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1776 Minnesota Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789

(407) 647-3624
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4 stars
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May 23, 2013
This school is so wonderful, I want to kiss every teacher and administrator every time I'm there. The children at this school are happy, healthy, nurturing, and learning at a very high level. There is true and very real diversity - ethnically, socio-economically, and in learning styles. The families are all kind and friendly. The administrators are deeply engaged with their student body. The teachers teach terrific material using the best of modern educational science. They teach in a way that the information is really going to stick rather than being regurgitated for a test. They use different modalities depending on the material and the students. The children feel loved and cared for by their teachers in a very real way. There is room for mistakes - academic or social - and chances to grow from them. True to the modern understandings of the educational needs of children, the children are given appropriate opportunities for rest and unstructured play. The school lives its mission every day. Children leave this wonderful school with a fantastic education, a happy disposition, and a well-developed character. I could not recommend this school more highly.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2013
This is truly a 5-start school. They know and love each and every child. The environment is so positive and the teachers are amazing. My daughter is in Ms. Sullivan's pre-k class, she loves the class and we love the teachers. The kids are actually learning a grade level ahead and prospering. Thanks for being a GREAT school!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2012
I love PHA!! So does my daughter. Yes, it may be a little smaller than some of the other private schools in the area, but that just means the teachers and staff truly know my daughter. They really do care!! What a wonderful feeling to drop off my daughter in a caring environment where she is provided with a top notch academic curriculum. AND the open-door policy is awesome. I never feel like I am bothering anyone when I want to stop in to have lunch with my daughter. She also has a great group of friends and there is plenty of opportunities for social activities! Thanks PHA!!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2012
Our son just started in the lower division at PHA, and all I can say is WOW. The communication between the administration, teachers and parents is exceptional, and in just a few short weeks, we have seen positive improvements in our son's communication and comprehension skills. He can't wait to get up in the morning and put on his PHA uniform. The other day, he was ready and wanting to leave for school at 6:30 a.m.! That never happened when he was in daycare. If your child is in need of a caring, structured, academic setting, this is IT!.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2012
You will not find a more loving, caring or educational environment for your child anywhere. The administration and teachers GET IT! They teach and care for their students at such a high level. This school is AMAZING!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2011
The Parke House is an amazing place for children. Although the curriculum is advanced, the teachers work with individual children in a loving way! When my son entered 2nd grade, coming from another school, he was behind in reading. I was so impressed with all his teachers who worked with him to build his confidence and improve his skills! Top notch place for a great education and as a parent I also feel welcome.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2011
As a parent to a current student at Parke House I have to side with the parent who gave it TWO-STARS for the Kindergarten level of the school. The faculty at this level, particularly the teacher that this parent referred to, is subpar. There is a noticeable level of fakeness that goes with their character. It is transparent and unfortunate. I am fortunate that my child is past this grade and doing exceptional where they are now. In fact, the faculty from 1st grade and up are very caring and qualified. They are great at what they do. I am content and blessed not having to deal with the obvious inadequacies of Kindergarten. It is a true misfortune for those parents that have to deal with where Parke House obviously lacks. Just because you re qualified for a job doesn t mean you re good at it.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
As a parent of two children at Parke House, I have been more than pleased with the overall academic environment at the school. The children are challenged while also being nurtured. The teachers are always available and willing to answer questions about teaching methodology and curriculum. There has never been teaching to any test (in Lower or Upper Division - unlike the FCAT in the public school system) and foundational skills are emphasized. The kindergarten team, the Lower Division teachers, as well as all the teachers, staff, and administration at Parke House Academy make the academic, social, and emotional growth and development of each child a priority. I feel extremely fortunate to have found such a warm, nurturing, and academically sound school for my children.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
As a parent of a Kindergarten child also, reading the last response came as a surprise. I understand there are diverse learning styles and levels in every class. The Kindergarten team in particular and Parke House as a whole, has been more than accommodating and sensitive to the individual needs of each student. I've been a parent at this school for three years now and my child has blossomed under the guidance and love of phenomenal teachers!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
There is a kindergarten teacher who is currently teaching who s style of instruction while perhaps effective, is extremely draconian. The focus is to move the class as a whole in measured progress. Admirable, but at what cost? It is not at all conducive to the individual progress of the more advanced of students. And this has been my problem ALL year long. Those individual children who have demonstrated the capability to exceed the status quo are stifled and being discouraged from working ahead of their peers, in order to keep the child within the limits of the class tempo. The operative word in my statement is Limits . It is a shame that a school with so much potential has teachers who qualities are subpar.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2011
I just came across the review below and had to respond. I have no idea how anybody who had attended preschool and preK at Parke House could get the impression that they "teach to a test", or that the teachers and staff at the lower division are "below average". The school is a wonderful facility, with excellent teachers, and the material they cover is a great foundation. The school does move at a faster pace than many, but certainly does not gloss over any core skills. I would like to see a little more parent involvement (the same parents do everything), but overall I could not be happier with the education my children have received, nor with the loving environment they have been in.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2011
I am now realizing, in hindsight, that my two years at Parke House Academy were not worth the money I spent. This school puts too much emphasis on teaching to a test, and not enough time on details, comprehension and fundamentals. While my child tested well and was reading at the end of Pre-K, I am learning a few years later that they glossed over and moved on too fast from core skills and information that my child needs now in the later years. Will do Pre-K at a different place next time around. Facilities are top notch. Teachers and staff are below average. Management is not as professional as they should be. Below average location.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2011
Hands down, the best private school in Central Florida! My children tested 2 grade levels higher than their peers that attend other schools. PHA has a great caring team in place. The teachers, staff and administration are very professional, and very loving with my children. It is a warm, safe environment that my children thrive in. We Are... Parke House!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2010
I moved my children from Park Maitland to Parke House Academy and it's the best move I've ever made. They are so much happier at Park House. It has awesome teachers and the administration listens to and involves the parents. Their curriculum is every bit as good as Park Maitland's if not better. They have great extra curriculars and challenging classes that they expect of a private school yet they are friendly and foster social skills on par with a public school.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
PHA rocks with a new gym nice teachers and the kids love it

