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Richardson Montessori Academy

Charter | K-6 | 64 students

 
 

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Posted April 2, 2014

My daughter has attended The Richardson Montessori Academy since summer of 2009 and I have nothing but GREAT things to say about this school and teachers. I love the teaching methods and parents that are complaining or have complained in past maybe this school is not for your child. Because of the staff my child read above her grade level and has always did GREAT and over achieved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2014

I am not sure what the other people are talking about when they are putting this school down. My daughter has done a complete turn around, since attending this school. She actually wants to go to school now. She is in the first grade learning more than she had in a public school. I am very pleased with the teacher's and Principle. I would not change anything! They do communicate with parents, I get a notice every week, letting me know about my child's achievements and behavior for the week, I have to sign and send back. Maybe it is your child not giving it to you. I would and have recommended this school to all of my friends and family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2014

Please do not believe the negativity of some of these parents ranting on here regarding this school. They are the same ones that was not involved in continuing their child's lesson at home. They are also the same ones that think schools are nothing more than a daycare. This school is not about the money or else they would have stayed in a more affluent neighborhood. They are about the children and nothing more. Parent involvement is nill because most parents aren't parents and as I stated before they think it is a daycare and not a partnership between the parents and school. They do need help and they are the first charter school in hillsborough. What is sad is that mrs. Brumfield wanted to give back to her community and it is that same community that is so unappreciative. unwarranted reviews from disgruntled parents with dysfunctional children that choose to disrupt other students need to take a closer look at their parenting skills. My child went there and is greatful for experiencing a Montessori education. She is now on her way either academy of holy names or to Berkeley prep for high schoo
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2013

The Richardson Montessori Academy lacks organization and leadership. The administration does not care for its students or their faculty. The leadership will not take responsibility for any of their actions. The only thing Montessori about the school is the name. The school does not follow the Montessori system. Parents are given very room for involvement except for the collection of money. Administratively they have an F and pedagogically they have an F. I cannot recommend this school as a viable option to any parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2013

Richardson Montessori Academy: Good education but there is no communication between parents and staff (unless there is a big problem). These people who run the school are after the money. I had to remove my son from this school. No more comments!!! Hopefully you do your research on this school before making a decision to bring your kids here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2011

My grandson has been to Mendenhall , Richardson Academy, Hunnington and now Concordia. I feel that it was a wasted year at Richardson Academy. There is no communication between parents and the leadership, who run the Academy. I put him in Hunnington Learning Center to catch up the year he lost at Richardson Academy. As for parent involvement, leadership would not allow the parents to get involved. They refused to have parent -teacher conferences. I am suprised they are still open. I would actually give them 0 stars but I don't want you to think I forgot to rate them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2011

This "school" in a nut shell has the potential to develop into an excellent academic platform, however I feel it is inappropriately staffed and the campus is very open and somewhat unsecure. I, as a parent of now a kindergarden student and still now the 3rd week of school have not met the teacher. I have called and inquired personally my concern and rqst to atleast be able to identify the teacher that's been assigned as my child educational instructor and as of yet, I have not met nor been contacted was even questioned as to why I felt the need to. Encouraged but concerned be advised.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2011

If you want nice teachers and staff who do not care about your child's education then go to another school. However if you want your child to get a great education, then you may want to give this school a try. The staff can be trying at times but in the end, your child learns. And ultimately, that's what is expected of s school. I checked their school grade this year and they received an 'A'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2011

I honestly love this school and how the kids are taught. So please do not listen to these disgruntled parents complaining about this school. They are the same ones that will hold their child back in life. Mrs. Brumfiled has been an educator for several years and requires each parent to do their job at home with their child to help them excel. TRMA is not a daycare as some parents would like to think. I just wished I had known about this school when my son attended elementary. Real reason they are disgruntled is due to the fact one year, the graduation ceremony was delayed due to issues with Hills borough County Schools. The teachers there do care about the children and do nurture them what they will not tolerate are rude, disobedient children and their parents. This is the same education system used in Europe to help maximize a child's learning potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2010

