The reason why I gave Step Ahead 1 star is the lack of common sense! I have a 3 year old child and I went for a free trial. Parents are not allowed inside of the the gym to watch their kids but their lobby which is used to view the children is terrible! The 2 way mirror they have is a great idea but they keep the lobby brighter than the gym so you can not see anything inside of the gym, they have big chairs in front of the mirrors which make viewing inaccessible and they also dont have enough viewing space for parents. Many 3 year olds can not communicate effectively enough to tell you if they like an activity or what exactly they did. Parents want to see how their children are acting and what they are doing in class. Even after the trial I do not know if my child likes the class or if the class was good enough for my child.
My girls go to Step Ahead and they have learned a lot of gymnastic and dance skills!, They love it there and I know they are safe and loved there!
My preschooler has gone to Step Ahead for over a year now and loved it! The set up of the gym is nice, because parents can view their child in the lobby, but their children can't see them (so they aren't distracted). While yes, it is probably small compared to gyms in more metro cities, it is a really nice gym for a smaller city like Jacksonville. The staff have always been nice to my child and myself, and in between seasons they remember my daughters name even though it may have been a month or two since seeing her. No complaints!
My son and I LOVE this place!!! The owner and staff really care about their customers and take the time to give individual help. Would recommend Step Ahead to anyone!!
My children have been with this gym since it opened. It's the safest and most professionally run business I know in Jacksonville. When I leave my kids at the gym I know that their safety and well-being is the priority. For a small town it's a top notch gym for cheerleading, gymnastics, and even dance!!
My children have attended Step Ahead for 3 years and we are very pleased. The pre-school classes are excellent. As a former gymnastics instructor, I feel my children are getting quality instruction, as well as learning quality technique and proper terminology which is important to me as my daughter progresses to higher levels. I like the set up of the gym, so that I can watch my child participate without my child being able to see me. I feel like this helps them to learn to focus and not be distracted by what is going on in the lobby. The competitive team is outstanding. I have been very impressed when watching them practice. The size of the gym doesn't bother me, it is not huge, but it is the biggest one in town and for a town the size of Jacksonville, I wouldn't expect a big gym. I would and do recommend this gym to anyone who is looking for a gym here in Jacksonville.
My husband and I were looking for a gym that our two children could attend. We went to both gyms that are here in jacksonville. Even though the other one was cheaper we had a really good experience with step ahead and have been there ever since. The coaches absolutely love the children and the children love them���� The owner is the nicest lady with years of experience. Safety IS a top priority from there mommy and me class to there elite proformance teams. They have multiple boys coaches who have taught my three year old to things some adults can't do. My daughter not only does gymnastics, she takes ballet as well. She is four and comes home saying she learned how to do a plié and grand plié. So they definitely are teaching the right techniques and teaching them the terminology. I would and do recommend Step Ahead Gymnastics to everyone!!