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 17, 2010
I have had all of my children in PHA and could not be more pleased! The academics are outstanding and my children love going to school, and at times hate going home at the end of the day. The staff is soo friendly and I always feel so confident knowing that they are in good hands. It's a small, intimate school and my kids get the one-on-one attention they deserve, but they also get the discipline, emotional support and academics that are needed in todays society. I am proud to a Parke House Father! As they tell my kids...We Are Parke House! And we will be part of this family until they make us leave. Thank you PHA for providing an outstanding education for my kids!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 13, 2010
This is a great school! The staff is awesome and we could not be happier. The classes are small and the academics are amazing. The only negative would be the lack of space for a great physical education program, but they are building a full sized gymnasium! we can't wait. I can't imagine a better place - we are always welcome to visit. five stars from me (and my child, as she is looking over me). she is only five - but read this!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2009
PHA ROCKS! They have the best of everything teachers, administration, curriculum, they have it all. My son was not happy about starting Preschool, after a week he LOVED it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I can't disagree more with the last post. The administration is extremely involved with the children and families. It is unusual for a school administration to know all the families and children by their names. Administation is always available. The staff are fantastic at what they do and the children are happy and learning. This is all a reflection on administration. We Love Parke House. I couldn't think of any place else to send my child. We are Parke House

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
I think the teachers are the best part of the school. Its a shame that the school leadership doesn't value families the way the teachers do. Principal is kind of arrogant--he doesn't seem to be involved in the classrooms, more of a business-type? I took my children out of the school and we haven't been happy since. I might reconsider only because my child was learning more there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Parke House is totally innovative in their curriculum, really catering to the individual child while holding them to high standards. My child loves going to school every day and has acquired knowledge quickly. My hats off to an amazing group of educators who are passionate about what they do. I am proud to be a member of the Parke House family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
PHA has offered a home away from home for my son in pre-k. He is being educated in a loving and supportive environment with teachers who have helped him grow immensely.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
Our daughter started preschool this year at Parke House and it has been an amazing thing to watch. How many children jump up and down in excitement at the thought of going to school?

