I am very satisfied with this school. Two years in and the teachers are very involved and committed, the principal and administrative staff are very responsive and great, and the community feel created by very involved and supportive parents is wonderful!
I pulled my kid from this school. Three years things went great. The schools expansion has changed the core values of this school. The fact that they got a CEO who makes more than a school of this type should ever make is part of the problem. They expect all the kids to look the same and get the same out of a system that says they teach to multiple intelligences (but fall far from that). The school was a great place one time. Ask kids who have returned to AISD from leaving here and find out how far behind the kids at EPA really are... Anyway, beware - it is not the school it was three years ago!
my daughter attends the pre-k 3 program at this school. It has been wonderful. She loves it, looks forward to it everyday . The teachers are wonderful, the class as a whole has made substantial progress since the beginning of the year. I put her in it so that she would get structure and socialization and it has proven to do both. I look forward to many happy years there.
My granddaughter who turned 3 in June attends this school. Their activities include things she was doing a year and a half ago. I was told by one of her teachers that she was so much more advanced she shouldn't even by there. My daughter on the other hand thinks she needs socialization and structure. I am teaching her Sign language, Spanish, Medical terms and everything else my brain can think of. This is nothing but a free day care for people that want a break from their kids in the morning.
My child attended this school for middle school. I had given EPA a five star rating previously, but so many things have changed at the school that my original rating may be only marginally helpful now for prospective parents. Unfortunately I feel like our WONDERFUL experience here was due to two things sorely lacking in regular public schools: the tiny size of the school itself and the large range of grades--last year it was pk-9, which is unheard of for a public school. Many research studies show that K-8 schools are great for kids because of the wide range of ages and abilities that make it seem like a family. Now the school has done away with that model by moving the middle school aged kids to a different campus. They also seem determined to get bigger, which is too bad. We had some fabulous caring teachers, but I wonder how much the community will suffer as it grows larger.
This is our first year at SciTechPrepatory, part of the EPA-Wayside school district in the Austin area, and we really like it. There are teachers, and principals, and parents who really care about their students. Small class environment, unlike a regular public school. They are rated exemplary, which is a definite plus. Sure they have homework, but they are preparing our kids/and students for college and a lifetime of success. Great Job EPA/and Sci-Tech.
I love this school and can see positive changes in our student since she started this year at EPA. While we are new to EPA, it seems the curriculum is great and the teachers really care about the students. The principal is also very involved. I feel blessed for our student to be a part of this school.
We've had 2 kids at EPA for a few years. It has been both up & down. The parents are very involved with school & really care. Most of the teachers on staff are impressive but others leave ALOT to be desired. They don't teach to "the test" but they teach to the lower kids in the class. It is not as stimulating curriculum as I hoped. The administration is .. I don't know what. Calling the principal a joke wouldn't even be close - at least you can laugh at a good joke.
I love this school because it help my kids be happy again by going to school
My kids have changed so much (in a great way) since they started here at EPA. They love to read, math, and science. The curriculum is great and the school has great teachers who really care about the students. The principal is also very involved.
Me and my two boys love EPA. I really feel like my children are getting a quality education. More than that though, they are being taught the importance of being involved with their community and good character/citizenship. I really love how enthusiastic the teachers are. The new principal Mr Smith, seems like a great leader, and seems really involved with the kids. The kids have homework every night from pretty much first grade on--so be prepared for that. It really does have that small school/private school feel, but with an emphasis on tolerance and acceptance of people from all socioeconmic backgrounds.
We LOVE EPA! Highly recommened! We came from a school that the PTA fell apart and no one would take it over. We did not see the principal for the entire year until she had to sign our form to unenroll. Eden Park is opposite! Total parental involvement and my daughter has opened up and florished here. She is loving reading and doing math. Small school with small ratio's with promoting of the self individual child. Since they have to raise most of the money themselves it is counts on total parent involvement and fundraising. They truely love the kids and the teachers truely love to teach them in fun ways. Open door and not harsh feeling at all. Easy drop offs and pickups. No rushing, very laid back and a beautiful campus. It is an older campus with lush trees and shade. Parents kick in to keep the campus up since the school district does not fund in this way. We can't say enough good things about EPA. We just love them and it has a family environment that makes you feel welcome. Thank you parents and teachers of EPA you make a HUGE differnce in my child's education and self growth! LOVE YOU!
