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Tucson, AZ
Students enrolled: 679
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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9239 E. Wrightstown Road
Tucson, AZ 85715

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(520) 296-0883
(520) 290-1521
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August 17, 2014
My children have attended Tucson Country Day School since it opened as a charter school in 2000. We've seen the school grow over the last 15 years from 40+ students to 700+ students. Families have come and gone during that time, as have teachers and administrators. Over the years, I've been impressed by the school's ability to keep the family-feel on campus, even as it's grown. There have been good teachers and great teachers but one thing is for sure, when a teacher isn't meeting the school's expectations, they don't stay long. This year, there has been a change in administration. A new principal has been hired. From what I can see, she is exactly what the school needs. The school is extremely strong on the social, manners, and behavioral side of things but needs to step it up a bit to go from good to great on the academic side. The new principal has a history of creating academic excellence at her schools and she has gotten off to a great start doing just that at TCDS. I respect the owner and other administrators a great deal and I think the school finally has the team it needs to achieve greatness. I could not be happier. Just visit the campus & you'll see why I say this.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
I LOVE Tucson Country Day School. When I read some of the recent reviews, I have to wonder if the reviewer is talking about the same school I am writing about, our views are SO different. Tucson Country Day School is an excellent school. My children have attended for many years and while the school has grown over the years, it has maintained what I consider to be its most important characteristics: great teachers, small class sizes, family friendly community and campus, social excellence which leads to a well-behaved and polite student body, lots of extra program like art, choir, general music, band, orchestra, Spanish, PE and technology, a strong administrative team, high expectations and strong academics. The school still offers after school sports for 5th through 8th graders. Sports include volleyball, softball, soccer and basketball for girls, and flag football, soccer and basketball for boys. There are many student recognition programs. Teachers are told they are "pure gold" and they are. Every student is Champion and my children have always felt like Champions when they were attending Tucson Country Day School. It's simply a great school and one my family loves!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
It's unfortunate when people don't understand why decisions are made and they feel it is okay to bash an entire school or program for a decision they disagree with. The Resource department at Tucson Country Day School is excellent. We have a great reputation in the community and students enroll at TCDS because of our reputation. The Resource department is housed in a building that is only a few years old. Rooms are designed for a teacher and several children. The rooms are clean, new, fresh and open with plenty of windows. The Resource department staff has their own computers and students use them and laptops the Department has available. As an inclusion school, most resource services are given in the classroom by a certified special education teacher or a trained paraprofessional. When students need small group or one-on-one services with a certified special education teacher, they are seen in the Resource building. The Resource Department has received a 100% rating by the State of Arizona for the last several years when it comes to compliance with State and Federal laws, and services and program offered. The Resource Department even holds it own awards ceremony each year.

- submitted by a teacher
June 15, 2014
School does nothing for bullying. The teachers don't listen when there is an issue. Never again. My children will not go to this school. Oh and don't forget the constant rodent issue and snakes. My child did not feel safe.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2014
As a parent I felt like I didn't have enough communication with the teacher. I dislike that there is only one parent teacher conference in the beginning of the year. It took forever to get my child in the intervention program and once she was in she did great and excelled but it upsets me there was so much time in between before she was placed and given the right accomendations. We are not enrolling our children back into this school which is sad because the year started off so promising.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2014
This is an ok school. People make it out to be better than what it really is. My child is in special ed. It has been an absolute joke with them. Finally they get an amazing teacher for the older kids and my child progresses and advances in ways I didn't think were possible. He was an amazing teacher! What do they do? Do continue his contract for the next year. What a joke. We will not be putting our child in this school again. The resource department is a joke. The rooms are small and crowded their computers are 10 years old while the rest of the school has great technology advances. It shows if you're not the favorite teacher and don't kiss behinds they'll give you the can and make the children suffer. If they can't fund their resource department and have teachers that care. Then what is the point? If you have a child that needs extra attention don't put them in here. They'll just dump and basically give them pages to color than actually teach. SO disappointed in you TCDS. You messed up big time not letting the best teacher continue.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
tucson country day has been a nightmare !!!!! they show favoritism, they trat ths children like its a police state mind set , they teach conformity and they have honor roll kids in detention if they forget 3 home works or get 3 tardies the will be in detention.if you forget your sweaters they will donate them with out your consent i have had 2 hundred dollar jackets taken and given away with out notice.you have to act trhe same follow the leader if you cannot you will not be accepted at this school . T hey are forming sheep for the future of america. they will call cps on you for any reason and call it a protel call.they have made me and my family live in fear and made they family scared to go to school !!! this school is a nightmare and the principal will always side with any teacher for any reason even at fault