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2009
I love The Parke House Academy because all the teachers are great and loving. My daughter loves going to school there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
We like Parke House Academy because of the teachers, Ms. Westlake, Ms. Vacarcel,Ms. Harrell, Ms. Rosato, Ms. Swank, Ms. Murphy-Johnson....they're the Best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Parke House Academy excels in academics. It is very family oriented, loving and personal. Has very low student to teacher ratio which easily allows teacher to recognize and adapt to specific student needs to challenge them scholastically. An incredible school with a diverse student body.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
It is the best preschool and elementary school is the world, small classes, individual high level instruction. Teachers and staff who care about your child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Parke House Academy is the best! My three boys attended The Parke House Academy and now I am the art teacher there! We are family... we are friends...WE ARE PARKE HOUSE!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
The Park House is the best shchool...with the best staff and the best customer service.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 25, 2009
I believe Parke House is a school that nurtures the growth of each individual student. Enriching lessons and activities that are catered to all learning styles inspire creativity and make learning fun! We are...PARKE HOUSE!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
A superior school with high academic skills where children are relaxed and happy environment. Amazing attitude and communications between students teachers parents and staff

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
A fabuloys school with high academic standards. The teachers sincerely care about the students and are always there to help and advise. I have my 3 children there and am extremely happy with what they have learned.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Wonderful school environment! i have seen amazing educational growth and social development with my children .

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
The care and attention from the teachers and the support staff is fabulous, they know everyone by name.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Best PK - 5th well rounded program available in Orlando

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Dedication & commitment from principal to staff. I love the small classroom sizes.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
PHA is an amazing school. Education is top notch and the environment is so loving and friendly. My child absolutely loves his teachers and all of the great friends he has met these past couple years. As soon as you walk in, you feel at home - very charming buildings and super friendly staff always ready to greet you by name.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
My child is growing everyday in everyway. The school is above amazing!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
Perfect nurturing school for the growing minds. Classes are small, challenging, and inviting. My 3 year old absolutely enjoys every minute she spends at Parke House including daily art projects, story time at library, and lunch by the playground. Her fine motor skills, overall linguistics (listen/follow/execute competency), and social skills (including manners!!) have all improved since she started school in August and I have to thank the wonderful and nurturing teaching staff at PHA for it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Parke House Academy is the perfect learning environment for children pre-school to 5th grade. Students standardized test scores rank top in the country.The small class size inspires BIG learning. The open door policy for families gives our school a community environment. The arts enriched curriculum allows for all children to participate in broadway style performances and art exhibits. It is the perfect school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
My son is 3 years old and has already learned so much this year. We love the school and his teacher!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Their strong and varied curriculum, their structure, their constant communication with the families, and their positive and happy attitudes whenever I visit.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Our children look forward to going to school everyday! AND they're learning! What's better than that?

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Great school with adminstration and staff who truly care about the kids and don't hesitate to go the extra mile if needed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
We love this school!. They have a strong curriculum . The staff is amazing, caring, and positive. You could not find a better atmosphere for a child to grow and learn in. I highly recommend this school to anyone looking for a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
We have attended Parke House for over 4 yrs. It is belong to a family. Everyone is there to help from teachers, to other parents as well as the staff. Instilling values, education and ways to live a happier life.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
The Parke House Academy is great because the classes are small so the children get individual attention. That way the teachers get more time to help the students, unlike regular classrooms where there are so many children that the teacher does not have time to teach them all. Both my children love Parke House, and so do I! I love their techniques and that they teach other languages at this young age. PHA is a wonderful place to have the oppurtunity to get the education they need, more education, more doors of oppurtunity opened in the future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Small classes, individual attention, challenging curriculum and caring staff make this school one of a kind!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
The Parke House Academy is Orlando's best kept secrets in Elementary education for children. Great student /teacher ratios and very nuturing atmosphere. My 3 kids love PHA and my 2 older kids have very fond memories there. Teachers are fantastic. I highly recommend this school! We travel over 23 miles to PHA each way to have our Kids in a wonderful learning enviroment. It's all worth it!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
Wonderfully warm place that cares about my childs education. The curriculum is advance and keeps the children engaged. My daughter has had the most wonderful teachers in her two years there. Mrs. Mort and Mr. Lutins.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The Parke House Academy's staff and teachers provide a stimulating and challenging curriculum delivered in a warm and inviting environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The teachers are fantastic and caring and the academics are challenging and interesting!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 02, 2009
The Parke House Academy is a wonderful school. They have a strong curriculum that has challenged my daughter in pre-kindergarten. They use a program called Open Court Reading at a kindergarten level. My daughter began reading her signt words and sounding out words at age four. The knowledgeable teachers and staff kept her challenged, yet not stressed. The teachers and administration were warm and loving and she had a fun time learning without even realizing what amazing things she was doing for her age. I am excited that she has entered knindergarten ready to do school work at a first grade level. She knows more than the other children in the neighborhood. I am proud to say and tell everyone she attends The Parke House Academy. Thanks PHA!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating April 09, 2008
My child has attended The Parke House Academy for the last year and we are thrilled with it. It is very focused on academics, moreso than most area schools, but the children are thriving in this challenging environment. They balance the academics with many extracurricular activities and truly nurture the students. The small class sizes are a big plus in our book as well. Our child was accepted into one of the more well known private schools here but we are so glad we chose PHA. It's the hidden secret gem of Winter Park.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2007
I am a student here at The Parke House Academy. I very much enjoy this school and I hope your children do to. I sure know that a lot of students are doing very well and there parents are very proud. We have a lot of extracurricular activities at the school. Also after school we have extended day and if you get to school early you can wait in the cafeteria for your teacher to call you in. I really think it is a very good school. I would really recommend it.

