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K-8
Public charter
Riverview, FL
Students enrolled: 1,263
 

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6204 Scholars Hill Lane
Riverview, FL 33578

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(813) 235-4811
(813) 315-4403
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May 11, 2015
My Daughter started during winter and the staff and teachers made the transition for my daughter very nice. The teachers communicate well via phone or email. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable and I love that the parents have to be involved when it comes to the students. I applied for my son and he will be attending next year and I am so happy for us to be a parent of the Winthrop family!!

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May 07, 2015
Amazing school for my 1st grader. She is thriving and is given every opportunity needed to continue to thrive. I would recommend to anyone!

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May 07, 2015
My child has been at Winthrop since she was in Kindergarten. I was so worried for her to leave and go off to school, but meeting her teacher made me feel at ease. She took the time to meet with my child and make her feel ready for her first day. I highly recommend Winthrop as my second child will be there soon.

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April 30, 2015
Great school! My kids attended this school from day one and I never had any issues. The teachers, principal, staffs, and administration are all amazing. I would definitely recommend WCS.

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April 14, 2015
My child's name is Carly .Winthrop charter school is a great school and I highly recommend this school to anyone who are looking for a great school.

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March 30, 2015
I'm so glad my son got pick to attend Winthrop charter school he loves his teacher and is learning so much. I would recommend this school to all my family and friends.

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March 26, 2015
My son started Winthrop last year, i removed him from regular public school and i couldn't be any happier with that decision. The staff and teachers are truly amazing and extremely great with all the kids. My son is excelling in all subjects and reaching his highest potential and a lot of that is thanks to Winthrop. I highly recommend Winthrop charter :)

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March 26, 2015
Great school! Always good communication with parents, great drop off pick up system. GREAT teachers!

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December 08, 2014
My kids have been at the school since day one. While there were some issues at the beginning, you would have to expect that with a start up school. After only 3 years, they earned an A rating in academics. If academics is your priority, this is a great school.

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July 31, 2014
My daughter has completed her first (fourth) grade year at Winthrop, and she is gearing up for her fifth. After a full year there, I decided to post this review. My husband and I are very pleased with the school overall. We loved the teachers our daughter had - Mrs. Guzan and Mrs. Bowlby. They were completely professional, reliable, and very hard-working the entire year. Most of the teachers and staff are pleasant but hard-working. These people bustle and hustle. They are committed to reaching the school's goals, it is very evident. The school policies are strict for a purpose - to create uniformity in dress and provide a basic expectation of good behavior. In no way does the school inhibit children's individuality. It provides structure at a basic level so that children feel empowered at higher levels. The only complaint I have is the lack of a school nurse during school hours. Sometimes there seemed to be one; other times, there was not. This is the only major concern I have. As for other bad reviews, I've seen the principal many times - bustling, lol - and he always had a friendly smile. Same with the front office staff. I recommend Winthrop highly. :)

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June 05, 2014
This school has provided me with the right tools and assistance to help my son succeed. With the online grading system PowerSchool, I was able to see from early on in the year that he needed extra help with reading. I met with his teacher to discuss my concerns, and we were able to come up with a plan that included several levels of help depending on how things progressed. Fortunately, it was enough for him to be worked with in small groups several times a week to help him improve, but had this not worked, there were other levels of assistance that were ready to be put in place. I was able to keep tabs on my son s grade through PowerSchool and keep in frequent touch with his teacher, who gave him special encouragement when he did especially well on a weekly reading test. Also, when I had concerns about my son s stuttering, I was able to quickly get him in for an evaluation with the school speech pathologist. This was very helpful to not have to pay for an outside evaluation. Because of all the help available to me, my son was able to have a very successful year.

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May 19, 2014
Great school !! teachers and faculty are great, always available, and are wonderful with the kids. The curriculum is both challenging, and beneficial to the students. I reccomend this school to all the moms I know !

