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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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!
I'm wondering why the test scores are so low. Below state average in math? I went to an open house before the school opened. I was very impressed and excited for my kids to go there. But now that it's time for us to select a school, I'm concerned about the quality of education this school offers. I'm not looking for a school that only teaches to FCAT, but below state average scores are simply unacceptable.
My child has attended Winthrop Charter School for the past two and a half years. The teachers, staff, and administration are awesome. All of the teachers are friendly and helpful, and my daughter's teachers in particular have worked with her to bring out the very best work she is capable of. When she started school at WCS, my child was struggling to read. After two and a half years at Winthrop, she is now one of the top readers in her class. The office staff are always friendly and knowledgeable. Whenever I need help with anything, and can count on them to take care of my needs in a prompt and courteous manner, and whenever my child gets sick, I can always count on her receiving wonderful care in the clinic until I am able to pick her up. The school's PTC puts on some really great events for the students and parents: Donuts with Dad, Muffins with Mom, Father/Daughter Dance, Walk-A-Thon, Parent Meet & Greet, etc. The volunteerism at WCS is great! I love that I can be involved at my child's school while working with my daughter's friends' parents. Since we don't all live in the same neighborhood, these events make it easier to feel like we're all in one community.
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!
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
THIS SCHOOL IS AMAZING... but there cafeteria food sucks! :( i am a current student attending the 7th grade and i advise you to have your kid pack there lunch! My sister and i both attend winthrop and we love it! Yes the uniform policy is a little ridiculous, but the teachers really do care about our education! my little sister, in elementary school now attending 5th grade, usually got straight B's at our old school. But now since we've been at winthrop she is getting the best grades ever thanks to her teacher Ms. Bowlby ! As for me i am also at an academic high! My grades are as high as they have ever been and i am so proud of myself! the teacher's are really cool and fun to talk to and they really do care! They dedicate their personal time after school and hold study sessions if their is a big test coming up soon and you need to refresh your memory! If you send your kid to this school please make sure that they have a packed lunch, because YES... IT IS THAT BAD!!!! Other than that i dont have anything bad to say !!! AmAzInG sChOoL !!!! :):):):):):):):):)
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