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2014
I am a parent of TWO student at Tucson Country Day School. This school is terrible, my children will NOT be going here next year, that is for sure. Had I known that this school showed favoritism to students and treated others the way they do, forced conservatism on children, etc. and were money grubbing for uniforms and every other activity, my children would never have been enrolled here to begin with. Horrible. One student in my child's class got points taken off his grade for coloring TWO DIFFERENT colored eyes! what is this teaching our children? One of the biggest selling artists of all time has two different colored eyes! David Bowie! And they allowed this to happen! They feed the children JUNK food and charge $3.50 for horrible unhealthy food. Do not send your children to this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
This school has an amazing outside reputation but this is entirely not the same on the inside. My student went to this school for almost his entire academic career and he was doing great till middle school. The TCDS math department has had failing AIMS scores for the past 6 years and the school has yet to realize that the teacher isn't teaching her students to the best of her ability. My child was left straggling in the back and when he went for help or asked for a little help on last nights homework it was marked missing and he was sent to intervention, an after school program for students to finish there work. My child was told when asked for help to look in the textbook and this math teacher was not there to be found. I sent my child there to be ready for high school and that is not at all what I got.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
What is Tucson Country Day School doing about the Common Core standards? For the 2013-2014 school year, TCDS teachers are fully implementing the Common Core standards at each grade level. This is known as "Level 2" implementation. Level 1 is when teachers become familiar with the standards and with concepts that underlie them such as rigor, depth of knowledge, and close reading. TCDS teachers were immersed in Level 1 preparation through their professional development in previous years. This year they are fully implementing the standards. What does this look like in the classroom? Students are engaging with math and language arts material in much greater depth. They are explaining their thinking, justifying their answers, taking positions, and arguing for them. Each student has a "continual progress report" folder for math which shows their level of mastery of each standard, and this report is updated regularly. Certain grade levels are holding monthly parent sessions to explain the new math standards. And teachers gather weekly to develop classroom curricula to support the new standards. The teachers have really stepped up to this challenging work!

- submitted by a teacher
October 24, 2013
TCDS is so much better then TUSD, The teachers are great my child went there last year for 3rd grade and now in 4th and I can't ask for a better teacher

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
TCDS is by far a way better school than TUSD. I am so happy with the progress my son has made since he started attending. Not to mention his IEP are a lot different than the ones from TUSD. There is no comparing.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
I have 2 children in Tucson Country Day School, K and 1st-grade. Uniforms are strict and color coded for easy recognition of grades. Great idea! Recently my K got in a little trouble with the fire alarm and the consequence, by the principal, was handled in a very appropiate manner. The child was treated respectfully and fairly. I was impressed. The special ed dept. is phenominal. So glad we transferred from TUSD.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
I have been very pleased with this school for my Granddaughters. They have smaller class sizes and teachers who seem to want to be there. They also value the Arts which so many other schools have let go which is a huge disservice to the children. The availability of on campus after school care and classes is also a great feature. The campus houses Preschool through Junior High which I think is good for all of the kids. I think they do the best they can to make sure kids know sitting at a desk and reading a book is not the only way to learn. In our teach to the test only educational culture now days this isn't an easy thing to accomplish without being a private school. Is it perfect no nothing is. But is it heads above what is offered in TUSD for the most part yes. Our children will be entering 2nd and 5th grade. They have been there since Preschool.

