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Windermere, FL
Students enrolled: 1,250
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After care: Yes

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6189 Winter Garden-Vineland Road
Windermere, FL 34786

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(407) 905-7737
(407) 905-7710
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September 30, 2014
WPS earned BEST private school in Orlando for a reason! I just worry that the secret is out! (not that I don't want to share) As a longtime WPS family, I've known for quite some time what the rest of the community is starting to learn. The academics, the culture, and the community combine for a perfect experience for my children. I know they're in the right place.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2014
If your are looking for a realy international school, with an open mind, to help your kids at any level and problem, an excellent parents community, great faculty, beautiful and brand new campus, and safety, this is the school for your kids and family. Come visit the school and you'll be gladly surprise

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2014
Windermere Prep provides not only a top notch education, beautiful facilities/campus and high quality instructors and staff, but it is a family feel environment that is unlike any school I've ever seen. Your child and your family are treated with respect, familiarity, love and trust. The students are happy to come to school and the atmosphere on campus is comfortable yet demanding and professional. Our family's experience at WPS for many years now has been extremely positive. When considering paying for private education, it's not just what is learned in the classroom that sets a private school apart; it is the type of "person" that the school nurtures and develops. The students at WPS are committed to each other, the school and themselves. This school is a privilege to attend...and a joy as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2014
Our family has been a part of WPS for the last 9 years and it has been a truly amazing experience! We currently have two daughters in the Middle School (6th and 8th grade) and one in the lower school (4th grade). The school's commitment to excellence is manifest in every aspect of the organization. Strong leadership and a first class faculty have elevated the school to the top in private school education thus becoming a benchmark for others. Academically our daughters are thriving and enjoy attending school every day. Teachers challenge them to exceed their learning level. Teachers/administration are always available to address any concerns and provide solutions to benefit all involved. We love the sense of community at the school and the parent involvement at various functions, performances, etc. during the year. The athletic program has attracted some of the best coaches in their respective sports and continues to grow. Each year we write a check for 3 tuitions and never hesitate because of the VALUE the school offers our daughters as they mature and eventually head to college. Thank you to all involved at WPS for exceeding our expectations and we look forward to the years ahead.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2014
We began mid year at WPS in Jan. of 2013. We could not have asked for a better transition. The teachers were very helpful in helping us start a new school in a new town in a new state. I highly recommend this environment to anyone new to this area. The teacher-to-student ratio is low; the school is warm & welcoming, and the parents are made to feel like they always have a say in their child's education. EVERY concern is heard and addressed. I've been most impressed with the school's emphasis on the learner, not the tests. They recognize that each person learns at different rates & come up with a personalized learning plan for each child. My kids' teachers are available daily before/after school for any extra help. They encourage it! Last year my daughter had a 4th grade teacher who was beyond wonderful. Mrs. Halupka created a nurturing, family-like classroom where kids were expected to care, respect & encourage each other. They had an amazing bond! "Mrs. H" was so in tune with my daughter's learning style. She gave her the confidence she needed in math & the direction she needed in her other subjects to really excel. She was fully ready for 5th grade. We are so grateful to her.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
My son has attended WPS since pre-K-3 and is now entering the 5th grade so we have been involved with the school for the past 7 years and will have experienced the entire gamut of the Lower School from start to finish. (Also, my daughter started at WPS last year for Kindergarten and is now entering 1st grade). We have seen the school grow and flourish and even though we loved it from Day One, it's been amazing to see the progression of the school. Growing up, I attended both public school as well as two top private schools (The Kinkaid School in Houston, TX and Detroit Country Day School). I think WPS is an incredible private school. I love the sense of community and of family that everyone feels here. The academics and teaching are top-notch. The athletics program has grown by leaps and bounds. There is a focus on the "whole man" including character education and fine arts as well. Our headmaster and administration are amazing and so committed. The campus is lovely- from the flowers to the buildings to the music. Every year there is something new and amazing with the programs, the infrastructure, etc. WPS is the best and getting better all the time!

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
My children have been attending WPS for twelve years now. What an amazing experience it has been to watch this school grow and advance through the years. Today WPS is setting the standard in education. The goals we have set for our Children are all becoming reality as we see them grow into mature, well rounded and independent young ladies. The support system they are provided by both faculty and students alike is incredible and might just be the greatest asset of this school. The success rate on the IB results for last years seniors was amazing and the college exceptances are fast becoming impressive. The Meritas Group have proven their commitment and investment levels are second to none and I am so excited to continue our journey as our youngest now enters middle school. For anyone looking to be a part of a private school that sets itself apart from the rest I highly recommend they take time to look at this great Institution.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2014
We have two children attending WPS. Both are greatly enjoying the experience and my husband and I are very pleased. On a specific note, our son was struggling with HS Biology and his teacher Ms. Borrowman has worked diligently with our son and us to ensure that he is getting the information he needs to succeed. She is so positive, uplifting and encouraging. He enjoys her as a person and enjoys the way she teaches. She is just one example of the fine teachers at WPS and certainly epitomizes the true definition of teacher.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2014
Wonderful teachers and administrators. I would like to see the administration not cave to parents requests for teachers. It is not possible to give everyone who they want. As a parent, I trust the administration to best place my children. They are experts in education and I would like to see parents let them place the students as they see best.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2014
I have three grand kids attending this excellent school. All three seem to love going to school and are excited about sharing projects with me. Windermere celebrates veterans' day and grandparents' day together. I am able to meet and talk to their current teachers, then attend a respectful and always creative salute to our nation's veterans. They even go to the trouble of collecting pictures of veterans with a connection to the school and during the ceremony the pictures (including mine!) are projected on a screen. I was able to get on an email list so I am notified each time the kids take an Accelerated Reader Practice Quiz. So I get firm evidence that all three are reading regularly, and reading above grade level. Windermere is a supurb school with a beautiful campus! I'm happy my grand kids will be able to attend all the way through 12th grade.

