My child has been at Borton since Kindergarten. Borton is an amazing and unique school when it comes to all of the extras they offer. They have music, art, physical education, and a lot of extras your typical public school does not offer. In terms of academics, my experience has not been so positive. I noticed there is an extreme in the effectiveness of the teachers. They are either highly effective or not so effective making it especially challenging for any parent who may have a child who has special needs or needs extra academic support. There was also turnover in the Principals in 2010 and 2011. The Principal who is there now has been there for almost three years, and taking into consideration all of the changes of adding grades 3 to 5, constuction, and the districts budget problems, I think things are starting to turn around. The socio-economic demographics of the school is also very interesting and can be somewhat "cliquish" making some parents feel very excluded. Overall, above average in all the extras and parent participation, average for academics, and varied averages for the effectiveness of teachers.
No academic focus. When my daughter transitioned into 3rd grade at her new school, she was really behind on her reading, writing, and math.
We absolutely LOVE Borton. It is a wonderful community where everyone knows my daughter's name and looks out for her. The teachers are top notch and I like the administration even more-- definitely a great school!
My daughter just finished Kindergarten and we love the school. If your child loves the arts and being creative then you will love this school. If you want a strict traditional school this will not the the place for you.
Very disappointed. Their academics are poorly enforced and their discipline standards are also very low.
This school is very progressive,cares about the students, gave all four of my children their greatest start in their successful lives and the staff and principal there are amazing.
I have had my daughter at Borton for 2 years. She and I both absolutely love this school. And they will hopefully be adding a 3rd grade! It is very nurturing and inclusive. If you can get in to this magnet school, do it! :)
this school is a wonderful pace to learn. this school and Tully elementary are the 2 best schools a parent can send their child
This is one of, if not the best school for young starters-you can tell just by walking in one classroom that there is extreme student involvement-and they enjoy learning. The whole enviornment of the school makes you happy the second you walk on the grounds. I strongly recommend this school-only down fall, it only goes to 2nd grade.
I have had 3 children at this school and I think it is wonderful. It has a very close community feeling. There is a strong art and music component. But I think the best thing is the overall atmosphere at the school. It is very comfortable and nuturing. The teachers teach the children to be kind to each other, and I have seen almost no problems with bullies or rough behavior.
Fantastic school - absolutely wonderful principal. There is full-time PE as well as full-time art and music. My first child was there for three years and now I have a child in a K/1st combo class. Great diversity, lots of love, huge playground and a three acre bird sanctuary! A winner of a teaching innovations award from Microsoft Corporation this year (2006/2007). This school has lots to offer. I highly recommend it.
This school did a fantastic job of preparing my gifted student for the next level of education. It is located in a 'less desirable' neighborhood, but because it is a Magnet, it has lots of funding and support. Parental support here is huge. The office staff are friendly, all but one of the teachers has at least a Master's degree, and the extracurricular activities are phenomenal. My student learned to play the guitar here, make clay sculptures and then fire them, planted his own class garden and then harvested from it, and went on several field trips. I recommend this school to any parent who has a 'non-traditional' learner for a child. The school is supportive, caring, enthusiastic and still intelligent. Borton does have a stigma attached to it that parents should be aware of: 'the most yuppie magnet school in Tucson'.
Excellent Kindergarten program. Small class sizes ( 17 in my child's class this year)with good teacher's aides assigned nearly full time to each class. Additional teachers provide music, art, PE, gardening and other programs. Small school, so no child gets lost in the crowd. Good after school program (currently no fee.)
We had a wonderful experience in our one year at Borton. Our son loved his time in the 1st grade 'Saguaro Room' with Ms. Walker. The teachers, assistants and staff at the school do a great job in providing a diverse and enriched environment for the K-2 students. It is a nurturing place where the children have fun, feel comfortable and enjoy learning. The faculty is warm, helpful and enthusiastic. This is a program worthy of high accolades. The principal, Teri Melendez does an outstanding job with this close-knit group. The open houses and special events always had high participation and involvement from parents. Many U of A professors and TUSD faculty send their kids to this school for good reason. Highly reccomend!
Don't be daunted by the test scores it is a magnet school. This school feeds into Holladay and the scores there are tremendous. Parent involvement at Borton is phenomenal in fact, a large percentage of the attendees come from parent co-op private kindergartens. I have deep respect for the teaching staff here, and am grateful for the insightfulness, thoughtfulness, and concern I have seen diplayed. My son's teacher is highly educated, enthusiastic and incredibly skilled. She focuses on a 'center-based' approach to learning with I have been very pleased with. This gives my son and his classmates the opportunity to explore and excel at their own pace with each activity instead of feeling bombarded by a myriad of worksheets. I am also especially pleased with the sense of community which this school fosters and creates. Borton begins each morning as an entire student body with the pledge, singing, and announcements in the courtyard and parents are welcome and encouraged to participate.
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