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May 18, 2014
My daughter has been at this school now since the day it opened (3 years now) and she has excelled with the many opportunities provided to her. The academic and extra curricular activities have been available since the very beginning. She has been part of honor music society, National Junior Honor Society, safety patrols, athletic teams, yearbook club, etc. In each one of these instances, she was only allowed to participate if she kept good grades and good behavior. I like that the school puts emphasis on not only academics but also on building good people. They are not allowed to be on the athletic teams or go on field trips if their teachers don't sign off on their grades & behavior. I think this is really important, especially in the middle school so that these kids know what is expected of them as they grow into responsible adults. Uniform policy is strict but I would rather deal with that than have my kids in an environment where baggy pants or short shorts or other inappropriate clothing is the norm.

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May 13, 2014
Winthrop is a wonderful school! We've been here since the beginning, and have been happy every day of the past three school years. Great teachers, great office staff, great leadership, great aftercare program! I can't say enough good things about Winthrop!

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April 28, 2014
i am a student here and everything that you have read below is true... some teachers are rude and unfair but others are great. The cafeteria food is DISGUSTING!!! there is grafitti in the elementary. the middle school curriculum is all messed up. This year in language arts we have had atleast 5 teachers and subs, and in math we have had 7 teachers and subs. thus year on the fcat i wont be surprised if most of us fail. there is rarely any trouble or fights at this school... but recently a kid was caught with marajuana on his first day... they caught him right away. Another downside to this school is that THERE ARE NO LOCKERS!!! we have to carry all of our books in our backpacks 24/7!!! hope this helped!!!

- submitted by a community member

March 24, 2014
This school is great. We transferred our child in mid-year last year from another CSUSA campus that wasn't a good environment. We have been blessed with great teachers, administration and staff. The school is strict but I love that. We know exactly what is expected and the consequences. This is a hard working group of professionals. I drive over 70 miles per day so my child can attend this school. It is worth the time and effort! I would highly recommend Winthrop Charter School.

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March 19, 2014
This is my son's first year at Winthrop. I am a principal at another school 2 hours from here. I struggled with placing my son in a school close to home or in my school. We bounced back and forth and decided to try Winthrop out. We are thrilled with what our son has experienced. He tried the rules at first but his teacher held strong and together we got him to clearly understand this was his school and he had to follow rules as he would the rest of his life. His teacher was very supportive and never gave up. By the end of September he was following rules making good grades and the behavior had stopped. For some parents this tough routine of student accountability for their behavior and grades isn't what they expect or want to them I say this is why teaching has lost so many good teachers. Perhaps they need to consider that the reason any of the teachers have left is not the school or the administration but the parents who refuse to think their child is anything but perfect. Winthrop address the whole child. We love the school and look forward to another year.

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2014
To the patent who posted on March 6th. How many teachers have you had or do you know? How have you tried to get in contact with your teacher, if they don't respond take it to the principal but most respond. You cannot say that the majority of our teachers are that way unless you've had contact directly with them. I am sorry you are having such a bad experience but overall Winthrop is a good school with good teachers that go out of their way for their students. I myself have my feelings about the 7the grade math issue but instead of bashing the school online I went to the higher-ups about it. Overall Winthrop gas been great for my kids. I suggest this school to everyone. Also how much time do you spend at the school? How often do you volunteer? It makes a difference in your child's life to gave you there. It's great that we as parents are offered this opportunity here. Sad that more parents don't take advantage of it. It might change a few perspectives on the school too. :)

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March 06, 2014
This school has many teachers that have very little experience . The teachers do NOT teach outside the box ! Most can't even teach period!! All the teachers Do NOT post all the grades as they grade them . I agree with the post below many teachers have left this school. That's the BIG talk at pick up. Take my advice find another school with teachers that are experienced and know how to email parents in a respectful way.

