Like another parent said, I wouldn’t send my dog here. The “director” is rude to staff and kids. I, as well as several other parents constantly hear her gossip about staff and students in the hall or when I sign my child out. I don’t understand how she isn’t the subject of a lawsuit yet or how some staff has stuck around as long as they have. There are never enough teachers and the kids are shuffled around constantly. At times no one knows where my child is when I go to pick up and eventually a child is going to get lost because there is so much chaos. It’s a shame nothing can be done to strengthen the weakness bought by the “director”, the school and staff has so much potential but it is all held back by her and her poor, unprofessional work “ethic.”
Courthouse Academy administration and staff are always willing to help me whenever I have a question. They do more than required of them. The administration and staff have a lot going on throughout the day but are always smiling and stop what they are doing to greet me when I come in. The academics in the school are above and beyond what other schools are doing. My daughter is learning on a grade level higher and the amount of Spanish she is speaking at home is insane! I like that the front staff knows all the children in the school as well as who picks them up and drops them off. Safety is one of my main concerns and I feel that my child is safe when I drop her off. I know that she spends more time with the Courthouse Academy staff than she does me and I am grateful to know that they care for her like she is one of their own. I would and have told my friends about this school.
My son attended for Pre-K and I have to complement the school for preparing him well for regular Kindergarten.
However, I don't think this school is a true Spanish immersion program, which is why I paid more for this school and drove way out of my way to bring my son there every day. It was only after my son was enrolled, that I realized neither his lead teacher, the principal, nor the receptionist actually spoke Spanish! (His lead teacher told me she knew some basics.) Only the assistant teacher was fluent in Spanish.
I also recall occasionally hearing some of the staff speaking in Spanish to eachother in the hallway, but I think in an immersion program, the children should hear native speakers conversing all the time, not just occasionally. Non-native speakers should at least being using greetings and basic phrases in conversation.
Ultimately, I don't think my child learned much Spanish.
I did feel the school was more of a for-profit operation, but I think I would have been okay with that approach had it been a true immersion school.
I also disliked that for every drop off and pickup, parents had to park, walk through the front of the school and go all the way to the classroom. This was tiresome, especially with other kids in tow.
In contrast to other reviews, the receptionist was always warm and welcoming to me and I don't remember her being on the cell phone too much. She was actually my favorite out of the front office staff.
My twins love the school and the teachers! The school offers great activities and a great curriculum. My twins have learned so much and we are Looking forward to another great year next year! Thanks Mrs Julie for your great leadership! Crystal Felton
This is my daughters 2nd year at courthouse, and we love it so much!!! She adores her teacher and really looks forward to going to school everyday! I am so amazed at how much she is learning at 5!! I especially love how loving and friendly everyone is! On the second day of school when she started last year she was already being greeted at the door by name! Another thing I love are all of the fun things they randomly bring to the school. A couple days ago she came home telling me that they brought in all different animals and she got to touch a baby alligator! There are always fun things like this going on and in a great learning environment! I wouldn't want her anywhere else! -Tiffany Francisco
I love Courthouse Academy! The teachers are wonderful with the children. They really connect at the kids level. My daughter has been a student there as a 2 year old, a 3 year old and a 4 year old and has participated in the Spanish immersion program each year. She loves going to school, loves her teachers and friends and has learned so much through her years there. I am impressed with the amount of Spanish she has learned over the 3 years and her accent when she speaks is spot on. Every week in addition to the regular curriculum, the children also participate in gym class, art class, music and computers.
The management team is also easy to work with. Everyone there really seems to enjoy what they do and it shows.
I absolutely love this school. Our 3 year old son is in his 2nd year at Courthouse Academy and has learned so much there. The Spanish immersion classes that are offered are fantastic. My 3 year old counts up to 40 in Spanish, knows his colors and teaches me new words every week. The teachers and staff are so kind and actually care about the families attending (our son was admitted to the hospital and the welcome he received from his class when he returned was so heartwarming). I cannot say enough about this school. Thank you for making our son's first school experience a positive one- it will set him up for the rest of his life!