My daughter went there for kindergarten and first grade. Mrs. Alerie challenged her and the two other gifted children as well as keeping the other children challenged but the next year the school went down the drain. FCAT preparatory and no challenge. Once Dr. Shoemaker left the school has dropped its fairness, discipline, challenge and greatness.
My child only attended New Horizons for a year before we switched to another school. Teachers are only teaching towards FCATs and the whole year is spent on getting high scores. Every review mentions the same and teachers unfortunately do not have time for children that are either a little bit ahead or children that need a little bit of help. If you compare New Horizons to the other schools in the area, they are lacking and are trailing behing the others. Ask yourself why? Children seem to be doing well in the early elementary years, but by 5th grade they are not averaging the state of FL scores. Also way too many fundraisers help by PTA! I found this school to be a bit odd and really no parental involvement or opportunities to be involved.
Overall, I am happy with the school. I have two children attending, 3rd grade and 1st grade dual language. There is a lot of emphasis on FCAT and going from 2nd grade to 3rd grade is a big step academically. The teacher determines how much homework is given. I feel one of my children gets an appropriate amount of homework while the other is inundated with homework. The assistance I have received from Mrs. Bray, Guidance Counselor, has been invaluable. She is wonderful and is a great resource for parents. The office staff is nice and the nurse is also very kind.
I am a Mother of a first grade student at New Horizons.New Horizons in my option is a great school.I find that the teachers my child had go the extra mile for the students. The teachers and staff really want the students the be the best they can be. Like all FL schools there is a lot of time spent on the fcat. I do wish there was more Parent in involvement which is not the schools falt.I also think there should be more extracurricular activities for the younger grades. The education my child is getting is top notch
In my experience I am having a hard time getting teachers and the school understand. If it is not FCAT related, you can forget it. I am now going outside of the school for help and resource. The key to learning is more then just a tests and we are putting pressure on them at a very early age. The school does not have any other alternative to their program then what it is.
If you child is not slower than most they do not get attention to improve. They are so focused on FCAT scores that they focus only on teaching for that test. Their aftercare program is terrific, they have many different activities for the kids. The principal is very status quo. Between 2 children and combined 6 years there is only teacher that was exceptional . Very little parent involvement.
What a great school. My daughter sttended Kindergarden at New Horizons and had Mrs.Rane as her teacher, shes great. My daughter learned so much including how to read, write, spell and basic math. I am so pleased with her performance. This school is wonderful.
The facility was adequate. The teaching staff was sufficient. Nothing to brag about.
My children have spent two years at this school, The office staff are very friendly & helpful.But when it comes to your child having difficulty you are in for a long wait & alot of disappointment. While the teachers are well educateded, To get your child tested for any type of learning problems you will have to keep on top of them because they will continue to put off your concerns and those of your childs teacher. If your child can hold there own and there are no ESE needs your in a good place. But if there are Any needs be warned this is not the school for your child.
Good programs, music is lacking a bit, a lot of parental involvement.
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