- submitted by a community member
January 12, 2014
I have watched WPS grow form the ground up. I am amazed by the beautiful campus. The school continues to improve year after year.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2014
There is something special happening in west orange county. We are excited to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2013
I am thrilled to write a review for Windermere Preparatory School. Our daughter is new to WPS this year. The difference we have seen in her self confidence and academic achievements has been amazing. She has gone from being a smart shy girl to an outgoing, self-confident, academically engaged young lady. Her teacher's recognize where she needs to differentiate her instruction and challenges her. She is having fun, learning tons and talking about school each day she comes home. We have found the self confidence she has received through the learning environment at WPS is creating a amazing foundation we thought we would never see. Just in a short time the difference exceeds our expectations. It was the best decision we made! We highly recommend Windermere Preparatory School to anyone looking for great school. Every time we see the students, any age, Pre-K3 through High School, we are blown away.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
WPS is an outstanding school. I consider myself very blessed that my children are able to attend school here. Not only are my children getting an outstanding education, but they are with teachers and staff every day who truly care about them as people. The campus is beautiful and when you drive onto campus you can see the happiness on every child's face. They are excited to be there. My children are on the above average side and WPS has done everything they can to continue to challenge them. And I don't even have to ask, they just offer extra because they see my children need it. Sports start in Middle School and there are many more options available to both boys and girls than are in the public schools. In addition to sports, there are many clubs and events too. I can't imagine having my children in any other environment!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
My children have flourished at WPS. The Academic Growth, Administrative Support and Nurturing Environment have Exceeded our Expectations! We are a proud Laker Family!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
WPS is a family! The teachers care a great deal about each and every student and take the time to get to know each family on a personal level. The personal learning plans for my children challenge them every day. Administration will take time and listen to students and parents. WPS has had students selected to many top tier universities including the Ivy Leagues. The school offers a diverse selection of extracurricular activities, including competitive sports with coaches that hold strong credentials. We have two daughters at WPS, they have been to other private schools, but none have been close to what WPS has to offer. I wish we had heard about WPS a few years earlier, but this is a school my children (who are in the lower school) will graduate high school from.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
We love Windermere Prep!!! We have been at WPS for over 5 years and I can't imagine my kids going to school anywhere else. Great administration, great teachers, great students, and great families! My kids LOVE going to school and I have peace of mind when I drop them off knowing they are in great hands.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
One year ago I moved from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Windermere, Florida. Before we moved, we looked for schools in the area and discovered Windermere Preparatory School. Being a distance away, we contacted the school for information. They went above and beyond to get us all the information we needed, with no pressure to enroll. Once we got moved in they invited us for a tour of the school and we were blown away by how open and beautiful the campus was. Everyone we talked to was friendly and went out of their way to make sure all our questions were answered. By the first day of school, we knew we had made the right choice for our two children. Now in our second year, we are getting more involved. Whether it's volunteering in our son's classroom, watching our daughter at tennis practice, or even attending a High School Football game, WPS gives us many options. Our children stay busy, but have a lot of fun in the process. In our previous town, our children loved their elementary school. But as far as middle and high school goes, we were struggling to find one that would fit our kids needs. Now that the kids are at WPS, we know exactly where they will graduate.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
Windermere Prep is a great community, fostering both academic and social growth in my children.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
I LOVE WPS!! There are so many positives about WPS it is hard to know where to begin. The school has an immediate welcoming feeling then you are greeted by Top Notch Educators that CARE about your child and YOU! I love how they personally know your child and hand select the best teacher to fit thier needs. The teachers really do make it their top priority to know each child and thier strength and weaknesses. They know what areas that your child needs to be more challenged and what areas need more attention. WPS believes in having the parents involved and working as a team! If there is ever a problem you will know right away even if it is something tiny. All the staff is just as involved as if it was their own child. FLEX/LEAP is great before/after school care. The Community School offers great opportunities for your child to get involved in after school activities. Lake Cypress is great to keep the kids learning during the summer. WPS always has a great opportunity for the kids and parents to both get involved and make a difference.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2013
We have been a part of the Windermere Prep family for nine years. In that time, it has grown and evolved into a leading academic school with wide diversity and strong leadership. Every day I drop my kids there, I feel good about leaving them in that environment. They are well cared for, challenged in the classroom, and pushed to be the best human beings they can be. I would highly recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
WPS is an amazing school! The administration is second to none. Dr Marcy is a great headmaster and really listens to parents. Ms. Davies (middle school principal) is caring and goes the extra mile for the parents and students. We are especially thankful for the way Mr. Stone (Dean of Students) handles any issues with students, he takes time to reach out to parents and educate the students. My kids love coming to school each and every day.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
WPS is beyond what I could have expected for my children. This is our second year here after moving from a public school. WPS not only provides a top notch education for my children but gives them the love and support to achieve their goals. This school offers all the extra curricular activities my children were interested in and also provides them with additional private lessons. The teachers here are nurturing and truly care about the progress and advancement of my children. Thank you to all the teachers who spend numerous hours making sure my children have a positive K-12 educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
Aside from the flow of traffic being excellent considering the amount of cars, the head master, teachers, and other staff and wave and greet you with good morning. I am so impressed with this school. I have two children here and I would NEVER consider public school. Like any good parent you have to be active in your child's education and I feel so involved at WPS. Sad to see WPS only having 3 stars I give it "10".

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
EXCELLENT school, Top of the top. Would never consider another school. The public school system is being flooded with other districts and trailers for classrooms is unacceptable. The curriculum is superior to any other school we have researched. The cost of tuition goes to teachers, maintenance, staff, facilities, etc. If tuition is too high for ones family then consider public school (its free). At WPS you get what you pay for. SO HAPPY WITH THIS SCHOOL!

