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. :)
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.
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 !
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.
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!
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!
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.
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