We love love Eden Park! I was very taken aback by the comment with the one star rating and decided I needed to add mine. I would LOVE you all to come look at the kids at the school...Everytime I am there they are all happy, and as far as I know there all very happy with the school (hints they would not be there if they weren't since it's a choice to go to this school.) I do admit that the building is not the best looking, but it works perfectly fine, and they are very proactive about fixing anything that does go wrong with it...it is just an old building, and there doing a great job with it. I do however agree about the principal not being warm and fuzzy...but I don't believe that is what makes for a good principal (being warm and fuzzy.) I believe she does her job beyond expected, she is ALWAYS there (which you can't say that about most schools) and ANY incidet I have ever broughten to her attention she was VERY proactive, and got me a solution right away. Over all I love this school. The only bad things I can think of aren't learning based...and as a school goes that is what I look for. How they teach, and what kind of personal attention my gets! But PLEASE fix the playscape
Overall a swell effort, but some of the individual teachers make for a lackluster education. I'm sorry, but vocabulary such as "Whatever" is not really a stellar way to communicate with 8 year olds. If you cant handle a room full of 3rd graders without screaming, you should probably look for another job. The curriculum is fine, but the system imposed by the administration leaves you feeling like they are teaching to the lower/middle kids. Lot's of inane rules- instead of actually using your skills to communicate with kids and parents. The Principal is all business. She's focused on running the school, not really interested in specific incidents, nor shows much emotion. You don't get a warm fuzzy- especially when you need it- like bringing up an issue with your kid. The location also offers much to be desired. There's a certain dingyness under those 6' ceilings. And no- Sloppy Joe's are not what I consider a healthy lunch. Kind of a big downer from all the Hype of "charter school". Some of the teachers might be great, we just didn't get one. Go see for yourself, look at the kids faces and feel the vibe- your mileage may vary.
I have only been with the school for 1 yr, but have loved my experience with them so far. The school is very inviting and promotes strong parental involvement which is much needed in successful education. The setting is very family oriented and I can definitely see why this Charter school is excelling!
Love this school. My child struggled and they gave him the much needed attention. He has grown leaps and bounds in his first year. They have great communication, and give each child individual attention, and individualized learning plans. They have lots of PTO related activities, and ways of getting the parents involved. I don't have much time for these, but there is a great group of parents that donate lots of there time to make this a great school. Love they don't teach TAKS test, and they are still are exemplary. I could not ask for anything better, the teachers enjoy being here, and it shows. My son went from not being able to pay attention/not liking school, to loving to learn, and trying to do the best job possible. They just acquired the rest of the church building, which will make more room for new opportunities...and I can't wait to see what this school has in store!!
This feels like a private school that you don't have to pay for. Our son transferred here from an "exemplary" AISD school and we feel he's gotten so much more attention and instruction than he could at the public school. It doesn't feel like it's all about "crowd control." There's very much a family atmosphere and it's very easy to get to know other parents. The PTO could be more structured with meetings and such, but there's core group of very dedicated and involved parents that do an amazing job. The school is growing, but they are trying to keep the small atmosphere. For my son's sake, I hope they succeed!! By the way, they have art and music classes, and just created a soccer team.
Great school where parents are very involved. They don't teach to the TAKS, but they are still rated "Exemplary"... imagine that! I love that they believe in Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligence, and understand that everyone learns differently, and has different strengths and weaknesses. Your child will certainly not be a number here; every child is an individual. I couldn't be happier with the teachers and administration. It is a small school, with a real community feel. There are many events throughout the year that encourage children and their families to be involved in the school. This is turn, creates a real sense of pride and school spirit.
Progressive, inclusive, family-like setting where all learners are loved and nurtured.
My oldest son attended 6th-8th grade...my 2 little ones are there currently. It's a great school and one million times better than the local public option near me. We are very lucky to be part of this school.
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