My son attended this wonderful preschool for 3 years, and we couldn't have asked for a better program. The teachers and staff are loving and caring. and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. They have an excellent therapy department as well. I highly recommend this preschool for special needs kids.
ARC Broward has been a great help to my daughter. The teachers are great, and communicate to the parents on a daily basis. My daughter attended for a year and she improved so much in her communication that she was able to smoothly transition to a Place program within the year. They focused on her goals in the classroom and therapy.
ARC is an amazing Pre-School for special needs children. When I toured ARC I was very nervous going into this environment. However, my previous worries were put to rest when I saw the school. It's a very "normal" preschool. Colorful and fun but safe classrooms. Many toys, art work on the walls, cubbies. There is a beautiful covered playground outside. The staff is very friendly, they greet each child by name. The teachers and assistant teachers are very hands on and communicate well with parents with a daily report going home in each child's backpack. My child had very bad separation anxiety but overcame it and got very attached to her teachers. The students have a full day of activities including in class library time, computers, playground, snack time and lunch. The students also celebrated holidays and had parties and a special Spirit Day filled with games and music. The therapists were also very sweet and very accommodating. They were always looking for new ways to stimulate learning that was unique for my child. We absolutely loved the teachers, therapists, staff and school. I felt my child was in a very safe and very loving environment.
I didn't like anything about this school. Was not impressed with the staff. Was not impressed with what they had to offer.Perhaps this is suitable for those who are unable to afford anything else and have no other choise. If you have the financial means then this school isn't for your child. They have very low standards for child development.
I hate to admit it, but I was a little hesitant about enrolling my daughter with special needs at ARC Broward after reading some of these reviews. However, after touring the school and speaking with both the staff and other parents I felt that this might be right place for my child. All of the classrooms were neat and clean, the new playground is just beautiful, and the children were all engaged in activities with the staff. My daughter loves waking up and going to school every morning. I get a note each afternoon explaing what she did during the day. I know that she is safe and well taken care of while at school. Even better, she is able to get additional Medicaid therapies at school so I don't have to run back and forth to different therapy centers anymore! I'm not sure about why other parents seem to have had such negative experiences, I couldn't imagine a better place for my daughter!
My child made amazing progress while at ARC. He began walking within months of starting school, and also learned to use some signs. I loved his classroom teachers and everyone that worked there. Great school for kids with special needs.
Arc Broward is a terrible preschool for children with unique learning abilities. My experience with the staff was terrible. A lot of parents give so much credit to the development and progress of their child to the school itself, not realizing that your child would probably progress regardless of the schooling. Especially younger children who are on the brink of milestones anyway! Don t like the school, like the staff even less. Would not recommend this school to anyone.
I have also had a wonderful experience with ARC. Many parents feel the need to put their special needs child in a PLACE program and assume this is better because they are in a public school environment with 'normal' children. I have observed PLACE classes and this does not seem to be the case. The PLACE children are often put in a portable far from the main school building, forced to walk outside in the heat and rain. The staff are not nearly as caring as those at ARC and many PLACE classes have very high ratios. The classroom staff and administrative team at ARC are wonderful and are truly concern with the welfare of my child. I wouldn't want him anywhere else and will be sad when he has to go to kindergarten!
Fortunately, I CANNOT relate to the parent who did not have a good experience at ARC. Our experience has been wonderful! Born weighing just over 1 pound, my son is doing incredible, largely in part to the dedicated staff of ARC! At 3 1/2 yrs. old, my son is starting his 2nd year at ARC and has gone from walking with a walker, speaking 2 words and signing 2 words to taking independent steps, speaking over 20 words and signing 8 words. The staff does an excellent job communicating with one another as well as the parents to promote progress and meet goals. On 3 different ocassions I was impressed to be called by the school nurse informing me of a mark on my son that he went to school with and I had forgotten to inform the staff of. We're grateful to ARC, thank you!
ARC Broward preschool has left me very unhappy. My personal experience with them is that when you try to advocate for your child, they close the door of communication on you. No one is willing to even try to see things your way. The teachers and aides seem as though they have a love to teach the children... but they are just 'babysitting' our children with learning disabilities. You are better off having your child fully included in the general education with supports and services. Inclusion is better then segregation clusters. My daughter would come home with marks on her as well and no one ever knew why. I would not recommend this school to anyone as it has damaged my child and I don't want it to damage any other child, especially our 'special children' whom most of the time can't tell you about their day.
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