- submitted by a community member
July 10, 2013
All three of my children attend TCDS (5th grade, 1st grade and PK) and my oldest has attended since she was in Kinder. This school has many great aspects to it despite the few negative reviews I have read on here. I also work at the school as a substitute teacher and couldnt think of a better place to send your kids or work at. My son has special needs and the resource department is excellent in helping him excel last year in Kinder. My daughter is held accountable for her school work and held at higher standards for her social behavior at the school. My son received discipline that was appropriate for his misbehavior's last year and well within the IEP/504 guidelines. I find that this school has great boundaries for students and a high academic structure regarding the curriculum. They use fun and innovative ways to encourage learning and critical thinking for students; rather than doing a simple book report my daughter did an activity every quarter that required critical thinking outside of the box. The PS/PK program is excellent as well and my youngest daughter is returning this year. I would HIGHLY recommend this school to anyone wanting to find a school for their children!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
This school's test scores have declined signifigantly since the arrival of the new Principal. That can be verified on this website. The atmosphere is one of concern. If you "fit in" to the staff culture. You will do well. Children are bullied and become a victem again from the staff! I find it sad, this was a great school.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2013
We moved to TCDS from our local public school that actually is rated higher. TCDS has proven to be a fantastic change for both my kids, both with very different needs. My son is in special ed and the school has done everything to address his needs. I feel so well supported by a great team of teachers and aids. And, even more important, my son likes school for the first time in his life. He's happy there! My daughter has other "special needs"; she has been in the GATE program since she was 5. She was totally bored and uninspired by our previous school. She was starting to dislike school as well. TCDS has also addressed her need for being challenged, and recognized for her gifts. She is in classes at her level that challenge and inspire her, and she is regularly awarded for being a good student and citizen. She is now happy again at school too. When my kids are happy in school; I know they are learning and growing. To me a school that can identify and provide what each child needs makes a "great" school.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2012
POSITIVES: Mr. Wright and nice grounds! NEGATIVES: 1. The secretary doubles as the school nurse. They have never had a nurse. 2. After reading another review about bullies here, I remembered that last year, one of the teacher's children was making other students her "slaves". My daughter had to lead her friends to standing up against this bully after administration didn't do what they should have. We think it was because the teacher is practically an administrator herself. 3. Three of the past four years (my daughter is in the 4th grade), my daughter's teacher has been a first year teacher. 4. Students earn detentions for behavior, tardiness, and missing homework assignments where they have children do labor in the garden. If the child has a sibling, the parent has to pay for that child to go to after care (which is just paying for your child to get dirty). 5. Students are assigned detention for missing homework assignments but they are not allowed to go into the library and work on homework until they're in 5th grade. There isn't a study hall or tutoring after school like other schools have. 6. The school lunches are RARELY nutritious. 7. Teacher:student ratios in small rooms.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2012
Tucson Country Day School is an amazing school. We just started the school year with two days of Champion Days - a time when students across the entire campus - come together to talk about and embrace the school's expectations. It's a great way to build a sense of community and puts everyone on the same page from the very first day of school. No wonder the school has so few discipline problems.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
We have been at TCDS for 8 years and although it has had its ups and downs(like any school will) I feel as though there are no more problems here than you would have anywhere, especially in middle school. The administration could handle certain things better but overall it's a nice environment. Perhaps parents should focus on teaching their children to behave and quit blaming teachers for having to take time away from curriculum to do it for them.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2012
I want to HIGHLY recommend TCDS! I have a student who attended 6 - 8th grades at TCDS. My student has absolutely loved being at TCDS. My only regret is that I didn't find TCDS earlier in my student's academic career. I feel that my student is VERY prepared for high school. I want to say thank you to all of the middle school teachers and the school staff!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2012
The reason that some parents think the school is wonderful is that most are not in Middle School. I truly hope things will change but we were so happy with the school until Middle School and my children went to this school for 7 years. I have seen great teachers leave to be replaced with in some cases really good teachers but then there those that should have been let go and have never been done. The policys can only do good if they are actually enforced. Too much has already gone undone. I have also volunteered for years and been part of SPA. It doesn't matter. I think they should really re-think the middle school. We had some great teachers like Ms Courtney and Ms. Weinstein and Ms. Rayan but that is about it anymore the rest can be replaced and that would be great. I know what the person said about sour grapes and bullying being handled at home but when your kid gets tortured and the kids doing it are kids who parents are teachers it is a different story. Or if they have special needs you just have to learn to deal with it. This use to be a great school. I hope one day it will return to just that.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
Our daughter began preschool in 2009. She is now in kindergarten. She was reading by the beginning of this school year, and she is by no means the only student in her class who reads. We selected this school because we were impressed by the school's commitment to teach the kids respect, patriotism and core academic subjects. We have not experienced the issues that some of the other parents have, and perhaps this is because we volunteer at the school and we work with our daughter at home. We also make a conscious effort to model good behavior for our daughter, and hopefully for the other kids, too. The Champion Days are great, as they really instill a sense of self-pride in the kids without being overly praising. There is an anti-bullying program in place, but if the root of the bullying begins at home; the bullies' parents should also be held accountable. While I cannot address the validity of the disgruntled reviews on this site, I can say that good ideas are valued if real effort is made to help implement them. Complaining is useful for identifying areas for improvement, but as with anything, does not in itself make any changes or fix the problems.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2011
Our son has attended TCDS for four years. I have been extremely impressed with the education, social skills, after school activities that this school offers. This school is not about dropping off your kid and not being involved. Parent involvement is a key part of the TCDS experience and being a part of giving your child the best education, values and behaviors. I am continually informed on how my child is doing because there is open communication with the teachers and staff. Yes there always is room for improvement and when you have a suggestion they listen. The education level is amazing and also challenging for all students. I know that there was some bullying issues last year. It was not a good situation for some of the students. I agree that it wasn't handled as well as it should have been. After many hours with staff, parents, and students they have adopted a new bullying policy this year. This year they really focused on being a champion and what it means to be a good citizen. They have had champion and community building days and now pride shirts. The staff is working so hard in helping all students! As a parent I am very proud of TCDS!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2011
I just want to bring up one point regarding the bullying policy. Did any of you hear about the incident in 5th grade where one student told another that if he had a bullet he would put it in their head. Yes, it happened and the school did absolutely nothing. The school should of handled this immediatley but instead he spent one day out of school and there were no consequences. He continued to harrass this student and it wasn't until the parent had to get Tucson Police Department that something was done. Even then it wasn't the school that handled it TPD took care of the situation. What is this teaching our children? It's ok to make threats and have absolutely no consequences? And this was after their Anti-Bullying Policy was issued. I guess since it didnt have to do with AIMS scores it wasnt a big enough issue to be taken seriously.