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January 29, 2014
Our school is Winthrop Charter. I have seen some reviews that I don't understand. For ex: test scores? This school has gone up every year. They are a B overall for FCAT. I don't believe they teach to FCAT. This school teaches outside of the box,hence the reason it was picked. Also, I don't understand not knowing your child's grade. It's on the computer, they are always sending progress reports home. As for teachers not responding to a parent. If this happens then get in touch with Mr Johnson. As for the office? Go sit in the front chairs and watch for awhile ,then tell me they are bad. These ladies work very hard to protect your child. I have to say thank goodness they are the way they are. Not one person will get in without them knowing!!! All in all I believe this is a great school. Sure they could improve but what school can't!

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January 23, 2014
This is the second year for my family at Winthrop Charter School. Both of my daughters are on Honor Roll and look forward to going to school every day. I cannot help but enjoy volunteering at the school, especially when the students are all smiling and polite. It is so refreshing to have children hold doors open for you and / or thank you for helping at their school. This is our future generation and they are something to be proud of! The teachers and staff really care about the children. They spend so much time helping to instill a love of learning in their students. And it shows!

- submitted by a parent

January 23, 2014
Winthrop Charter School is an excellent school with amazing teachers, staff, and administration. My child has attended WCS since the doors opened and we never had any issues. My child is getting a top-notch education from some of the finest teachers in the state. In addition to getting a fantastic education, my child has the opportunity to participate in numerous after school clubs and activities. My child also participates in the school's Aftercare program, and the director and his staff run an excellent program. I love the fact that parents are required to volunteer at Winthrop. I love being involved in my child's education. My youngest child is jealous of his sibling and just can't wait to attend Winthrop next year for kindergarten.

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January 14, 2014
I currently have 3 kids at this school and I am considering taking them out. The school has lost most of their teacher and are running on subs. My kids are constantly bringing home letters in the Elementary and Middle school that their teacher left. The office staff at both school are always rude, lazy always eating, talking about their husbands/boyfriends. They never seem to know anything. I have called the school several time and the phone rings non stop. If I have an issue, they suggest me to speak to the office manager who is so sarcastic and rude. If you are not one of her bff, she speaks down to you. Her kids are constantly in the office. I thought was a professional setting. The principal is never present. I have been at this school for 2 yrs and he is never around. The new A/P is always joking around and seems to be nice. But this school needs a whole lot more. The teachers are always dressed like if they were going to the park and some have their clothing so tight, that I am surprised the kids can't function. This charter school is just a business. They are constantly asking for money, supplies AND when you register your kids, you agree to complete volunteer hrs. #NOTHAPPY

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December 27, 2013
I cannot say enough amazing things about this school. The teachers are phenomenal and extremely responsive and the faculty is very much involved in all areas. I'm very impressed on how well the school is run - if there is any type of issue, they jump on it to resolve quickly. My experience has been nothing short of amazing so I'm not sure where some of these negative reviews are coming from. I am notified constantly on my sons grades and progress and I feel very much involved in his education. The parents are also very much involved with each other which I also enjoy. The school is extremely responsive to the parents so parent input is never wasted. Love it here!

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December 02, 2013
Great school just like a juvenile detention center just missing the razor wire. That will probably come next. The kids outside in a fence area like caged animals

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November 13, 2013
My 2 kids have attended this school since their doors opened. We were about to place them in a private school when the opportunity for Winthrop presented itself. Unfortunately, the great school they once attended, in our great subdivision became overcrowded, and out of control. With out reservation and with much sacrifice we decided to embarq the 19 mile commute for them to attend Winthrop. There were a few kinks the first year, but its smooth sailing now. We could not be happier of the decision we made and I am a difficult cookie to please. Therefore, I find it difficult to entirely believe some of these negative comments. Yes, the school adheres to a strict disciplined structure. That's what weeds out those who can't survive and adhere to a disciplined envfironment. Those who set a bad example for their kids and spoil the little good schools in the area. The teachers are excellent, attentive and actually seem happy to come to work. You might find an exception or two. The curriculm is culturally rich, broader than any in the area. The principals are great and always visible and approachable.Communication is excellent, you can see grades and assignments daily.Finally,peace of mind.

