About This School
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Ridgeview Global Studies Academy's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Ridgeview Global Studies Academy had 15 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Florida average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Ridgeview Global Studies Academy Reviews
The majority of the staff are very indifferent towards the needs of the children. There are those "few" who actually love their job and their students. The staff if smiling and friendly as long as you are offering goods, services, or praise of the staff. Call with a question or a problem, that's another story. They do not want to deal with parents who are involved in the lives of their children and like to question things. This is the overall attitude from the teacher level all the way to the top. If you don't care about the education of your child or what goes on all day, then this is the place for you!
First of all, let me say that my child does not attend the school. We are moving to the area and I phoned the school, hoping for a nice chat and to get more information about it. Basically, I expected them to 'sell' the school to me, or at least be interested in my daughter and our situation. Needless to say I was really put off by the staff. I spoke to 3 different people on the phone. Rude, indifferent and bored is the best way to describe them. It's unfortunate, because it may in fact be an excellent school. But they clearly do not like to discuss issues with parents and obviously they don't feel the need to encourage enrollment. Must be nice to be so self important!! It was an awful first impression and I decided not to pursue the issue. THe fact that 3 people all had the same attitude proved to me that the standards are low. I can't imagine dealing with them on a regular basis.
My child just completed Kindergarten at RGSA, and I am very pleased with her progress. She is doing very well in her reading and math. Her teacher was very professional but kept her distance. None of the teachers were "warm and fuzzy" so if you are looking for a "loving" environment, this isn't the place for you. I had problems with the office staff more than anything. Most of them are rude and do not give off a good first impression. At first, I thought it was just me, but a lot of parents have the same thoughts. Getting information from the school is like pulling teeth. You have to keep asking to get the information you need. This school wants NO PARENT INVOLMENT AT ALL. There is no PTA, the parents aren't even invited to some school functions, (like the talent show on the last day of school). It is almost like a secret society and they don't want you to know what is going on. Overall, I am pleased with her education so far, but I am considering moving her to a different school just because of the office staff and lack of parent involvement.