- submitted by a community member
July 29, 2011
Pulled my kids from this school after the last school year. Its too bad, our kindergardner just loved Mr. Wright. Teachers are leaving, the Principal has no clue what he is doing, the asst principal is a total joke, no people skills whatsoever. My son had 4 different teachers last year for his spanish class, he and the teachers switched direction and were lost most of the class. Do your self a favor, speak to other parents, we are so relieved our kids will not be attending this school again.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2011
This is a great school! My child will be starting their 5th year at TCDS in August. We have great teachers, admin and staff who truly care about our kids and help them achieve their full potential. My child is receiving a top notch education in a safe and supportive environment. Unfortunately at this time there are a few parents who are struggling with the growth of this school and are spending a lot of time bad mouthing it on sites such as this. Visit the school for yourself and you will see why it is the home of the "champions"

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2011
Our three-year old attends the preschool and we are thrilled with the education and socialization he receives. Every day, it seems he comes home with new knowledge that amazes us. Recently, it was how to tell right from left, a skill he didn't have before. When we ask him where he learned this word or that skill, he always replies, "Ms. ______ (his teacher from school) taught me." It is so much more than a daycare. The daily curriculum includes pledging the flag, Spanish, and reading. Lots and lots of stories. The kids do art projects taught by an art specialist. Play time is built into the day, and our son has made many friends. When the children have a problem they are encouraged and empowered to solve it themselves. We can't say enough about the director and the school staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2011
My son has attended this school for 6 years and just graduated 8th grade. I am very impressed with his academic and social progess. I am a parent that takes resposibitlity for my children's education and work in collaboration with teachers and administration to ensure their success. I have two more children coming up in age and one attending the preschool next year. I have every confidence in the teachers and administration regarding my children. I think that attacking teachers and staff without knowing them is uncalled for and really sad. The teachers here are of the highest calliber and so much is expected of teachers these days. I look forward to the next 12-15 years here at TCDS.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2011
Normally, I don't write reviews because I believe reviews like these about a company or a school are usually written by people who are disgruntled and unhappy. When I see the most recent reviews of what I know is a great school, my opinion is only confirmed. Great Schools rated TCDS as an 8 star school and it would be unfortunate for new parents who put huge effort into finding a good school for their kids to be swayed by the mean spirited comments of a few disgruntled and unappeased parents who represent a small minority of the school. TCDS is by far one of the best schools in Arizona. The teachers, staff and admin are honest, hard working and strive to prepare all students for life, not just academically but also socially. I have had children at the school since it opened in 2000 & still have 2 children there. FACT: Of the 44 teachers on staff, only 5 teachers were new this year. They replaced 2 teachers who moved out of state, 2 who left for personal reasons and 1 filled a brand new position. One teacher who left last year moved back to AZ and has excitedly rejoined the staff for next year. Parents, please visit TCDS and see for yourself. TCDS is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2011
I am really sad to read these negative reviews. As parents you can smack talk the school all you want but as a student who spent eleven years at TCDS (preschool and K-8) and who just graduated last year, I loved this school. The teachers were so amazing and supportive. They made us work hard and definitely got me ready for high school. I was on honor roll all three years of middle school and am currently on honor roll at my high school. The administration was willing to listen to us when we had issues and really seemed to make us feel comfortable on campus. I made many friends at TCDS and if I had the choice, I'd love to go back. I love it so much, I've volunteered at the summer camp for the last three summers. :) Most of the teachers I had are still there so I guess they like the school and most of my friends from elementary school stayed and graduated with me. They must have liked the school too. :)

- submitted by a community member
May 18, 2011
As a parent who has been with the school for 7years now I can attest to the fact that the decline in the last couple years has been straight downhill. They are supposedly initiating a no bully policy but there is no follow through or enforcement of it. The principal and administration is HORRIBLE. When issues are brought up you are assured they will b dealt with but NOTHING happens. The ratio of 1:15 went to 1:17 then 1:19 with the absolute being no more. Now this year they are going to 1:22. Always because of money issues and cutbacks. We raised 100,000 in tax credit this year....where is it going?? More buildings and structures arise but the education is not the focus. Definitely the AIMS scores are what matter. THe special ed dept is great and they helped my child to have great growth but regular teachers are young, inexperienced, and/or burned out. They can't get parents info on grades, it took the whole first quarter to get info from teachers on progress and they didn't implement 504 till after 1st quarter. I think there are a few good people left, but it's nothing like it was 5 years ago. We are going to be changing schools after this year.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2011
I have been told by some of the parents and students at Tucson Counry Day School that the curriculum isn't rigerous enough. Teachers will give extra credit to students for things that are non-academic, such as bringing in their own tissue. The need to study is non-existent for most classes. I believe that most of the negative comments regarding the administration is just sour grapes because expectations for teachers and students have been raised over the past two years. Students and teachers have to do more than just show up to be successful. I believe the current administration is trying to steer the school in the right direction.