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August 27, 2013
This is my son's 3rd year at Winthrop. As a parent who attended private school my entire life, I can honestly say this is the closest thing to a private school you could ask for. The best part is, there is no private school tuition. The students are held to a strict dress code & grooming standards. It's quite refreshing to see this when compared to other schools where improper attire is sometimes allowed. The teachers and office staff truly care about the students' mental, emotional and physical development. The head coach is the BEST in Tampa Bay and will have a bright future ahead of him. He is the perfect role model for young athletes. The negative reviews you are reading are most likely from parents that weren't aware of the high standards their child would be held to before enrolling them at Winthrop. It is fully laid out on the website and any hand-outs given by the school what is expected of the children that attend Winthrop. The first year there were kinks to work out (as with any new school), but the principal & staff worked diligently to fix any issues that arose. We are just praying that Winthrop opens for grades 9-12 next year so our son can continue to attend.

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August 20, 2013
This is our second year at the Elementary School and we are very happy. What is most important is my son is happy and has never been so expressive with all that he does in class and with the extra-curricular activities. I do agree that the school is sorting some of the organizational items, however; they are open to change and have made great improvements with Open house and communication. It is moving in a positive direction. I do agree that the Front Office could be a bit more friendly since we are there for information and it is there job to provide answers. I did see some post regarding not knowing that their children were not doing well. I don't know how that is possible when you can view your Children's Grades daily. I believe that you can't put all the blame on the school, as a parent it is your responsibility to check in with the teachers and know what is going on with your child.

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August 11, 2013
This school is great! I'm also a student attending Winthrop and I have got to say I that love it! I have been there since it's opening and I loved it! The teachers are nice and as the 7th grader said, the teachers really care about our education. Not saying anything about the lunch or the uniform, but it is a great school! I would reccomend it.

- submitted by a community member

August 09, 2013
Congrats on the B rating. That's a great accomplishment for being such a young school tasked with educating all kids that the public schools couldn't.

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August 08, 2013
I just have to say I find it really interesting the parents that don't like this school are the parents of children who aren't getting good grades. I met a woman today raving about how her granddaughter was such a great reading then when she went to Winthrop her reading level went down. Really? That is the dumbest thing I ever heard of. Maybe its just that the common core level of education is not right for her that's way her grades dropped. We love the school !!

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July 19, 2013
My two sons are going to this school since the school started and we are extremely happy with the school. Front desk people are so good. Class teachers are very nice and my kids are excelling in their studies. Music teacher is awesome. They have very nice exposure to other activities. I would definitely recommend this school.

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July 15, 2013
As a high school science teacher for 12 years I have a fair idea what to look for in a school for our 8yr old. Winthrop is a step down from many local schools I have visited. It is difficult to make a call about a school prior to attending but we will not be back. The negative comments I have encountered are unfortunately true. This is intended to give parents some notice on what I have seen after a year at the school. Good luck with your school search.

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July 08, 2013
My son started at Winthrop in 1st grade in the fall of 2011 (year they started) and he will continue now to 3rd grade. So far it has been a great experience and it has certainly exceeded my expectations. This school is very involved in the community and extremely dynamic. The Winthrop teachers all give 150% and they can all show for it. My son is very talkative and the teachers of Winthrop have been able to focus on this academic strength and keep him involved and committed to his school work. The Music, Physical education, Computers, Science and Spanish and Library departments are all staffed by amazing individuals that love to teach. There are community hours that are requiredI have done most in their lunch room, events and donations and I finished way before the school was over and I work full time. I've attended almost all the parent meetings and I've always felt that I could freely ask questions. I have always seen the Principal or Assistant principal present at all meetings. This school is relatively large but has a small school feel and the front desk ladies always remember the parents and are very nice.

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June 25, 2013
I can't help but notice that many of these negative reviews come from parents who lack basic grammar skills, which also leads me to wonder if it is just the same parent re-posting to make the school look bad. Regardless, I have a daughter who attended 6th grade here for 12-13 and will be returning. She loves her teachers (especially reading, they need to hold on to her!) and I like the structure. All of the teachers were very communicative and knowledgable and I saw active administration every time I volunteered on campus. We love Winthrop!

