Teachers are great but the administration is lacking integrity. They fire teachers for attemting to assist children with special needs, the school doesn't want to take the time or money for the programs. As for the high marks for grades. The school keeps a higher standard by kicking kids with lower grades out keeping their image up. Mind you they are a publicly funded school that cannot do this. They funnel money to family members keeping them "on staff" paying yearly salaries to change facebook on occassion. Look at the amount of tine they have been in court to see what's going on.
I had three children enrolled at Presidio for two years. Two in elementary and one in high school. Our first year and second could not have been more different. The first year we were there they had an amazing lunch program and even custom omelets and waffles at in the morning. The kids loved getting to school early and having breakfast with friends but I noticed how few parents seemed to be involved. Our oldest struggled and started to fall through the cracks and the school didn't communicate with us. The second year the lunches went to nothing but garbage, the office staff was spotty to say the least, every attempt I made to get more involved was pushed aside. Near the end of the year they lost one of the best teachers I've met. The campus is anything but secure I constantly saw kids leaving and returning to campus after school and the Academic lab was never something that benefited any of my children.The teachers are great, my issues came from the administration. I am very thankful none of my children needed any form of special attention or they would have been out of luck at this school. Don't let the sweet front desk ladies fool you, the admin is awful.
I absolutely love this school! My daughter started here for kindergarden because she was one day short of the TUSD cut off. The original plan was to probably switch to a TUSD school later but we have since fallen in love with the school and now she's in second grade with no plans of leaving! The staff is wonderful, great teachers, and small class size. I feel like the teachers really care about the kids and they and the staff are really engaged and not just there because it's a job. I have an older child that went through the TUSD system and I would tell any parent that Presidio is leaps and bounds above the other schools that I have been involved with. They have lots of "specials" classes that expose the kids to art, music, tae kwon do and more. They also provide after school care at a reasonable price if needed.
My daughter goes to kinder garden and its amazing how much she is learning, she is engaged with reading by herself and for the most part she love going to school. Mr Cameron always have a word to make the kids special, ms jessica always answer my concerns right away. Asked to my daughter, she say "I love everything about my school" . works for me:-) :-) :-)
We entered our daughter in Presidio's advanced placement kindergarten program because we felt like she was ready to start school, but her birthday missed the public school cutoff by only a few days. We figured we'd start her at Presidio and then move to a different school closer to our home for first grade. That all changed when we fell in love with Presidio! She's now in 2nd grade, and will be continuing at Presidio for 3rd grade. We love the small school atmosphere and the individual attention she receives, not only from her classroom teacher, but from specials teachers and even office staff. Academics are rigorous, but teachers also foster curiosity and exploration in students-it does not feel like Presidio teachers simply "teach to the test." Specials include art, music, and physical activity (tae kwon do, tumbling and health/PE). Overall the Presidio experience has led my daughter to be a well-educated, well-rounded and engaged student. We are very happy.
My daughter attends Presidio School I entered her in their Advanced placement Kinder program, she was 4 when she started. I drove across town to bring her to this school as no other districts in the Tucson area at that time would accept her at the age of 4. In fact I have actually moved to be closer to school. This school is excellent. I love how every one is so friendly and most the staff know your child by first name even if they are not in their classrooms. Its an amazing school with great curriculum. My daughter has been an honor roll student since she started! I love it!
Our daughter has been attending Presidio school since kinder' Now in 2nd this year we have our middle child in kinder as well and our last will begin in August!. The entire staff (administration, office and individual teachers) know our entire family personally. Presidio's programs emphasize education , creativity, and character . I especially love "Pillars of Character" The parents and teachers are also very involved in promoting extra -curricular activities and it is always fun to see bake sales. Our children have increased their confidence and math skills as well as reading and science comprehension, interest and curiosity. We truly love Presidio School! We love it soo much all our children will attend! We can't get over all of staff members (Administration, Office, Teacher's every single one) They are Amazing! Thank you Presidio!
