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!
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!
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 !!!
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.
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.
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.'
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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