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K-8
Public charter
Port Richey, FL
Students enrolled: 589

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8911 Timber Oaks Avenue
Port Richey, FL 34668

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(727) 868-5175
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May 11, 2014
If there was another option available in a Small school setting my child would not attend. Drama productions are reserved for staff children and those in the upper caste at the school. Owner of the school lived in one district and ran for office in another. Definitely the owners feel they are way above the law and can operate the school as they please. Very exclusionary and snobby school. Academics are falling.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2014
Sending my child to this school was a horrible mistake. The amount of mistreatment to my child was insane. The students were not even the issue. It was the constant mistreating of the teachers to my child was. The teachers would pick favorites and constantly mistreat everyone who was not one. The "favorites" were very obvious and made my child feel horrible and unwanted. My child would never want to attend school. As far as academics go they were not as bad as the drama. The homework load was unbearable though. Our experiences at this school were awful.

- submitted by a community member
April 24, 2014
Both of my children are excelling at this wonderful school. The staff is very attentive and offer assistance if my children struggle with a concept. When my older child entered the school beginning in 6th grade, they were able to look at her SAT scores and place her in advanced classes. Our family is extremely happy with this school!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2014
Simply amazing! I have both a Middle School student and an elementary students. Every Middle school students has IPADs , given to them by the school for free. All Digital content. Our MS student struggled and is ESE but with technology they are soaring. Elementary is 2nd to none. The arts programs is out of this world. If somehow you get selected in the lottery, TAKE it. Your child will be placed on a path to success!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
Dayspring Academy is the most amazing school Pasco County has to offer. It is a K-8 Charter school with compassionate staff members and amazing students. Dayspring goes above and beyond standard education guidelines. There is no comparison to the education my children receive daily at this school. I strongly believe in the wonderful things happening at this school and hope they win!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
My daughter attended the VPK program here. We are very thankful for the teachers and this school. If education is important to you and you have an opportunity to attend Day Spring " TAKE IT".

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2013
The academic standard at this school is unriveled. The staff from the principal down are so dedicated to the education that these children receive. I have never seen anything like this. As a charter school the only issue they have is funding. The majority of the money needed has to be raised through fundraisers or donations and still this school is tops in the state. A true diamond in the rough.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2013
My child attends Dayspring Middle school and we arevery happy with the education he is receiving here. The teachers are 100% responsive and all excellant. The culture is wonderful, the school is small and we have never heard of bullying of fighting or any problems with behaviour. The kids go on lots of great field trips and there are advanced classses - high school Math - and great musical & acting programs - not a sports school. The FCAT scores are in the top 3 in the county every year. We just wish there was a Dayspring High.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2012
My son was in DSA from k-3rd grade. He got nothing but straight A's all four years. Passed every and all test with A's (regular classroom test,S.A.T, F-CAT) There was nothing he didi not excell at he was definitly one of the top five smartest student in the entire school. His teachers fron K-2 were absolutly wonderful, however the principal and his 3rd grade teacher were horrible. They totally tried to break his spirit. I went to the administrator and that was a total waste. The school is VERY CLICKLY and they show favoritism especially if you work there. Only those chilren get picked for the major rolls in the plays. Also in terms of any of the arts they only zero in on the chilren with natural talent and if they don't like your child they won't help agian they try to break their spirit. They talk the talk but they don't walk the walk. . Our country has a great education system and most schools with good educators try to get the best out of every child. Beware of DSA.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2012
We're new to Dayspring this year and are loving it! We left public school to come to both the elementary and middle schools and it's been a wonderful experience thus far. Elementary school has paraprofessionals (aides) in the classrooms which our old elementary school had lost due to budget cuts years ago, families seem to really be involved and care about their kids educations which reflects in the kids attitudes and ability, teachers and principals are accessible and really push the kids to excel. This school isn't the closest to us but well worth the effort we're all putting in to go there. Schools are small and not on the same property together, parking is sometimes an issue, but again, well worth the effort. Have you seen this schools grades?!! Enough said. :)

