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 The School of Arts & Sciences's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, The School of Arts & Sciences had 10 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Florida average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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The School of Arts & Sciences Reviews
I have been both a teacher and parent at SAS. My daughter is an ESE student with docmented learning disabilities. Both her classroom teachers and the ESE staff worked extremely hard to bring her up up to grade level, and have been willing to try a variety of strategies to find what works best for her. I'm grateful that she is at a school that emphasizes hands-on, project based learning because she often needs to see concepts in action to retain them. Since classrooms are multi-age (K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6/7/8) and there is a big emphasis on coopertaive learning, she has been able to experience and offer peer-to-peer teaching as well. Even though she is quite shy, this gave her an opportunity to grow into being a leader in her classroom. SAS has state-wide and national reputation as an innovative charter school, but all those kudos would be meaningless if children like my daughter weren't part of the school's success story.
I have a lot of issues with this school's way of instruction. They teach to the highest level of student academically and expect the others to eventually catch on. There are very little if no resources to help students with their class work. My children were very behind when they enter high school and my youngest fell so far behind in fifth and sixth grade we had to move her to public school and she failed the sixth grade.
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