Terrible experience with this school. Staff and administration are more concerned about doing what makes the school look best and not about doing what is right for the child. Teacher has no idea how to control her class so instead they kick out children who need help instead of trying anything. They literally (not figuratively) did nothing to try to address the issue.
Had kids in public schools in Lake county for years. The charter school is like no other. Student and parent must do thier part for kids to go here. Makes the overall student body much better. No bus, so no parents that only want daycare.
There are a few good teachers, but most teachers are just there because they know the right person. Since the school opened In 1999 a total of 2 people still work there that opened the school 16 years ago. They are all administrators. It has the highest turn over rate than any other school in the area. On average 2-3 teachers are replaced in every grade level, every year. With no job security and the high teacher turn over rate it is very hard to find or develop effective teachers.
The high school is a great school. Most teachers are available after school for students when they are struggling. Technology is top notch. Students. An even graduate from here with a chef license, nursing license, or even an associates degree! A lot of the complaints on this page offer a lot information with no backing. Here are a few examples. If ieps, 504 plans or any ese accommodations aren't followed, the state would be involved right away as they would in any school. I also. noticed comments about having to teach their kids everything. This comes across confusing for a couple reasons. One, most teachers stay after school to help students. Two, this isn't a mandatory school we are taking about, why not try your child at your regular public school? The answer is because the charter school is better. As far as only being high class rich families, also incorrect. Yes there are many people with money that have children attending the charter school, but there are many that are not as fortunate which makes it just like any other school in that sense.
I think the main thing that people forget when reading all these review is that no one has much to say until they have something to complain about. Take the "How's my driving?" signs on tractor trailers. How many people call when they are driving fantastic? On the other hand, if the driver makes one mistake, everyone is quick to call.
This school is driving amazingly. Hop on board and you will see how amazing it actually is.
And one more little rant! I have read a few posts about teachers not sending books or notes home to help with homework. All students at this school have a book for their classes that they leave at home and then there are some in the classroom. As for notes, it is the responsibility of the student to take the appropriate notes. We need to start holding our children more accountable. The world is lazy enough as it is.
Absoutley wonderful school, my child has thrived in the school environment and enriched education skills. The teachers show they really care, the extras the school offers is amazing and the rating on the school truely shows in what they do everyday! The afterschool program is based on education and my son LOVES going everyday and hanging out with his friends. I look forward to many more successful years in The Villages Charter School!
They offer real life experiences in the academies. I first came to this school junior year, and I was afraid that I would have trouble making fried s because I'm shy. But on the first day of school, people were helping me out with the computers, talking to me and even asking me if I would like to sit at their lunch table. This school is wonderful and the teachers are absolutely AMAZING!!! #212
Behind the times, self serving, ineffectual and difficult admin..one size fits all methodology. no IDEA / IEP, intervention to speak of only RTI limited resources. The school even openly says special education is limited its in the handbook welcome guide, really? I've Never known a school that would limit special education help for a child, let along advertise it....smart students are easy to teach a real teacher or educator show their true colors when they can educated a struggling student successfully. I guess that sums it up. They divert money from special education to gifted program that I know first hand. Much more attention, time and resources are spent on gifted over ESE students. It's all about the school rating. This school retains a large percentage of students in order to keep there rating up. It's very disconcerting to me. One would think that the school is "cherry picking" it's students. But don't take my word for it I only work there. You will find out yourself and I hope you don't inadvertently set your child back. Someone need to stand up and file a complaint. That's another thing no one will because the school powers to be will blackball you and everyone knows it . There for no one says a word. As I said my opinion is just that you will find out for yourself . Best of luck you will need it.