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Long Beach, CA
Students enrolled: 1,107

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1701 Petaluma Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815

(562) 493-2636
(562) 594-0818
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January 05, 2015
I felt that this was the school for us, but as some posters have commented, that seemed to change in Grade 2. We voiced some concerns about our child's teacher & that was the beginning of the end. We feel that children are being systematically targeted for failure based on the like and dislike of parents (and worse there seems to be a racial component), as I've heard has happened with other students forcing families to leave the school. We feel left out and are thinking about changing schools for his 5th grade year. The feeling of dread that we have everyday in having to deal with the staff is wearing on me and my spouse. The office staff is unhelpful, roll their eyes and at times act superior to you when you ask questions or worse yet, question why you need certain information at all about public things (i.e. names of teachers, sports coaches, criteria for GATE clustering or testing, etc.). I've spoken to one parent whose child was targeted because of the parent and the school actually tried to retain her child who previously spent 4 years in the GATE cluster, but suddenly in 5th grade was in danger of retention! Their way of getting the family to leave the school I guess.

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April 18, 2014
Tincher prep. Transferred to this school in fall 2013 with my first grader. Tincher has been very responsive to any situation. The principal has gone to great lengths to add new opportunity to the pupils. I am happy we made the change.

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October 09, 2013
My concern regarding this learning institution is as listed: With all the minority enrollment that currently exist at the school. Why, and I place a direct emphasis on WHY, why are there not ONE black teacher on this staff. Not one, that is either a great peculiar coincidence or a GIGANTIC statement as to what respect the young black people are to receive by way of sincere considerations in many areas at that place of learning. This oversight is the reason for the lower rating of the Principal and teacher quality...

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February 15, 2013
With 3 kids, I just celebrated my 10th year at Tincher and can honestly say "WOW". From autism pre-K programs to stellar GATE teachers...they have it all. It starts at the top with a strong principal Dr. An and a fine staff who set high standards. Tincher is a loving place to learn and grow with an abundance of fun programs.

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no rating
April 14, 2010
Very well managed. Students of wide age range work very well together in a climate of respect.

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no rating
April 14, 2010
Tincher has a group of excellent teachers and principal who are dedicated and determined to provide the best learning environment while focusing on the whole person. Character counts!

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2010
Tincher has a dedicated staff and families that puts children first and helps develop character, global learners and community leaders. Tincher is a place of learning, family and community. Hands down the best around!! We have the national awards, test scores and state recognition to prove it!

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July 18, 2009
My daughters started kindergarten there last fall. As a parent and volunteer at Tincher I was very pleased with what our family experienced. We look forward to continuing our childrens education there.

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February 04, 2008
This is school is great, I can't be happier. Communication between teachers and parents is great, I always receive some kind of feedback on how my daugther is doin at school either verbal form her teacher beacuse I inquire about or via the in class work or homework that is sent home everyday. I have received calls from the principal to inform us of major family events taking place at school, he is friendly and always out in the school campus keeping an eye on the children.

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January 06, 2008
I cannot recommend this school. The teachers lack in communication skills and the principal is cold. The afterschool program which was supposed to make sure our kids did their homework before activities sorely failed our child. I don't like this school and am looking to transfer my son out at the end of the year. A bit too late now, sad to say.

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September 05, 2007
My daughter has been attending this school for 4 years now. Let me first say, that the first two years were wonderful but the last two, have been less than impressive. Test scores are going down and the classroom teaching in certain grades has been deplorable. STAR testing for 2006 was jaw droping at certain grade levels and frankly I have never felt like I have had to be a fulltime school teacher at home like I have the past two years. If they don't get it back into gear this year, I am sadly forced to transfer her out.

- submitted by a parent

August 24, 2007
Tincher has a fantastic staff and great teachers and is all brought together by a principal who takes great strides in creating a warm, respectable and responsible school and surroundings. The many activities keep the parents involved and up to date. My daughter had her pick of schools for middle school and chose to stay at TIncher where she has been since grade K.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 23, 2007
Tincher is an amazing school. I new it was a great school, but I didn't realize just how great until we moved away and attended a new school. We miss Tincher - the teachers, the staff, the students. When we talk about Tincher to our new friends, they can't believe it isn't a private school. Wish we were still there.

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March 21, 2007
This is a quality public school. The principal, staff, and teachers are dedicated, caring, and very good at what they do. We are grateful for having found this school and for having all of our 3 children attend.

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February 01, 2006
This school has alot of electives and school activities. The k-8 set up allows children to continue middle school with the same peers. They offer an extended day k that focuses on a core subject each day for the extre time given to certain students.

