This is our 4th year with Phoenix. When we started at Phoenix the small class size is what I was most excited about. This year the class sizes are no longer small, my child has 21 students in their class. They do not have a school nurse on staff in either building. There is not a cafeteria; however they offer a catered lunch at $5 a day. I understand that this (3rd 6th grade) building is a temporary space so I am trying not to be too hard on them however my child s classroom is not even a real classroom, the walls do not go up to the ceiling and there is no door. They still do not have desks. There is no fenced in mulch area for them to play, they play in the parking lot. The temporary building does not have a place to come eat lunch with your child. Expansion, last I heard they are trying to obtain a more permanent space for 3rd 5th grade however it will still be in a separate building than the K-2nd graders and a different building from the middle school students. Remember no nurse, no cafeteria, and no playground and if you have more than one child remember multiple school buildings with car lines for each building.
Indeed it is a good school when compared to the rest in the area. 6th grade started with the right foot even though they forced the students to buy a PT uniform with the school logo on it and didn't give the chance to just buy something similar at a retail store...Its October and the uniforms have not arrived and for sure I don't think they will make the kids wear shorts during the winter months. Also there are no textbooks since they will be offered digitally but again its October and the promised laptops are not available to the kids to take home. On the plus side they have a police officer to direct traffic AM and PM and he does stay at school all day which makes a great determent for any psychos out there with Rambo delirium. Yes, it a good school not a GREAT school...and still light years away to the Swedish and South Korean Education System which is what we should be striving for.
All I can say is that my 6th grader who just started there this year, with the expansion, is so excited to tell me about what happened at Phoenix Academy every afternoon when I pick him up. From the Core Subjects to the Specialist the teachers try to make learning creative and fun. I only did not give an excellent rating because I felt we had not been there long enough. I will revisit my rating in the spring but am very hopeful!! All the staff have been helpful and friendly.
Overall I believe this a very good school. My daughter has been here for 3 years, having begun school in a Greensboro magnet school. I know that my child is challenged beyond what she received in her magnet school and has been able to thrive in the smaller classroom environment. The lack of a playground does not bother me because the children are given outdoor recess each day. (Besides, my daughter broke her arm on the playground of her first school...) While there are issues with communication from administration to parents, I believe that the teachers are very dedicated and work with parents to meet each child's needs. My only concern is that the upcoming expansion has not been explained fully. However I do think that because the teachers are so committed, my child, and any other children that attend, will be given a great educational experience.
The school is not what it looks like on paper My child has no playground, a terribly small classroom, where the kids cannot even move, no computer lab, no art room, and old books they are using. They said they bought land and had this great lay out of a new school with horses, and lots of other stuff. Now all of a sudden that seems to have changed. Now they are staying where they are, with small rooms, no play space and no gymnasium that I can tell. I just do not know what to think. I have never seen a board meeting planned where parents can see what is going on, and ask questions. The website is always blank. They do not even list a board of directors ??? Who is running the show? I do not know what to think anymore. I just seems like plans change all the time. Overall not happy with things. Do love the teachers I have met, they are great! Overall though not happy. Never know what to believe. We wont be back next year.1
I did not have a good experience at this school. We were there a number of years ago. They made lots of promises for improvement. The biggest one being that they were building a new school building and were asking parents for money to support it. Many years later, there is still no new school building. They are still located in a business park with extremely small classrooms. The teacher turnover rate was very high the year I was there. The special pullout classes (computer, music, art, and library) were extremely lacking. Their playground is a fenced, mulched, back-lot with no equipment. The quality of academics was nothing compared to my kids' current public school. I am much happier with the my local school than I ever was with Phoenix. If you decide to go there, ask lots of questions... like specific dates of when their promised plans will come to fruition.