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
Excellent School. I believe the greatest gift we can give our children is a superior education.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
My 3 kids have attended windermere prep for a combined 14 years. We loved WPS before but with the new changes going on we couldnt be happier. The new head master is truly the greatest.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
Exceptional Education. My son graduated last year with the highest GPA. He was accepted into an ivy league school as were most of his fellow classmates. Windermere Prep will not be a waste of money if your child wants to learn and is driven. Proud Parent

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
We moved our boys to Windermere Prep last year. We could not be happier. Our boys are surrounded by teachers who love what they do and it shows. They are challenged consistently. The projects are "out of the box," creative and always challenging yet fun. The facilities are immaculate. Dr. Marcy has made some much needed changes and the school will continue to grow. We are very happy and look forward to high school next year.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2013
When my family relocated to the Orlando area 3 years ago, we wanted to put our kids in a school that challenged them. We relocated from the northeast, from a state with consistently tops in the nation educational systems. Moving to Florida we were concerned we would submit them to inferior education. To be honest, we found a school in WPS that not only challenges them, but replicates that strong educational pedigree our kids experienced before we moved. WPS educates...it challenges. I can honestly say our kids have been challenged from day one.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2013
My step-children have been at Windermere Prep for 7 years and we are still waiting to be impressed. We originally sent the kids here because we wanted a better education than what a public school could provide. At first, everything was great. The parents were nice and the faculty was welcoming. The kids really seemed to enjoy school. After a while, however, I began to see things I did not like. First, my middle schooler spent much of his year writing stories and doing crafts. There are also A LOT of teacher work days, and free days, in which they sit around ALL day, and "catch up" on work with no structured lesson plan. I can't believe I pay for that nonsense. He has always had straight A's, but somehow cannot remember to put punctuation in his sentences or capitalize his nouns. I had to ask myself why a child of his age, going to this IB school is not being corrected on something so basic. I have also had many instances in which the teachers have sent homework for me and my husband to complete. I'm always happy to help the kids with their homework, but as working professionals, we are done having our own homework.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2013
As a father I have really been happy with the education my children are getting at Windermere Prep. The IB Program in the High School is rigorous. I am sure it will help my children be well prepared for college. The communication between the teachers and the parents is excellent. When there has been an issue the teachers have been quick to address it. The quality of teachers has improved quite dramatically over the past few years. The athletics program has become very competitive with other schools its size. The school has hired a great Athletic Director and really good coaches. I have been impressed with how well the administration handles issues as they come up. Dr. Marcy is quick to send out a letter when the administration needs to inform parents of issues at the school that affect students or to remind parents and students of the policies at the school. This school has a 'family' feel to it. The parents and the students are very friendly and welcoming.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2013
Our children have attended Windermere Preparatory School for 10 years. One son graduated in the class of 2012 and got into the University at the top of his list. A school that rejected over 60% of it's applicants. There were no problems getting his transcripts sent on time. We love it here because of the small class sizes, the teachers and the great families that attend. Our oldest son went to a different school in Winter Park. The parents were nowhere near as friendly and welcoming. That is why we kept our other children here. The academics have improved substantially. Students do creative projects that make them use and develop 'real world' thinking skills. They video conference with students from different states and countries. The curriculum encourages critical thinking in addition to the usual core skills. I have read all the positive and negative comments. I can honestly say that I have never, ever seen anyone 'buy' a grade. Last year one of my children made the honor roll and one didn't due to their own work ethic, not to anyone 'buying' grades, etc. The school disciplines students fairly, kicking those who break the rules out. Saw it happen 4 times.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2013
Let me be perfectly clear - I used to be a student here, and let's just say that there was a lot of teachers getting bullied by parents to change their kids' grades. While I enjoyed my time there, it wasn't because of the curriculum... it was because I found it very easy to skip school and about half my teachers did not really teach, leaving lots of time to do whatever I wanted. Many of the students are absolutely ignorant of the harsh realities of life, and sometimes are very much racist towards other's religious or cultural beliefs. Some of the counselors there exhibited unprofessional behavior, and the teachers that actually handed out fair grades (such as my english teacher in my senior year) either left or got fired because parents were unsatisfied with their kids' grades or the teachers were bullied by the students and they weren't punished for it. I'm not making this stuff up. This is a school for people who want to demand or pay for their grades and not for people who EARN them by hard work. (Oh and I was in class 2010, and the valedictorian story posted by another reviewer makes a lot of sense to me, considering the student wasn't the brightest bulb of us)

- submitted by a community member
May 18, 2013
This was our first year at Windermere Prep and our child is flourishing. He had previously attended a well respected IB school in our former town, and the offerings paled in comparison to what is offered at WPS.What has also impressed us is the feeling of community and strong focus on social responsibility. From all of our interactions, the student body from pre-k to high school is comprised of a really nice set of kids who are happy and kind to each other. The teachers are warm and genuinely demonstrate affection and interest toward our child, and we are certainly not pushy parents demanding such a response, as other postings have claimed. Do your research.... there's a place best suited for every child, and WPS has been that for ours.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2013
I have two kids at the school; one in high school and one in middle school. I find the teachers and admin very responsive and easy to work with. One of my children has a mild learning disability and the school has been very receptive working with her to help her achieve her academic goals. I find most of the teachers very dedicated and easy to talk with. They have greatly improved their math program, and I love all of the high school math teachers. I've been very happy with the English teachers as well. Not so happy with their science program yet and understand this has been a weakness and area of high turn over. I'm not a huge fan of the IB program as I don't feel it is well suited for all students. Their international program has strengths and weakness, but be aware that about half of their junior and senior class is international. This tends to skew the curve one direction for math and sciences, and the other direction for English and history. There is also not as much socialization between the interntl. students and the US students as I would think. Overall it has the personal touches of a small school with many advantages of a bigger school. Good but room for improvement.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2012
My children are in LS & I am looking to move them nxt yr. I can't argue w/the comments posted, I have seen it w/my own eyes-cks are given& I hear so much unhappiness from parents @all levels of income.they say nothing due to the Prestige image the school gives&the high profile parents don't want that damaged @the cost of their child s ed.I can only speak abt the LS, w/my observations &exp, WPS does not have the exp teachers needed to set a good foundation. I am lucky to have children that are self-driven but I don't want 2 say "let's give it 1more yr & see what the headmaster can do . I do not put a price tag on ed but great ed is what they shld rec, we find ourselves supplementing to ensure our children r getting what they miss at WPS. The campus is beautiful, teachers are friendly, young school, new headmaster who I believe has a good vision, but the question is - do I want my children to waste another yr 2 'wait & see' & hope we get lucky with a good teacher . I support Dr. Marcy s vision, but not at the exp of my children s education. Lower school needs to be evaluated. Wishing every1 the very best because it s the students that will suffer, it s not abt the parents

