I have been a parent here for many years and the school isn't as good as it was years ago. Academics have slipped in some areas and discipline is lacking. Kids with bad behavior or academic performance are being allowed to stay. Socially - very cliquey especially for the girls. Pushy parents and their kids get what they want. Previous posts are right - they will gladly continue to take your money.
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Good morning. I have 2 children at Park maitland. The younger one is having an OK school experience as it has been difficult for her socially. I do regret every day keeping my child at PMS for sixth grade. All of his buddies moved on and the majority (not all) of the boys that remain at PMS are just plain mean. I keep my good face on for him but it really eats me up inside. I'm sure that he will be a much happier kid when he leaves Park maitland.
I wrote a review of Park Maitland School in April 2012 after my daughter was asked to make other arrangements for her education by what is in our opinion a deplorable school. I won't go into great detail here the April 2012 review is still available here if you wish to read it. I felt duty bound to write this update because our daughter is now a virtual "Straight A" student working toward a musical scholarship in another private school that does more than pay lip service to accommodation and academic/social diversity.There is no earthly reason why educational professionals at PMS could not have achieved the same results were they not so obsessed with elitism and making their own lives easy. To be fair - and I always try to be so - if your child falls into the "Park Maitland Mold" then you'll be fine and probably write one of the 5 star reviews you see elsewhere on this page. If however your child is a free thinker creative going through an absent minded phase an only child without older siblings to emulate or any of the other normal developmental phases children experience then I would advise you to think carefully before choosing this school.
I have found the school to be quite judgmental in regards to some of the children at the school. As long as the parent does not ruffle any feathers your kids will be labeled as perfect. The last review looks to be written by the administration (or a parent was told to write it) as hit mentions every negative aspect of the school mentioned by parents (Winter Park clique- really?) it is great to see kids blossom when they are away from the phony environment put forward by the administration. Just my two cents.
This is my kids first year at Park Maitland and we love it! I have 3 older kids in public school but things have really changed since they were in elementary so I knew I had to look elsewhere for my youngest two. Neither of my kids including a 4th grade boy had any trouble making friends (and we're not part of the "Winter Park Clique") in fact the kids were welcoming and kind. What I love (compared to public school) no worksheet overload caring and loving teachers who can teach for the child and not the test leadership and social connections they truly develop the whole child they make it fun! My kids LOVE going to school the atmosphere fosters success. The quality of my son's work has gone up dramatically because he is engaged in the lessons and the kids around him do well. I thought he would struggle coming from public school but he is excelling. He is now the kid I knew he was supposed to be. And my daughter is easy she loves Kindergarten like I knew she would - I love that they instill manners and have lots of active time. The campus is beautiful the administration has been fantastic. A 9 year old boy that loves school again-that tells you everything!
We are a new family to Park Maitland and are very unhappy. The drop off and puck up is horrendous. My girls feel they are ridiculed by most of their classmates esp. the girls. Spend some time at the school if you are thinking of enrolling. We will hopefully make it through this year.
We have had below average experiences at Park Maitland. We have 3 boys currently at the school. I find that boys and girls have very different experiences at the school. I have noticed that most positive reviews involve girls at the school. Park Maitland does not need an overhaul just a good clean up with some of the faculty members and leadership. Beautiful campus though even if on the small side.
My daughter just graduated from Park Maitland on 5/29/14. After spending first grade in Lakemont elementary and having bad experiences with two teachers that treated quite disrespectfully I decided to switch her over to Park Maitland. She has blossomed remarkably well. Within two weeks at Park Maitland her vocabulary increased two times fold. Her manners and demeanor also became softer and since we were going through a divorce; I was amazed by the care and guidance the in school counselors provided. Their phone message is "Growing leaders every day.." -I couldn't agree more! The love and relationships she has developed with her classmates will last her a lifetime! Thank You Park Maitland!!!
My daughter is finishing her sixth grade year at Park Maitland. This has been the most fun year of school and she is well prepared if not over prepared for middle school. Thank you Park Maitland for a memorable elementary experience that was worth every penny.
Boy do I disagree with some recent comments! With so many more outside societal influences the one thing that has remained constant for my children is the warm nurturing environment at Park Maitland. The teachers are the best in town both in content and care and the school stresses leadership and manners. No school today is without these "hot button" issues. To think Park Maitland does not care is not what I have encountered. I have had no problem with administration. To me the fact that they employ a full-time guidance counselor and hold parent chats throughout the year designed to help parents navigate adolescence just shows they understand how hard it is to raise children today. I have a boy who LOVES Park Maitland. He has PE recess or swimming everyday. What other schools still do that along with the arts? He is definitely a "boy's boy" and has no problems fitting into the "mold" parents love to talk about. I know everyone has to find the right fit and am saddened to think any child does not enjoy their experience at school but we have to remember that they ARE kids and they are ALL growing and maturing. I love that Park Maitland understands this.
My husband and I were not from the area and felt we were fortunate to have the opportunity to look at several schools in the area. We chose Park Maitland School and after eight years of education have never regretted our wise and informed decision. The staff is welcoming wonderful intelligent and inclusive. We made many friends for life as did our daughter. The school is amazing. The educational foundation has served us well as our daughter has graduated and gone on to another great preparatory school where the skills she learned socially emotionally and academically have continued to serve her well and contribute to her success. We are grateful to have found such a great school.