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June 09, 2013
I have to say I am shocked by reading what a completely different experience some people have had at Winthrop - my daughter is going on her 3rd year here and she has loved it from the start - made many friends, loves her teachers and is making great grades. We had been doing virtual/homeschool for many years after I pulled my kids from public school because they were in huge elementary classes and not getting individual attention - this is not at all the case (I am seeing) at Winthrop Charter Middle school. At one point she was struggling in her History class and was able to attend group tutoring, and brought her grade up for the rest of the year. The rules are strict and enforced, and as a parent, I am all for that. Is it perfect? no, but they are working on making improvements as they can - the see a problem, set a goal, and make the changes to fix it. In my opinion, their policies encourage parental involvement and open lines of communication. I am puzzled by those who have had such a vastly different experience.

- submitted by a parent

June 07, 2013
Good idea gone bad... Our son had perfect grades and no issues. The instruction and communication from staff were a far cry from what we were looking for. I did meet some great people there but not nearly enough. I talked to many parents most were disappointed. This school will have a tremendous turn over rate.

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June 06, 2013
my two kids attends this school since it opened.. I am so happy is the last week. the stress is over. they are not coming back to this school. They are kids in elementary school not people from the army. They are not allow to do nothing. The are more interesting in behavior than their grades. there's got to be a happy medium and this school don't have that. Find out first why this school is category C. Talk to different parents first. And find out how many kids from last year stay in this school. My daugther who is an honor roll in this school is leaving together with all her best friends who are also honor roll. So happy I dont have to come back ever again!!

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May 20, 2013
My son attends Winthrop Charter since it opened. We love the school and my son is so happy there. I have great communication with the teachers. I feel like they care about each student needs. My son is now in 1st grade is doing very well and so proud what he has learned. There are some enrichment programs offered. As far as the uniform , for the people who complained on other ratings about this there is a manual that tells you what is required to wear . I personally like the dress code it makes it easy in the morning. I would recommend this school and my little one can't wait to start there.

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May 19, 2013
My family and I are having great experience at Winthrop Charter School. We have to work hard to maintain our grades. My 4th grader is on Honor Roll and my 2nd grader is on High Honor Roll (all As). I am proud of the work that the teachers, the principal(s) and the support staff have done to make my kids successful. When I go to the school, the kids are well behaved, smiling and the teachers seem warm and interested in the success of the children. I have to stay connected by checking my kids grades on SIS (school website), and their agendas for homework assignments. My teachers have been great at sending home weekly agendas outlining the homework, tests and projects due for the week. This helps my kids learn organization and time management. The principal also rewards the students' character achievements through the school Strive Program. Every quarter, kids are awarded certificates in the cafeteria for academic and character achievements. I like all the extra curricular programs like Broadway,Music, Robotics, Arts, Spanish, Photography, sports, even cheerleading.I hope they add a high school as well. The kids fortunate to start here in Kindergarten will be very successful.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2013
Do not recommend this school to no one. Please try to talk to parents first. Ask about how many students did not reach their goals. Ask what kind of help they got for kids with special needs. You will be surprise. I never seen parents and kids so disappointed in any school. Ask before you make a mistake. There is nothing in this school to make this children feel welcome. The secretary laugh at you when you need to talk the principal. You ask a question and it looks like sport game, everyone throw the ball to someone else and at the end no one is responsable of anything. The principal should be on the most wanted person. Just for your kid, ask before making a decision.

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May 08, 2013
My children attend this school, the oldest has since the doors open. We have been more than pleased with the teachers. They go above and beyond what is required. Any obligations on your part are presented on the website prior to applying for a spot here, if you are unaware that there is a required uniform, you need a certain number of volunteer hours (that may be obtained through supply donations, IF YOU CHOSE) or anything else that is expected than you didn't read it. This information is also given at the open house. Communication is well above average, there is a specified log in system with direct emails, weekly assignments and your childs grades. I am impressed with Mr. Johnson. I have over 60 hrs. of volunteer time for this school year, although I can't say that I have seen him each time I have been at the school but, I don't expect to.

