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Windermere Elementary School5
Posted July 29, 2014
- a parent
Windermere Elementary is a true community school with a lot of support from parents and businesses. The PTA has been recognized many times for the outstanding work. It's awarded the 5 Star Award from OCPS every year. Now, with the Mustang Education Fund, the school has fund raising going to always improve the schools technology and programs. OCPS has named WES the pilot school for Bring Your Own Device - a technology driven program. The teachers are the best in the district and very dedicated to the kids. They communicate well and my kids have always been happy. I wouldn't consider going anywhere else.
Windermere Prep has been an outstanding educational experience for our four children. The teachers and the administrative staff have been fantastic. My kids are happy to go school each morning. The learning environment is amazing and it is "cool" to work hard and excel in school. I realize that no school is perfect, but Windermere Prep has been very close for our family. Back Story - We moved from the Delaware to Windermere. At that time our four children were between 5 and 10. We had a year to determine where we would live and most importantly where our children would attend school. We researched and toured both the areas Public and Private schools. It became obvious the weakest link was the Public Middle Schools. Florida's educational policies make the FCAT test all important. Public School teachers are forced to focus all of their efforts on the slowest kid(s) so they can make the minimum FCAT score. There is no grouping of kids by test scores so a teacher can actually teach the same thing to an entire class at the same time. Teachers told us they actually apologize to parents for not being able teaching their children anything new for weeks at a time. Sad
The PTA definitely needs to be less of a clique and more warm and inviting. But of course this is a general representation of the Windermere community!!! The school is revered as one of the best Orange County Public schools but as a parent who has experience outside of this state, the curriculum could be enhanced in some areas and culture and diversity needs to be encouraged.
I would agree that this school is fantastic. The principal has always had a very welcoming ear to address our concerns and compliments. My child's teachers have all been wonderful educators excelling my child beyond the minimum standards. (And we have attended other schools in other states to compare it to.) I would agree that the PTA could use some work and is possibly holding this school back from a 5 star rating. The school has been completely remodeled and rebuilt with no portables in use any longer. They have wonderful technology devices in place for the school but is perhaps not using them to their fullest capabilities or creatively using the technology. But overall this is a very good school in a wonderful neighborhood community environment.
This is our first year here...we've been very happy with our teachers...The PTA leaves a lot to be desired in their presentation...not the warm welcoming committee I would expect to find at a school of this caliber.