The school has definitely gone down since previous years. The lack of communication between teachers, administrators, and parents is horrific. My daughter's class is highly unorganized. The current administrator runs the school like it's a military school. The desks and chairs are falling apart. When parents make complaints all we receive are excuses. I knew that the school work would be rigorous, but the demands they are placing on the children do not allow for them to have a life outside of the school.
This school has gone way down hill since my son first started. It has more of a regular public schools atmosphere now. Probably because the original founder isn't apart of it anymore. Made way too many changes that weren't for the good of the students or school.
We have been extremely greatly to have wonderful teachers. They all have gotten to know our child personally and have pushed her to learn to the best of her abilities. Any issues have always been addressed in a timely manner. They have always been kind, informative and helpful.
Within the first year, I thought it was a bit excessive. But now that we have become accustomed to it I believe it is just right.
At this school parents are expected to be hands on. Parents will need to put time in and help their children with projects, book reports, and weekly packets. But because we are doing this we know exactly what our child is capable of and she enjoys that time together with us.
The learning environment has always been a positive one for my child. I believe the staff is effectively trained on how to handle different children properly so the entire classroom can thrive as a whole.
If there are any issues, it is addressed and a plan of action is put in place. Whether that is academic or behavioral. It's nice to see students are often rewarded for good behavior and when they show interest in obtaining good grades.
Ad Prima is a wonderful school and I plan to keep my child there until 8th grade. My child has liked all of her teachers so far. They are informative and good with the kids. The class sizes are average (always around 22 kids/class so far) and each child gets enough attention. If your child needs help with a subject, they will have a teacher at the school help them by spending extra time on that subject. The actual classroom material is challenging. There is plenty of homeworking to keep their mind going but it's not too overwhelming.
Other benefits: All staff takes parents concerns seriously and address them in a timely manner. They go on education field trips. School lunch and bus service (something they didn't have when she first started) is offered. Everyone that works there seems cheerful and helpful, even down to the really awesome school nurse.
My complaints are small: They don't leave enough time for lunch. Kids need a solid meal to focus. If they aren't finished and the bell rings, they have to throw it away. Lastly, there isn't enough recess and/or gym time. Sure, we participate in out of school activities. But 8am-4pm, 5 days a week is a long week with limited time to run around.
May 2016. Very disappointed with the school. Safety and discipline is greatly lacking and biased. Educational method leaves a lot to be desired. I have been lied to by several different staff members. Water fountains never seem to be working. Bathrooms are old and dirty. High staff turnover.