Galileo is definitely above the bar for public schools in Seminole County. The conundrum, though, is that many of the students attending have not tested as gifted. The lottery timing for new truly gifted students is such that it is very difficult for parents of prospective parents to gain entrance for a new student, particularly when siblings of existing students and children of staff are automatically able to enroll. One more thing: all teachers are required by the Seminole School Board to be certified as gifted teachers. Although the school initially advertised foreign language classes, they've yet to successfully hire a gifted-certified language teacher. Also, the principal is not trained or certified in gifted education, nor in elementary education. That is truly bizarre, and amazing that the school board will accept it.
Our son is about to complete kindergarten at Galileo. We couldn't be more pleased and fell truly blessed to have found and have our son enrolled at Galileo. The school uses gifted learning principles (Renzulli) and does not restrict admissions to gifted students. The lottery system is an unfortunate requirement of charter schools, but their funding is controlled by the county and their space is limited. While I can sympathize with parents who feel it is unfair to admit siblings and children of staff, if you think about it, how would any alternative be better? I would encourage parents who feel excluded due to timing or any other issue to contact the school. There are supplemental lotteries that are held to keep students at every available desk. We have found the staff to be very accommodating and approachable. Galileo's results speak for themselves on paper, if you could meet the staff, teachers, and especially the kids, you would know their approach is working. Hopefully the county will take notice and not only increase Galileo's funding, but consider additional charter schools utilizing their principles. We wouldn't want Galileo itself to get too big, size changes things.
This would great if you were already part of the school system, however it's not enough/falls short. Good luck moving Seminole County with gifted children. The application is due in January and the LOTTERY is held in March, to late for those moving over the summer with gifted children. Not only are children of siblings allowed spots in the school even if not identified as gifted, but so are children of staff.
I can't say enough good things about this school ! We are so grateful to the teachers, staff and leadership at Galileo. Our daughter has thrived academically and socially. The family environment and parent involvement is inspiring. We are truly one family, doing the best for our children and with their guidance and knowledge, providing the best for our children's future. This charter school is better than any public or private school.
We have had such an awesome and refreshing experience at Galileo. Their project based learning has helped my children really develop a love of learning again. The teachers and staff have a genuine love for teaching and the kiddos.
I feel so lucky that my child attends Galileo. Galileo is a beautiful blend of home school, public, and private school kids who parents have the same desire to have the best education for their children. I was looking for a school that believed in acceleration and differentiation, who believe in teaching deeper & boarder. Not just harder work sheets. I love that that my child has two specials a day. My child loves that SHE gets to pick what SHE wants to do after lunch...will it be Legos on Monday, crafts on Tuesday, recess on Wednesday...it's her choice. The real heart of the school is Project Learning and Creative Productivity. This is where your child gets to apply their knowledge, create & present. It will blow you away every two weeks when it repeats with a new theme. I am a parent who has been here from day one, believe me they have had their "growing pains". This is a school that listens (and requests) parent input. My voice is heard! It's amazing that Galileo scored #1 in state in FCAT their first year & second year. It just shows if you teach to learn, you will succeed and have happy learners.
Galileo school for gifted learning is the best school for gifted kids or any kid . They teach so kids understand the material, when they get it it isn't repeated over and over they move on and teach new things so the kids are never bored there is always new things to learn.
Galileo is an amazing school! Although the school is designated as a gifted learning school, your child does not have to be gifted to attend. The teachers and staff are wonderful and have your child's best interests at heart. My child loves going to school every day and is excited to learn new things. The combination of hands-on learning and technology is just what I was looking for in an elementary school. Extra programs give the children the creative freedom they need. They strive to meet the individual needs of each child. It truly feels like a family. Parent involvement at the school is impressive, much more than I had expected. Overall it has been a great experience so far. The third year of this school is just about to begin and I'm looking forward to all of the new things that will be taking place. Proud to be a Dragon!
Galileo is a great school. However, we are extremely unpleased with the current principal, who seems to believe she can make the rules as she sees fit. The school will be much better off when she leaves and the board will be able to find someone more suitable and less interested in pressing her own personal agenda.
Every child is different--and parents have varying beliefs about education. School districts are offering parents more variety than ever. Magnet and charter school options give parents a better chance of finding the right fit for their family. We choose Galileo School in Sanford. We have very high expectations when it comes to school, especially at the elementary level. We believe strongly in a "whole child" approach to education that focuses on social, emotional, and academic development. I feel that my children aren't "lost in the shuffle" at this school and that the teachers, counselors, and administrators are truly striving to meet their individual needs. This charter school is only in its second year, so there are certainly areas that could be improved. However, this is the case with any school. My children get up excited about school each day. They have frequent opportunities to engage in hands-on learning, and they get the chance to be kids! Cooperative learning occurs often, and teachers use technology to improve instruction. While the curriculum is accelerated, I find that they aren't overloaded with too much homework, leaving time for outside interests.
What a wonderful school for gifted students. But please note, being gifted is not a criteria at all. Therefore gifted children who is in serious need for gifted education can be rejected for admission to give room for average students who don't need this as much. They use a lottery for the yearly admission and a waiting list during the year with no priorities for the truly gifted children in need.
So excited that my child goes here! This is a great school who believes that "teaching to the test" is not the way our children need to learn. We need to teach our children what they need to know, THEN they will be able to pass any test. This past year was the first year for this school and all of our students SOARED on the FCAT. They got first place in the county for every section of the FCAT with the exception of 2 area, one where they tied for first (so they were still first) and one where they missed first by 2 points I believe. Definitely glad that we are GALILEO DRAGONS!
Some bumps along the way in year 1, but happy with the results in the classroom and committed parents to making it a success
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