While the school is strict as far as dress code, and minor things such as no earrings or designs in boy's hair, the curriculum is great and far more advanced than surrounding schools. I am not a fan of the car line and not being able to walk my child into the school, but I understand the need for security when it comes to the wellbeing of the students. I will say, however that my son has learned a great deal which is why I am giving them 4 stars. If they would ease up on some of the minor rules, I think this school could be a real winner.
My daughter started attending Liberty Christian Academy when she was 4 years old. We stayed on when they made the transition to Patriot Prep. My daughter loves all the teachers and her friends. She will be a 7th grader next year! Everyone has been helpful in the development of our child. They noticed early on in kindergarten that she had speech issues and was struggling in class, so they got her enrolled into Speech Therapy. As of today, she is an "A" "B" student and is now graduating from her speech sessions. This is a great school with a very supportive group of teachers. My daughter will be going all the way until she graduates high school!
I like the idea of uniforms and love the school colors but hate that they are so expensive. The schools strict discipline regarding the uniforms are fine they just need to find a store thats a little more affordable for parents. Academically my daughter is doing GREAT(Kindergarten). In just the short time she has been in school she has already learned to spell and read. She was NEVER interested in books before starting school. As a reward for good behavior they reward the kids each quarter and she is so excited to go bowling as a reward. This school is good so far, I can only hope it stays this way so she can graduate from Patriot!
My children have been attending Patriot for three years now. I could not be happier with my decision to enroll them there. The principal and the teachers have been very involved. I have teachers personally talking to my children to help motivate them and encourage them to do better. The principal implements positive behaviors and I think this is very important in a school. The children are rewarded each quarter for good behavior and good grades. I have been extremely happy with ALL of the teachers that my children have had. I have to disagree with some of the others stating that the principal only cares about discipline and dress code. The principal and the teachers have worked hard to work with my children and help them succeed. The school is small and does not offer a great athletic department because of its size. I would recommend this school to anyone that is looking for a school that has a compassionate staff that care about your children's accomplishments and are willing to work with your child to help them better succeed.
My child will be completing their kindergarten year soon and this year has been filled with many challenges. They have excelled academically with little to no praise from staff at Patriot Preparatory Academy. The staff has placed an unreasonable amount of emphasis on uniform policy and discipline ; and have been completely negligent in recognizing consistent honor roll students! I understand the importance of children understanding that there are consequences for disruptive behavior; but again they are 5 and 6. How much harsh discipline will you enforce on these young minds without any positive reinforcement . This has completely destroyed my child's confidence and excitement to attend school daily. The school enforces harsh measures of behavior modification that is non effective. My expectation was that my child would be praised for their great behavior and academics ; and redirected to better decision making when they fall off course ( as most 5/6 year olds will do). There have been many instances where they have overreacted and have been quick to use harsh measures of discipline. Children should be praised constantly and redirect to more positive behavior.
I am very disappointed in this school this year. My children attended this school when it was Liberty Christian Academy, and the first year of it becoming Patriot Prep. After moving out of state and returning after a year, I re-enrolled my children because of our previous experiences. Now, I could not be unhappier. The work that my children are completing is two years behind grade level at best. The teachers do not seem to have any idea of how to implement a rigorous curriculum, and the resources are very dated. The school's principal seems to be more concerned with discipline and whether the students' are in proper uniforms than what is going on in the classroom. I will be taking my children out of this school at the end of the quarter. My warning to anyone considering this school: Please reconsider!!
This is the third year of my students being at Patriot and I am disappointed how it went from a family friendly school with an open door policy to a locked down prison where parents are not welcomed during the day. Academics are lacking this year at the middle and high school levels because no books were ordered for certain math and science classes. Teachers are not as friendly this year and the principal does not want parents involved at all. The security cameras and locked doors are to keep parents out of the school. We are pulling our kids out at the end of this year and are not coming back. This public charter school is not better than the local Columbus City Schools.
My school can buy medals, new security doors, new door designs, and security cameras that watch our every move, but can't buy better A/C's because it is hot in the spring and summer time and cold in the winter and fall time. plus walls that look like they can break any time. plus unclean bathrooms and an unfriendly janitor who needs a chill pill.
My child completed her first year (Kindergarten) at Patriot. My intention was to send her there for one year, only to take advantage of "All Day Kindergarten," since Pickerington does not offer that. I was so surprised and impressed by Patriot's dedication and attentiveness to each student. Patriot is a school that implements academics, morality, unity, and security/safety. From drop-off to pick-up, my child was addressed by name and always with a smile. Moreover, the entire graduating class earned either all As or all As and Bs! Sports teams for even the Kindergarten students and all-day access to my child's teacher via email were favorable! The Patriot staff reminds me of the good ole days - the time when teachers noticeably cared about the students' overall well-being. Teachers were both educators and guardians; parents and teachers were on the same team and with the same goal; and trust and respect were genuine and mutual. My child is excited about going to first grade, but she is sad about leaving her Kindergarten teacher (Mrs. Peterson). Sorry Pickerington, but we will continue with Patriot Prep: My child and I are very pleased with the school and their mission!