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're looking for a fantastic school, then look no farther than Suncoast academy. You step back in time where the students are taught compassion, you break it & you fix it, to set goals ect. You are greeted every morning with a cheerful good morning from the admin or 4th & 5th graders and a have a good day when you leave! It really makes me feel good dropping my daughter off. As a bonus she just got all A's & one B on her report card last night! 5 star school in my book.
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.
Our daughter has been here since kindergarten and this year she is in 3rd grade. We absolutely love this school, ALL the teachers and the principal. Our daughter is doing extreamly well here, has lots of friends and loves it here as well. There are several activities throughout the year we look forward to and are very grateful out son will be grandfathered into the school in a couple of years. We moved last year and wouldn't think of changing schools, Sarasota Suncoast Academy is the best!!!
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!
Suncoast has exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend this school if you are looking for great leadership, education and community.
This school has been wonderful, and families who don't end up choosing this school could benefit from learning about their approach. Some of the schools' practices sound controversial at first, but after learning about the motivations behind them I'm impressed at the willingness of the SSA administration to make the choices that are best for students; even when they are not easy or popular. I'm grateful for the consistent & fair approach. There are many great schools in the area and I'm grateful our child is here.
We can't say enough about the wonderful benefits of this school. It is a community where children flourish and learn. This school has heart for their students. More schools should follow their lead.
I currently have 2 children attending Suncoast and an older son in middle school who attended as well. This is our 4th year at SSA and we love it. We have the best teachers, staff, and Principal in Sarasota. I drop my kids every morning knowing they are safe, loved, and getting a fabulous education as well as a stellar Character development program. Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control (CARES) are modeled and taught on a daily basis. So grateful to have found this treasure of a school when we did.
Sarasota Suncoast Academy is more like an extended family than a school. I can't imagine our daughter going anywhere else!
The principal is a nut. If you have any level of understanding human behavior its clear. Be very careful of them and keep your kids away. He is a control freak and loves a power struggle and children are his cup of tea to push around. Be careful!
We left this school for another about a year ago. I did not write a review sooner because I wanted it to be a fair review after I had to time to compare this charter school a public school, that has an A rating, high FCAT scores etc... Long story short, I was not happy with the teacher, and the principal refused to intervene, help us. When I contacted the school board, they basically told me they could not help me either, because they were a charter school. I had to file a formal complaint against the school/teacher, at the state level. I think their academics are average. They state that they want to be challenging, but I think any parent of a truly "gifted" child will be better off in one of the districts "gifted" schools. These reviews talk about community, and small town feel, which the school does have, so in that way it may be attractive to some, but we now attend a non- charter district school and have the exact same thing, and many more resources!Suncoast has no formal lilbrary, no playground, and way too many rules! It always felt a little military to me.I have met 3 other parents who pulled their child the same year and ow go to our school, for the same reason
We have had all three of our children spend their elementary school years at SSA. I can honestly say that when my older two children graduated from 5th grade, I was sad that they had to leave and attend middleschool. I know that it's been challenging academically and through CARES there is an intentional process put into play to address the character qualities that every child should have as they grow towards maturity. We have had excellent teachers each year and for each one of our kids. We know there is no perfect school but this school has that "small town" feel of community. You can come in any time to help in the classroom and that is a blessing to have such an open door policy. We will miss Suncoast when our last one graduates. This school has been such a beautiful and prosperous experience for our kids both academically and socially. If you are looking for a close knit team of staff and community, This is a great choice.
I am a parent of three attending SSA. Each one of my children are very different in personalities as well as capabilities. One struggles greatly with school but her teacher goes an extra mile to try different techniques with her to make sure she is understanding the information. This is not my experience with every teacher but I think this is similar in many schools. I think the administration handles situations wonderfully and the C.A.R.E.S. teached the kids lifelong lessons and keeps the disturbances to a minimum so the focus is on learning not disciplining.
My rating will stand let me clarify! I have given my child every tool, & I mean every tool! I have been in contact with teachers daily for the last year! We have been to doctors therapists etc. Excuses! Actually it is quite the opposite! Completely shows your lack of respect for other's opinion.This is an opinion forum for thoughts of the school. I am not the only one who feels this way! I know of several parents who have left and have similar feelings. I can respect your opinion but every child who has ADHD/ADD is different.Other options? are you aware of any public or charter school that caters to children with ADD/ADHD? Are you aware of any other school that offers options for kinestetic learners? Which most ADD/ADHD students are. I do not believe you will find one, I have looked! Hence why I feel there is no other option. I am a very active parent at this school as well, I attend everything from PT4SO meetings & events, volunteer in the classroom. As for another parent of an ADD child to automatically assume I am making excuses, is uncalled for and deserves an apology! C.A.R.E.S., interesting you don't follow your own 5 star school model for citizenship...
I couldn't disagree more with the parent that posted earlier. I am a parent of a child who is ADD and has had my child at the school for 4 years. Because my child is "not normal" and because he has "special" needs for him to be successful, I have to be in contact with his teacher so that there is a united effort to make sure he gets what he needs. It is not the teacher's responsibility to do the educating of my child alone. When I spoke to the principal on our visit to Suncoast before we ever came, he gave us a tour and was very open about the situation. I remember when we asked about the best way to make him successful. He suggested that ther were many options. We asked specifically about medication and he pointed us to our peditrician. He said to find what our son needed and he gave this analogy... Would you send a kid to the plate in baseball without a bat or send him fishing without a rod? He needs what he needs. The social curriculum has been amazing for him and he has grown tremendously. It seems odd that in a district where most schools are A schools that you feel there is not another option! Maybe you have to stop looking for excuses for your child or yourself.
School is great for a child who is "gifted" I believe that this school while is definately great for a child who can conform, and who is above an average student will do well here. If you have a child who has ADHD or any other major type of learning disability be prepared to constantly be fighting for them. While some have stated that the review of 1 star was not fair they do not have a child with a learning disability so they have not had to deal with that aspect, and I am in agreement, if your child has a learning disability that could actually force a teacher to work harder, then this will not be the school for you! My child has an issue and I feel like they would just like to push us out of the school, but frankly there is no better option right at this moment, so I have to leave my child there. Like I said not a bad school for the average child, but if your child poses any issues, with a learning disability etc, be prepared to leave, it will pretty much be your only choice! They make it very difficult on you.
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