If I could rate this school in the negative...I would!! The middle school teachers are horrible. Not to mention, the administration. They bully students AND parents. The school claims they want parental input/involvement, but they don't care what the parents say. Administration comes up with some of the most rediculous rules! Mr.Franz escorts both male and female children to the restroom. There is NO consistency in the school. In 3 years, I have not one time seen the principal, Mrs. Kidder. The pick up line outside the school is a HUGE mess...someone is going to get killed one day if they don't fix it. I feel bad for the kids crossing Northcliffe on foot, not to mention the crossing guards that have to stand there. I could go on and on about this awful school, but site limitations won't allow. Do some research on each individual teacher/administrator before sending your child here. You might be surprised what you find out!
not enough exits, the waiting line is too long and I have had 2 car crashes, so I switched my child to another school.
This school is an awesome school. The teachers and staff are nice. I really love the teachers i had this year. The activities they have as a reward for outstanding behaviors are so fun. I am a student here and have attended for 2 going on 3 years. =)
We love explorer. My daughters teachers are amazing!! One year we had a problem with a teacher and it was resolved immediately through guidance and the vice principal. Would definitely recommend it. Mr. Stratton was amazing, not sure how it will be with the new principal. But so far so good. Ironically the rude lady people are talking about at the front is Ms. Nasty. We love her and have no problems. I can see though how people feel she is rude. She is efficient and gets the front office cleared fast. I sit in the office a lot wiring for speech and the stuff she has to deal with would make anyone rude. We absolutely love explorer. I am still friends with all my daughters teachers.
I believe that Explorer K-8 is the absolute best school in the county. Being a former student, I know what goes on. All of the teachers that I've ever had have been excellent. I was a classroom aid last year since I was in 8th grade and even the lower grades have great teachers. I know that there are some teachers aren't that awesome, but nobody is perfect. I've seem plenty of comments about the ladies at the front desk. I know she is very rude, but I've known her my whole life and that's just her personality. Mr.Stratton is an AMAZING principal who deserves the best. He interacts with the students and actually cares, unlike the past 2 or 3 principals. He is a very nice guy and he goes out of his way to help the students succeed. I may be the only person who likes this school, but I would do anything to get out of highschool and go back. My time there was unforgettable and I loved it.
I have 4 kids who attended this school. Both daughter's teachers are great. Both son's teachers on the other hand are horrible. One is rude, lacks compassion & has no patience. The other never updates me on what's going on in his classroom, which I dislike. One of the ladies at the front desk is rude. & the assistant principal and ESE ladies are hard to please & don't listen to my input or wants. I am desperately trying to get my kids OUT OF THIS SCHOOL.
There is only one thing wrong with this school. There is lady at the front desk who extremely rude. & she is rude for NO REASON at all. It doesn't matter how nice you are to her, she is rude to both students & parents. I wish she laughed, etc with us the way she does with other staff members. Besides her, I love the school. The principal, assistant principal, other staff members, clinic & teachers are great.
I think this school is great-the teachers are great, the building is great, the security is great, the ese program is great. The only reason why I didn't put 5 stars is because the ladies at the front desk are very rude...they are unpatient with the students & parents. They cause unneccesarry stress. My son formerly went to Pine Grove. I thought Pine Grove would be great, because the front desk ladies were great. Once I got him, I realized it didn't meet his special needs. I decided to try out Explorer k-8. Having unpleasant ladies at the front desk can give people a really bad impression....they gave me one. I heard their ese program was great from a close friend, so I stayed. Now I love Explorer k-8. I just dread the times I have to pick up my son or am late...because they are rude. =(
The administration along with the social worker for the school does need more training in not only working with the students but being in sync with one another when bullying policy is implemented. No cameras or supervision on stairwell, school notified and still did nothing when my daughter was groped. The staff needs to come together so the left can go with the right. Also, parents need to be notified when their children are medically assessed by social worker or any other staff in the school.
I rate Explorer k-8 a 5 star school!!!my 3 kids have been going to this school since it opened 2 years ago,and they all love it. they like their teachers,have made many good friends,and me & my wife have met all their wonderful teachers and each teacher i give a high 5.they are very professional,courtesy,honest.i enjoy working with each and every teacher.explorer k-8 has the BEST security for the kids that i have NEVER seen.i will giv e school security a high 10 in my book.the woman deputy that works at the school (sorry dont know her name) but she is awesome,my kids feel very safe knowing the deputy woman is there for them at any time of need,and she does her job well,i give deputy a 10 star for great work & the kids love her.explorer will go down as one of the BEST schools in hernando county.
We have about 2000 students and very little money for supplies. It is a new school with a lot of hard working teachers who could really use some help.
Well the 2nd year for Explorer has begun and so far it really rocks! The New Principal and the 2 New Assistant Principal's really care for the students! (Mrs. Sweeney also rocks!!) We have to give Mr. Pinder some time to sort out the problems from last year and from what I have seen so far he has! He takes the time to hear each problem and also cares about the students and the teachers. I am both a Substitute Teacher at Explorer and a Volunteer so I get to see both behind the scenes and the front lines and so far I would give everyone an A+. I am proud to have my son be a student at Explorer K-8. Teachers and Staff keep it up you are doing a GREAT job!
I agree with the review below. The staff lack human compassion to the parents and students.
Explorer has had way more downs than ups. I am not sure how well it will succeed next year. You can tell some of the teachers were picked on a short notice because not all of them are kind. I have 1 child that goes there and in the first 5 months of school she wanted to get out of there. The work is stressful. Although they hav a good curriculum and nice assistant eachers. But this school deserves a two and i am afraid it is going down hill from there
This brand new school year had it's bumps as any school would in it's first year. I am impressed with the progress that has been accomplished and how my two children that attend have excelled and progressed. See what happen's when you patients, get involved and have input. I'm am very satisfied and at the very least the school deserves a 4 1/2 at this point in time. I am confident next year will be even better!
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