it. He is leap years ahead of his neighborhood friends of the same age. His classmates are the nicest kids and his teachers are dedicated and kind.
My son is a fourth grader at The Weiss School. He began as a shy 1st grader. He has blossomed into an accomplished student in academics, athletics and music. Mostly, the unique opportunities offered at Weiss (to have a sixth degree black belt teach Taekwondo twice a week; an inspirational drama and music teacher to find his hidden talents and the chance to jump ahead to pre-algebra) to name a few, has turned a formerly shy student into a happy, motivated learner. When you have a gifted child and you don't know the best way to nurture his/her talents and interests, trust Weiss. They know exactly how to bring out the best in gifted children.
I am a former student of the Weiss School. I can say, after being there for 6 years, that it gave me a great education that has helped me in my high school studies. I am, in all honors classes and doing well in all of them. I enjoyed the small classes, which enabled each student to learn their best, and the teachers were always able to help.
I used to attend this school, and am sorry to say that it is extremely disappointing the education that I received. I am currently in high school at a public school and am getting a much better education. The whole school is run by the parents and their monetary status. If you are looking for a school that sells you on one thing and gives you another, here it is. Otherwise, I suggest that you take your money and save it for something else. I only say this because I honestly feel as though I am getting a better education in public schooling.
This school was a nightmare to attend. The entire school has an extremely liberal bias and those not accepting this doctrine were made to feel inferior in every way. As a student it was hammered down our throats that we were better than everyone else because we are 'gifted'. The middle school was so ridiculously small, there was no social life at all. The place was a total waste of my parents money.
Weiss school has continued to improve year after year. My child is in a safe and caring atmosphere. Teachers are quick to respond to email and the afterschool programs are varied and high quality. She takes gymnastics, TKD, and homework help right at school for reasonable prices. She is looking forward to returning this fall. The parents are very involved, but I feel the teacher's remain in control of their domain. Check it out if you think your child has a gift in some area.
My son is currently in Pre-K 4 at the Weiss School and will continue on next year. I am very pleased with all aspects of the school. It is a very nurturing environment. The great teachers as well as the entire administrative staff know my son. It feels like a community. You can not find that in large private or public schools. The academic possibilities are incredible. I can not believe what he has learned this year. Each child has the opportunity to learn and grow at his/her pace and is treated as an individual. My son's teachers know his strengths and weaknesses and concentrate on both and it shows.The PTA is very involved in activities, etc and encourages parents to participate at whatever level they can. I know my son will be a very well rounded young man when he graduates. Thank you Weiss School.
Your child's experience will vary greatly depending on the teacher and the grade level! the prek 3 and 4 fantastic, k-1, the music,is great w/instruction,but limited amount of space after school available for it. Art available not as supported by the school as it could be to make it as high as standard as the music and tkc and other extracurricular. Focus on stronger teachers with training and better support and this could be one of the best school! Still has long way to go to feel you are getting your money here, great parents & children and pta. But they do not address the whole child. Needs much better communication with parents direct not ed-line.
This school has an adequate elementary school program, but their middle school program needs more attention. The preperation for college just isn't adequate. Some parents are involved, but the administration is so bizarre and odious that you don't really want to get involved.
The school is incredibly disorganized and many of the parents have an inordinate amount of influence on daily school life. The children are put under enormous pressure to succeed. Save your money and go to the local A rated PB County public schools...far superior..
A school that thinks way too much of itself. Looks great from the outside but once inside many smart parents find much of the sales pitch given to prospective parents is not the reality of daily school life.
This school provides an amazing opportunity for children and parents to learn about a true community of learners.
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