Greatschools.org has a great article that parents should keep in mind when enrolling at this school, or most TUSD schools, for that matter. http://www.greatschools.org/school-choice/7282-melting-pot-diversity-at-schools.gs
With 3 grandchildren attending Drachman, we have been very pleased. The 6th grade teacher has been a gift for my grandson in that grade who has learning difficulties. Additionally the principal has been a super role model for the 3 boys who do not have a father in the home.
Some kids don't belong in Montessori. This school is amazing, and please discard the negative reviews. Our first son went to this school all years, and is excelling in middle school in one of the hardest schools in the district. He still is in touch with all of his teachers from Drachman. It will always be home for him. We took our second child out in first grade, thinking it would be easier for him to go to a private school where his father teaches (logistics), but after a few months, we re-enrolled him in Drachman. He missed it so much, and the education and programming is holistic and far superior to most programs. I love that there is diversity in this school as well. The leadership is wonderful, we get regular emails from the principle and we are involved because they encourage that there. It is one of the best schools in Tucson, period. They have their priorities straight. Couldn't recommend it enough.
My son is attending kindergarten at Drachman and we love it. They offer open enrollment year-round for all grades; no waiting until next school semester if you a school right away. Drachman has a grant that allows them to offer FREE after school program to ALL students regardless of income until 5pm; even on Wednesday. The school staff are friendly and eager to assist parents in any way they can. And did I mention Drachman has a Montessori Consultant (Trainer) on site to support teachers and staff to maintain the highest Montessori standards and methods. I shopped around Tucson for traditional and private schools that offered the best academic and social resources; none came close to the quality programs Drachman offers it students. I would highly recommend parents visit this school to see all the programs Drachman has to offer their students and families. There is so much more that I don't have the room in this review to share about. It is the only public Montessori school of it's kind in the nation. I am impressed by Drachman Elementary and think prospective students and their parents will be too. My son loves his school because he is learning and retaining new concepts daily.
If I could give this school zero stars I would. I went to this school for 2 horrible years. The teachers were OK and yes it did have a nice library as others have mentioned but I was bullied DAILY and no the principal didn't do a thing about it. I used to fake sick all the time so that my mom would come pick me up. Thank God we moved. I love my new school where kids really are accepting of one another no matter what they look like and the teachers and principal don't put up with bullies.
I would love to give this school a better rating, because it truly does have some fabulous teachers. Unfortunately, Drachman's leadership is poor. The school's growth was overly ambitious and poorly executed - Montessori is an excellent learning format for many children, but throwing a child who has not been brought up in a Montessori system is setting that child up for failure (evident in the plummeting test scores that the school has experienced, going from a once highly performing school to a failing one). There is supposedly a "no tolerance" policy when it comes to bullying, but my child was bullied numerous times, both verbally and physically, yet the offending children were never reprimanded. Caucasian children will have a tough time at this school (and even more so at the after school program across the street, Santa Rosa) - racism against white children is rampant. I pulled my children out.
Great programs. Dedicated staff. The specialized Montessori curriculum truly motivates the students to excel.
Everything about Drachman Montessori supports its mission of building independent, creative thinkers from the front office, the library, the playground to the classroom. Children learning to be well-rounded people.
I have a different view as well. We are very happy with Drachman, the teachers and the principal. These are challenging times for public schools in Arizona, and I am grateful for our thoughtful leader. He may be quiet at times, but he is very accessible.
We are also new to Drachman. So far our experiences are for the most part positive. Both our children love their school. We too had issues with the pull out program for English language learners but that was taken care of with the signing of a waiver. I have recently met with the principal on another matter and can say that he was at all times professional, and not rude at all. No school is perfect, and certainly not one person is perfect either. We are staying.
I agree with the Feb. 14 posting. This school's leadership leaves a lot to be desired. The principal couldn't possible appear more uninvolved in the day to day operations of the school. I wonder if TUSD is paying attention to websites such as this? For someone with a PhD, this principal is a great dissapointment. My kid goes to this school and I do volunteer alot also. So I hear comments from parents and teachers alike. This principal is considered rude, abrupt, with no interest in the school and the students. He is seldom seen on school grounds. Actualy, we see more getting done by PTA on the school's behalf han from this principal. I too am dissapointed in this school--- the teachers are wonderful, ALL of them. But the principal attitude does affect teachers' morale and it shows. How sad that Drachman lost it's great school status b/c of him.