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2012
Last year my daughter attened the school. She was unhappy about not going to the huge public school with her friends, but now she tells me there is no other place she would like to be. She has done exceptionally well there and is now far advanced over where she would be at the Public School. She dances in multiple classes at a private studio, and has alot of homework, keeps her busy not much time to get into trouble. I wish all students in Pasco County (and across the country) had the opportunity to attend a school like Dayspring! Amazing experience.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2012
ACADEMICS great. ARTS ok. There is alot of homework - sometimes an unreasonable amount. The elementary school teaches the kids to be organized. However, if your child never attended the elementary school, they will struggle at the middle school if they don't have these skills. Bullying issues take a long time to resolve. ARTS- Teachers don't all have necessary training & background. School is VERY CLICKY & does have alot of favoritism. They focus on MUSICAL THEATER but do NOT help your child get better. Instead they just zone in on the kids who have "natural" talent as well as kids who's parents work at the school. DSA does NOT address any vocal training so the performances are very weak in that area. Theater is the focus not MUSICIANSHIP. Every performance has technology issues such as with microphones not working - so your child may not be heard. CHORUS not during school hours. It's afterschool and has an extra fee. Band started 2011-2012 but only certain instruments (excluded all the instruments kids played year before -piano, drums, guitar. Not good enough to move up into high school band. NO "Band" period - separate smaller classes. Not good to move into HS band. .

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2012
Dayspring really is a great school. I would much rather my child be here than public school. There are a lot of really caring teachers, and for the most part my child is happy here. HOWEVER--most of the teachers who work here are very VERY cliquey, and their children also tend to be cliquey. The students whose parents work there, do get special treatments, tend to be "popular", and there is heavy favoritism as far as the arts department goes. Also very Christian school and if you're not a faithful practicing Christian you may very well feel like a BIG outsider. There is also a LOT of homework here. My child had to drop out of all extra curricular activities just to complete the homework b/c they give a LOT of it. But overall, my child has stayed in this school because it is much better than public, and despite the cliques and favoritism, it's still a really great experience in my opinion. Definitely worth trying to get into the lottery to get your child enrolled.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2012
We love Dayspring! Keep praying and hoping they will open a High School. The education is above all the rest! We LOVE LOVE LOVE this school!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2011
We LOVE Dayspring!!! They have the most wonderful and caring staff. It feels like a family.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
Dayspring Academy stresses strong character development alongside rigorous academics. The students here excel due to a staff of teachers and an administration that strive to provide an excellent education daily.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
ABsolutely love the environment for my children. It is a place where yor child and the parent feels accepted and cherished. Everyone involved from administration to parent has a zest for learning and nurturing our kiddos. Alot to offer for being a charter school A+++++ in my book.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
We love Dayspring and cannot express how thankful we are for the teachers, paras and staff. The quality of education is tops, the Arts department is awesome and the love and care is bountiful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
The teachers at Dayspring love their jobs and they really care about each and every student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
We have been at Dayspring for 5 yrs., have twins in 4th grade, love the school sooo much I got a job their this year. My kids are thrieving!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Because the staff loves what they do and do a great job teaching the students. the staff really cares.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
It's a community of caring teachers and parents whose passion is helping students succeed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
It's a wonderful family atmosphere that truly cares about the students. The teachers put in countless hours to serve the students.

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2010
I love Dayspring Academy because of the loving and caring attitude this school has for all students and staff. They strife to make sure all students excell in all areas. Dayspring is an A+ school and hugs come free.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
The teachers are quality professionals who seek out ways to help their students love learning and apply unique stategies to help their students retain what they learn.

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2010
Dayspring is such a well-rounded school. The entire staff is committed to promoting a positive and loving environment for all of the students. The students receive a topnotch education at Dayspring and belong to such a wonderful community of people which include administration, staff, families, and other students.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 28, 2010
The staff are incredible and personally care about each of their students' success. The Principal has a strong heart for each and every student and truly cares deeply both personally and professionally. The education is advanced and students receive a private education while being in a charter school. The only cost to parents is uniforms and volunteer hours. The Arts Department is top notch! Challenging those who are shy to come out of their shell.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
The staff really cares about your child. Everyone from the teachers, to the paras to the lunch ladies and the bus drivers and office staff, all do their very best to be a positive influence in the students lives.

- submitted by a community member
April 27, 2010
Dayspring is a family, they have excellent teachers and academics! The staff really cares about our children and have gone above and beyond! I've had two graduate from Dayspring and go on to high school being ahead of what is taught in other schools. I'm on my last two Dayspring children now and will be very sad when I have no more Dayspringer's!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
This school gives us peace of mind when it comes to our daughter's education. She is learning in leaps and bounds, while enjoying every minute of it! The only thing negative that I can say is....It stops at 8th grade - Dayspring Academy needs to extend to 12th grade :)

