I've been a student at this school for two years, going on my third, and I've got to say that I don't really have the most pleasant things to say about it. The first year I started at this school was in 6th grade. The first year was acceptable and the teachers were nice. They taught you, you could go to them if you had issues, they actually cared. Now in 7th grade, things went downhill. We got a new principal and assistant principal. Only 2 of my 7 teachers actually cared and taught us. The rest were laughable. Teachers that were good got fired or quit. I lost 4 teachers this year, and if I wasn't in Cambridge, I would've lost five. They take months to get a new teacher, or they don't at all, and the subs can't teach. The Cambridge program is a complete joke and they pretty much let anyone in who applies and don't go by the standards. The assistant principal got fired for cursing at children, and other one left. They got a new one on the last day of school. The only reason I'm coming back is because this is only school that teaches geometry in middle school around me, and my math teacher is the only good teacher I have. The elementary part is good, but I say you leave before middle
Everything looks shiny and perfect on the surface, but it's a hot mess underneath. Two out of three administrators left since the new principal took over. There has always been high turnover but this year took the cake. While most of the teachers at the school are wonderful, dedicated professionals, they are not valued by the company, or the current principal. Teachers are given a ridiculous amount of non-instructional work to do that detracts from the time they have to plan and prepare for lessons. The company is more concerned with what's posted on the walls in the classroom than they are with the quality of lessons taking place. They do not provide sufficient instructional resources (textbooks, etc). I had 12 science textbooks for a class of 25 students. Their Cambridge program is a total joke. They don't provide any of the student materials recommended for use by Cambridge, leaving teachers to beg, borrow, and steal to get a hold of materials referenced in the official syllabi. Bottom line is this is a FOR PROFIT company that is more concerned with having every seat filled than they are with the quality of education provided to the students they service.
The behind the scenes workings of this school is ridiculous. They can't keep teachers because the good teachers refuse to do what they tell us because it doesn't help anyone: "red carpet service to keep enrollment up. Every child should get a B and if they fail a test, just give them the same test over and over till they get at least a B. We need to keep parents and students happy so do what it takes." These poor kids are just being pushed through because there is no real oversight. The teachers are bogged down with so much extra work that there is no time for any real teaching. This is the issue with a for-profit school: they are great salesmen and will tell you whatever you need to hear. We were constantly being told that if we don't get and keep enrollment up, our salaries would be effected. I wouldn't let my daughter go to this school!
Communication with teachers and admin is non-existent without constantly leaving somewhat threatening messages to pull my son from the school. Security is ridiculous. I have taught my son everything he needs to know. The school is a babysitting service. I wish there were better options open to my family but zoning and wait lists leave my son stuck here. I was under the misguided impression that this charter school would teach beyond the bounds of the district. Well, they teach far less than I know other kids are learning in county schools . We are stuck for now. If you have other options, exercise them. I used to stat involved with the school but realized that after 5 consecutive years , they just don't care. There is definitely a clique mentality and I'm not about to kiss butt to feel welcomed. In the mean time, still supplying the classroom with everything from pencils and paper to snacks . Laughable.
Great School. Amazing staff and the tools they offer the children are amazing. A plus all around in my opinion
New administration !!!!!!!! They treat the parents and students like family. They have a O tolerance rule. Kids are taught to be respectful . Parents who care about their child will read with them and assure homework is done. However, parents who are lazy complain allot. This is a great school. Parents just need to learn to be parents and want their kids to be successful.
The best Charter school in Port Saint Lucie. Great professional environment. I am a happy parent.
This school is terribly disorganized and they opened another mess in Tradition. No communication, no set rules. It starts at the top. Principal is horrible.
i attend in 8th grade and they dont care at all about us . i dont feel like im learing anything honestly . every teacher we have the students ethier the teacher quits or the gives up. the kids take over the class. they only care about elmentary. when i leave the school i want to have a postive feeling but when i feel im glad becuase maybe next i might get a decent education. some teachers dont care and some do care and the way they care just brings out the postive in the school. it just like that saying one bad apple ruins the batch. i feel that the teachers and adminatration should be more involvedin us .
My kids just started at this school aftet being at Northport..so far everything has been great, the staff is awesome, professional and very helpful.The communication with teachers is great, they respond quickly and are very caring. Mrs. Alicia is wonderful, she make you feel comfortable and is very welcoming. I'know my kids will do great in this school, of course as a parent you need to do your part and be involved.
After three years at this school, I am thrilled to say we are now enrolled at a public school. Last year, my daughter was in second grade and had SEVEN teachers. Administration was no help stating this was a "staffing issue". That didn't help my child's benchmark scores from plummetting. There is so much turnover of teachers, teachers just up and leaving or getting fired during the school day and coming back to the classroom crying so that all the students knew. Now that is professional. Class sizes are extremely large. Theere is no greenspace. Recess and PE take place in the "airnasium" a.k.a. the parking lot. Car loop is a total disaster as they only bus to the red zone and it is a county wide school, so most students are driven in by parents. Parents must "volunteer" at least 20 hrs per child. Volunteering consists of donating supplies, snacks or money. I loved when they wanted parents to donate Duffys gift cards so that the teachers and employees could have a holiday party! There are almost all parents "volunteering" monitoring the cafeteria. It is a zoo! Do yourself a favor, research all your options before settling on this school. Wish I did.
