We are very pleased with Channelside! I find the staff very helpful and knowledgeable and all interactions with the school have been very positive! Our son has done great academically and is also participating in the band. I highly recommenced this school to all elementary and middle school parents!
A great start with a very disappointing reality check 6 weeks into the school year. What happened to the days when children were sent home with books and materials for them to be able to succeed in school?? Daily tests without study guides or a text book to review? Classroom means of 68 or lower In Math and Science at a Math and Science school? REALLY? Who is monitoring these things? A lot of disappointed and confused parents this year!!
We love Channelside Academy! I am in the top school district for our area but would not even think about sending our two daughters anywhere else. They have been thriving in this wonderful environment for the last two school years. I love the math and science focus, it has been great watching my girls learn so much. The teachers and the principal are all outstanding too!
We were very excited to put our kids in this school, but the discipline methods used there are simply counter-productive. Instead of the "innocent until proven guilty" behavior method, they choose to start each week out with you at the bottom and you have to do certain things to achieve "rewards", like free play for the kindergartners. Speaking of, the kindergarten is run like a boot camp. I thought Kindergarten was supposed to be a kind, caring environment and we were given every expectation that it was going to be. Turned out to be the polar opposite. I'm pulling my kids at the first opportunity. To say I'm disappointed is an under-statement.
I highly recommend this school. The best learning environment for our children with the small classroom sizes. They have a great science lab and art area. The kids were also doing hands on activities through out the year at incredible places that I know they would never have that opportunity in another school. The teachers are terrific and the staff is so caring.
Great teachers and superior leadership have made this such an awesome school you want you kids to stay in thru 8th grade:)
This is a wonderful school with high expectations. Children are expected to behave and they are rewarded for their high achieving academics. The teachers are amazing and always willing to go above and beyond. I have two children that attend here and I am a very involved volunteer at this school. I know first hand how much the administration, teachers and staff care about the students here. I could not ask for a better place!
I cannot say enough negative things about this "school". Chaotic environment, no classroom discipline, no rewards for positive achievement, no communication from staff, and bullying is endemic at this school. Our child's education came to a screeching halt once he attended Channelside. Not only are your concerns ignored by the teachers and principal but the director will also ignore you and just hope you go away. Would not recommend anyone attending this pathetic, unprofessional institution. Our experience was so terrible we had to remove our child this year. This is as bad as it gets. Awful, awful, awful.
Coming to this school we heard great things about Channelside, and all of our expectations have been met. We are so pleased with the teachers and staff. The principal shows strong communication skills, and always go above and beyond. We love all the family events that go on, and can't wait for upcoming years at Channelside Academy!
It is really sad to see such an untrue and unfounded review of our school and principal. We moved from NYC and it took us two years and disappointing schools until we found CAMS. Not only are the teachers very helpful and extremely communicative they are lead by a wonderful principal and staff. I believe this to such a degree that I have recommended this school to my friends and ushered them down there to see it for themselves. Everything has been planned out very well and nothing is unsafe (which was a very high concern/deal breaker to me before CAMS) I am comforted by the level of security at this school and I am there a lot volunteering so I do have some first hand knowledge of this. I also have delalt with the principal on several different occasions and have never seen her act in any other way than professional and caring. This poor review of her and the school was obviously written by a disgruntled parent who has some "mean girl" issue themselves. I understand that everyone has a right to an opinion but this one was so outlandish I had to respond with mine. PS: CAMS has a long waiting list of people clamoring to get in.
I have experienced many different schools from Manhattan to Florida and none have come close in comparison to Channelside Academy of Math and Science (CAMS). As a owner of two companies myself, one of the first attributes I look for in a school for my child is it's leadership. Any organization needs a strong, caring leader to succeed. At CAMS, the principal is not only a well rounded educator, they are also a very caring and "hands-on" individual who makes themselves available to chat with the parents/students at any moment. Their approach to the education, security and welfare of its students is second to none. The hand-picked teachers are phenomenal and the course curriculum provides the proper balance of challenge and creativity... your child will not be bored. They also have a fantastic science lab with a 150 gallon salt water touch tank for the students and a well stocked computer lab. If you are looking for a top-notch school in Tampa that provides an engaging environment for both students and parents, and from my experience, whose level of education out shines any public or private school, Channelside Academy of Math and Science is most certainly worth a serious look.
Wonderful best kept secret in downtown Tampa Bay Area..teachers are great, principal is awesome...would like to see more sports activity and not a lot of space so PE time/area is limited but that is minor compared to what the school has to offer academically..student/teacher ratio is terrific and field trips studies are second to none.
Channelside Academy is an amazing charter school! I work downtown and I love how they welcome parents to come in during lunch and eat with their child. My son is finally being challenged and excited to learn. He absolutley loves the school, teachers and staff. I am very happy with the school overall!
Great school! Very happy about their curriculum. Principal is always open and available to speak with a parent when needed! Great communication between parents and teachers!
I have two daughters at this school. We moved to Tampa over the summer and after visiting Channelside Academy I was very impressed with the cleanliness and staff. Coming from a private school I was not sure what to expect, I honestly have to say it has been a fantastic experience. Both of my girls are thriving in this school. The principal, teachers, and office staff are top notch. It is clear to see they love where they work. I would recommend checking it out if you are looking for a public school with a private school feel.
AWFUL experience. I sent my kids to this school because they were close to my job and I was impressed with their presentation and I had heard good things about charter schools. I was VERY disappointed, they were focused on FCATs (after stressing at the orientation meetings that they did not focus on FCATs) and one teacher even bribed my son's class with CASH if the students did well on the FCAT. Of course I complained to the principal who did nothing (they have a new principal now) but we are no longer at this school.
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