Every year, Naples becomes demographically younger and younger. New families decide to move here every year. When they get here and as they move, they have many questions and concerns. After all, Naples has been known for years as a retirees destination.
Naturally, parents ask themselves: What will my children do in Naples? Are there any sports and afterschool activities for them? As a Realtor, the most important question I receive most often is, “How are the schools?” The state of the public schools and where they’re located often determine where a family will settle and buy their home.
Excellent Schools in Naples
Naples has many good schools to choose from. If you look at the state testing and performance scores, you can easily find multiple options. I encourage everyone to do their own research and choose the area and school based on their own family educational goals. I know from my own experience it’s not an easy task. It’s not difficult to compare ratings between schools but it is difficult to learn the culture of a school.
Go and check the school you are considering for your children personally. Observe the classroom, hallways and children’s behavior for yourself. What does a school offer beyond the basics? What else will your children learn or experience? Are there opportunities for your child to grow in other ways? All families have different goals, but let me share my own experience with finding a school for my own children. While we may have something very different in mind for their education, as parents we all want them to have a good experience, too.
Finding Mason Classical Academy
Before my family moved to Naples, I researched nearly every school in the area. After a lot of looking, we picked a neighborhood that offered a combination of the best performing elementary and middle schools. For more than three years, it was a pretty good experience for our family, especially my daughters.
We learned about an alternative option - a new charter school with a lottery-based system to get in. Growing up in Poland in the 80’s and 90’s, I knew nothing about charter schools. We applied anyway and my daughters were fortunate enough to be selected. We knew things would be different from the moment we toured the school. While the outstanding classical education and curriculum drew us in, Mason Classical Academy offered so much more.
As a family, we never expected that Mason Classical Academy provides more than a wonderful classical education. They also work hard to help students overcome the flaws of our society today and avoid the mistakes that were made in raising the Millennial generation. What do I mean? Well, each morning students stand with their right hand on their heart to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and the Preamble to the Constitution - and that’s just the beginning of what’s different.
Why Mason Classical Academy Stands Out
At Mason Classical Academy students understand that whoever does not know their history is doomed to repeat it. Most importantly, they understand that history did not begin with the Mayflower. Ask any 4th grader at this school, and they will tell you Marco Polo is not just a game you play in the swimming pool. And 6th graders don’t confuse Julius Caesar with a pizza place.
Children are taught and expected to respect their teachers, parents, and other authority figures. After all, it will be expected of them when they enter the workforce. Every student is taught to look at the world and their actions through a prism of the eight pillars of virtue: Responsibility, Respect, Perseverance, Integrity, Honesty, Courage, Citizenship and Cooperation. After all what good is knowledge without character?
Here, there is no instant gratification and no trophies for participation. You don’t become a “student of the week” just because it’s your turn. Here you learn that the only road to achieving your goals and recognition is hard work, consistency, and patience. And when you are recognized for your achievements nobody questions why. Students are truly proud and become role models for their peers.
Let me give you an example: The first year my daughter attended, we went to a ceremony celebrating students for their outstanding academic achievements in June. At that moment both of my daughters decided to do everything possible to be on that stage the following year. They set goals for themselves and made a plan. So far they are doing their best to get there. Why? Because in real-world average is never rewarded, excellence is!
At this school, there is no race to read the most Sunshine State books the fastest. Instead, through discussions of classical literature, history, and debate, students learn to form their own opinions. They learn it is perfectly acceptable to have a different point of view and that having a different opinion from your best friend doesn’t make you better or worse. Students learn to respect their friends even if they don’t agree with their opinions. Considering what goes on in society today, don’t you agree this is a real skill they need to have as adults?
We never expected that everyone at Mason Classical Academy from the administrative staff to the teachers and leadership would truly pour their hearts and souls into something so much bigger than themselves. They are on a mission to not only provide outstanding education but also mold our children into responsible, intelligent citizens that Learn the Truth, Do the Good, and Love the Beautiful.
Are you ready to move to Naples and find the best school for your family? I can help. Let’s talk!