We did not have a positive experience at PA. Communication was poor, responses seemed scripted from teachers and administration, parents are not allowed in the school beyond the lobby, there is no cafeteria and the multipurpose room where parents can eat with their child is noisy. There is no playground equipment and while the admin say they always have structured play, that is not true. Books from the library are old and worn and is more like a closet of old books. Kids are not encouraged out of their seat, they do not follow the standard course of study well, the curriculum is pieced together, and kids are expected to be above grade level. If you ask too many questions, it becomes the school that might not be a good fit for you. Students do a great deal of busy work and homework consists of tons of worksheets, and when we were there the school constantly asked for paper. There was no room for self expression or differentiated instruction. Before committing to this school ask, ask , ask questions!!!!
The school is pretty good. I have not had any issues that warrant me withdrawing my child. As with any school, there is room for improvement. Some of the administrators really don't seem to have the heart to be in this line of work. There is no cafeteria, no play ground equipment. Lunch is catered in and averages around $85 per month. I would say investigage and ask LOTS of questions before enrolling.
This is an awesome school with great teachers and administrators turnover is low compared to most school from what I can tell, which makes it nice you get to know the teachers and personalities. I LOVE this school.
My son attended this school in first grade. There was little to no communication between parents and teachers. We had a very negative experience there. They say they want parental involvement but will not allow parents in the school. You have to wonder about a school that does not want parents in the hallways or classrooms. The kids are in the classrooms all day. There is no library or other rooms for art or PE. I would not recommend this school. I also noticed very poor leadership.
The excellence of teachers at Phoenix Academy and it's child centered plicies have made this an ideal school for my grandchildren. I only wish it went beyond grade five.
As a mother of 6 children education is extremely important to me. In the 07-08 yr I enrolled my then rising 4th grader and Kindergartener at Phoenix. Once my 4th grader started school we realized just how far behind she was academically coming from Jamestown Elementary, the teachers and support staff at Phoenix jumped into action working deligently to bring her up to speed and never once did she feel as if she were sub-par. Also my at the time kindergartener was challenged to her level . They base there academics more individually than the public schools I have dealt with. They work with your child on their specicfic level .Just this year 09-10 my son started Kindergarten he just turned 5 Aug 6th so he is young but I know & have seen the special attention he is receiving. They have organized outdoor play, &PE. Art and Music. Great school
This is a great school with low class sizes. There are on average 15 students in each classroom the infomation liated is not correct!
We have a great school all teachers administrators and staff work dilegently to make sure our students are safe, happy and learning!
Sadly, my child did not receive a rewarding educational experience at PA as others. My child was never a 'problem'and I was involved/supported the school to only find out that what my child was supposed to learn in a specific grade, they didn't and came very close to repeating the grade (known to happen very often with one particular ethnic group). My observations leads me to believe that this school is no place for people of color. Staff/teachers are afraid to make suggestions to the administrator. Unusual setting of smiling, yet not producing good results in all children. No playground equip. and lots of dry mud to keep the uniformed white gym shoes filthy daily. I'd like to see impovements in diversity within the classrms and better communication with the parents and teachers. Appealing on the outside...what's going on inside should matter most!
My son just started Kindergarten at Phoenix Academy and I have been very pleased. I love the teacher/student ratio and the individualization that he recieves. I appreciate the fact they they focus on education rather than extracurricular activities since education comes first in my book. They do offer German classes, art and music. I love it and I am confident he will recieve a good education.
2006 was our child's first school year. Teachers in both facilities have been wonderful, so that aside. The uniforms are a huge plus. We love the smaller class size and the focus on core skills, socialization and not just staying busy all the time. As the year progressed, we learned how to be more active within this school's guidelines and have been very happy with the overall experience. The after school homework teachers tell us that our child's homework is on par, if not more challenging than kids from other schools.
I enrolled my child in Phoenix Academy for the 2nd grade. I have since re-enrolled him in his old public school. We had a very disappointing experience. The[re] is no play ground, library, music class or art class. The rooms were ridiculously overcrowded. He received mostly A's but is now behind in regular public school. I am having to pay for expensive tutoring to get him caught up.
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