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2012
Windermere Prep has only been in operation for twelve years but has made extraordinary progress toward becoming one of the most elite college prep institutions in this region.Over the past several years the school has recruited a number of highly qualified ,professional administrators and faculty.The school recently added state -of-the-art classrooms to handle the increasing enrollment in the High School.This increase is due primarily to the schools bold decision to add an I.B program to the cirriculum in the High School-the only private institution in the area to offer this advanced diploma.My son is a junior in the High School and has attended WPS since the 8th grade.He has consistently scored high on the PSAT (which is given here to all 9-11th graders) and recently scored in the 90th plus percentile on the SAT.There is no doubt in my mind that he is being well prepared to enter a Tier 1 college.The rigor and completeness of the I.B. Program is impressive.I give my wholehearted endorsement of WPS for anyone looking for a first class College Prep School.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2012
WPS is one of the best things that has happened to our family and our community! Our children love getting up everyday and look forward to seeing their teachers and friends. Sending our children to WPS is one of the best decisions we have ever made. We have been there since 2005 and are thrilled more and more every year!

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2012
This is a prime epitome of a school to AVOID. Besides the fact from reading the other comments and judging that they have probably been written by the administration - I won't bother accounting them into the equation. If you're rich and willing to donate ridiculous amounts of money in order for your child to be brought into college - definitely the school for you. If your child gets kicked our or suspended - just throw some money at them and the problem will magically disappear off record.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
My kids could not be happier. At WPS they found a great environment to evolve and as long as they are willing and working hard, I am sure they will acomplish their goals. Both are doing sports (tennis, swimming, volleyball), for second semester they plan to do dance, music and drama...I feel they are chalenged to manage their time with so many activities, homework and assigments, however they have outstanding results. Yes this is a 15,000 tuition school but it makes every penny worthwhile!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
Excellent School! The well-rounded curriculum PK through 12th gives kids chance to shine. Fantastic arts program - The art show is incredible! Middle School has strong science program with 2 big projects, science fair and rollercoaster design. High School even offers FIRST robotics team. The challenging High School IB program is more in-depth than AP classes. My son said he was well prepared for college when he arrived this Fall.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2012
Windermere Prep School (WPS) is a true hidden gem!!!! Where else can you find a school where the teachers cater to your individual student's learning styles and are you can see in their eyes and demeanor how excited they are daily teaching your child? Did you know that many Mertias students are accepted to Ivy league or if they choose they can get their tuition paid in full if they decide to stay in Florida once they receive the IB diploma? Did you know that one WPS' alumni was working with ESPN at the recent Olympics or that one of it's seniors was on the Voice? Did you know that WPS is part of the Meritas family located in in Switzerland, Mexico, China and USA ? WPS is a hidden jem because many don't know all that I have just told you. I am so happy that we found this gem. In today's international environment where it is a major business and career disadvantage not to know about other nationalities and worldwide affairs, the school can provide my children an international experience not only with it's IB program but is also part of the Meritas schools international locations. I especially love hearing my children say they can't wait for school break to be over. Priceless!!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2012
Im going to keep it simple and get straight to the point. If you want to buy your kid good grades then this is the school for you. If you enjoy politics and making super donations and paying large sums of money at silent auctions, to ensure your kid is noticed...Then this is the school for you! It took my family one year of our son going there. Never again...Never

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
Our family walked (ran) away from this money hungry school. Rediculously high fees. Unorganized offices with rude staff. The preK program is a joke. The teachers are brand new - I understand why they cannot keep their staff. This school cannot control their pushy parents who are able to run everything. I'm guessing half of them go here for free. Totally a status school - they are not about substance or quality. Price does not equal quality here!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
We moved here when my son was about to enter 6th grade so we only know about the middle school. Half of the teachers are all right, 25% of them are engaged, many are just friends or family of admin, absolutely ridiculous. There are no male teachers (none) and the assignments are very female oriented, lots and lots of creative writing with a focus on decorating the work ( their term is funkify), for all the classes. The grounds and facilities are what is attractive. The sports program is terrible despite appearances. Go elsewhere, we are.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2012
What a mess. Never ever have I seen a so called preparatory school run by pushy parents and teachers in fear of losing their jobs. The high school guidance counselor has held on to her job for years, despite the fact that forgetting to send out transcripts etc... is an every day occurrence. I know of several students who have not gotten in to their first choice school because of their incredible disorganization. Parents are permitted to throw their weight around to influence grades. I personally witnessed the mother of the valedictorian of the class of 2010 BRAG about changing her daughters GPA because it was the "teacher's fault". Don't walk - run away from this school - unless you want to "buy a grade" as oppose to educate your child.

- submitted by a community member
January 26, 2012
Since leaving this school, our daughter has had to endure tutoring just to catch up. After have our child tested and knowing what we as parents already knew she has no learning problems! The problem is the school. Bullies are another problem. If you child is hit by another child that has four other siblings that go there don't bother because your one and only child will be cheated...WPS wants that money and not just your one child when the other family offers so much more money than you. Safety is not of concern. The admin. knows of these problem children that go there and year after year get away with it because of the mighty dollar..I would not get caught up in the looks but the people who are running the place.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2011
Our family loves this school. The staff and teachers have provided an excellent environment for my daughter to flourish in. I can't believe how much she's learned in just 4 months. Sadly, we'll be moving out of state and will miss Windermere Prep. The experience we've had has been one of close community, a family really.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2011
I went to WPS from 2-8th grade and had an alright education. Elementary and Middle school is alright but the high school is horrible. My brother and my sister both went there and left feeling like they have learned nothing and also missed out on the "high school experience". The school tells you everything you want to hear even if they are lying just so that they can get your $15,000. I left just this year and went to a public school and the public school is giving me a far better education than windermere prep ever did. When I switched schools the school was so unorganized that they lost my medication records and my testing for ADD. They sent my brothers school another kids transcripts and then informed us that they had lost my brothers. Before you send your child here, I would look for a different school, trust me there are far better schools.

