Pulled my child due to common core. Placed gifted child in private school and found child was behind other kids who knew so much more. PV or private is a much better situation for a gifted child.
My experience was not a good one, and the principal, cares about no one but himself, and keeps teachers, who are just terrible. We had a horrible experience with a teacher, pulled our daughter mid-year, the principal did not want to even address the issue. As a matter of fact I was told by a teacher who longer works, there, that, he really didn't care about what the parents concerns are, and thought that some of them were over dramatic. We personally know of 5 families who have pulled their children from this school for very similar reasons. You can be the judge here, but I do not and would not recommend to anyone. PS- This school is not for the "gifted" . If your child is truly gifted there are district gifted schools who do a great job, challenging your child!
I can only speak for my husband and I. Our daughter is identified as full time gifted and attends SSA. SSA meets all her needs and more. Yes it is true that we could send her to PV or any other gifted program in the county but she is challenged and best of all HAPPY at SSA. Perhaps the previous poster does not enjoy the structure or rules but I would agree that SSA IS the absolute best elementary school in Sarasota County!
I am an 18 year Sarasota County School Teacher. I will tell you that SSA is an amazing school community. Our "gifted"daughter is happy and thriving and I dread the day that she has to graduate. I would NEVER again send her to any other school. Best school in Sarasota County!!!
I can only think of one word to describe this school AMAZING! This was the best decision we made in bringing our son to Kindergarten at this school. The staff and the teachers are truely AMAZING.
Speaking as a parent of 2 children who took part in the gifted program at Suncoast I can tell you that there are several teachers in the scho that have specialized training in this area. While they do not have a separate gifted program the students are given time each week to work with the gifted resource teacher in whatever area they excel in. My children enjoyed their time in the gifted program immensely. Also, I have a child with a 504 accommodation plan due to ADHD and the teachers and principal at Suncoast always did anything and everything they could to make sure he had the services and accommodations he needed.
Teachers care. But do not have training for gifted kids and other parents with kids who need extra help. No playground. Do not differentiate so it for average kid with no gifted or any learning challenges.
Sarasota Suncoast Academy is a fantastic school. It is not for every child or parent. Parents sign a contract which is easy to read and understand about the rules and expectation of parents and child. This school provides an excellent education in academics and social skills. The Principal, Support Staff, and Teachers are the best I have ever encountered!! It truly is a community where children and families can flourish .
Our experience was unpleasant. My child attended Suncoast for a year and I would not recommend the school.
SSA is the best school in Sarasota. I have a daughter attending now and won't graduate for another couple years and already I am dreading that she can't continue on there past 5th grade. We have absolutely the best teachers and I hear from my daughters 3rd grade teacher several times a week. She's always coming up with suggestions to help my daughter stay focused. I would absolutely recommend this as the best elementary school in Sarasot, hands down!!
The responsive classroom and CARES used at this school has benefited my child greatly. They have more than accommodated him, getting him an IEP and really working with him. He is a straight A student now!! It is like having a second family. They care about the individual child and families, and know all their names. We love this school!!
Wow, don't let the last review from 3-19-14 deter you. Someone must have an issue with respect for Principals, teachers ect. How about a school with a little structure? If the parent doesn't show any respect towards the school, I know why their child didn't fit in... I's a great school, with great staff, and great families. You are welcomed every morning by the admin & some students while dropping your child off. I have always had a nice friendly wave & have a great day while leaving drop off area. Never have I had to "salute" anyone. A little common courtesy for others is hard to come by these days!!
As a parent who started with the school when they first opened in a hole in the wall building, to the move to the current facility. I can tell you, I would never put my children any place else. Mr. Crump and his staff are very dedicated to the safety of all the students and parents. Here are some Facts. FACT: the local back roads to the school, when the school moved into the current location, they actually had to go to a zoning hearing. During that hearing the School s Board of Directors and the principal promised that the school would not impact the small back streets, and said parents would strongly be encouraged to use Clark Road into the facility. FACT: the accident at Proctor and Clark, that intersection has been horrible for decades, and accidents happened there long before the school was even in existence. The school has policies in place which are part of the parent contract, which has to be agreed to prior to enrolling in the school; and yes, choosing not to follow them is cause for removal. I now have a kindergartener starting and can t wait Suncoast here we come again!
The posts for the week of 1/30/14 are a direct result of the principals facebook post to friends and family requesting that they post on here and give a good review so that others planning to enroll their kids for kindergarten will think the school is wonderful. Its a complete indication of his dictating and controlling personality. If you don't salute him, he will kick your child out of the school. He has only kids and families at the school who are conformed to his ways. This past year, as another example, he sent a note home to parents stating that if they drive up a back road leading to the school (that is not a local only or non public street), then the kids will be kicked out of school. There was a bad car accident on the main road that was being avoided the next morning with 2 Suncoast kids and their families involved. Be careful before you enroll your child here. It'll send you into a complete tizzy and out of nowhere you'll be dealing with drama and immaturity you cant even explain. The school is a charter school so they feel invincible since they're not monitored through the school board like a public school. It feels inner city vs like a small school at the church.
The teachers and staff are amazing! This school is like an extended family, I feel safe leaving my child with them every day!
If you are looking for a school where the teachers care about your child, the administration knows each student and the parents are actively involved you've found it here. Love that my kids are getting such an amazing education while learning important social skills as well. Couldn't be happier!
I am a stay at home mom of two. My daughter is in 3rd grade and my son in kindergarten. I volunteer a lot and go on field trips. Each time I go the people where we visit say they have never seen such well behaved children. Thanks to Mr. Crump and his staff these kids learn C.A.R.E.S. (Cooperation, Assertion, Responsiblity, Empathy & Self Control). In 4 years I have never had my child tell me they had an issue with a kid bullying or being mean to them. Thanks to Mr. Crump who instills the CARES, my kids are getting a great education and learning the tools to know the difference between what is right and wrong both at home and at school. I am so grateful a school like this exists where they still hold true to old fashion values in a society where it just doesn't exist anymore. I also hear from many mom's of other schools all the negative things that go on that I never hear at this school. The parents at SSA are amazing and I never hear anyone talk behind another parents back. Very rare! We love our school, our principal and his staff! `Renee Daluise
My children attend Sarasota Suncoast Academy. This is a great school! Involvement by parents, teachers, and the staff are what make this school so special. Everyone works together to create a good learning environment. Expectations are high and common sense structure help the children reach their goals and feel successful. It's a really wonderful school and I feel very grateful that my children are having such a positive learning experience.
We love Suncoast! It is such a positive and nurturing environment. I have minimal worries sending my child to school here....And that says a lot these days.
This is our families 8th school year at Suncoast Academy. With 5 children attending through the years at different academic levels (gifted and otherwise), We've had the best experience both educationally and otherwise. We appreciate the foundation of integrity and love for our children. Suncoast is more than just a school it is training ground for life! You could't pay me to take my kids anywhere else. Some of my children have moved on to middle school and have been shocked by the unkind behavior of others, having come from an environment of caring that Suncoast Academy offers. Some may feel that the Principal is strict and controlling but the truth is he loves the children and the only "control" that he asserts is to protect the environment from parents that bring in strife! There are other good schools out there but none that prepare children socially as well as academically quite the way Suncoast does. We have never been to the church there or even been asked to visit it. I would HIGHLY recommend this school!
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