- submitted by a community member
April 08, 2011
A long time ago, I chose to work at TCDS because of the great vision it seemed to be working to achieve. It was a place where students, teachers, families, and staff all worked together, respected and cared for one another. As a community, it was our goal to prepare children for successful futures as productive citizens. Over the last two years, this has come to change and it is a truly disheartening thing to see. The focus of the school has been narrowed until it seems the only thing that is truly valued by the leaders are the AIMS scores. Problem solving, creativity, cooperative learning, and real life application of learning is far less commended than what many call "teaching to the test." Getting a grade in the book each week is stressed more than making sure that valuable and meaningful assessment of learning is graded and recorded. Teachers are treated poorly and morale has reached an all time low. The school climate is suffering. The kids are suffering. Many wonderful families and teachers will likely leave after this year, if things don't change. We can only hope that the board steps it up and forces positive change.

- submitted by a teacher
April 04, 2011
If you are concidering this school please do your homework and talk to as many current parents as possible. This school's reputation is going down hill quickly due to the lack of leadership and direction from the administration and the governing board. Many of our good teachers have left over the last couple of years and now there are many first time and unexperienced teachers in their place. It used to be a great school but I can't say that anymore. We are counting the days until this school year is over. Our child will be attending school elsewhere in the fall.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2011
TCDS has a very good special needs department that works had to help your child. There is a lack of Teacher support for the program, but the staff works hard. The biggist problem I have seen untell just lately is there is some bullying that has not been addresed. The four years my chiled has been there, the Teachers loose or misplace work and just lay it bsck on the child. This is due to a lack of excepting there responsibility and laying it on the student.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2011
The vision upon which TCDS was founded is a remarkable one, which focuses on community, citizenship, and dedication to each student as a unique individual. Not only does the founder and the school board often speak to the importance of helping each individual child flourish in a supportive community, but it also speaks to helping each teacher in the same way. The teachers at TCDS are dedicated and innovative. It is clear that teaching comes from the heart at TCDS. The student parent association (SPA) is also very dedicated and does a great deal to help build community at TCDS and to support the teachers they love. Unfortunately, under the current adminstration, the wonderful, original vision for TCDS seems to be slowly fading. I hope the school will get back on track, before the dedicated teachers and families that make it such a great school give up and leave.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2011
This school has changed so much, it's no different than a public school at this point. It has done a 180 in the last two years. The teachers they hire are young, and inexperienced. The administration does not provide guidance but only overwhelm the teachers, and this filters down to the students. In addition to all these changes, even the parent participation is at an all time low.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2011
This USED to be the best school around. Unfortunately, the current administration no longer supports their teachers. Teachers are overworked and under valued. There is so much testing and focus on the AIMS test that students and teachers are burned out already. Teachers have been leaving the school during the school year. This says a lot. Hopefully there will be changes made in regard to the administration so this school can try to get back to what it used to be.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2010
This school used to be amazing, but it has done a 180. Today students are getting away with being disrespectful and irresponsible. Students, parents, and teachers are worried about being bullied. Teachers are teaching by the book and to the test. It is not what it used to be and this is very sad. My kids have been going to the school for years now, and I have been familiar and friendly with many of the teachers. It makes me sad to see what has happened to the school and to the once happy but now unhappy teachers. I hope change happens soon, or I will be removing my children from the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
small enough to be friendly for the kids caring teachers and staff

- submitted by a community member
July 29, 2010
TCDS is an excellent school. As a charter school, parent involvement is necessary for successful operation. Every family that has a child at TCDS has to be committed to their child's education. The education is not just in the classroom, it has to continue in the home environment as well. TCDS still offers PE, music, technology, arts, and language. These activities are vital in developing well-rounded individuals. The teachers are empowered to teach for their classes, making adjustments as necessary for each group of students. Families need to understand this type of school environment may not work for everyone, and they have a choice- you are either part of the problem or part of the solution. I applaud TCDS for creating such a wonderful learning environment for our children and opportunities to be a part of it!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
I love this school. The staff is caring and invested in helping the children. As a parent of a 4th grade struggling math student. I have seem HUGE improvements with her math since being in a class with students at or near her level of understanding. And I do believe the numbers speak for themselves...last year the fourth grader's AIMS scores were outstanding. Math-97% Reading-93% and Writing-98% Clearly the teachers are doing something right! Keep up the good work TCDS!

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2010
We are moving our child from this School, there is far too much turnover in the staff, some hold two jobs and are tired and drained before the school day even starts. I have seen kids crying because classes are like prisons instead of learning environments. Shame it was so much better just years ago. What a quickly awful descent

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
This is the best school ever! Although the dress code and uniforms can be a drag this school is fantastic with wonderful teachers and loving staff and great students. Bullying is not tolerated which makes it a very safe environment. I've been going since preschool and now I am coming to the end of seventh grade. This school is great and I am so sorry to be leaving it this summer when I move. The students learn great skills and make good friends.

