We placed our child in the school because we were looking for a classroom of similar educational abilities. The public school system places a child in a grade based on a birthday and not the child's learning level. We were impressed by the fact that Plato Academy tested each child - and placed them according - so the classroom was never bogged down by a slow learners. Many of the teacher are just beginning their career's and have a fresh outlook toward teaching. The principal makes every effort to improve the school but does not rely or look for parental input. It has been a better experience for our child than our neighborhood elementary school but we are not quite convinced that we will stay for middle school
Great school. It's focused in on all the right areas and the students all seem engaged and happy to be there. My child's teachers are simply wonderful and I feel like they do very well instilling a solid base of character values. The clubs are varied and interesting and there's a sense of enthusiam about the school. Only downside for me is the principal--she comes off as very cold and aloof. Maybe she was just having a bad day on our meeting, but she stares through you in the halls. Not a bad teacher yet, though, and the desk staff (Dorris in particular) is friendly and helpful.
We were intrigued by the idea of sending our children to a starter school but were pretty happy with where they were (Safety Harbor Elementary School). I looked into it and was informed a short time later there was an opening for my son who was in 5th grade. It ended up being one of the best moves we made. There was a period of adjustment but in a good way. Each student has a laptop assigned to them and the classes are smaller so they get a lot of attention from the teachers. They are also held responsible for daily and weekly assignments and have to learn to stay organized quickly. Once my son got the hang of it, I saw what I already thought was a good student blossom even more. I also wondered how he would take to learning Greek since it was completely new to him... He loves it! He finds examples all the time now of words that take their root in Greek origins and seems to have a lot of fun with it. He is also excited because we have an opportunity to travel with his class to Greece during the next summer vacation. The bottom line is I highly recommend this school and cannot wait until my daughter gets to attend next year.
Last I checked, this is a forum to rate schools -- NOT the reviewer of said school. If a parent and their child is pleased with Plato, wonderful! However, as previously stated, Plato did NOT fit our family. Please, keep your thoughts and negative words about MY family to yourself (post from Oct. 31), thank you.
I admit I have to laugh a little bit at Sept 2 review. Perhaps her "profoundly intelligent" child should be placed in a think tank. No school, outside perhaps homeschooling or a Spring Valley school (there's one in Palm Harbor) are prepared for a child who is allegedly two or three years ahead of his peers. Child psychologists will tell you that perhaps you should pursue academic pursuits outside of the classroom rather than place undue stress on the child and force them to be seen as a pituitary freek by his friends. Also, profound intelligence is relative. I have a very bright son, but I'm not going to insit a school buld a curriculum based on my analysis. Anway, as for Plato, we're very pleased. Active, engaging teachers, private school atmosphere, and they really try to keep the parents and juds involved with activities and through communication. We love it. I feel like my child is safe, stimulated, and happy. He's bright, and they do nothing to discourage that.
Great school. Family friendly, kids love it. Great communication with teachers. My kids motivation for reading, writing and academic staff grew up. I feel great coming there.
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