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2011
As a student who has attended public school and taken AP classes, I can say the IB education is far superior to that and the teachers care a lot more at WPS than at any other school I know of. That is a huge difference. Also, there is a lot more opportunity here than at most schools to play sports or be in extracurricular activities, and just be recognized for who you are in general.

- submitted by a community member
August 04, 2011
I have been a WPS parent for many years and while I have never posted to a site like this before because I think it is mostly complainers who post, I thought I should respond to some of the "negative" posts by saying that education is largely what you make of it as a student and parent and the fabulous thing about WPS is it allows you to do that. If pushy parents try to get grades changed, shame on them. If there are admin directives that teachers don't understand or believe in, they probably should move on. WPS is all about the STUDENTS. I think they try to do too much with too few resources, which sometimes results in lower quality outcomes than desired, but it is still a growing school, and the admin and most of the faculty are all there for the BENEFIT of the students. I don't think there are many places of organizations, that can boast that.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2011
All show, but not much substance. Some of the teachers are awesome, but they don't stay because of the way the school is run. Teachers understand the curriculum better than the admin. Get a better deal for your money elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2011
The school is a great place if you want an average education and want your child to get pampered. The school atmosphere is wonderful-everything is always rosy. But in reality if you want your child to excel I'm the real world, this isn't the place. There is no depth to the school; it is all superficial. Pros-It is a great environment. The campus is beautiful. There is no reason your children shouldn't do very well if they are average students. Everything is sugar coated. Parents can easily get grades changed, among other sorts of power. Cons-it is fantasy land. Grades are inflated. The curriculum is weak and ever changing with no continuity. Parents have way too much power and the children recognize that as a way to do very little and be supported.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2011
Extremely disappointed with administration and counselors. No incentive in sending my 2 other kids to WPS.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2011
The admissions will promise you anything to get your child there. The counselors do not want to deal with your child and will tell you to take your child else where.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2011
Sadly we just got relocated out of the area. Windermere Prep is a fantastic school ... the teachers are amazing ! Our son has learned so much and is doing so well both academically and socially. We will truly miss the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2011
We are just finishing our 1st year at WPS. I say we because although our child is the student, we have been included in so much, academically, socially and extracurricular activities. Our child was welcomed by staff, teachers and students very quickly. With excellent curricula, amazing teachers and a sound program, our child has excelled far beyond the levels provided in a previous school. While nothing is perfect, any struggles with advanced math have been addresses with after school help provided by the teacher at no charge. The one issue we had was addressed in a very professional manner by the faculty. We felt heard and understood with our concerns. In no way do I agree with the negative posts that criticize the faculty.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2011
Clearly people writing 5 star reports are less discriminatory than we are. Facilities are good but not used till middle school. Teachers very hit or miss, many brand new to teaching and unable to challenge many of the children. Parents seem to be complaining continually about the school. Not for us at all. If you are choosing to pay for an education shop around, you can get a much better curriculum, consistent teaching and strong administration elsewhere

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2010
Last year they had new high school principal and everything seemed to be on the right track. This year there is no high school principal at all and the high school seems lost. The middle school principal is fantastic but they need to bring back a stronger admin team in the high school. Great facilities and great students. Almost a great school, but not quite there yet.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
What a place to learn. Unbeleiveable faciclities, amazing teachers and administration, great academics, sports are hard to beat. Love this place.....

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
We have 2 kids in the elementary grades who have 11 years combined education at WPS. Both enjoy school, love reading, and are learning about the environment, other cultures, and other religions. My understanding is that the curriculum is at least similar, and probably more advanced, than other elementary schools. What I appreciate is the critical thinking skills that both our kids are learning, because that, more than memorization, is the key to success. My only complaint is that like many private schools there are somewhat limited 'gifted' programs. However, my son briefly attended the gifted program at a public elementary school and at that level it was no different than what he was already learning. We are tremendously impressed with WPS and routinely recommend it to our friends and colleagues.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2010
Looking through the various reviews here, I suspect that most of the reviews are a reflection of how the individual child did while attending the school. Some kids do well in different environments. A few reviewers have made negative comments about the pre-K program, which is really perplexing. We were astounded at how rapidly our kids advanced their reading and critical thinking skills while in pre-K. We found the teacher conferences helpful and appropriately directive. Our kids are reading at 2 and 4 grade levels higher than average, and both learned how to do some 'advanced' math in Kindergarten and first grade (for example, how to square numbers).

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2010
AMAZING!!!!!! This is a school of higher learning! WPS is second to none. You have to come visit this school to see for yourself. The students are happy and well rounded. They take discipline serious, but are not over the top like some schools. Students learn not only in the classrooms, but on the sports fields, field trips, etc. WOW what a School!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2010
WPS is advanced academically at every grade level. Our kids were way behind before we came to WPS. Our kids were behind so much in reading and math before coming to WPS. The teachers have taken the extra time to catch our students up to this fantastic high level curriculum. Our kids were at another private school and learned nothing. At WPS they are learning and love coming to school everyday. We love the administration as they are very approachable and will listen. WPS is by far the best school in Florida. Our kids now test in the 99% in math and reading. We love this school....dont miss the opportunity to change your kids lives at this amazing school.....

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2010
All thes reviews hat are negative and only give 1 star are from parents and kids that could not handle this great school. Seems like these kids were SLOW. WPS is for kids and families that want the best for their children.. At WPS they will get the BEST at every level. I have to compliment the admin Team as they get the job done in a caring but yet professional manner. If you go to WPS you will get the best education ever and they wont just teach to a test, they will teach critical thinking which is fantastic!!!!!!You have to come see the wonderful school....TRust me--i have 4 kids here and they are doing amazing........

