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6880 Mohawk Street
San Diego, CA 92115

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June 16, 2015
My children thrive at Tubman. The teachers at this school are beyond extraordinary - they are the glue that has been keeping this school together for the past 3 years through turmoil, change, and decreasing morale. The school is in a super neighborhood, one in which I have lived for many, many years, and the community around the school is wonderful. Even the other schools in the community are super supportive of the teaching staff and parents of Tubman. The school has always been focused on the student & academics, which have always thrived...until the 2014-2015 year. Something has happened this year under the new board's leadership that is rather alarming. The communication to parents has ceased - hardly existent. The involvement in parents, the community, and staff is no longer available, and the board has become a unilateral effort to do whatever they want without any input from staff nor parents - which is exactly what a charter school is designed for. The board is under fire from the district & has been committing illegal and unethical actions, which is causing the alarm & negative comments. The bullying that went on with the previous leader has quadrupled, funneling down to the students, & this year has been disastrous, at least. Curriculum changes that no one knows about, lawsuits that are going to cost tens of thousands that aren't being communicated to parents. The board needs a major overhaul because this school is really truly a great little school with a LOT of opportunities for students and parents and a LOT of potential. The teachers are doing an EXCELLENT job keeping this kids sailing in academics, and it's disgusting that instead of being recognized for their efforts or being coached effectively, they are being told to either resign or not being re-elected for the following year. A charter school cannot run with someone who has NO education experience on the board - & especially by one who is even worse a bully than the previous school leader. Parents, it's a really good school, but be ware of the current board and the future.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
May 28, 2015
After giving this school a fair chance, it is clear that it is not going to get better. One can give only so much and the failure of the governance board to see that, or even understand that is seen day in and day out. When your child no longer wants to go to school, that should tell you something! Yes we did talk with teachers, Dr. Bailey and Mr. Moore when he was there. We were actually getting somewhere with Mr. Moore, since his release things have only gotten worse for my child. Yes we ALL know it was a transitional year, but the board has to be willing to give as much as they expect the parents to. If we are to make it about the kids, then so should the board! I can not, nor will I support a board that can not support its parents. I would rather there be no board and no charter so that the kids could get the support they need. And yes - NOW the site is being update regularly, but note this happened after complaints here and to SDUSD and their charter committee. If that is what it takes to get action, then I urge ALL parents to do that, for the sake of making sure your kids are getting EVERYTHING they deserve!

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2015
We ALL knew this was going to be a transitional year and that things might continue to change. If the principal was not a good fit, good that he was removed before the year ended. The website is updated all the time and a letter was sent saying there would be NO new principal this year - very clearly communicated. There will probably be more changes coming for next year as things continue to be worked through. The students are happy and the academic standard remains a priority at Tubman. A new educational consultant was hired to help the school continue to move towards change and the right course. It does not happen overnight. Rather than criticize, we should be supporting the governance board (all volunteers!) and school - we all want the same thing - the best school for our kids.

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2015
Here we are again in the same boat that seems to be plaguing this school with a serious lack of communication. The previous Board had one great of issue of no communication - something that has perpetuated with the new Board. A few months back we lost our principal and it took a month and complaints to the right people before a letter was sent home to parents. During all of that time the school and the kids were aware of his release, but not the parents. Some asked if there would be communication, yet nothing transpired. It took calls to the Charter Office before this would happen. Here we are in May and yet again, no communication to the parents about a new principal! How do parents find out? By their kids coming home and saying something. Who are the adults here? It is said many times that the parents need to be responsible and show up to meetings and that we need to ask. All well and good, but there needs to be accountability by the Board and the school as well! I sure hope this happens for the next school year as those kids deserve it. We are doing the best thing possible and taking our child to a different school and I would suggest others do the same!

