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11141 East Camino Quince
Tucson, AZ 85748

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(520) 225-6060
(520) 731-5401
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September 09, 2014
I have both of children at this school. I can not say enough wonderful things about this school. The education and competitiveness is at a high level, but its still fun. We use the before and after school program and have used the summer school and it is wonderful. The kids are so happy! They even have a wonderful 3 year old and preschool program and I can't say enough wonderful things about the teachers, principals, aftercare and parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
I just had to write another review addressing the other one about the high cost of the before/after school program. Yes, it does seem that there are cheaper programs out there for non-school hours, but I have also tried going the cheaper route. I feel much more comfortable with my daughter's SAFETY at this school than I do at the others that I had tried. They are diligent about knowing where every student is at every minute, and that is VERY important to me (my daughter is a kindergartner). At her old pre-school, she was actually "lost" for a short time, which in my opinion, is simply unacceptable. I do not feel that I will ever have that problem with Soleng Tom.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
My kids have gone to Soleng Tom for the last 9 years and there are so many good things about this school. I am so glad that they went to this school-it is one of the best elementary schools in TUSD! They have high test scores, great parent involvement, teachers who want to see your child succeed and a principal who takes an active role of keeping parents informed.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Soleng Tom was a wonderful find for a public school in Tucson. The teachers and principal are very involved and it shows. Just take a walk through the campus and you will see different initiatives and community involvement in project and photos all around. One of the main reasons we decided to stay in Tucson was finding this school for our children!

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2013
We moved to Tucson shortly before the new school year started and were in a panic to find a great school for our children to attend. My son has high functioning Autism and is main streamed and our daughter was in preschool. We literally had him on three different wait lists for charter schools that had been recommended to us, as we were very hesitant about putting him in a TUSD school. Very good friends recommended we try to open enroll him into Soleng Tom. I was cautiously optimistic as it was now the week before school was to start, but the office staff was incredibly friendly and warm, the teachers were nothing short of amazing and the school atmosphere was beyond our expectations. It is very much a welcoming school and literally felt like family. My son had Mrs. Knight and Mrs. Valdez and we could not have asked for better teachers for him. We always felt informed, aware and like our involvement was appreciated. It is very nerve wracking sending any child to school and sending our special needs child was no exception. The PTSA was fantastic and although we have since moved cities, we consider Soleng Tom a gem of a school and would highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
I truly love Soleng Tom. The students, teachers, and staff are friendly and believe children are the top priority. Mrs. Domec and Mrs. Vuturo are most friendly. Mrs. Richardson, too.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2011
We have been nothing but impressed with Soleng Tom. The staff, teachers and parent commitment is AMAZING! Despite the budget crisis recently, Soleng Tom's PTSA & Staff have stepped it up to continue to provide the BEST for their students by raising funds on their own time & effort. Because of the PTSA, parent support and commitment, Soleng Tom has special touches throughout the school that sets them apart. (ie: covered/shaded playgrounds) Once again, due to the commitment & dedication of the students and parents, the school has "one" major fundraiser throughout the year. The yearly "spell-a-thon" is something everyone looks forward too, and it's quite educational as well, which is refreshing for a fundraiser! The teachers are truly great teachers....we have yet to be disappointed. I never worry about who's class my boys will be in each year as they all are worth having. The principal trusts his veteran staff, and supports them endlessly. We're proud to be Soleng Tom Dragons!

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2010
Please consider the cost of after school care at Soleng Tom before you make the decision to take your child/children there. The school charges twice that of any other school in the area for full time after school "enrichment" and a $40.00/day flat rate (even if it's only for 1 hour a day.) There are other schools in this area that offer physical education, language, music, art and AFFORDABLE after school programs. Soleng Tom does not offer ANY of this.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
One of the better schools as far as TUSD goes, from what I've been able to gather. But compared to schools outside of Arizona, still a disappointment. I moved here with my 6 year old son over the summer and requested a transfer to Soleng Tom through the TUSD Open Enrollment program. He is gifted by the standards of other schools, but could probably handle being skipped two grades here in Tucson, and I have met with nothing but brick walls trying to get my son into a challenging program. They use buzzwords like "the whole child," and worry about teaching life skills that should be the responsibility of the parent, effectively making me, the parent, responsible for his academic growth. Bottom line, I should have just kept him in our local school for all the difference it has made.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
My grand daughter goes to Soleng Tom and we all love it!

