I can't even begin to tell you how amazing this school is.....teachers, past principal and the new one!!! The opportunities and "extras" at this school are unbelievable! We came from a local private school where we were paying out the nose and not getting even half the education my children have gotten at Chiles.... especially if you have a child that qualifies for the gifted program. The county wide programs like Battle of the Books, Tropicana Speech, Odyssey of the Mind cannot be experienced in the private schools. Not to mention the amazing bells and chorus program. I will definitely miss this place when my years here are done!
Principle from 2012 was horrible she allows the teachers to disrespect parents. She doesn't follow the school board rules. I'm glad she was replaced there is a god!
My daughter has adapted very well to which has been her very first school! The staff members that have worked with her are very dedicated and determined to exceed expectations. The school has a lot of activities aimed towards family involvement. These are offered during evenings and weekends, which as a working parent, allows me to participate in such events.
This school is in major need of fair leadership! The children need to become the priority!
My children have attended Chiles since the day that it opened. This is a tremendous school. The children are encouraged to use their imaginations and creativity. The teachers give and seek feedback with parents while providing love and discipline to the children. I have always felt that my child is safe and secure while I am at work. I am made to feel welcome and encouraged to visit or volunteer. You can get spoiled having your children in a school like this.
very poor principal at this school. Has her favorites and all others are out. What a shame too. Chiles has gone down hill since she took over.Wonderful teachers and staff.
My child has attended this school for a few years. The new prinicpal totally caters to the parents who have money and those whom are not minorities. They have eliminated multicutural programs, every staff member's child somehow always gets into the chorus program, certain children's behavior (including bullying) are ignored because of who they are.
Great School, Great Teachers & Great Staff. What more could you ask for in a school. Chiles is a great school and my children love it!
My daughter attended Lawton Chiles last year. It is a terrific school with great teachers and great kids and tons of support from parents. We moved out of state and I wish we could have taken this school with us.
My daughter really enjoys going to school. Teachers very dedicated and make an effort to make learning fun. Cannot wait for next year when my son joins his sister at Chiles. He is currently in a very expensive private school. Cannot believe you can get good quality education without having to pay the earth!
What a school! This is by far the best school in the county. There is great parent involvement, excellent teachers and superb administration. Class size is low and educational activites are high. The curriculum is very strong! With public schools like these, who needs private schools?
Both of my children have always gone to Chiles, so I don't have much data with which to compare Chiles to other elementary schools. However, I am impressed with the quality of the teachers, the facilities, the parental involvement, and so on. Based on that, I am giving Chiles the highest possible rating.
This is my son's second year here and he's had two great teachers. It's a shame that with 'no child left behind' and having to teach to the test, he no longer has science every day. I don't fault the school for this, just the system.
The school had decent computer facilities, however for 850 students the computer/child ratio is incredibly low. The school my kids were previously at had a 2 child per one computer ratio and used wonderful new technology to stimulate student participation in the classroom. I think the size of the school is a major problem as there is lack of personal attention between principal and parents. There are just too many kids. The kids become numbers and are shuffled through the cafeteria, playgrounds, etc. Also teachers need training for special needs kids. My child has a LD and I had to train his teacher on how he learns. For such a Posh school, you have to look beyond the money, the glam, etc and see that there is a lack of personal relationships between staff and parents that would come with a smaller school.
This is my daughter's second year in the school. We considered private school first, but heard very good things about Chiles from friends & neighbors. We decided to try Chiles and have been so happy. It's a great school and my daughter loves it. There is a lot of parent involvement and I volunteer as well. Both years we have been very happy with the teachers as well. The staff is friendly & the principal is very 'hands-on'.
We are new to the school this year but it has been an extremely positive experience. My child loves her teacher, and has had no problem adapting to the size of the school. There seems to be a very high level of parent involvement. There is chorus for grades 2nd and up. And my child loves participating in the art and music classes.
As long as your child is mainstream and not in need of any special education services, this is a wonderful school with great teachers, involved parents and sharp administrators.
My son only went to Chiles for 1 year (Kindergarten) but it was an outstanding school. He is now going to school in what is supposed to be one of the best schools in the country in NY, and I think Chiles was far better. Computers in every classroom, kids as 'anchors' on TV making morning announcements, summer computer class taught kids to create their own business cards...so many innovative, modern ideas. I was also impressed by the PTA, which gave a 'boohoo' breakfast for parents of kindergartners' after the 1st day, complete with tissue packs stickered with the date and school info. The teachers were wonderful, the kids were great, and the community was so nice. The only negative was the large class size, but that didn't seem to affect the quality at all. The covered playground was also wonderful w/the heat. I'd send my son back there tomorrow.
What a school! This is by far the best school we have ever been involved in great parent involvement, excellent teachers and superb administration. With public schools like these, who needs private schools?
This has been a good school for my child to attend. The teachers have benn willing to change and adapt to my childs needs. My child has been able to be with a group of ethinically diverse students which has given her understanding and respect for others.
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