Children understand when others are given special privileges. It creates a basic feeling of unfairness that is hard to explain. I believe the administration actually encourages this for those whose children are enrolled there.
The very best teachers this school has are leaving due to frustration with the administration's lack of support and focus on education. To the administration, it's all about the money and the bottom line. Their Academic Apathy has gotten out of control and teachers can not fix that without administration support. Please talk to people who have had children there, or who work there and seriously consider other schools for your child.
Administration has let go of some of the best teachers. Focus is on $$$ not quality of teaching. Large turnover rate. At one time this was an excellent school, but I am glad we chose not to send our child there. Watch out.
At a time when most schools are pushing for stricter classroom guidelines and stressful standardized testing. TSFC does an outstanding job of incorporating hands-on, creative learning into their stellar academics, as well as fun outdoor exercise and play. I am grateful to have a school like this in the Wellswood/Seminole Heights neighborhood.
I'm not involved with the PPA or related to any of the administration or staff. I've attended a few PPA meetings early on and thought everyone was warm and kind. But I've never felt judged for not attending more meetings through the years. I've never felt like an outcast for being an introverted parent. Some of the parents and families at TSFC are close friends (just like any other school), but I've never felt like their behavior was rude, immature or exclusive. For the most part everyone I've encountered at TSFC is approachable and friendly.
Does TSFC ask for money often? Sort of, but hardly any of it is mandatory. The enhancement fund is OPTIONAL. School supplies, classroom party supplies (Halloween, Holidays, etc), Trunk Or Treat, GALA tickets/auctions (which we've never attended), fundraisers (magazine drive, TB Buccaneers tickets, Scholastic Book Fair) are ALL OPTIONAL. Field Studies, Winter Show and Kindergarten/8th Grade Graduation (Tampa Theater) are OPTIONAL. Teacher birthday gifts and Teacher Appreciation are OPTIONAL. Field Day shirts, lunches and snow cones are OPTIONAL. Dress in TB Lightning colors for $1 during the playoffs? OPTIONAL. I know this because we are a one income family and have a child with expensive medical needs. We do what we can, whenever we can. I've never felt disliked or treated unfairly when we could NOT.
Parent hours are not optional. There is a minimum of 30 hours per family or 15 hours for single parents. There are plenty of easy opportunities throughout the year for both working and stay-at-home parents to collect their hours. I've never felt burdened. Uniforms are not optional. And yes they are OMG WTH pricey, just like private schools in the area. So there you go. A valid complaint. Risse Brothers should have a free wine bar.
Give TSFC a try and I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised. They truly love and believe in their kids. And those kids love the welcoming, inspiring and safe environment this lovely charter school provides.
The teachers of the upper level grades were not very effective when it came to dicipline. There was one teacher in particular who had the worst behaved kids and her kids often were getting in trouble with other teachers since the expectations were lower with her.