- submitted by a community member
no rating March 17, 2010
Soleng Tom is awesome! It's a bummer that it's in TUSD, because TUSD is not so awesome. But Soleng Tom has done a wonderful job of giving students a quality education despite all the challenges of being in TUSD. Now that the new principal is there, it will be even better. My daughter is in 1st grade. She transferred to Soleng Tom from another TUSD school and the difference is dramatic! The students in her class are well behaved and not allowed to get away with bullying or misbehaving. My daughter loves school now. I would highly recommend Soleng Tom to anyone who takes their child's education seriously.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2009
I love Soleng Tom. My Daughter hates to miss school. Her teacher's have been amazing. The support of both parents and teachers is hard to find and we have it. Our home school is Ford and I will never send my children there. My daughter is in 1st grade and reading and comprehending at a 2nd grade level. She loves to read and now she wants to write her own stories. The programs that they offer the kids such as 'Stories that Sour' teaches our children that what they have to write about matters! I am proud of Soleng Tom. I am not impressed with TUSD and I am not sure if she will stay in TUSD but as long as my kids are in Elementary they will be at Soleng Tom. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Soleng Tom is one of a few elementary Tucson schools receiving an excelling rating. My grandson goes there and the environment there is outstanding. Great teachers, great programs. Having been a teacher I know from experience that this is a superb school. At thr teacher conferences it is very common for both mom and dad to attend. That was not what occured in my teaching experience.

- submitted by a community member
August 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2009
My daughter is going into her 3rd year at Soleng Tom and is so happy there! We believe what makes this school one of the tops in Tucson are the teachers. They love what they do and they do it with so much heart. They set a high standard for themselves and by their example the kids strive to do their best and be their best! We're very excited about the new principal and are eager to see what new ideas he brings to the school and the teachers. We know with all the budget mess it will be hard to implement 'new' things but with the principal, teachers and parents all wanting the best for the kids anything is possible! We're hoping for more Music, PE and Spanish!!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2008
We love the principal and staff at Soleng Tom. It is a very caring environment and a great place for my son to thrive.

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April 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2008
Our daughter is about to finish her second year at Soleng Tom and it has been a great experience. It seems we've gotten a 'private' school education very inexpensively. The principal is very involved and she is highly visible throughout the school. The teachers, so far, have been very, very good (especially Mrs. Lowe). Children are taught accountability and organization very early on and there is no tolerance for bullying or gossip. The only downside, is that the school is part of TUSD, and cuts are being made for the upcoming 2008-2009 school year and class size will be increasing dramatically : ( Suggestions for improvement would be earlier music education, increased GATE hours and more P.E.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2007
PTSA Rocks! Great parent envolvement

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2007
Wow! What a great school! The teachers are outstanding and extremely caring, the staff is always friendly, and it is just an over-the-top extraordinary school! It is such a great experience for my child to come here. Soleng Tom is an A+!

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September 04, 2007
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September 04, 2007
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September 04, 2007
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August 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2007
For eight years I have watched this administration transform the most wonderful school into a place of sadness and misery. My children will now attend a private school, something we should have done years ago. I will never forget the handful of wonderful teachers that have truly enriched my children's lives, nor those of the PTSA & staff that have become my true friends. I will forever mourn the loss of the wonderful teachers & our counselor that were bullied out of this school because they stood up for what was right for our children. For those that remain, stand up for the children and fight for what is right, and do not let this administrator continue to be the only one that has a say in what goes on.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2007
Excellent school, positive teachers, motivated and smart students and well-arranged schedule of activities!