- submitted by a student
July 15, 2007
Our son has thrived at Parke House. There focus on citizenship and appropriate social etiquette are a terrific value add to the advanced curriculum. Language programs could use some improvement and intramural sports programs are lacking. The school leadership goes out of their way to make each child feel special.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2006
We are very impressed with Parke House. It has amazing teachers who are very friendly and very smart.The afterschool porgram is also great and the aftercare teachers take care of the children wonderfuly. The school is pricey, but its worth the tuition!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2006
We switched to Parke House over a year ago, and as parents, we couldn't be happier. I have witnessed many teachers and staff members handling children in ways that surprise me. They genuinely care for the children. The academics are superior, and the administration respects families and listens to their concerns. The teachers who have left have had to for valid reasons. We left another private school in the area because we weren't happy, and that makes me appreciate Parke House. As a former teacher, I couldn't be happier. Believe me, I have seen first-hand other private schools in Orlando, and this school has been a blessing. My children are happy every day when I pick them up. In fact, I can't get my youngest to leave some days!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2006
My children have been attending this school for a few years now. When we first attended we were very happy and let everyone know it. We are not happy with the changes and the school is going down hill. The teachers never stay and the administration is weak.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2006
I have had all three of my children at The Parke House Academy for many years now and I believe I couldn't have found a better place for them to be. While the academics have been advanced, they have never seemed to be too challenging. The small class size has been worth the higher tuition. There is a very nurturing and involved faculty and every year I have been thrilled with the quality of teachers that have been hired. The best part is that my children love to go to school and love to learn. They are very self assured, kind, considerate and well educated and that has been learned and reinforced at this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2006
I've just enrolled my daughter in this school for preschool and the small class size and attention to detail is fantastic! I recommend this school for any parent who is interested in starting their child off the right way!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2006
This school is excellent if your child is very academically driven. The staff is very concerned about the children and strive to meet the needs of their student body. Since this school is relatively expensive, it attracts only those who can afford to send their children to this pricey school. Since the school does not offer tuition assistance, the students are homogenous and lack the cultural diversity that one would find in other less advantageous areas. The school offers wonderful art, music and cultural programs. For those who can afford it and for those children who are conformists, its worth the price of the tuition.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
no rating November 16, 2005
The lower school provides a loving, academic environment. Teachers are energetic and passionate about children and trying to reach each one individually. The upper school is lacking facilities. Teachers come and go. Parent involvement is pretty good.

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July 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2005
Parke House Academy is a very small private school with very small class sizes. There seems to be a high turnover of teachers and some of the assistant teachers do not seem well trained in the subjects they are responsible for. The school pushes children a year beyond themselves (first grade is studying second grade material), but there is a major concern that the children are often skipping important essentials and being pushed beyond their maturity levels. There is an availability of various extracurricular activities, however many teachers want to be paid extra for tutoring students in subjects that the teachers were not covering well in school. It was the feeling of some parents that tutoring should be offered as part of the curriculum and not as an extra expense to the student. The principal at this school is awesome and works very hard for the children.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2004
My son has received a great education at The Parke House Academy.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
As parents, and as non-employees of The Parke House Academy, my wife and I feel that this school provides the most advanced, quality 'plus' education (gr. 1-5) in an open and caring enviroment with minimal students per class. We believe without a doubt that this the finest elementary school in the central Florida area, educationally out-pacing all other private schools and miles ahead of any public school in the state, bar none!

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The Parke House Academy
1776 Minnesota Avenue, Winter Park, FL  32789
(407) 647-3624
Last modified The Parke House Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-6
The Parke House Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 71 reviews. Top