Our child entered Tag elementary this past year as a kindergardener. The first half of the year went very well. In January we started noticing changes in our childs behavior concerning math and the stress level. Kindergardeners are taught adding, borrowing, multiplication, division and fractions whether they are ready or not. They maybe at a level of subtracting 2 digit numbers but are expected to learn what is being taught in the class such as multiplication, division or fractions. In reading children are not broken up into groups for there own reading level, they are all reading at the same level. Parent voulunteers are welcomed as long as they do not question policies or how the classroom is being taught. It is hard to communicate with the director and teacher about implementing positive changes for the benefit of the child . The Kd area is surrounded by a fenced in area but the rest of the school is opened to anyone coming through. There is hardly no dicipline outside the classroom. Children that misbehave on a daily basis have no repurcussions accept for how the dicipline is handled in the classroom. Our child learned alot this past year, but with a lot of stressed involved. We have deceided not to return to Tag Elementary this coming fall.
My child has attended for the past 3 years. After the first year, the curriculum changed and the challenging education has gone. The school no longer can boast TAG stands for 'Talented and Gifted'. Teacher turn-around is high. Discipline is not enforced. The current campus is at a Monastery, All entryways from classrooms and offices lead outside with a covering over the hallways. There is no fence surrounding the school. (I have not seen plans on the new campus yet.) I have often seen children wondering the campus or parking lots unescorted. (I do walk them back to class or the office) They have a 'walk with a friend' rule. But it is not enforced, and teachers will send them to the office or bathroom unescorted. Security is very slack. They did not ask for ID when I sent my friend to pick up my child. Parent volunteering is advertised but not encouraged, although some teachers do appreciate the help. Extra curricular activities are not available at this school. The principle does not play an active role in learning who the children and parents are. He stays in his office and rarely comes out. I have gave out many recommendations to this school after the first year and am sorry that the school did not measure up to what parents expected. I hope they realize they have some real issues to solve and strive for solutions. Needless to say, my child won't be back next year.
The Teachers are wonderful and do their best to work with the administration that they have. The director is very rude with parent volunteers. The director will tell you what you want to hear and then discredit you when you are not there. The curriculum has changed after two years to a lesser curriculum. Parents are unclear of who does what on the staff and communicating with anyone beyond the teacher is a struggle. My children are leaving after this year.
My child has attended TAG since it first opened. While the level of the instructors varies--as it does in any institution--I would rate those at TAG as well above average, especially one kindergarten teacher who is truly exceptional. I am quite happy with TAG's contributions to my child's development in maturity, critical thinking and outlook on the world. True that class size in recent years has become larger than I would want, but as a whole, it is a great environment for my child.
The teachers and aids are wonderful people who for the most part are truely concerned with the childs education. The 2 people that cover the playground are wonderful but are expected to watch over and be responsible for 200 plus children during recess. TAG once had a great interest in the child and had a wonderful excellerated curriculum. It is sad to see such a great school fall in this manner.
Tag has become a big disappointment to many people in the past year. The administration has become blind to the students safety and needs. The new idea is if you don't like it take your child and leave.
For the last 3 1/2 years TAG has been a great school.Child development,education and parent involment was at it's highest.However, as of January, TAG has taken a fall.The director seems not to care about the interest of the childeren or the parents. There are children that have fallen through the cracks and nothing has been done about it.When concerns are brought to the attention of the director his response is,if you are not happy with what I am doing,you can go to another school.Which is sad,because the teachers and the monitors that have been there for the least 3 years have worked so hard to make TAG a great and safe place for our children.I don't forsee any changes in the future, due to the fact,that the director and the new person he hired as the disciplinarian,are not strong enough nor do they care enough to return TAG to what it once was.
Three years ago when my child entered 'tag' I thought it was too good to be true. I was right. Every year since then has been a bigger and bigger dissapointment. The director seems very threatened by any parent questioning what goes on there, is often very vague, and sometimes even rude. Discipline is nonexistent. The school does have some great ideas but poor follow through. I don't believe we will be attending next year.
tag started out as a great concept. in kindergarten, my daughter had a wonderful start. now though, as the school has grown, there are many disipline problems. and curriculum changes. we don't know if she will be attending next year. i wish the school would revert to how it was when it first opened.
Every child is expected to be at the same level. They provide no help for children lagging behind. Policies and procedures are in constant change. There is very little praise and incentive, except inside a very small circle.
The teachers at TAG have been great so far (K-1). The principal, Mr. Hom, seems very threatened by parents and seems to want to keep the inner workings of the school a mystery. He has not wanted to discuss curriculum except at a superficial level. Ms. Negri has been very helpful. TAG needs to add extra-curricular activities. The computer lab also needs to be more available. The PTA is little more than a fundraising group. As a result, very few parents participate in meetings after the first one or two.
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