My child has attended Presidio School since 3rd grade. She has met or exceeded the high standards of their curriculum consistently. To me that translates to an outstanding level of teaching that has led her to success. In addition to rigorous academics she has been provided an enriching program that includes: music, arts and physical education. Participation in top educational programs like Wright Flight and providing relevant and exciting field trips is another reason Presidio is ranked as an A+ school. The atmosphere fosters character, kindness and compassion. I m proud to say we are part of the Presidio family.
I am a parent of a high school student at Presidio. At first, I was very afraid of sending my kid to a charter because she has had so much trouble since middle school. However, I can honestly say that Presidio has been wonderful. They have GREAT high school teachers, especially their science teacher (I can't post his name, but you can't miss him!) who not only knows so much about science but also really cares about his students. He has changed my kid's life. She hated science and now she wants to be a Biologist or go to medical school. I can't wait to see what she accomplishes in her life. I will not lie to you though. The curriculum is tough, but it will truly prepare your child for college. And they keep tabs on the kids - no one is left behind. Also, they do treat each student like family. The Facebok page always has calls for help for students that are in need. Not only that, the school sent almost all of the high schoolers to SeaCamp in San Diego this year, which my student and her friends really enjoyed (once again, thank you Doctor Science Teacher). I cannot say enough about this school! It truly is one of the best kept secrets in Tucson. Thank you, Presidio!
This scool is fantastic. My daughter is getting ready ti wrap up her 3rd year she will start 9th Grade next year. She started at Presidio right out of Elementary School. She generally dislikes school and yet here she brings home all A's and B's. The after school and Saturday Acedemic Lab is wonderful if the need to catch up or need extra help with any work. The extracirricular activities such as dance, tae kwon do, and art are perfect for her as she does not need the distraction of 50 different sctivities to choose from. The small class size is a definite plus. In her 3 years there her class has never exceeded 16 kids. I ofter hear from the teachers if my child beging to fall behing or is missing assignments. The cirriculum is strict, but that is exactly what my child needs. I would be afraid of too many distractions if my child were to attend a regular public school. I would recommend this school to any person.
My daughter started kindergarten this fall and is loving Ms. Jessica's class! I'm very happy with the level of contact I have with her teacher. My daughter brings home a folder with things from school everyday. I have had to email Ms. Jessica on a couple of things and she responds back right away. It's been great! We participated in a school event where we helped build their garden classroom. Even my 20 month old got in on the fun. My daughter beamed with pride at open house, taking me to each of her classrooms (music, art, etc.). Presidio School is even on facebook so I get various updates and get to see pictures of various activities. It's so fun! We love Presidio School!
Don't let the smiling, office staff fool you! They would all be great used car salespersons. I thought the same as others, upon touring the school. I was impressed by the "specials" classes (music, art, etc.), but once my child was an actual student, things were not as promised. (The communication between the school and parents is sporadic even though each child has a take-home folder for that purpose). At the beginning of school, the sign language class was cancelled, without notice, with the excuse that the teacher could not continue. No replacement teacher; instead, they added a completely different course. Although they say that parent involvement is encouraged, they don't allow the parents to get involved... they put them off. The school greatly lacks consistency and the "authority" figures are rarely available. When you do get an appointment with them, nothing gets resolved. If you make waves, your child suffers the consequences! Another feature was the "safe, secure" environment--what a joke! People come and go through the side gates everyday. No one is monitoring, and anyone could enter the premises. NOT safe! Do your child a favor, say "no" to Presidio!
They cherry pick the students they want. If your child does not "perform" to their standards they do what they can to "convince" you to leave. Make up rules as they go along, and don't follow state procedures even though as a charter school they too receive state funds. Disappointed after 3 years. They discourage parent involvement, volunteer help in the classroom is unheard of to them. What are they hiding?
