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 !!!! :):):):):):):):):)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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