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
My oldest daughter recently graduated 8th grade (08/09) and was an alumni of the very 1st kindergarten class and my other three children attend Dayspring Elementary and Middle School. Dayspring is a great, wonderful, family involved school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Top notch in every area. High quality education. Involved teachers and staff. Hoping a high school is in the near future!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Dayspring is full of teachers and staff that truly care about the well-being of their students. They believe that expecting the best will produce the best and they do that in a loving, caring enviroment. Your child is not another number to them, they are a unique, special individual in whom they will invest everything.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
The academics are super and the staff at our school makes it such an awesome place to work!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
We have been a part of the Dayspring Family for 10 years! This school is like no other. I will always be greatful for the amazing staff & admin and their love for teaching & providing a safe, comfortable, stable learning environment. This school is well rounded. They have accomplished high academic recognition as well as amazing school productions. I could go on & on.... I would not change our daughter's learning experince at Daypring Academy for any thing!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
I love this school. We have been thankful Dayspring parents for over 5 years now. The entire staff, every dept., genuinely care about each child at the school. I know that my children's Dayspring education and experience will, without doubt, be something we will treasure.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2010
I went to Dayspring a few years ago. I found the classes to be very well taught. However, the students are very clique-y and the teachers sometimes also join in on the gossip. Students who didn't exactly 'fit in' were often made fun of and some teachers did nothing to stop it. As long as your kid is 'cool' enough though, they should have a good learning experience.

- submitted by a student
November 11, 2009
I enjoy the creative classes at the middle school. History, in particular, is full of interesting information. The emphasis on parental particiption and the large amount of grammar and science homework can be overwhelming. Still, it's a good placement for a motivated student who likes to study. Children with behavior issues would be better off elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2009
This is the best school! I have two children who have attended. Both have attended the elementary and my oldest went to the middle school. I do not live in the county anymore, but I drive the distance to make sure my son stays in this fabulous school. The principal, the teachers, and the staff are caring, loving, encouraging, well-educated, creative, and they really love what they do! I would recommend this school to everyone!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 07, 2009
I have never seen a more dedicated group of teachers. The children are respectful to eachother and their teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 07, 2009
My child has been very happy at Dayspring. She has learned about interesting topics such as Greek mythology and the history of various religions. She has Art and Music daily, and the Science curriculum has intrigued and challenged her.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
This is a strong school both academically and artistically, and I am pleased that my two children attend the middle school. That being said, I do agree with some previous writers that there are problems with inconsistent discipline and preferential treatment to staff children.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
This school has a lot going for it. The teachers are very dedicated. The dramatic productions are the most professional I've ever seen at a school. There is too much homework at the middle school level, but that could be remedied by eliminating the busy work. Otherwise, we've been very happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2008
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August 20, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
July 07, 2008
The staff at Dayspring are only concerned with how well a child is learning and comprehending what they are learning. The staff are eager to assist families in every way to make their students succeed. They do all of this while providing a loving and caring environment.

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April 05, 2008
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February 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2008
Thank God we found Dayspring. This is a great school that has good kids and good parents. Other schools that we have tried since moving here a few years ago have been dreadful! Thank God for Dayspring!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2007
Both of my children attend Dayspring Academy. I think that the quality of the academic program is solid. Core Knowledge, Shurley Method for Writing and Saxon Math is used. Dayspring is a Charter school so the emphasis is on the arts. Voice, Dance, Musical Theatre, Keyboard,and Guitar are all offered as part of the daily courses. Two theatre productions are presented during the school year. Excellent educational field trips are offered to students. Middle school students can go to Tallahassee, NYC, and Washington D.C.. No sports are offered at the school. The level of parental involvement is very good. A minimum of 15 volunteer hours are required for each family. I would highly recommend this

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2007
My daughter attended dayspring for 3 months last year during the 7th grade. She had previously attended River Ridge Middle School for 3 years prior. In the 3 years she had been at River Ridge I NEVER had to call the school once regarding any issues and there are 3500 students that attend that school. In the 3 months she was at Dayspring Academy I had to call the principal 3 times regarding what I would consider 'dictator-like' behavior demonstrated by the teachers. She is not a discipline problem, however they chose to punish and discipline the entire class instead of the true trouble makers causing the disruptions in the class.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2007
very good school my kids are very happy.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2007
The 7th. grade nightmare for our child. The strain affected our entire home. The favoritism that was shown to the 'clique' of CCWC parents, administration, and some teachers were unreal. I find it disappointing that they do not stick to their own code of conduct, and the school rules are selectively enforced, depending on whose child is involved. I am proud to announce that my child will no longer be attending DSA for the 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2007
We have been at the school for six years. It is amazing how, year after year, with limited financial resources, this little school consistently scores so high academically. This is a school with high academic standards, an enriching Arts curriculum, and a staff that goes way above and beyond each and every day. And where can you find a middle school where solid moral behavior is not only encouraged, it is expected from each student. Smaller enrollment means they know what each student is doing at all times and can focus on each student s needs, whether the student excels academically or needs some assistance. A five star school!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
While my kids have been at Dayspring, their fcat scores have fallen. I don't think Dayspring is for everyone. My children exceed the expectations of the curriculum and I feel they will do better in a regular public school. They tend to focus too much on the arts, although I know it is an 'arts' school, they need to focus more on academics. I feel Dayspring isn't challenging enough and I feel that there needs to be more recess/ outdoor time. I am also not happy with the disciplining that goes on there. There isn't enough when more is needed and there is too much when only little is needed. Being a very involved parent, I feel they lack in the area of parental involvement. From an outsider it looks wonderful, but once you have truly involved yourself as a volunteer or homeroom parent, you'll see the truth.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2007
Not a good school to attend. There is no safety and discipline.

