Overall, we have been very happy at CPCS. Academically my children are doing great and love the school. My biggest concern is with the Athletic Director and Athletic program. There have been several ADs while my children have attended both middle and HS. The current AD is the worst I have experienced. He does not communicate or keep parents informed of athletic events. We often do not know what is going on with athletics. It seems the ball has been dropped on numerous occasions. I have heard many parents with the same complaints. It would be nice to see a strong athletic program to compliment this great school.
My son has been at Citrus Park since the 6th grade. He's had an amazing group of teachers who have us coming back this year to start the 8th. However, despite teachers who care and a wonderful Christian curriculum... I finally see what many of the older reviews say... a solid Christian school, but an administration that does not care about the lower school...evidenced by the fact that my son and many in his class endured terrible bullying that was tolerated for far too long. After a year of teachers and parents complaining the administration admits that there should have been an earlier intervention, but that doesn't negate the effects on my sons self esteem or the fact that he could have gone to public school for free to endure what he has been through. If it were not for the excellence of teachers who genuinely care we would not be returning. Luckily the bully was expelled, but sadly the later part of the 6th grade and the first 2 semesters of the 7th radically effected the entire class and nearly half of the small class will not be returning this year.
Like the previous student wrote...I also do not agree with mandating each family to 20 annual service hours of cleaning OR be forced to pay an additional $200 a year above the tuition. I sincerely think its in poor taste because forcing the policy diminishes charitable giving. I am sure that people would participate if it wasn't mandated. I want to be able to donate my time because it reflects good stewardship...not because its a forced policy. That does not speak to my Christian heart.
We are hoping for a better year.
Through my elementary years at Citrus Park, I learned to love the Lord and do the best that I can for the glory of God. I learned that loving others is how we show God's love for them. In middle school, I learned that there are kids out there that aren't living for God, and at my small Christian school, we were incredibly sheltered from the world outside of the campus. From watching my sister graduate and experiencing it firsthand for a year, I realized the secondary levels of our school were lacking. Many teachers care for their students and put in extra time for them. Many teachers love their students so much and genuinely care for their spiritual being. Other teachers could care less. Others teach to get paid and do not teach because they love what they do. I also became aware that it is very true what other parents have been saying. Many decisions made by those put in authority are biased and unfair. Parents who have all the time in the world can afford to help the school, but children who having two working parents that are barely home can't do that. I feel as if the administration doesn't fully respect that and expects every parent to contribute several hours of volunteer hours and many donataions on top of the so many thousands that they have to pay for tuition along with the fees they have to pay for textbooks. Through my years at Citrus Park, I have come to see that there are staff members who love the students, and there are staff members who love the students' money. I pray that our school changes somehow and they remember the love of money is the root of all evil.
I love this school and my child does as well. There are so many activities, opportunities for parent involvement, and overall a wonderful quality Christian education. This is a very familial atmosphere, the teachers are great and genuinely care for the students. The pastor of the church is very involved with the school as well, and the school has AWANA programs, boosterthons, lots of fun holiday activities, field trips and festivals. They also do a great job of keeping the school looking nice by decorating, replacing out of date equipment, etc. Classes include Spanish, library, art, music, gym, etc. Also tuition is affordable.
CPCS is a great school for pre K and elementary. The middle school teachers are excellent and do what they can with the lack of leadership and direction given to them by their Middle/High School Principal. The elementary principal is fair and it seems like he really loves the students under his care. Mrs. Jeffers the other principal does not follow through on her conversations with parents, communication is lacking, and no guidance to new teachers or staff. Their is good parent involvement at the school but if you are not one that is volunteering all the time your child and your concerns seem to not carry any weight with the upper school principal. Her daughter seems to be at the school she graduated from years ago as a hang out with high school students and doesn't have a job at the school or friendly.
Citrus park Christian school has been a big part of the success of our children. Our oldest daughter graduated two years ago. She is now attending a major state university and is doing extremely well. She was very well prepared for college by the education she received at CPCS. Our younger daughter is still in high school at CPCS. She is very involved in athletics and fine arts at the school. She is taking advantage of the AP courses that are available. Both girls have been at CPCS since kindergarten. I am so thankful for the guidance and instruction that the faculty and administration have provided to our children. They are both very strong in their faith and I give the school a lot of credit for this. They are confident and well rounded. I know that the strong foundation they have received at CPCS will allow them to impact our world for Christ. I am so thankful for this school and know that God has a wonderful plan for the future of CPCS.