THERE IS NO BETTER SCHOOL AROUND PERIOD. For any parent who truly wants a caring and challenging academic and artistic environment for their children Park Maitland School (PM) is the place where you should send your child. Both my children recently matriculated from PM and are now thriving in Middle school and High School. I give so much credit to the teachers and administrators at PM for instilling both a thirst for knowledge and a work ethic in them which will serve them well for the rest of their lives. If you do your homework as parents you will see that students who matriculate from PM do much better on average than their peers in High School and in SAT performance. Many PM grads go onto prestigious Universities and almost all are professionals in some capacity be it doctors lawyers scientists or business owners. Most are also pillars of the community that they choose to live in because PM teaches manners respect and leadership to the children who attend. Don't rely on my post or on some of the other posts here as a basis for such an important educational decision. Go visit PM and you will see why this place is so very special.
Park Maitland School is fantastic academically. If your child fits in the PMS mold you will absolutely love this school. While our experience was a negative one I know there are many people who can have a great experience with this school and love every minute of it. If you are well connected socially with the Winter Park crowd and have all girls you will find this school to be magnificent. Most the academic teachers are truly wonderful. The supporting teachers - especially in the older grades - are not up to par. There are quite a few older teachers who have truly lost their love for children and need to retire as they have little or no patience for children. The administration was much better years ago when the owners had a more hands on approach to the daily operations of the school. The current administration is very good at telling you what you want to hear and professing love for your child but not taking any steps to fix current issues. There is a recurring theme of hiding issues under the carpet and making parents feel isolated in common issues many other families feel. other "negative" reviews are right on. This is the "mean girl" school of central florida.
My child attended Park Maitland for a couple of years and we eventually made the decision to withdraw - The school is very good with public and community relations so their reputation seemingly withstands obvious faults. I strongly suggest that parents judge a school for themselves and not take any one review as the final word. That being stated I would not recommend the school. The truth is that there are limited options for education in Orlando and Park Maitland is one of the few decent options available. At the same time real issues are masked by forced and false sincerity that is motivated by the need for revenue. Behavioral and other problems within the classroom are handled more from a political approach than one that puts the children s interests first. The social environment is like a competitive high school clique that relentlessly tries to out shine each other. If you choose to enroll here just make sure you are ready to return fake smiles and keep quiet because if you or your child expresses anything that may challenge their heavily manipulated image of perfection you will be treated like a pariah; although they will happily continue to take your money.
This is no doubt one of the best schools in the area academically. My children love going to school and are receiving a great well-rounded education. I would prefer a larger school - this school can become too small as your child gets older - socially limiting. I would prefer a more flexible curriculum or opportunities to expand beyond a rigid course structure. I have one child that could willingly stretch in areas of interest that aren't offered at this school. Teachers are very committed caring and responsive. Administrative staff members (some not all) can be less responsive than they were in the past (not always returning phone calls - not engaged). The pace is fast throughout the school year. This is not a school for the parent looking for a social outlet - the school is really focused on it's program your child. including art PE swimming. Most problems are with entitled parents (not kids) and are par for the course at most private schools - competition cliques etc. Worth the price - definite areas for improvement.
Our daughter attends this school and she absolutely loves it. The curriculum and activities are very involved. Even the youngest kids have 6 or 7 different classes throughout the week. The school is very expensive but you get what you pay for. A few people seem to be upset with the snobbishness of the other parents but I think that is more their personal feelings than that of the children and shouldn't be taken into consideration. All of the parents seem very involved and sometimes you have to fight for spaces to volunteer. We have found that all of the activities can be overwhelming as parents but the kids love them. We haven't had to deal with a learning disability but I can see how this would be a terrible place for a child with a learning disability; there is a lot asked of the kids. We are very very happy with Park Maitland. If you can get past the price tag snobbish parents and stringent curriculum it's definitely giving your child the best chance to succeed.
We did a lot of research before sending our two children to Park Maitland. I am incredibly satisfied.
In my five years at Park Maitland I've experienced a school that truly cares for students like an extended family. The administrative team is exceptional and the teachers are remarkable. I can't imagine a better place for children and for parents that want to be involved in their child's education. Every day is not perfect but I wouldn't expect it to be. However I truly believe that the desire to make every day perfect is there. That's why Park Maitland continues to show me it's the best school for my family!
I admit that PM is not for everyone. However it has been a great fit for us though that fit was not immediate. We did have adjustment issues the first year for our son and us--it's a huge change from preschool or public school. Academic standards are high and higher order thinking skills (problem-solving reflection etc.)are taught starting in K-4. Class material averages about 1/2 - 1 year above grade level. On top of academics children are taught leadership skills public speaking drama art music spanish computers (1 1 iPads for 6th grade starting Fall 2012) swimming giving back to the community etiquette and healthy life styles. With no church affiliation they embrace all beliefs instead of simply ignoring them. So far I haven't met a teacher or admin yet that didn't seem to honestly love their job and be genuinely concerned for my sons well being. I've been even more impressed with the students and graduates-teenagers that are confident articulate and look you in the eye when speaking. Today my entire family loves this school and were are extremely happy with our choice.
Overall I believe Park Maitland offers a strong and well structured academic program. Most teachers are outstanding and the environment is welcoming and lovely. The school strives to produce well rounded community conscious students. As a parent I have found the experience to be challenging as many parents are aloof and most certainly judgmental. My child loves the school and as long as he/she remains happy we will continue to attend.