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May 07, 2013
I can not see how this school is still operational. The staff and organization are all a JOKE! First on the second week of my kindergartner and second grader attending this school they were released ALONE with no adult supervision and managed to walk to publix. It just so happen that a staff member (who my children did not know and could have been anyone posing as a teacher with a uniform shirt) noticed them and returned them to school within 30 minutes of missing! This was the only time I was able to speak with the principal (with fear this would go public I'm sure). His response was those responsible would be taken care of, and reassurance that this would not happen again. The front office clerks are rude, unhelpful, snobby and unprofessional. They roll their eyes and do not know answers to anything! This school is more concerned about the fact that my daughter's shoes has a little pink in them than her studies. There is someone who actually goes around and checks to see if the children are wearing belts and writes them up! What does a belt or shoes have to do with effective learning? The pick up line is an absolute unorganized MESS! Worry more about education not appearance.

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2013
I understand the school is new and is working out some kinks but I'd have to say overall, lack of organization is its biggest flaw. The beginning-of-the-year Open House event was a DISASTER, completely overcrowded and unorganized. The athletic department, which for some sports depends on parent volunteers, is also unorganized and lacks effective communication (I think Coach Irvin does his best but is completely overwhelmed). Staff members in the elementary office have been less than polite on more than one occasion and the current parent volunteer coordinator can be downright rude. Mandatory volunteer hours are a great thing, but I was disappointed to find AFTER the year began that you can buy your way out ($10 = 1 hour). The school is constantly, and I mean CONSTANTLY, soliciting supplies (NEVER experienced this in our prior public elementary school), and reminding you that purchasing them is a "great way to earn those volunteer hours." So they extol the value of being a presence in your child's school, then let you get away with dropping off some tissues and hand sanitizer as "volunteer" work. My kids miss their old school, and so do I...overall we're disappointed.

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2013
I just have been told that my daughter wil not pass 5th grade and I just want to cry. no one told me ahead of time what was going on about it. I think this school should have call me like they did when my daughter bring yellow sucks. I am so mad about. My daughter is out of this school today. Don't recomment this school to no one.

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2013
it looks like the principal was the person who wrote the las review. My son has been in this school since day one. And that is not what i see in this school. a lots of parents are not happy. They are working on manners and respect and uniform but not on their grades. No one care about if the student need help or not. I have been trying to speak with the principal and only emails says i will get in touch with you and nothing. About the talking they are not allowed to talk not even at lunch and there is a person in the bathroom making sure no one talks. absolutely ridiculous. The only way they get in touch with you if your child go to school with yellow socks, that is more important for them than how they are doing with his grades. and follow on of the teachers there is a lot of students that will failed grade next year thanks to this attituted.

- submitted by a parent

March 25, 2013
Definitely there is no priorities in this school. It's been almost two weeks that I am trying to schedule a meeting and they only said they will schedule a meeting and still waiting. The teacher has been calling names to my son who has a health condition that will not allowed him to behaved like others students. Very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent

March 24, 2013
My son is a 6th grader this year at Winthrop. He came from an amazing elemenatry school experience, so Winthrop had a tough act to follow. Overall, I have been pleased with the school. Mr. Coelho runs a tight ship at the middle school level, and frankly at this age it's a good idea. The majority of the teachers are really good. There are always great teachers, good teachers and weak teachers in ANY school. He is in the advanced classes and I have seen him be challenged and learn a great deal in his classes. Is there room for improvement? Sure. The science classes could use some lab materials, and the PE program could be better. It would be nice if they could vary their electives a little bit too. I am a high school teacher and I realize that this is a small school, so they can't offer the variety that a larger public school can offer, but overall I am happy with my son's progress and feel that he is being well-prepared for high school.

