All staff members are great! There is a teacher who is too over the top in the middle school, throwing away children's papers that don't have a name and 3 question tests that set a child up for failure, as well as obvious favorite students but that person is the 1 percent. There is a bad Apple in every bunch. The other staff members are amazing.
It's , a wonderful school. I've been there for 6 years and can attest to how special this school is. As I read the reviews I see that some are so inaccurate. I'm wondering if they even attend. To act like people are leaving plp and that's why spaces are open is not true. It is a very hard school to get in. As far as the sports being non competitive, you cannot count the first year of any sport, every school has that issue. The golf team, swim team and volleyball team all Excel. The middle schools football team won the championship and the high school is runner up. The school just opened up a second campus/sports arena and offer a plethora of extracurricular offerings from the Lower Schools robotics, running and music to the high schools archery, Science Olympiad and much more. The state scores always exceed expectations and not only this school a STEM based school but they now offer Spanish immersion classes. Some of these people have no idea what they are talking about. We have a winning recipe, between the head of school teachers and children and I'm proud to be at PLP.
Noticing that 5 star reviews barely give substance and have pattern of defending negative reviews. Where's the beef? Some observations: PLP is not like private, independent prep school (although hoped it would be since it's free). It's public school w large classes; many cases larger than CMS. There are many inexperienced teachers here who lack understanding of educating children. Not seeing deep resumes you might expect. Facilities are beautiful but outdoor spaces for lower school leave a lot to be desired including narrow dirt pit they call a playground. School's Spanish teacher left suddenly mid-year, not a good sign. My child has not had ability flourish with attempts to standardize children and not celebrate and embrace each child's uniqueness. The lower school 745 start time (dropping off in dark) causes exhaustion, requires a 7pm bedtime for a successful school day the following day + little time for family. School for parents who want to impress the layman by appearing that their uniformed children are in an actual private school. From an insider, the focus is unending fundraising and adults, not children. Wanted to love it, but seeking alternatives.
absolutely not - which is why there is high student turnover. If you are reading this, how do you think you got in to PLP? Not because someone moved, but because we are making the choice to leave for better education.
PLP is a public school, charter or not, that has to follow by law the same curriculum as per NC Standards set by the state. The difference is it's overall total grade size is small. however, don't be fooled - individual class sizes are much larger than traditional public in middle and high school. Top Administration are like high schoolers, very cliquish - very intimate with certain families and excluding to many others. Retaliation will decend upon you if you are caught voicing anything they perceive as negative, including the head of school's popular parents Facebook page. High teacher turnover, lots of busy homework, non competitive sports, exteme helicopter parenting by the majority (esp. the admin. kids), and out right false claims on high test scores are all the reality here. Funny how Admin tries tirelessly to convince parents who are none the wiser that this is just like private but free. I can attest that is false. We left because we needed true college prep. and we did not find it here.
My child is in kindergarten this year at PLP. I feel that both the school as a whole and her teachers are fabulous! She is thriving academically and socially. In fact, she told me the other day that she LOVES school. Needless to say, that makes me very happy to hear my child say that. I love that her class feels like a little family. It was evident every time I volunteered this year in her classroom that the students and teachers truly care about each other. On another note, the future of PLP is very exciting! In the fall the school will have its own football/soccer stadium. Also, in two years a STEM building will be built next to the campus. It's delightful to know that this charter school is thriving. I'm so happy that I didn't let the negative reviews about the school hinder my decision in her going to PLP. My husband and I couldn't be happier!