- submitted by a student
February 26, 2010
This school is not what it used to be. The school used to focus on engaging learning and innovative teaching. But now the kids take a lot of tests and it seems like some grades are teaching to the test. The school was better off before. Maybe it's time for a new leader, again... Maybe they'll even choose the right one this time. I don't know if I'll be keeping my kids there to find out.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2010
I love this school and the wonderful teachers that teach there. My children have attended this school for many years and we've always been happy, up until this year. I am not happy with the choice to have the 4th graders sent to different classes for reading, writing, and math, based on their abilities. I know some of the kids feel badly about being in the 'slow' classes. I don't see how this promotes the school motto that every child is a champion. I hope this is not the direction the school is headed in under the new administration!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
The vision upon which TCDS was founded is a remarkable one, which focuses on community, citizenship, and dedication to each student as a unique individual. Not only does the founder and the school board often speak to the importance of helping each individual child flourish in a supportive community, but it also speaks to helping each teacher in the same way. The teachers at TCDS are dedicated and innovative. It is clear that teaching comes from the heart at TCDS. The student parent association (SPA) is also very dedicated and does a great deal to help build community at TCDS and to support the teachers they love. Unfortunately, under the current adminstration, the wonderful, original vision for TCDS seems to be slowly fading. I hope the school will get back on track, before the dedicated teachers and families that make it such a great school give up and leave.

- submitted by a community member
September 12, 2009
I love this school. It's absoultely the BEST and my child loves it here. Her teacher is great and the staff is WONDERFUL! I also love the Adriana Pedroza sign. it's very big.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2009
My child is now going into 4th grade and she LOVES her teacher. She really cares about my daughter's grades and really helps her exceed to her highest. My daughter has been going here since she was 5 and she's been loving every minute of it. This school is very family-orriented and they really genuinly care about the kids and their education. The office staff are always very welcoming and nice. Ms. Nicky knows the name of every student (which is very hard, considering there are at least 300), Ms. Susie really makes my day, and Ms. Stacey always makes me smile. Dr. Saliba, the Principal, is very warm and welcoming and has great ideas about the future. I'm SO glad I chose this school. I, too, love that big sign.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 31, 2009
My children will be in 1st and 5th grade this 2009-2010 school year. We have been at this school now for 4 years. We have seen 3 Principals over the 4 years and as far as my children and their education are concerened there has not been a change. Each Principal that has been there has shown the same expectation on the kids education. The teachers show how much they love their job and the kids. By the end of Kindergarden 2009 my son could tell you the Capital of every State. (I still couldn't) He can read and he can do double digit adding & subtracting. My daughter started here in 2nd grade, her reading was 1st grade level after 1yr of tutoring she was reading on 6th grade level. The teachers teach to your childs abilities. There is no limit!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2008
This school is wonderful, my children love to attend. I would like to see more after school clubs. However,there is one person in the office that feels the need to be extremely rude to you, and your children. My children hate to even go near the office in fear of her!! It's to bad she ruins the office staff the rest are so nice and helpful. Overall a great school !!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2008
My child has attended TCDS for a number of years now. Though I've always enjoyed the community atmosphere of the school, I was particularly pleased by some of the growth that took place with the new administrator of the 2007-2008 school year. I was very pleased by last year's principal. It was clear that he was really focused on making TCDS a great place for kids to learn. I am very disappointed by the loss of such a great principal for our 2008-2009 school year. I do think the new assitant principal is wonderful though and there are still many, many wonderful teachers working in our remarkable school.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
We completed our first year at TCDS. I have one child going into 5th and the other 2nd. Both of my kids said this was the best school year they have ever had. The staff is wonderful, the teachers are great. They have drama now and football...I can't wait to see what next year brings. The Principals honor roll is such a great idea. I could go on and on. This is the best school ever and I am so happy with my decision to move my children here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 16, 2008
I am honored to work at Tucson Country Day School. I have never encountered such a wonderful community of caring individuals such as that which exists at TCDS. The entire staff, from the maintenance crew to the principal, work together as a team to create a safe and positive enviroment for everyone. Equally remarkable is the support and cooperation between parents, especially our student-parent organization, and the staff. We all work together as a community to ensure that each child flourishes. The involvement and dedication of both parents and teachers constantly amazes me. As our principal says, 'It's all about what is good for the kids.'

