'08 is my son's second year at Tarwater. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful, experienced teaching staff, most with 10+ years of experience. We couldn't ask for a better school in our neighborhood. Principal Hensley is very friendly and involved. He recongnizes nearly every student by name. And he even ate a fried worm- how cool is that?! And where was he on the first day of school?? He was greeting kids at the drop-off drive thru! Art Masterpiece is a fun, diverse program for the students & teachers. The staff is focused on involving every student and bringing out their individuality. They have excellent tutoring for students who need a lil extra help. The teachers are great at communicating. Tarwater Toros Rule!!
My child has attented Tarwater for 5 years. If your child fits into the 'perfect' mold of how a child should perform academically and socially you will likely be happy with this school. If your child presents with classroom or social challenges that do not fit into the special needs criteria, I am not sure that you will happy. I have found very few teachers willing to communicate with me regularly so I am able to 'Stay on top' of my child's learning. I have seen the teachers and principal show definate favoritism to the 'popular' kids crowd, rather than giving extra positive kudos to all kids who need them. There us a lot of time spent teaching toward 'testing' success on 'Standardized' testing, and not a lot of time spent teaching success in academics. Testing results do not show the big picture.
I would rate Tarwater Elementary School an A+. It is an Excelling school in AZ for 3 years in a row and we are very fortunate and proud to have this school in our neighborhood. Great principal, teachers and staff! We love Tarwater Elementary! We could never ask for anything more because we have it all in Tarwater Elementary.
I am very happy with Tarwater Elementary. The principle is great, very involved! The parent involvement is great and the opprotunities to be involved is good as well. Children have music, art, computer, and PE once a week. I wish they had PE more fequently. They have a running club (inthe winter) that is very well attended by all grade levels. We are very happy at Tarwater.
Tarwater offers after school tutoring programs for challenged students. I dont believe that they focus on sports as much as the do arts. The parent involvement is there. Noone seems to question the way Tarwater is ran because it gives a great impression.
The quality of education at Tarwater is excellent. The principal runs a very organized institution, and makes a pleasant environment for both staff and students. I have been extremely pleased with all of my child's teachers. They have all created a pleasant and structured learning environment. They all encourage parent participation and involvement. The only minor complaint I have is that there are not enough afterschool sports for the children under 5th grade.
My two sons attend Tarwater Elementary. I have watched it grow into an excellent school. Jeff Hensley cares about his students and his staff. He has high standards and makes sure every child does not get left behind. Tarwater teachers back him and are wonderful. The Art Masterpiece program this year is also excelling. They have new directors and it has been great so far. Tarwater has plenty of extracurricular activities and as part of the PTO at Tarwater, we have excellent parent participation for all of our events. Tarwater is a top elemenatary school, no doubt about it.
Tarwater Elem has been a very good school for my children. It gives the children a 'community feel' experience. On any given day you will find the principal greeting students as they arrive, calling most of them by their first name. The teachers 'care' about the students' overall welfare. I believe they do everything possible to help the children succeed in life. I have two children that have attended or are still attending Tarwater Elem. in the last three years and they are average to above average students. In both children's case, the teachers have been able to bring out the best in my children's abilities while helping them achieve the next level of their capabilities. The down side to the school district is in their lack of a weekly art program and in the lunches served. Overall, I don't sit at work and worry about them at school.
My child has gone to ANLC since they were 5 years old. It is a school where I feel that the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their own personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids.
This is our first year at Tarwater and we are very pleased with the quality of the teachers as well as the involvement of the principal in all aspects of the school. It is obvious to us that the reason for the high scores at this school rest very much with the quality of instruction and leadership!
Tarwater is an outstanding school! After 2 mediocre principals, we have finally found an excellent leader in Jeff Hensley. Overall, the teachers are very good, and always willing to communicate with parents.
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