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Manatee School For The Arts1
Posted January 23, 2015
- a student
This school is just down right terrible, The academics are a joke because no teacher here except for maybe a couple know how to do their job. I never feel like Im learning anything at this school. Just taking each day one at a time, thank god its my senior year. The food here is really bad, it seems the school just finds whatevers in the back and just gives it to us. The Food always taste old and unhealthy. If you're going here for the arts, dont. Its not the school it use to be. Its focused all on the dance department because thats how the school makes its money. The music department is just left with the scraps of the schools budget. Every other elective her is also a joke. There is no learning at this school. As a student I would recommend to parents to never send your child to this school. I honestly use to feel pretty smart before coming here but after being here for awhile I feel like Ive been really dumbed down. 0/10 for this school. I hope they close this school down or they really start picking up things up.
I am the grandmother of a student at MSA.I am very pleased at the accomplishments of my granddaughter through the staff at MSA. It's a safe school and teaches students how to be respectful to their peers and their teachers. MSA gives students opportunities to explore all kinds of avenues not offered at other schools.
As a student, I believe that MSA has an incredible academic program but the quality of electives has gone down since I started here in 6th grade in 2009. Many of the teachers are wonderful but the disciplinary staff seems to think that they are the police and treat you like you're guilty until proven innocent. They have become excessively more strict even in the past year and lock the doors when the bell rings so you can't get in even if you're like 10 seconds late!!!!! If your phone is out in class it's grounds for suspension even if you're being productive and making reminders to do your homework, which leads me to my next point. MSA is VERY behind in the way of technology. Computers are pretty discouraged and everything is done with paper, funding is low and it has become very obvious. However with all of the faults and backwardness of the school I do believe that the education is better quality than what you will find anywhere else in manatee county and the students are very kind and accepting of everyone.
I have gone to this school since sixth grade and am satisfied. The lack of communication is distressing. The clothing guidelines are a bit ridiculous and I prefer not to have my pants pulled on to see if they're too tight, but I understand where its coming from. I would like to see the theatre department improve. If you are going here for dance, GO! Our school has the biggest dance program in the state of Florida. Our school adds up to DANCE, little bit of theatre, lots of shows, art, and some stupid rules. But overall satisfied with the arts.
As a parent I find this shool very difficult to get information from. The guidance office is reluctant to offer information and meetings of any sort. My daughter was recently in the dressing room where a guidance councelor yelled and threatened to lock her in the room. I am quite concerned as my daughter has informed me that this same woman has pulled on students clothes and hair. The school declines to give any information on this incident.
We love the well rounded curriculum and the fact that each child gets to experience various arts. My daughters are musical and artistic, and enjoy the theater as well. The school has a great way of allowing the students to find their artistic forte be it in the area of music, dance, visual arts, or theater, and gives them the ability to experience things they would never have the opportunity to try in a regular public school. In addition, I love their philosophy regarding homework, and encouraging parental involvement without being overbearing regarding it.
Manatee School for the Arts is a decent school. I have been going there for almost 5 years now. Its academics are hot and cold considering some teachers are absolutely terrible and some a fantastic. If you're an artist consider going here, if you play music the opportunities are not very wide, do not ever and I mean ever go here for the Tae Kwon Do. It was a fantastic system when the first Master was around but now it has turned into a school of favortism and disrespect. I believe this has to do with the current Master for the most part. But if you are a dancer I highly encourage you to go there. Now to talk about the Administration. I have seen some of the worst disciplinary action here, the staff can be extremely disrespectful to students.
I don't understand why they do not allow parents to come in during the day to help where ever or who ever could use some help.They say it is because they do not have the proper equipment to do finger printing.How hard is it to get the things they need?All the other schools have it.This makes no sense to me.