- submitted by a parent

March 21, 2013
I started working for Winthrop last year when it opened, and I am proud to be a part of a school that truly is dedicated to doing what is best for our kids. I understand the frustration some parents have about uniforms, not being able to walk a little one to class, or using an online system as a main means of communication, but these are small issues in the grand scheme of all the good. I taught in the county for 3 years before coming here and will never go back- the kids are wonderful, the majority of parents are supportive and involved, and my colleagues are dedicated to the profession. We are expected to respond to parents within 24 hours, no exceptions, and I know I don't make my parents wait that long. We offer way more sports, clubs, tutoring opportunities, etc. to students than most other schools in the area. The school is free and you get a private school feel. We challenge our kids and work hard to help struggling students rise to the challenge. We have high expectations that we help kids meet. I would send my own kids here and someday will- Winthrop is a great place to be, especially the middle school! Good middle schools are few and far between here, and ours is great!

- submitted by a teacher

February 13, 2013
This is our first year at WCS & have had nothing but excellent experiences with our teachers. They care deeply about their students. We know the school is doing something right when our kids are enjoying learning and we can see the results. They love going to school each day. We believe a disciplined environment is good for children because it provides structure, security and certainty which allows them to focus on learning. This school is a perfect fit for our family. As to comments about the involvement of the principal and asst. principal. I see them around the school frequently. The principal attended an ice cream party with my kids last month. Before judging their "involvement" one needs to understandd the roles of the administration. The principal leaves the teaching to the teachers as it should be and handles does his job. I see our Asst. Principal in car line each morning, at all PTC meetings and most spirit events. We ask a lot of questions, we get school work done, we attend meetings & choose to be involved. Like anything else, what you put in is what you get out. The first year was full of challenges, but I feel they've risen above them.

- submitted by a parent

January 04, 2013
my daughter attends this school and comes home crying every day. this school is like a prison inside and out. the teachers are mean and the kids just had winter break and she came home and had to do two giant projects. she comes home everyday telling me about all the drama happening and i want to know where the teachers are when all this happens. my daughter has been there since day one we did a second year to give them another try, but it just got worse, we will not be returning

- submitted by a parent

December 17, 2012
My children (2nd & 3rd grade) are currently attending Winthrop Charter. My children went from making honor roll easily to struggling just to make honor roll. This place is like a factory get them in and get them out, hopefully w/ passing grades. The classes are overcrowded with disrespectful/rude students.The good kids are overlooked. Principle who? Assistant principle who? Never met them and couldn't even begin to tell you what they look like.I have to prod just to find out information regarding my childrens' schoolwork and even then I'm given very short answers, but if theres an item need for the school or class I get at least a two paragraph email/letter sent home. I could go on and on but I wont. I am taking my children out b4 they can fail. P.S. There is NO WAITING list. We relocated to the area my children started here about 3 weeks after school started. I saw on the website that there is a possibility of a waiting list and that you have to submit all required info and wait to be "accepted". HA! The same day all my info was submitted was the same day they were "accepted". Since then at least 2 or 3 other students have joined my kids class each. So there is no waiting list.

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November 21, 2012
My daughter goes here and she said it was strait out torture, The teachers push them too hard and yell at them for doing stuff they diddent do. My daughter got her belt taken away for being to late for safety patrol duty and leaving too early. They also got silent lunch for a month! Personally i think lunch is their time to talk and express their feelings! They have been sitting in chairs for hours!! Give them a break!!! Also they focus too much on uniform and behavior instead of academics and the childrens feelings! spare your child by not taking them to this school. One last thing, the school dean never awnsers my emails/ phone calls. I also went to the school to talk to him face to face but he wasent available. Please dont take your child to this school! If you do you're wasting your time so please, Think of the children!!

- submitted by a parent

November 09, 2012
Very Disappointed... My kids have been in this school since they open their door for the firts time. My son has been struggle for so long and even I put him in two differents tutoring no one in the school can help me on why he is running behind. The Principal send me to the teacher who was apsent for a whole month and during this time he came home crying every day because he had two different sub and could not understand. They are focus in bahavior and uniform, but not if the kid need help in learning. My daughter who is an honor roll dont like the school, they dont let her talk at all, in class.. on the cafeteria.. halls etc, the only place she could talk was the bathroom and they also locate someone at the bathroom door just to make sure no one talk. it's insane!! they go way to far... looks like a military school not a middle charter school.

