We enrolled 2 of our children at the Midvale Campus for the 2013/14 school year and after just mere days of school, we are ready to pull our children from this horrible atmosphere. The classrooms were cramped and well over their stated 1:20 ratio. For my oldest, it was sink or swim from day one. After falling behind in trying to complete the ridiculous amount of work she was given, she asked her teacher for help and was berated. The entire class was then "talked to" about homework complaints and parents calling the school. She was left feeling stupid and afraid and had a total breakdown after a few days in this atmosphere. After trying to talk to the principal, things just got worse. She told me maybe a school setting wasn't appropriate for my daughter (although she maintained good grades at her previous school in another state). I feel this school wants to push my daughter out because they are afraid she might bring down their test scores and they were not willing to offer her any help or options to catch up. The principal seems be to grossly inadequate to handle any kind of situation or complaint and would often backtrack and change her story during conversations.
We have had great success at this school! I love the Spanish and Chinese programs. The school has lots of events, almost every month. We appreciate the individualized attention. We give this school an A+
TIA offers great educational and extracurricular activities that my children have become involved in! I am thrilled that my children are doing really well academically (AIMS!) and personally! I like knowing that my children are safe, learning, and with caring adults!
Warning to parents and teachers: This organization is in major decline. It is purely a business operation lacking any compassion or concern for students parents or its employees. Students are seen as simply numbers to be maintained to get state funding. Parents are seen as irrelevant. Teachers are treated unprofessionally, not respected, and told what to do when by a controlling administration. The superintendant regularly goes through the school yelling at and demeaning students, parents and teachers. Students are shown no concern for their educational needs. They are fed a stagnant generic curriculum irrelevant to their future. TIA claims they are college prep but look at their test scores and the grade given by the state. They can claim only one graduate in the last ten years who attends community college (attends only). They claim an international focus and promise foreign travel to students parents and employees, but trips are cancelled without explanation. They claim they are a technology school but classrooms have no computers to do Internet based research or make use of Internet based innovative educational trends. So what is left is an irrelevant education.
TIA fell apart at the end of this year. Everything at TIA is about how things look on the outside. There is no real conviction except for making a profit and keeping the state money coming in, and staying in business. Teachers are not respected and treated unprofessionally. A very high turnover rate at all campuses reflects how they are treated in a cold uncaring corporate atmosphere. Teachers are expected to follow all orders, do what they are told, with no room for input, innovation or suggestions. When TIA can not pay its bills and can not pay for substitute teachers due to poor business decisions all sick days are cancelled and you are fired if you call in sick. You are forbidden from working second jobs due to poor pay and you are forbidden to speak to some former employees or you will be fired. A very controlling, cold, compassionless work environment.There are many caring compassionate professionals coming through TIA, but they leave as soon as they can (often in mid-year) as reflected in high turnover rates. Those that are innovative, creative and compassionate do not fit in to the cold corporate model and leave are let go or are fired.
Poor quality teachers. Combined to many grades and forget the kids that need extra help. Principal and staff will not expell a student even after he has exposed him self in school cause as it was stated to me they lose money. Bathrooms r always broken. Building so small and they want more kids there. They do not prepare for college or even the next grade. These school are very bad!!!!!!!!
T.I.A EAST - The teaching at this school is o.k. but too many grades combined. Youll have to pack your kids lunch though because they serve them small portions so they can send the rest home with one of the parents.
Our kids have been successful, safe, and happy at TIA! Our family believes TIA to be a quality school! Our kids have learned much more and have had a much better experience at TIA than at their previous school.
My kids love Tucson International Academy! They feel safe and that their teachers care about them. They have been going here for years and don't want to be anywhere else.
These schools are in decline. Teacher quality has dramatically declined from three years ago. They are a for profit corporation and it shows.
Our kids were lumped into a room with children as much as 4 years older than they are. It reminded me of how the one room schools from the 1800's must have been run. It seems to be a good school for children who are permanently expelled from the public schools, but it isn't a place for children to learn or grow. Parent involvement is all that keeps this school running.
Our children did not return. They did not like the teachers, or the environment. We felt communications were poor.
I LOVE TIA MIdvale! I have been going to midvale for 3 years and theres nowhere else Id rather go! The teachers are very helpful and they make sure all the students are getting a great education. I really enjoy being in a small school and small class. My teacher is able to pay attention to me and help me when I need it. I love TIA!!!!!
TIA is a small, caring, community of learners with dedicated staff and students. We are really pleased with TIA. Our children are receiving a quality education in a safe environment.
This school is a joke, especially the midvale campus! Small, dirty and the teachers are not qualified! The test scores were enough to send me RUNNING from this school! If you want your child(ren) to succeed, pick a different school.
This is not a review of this school but a clarification. This school is not the International School of Tucson (where my children attend) and the two schools are very very different.
I was very disappointed with this school and the lack of organization at the East side TIA. My kids attended for almost 2 years and that time was a complete waste. The teachers are only concerned with how your child looks on paper, not what they actually learn (which for my kids was not very much) They state that they teach Spanish and Chinese, but neither of my children learned either language. The school is dirty and the teachers do not seem to care about the welfare of most of the students, who are basically kick-outs from public schools. The teachers do not allow bullying and the superintendent does not return calls. My kids are now attending a private school and the difference is night and day. They can speak beginning Spanish after only a few months at this new school. I would never recommend this school to anyone!
In my experience as I student I've learned to love and accept the ideas of teaching at The Broadway Campus passing downtown. There is no problem whatsoever with any teachers being fired at my campus, in fact we have had the same teachers for nearly five years which is almost as long as the time the school has been in business. The parent that posted that comment about how the whole school is not stable because of the quality of teachers that they have should highly reconsider what they just posted. There are 4 overall T.I.A campuses in Tucson. He or she was mostly likely talking about the west campus located near Pima West. We have no problems like that at my campus. I repeat, we have no problems like that whatsoever at my campus. Our teachers here at the 'MAIN BROADWAY CAMPUS' are not going anywhere
I have 3 children who attend one of these schools, am very dissappointed in the overall experience, there is no stability there, they fire teachers every few months and the children aren't learning at the level they should be at, because instead of focusing on teaching, they waste time on hiring 'substitutes' There is no structure and when you finally think there is going to be a fit, with the teacher, the school lets them go, due to their high standard that the teacher doesn't comply to. It doesn't make any sense, and it feels it was just a big waste of my children's education, and they will not be back!!
I now have all 3 of my children attending Tucson International Academy and they are all students at the top of their class. The only thing I have concerns about is the school doesn't have a bus. I like the atmosphere and the level of learning.
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