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2010
We switched our daughter this school year and she has learned more this year than ever in the last 4 years at WPS. They do not give the kids a good foundation to work with. Since switching we have seen improvement all areas and can now see what she has been missing. Don't risk it. They are no better because you pay more! We have seen the boys in the class go through so much and they always are getting tested at teachers request. Maybe the teachers should get tested or the school should hire better teachers. There is nothing wrong with these kids! Understand that they are all KIDS!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
Reading all the other reviews and I know you hear 10 negatives before 1 positive, I still felt this is too important a topic not to address. Taking emotions out of the equation is a hard thing to do when we are all only concerned for our children's well being. With that said the sole reason we are leaving WPS is simply there is no advantage to going there. The programs are not advanced and unfortunately has been proven multiple times by having to pay for tutoring and entry level tests at other schools. Every one makes mistakes but it is how you learn from them and correct the issues. WPS does not acknowledge any short falls on their part and certainly never attempts to correct them. For the type of money it costs average should not be acceptable. 5 years and we just can't risk it any longer.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
If you look at some of these bad reviews you just have to laugh. These are parents who tried to challenge the school to get their way and lost, or families that have been asked to leave the school for behavior or bad academics and are upset....What Great facilities-- What a Great Administration to stand up to these Bully parents. It is Fantastic that these type parents are leaving because they are not wanted. When they leave they will realize what they have lost at WPS. This school is amazing and takes the opportunity to teach at every level. From the classroom teachers making learning fun and challenging every student, to the Dean of Students who teaches life long lessons, to the headmaster that will take her time and meet with each and every family. Don't miss out on this Great School and Administration--Thanks WPS for Teaching

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2010
I believe that people who are unhappy with a school, restaurant, etc, tend to voice their opinions more often than those who are happy. My son has been at the school since its inception. We have been through all the trials and challenges. Through it all, the teachers have been exemplary, the comraderie of the students unmatched. My son loves school. He is challenged by both his teachers and his peers. His critical thinking skills have been honed because the curriculum is designed to foment inquiry and discovery....not memorization. The proof is in the amazing national test scores, the poise and maturity of the high school students. I know that without a doubt, my son is receiving a superior education and that our investment will reap many rewards.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 06, 2010
Windermere Prep is a great school with lots of potential. However, The current headmaster is all show and no substance. I currently thinking of leaving because I do not trust her leadership. My son has doen well and the teachers are nice, but the admin seem to lack direction.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2009
I am currently a freshman at Windermere Prep and think it is great! It is very challenging but all of the teachers are there to help and that is the reason my mom decided to send me to WPS(so that I would be challenged) It's an excellent school and I believe it has a lot of potential. They are constantly upgrading something and the campus is amazing!

- submitted by a student
November 12, 2009
I read the reviews of the parent and I only have to say, you didn t have to deal with the administration staff yet. The school is not worth the money. When you have a complaint they will use it to make you feel that it was your doing. They have no respected for the parents and is only concerned on how they look to Meritas and their friends in the school. They will only do something for the parents if it is their way, don t try and explain to them anything different they will not do it. Some of the teachers are inexperienced and cannot teach the curriculum. Don t waste your money it will be their way or no way. There are other private school that will stand behind what they believe and will accept responsibility for what they have done wrong don't expect it from WPS.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2009
Horrible teacher Horrible staff Horrible everything nothing I recomend to your family

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
This is a great school because it pays special attention to students needs for learning. The teachers are great and the school has extra ordinary curricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2009
Great School---Great Academics---Fantastic Administrators---Great Coaches----Travel Opportunities---Great Sports...You have to come for a tour of this amazing campus. There is no school like WPS....If you dont go here you are making a mistake. I researched all of the top Orlando Schools--and this school is off the charts compared to the others....Go see it yourself!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2009
Windermere Prep is the best private school in central florida. I have 3 children at the school that used to be a lake highland. WPS goes the extra mile and the administration is great, they listen to the parents and students. The dean of students , Mr. Stone, and the middle school director, Mrs Davies, go above and beyond for the kids. They have an approach that is all about educating the kids. I feel safe having my kids here. I trust fully in the administration to make the right decisions that are in the best interest of the kids. I recommend this school to all.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
This is our third year at WPS and we couldn't be happier with the school. The class sizes are kept small so each child receives the individualized attention they need. All of the staff are friendly and caring. We are very lucky to be a part of such a wonderful school.

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May 12, 2009
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May 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2009
Ah-mazing school, I've had children at this school for three years now the first two years were a little bit rocky but ever since we got our new high school principal things have been going great. He really made this a great experince for me and my son, now with the IB on its way I am glad to have him guiding us.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2009
Our daughter is in grade 9 at WPS and we love it here. The high school principal is amazing, truly cares for the children and listens to the parents. He has really turned the high school around. The IB will only make the curriculum better. There are some problems with students making their own little groups, but what high school does not have this problem? I have seen this get better as the year has progressed and issues are dealt with immediately. We are not very happy with the science teachers, but even this is being addressed. Beautiful campus, great sports facilities, and a wonderful atmosphere. We certainly are getting our money worth.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2009
Apparently people either love this school or hate it. Like any institution, there is the good and not so good. On balance, this is a good school getting better. With the completion this summer of the physical high school building the campus will finally have proper facilities for each grade level. One can argue the merits of Meritas purchasing WP but the investment has accelerated the completion of the campus facilities as one benefit. The complaints about student cliques have some truth to them. However, my daughter has found acceptance and friends here despite our not being a part of the Windermere social scene. In her first year she was elected to the student council and Meritas sent the student council from each of their nine or ten schools to Geneva for a week long conference at their Switzerland campus. All expenses paid. Visit http://Team1649.com for an example of another good thing here.

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January 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
Truly outstanding..The ib program is fantastic and they gave me an amazing experience, i don't see how anyone could not like this school

- submitted by a student
no rating January 12, 2009
I am shocked to see anyone has had a bad experience at WPS. I absolutely love this school and I will be placing all three of my children in their competant care. WPS, without an ounce of doubt will give them the tools they need to succeed. Not only is WPS the best for their education but it offers a sense of community and pride without arrogance. Our son has thrived in this environment. The teachers are amazing! I have found all of them to be down to earth, educated, humble, and real. Parent involvement is not only welcome but it is encouraged. The althetic program is growing by leaps and bounds. The tennis program for one is amazing! If I can help it, my children will stay at WPS forever.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2008
This school was a $12,000+ mistake; the worst and yet most expensive school year I've ever had. The teachers only (sometimes) make efforts to help the super-smart kids - and not the kids who actually need help. The curriculum is cheap and doesn't cover anything we'll need to know for our future. In addition, the kids are nasty and incredibly rude. Arrogance is a way of life here, and if you don't have it, you're socially dead. Please, don't waste your money at WPS, it was the worst choice I've ever made.