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July 28, 2005
While there are some great teachers and great parents at Tincher, it is severely lacking in total participation. Very few teachers/staff attend PTA meetings. Very few parents get involved all year. We have a lot of students that are bussed in and we don't see participation by those parents. The academic programs are good, but not a lot of information is given to the parents. Because we are a K-8 school, there is a lot of confusion on what is offered/available to who and which grade levels. Tincher is a good school but they need to do a better job of promoting themselves to the parents that have students there in order to make sure those students remain there...

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July 07, 2005
Tincher has a wide range of academic programs all the way from GATE to Autism. I know, I had one in each last year 2004/2005. The teachers are awesome and I will miss them next year. My children learned alot and will carry that with them into the following years. They also have many musical instruments that the children can learn as well as many sports teams. Their summer program is awesome not to mention free! I see parents all the time on campus whether it is volunteering for their childs class or helping out in other areas i.e., picture day,student store,library, etc., I think that is what really helps make Tincher a better school is because they have so many parent volunteers. But, they can always use more!

- submitted by a parent

June 29, 2005
Tincher has one of the best classes for autistic children that I know of.The teachers and aides and other staff are very dedicated to helping these children to progress. We have been very happy with the results that our grandson has experienced. A great school with a great staff.

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June 03, 2005
Tincher has done a great job educating our daughter. We like the fact that students are able to accelerate at their own pace and encouraged to take the next step in their academic progression. For example, our daughter has completed second grade and knowing all of her multiplication and division facts. Also, the students have been taught superior discussion skills and given a broad exposure to classic literature. We like the high parent participation and think the world of the staff and school community Mr. Vogel has created.

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2005
This school can be good on some lewvels, such as the k-8 program. It makes for a small middle school experience. Right now, the education focus is too focused on the Federal mandates of NCLB. They also seem to be a school that doesn't communicate well with parents. I have felt many times like I am left out of the loop. I think they have a few people who are Tincher cheerleaders, and the rest just don't fit in. The school has a lot of potential, but unless your child has a perfect attendance record, and straight A's, the there is not a lot of encouragement. My child has attended Tincher for four years, and in many ways we are not accepted. The middle school teachers are sporadic and overly emotional, which make it difficult to get solutions and proper attention from them. Draconian rules don't help much either!

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2005
I really think that this school is great. Everyone from students, office staff, teachers, principal, and custordians are just Great. You name it Tincher is Tops!

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August 17, 2004
The principal is the one who makes the school, which in turn helps the teacher follow in his steps of leadership, proffesionalism, enthusiasm, caring, considerate, ambition to teach, but most importantly to want to help kids become better for their future. The parents get encouraged as well when a principal is a true leader, so it motivates them to also become better parents with their kids, like the reading log, it encourages parents to spend quality time with their children while learning at the same time. I am proud to mention Tincher as the school that my child attends, thanks to Principal Vogel which is definitely a top 'A' principal and I hope he never leaves the school otherwise, I may follow where he he is.

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June 23, 2004
I love the program at Tincher. This school was recommended by a friend and I am very pleased with my child's progress. The staff is friendly and open to suggestions and the school has really great events planned throughout the year.

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June 01, 2004
I was nervous about the Long Beach Schools, but have had a great experience at Tincher the last two years. My son had wonderful teachers in Kindergarten and first grade. The office staff is helpful and nice. The playground monitors like the kids. A lot of them are parents of pupils. I have a great feeling of community when I am at the school. The PTA sponsored the Meet the Masters Art program this year which I enjoyed helping out with. I got to meet some teachers in the upper grades by teaching in their classrooms. Definately get involved in the PTA and help us help our children and teachers!

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May 16, 2004
I am the grand parent of two GATE/TOPS students at Tincher prepatory and have greatly approved of how this special curriculm is helping to meet the needs of my grandchildren. Though not perfect, I am pleased to see the help from teachers, principal, and counselor in meeting their needs. I also have seen the positive impact of the 'school within a school' has on the children with the clustering of a smaller group that have classes together every year. Also, the special opportunities are not even usually available in private schools. With the addition of a rich cultural diversity the education at Tincher is a unique,rich,andcaring educational environment.

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December 19, 2003
My son attends a special day class for mild autism and I can not believe how wonderful and supportive this school and the staff have been. When my son is mainstreamed into the regular classroom I will keep him at Tincher.

- submitted by a teacher

September 09, 2003
I've had children going here since 1994-95. Our principal, since '97-98, has made a wonderful difference. Seems to be supportive of teachers, likes parent envolvement, my kids really like him, I have found him to be accessible. The whole supportive staff are wonderful. I had an opportunity to enroll my kids in another school, but choose to stay. I am very happy with the quality of the teachers. The parents that I have dealt with are terrific.

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Tincher Preparatory School
1701 Petaluma Avenue, Long Beach, CA  90815
(562) 493-2636
Last modified Tincher Preparatory School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tincher Preparatory School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top