My daughter has attended this school for two years now and compared to her last school, I was disappointed. The faculty are not very parent or child 'friendly', communication within the school is almost zero and there are very little activities held outside of school hours or even within school hours for that matter. The nly positive feeling I have about this school is that it is so close to home we can walk there.
I have to agree with the the most recent posts. My husband & I are actively involved in our son's education. On many situations, we have gotten conflicting information regarding happenings in the school. Something as simple as dismissal times. The staff out front informed us that dismissal had changed (in late April/Early May). When I went to ask the front office when car riders would be dismissed, they looked at me like I was crazy. They stated times did not change. The teacher my son had was wonderful, but she to was frustrated. The school lacks normal organization. At times our son came home an hour later due to overcrowding on the bus. Literally 3 to a seat. They still have to do two bus runs for the neighborhood on base. New Base housing is nice, but if you value your childs education, look seriously at housing in Columbia County.
FP was built to house 540 K4-5th graders. Richmond County decided to add 6th-8th grades increasing enrollment to 900+ students w/o adequate bldgs, books, or staff. There is no organization among the staff, events are usually planned at the last minute with no notice to parents. A active PTA doesn't exist with select few that like to control the situation & drive all the willing parents away. The majority of the staff is as frustrated as the parents & the Principal & Richmond County is in full denial of the exisiting problems at hand. The MS students don't have the cirriculum or extra after school clubs or activities, so they rob Peter to pay Paul in using the Elementary staff. Arrival & disimissal is chaos, MS & ES students share the buses, & the school does not have the necessary technology resources. This school is divided in culture and educational vision.
Not the greatest atmosphere for children. Some great teachers in the lower grades, but the middle school terachers leave a lot to be desired. Most are rude and disrespectful towards the kids. The school is way too small for Pre-k through 8th grade. And the middle school students do not get a whole lot of freedoms and responibilities that they would be exposed to in a regular middle school. Information about upcoming events is hard to get and faculty seems uninformed most times. Not a lot of people who really know what is going on. Little to no PTA info. I've never recieved any info about any meetings and yet I have been a member for both years we have been here. All in all the school needs a lot of work, but offers little to no opportunity do so. I'd homeschool before sending my kids here for another year.
I must say this school is different. The inclusion of middle school (PK-8TH) is great for me b/c all my children attend. But in order for the middle grades to get 'ready' for high school I think they need to have more structured bell changes for these children. Its getting better, its just the beginning of the year so hopefully by the end they have something concrete. Overall great school, I love it.
Teachers are not very willing to work with parents, often times things seem very unorganized. Parents have many questions and it is very hard to get answers. Classrooms are overcrowded, not the greatest bunch of teachers. The school needs a lot of work.
Great school. The administrators, teachers, staff members are all into helping the students achieve. There is so much concern for the achievement of the students. I would gladly enroll my child in this school, and if I was out of zone, I would surely try to get my child to attend this school.
my chikd has been there for 3 going on 4 years and every year has been great the pricipal is the best and she participates and interacts with the children the teachers care about each and every student and they have fun while they learn we may move this year but because Freedom Park is such a wonderful school we may reconsider my 4year old will be attending this year an I want her to be able to experince the great atmosphere at freedom park too bad only children that live on post could attend because i would make the trip from anywhere to keep my kids there. they have plenty of after school activites and great parent involvement. they offer art, track and field, strings, and many other extracurricular activites, they always keep the students involved and no has 'Science Night At The Park' like Freedom Park. Go Eagles!!!
Most of the Teachers are of good quality, Principal always works with you, Need more crossing guards and more after school activities. The surroundings are to standards needs a better play area. Student to teacher ratio is around 22 to 1.
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