- submitted by a student
November 25, 2008
Wonderful school with wonderful resources. Students 5th grade and above are required to use laptops in class. Terrific communication between teachers and students and parents. This school embraces technology and is preparing their students well.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2008
We found this wonderful school by chance. We drove by and decided to pull in. After a fantastic tour from the admissions staff we were sold on sending our kids to this great institution. We bought a home in Windermere and our kids are getting the best education in Orlando.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2008
Great teachers, Great 48 acre campus, Great administration, You have to come to the campus to see what a fantastic educational experience the students are gaining here. Great technology--students use laptops in class, great academics, great athletics. We love it here, this is the best private school in the central florida area!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2008
My son is in third grade and has been attending Windermere Prep since Pre-k3. While we have had our ownership issues, that is all in the past and we are now seeing a sports program that is both challenging and exciting. Meritas Schools has also provided our campus with fantastic facilities as well as an extremely well qualified staff and curriculum to match. We are anticipating our son enrolling in the IB program when he is in fifth grade. We are proud of his academic achievements. Our 3rd grader is reading at 5th grade level, knows his square roots and has a head start on division and multiplication. The teachers come with impressive dossiers, are full of heart, and enthusiasm. We heartily recommend Windermere Prep to anyone who is considering the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2008
This is our first year at wps with 2 children attending. We have one student in 7th grade and one in 10th grade. We love the school and eveything about it. The teachers and administrators are the best we have seen and all go out of their way to be helpful. The school has great academics and athletics, and the high school will start the ib program next year. From what i reseached, ib is the most rigorous academic curriculum and is accepted worldwide. This is the best school i have ever been associated with. I recommend wps highly. I can continue to talk, but the school and staff sell themself--go see for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2008
One should keep in mind that all experience is subjective. While hearing other people's subjective experience can be helpful it is probably not smart to use that as your only measure for rating your child's school. You wouldn't buy a car without investigating the various components and test driving it . Why would you choose a school for your child without investigating the facts and experiencing the setting for yourself. Here are some concrete facts about why Windermere Preparatory School is a GREAT SCHOOL. Accredited by FCIS and SACCS Owned and Financially supported by the Meritas Family of Schools. Advanced and challenging curriculum tailored to each child's individual learning style. Candidate for IB Program. Professional, experienced , and caring teachers. Focus on the development of the 'Whole Child' . These are just some of the facts, but don't take my word for it, go check out WPS yourself !

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2008
My children spent 2 years at WPS, then we moved away and are now back only because of WPS. Having 3 kids with 3 different learning styles, WPS has done a remarkable job in accomodating each student. The band program is awesome with many opportunities to perform in school wide concerts and local competitions plus an opportunity to travel to Europe to perform in hospitals and for children with life threatening illnesses. Middle school program offers plenty of project based learning opportunities that link different subjects together. Their high school program offers honors, AP and next year will offer the IB Diploma program. This program is only offered in some county public schools and WPS is the first private school in the county to offer this internationally acclaimed program that most colleges tout as being the top high school academic program that prepares students for top notched college/university programs.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
We had our son in Windermere Preparatory school for 3 weeks. He is only 3 years old and attended PK-3. Not only did he learn to bite but also spit. The teachers pay little attention to the children while they are on th e playground and in the class, which I witnessed myself while arriving early to pick him up. Windermere Preparatory PK program is nothing more then an expensive day care service.He has attended Windermere Baptist school and did do very well there.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2008
WPS is an excellent school. I find most of these reviews comical. Both of my daughters are testing over 2 years ahead of their grade level. Yes, it is pricey, but is less than the other premium school in Orlando and 45 minutes of traffic closer. This is a young school but has added a pool, track, gym, and 300 students in 2 years. Of course this school is for profit, most private schools are. I prefer this to a government school. The school can be a bit disorganized, but it is growing pains as the school has doubled in size in 2 years. Don't love it, but it is tons better than FL public schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 29, 2008
This is the 3rd year of attendance for my child. WPS is a wonderful school with a 'hometown' feel. The teachers are attentive to all the needs of the students. While the yearly tuition is about 4K too high, it's a great way to give your children an educational foundation, even if you can only send them to WPS for a few years before you transition them to Public School. WPS will give them the academic foundation needed to get them off to a good start.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2008
We had been at this school for 6 yrs. My son learned nothing. I had to homeschool him to catch him up to his homeschool peers. The WPVA puts all the dirty work on unsuspecting parents. This school is a glorified babysitting service that can't even do that right. The teachers only help the really smart kids because they do not know how to teach and the curriculum is chosen because it is the cheapest.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 04, 2008
This school is very superficial and does not listen to the parents. They only want to acknowledge positive feedback and not critical feedback. The academic curriculum is a joke and not challenging for the age level. The director clearly stated that 'the staff is whom they support because WPS would not be there without them' Newsflash, no one would be there without the parents bank rolling their salaries. Also, the extra curriculum activities are a waste of time and just another way to get more money out of the parents. The poor children are just going through the motions and NOT advancing in anything. Smoke and mirrors. This school is a joke, no high academic standards, no strong disciplined values taught... they only want to brush any negative incidence under the rug. The lower school director is clueless and confused. I do not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2008
Disorganization, failure to communicate, high teacher turn-over, nanny central, lack of responsiveness to questions, etc. etc. Tuition is higher than private schools with 20 year track records of great college matriculation. As of 08, WPS had graduated only 1 class of 8 kids. Having said that, these 8 kids did well. Maybe they will get their act together one day, but we won't stick around to find out.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2008
This school is very unorganized. The only time they have it all together is when asking parents for money. Very little communication. I never know what is going on but what my child tells me. Kids of this school are so stuck on who has money, not very good for the average student. Would not waste your money on this school. The staff is not very caring and turn over is high. My child will never have to go through that again.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2008
My child was in the high school portion of the school until last year. The teachers are so disorganized and have little/no control over the students. They can get away with so much without getting into trouble; if they whine about not wanting a test tomorrow, they push it back so that the students won t complain. The teachers practically spoon-feed the children, hand out A s, resulting in the students not learning much at all. The technology department interferes with the laptops that the students need to have and sometimes mess them up so badly that I ve had to get my son two new computers within the course of his schooling here. I've wasted my time and money at this school- I'm glad I made the right choice to take my son out of this school because he has much to catch up on before going to college. It's quite disappointing.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2008
WPS, now owned by Meritas, is in it for the profit. There will be additions made, like a pool, and more emphasis on sports only because Meritas believes they can make more money that way. Academically the school is behind most other schools and the teachers are as snobby and cliquish as the students there. There are no counselors, little or no security, a big deal is made about thier international connections but it only effects a few, hand-picked students and amounts to nothing more than teleconferences. They ripped out the workout room to put a dance studio (makes more money in after school programs), the buildings are cheap (no water in the art rooms - a joke), bathrooms are outside. Students have laptops so they can IM and email all day and never pay attention. I have two children there and I am pulling them both out next year.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2008
I thought my year at WPS was going to be great... But unfortunately I've had a huge reality check since then. A complete waste of money, this school serves only as a social scene for the rich, and an advertising trick for the unsuspecting. I wish WPS would listen to our complaints about having to lug around our heavy laptops (which most of us find as a serious annoyance), but they are far too engrossed in bloating about their 'advanced technology' to care. Also, I've noticed the kids here to be unreasonably concerned about their social status. The teachers and faculty are constantly pressuring us to buy more and more, acting as if the hefty swipes at our parent's checkbooks are not an issue worth paying attention too. I'm very unimpressed and dissapointed with my experience here at WPS, and I'm looking foward to going to a public school next year.