The principal is rude. Never greets students or parents. Complains about parents but doesn't make them feel welcome or appreciated. I stopped volunteering and giving money because he has never said thank you. We're looking for a new school for our son. The principal has moved the school from highly performing to underperforming. We will miss the wonderful teachers. Especially the music teacher and librarian. They go out of their way to make up for the horrible climate at the school thanks to the terrible leadership.
Our child could have attended nearly any school in midtown, and after visiting many, we chose Drachman. All students are taught Suzuki violin with an amazing, amazing teacher Linda Barry. Student are allowed to academically move forward at their own pace - if they want to move faster than the grade level of the class, they are given the opportunity. My daughter was bored before Drachman, and she had sprinted forward, mixing on a subject-by-subject basis with the first, second and third graders in her class. The principal has been very, very responsive and is very involved with the operations of the school and concerns of the parents. We had a few issues, and they were dealt with personally and quickly. If you are willing to be involved, the school will welcome you. Montessori education isn't right for every child, but for those it fits, there are many opportunities.
My child attended Drachman for a very short while, during which I experienced a teacher to be very bias towards my child. When I went to the principal with my concern he took days before getting back with me and expressed very little concern about our situation.He was very rude and abrupt.I then proceeded to withdraw my child. I would not be surprised if there enrollment numbers decrease dramatically. I believe what was once a great school needs much room for improvement.The only good thing I have to say about Drachman is they have a great resources for the kids as far as there library and the program they have for kids checking out books. The librarian is awesome and very helpful.Other than that Drachman is in great need of help!!!
I just wanted to respond to the parent about the pull out program for English language learners. That was actually a state mandate, not something that Drachman chose to implement. Also, the initial requirement was 4 hours of pull out a day and many school districts across the state refused, and were able to get it to reduced to 2 hours.
This is this Principal s first assignment, and doesn t want to upset the Teachers. The Counselor is immature and along with much of the teaching staff shows poor judgment in regard to confidentiality. Extreme student poverty issues disrupt classes. Teachers refuse to give homework, as they feel parents won't participate, or maybe they don't want to grade papers. Children in this school can not take standardized tests. I have experienced a teacher giving my daughter good grades and she couldn t do basic tasks. This may be to keep parents from becoming too involved in the classroom or to make the teacher seem more competent. Multiple grades in one classroom do not work. In a true Montessori class it might, but this is wannabe. I wanted to believe in this school. I now hope for an opportunity to move out of this schools grip.
Drachman is a one of kind school. Most of the teacher's are wonderful with the student's. They have P.E. every week, which is unheard of in the TUSD district. They offer a wonderful program for Speech Therapy and Special Education! The art program my kid's love. The library is out of this world, the book's are well taken care of and reading is strongly encouraged through their Frequent Readers Club. The only thing I disagree with is the program that Drachman implemented this year.The kid's who don't speak English as their first language are pulled from Class for 2 hour's 4 day's a week! I feel that is way to much time & money dedicated to something that I see as the parent's responsibility. Those funds and time could be put to better use!! Drachman as a whole is a unique place for the children to learn and grow :)
We chose to send our daughter to Drachman because of its Montessori method. She has excelled within this system. Not only has she learned a great deal in the classroom, but she has become an independent, responsible person who is curious about the world around her. I could not be happier. The teachers and staff are outstanding and so very caring. The music program and library are stellar. Montessori is a great way for children to learn.
We are so proud to say that Drachman has been proven to be an A+ school! My daughter is in the 1st grade and looks forward to school each and everyday. It's exciting for me to see this in my daughter. Every Teacher has a smile and shows dedication to their students. I see peace thoughtout the school. I can only say great things.
This is a jewel - wonderful campus, programs and faculty. a sense of peace pervades. the montessori program is dynamite - need more magnet parents!
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