This review is for Riverview campus. In house therapies are such a blessing. Some teachers are well-trained, and others are just starting out and struggle. Not all are certified, even in ESE. But every school has new teachers who are earning certification. Those new teachers use lots of videos and worksheets, unfortunately, but probably equal to other public schools in the district. The newer teachers also struggle with management of such a specialized group of students. The environment can seem pretty chaotic. Riverview campus is looking for a new Principal. Hopefully they will find a well-trained administrator rather than relying on the inexperience in house. Easy access to teachers and admin, because the school is so small. Warm and caring front office. Every student and is welcome in extracurriculars, PE, art, music, etc.... PTSA is amazing and super involved in the school. We choose to go to Pepin.
My son was accepted for Pepin this year for sixth grade. He is finally happy to go to school and tells me every day how well he thinks he "just fits" there. Everyone on campus seems to have the singular vision of seeing the children there succeed. Like another reviewer said, our acceptance has been a dream come true. My son has some friends now - and his self-esteem is rising daily. Excellent environment for any child who doesn't really "fit" in the regular school environment.
I love the Pepin Academy School ,because they have the most wonderful teaches that would take the time out that the student needs for help. And the classes are alot smaller, so that the student can get one on one time.
My Daughter has attended Pepin for 3 years and our acceptenance was a dream come true. My DD has Asbergers and ADHD and she has done so well at this school. And they do so much for their students. My daughters says she is finally at a school that understands her. Thank You Pepin for all you do for the kids.
My son has high functioning autism and he has been a Pepin since the sixth grade. This school is an absolute God send! The teachers and administrators truly care for all of the students and they go the extra ten miles. If your child has a learning disability it does not get better than Pepin Academy!
We changed my daughter to this school because she was always in fear of fights and bullying. This schoool has none of that. My child is happy to go to school and hates to stay home even when she is ill. The teachers are very involved. You can not pick up your childs report card without talking to the teachers every grading period. Love this school.
My child is no longer "invisible". This is my child's first year at Pepin. As a parent I was fearful and apprehensive about a school that taught only learning disabled children. But it is because of this very reason that gives Pepin excels. They understand learning differences and how to address each child's individual needs. They have a committed staff that believe in their product and they instill that belief in your child.
We recently moved from CA to FL & were looking for a school that was going to meet our children's needs. Both son's being were on an IEP & it was important that they were provided with SLP(Student Learning plans) that assured us as parents they would learn & feel comfortable with the school environment. The school provided that & more. Our sons have excelled & improved ion their academics 100%. Great administration & the teachers are the best!
I attended pepin academy and graduted not too long ago. I don't feel as if I was challenged enough, I think the work as mild compared to that of other high school students. Late work was accpeted by most teachers, and they grading system I felt was just to 'get you through' and get you out. There were numerous times where I was told just to 'try' doing the homework, I'd get more then half of it wrong, but stil managed to get a 'b' because I 'tried'. That's NOT learning! I think the teachers have the best interest in mind, but the school puts their money to bad use. Wasting money on silly things, like beepers that were only used for a few months, smart board systems that hardly if ever got used. Good school, just can use a lot of work still.
One thing I admire about this school is the focus on student accountability. Issues are quickly addressed and analyzed and consequences followed through. As well, the staff are very in touch with student issues and you can see the rapport they have with the students is genuine and appropriate.