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2012
I'm glad to hear that some people are having a good experience here. For me, there was a lack of communication and no returning of emails/phone calls. I think communication will be different on a case by case basis with some teachers being good and others failing. Maybe once they are established in a few years, they will have a little more of a chance to shine. It can become very frustrating to be in the beginning phases of something. The FCAT score of C was unimpressive to me as well. Hopefully, we will see an improvement in this score for this year and a little more consistency with communication. I also only have seen the principal at the end of school party last year. Again, hoping for a great year this year.

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July 23, 2012
My daughter is a proud student of Winthrop! For the person earlier who said the principal is never available... I don't believe you. I had over 40 hours (in volunteer hours, we only needed 20) and I saw Mr. Johnson on a regular basis. The only time I had to call to speak to him, I was given his voicemail and had a return call in to me within 24 hours. He was at the parent/teacher co-op meetings and many of the other groups that met during the year. The school itself is wonderful. The not only met my expectations for academics, but far exceeded them. They are not afraid to "go out of the box" in teaching, which... IMO, is a bonus! My daughter learned so much more than her friends in other charter and public schools. The office staff is very nice and they are always willing to help out. The teachers that I have met have been beyond amazing and have really secured this school as one of the greatest. My daughter received weekly updates via a paper sent home and of course, you can check the online system everyday. There wasn't a day that we didn't know what to expect from her class. I am beyond thrilled to that my child is at Winthrop & I look forward to this upcoming year!

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July 14, 2012
My kids were in 4th and 6th grade here last year. I was really disappointed in the lack of involvement of the principal--I never saw him or talked to him once in the entire year which speaks volumes since I had to volunteer for 30 hours at the school. Even after leaving messages wishing to discuss curriculum, I never had a return phone call. This is not anything comparable to what my kids had in the Northeast. It feels more like a prison to me. One day when I volunteered for lunch duty, it was "silent lunch". Seriously, the kids don't have recess and don't have free time to just relax and then when they get to lunch, they can't even speak and relax and enjoy because they were "too loud" at lunch the day before. I would like to think the teachers would remember what it is like to be a kid since they all seem like they just graduated themselves. Then there was a 5th grade teacher screaming and humiliating students in the lunch room. It makes me wonder what goes on when no parents are there. I tend to overlook a lot of things b/c everyone has a bad day now and then, but my kids hate it here and are crying about going back. I wish I could find a better school in the area....

- submitted by a parent

July 13, 2012
This school is fairly new and seems to be good. If i had children, i would send them there. I have friends who children attend there and they love it.

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July 13, 2012
My son just finished first grade at Winthrop, and I'm very pleased wi his experience there. He made great academic gains in the areas he was weakest (language arts) and he felt very safe and secure there with the structured environment. His teacher was fresh out of college, and full of enthusiasm and dedication to her students. I am very impressed with the principal and assistant principal. I feel they have addressed issues that come up, and they have communicated with the parents. I really like the community feeling they create with events and requiring parent volunteering. Overall, I am pleased and expect the administration will continue to improve on the system next year.

- submitted by a parent

July 12, 2012
Well, my child attends this school and I have to say that This school is great! Everyone is friendly and as for the uniforms, it is a requirement. Not an option! Everyone has a choice and You have a choice to decide where you attend! If you don't like following the rules, the this isn't the place for you. Children are provided a great education and our FCAT Scores speak volume. As far as their being any issues, that is not accurate and that information should be taken off. We have a learning community and my child loves Winthrop! The teachers are very friendly and they communicate all the time. My daughter had an issue with reading and immediately I was contacted and advised that she can atttend afterschool tutoring.

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Winthrop Charter School
6204 Scholars Hill Lane, Riverview, FL  33578
(813) 235-4811
Last modified Winthrop Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Winthrop Charter School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top