The only knock I have about this school is the class sizes. Third grade has only 2 classes, each with 28. My sister-in-law's daughter's public school has less kids in her class. The overcrowded class makes it hard for the teacher to maintain control. With all the tuition they collect, they could have easily made a third class that would have made each class closer to 18 students. They could be better.
We have two children that attend this school. Learning programs are outstanding. The teachers are amazing. The school has a curriculum where it is as important to do your best academically as it is to demonstrate exceptional values. Children who go to this school are both smart and polite. Parent participation is encouraged.
Good athletics opportunities and good extracurriculars.
Principal is great. Behavior is important, but teachers and administration do not over-react. Each child is treated as an individual with needs that are unique to them. And, the kids can be sent to the office because they are "caught being good".
School has a program called "LIVE": Living Important Values Everyday. Being courageous, compassionate, respectful, responsible and cooperative are as celebrated as being gifted. Quarterly awards celebrate LIVE as does its "Caught Being Good" program. As a Christian school, I am impressed by the biblical learning that the kids come home with.
My son began Tabernacle in the middle of his 7th grade school year, so he was the new kid. The teachers, staff and kids were all very welcoming and he is thriving! He came from a smaller catholic school, where after 7 years of being on the honor roll and for whatever reason not having any homework, ever, he is now being prepared for the reality of high-school and having to work hard for good grades.
My granddaughter began attending this school 2 years ago. She was shy at the beginning, but the school environment and teachers did their job. She is not shy any longer. As soon as she sees her preschool teacher Mrs. Mason or 1st grade teacher Mrs. Z eller she can not help running to them to hug them. She is very happy with her current teacher Mrs. Robertson. She loves her school and her teachers. As soon as she is happy her parents, grandparents, and her 92 year old great grandmother are happy too.
We love this school. They start in Pre K and go through eighth. They start spanish in kindergarden and computers in first. Along with the academics the kids have PE daily, art and music. The school offers day care from 6 am until 6:30 or 7 pm, Monday - Friday, and the day care is also opened on school holidays. Each teacher has a free help club after school once a week. Each grade has two field trips each year. They make learning fun and my kids love going to school.
This is our first year at Tabernacle, and I have to say we are having a really positive experience. They give God the glory for all the worlds creations. I too believe that is an important part of laying the foundation for our kindergarten daughter. She was pretty smart when she got to Tabernacle and has continued to grow academically, socially and spiritually. We love our kindergarten teacher. We can tell that she is really passionate about teaching all the children. The other 2 big pros are tuition and day care. I have friends that pay two and three times what I pay for private school in the Oakland area. You can't beat the price for 6:30am drop-off-6:30pm pick up monthly day care. Oh, and be prepared for a packed house for any school event. Overall, just a great environment for our children. I will update this review if anything changes.
Have had all four of my children attend Tabernacle. This school has helped make them into the people they are today. They instill in the students that God has gifted each of them differently and they learn how to use these gifts to His glory. Great teachers make the school what it is, and it has a great family atmosphere.