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2015
Not the school we first decided to send our child to! Over the time we have been members of this school we have seen changes, and not for the good. The moment we thought things would be better, they upped and fired Principal Moore. There is a HUGE lack of communication from the school and governance board, and even if questions are asked the answers are vague and hold no value or information for parents or students. It has now been over 3 weeks since our principal was let go and no correspondence has been sent home to parents. Many of us found out from our student while others found out via the "rumor" mill. If you want a good school for your kids, do your homework! I can guarantee that once you look into how things are being handled here you will definitely want to choose a better school. We ourselves took the leap and have made this the last year our student will attend this place.

- submitted by a parent

March 07, 2015
What can I say about this school? Absolutely nothing!!! This school has changed drastically since Mrs. Scinski have been gone. The school has deteriorated in teaching style. If I can give this school a zero star I would. So I learned from my child that the new principal, Mr. Moore, was fired. What for? Nobody knows!! Now one may wonder what did this man do to get himself fired from his somewhat new job. I was in shock that I had to get this information from my child, not from the school. Parents should be notified on changes that happen at the school as it may effect our children. Is the Tubman governance board qualified and educated enough to select a principal for our school? Selecting a principal is not a trial and error. If this principal doesn't work out, let's find another one. Now let's talk about the website, school website hasn't been updated. The last governance board minutes was from December 2014. There were posting of upcoming governance board meetings but no posting of outcome. Why? And where did all those new board members go? Did they finally learn the truth and fed up with these incompetent governance board and quit? Parents please beware.

- submitted by a parent

January 05, 2015
I give the school 1 star since they removed my children from the 6 to 6 program the first day of school .They were there until 2 weeks before the school started when they claimed we didn't turn in our forms we try speaking and basically begging to put them in the program and they didn't care giving the fact that I am a mother of 5 with a low income budget. We had a meeting were miss amy and the principal told me they were not going to help me and I told them I will bring the news press they miss amy stood up and yelled in my face in front of my children telling me to get out her school while the principal yelled the same. I got out the school to receive a email telling me my kids could never go back to school. Imagine the feeling I'm not a violent person miss amy has no experience and is very unprofessional. No I'm left with using the last dollar for my kids clothes to pay for child care. For no reason. Way to go tubman because they care.

- submitted by a parent

October 01, 2014
This is my kids second year here and they are continuing to thrive academically.The school has moved towards a positive light. My kids are happy here and that's all that matters. The negative comments posted unfortunately come from former bitter parents that are friends with the former principal. I wouldn't pay much attention.Vindictive remarks or actions have no place in our children's learning sanctuary (or page that reflects negativity and could harm their sanctuary ).

- submitted by a parent

September 05, 2014
As a member of the Rolando Community and a Tubman Parent for 6 yrs I do NOT recommend Harriet Tubman for this Year. The new administration is making drastically changes in which they are hurtful to our children's education. The school is being run by someone with any credentials and the person who is suppose to be the principal is not taking charge as his job is still on Ed join posted. Their interests is not the children or their education. However, I do have to say that there is only two teachers who are worth mentioning; those are the 2nd grade teachers only who have shown dedication and passion for teaching. How do I know this? Because after their was a change in leadership they continued to work as hard for their students. As I mention previously we've been here for years and have children in different grade levels, we know the school well. Parents your nurturing your children now their success, education, future is in your hands!

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2014
I am extremely pleased with the new principal. He was very approachable and addressed my conserns very quickly after our conversation. Overall, very happy with the school and the administration.

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2014
As a member of the Rolando Community and a Parent at Tubman with several children for 7yrs I wouldn't recommend this school for this new school year it has took a drastically change to worse with a whole different mentality. How ever I do have to say that this school has an amazing (child) psychologist/counselor to of the best 2nd grade teachers and a great 6th grade teacher. Unfortunately not all are like that and if your a Parent that values the Education of your Children this is not the school to enroll, Your Child's success is in your hands.

- submitted by a parent

August 06, 2014
I think it's funny to keep reading these posts from "parents". It's easy to be judgmental when your anonymous! If you don't like the school or the board TAKE YOUR KIDS AND GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. You will not be a good fit for the school. We just got done dealing with negative people and actions that hurt many. Are you a VOLUNTEER? Have you done anything to better the school this Summer or are you just complaining? Step up rather than speak out. Sounds like this group of people are working tirelessly for the betterment of the school. Negative posts just further hurt the school, which hurts the students. Be informed before you post stuff that hurts over 380 students and staff members - these posts are rumor and gossip based and nothing more. Be the solution and not another problem.

