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Athenian Academy

Charter | K-8 | 287 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 13 ratings

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Posted April 9, 2014

Hello to everyone, I received notification that a new review was posted and had to read it. I am a parent of a child at Athenian Academy of Pinellas. I obviously do not have the answer to the comment just posted, I do not have financial info on the school. Yes I agree there are many issues however, most of them in the process of been resolved. The school has been looking for some time to relocate but this is a very lengthy process. With that said I understand why no money is spent on the upkeep of the building except for the absolutely necessary. Part of the playground was removed because it was unsafe and was not aware there still are issues with it. I am sure the staff would address the issue if mentioned directly to them. As far as the bus goes they are as well looking to purchase a new one. While the school might not have a great building I must say they have great staff, teachers, families, and very good kids. I highly recommend it :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

I dont know how this charter school can come up with the additional money to pay the former board president a salary, yet it cannot repair or replace the playground equipment. My child comes home with splinters in their hand, or a self report from some kind of small injury. The bus is another issue...it has no air conditioning which is unacceptable in Florida.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

My son has almost completed his second year at Athenian Academy. He really loves his teachers and going to school and that's the most important thing. He's gotten the extra help with reading when he needed it. You can really tell the staff love what they do and care deeply for the kids. This was our best option outside of the poorly rated public elementary school we are zoned for. We are so happy that we were able to get into the school. Our youngest is a year out from kindergarten, but he will be going here as well. The only reason I didn't rate the school 5 stars is due to the fact that the playground and physical education areas are very small. The "auditorium" where they host plays and school events is also very cramped at this location. Rumor has it the school will be moving to another location in Dunedin however that will more than likely resolve these issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

Athenian Academy is a small K-8 charter school. They have a strong language program with classes in Greek and Spanish. All the children, staff members, and parents are a great family oriented group where we all know each other. Kids truly enjoy the small and nurturing environment they are in. If you are looking for a school that is truly dedicated to their children we highly recommend Athenian Academy of Pinellas
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

Excellent school! Feels like you're right at home. Wonderful hospitality, great teachers and incredible school spirit. Go Athenian Academy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

My son loves the school, the staff is very nice and friendly, they treat the kids as their own and that is what make the difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

Athenian Academy, great school, friendly staff members, sweet and caring teachers, caring and concerned parents, and last but not least GREAT KIDS. We are very pleased with the overall education our son is receiving. Could not ask for a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

This school is unorganized and frustrating for a parent. The building is old and unclean. The playground is absolutly dangerous with old and broken equipment. The school is unsafe and unsanitary for children. The school says there is small class sizes but in reality they are just as large and some classes larger than public school. Also, my child after going here still does not know any Greek or Spanish. The principal is never seen and is not qualified to be a principal. I have realized after speaking with teachers who work there that their own children do not even attend. ???
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

The idea of learning spanish and greek at the same time is great if they are being taught english grammer first. We delt with constant bickering and bullying, our child came home and cried every night. The children were expected to be able to write a fully developed paragraph before they knew sentance structure. The reading teacher autisim to be the same as ADD. Finally, the reading teacher told us our child was malnourished, had to many bosses (we live with my parents), not sleeping, not getting enough sleep, wasn't diciplined enough, and finally, she was neglected. Our child actually forgot concepts learned in previous grades and I had to hire a tutor two days a week to keep her on track.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2012

I don't understand the negative review I am a Athenian academy student and I love it the teacher are great and really care and the Greek teacher are great to I have had a full conversation with a greek person and I didn't mess up at all the spanish teacher do the same I don't know why there our all these negative reviews but to tell you the truth this school is great and I would know as a student


Posted April 26, 2012

Our first year at Athenian Academy and it has been a wonderful experience. Have a student in middle school and have found the staff and faculty to be the best. I hope I can find a high school that can meet the standards set by Athenian Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2012

My child first year in the school. He is as happy as I am. He had a terrible experience last year in a A+ public school. He is in first grade, he love his teacher, I love the family enviroment. I am so glad I found this school. Thanks to all the teachers and staff for the hard work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2011

This school has caring teachers and staff that work together like a family. The children are kinder and more respectful to one another than at my child's previous school, which was considered a very good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2011

I love the family atmosphere of the school! The teachers are great! They work well with your child! I have a fundmental student and an Athenian Academy student. My only complaint with this school is I wish they would give more homework. I am a hands on parent and BELIEVE in participating in my childs academic growth! The parents are encouraged to work with their children, which increases the success rate of your child in the academic world. They should include the parent involvement clause in the annual contract we sign each school year, so parents know that they alyear!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2011

I just read the most recent post on this school- wow. I have never had a negative experience with this school! I find the homework to be minimal, and there are several ways for the kids and parents to get help if they need it. The teachers use the county portal, school planners, email and some teachers even give you a home telephone number. This school is a "charter" and they don't have the luxuries other public schools have, like a large pool of substitutes. I love this school and my son will attend as long as possible. Everyone knows me and my child. I don't have to worry about over-crowding, or drugs. These people really care ! Try going down the street to another "public" school and see how they treat you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2011

Children are sent home with copious Homework assignments, most of the time the children do not know the answers to or unable to read the instructions for their Homework, requiring parents to teach & hover! Something wrong when School requires parents, to do their, teaching job. I told my son to send the work back to school uncompleted, w/ an explanation note, if the children cannot complete the assignments on their own. Have three grandchildren in this School. Weeknights are usually filled with overwhelming Homework. No family or reading time remains after homework is completed. Look at the students "projects" obvious most are done by the parents. A 3rd grade Teacher left and her class was divided between the other two third grades!! What a disruption to all!


Posted June 12, 2011

True "School Leaders" are more than policy enforcers. They are people who love children. They are people who understand that there is a reason behind every behavior. They are willing to listen to children and parents and take the time to first understand and then make an informed decsion. "Everything and Anything" is not allowed at Athenian Academy. We have a safe school, we have a drug free school, we have a school where children are not numbers, they are individuals with unique needs and personalities and are treated on an individual basis. One size never fits all! That is part of what makes Athenian Academy "different" The school leader can't make everyone happy all the time and if it was you or your child she took the time to understand and listen to, you might feel a little differently.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2011

5th year at Athenian Academy. My childs grades have exceeded my expectations and she is now fluent in both Greek and Spanish. FCAT scores were fantastic. Great job teachers! Thankyou!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2011

My child started at AAP last year and though he had a wonderful teacher then, this year has been a totally different experience. I see a lack of true leadership from the school leader. Consequences for less than stellar behavior are spelled out but never followed through with, creating an environment where children know they can get away with anything. I have had very little communication from the teacher, and am not at all happy with how this year progressed. On the plus side, the kids learn Greek and Spanish every day, get recess and PE every day, and the PTA has done some great things. Overall, I wouldn't go out of my way to keep my child at this school and probably won't.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2011

couldn't be happier, teachers and staff go out of their way to givi kids the best learning experience .
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
56%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
94%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

23 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

23 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

23 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
60%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

16 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

16 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

23 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

23 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

23 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

23 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
100%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

30 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 61%
Hispanic 17%
Black 12%
Two or more races 7%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 50%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 90%N/AN/A
Female 50%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 58%60%61%
Master's degree 42%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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