It is unfortunate that libel postings cannot be screened for negative, untrue content. The writer of a previous post is obviously a former, disgruntled employee who has written extensive, negative remarks in order to damage the reputation of a school that is doing an excellent job of educating the students. My recommendation is for all parents to visit the school and make your own judgements. The school encourages campus visits and you will be able to speak with faculty, staff, and students. I am confident that you will see for yourself what an excellent school this is and the opportunities for your child(ren) to succeed are limitless.
I am extremely pleased with Presidio, and it seems to keep getting better!! I have a child who is currently in the 5th grade and who is receiving a private school education for free. I love the small class sizes, K-12 campus, and very friendly warm environment I experience every time I walk on campus. The school now has a system through their website where I can see my daughter's grades, attendance, and can easily email her teachers if I have any questions. The school now has a parent's association that has been working hard and recently put on a very impressive middle school Valentine's Dance. From reading in the monthly school newsletter I can keep in tune with all the happenings on campus. I recently learned the school is working on adding a garden! Again, the school seems to be improving in my opinion. The faculty and staff genuinely care about each student and work on a tight budget to offer the best learning environment possible.
PRESIDIO SETTING STANDARDS FOR LEARNING IN TUCSON I have been a guest teacher (formerly referred to as substitute) at Presidio for the last 3 days filling in for grades 8-12. I have substituted in TUSD,SUSD and over 20 Charter Middle and High Schools locally. This is an exceptional learning enviornment. Students are on task, engaged in serious discussion about their studies and envirornment.. Teachers stay after for study hall (remember those?), not ISS.. Teachers teach; not police. Students were respectful, courteous and came into the class room and went right to work! I thought I was on another planet Students use lunch time for great active outdoor activities. Even lunches offer healthy choices. These students and the enviornment in which the administation and teaching staff has created offer a platform from which to springboard students into higher learning. Students read, check out books to bring home, use the computer for something other than FaceBook and are curious about what's happening on a global level. You never get a second chance to make a first impressionm and Presido got it right on their first try. , . These kids are 21s tcentury students.
This school needs help. There is a huge turn over rate for teachers. The reason being that the good teachers refuse to work there. The people in charge of the school have no grasp on what the children really need and they don't care to listen to anyhting that the parents have to say about fixing it. One of my childs teachers actually told her that it was not their responsibility to help them with extra curricular acidemic activities. This is the response that my child got when they asked a teacher for help learning something. True, it is not the teachers job, but it seems to me that this was the equivalent to a house keeper that "doesn't do windows".
Awful. Faculty lack the ability to each diverse learning styles with innovative techniques, no leadership from administration, resources are limited, school-wide and teacher-parent communication is terrible. High rate of bullying behavior, limited supervision and poor behavior management techniques. Students are allowed to stay on campus without supervision during which time terrible things have happened. No system for reporting issues and issues do not get addressed. Parking is terrible and there are no rules for drop off/pick up time so there are near accidents daily and kids running through the parking lot while cars are moving putting everyone at risk! There isn't a nurse or school counselor or even any type of support staff such as monitors. Please keep your kids safe and choose another school.
My son has been attending Presidio for two years. There has been such a dramatic improvement in him since he left public school. His first grade class had 13 students and his second grade class has 16! Compare that to most public schools that are faced with over 30 children per classroom. The teachers have been amazing, very positive and willing to work with him. The office staff is warm and caring. I appreciate all that the Presidio staff does to help my son succeed
Our daughter has been attending Presidio school for 4 years now, since kinder'. The entire staff (administration, office and individual teachers) know our entire family personally. Presidio's programs emphasize education , creativity, and character . The parents and teachers are also very involved in promoting extra -curricular activities and it is always fun to see the involvement of the students to support their causes with booster juice, bake sales, and special events. Our child has increased her confidence and math skills as well as reading and science comprehension, interest and curiosity. We truly love Presidio School!
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