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 27, 2007
As an educator who is currently taking a course with many other teachers from a variety of different districts, boy is it tough out there I am proud to say that I am thankful for my school, co-workers, office staff, and principal! TCDS gets four stars in every single category!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 26, 2007
Yes, it seems like an excellent school. I agree that one of the Staff members is extremly rude and should be removed before she gives out a bad rep. Other then that the programs seem awesome. The need to add band and Chorus for the younger children , starting k -8.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2007
I can't say enough about TCDS. The teachers not only teach the curriculum, they often go beyond and give the kids a glimpse of the next few years of school; at the end of the year, the kids aren't afraid of the challenges ahead, they meet them head on with confidence. The office staff is wonderful, with Miss Nicky knowing the name of every student (not an easy task considering well over 300 students attend this school) and Miss Susie's upbeat and professional demeanor striking a wonderful balance of staffing in such a critical area of any school. This is my youngest son's last year at TCDS, having attended TCDS since 3rd grade. As the mother of the very first Student Council President and this year's current Treasurer, I cannot say enough about Richard Cooper's vision and how we've watched it grow over the years. Bravo TCDS!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2007
Overall a great school / learning environment. One of the office staff members is so rude that many parents avoid asking for what they need. When you get a good teacher here, you get The Best in Tucson. The problems are minor and If you compare this school to others in Tucson they are still heads above the rest. The new principal for 2007/2008 school year seems to put the focus back on the kids and is a breath of fresh air!

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2007
My daughter has attended TCDS for 3 years and we have found it to be an excellent learning environment. The office staff and principal go above and beyond to help us with anything that we've needed. The teachers provide challenging academic lessons. The teachers as well as the staff equally stress the importance of good behavior such as kindness, consideration and respect. My daughter's teacher took the class to read to alzheimer's patients to promote the importance of giving to others. Their art, music and technology programs, while only once a week, are fantastic with very enthusiastic teachers. Student art gets entered at the fair and there are two music programs a year. Their p.e. teachers are both outstanding even taking personal time to go watch students playing in sports outside the school. The environment has a great outdoor camp feel with a fantastic view of the mountains.We love this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
Our family has been very happy to find such a good fit for our son at TCDS. The teachers and staff really care about what is going on, and work very well with the parents (let's face it - this is not an easy task). There has been plenty of regular feedback as to how our son is performing. Our son's improvement in reading, writing, mathematics, and other subjects has been very apparent. The school continues to grow in the right ways. The staff is very friendly, helpful, and approachable. There is a great 'old-fashioned' feel to the place, in that they actually still teach, and exhibit, manners and respect! Our son's teacher seemed to have a nurturing relationship with each student in her class. Extracurricular activities are a tad lacking, but show improvement. GREAT SCHOOL!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2007
I see the director often at the curb when I am picking up and dropping off my two children. When a problem arose with my youngest he met with me right away. I liked that he was willing to talk to me face to face. The teachers seem to know what they are doing although I have only had the pleasure of meeting three. There are extracurricular activities including basketball, football and soccer. The only thing I dont like is the lack of eating area. Overall I like it here I would like to see some more help for children with learning problems though. My son struggles every day, their conclusion was to cut his school and homework in half. This doesnt help him at all.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2006
I just left tcds for highschool, I went there for 5 years and through all the 5 years I have love it my friends and I love the staff and teachers! I have learned so much since then thanks to the teachers at tucson country day! Also, the disapline is very good, and they don't deal with bullying. So its a real safe area. I love this school and wish I could go back.

- submitted by a former student
June 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
Great Fun school... The only thing I see a problem with is the two week projects given instead of homework.. I would rather see more homework than invention projects. Overall, I think its a great school

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
I think this school overall is great. My only concern is the two week projects handed out four to five time a year. Instead of two weeks of homework they had a project out that they let you do for two weeks. But overall, the school and staff are great.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
We love this school! The staff is cooperative and friendly, the administration is active and interested in what the parents think. And the teachers care about what happens with the kids. It's what school should be.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2006
We have been very pleased with this school. Our child's confidence has grown since transferring here. Her academic achievement has greatly improved and she is challenged more than she was at our neighborhood school. They are adding an after school sports program which our child also enjoys very much. The administration responded quickly and with caring when I had one concern. The students have music, PE and Spanish once/week. My main gripe is that it is somewhat difficult to be involved as a full-time working parent, and I often feel somewhat disconnected. Even the monthly parent organization meetings are held at a time that is too early for me to get there after work. In two years there we had one excellent teacher and one mediocre teacher.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 09, 2006
I toured TCD and observed their pre-k classrooms. I was very impressed with the school grounds. I loved the large shaded basketball courts, ect. I liked that the prek area was fenced from the rest of the school. But I did not leave with that 'warm fuzzy feeling' one hopes for when finding the right school for thier child. Next year I may reconsider.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2006
We're thrilled with the changes TCDS has made. Our children are thriving!