- submitted by a former student
May 23, 2006
I just love this school! My middle son went there for 7-9th grade and now my youngest son is in 2nd grade. Both their learning experiences far exceeded any that they had in public school. When my middle son went back to public school, he already was past what they were teaching in 10th grade. As for my younger son, he has learned more then he would have in public schools. The staff is really helpful and make learning fun. They allow parents to be involved as much as they like and encourage it. As for the music and art programs they are really fun and the kids enjoy them. I am so happy to have my son attend this school. His 2nd Grade teacher has opened his eyes to so much learning and is so happy to be in her class.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
My son loves Dayspring! The teachers and staff are caring and awesome! They have helped build my sons character in so many ways! They were very well taken care of on their field trip to Washington DC and they saw so many places and learned so much! WE are blessed to have this school! I wish they had more and ones closer to my home! My other kids go to sunray Elementary and they have been through so many teachers and staff and even the principal! There are a handful only there where at Dayspring the school is filled with The Best! Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
I am very happy with my child's progress in this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2005
Quality school, mandatory parent involvement, good performing arts activities available. Very little to no sports activities, one area they need to work on. Academic program is above average, with challenging work for students and a fair to high amount of homework.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2005
I have been a Dayspring Parent for over 4 years. What a wonderful school! While it may lack alot of fancy bells and whistles of larger public schools, it more than makes up for it with wonderful teachers, an engaging curriculum, and a very diverse arts program, which includes: Art, music, dance, drama, and a separate musical instrument class. My child has been free to explore different interests, such as guitar lessons and voice classes to see where her interests lie. Academically, the school consitantly scores high in all standardized tests. Learning is made fun through lots of hands-on events, such as 'Dress up as your favorite literary character day', and other school functions. Since the school is relatively small (around 360 students K-8), parental involvement is extremely important. I feel that I am welcome to participate in most classroom and school events.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2005
This school is an excellent choice for parents looking to keep the arts in their childrens lives. I highly recommend their programs!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
September 06, 2004
My child has attended for her 4th year and we are very pleased with the curriculum, specials, and extra activities provided. Low ratios are so nice when I talk to parents of tradional public schools. Thank you Dayspring!

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2004
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- submitted by a administrator
January 28, 2004
Both of our children attend Dayspring Academy and we are one happy family! Their educational achievements are incredible. In Kindergarten they were reading on a 1st grade level. In 2nd grade our son was reading and comprehending on a 5th grade level. Their program is fantastic. What they can accomplish accademically at such a young age rivals any school in the state- public or private. Dayspring sets very high academic standards and expects the best from their students inside and outside of the classroom. From the principle down, the staff is dedicated, and second to none. If you are lucky enough to be able to attend Dayspring Academy, your children will be given a foundation of learning that will take them to the top!

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2004
Dayspring is great! They are always working to improve. The academics are second to none. I am delighted that my child attends. The Administration and Teachers are second to no one!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
2003 is my daughter's second year at Dayspring Academy. I have had nothing but positive results from my experience there. I'm pleased with the quality of there teachers. I really believe that a parent's involvement in there childs education is crucial. Dayspring stresses parent involvement and I personally welcome that. We can all work together to make our schools better for our children.... It's not easy... but we must make it a priority. No school will ever be perfect. If we see something lacking please be a part of the solution and let's not criticize. We can all work together and turn difficult situations into learning experiences for us all. I truly believe that Dayspring Academy has been a blessing to our community and I'm grateful to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2003
Poor leadership. Very inexperienced.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2003
Tarpon Springs Elementary is a wonderful school! The PTA, administration, teachers and staff are all true professionals. It is evident that the environment here at TSES is one that places children first.

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Dayspring Academy
8911 Timber Oaks Avenue, Port Richey, FL  34668
(727) 862-8600
Last modified Dayspring Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dayspring Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 72 reviews. Top