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2007
Different leadership would restore this school to its 'great' status. I, for one, have pulled my children and enrolled them in a charter school where students are the top priority, not the private agendas of the people who are responsible for educating them.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
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May 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2007
It is really sad that Soleng Tom is spiraling downhill. It was a great school. If you look at academics it still is.

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October 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2006
The involvement of the teachers and the principal is excellent. They are good not only with the curriculum, but also with keeping the kids respectful and in line. The only complaint I have for this school is I wish they had more school based sporting events.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2006
Not a good school for open-enrollment if your child misbehaves a little. The Principal will inform you unkindly to go elsewhere. Every week it is mandated to say the pledge in Spanish(although many of us parents don't agree) and if your child is tardy then he/she has to sit in the Principal's office. You don't get to know who the teacher is until the night before. There are no music programs.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2006
The staff is excellent and parent involvement is incredible. Although the principle is sometimes harsh, she does have everything in order. She should be a little more flexible to some teachers' ideas.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2006
This school was once a wonderful school that practically ran itself because of its excellent teachers and staff. The current principal does not lead the school; instead, she controls it with intimidation and manipulation. As a result, almost all the really good teachers and support staff (including a counselor recently voted the top elementary school counselor in Arizona) have bailed out, either taking early retirement or moving to other schools (over 25 so far under this principal). The parents are no happier, which has resulted in less and less parent support. As a former employee, as well as the parent of 3 children who have attended this school under its current principal, I cannot with good conscience recommend Soleng Tom anyone.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2006
What a great staff if they would only stay! The Principal is too demanding and does not allow for creativity. Very micromanaging and treats teachers as slaves.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2006
The teachers at this school are excellent But the turnover rate is horrendous. If you like curriculum all day and no breaks then you would like this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2006
Soleng tom was once a great school, but good teachers are leaving and the ones who remain are constantly stressed out. Sadly, this school has been mismanaged into the ground. However, parental involvement is great and the ptsa provides for many extracurricular activities. I would probably not recommend this school until they replace the principal.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2006
Parents are the strength of Soleng Tom. The administrative staff skills are dismal and quality teachers are leaving. I would not recommend this elementary school to my family or friends.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2006
Soleng Tom was once a great school; however, under the present principal, it has become a mediocre school with a largely mediocre staff. Parent involvement is still OK, but it is dwindling. Administrator seems to have many private agendas. There is no computer lab. Classrooms are too small for the number of students assigned to them. Safety and traffic control problems continue to plague the parking/pickup/drop-off areas, and promised surveys soliciting parental input on these issues have not been provided.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 10, 2005
Provided a safe learning environment. Staff is friendly, helpful and well prepared. Our child received a top rate education from a public school. Provided many opportunities for parental involvement in classes as well as with other students and parents. Orchestra program while crowded provided fundamental skills which helped our child decide to continue with music.

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July 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
Wonderful participation of parents,teachers and principal. Our children have been there a total of 10 years, no complaints! A great start for anyones education.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2005
Excellent school. Teachers and other staff go above and beyond to provide a quality educational foundation.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
I feel the school in general is very good academic wise, there however is a need for more emphasis on individuality needs as far as personality differences. To much attention is placed on 'cutesy' type things like the giving or taking of 'peace bugs' or the like, depending on the grade level. A child starts the day with so many of these 'items'and as the day wears on they lose one or more of these items for 'misbehavior', at days end the child's day is judged on how many 'items' they have been able to maintain. I disagree with this 'value calculator' as well as with the inability to diffentiate the obvious differences/ expectations between male and female students, way to much generalization done here. The principal is very 'my way is the way'.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2005
My son started Soleng Tom in January of 2005. He loved the activities and the learning environment and had a wonderful two quarters with Mrs. Brunenkant. Well done, Soleng Tom!

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2005
This school is one of the top schools in TUSD for parent involvement. I had two children who attended here and I would recommend it very highly. Teachers are wonderful. Great school overall!

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March 22, 2005
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February 13, 2004
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Soleng Tom Elementary School
11141 East Camino Quince, Tucson, AZ  85748
(520) 225-6060
Last modified Soleng Tom Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Soleng Tom Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top