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2005
I love this school. The art, PE, music, and Spanish programs add a lot to the education of the students there. The social studies/history lessons and activities have been amazing and the science studies have been great, too! The small classes work very well. The entire student body (K-8) meets together twice a day to salute the flag and at flag lowering at the end of the school day. They have announcements, acknowledge the students of the day, and sing a patriotic song before they leave. The staff are helpful and fun and it's obvious that all of the people working there (even the maintenance guys) believe in the mission of the school. It's been a great experience for us! I hope we live in Tucson long enough for all of my children to attend school there.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2005
TCDS has provided a wonderful experience for my 5 year old son. He has been in school for pre-k and now kindergarten and absolutely loves his class, his teacher and the school as a whole.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2005
Everything was great until they fired the principal last year. The facilities were over promised and under delivered. I moved my child to another school after having attending here for the past 6 years.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
This is my daughters second year at TCDS and we are very pleased with all of the changes they've made over the summer. She is so excited to get up and go to school everyday and she loves her 1st grade teachers. The shifted starting times has made a big improvement in the parking lot problems.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
Our son had a wonderful experience his first grade year after a complete nightmare kindergarten experience at a nearby TUSD elementary. We believe because of a wonderful teacher. With a new principal this year who seems capable so far and a teacher that appears to be involved on a genuine level our hopes are high. The main problem is in the parking lot. Not a safe and problem free area but consent work on trying to rectify the problem keeps our faith up.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2005
I liked the concept of TCDS and inquired about the special needs program. I was very upset with the actual program once my child attended. The IEP they wrote was full of mistakes and my child tested a lot higher. Instead of following the IEP from our previous school they would send my child home for things like hiding under the tables. I felt they were not interested in my child. The music, art and sports are basic. Lots of parent involvement. I would say that if your child has an IEP go to a school where the teachers have experience. Thanks.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2005
TCDS is great for families that are looking for an option. They are acedemic intensive and growing in thier enrollment. My son (3rd grade)will continue to attend this year, however my daughter (6th grade) will attend a different school this year. So it's not for every child. I was happy with most all the curriculum but not happy with all, such as group desk seating as opposed to individual desks. Overall I would rate at an 7.5 on a 1 - 10 scale. Also there was a leadship change last year that you might want to research, I'm not sure all the deatils myself.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2005
This school has a great campus but the problem lies in the curriculum. It is basically up to teachers to put together their curriculum. This results in teachers having excellent curriculum in their chosen fields and not so good activities in their areas of weakness.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
This school has a fabulous campus and a caring staff. The only complaint that we had was that they do not believe in textbooks and I found that to cause a problem with the math curriculum. I would say that they could improve by adding math texts to at least their upper grades.

- submitted by a teacher
April 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
One of the best schools in Tucson. The class size are small, the teachers provide very individualized attention to each student. There is a lot of emphasis on respecting others. Although the music and art curriculum provided during the school day is excellent, there are no extra curricular activities provided after school. The parent-teacher committee is very active and sponsors various fund-raising activities for the students and their families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 10, 2005
We visited and liked the campus very much. We met a 2nd grade teacher and an administrator. The administrator was very helpful and welcoming. The teacher was straightforward and worked hard with the students.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2004
This has been a terrible year for my children. There are some serious problems with the academic program or the rather the lack of one. One of our teachers was extremely lazy in teaching core subjects such as reading and providing materials for the classroom. I also question the qualifications of some of the teachers and the administration. To be fair, the art/music teacher is excellent, the campus beautiful and they try to foster a sense of community. I am sure that there are some fine teachers there but the program as a whole is severly lacking.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2004
Both of our boys have been in this school for two years. They have really done well and we have been very pleased with the school in general. The school's emphasis on good behavior and zero- tolerance policy for unacceptable behavior has created a truly safe and warm environment for our kids. Besides that, they rank very high in test scores.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2004
As a parent of two children at TCDS, I have to say that 2003/04 has been a challenging year. The administration had a difficult time dealing with a teacher that was not working out well, finally taking care of the issue after many parent complaints, our children are finally being instructed as they should have been from the start of the school year. Administration must listen to the parents, we do know our children. The school has a great campus and the mission statement sounds great. Please make sure that our children are treated with the same respect and kindness that is expected of them.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2004
I always feel welcome. My children like to go to school and are much happier here than at other schools. People know who we are. We would like other extracurricular activities, such as Chess. The campus feels safe and comfortable. More adaptation to talented students' levels would be better. Truly, a great school overall.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2003
Terrific, balanced focus on academics and social skills/growth. Unique campus, small class sizes, caring faculty, and administration invests and reinvests in the campus.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2003
My daughter just transferred here and we couldn't be happier!! She is getting the help that she needs and deserves. Teacher is excellant!!

- submitted by a teacher
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Tucson Country Day School is founded on the principle that academic and social excellence go hand-in-hand. Respect and manners are emphasized along with core academics and specialty classes. We believe students should have a well-rounded education and offer all students access to Spanish, technology, art, music and physical education during the school day. Every student at TCDS is a Champion and every teacher is pure gold.

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Tucson Country Day School
9239 E. Wrightstown Road, Tucson, AZ  85715
(520) 296-0883
Last modified Tucson Country Day School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tucson Country Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 98 reviews. Top