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.
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.
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!
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.
We love Soleng Tom! We have been very pleased as first year parents and are planning to send our daughter next year. The parents, teachers and administrators make for a wonderful team. We utilize the before and after school programming and my daughter loves the STEP program. It is pricy to use before and after school programming, but that said, it is the same price as our previous school, and we use it every day so we are definitely getting our value. If I have any reservations, it is that the billing system is a bit awkward, but that is a product of the TUSD district, not the school.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
We love the principal and staff at Soleng Tom. It is a very caring environment and a great place for my son to thrive.
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.
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+!
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.
Excellent school, positive teachers, motivated and smart students and well-arranged schedule of activities!
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