09/17/2017Livingstone Academy Riverview
I have 3 special needs children. My socially challenged autistic son was made to stay home a second school year for 3 days a week out of a 5-day school week. Isolation a 2nd year seemed harsh, and unhelpful. As a parent, I felt he needed interaction, not more isolation. Tried 3 times to meet the Exec. Director face to face - Kristin Seltzer now goes by Kristin Lissi. Kristin avoided meeting me claiming she was too busy. Finally, Kristin greed to a phone chat. Kristin said my son would have to continue at home 3 days out the week based on (get this) he did not say hello to her on a classroom walk-thru she did. I asked for a real behavioral observation. Kristin said she'll think about it but was highly unlikely she'd change her mind. One day I calmly voiced my concerns with the schools Valrico front desk admin during a child drop-off when suddenly I got a very nasty email later-on that day from Kristin calling me names and wrongfully accusing me of putting my hands in the face of that same admin. As a result, she expelled all 3 of my children without evidence effective immediately because of me. I was shocked and speechless by the lies. Kristin was not present, nor saw anything. Kristin never ever asked me what occurred on my visit. Kristin never mediated with me or the other parent. At this point, I believe Kristin acted vindictively and exaggerated the story of that admin to get rid of me, because I challenged her use of her program for my son. I never gestured nor put my hands in anyone’s face period. My family was hurt and confused over this. Imagine that - an Autistic school sworn to help Autistic kids, isolates an autistic child for 2 years, then kicks them out without a proper investigation of concocted lies. LAAC acted horribly unprofessional. No good school accepts erroneous information and acts to expel without proper investigation of 3 well behaved trouble-free children. FYI -The kids new school said many left LAAC because of Kristin.
I highly recommend this daycare! My twins have been going to La Petite Riverview for 2 years now. We went through the transition of directors but they found the right one! Cathy is very experienced and truly cares about the families & kids. My daughter has autism and recently started the ELPP program at Sessems. La Petite allows part time care, where most daycares do not. Hillsborough county schools would not shuttle my daughter because La Petite was "too far." Ms. Cathy went above and beyond to make an exception for the La Petite bus to pick up my daughter. This was huge for my family, Thank you Ms. Cathy! If you have read other reviews below, La Petite Riverview has done a HUGE turn around since Cathy arrived. It's clean, the staff is friendly, organized, and FUN! If anyone reading this has any doubts I would be happy to speak with you about my experience here. 813-846-3539
This "preschool" is a joke. The Director/Teacher is not very personable. In fact, she's just not nice at all! My child was no more prepared for kindergarten then my two year old and it showed once he started. I have no idea what they do there for half a day but they certainly didn't learn. Another one of my friends had a child attend there said the same thing, her son was not kindergarten ready and didn't learn much there. Both of kids struggled at the beginning of kindergarten because they were considered "behind" for the common core standards. They do not inform you at all of what is going on the classroom, they rarely have classroom parties, they do NOT want parent involvement and you have no idea what your child is doing/learning there. I was shown my child's state test scores once and supposedly they are tested 4x's throughout the year. This is NOT a fun, exciting learning environment. The only positive thing I have to say about this "school" is that the secretary makes it look better than what it really is. She's on top of her job and if you want to know anything, you have to ask her. B/c the director/teacher is "too busy" to talk. She seriously needs to retire b/c she made my child HATE school before he even started kindergarten! You also aren't allowed to pick your child up from the classroom, which I think is really weird. They bring them out to you while you stand in a hallway in a separate part of the building. It's pretty obvious they don't want anyone knowing what's going on there. Most preschools encourage parent involvement and this place STRONGLY discourages it. Don't let them tell you otherwise. Not to mention the director tried to tell my son was ADHD *which is a major NO NO by professional teachers*, he couldn't see and needed glasses! He does NOT have ADHD, which was confirmed by his pediatrician. His poor eyesight was the issue, not his behavior.