I can understand a bad first impression of the Principal. She is, as she says, a woman of few words, and it took me a year to figure her out. However, my 3 youngest children have been attending this school for 3 years. I could not be happier. Yes, my children get frustrated at times. They are challenged every day, and there is no bending of the rules. Not only does this school outshine all of Florida academically, they are perparing these children for the realities of life when they become adults. Feeling warm and fuzzy about themselves isn't going to help them if they can't perform what is required of them in a real working environment, which requires self-discipline, self-control, self-governance, and respect for others, along with obeying any rules that must be followed. The Principal is, in reality, a very patient woman who cares deeply for these kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2008

A friend of mind told me she was interested in this school until she read the reviews and was scared off. I told my friend that these reviews were all written between 04-06 and the hate focused on everything but academics because the academics at this school are challenging. There is homework every week and the children are tested regularly. The uniform rules are expected to be followed and every kid will practice being respectful to themselves and others which is a major problem with our young today. If you are looking for a school with callenging academics, one that builds character and develop children socially and culturally, this may be your place but you have to be your own judge. If you are looking for a school where you as the parent make the rules, try home school. This way you can be the teacher and the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2006

My son is two grade levels behind. While attending public school he was below in every subject. His reading and writing was terrible. After failing the FCAT I removed him from public school. He struggled upon first attending this school but by the time he took the FCAT again he had excelled. He improved 150% overall. I like the academics here and have decided to place my niece here as well. My son has learned a great deal from this school. Parent involvement is requested, you must make yourself available. I have been involved as well as my older children in different activites at this school. They teach displine, self respect, responsibility, and accountability. These are things that children will need in order to function properly in this society. School is about learning not playing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2006

This School is terrible. They are very lazy with homework assignments, they give you a very large packet and your supose to do this packet with a multi child family? My child felt like it was a test everyday. The reasearch was too hard for my child. Then they would have no homework at all. My child gets free lunch, not Here. I was told to pack a lunch every day,that means snack too? They inform you about activities at the last minute. I like the teaching stylebut not all the crap that came with it.Not allowed on the grounds without permission first,Why?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2006

I would not recoment this school to any parent. my children attended and they were miserable. We could not wait for the year to end. the principle lacks the people skill and the knowledge to run a school. this is not a school it is a 'prison' I took them out and place them in another public school those kids have blooson into very happy kids who love school. If you love your child you would look for another school. the teachers have to follow the rules of the principal so I could not blame them for the way they handle the kids. also there is a lot of turn over she gets good teachers and assistant and the principal just talks to them like they were 5 years old. a very difficult person to deal with. not a good school. don't allow parents to visit with out an appointment. terrible. jp
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2005

We were very dissapointed with our experience at the Richardson Academy. The school fouces on proper uniform rather than the educational progress of the student. Students are not allowed to voice opinions or feelings. The faculty was very reluctant to provide feedback regarding the progress of our child. The only time we recieved communication about our child was if he was not in proper uniform. If uniform is important to you and your child, this school may be a good choice. If academics and your child's self esteem are important to you, this is not the school to consider!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2005

This is a terrible school. Do not choose this school! The principal speaks to the parents as if they were young children. No one is friendly or suportive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2005

This school has been great for children who have had a hard time time learning in a regular classroom setting. The provides a well-rounded education by addressing the academic, social, emotional, physical and moral needs of each child. The children are provided with hands-on materials that enable them to to learn math, language science, and history, while at the same time, developing intellectual curisity, self-respect, and respect for the world around them. Instructors give small group lessons or one-onone lessons, and then monitor the children's progress as the complete projects on their own at their own pace.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted January 14, 2004

I hate this school. The principle is hostile and unavailable. The teachers are not nurturing an environment conducive to successful learning. Although the students are exposed to and learn a lot of different things, it is often under stressful conditions.
—Submitted by a parent


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The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

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In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

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The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

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In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

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The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

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The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

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In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

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In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

This school did not receive a grade in 2011-2012.

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 64%
Hispanic 29%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 45%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56%N/AN/A
Female 55%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 100%67%61%
Master's degree 0%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

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Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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