My experience last year was excellent, very good communication with the teacher, very good team. I like the teaching plan, is very modern. This school works well with parents who want to be involved.:)
My child started with Renaissance since Kinder and is now entering 4th grade. Last year was the 1st year we experienced a decent teacher. None of the schools on this district appeal to me, so I have remained in the school purely for a socializing/comfort factor (we have moved several times within the community and felt this offered some sanction or stability. I do not think anyone cares about my child at this school. I get stellar progress reports (ie: perfect scores in Spanish) yet, my child knows less now than he did before...homework is almost all on-line...we didn't have a home pc all of last year...I agree that the majority of teachers are inexperienced. I'll be considering homeschooling ASAP since I'm basically teaching my child everything anyway...
My review is related to the grade levels K-1st & the environment as a whole. Our only school experience prior to this was a private Christian school so I have no public school comparisons. My review is based on actual events. We spent many hours volunteering in the school. I will try & stay to the point documenting my concerns hoping that it helps others in making the right educational choice. Concerns include 1. Safety and security in the school main area of concern was recess and sports on the car loop lanes/car park unfenced open to public access and traffic. Lack of teacher supervision and guidance with social conflicts. 2. Large class sizes can EXCEED the limits of public schools max of 18 students. My child's class was 1 teacher to 25 students. 3. Loud chaotic environment particularly the lunch room. Wow !! Lack of teacher supervision relied on volunteers. 4. Work sheet based politically correct curriculum very little hands on experiences & tests continuously ! Christian holidays NOT celebrated. 5. Lack of personal hygiene, NO hand washing. 6. Relied on $ donations to fund classrooms. 7. Shared text books to write in !! 8. Carline is LONG !! VISIT OFTEN
Terrible school! I agree with all the negative feedback here. Just pure chaos in the hallways, classrooms, lunchroom etc. Just can't believe how children are allowed to behave at this school. I moved my son from an excellent magnet school thinking it wouldn't be much different here and I've never been so wrong! Very sad Momma I was for making that call. I would absolutely consider a public school over this one any day. Thank goodness my hubby got a job offer in AL a couple months after my son started this school there was no way my son would've stayed in this school....
From my experience (1yr), there seems to be an invisible wall between me and the school. I feel no connection to anyone in the school. I think the SIS system is relied upon to heavily. I am a stay at home mom with a 3yr old but felt unwelcomed as a volunteer. The traditional school we attened previously was happy to get any help it could. I ended up having to "pay for snacks" to get volunteer hours...that defeats the purpose of parental involvement. The school advertises that each student has personal learning plan. I have NEVER seen my child's plan. And yes I asked to see it, but why should I have to ask...it should have been given to me in September. I'm not even going to discuss the car loop. I don't think this is a bad school...I just expected more....alot more. The homework was not challenging at all. The art/spanish/music classes are only half a year not the entire year (for elementary) I am not out to down the school but I'm not out singing its praises either.
RUN for the hills! Middle school is horrible to say the least, students rule the classrooms disruptive behavior is non stop daily, cursing at teachers, leaving classrooms etc... Poor teachers have NO support from administration and have their hands tied to put up with students disgusting behavior. Feel sorry for teachers who wish to teach and can't. Administration sweeps everything under the rug and throughout entire school year has allowed student behavioral issues to continue. I would NOT recommend this school for 6th thru 8th grade to anyone. I am so THANKFUL this is my childs last year.
Administration is abhorant. Lack of communication is the norm. Calls and emails go unreturned. School is understaffed with no intention of increasing (23 children is the average for the younger grades..St. Lucie school board sets the limit at 18, and every school in our area tries to truly keep it at 16 max, most being 15. The new Renaissance is slated to open in Tradition and Iwas hoping that this would mean less crowded classrooms with 2 schools in the area--WRONG! Per USA Charters their classroom size for K-3 is 23 students. I asked how many teachers would ther be for these grades---their answer. We don't know yet--it depends on how many kids are enrolled. They will be 22-23 per class and THEN they will hire teachers to match that. 1 Guidance counselor at RCSSL for 1300+ students, adn I assume Tradition will be the same. Such great hope and possibliites with this school, but all for not. Lots and LOTS of bullying issues, no consistent rules (I still have YET to receive a parent handbook even after requesting multiple times!), horrible horrible horrible. I am so saddend we made this choice and can't wait to leave!
RCSSLC has great teachers who challenge students daily. The teachers are dedicated and go above and beyond their job description. The administration are amazing individuals and they go out of their way to support their teachers and staff, and work daily at building relationships with the students. The teachers are creative in their teaching styles, and assignments. They are helpful to the students and encourage them to their goals and go beyond their learning comfort zone. I am very happy with our decision to have our children in this school.
RCSSL is a dynamic school that serves a diverse student body and stake holders. We are not only accountable to our administration and CSUSA, we are also accountable to our governing board, the community, our Parent Teacher Committee and most of all our students. Although, some situations are not ideal for some, I cannot think of a better place to teach. Students begin from early grades and grow into intelligent, friendly, and outspoken young men and ladies. Our school cultivates a culture of respect. Our children grow up together in a small community and welcomes those who join. As you may read below, not everyone adjusts well to the high expectations and rigor needed to teach a vast student body within the school and classrooms, so they move on to schools with a different philosophy and mission. The rest of us TEACH. We are a school of choice. Our students were brought to us by their parents who entrust their learning and development to us. Parents who pledge to work along with the teachers and volunteer at least 20 hours each year. My colleagues and I take this very seriously. We are all change agents. I am proud of my school. Nobody does what we do better than we do.
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