- submitted by a student
October 11, 2007
My grandson is a student at Windermere Prep for the past five years. I have watched his knowledge and skills grow over the past years. The commitment and support given by his teaching staff was outstanding. His reading and vocabulary are far above the local school system. We have marveled at the level of vocabulary words that he has learned in the past three years. Once again far above the the local school system.

- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2007
I have been a Windermere Prep parent for 5 years. My students have had a great education from teachers who not only push them to be their best, but also take the time to really know my child. The opportunities for a broad education include language classes in Latin and Spanish at an early age, as well as opprortunities in fine arts and music. My children have different learning styles and both have been challenged and become top students as a result of being at Windermere Prep.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2007
We have attended WPS for 5 years now, and every year I am beyond satisfied by the level of education my two children receive. The faculty are fabulous, and the environment affords the rare opportunity for families to become a part of a real educational community. The school has undergone transitions in its early growth, and with the current state of ownership and administration - the school is skyrocketing in opportunities for our children. The developing programs for international exchange, robotics, music, sports and so much more are truly exciting. The school also places strong emphasis on community service and character development. I am so pleased that my children have WPS as their educational experience.

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August 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2007
My child now has a passion for his core subjects, art, and music because of his year at Windermere Prep. This was his first year in 5th grade at this school and the rigorous academics were challenging for him at first. With the amazing support and incredible teaching from all his teachers, he is now excelling and loving this school. If you have a child that is losing his/her love of learning, this school is exactly where you need to look. My son never wanted to talk about school until he started here. He comes home and is exploding with excitement about all of the 'cool stuff' he is doing in all his classes. He loves having a laptop. The technology is woven into every aspect of all his classes. Thank you to the teachers who truly love my child and make him feel special every day!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2007
Way too expensive for a pre-K program, too disorganized for that kind of money and not established enough to get that amount. The teachers didn't recognize what was age appropriate for the pre-k 4 program. Though our daughter did happen to learn to read before the end of the school year, my husband and I didn't feel the program was worth the money.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2007
This school is basically a social group for the rich. Parents have way too much influence and they have extremely high turnover in their teaching staff. The music program costs extra and was a waste of money. This was a $12,000 mistake for me and my family.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2006
They offer an extensive program that is very individualized. My son is in Kindergarten and reading at a 2nd grade level. It has wonderful teachers and also offers a variety of programs.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2006
When I withdrew my child from this school in fourth grade, their knowledge was behind the public school kids by at least a year. It took a full year for my child to catch up. Now, after a couple of years back in a great Windermere public school, my child has actually been invited to join the gifted program there. That never would have happened if I'd kept them in Windermere Prep. I feel like my child was cheated out of an adequate education and I was cheated out of ten thousand dollars.

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October 26, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2006
My child is doing great in this school. We are happy with the academic program - based on our experience so far (my child is still in Lower Elementary). There are many opportunities for parents to be involved. Of course, everyone has a choice of how involved they want to be. The school is still growing, but I think the new leadership is sending it in the right direction.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2006
The curriculum at this school is a joke. The flimsy skeleton of a curriculum that they showed me was not even being followed. The children had little to no science and social studies. There was plenty of art and lots of extra costs. This school is more about the name than teaching the children. The prestige is certainly not warranted. The teachers are stuck in their ways and are not evolving into better teachers, but fighting to keep things simple and easy for them. I wasted 10,000, please don;t do the same!

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2006
The school is extremely disorganized and not a good value for the money you spend. Extra curricular activities are a joke, not structured or worth the money you pay. This school is all about socialization and social politics and not education.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
Excels in fine arts, especially music Excellent academics, with the exception of a weak writing program Community feel, excellent new headmaster Many opportunities for parent involvement Many extracurricular activities available.

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Windermere Preparatory School
6189 Winter Garden-Vineland Road, Windermere, FL  34786
(407) 905-7737
Last modified Windermere Preparatory School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Windermere Preparatory School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 125 reviews. Top