- submitted by a parent

August 06, 2014
This is going to be a wonderful school year! I understand that people have concerns and anxiety with the change in administration, but I think we all need to consider how much the benefits outweigh these concerns. After teaching at this school for many years, I am thrilled to see that almost every single teacher has returned for the 2014-2015 school year. This alone means that the students will benefit from consistency, that teachers are more experienced with their grade level and curriculum, that the school with save time and money not having to train so many new teachers, and that the students will get to see the teachers they have grown to love when they return in mid-August. I know change is difficult, and the unknown comes with a lot of stress, but with patience and perseverance, I am confident that this will be our best year yet!

- submitted by a teacher

August 05, 2014
Over the past year+ we have seen a lot of changes with staffing and the Governance Board which has been all for the better. The new board members have been sure to include parents as best as possible in finding a new principal and in changes in and around the school. I see a new year starting off strongly for the kids, which is the most important thing we need right now. I hope that this new year brings more parent involvement, which I have seen lacking greatly over the past year. Between stronger parent involvement, an informed board and new principal we will be a school like no other! Looking forward to what the 2014-15 school year has to bring and the continuance of learning excellence that my child has definitely received.

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2014
This school was better off with our principal Scinski. I have the need to remove my children from this school. I highly recommend that you informed yourself about a lot of stuff going on. Questions to ask: Why is it that the principal or intern principal have to notify the board to make a approval for children's safety and education? What will happen of there's an emergency at school? , would they have to wait for a yes or a no to proceed. What happen to PTC Money? Where's all the documents of minutes and money raised? Why was the librarian fired ? What proofs did they have to get rid of this new lady? What proof do they have for firing the principal? Are they trying their best to make this school look good to impress you or the students. Lots of changes have been made over the summer, LOOK OUT for your Child/ren's safety and education. I highly recommend that you also ask for board meeting minutes. Why are these two ladies board members president and Vice President taking over without any credentials or experience in taking over a school that had lots money when the school ended 2013-2014.

- submitted by a community member

August 04, 2014
This school was once a great environment for students. However, these last couple of months have definitely changed the whole atmosphere and that is 100% due to the two board members who "handle" everything. Students are now exposed to nonstop gossip from these board members and now the few teachers who follow the "leaders" example. The two that are now in charge of the school make decisions that they are not qualified to make! Which completely brought the school's budget, atmosphere, and staff down. The board has become power hungry and now even treat (certain) staff with disrespect. Being a parent and having your child come home crying because she believes her favorite staff may quite because of board members taking advantage of them and being filled with power is upsetting. Honestly keep your child safe from all the hurt and go a different direction. Or wait until certain board members are removed because this school is likely to go under investigation AGAIN. I know I am going straight to the district for help.

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2014
This will be our fourth year at this school. We are very excited about the change in leadership. We drove by the school this last week and the campus is a buzz with new landscaping, painting, summer camp and the new leadership. The schools website is updated regularly and feels really positive, open and inclusive of the whole community. We cannot wait for this new school year to start.

- submitted by a parent

July 14, 2014
Our school is going through a positive improvement. You can definitely see it and feel it. Our kids are excited, everyone walks with a real smile now, staff and community are closer than ever! Anxious to see the transformation being made, academically improvement and school site improvement! The School's Board have been working hard and it shows.

- submitted by a parent

June 11, 2014
The school is better off with the new admin. Today, a beautiful award ceremony was held for students and teachers and staff were happy and positive. Students were no longer rushed onto the stage and the care of the teachers for their students was apparent. Hopefully, if the parents below truly care about their children, they will begin to notice how happy students really are ..... With few exceptions, this change has only been positive.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2014
Ditto with the last review from "This was once a top notch school..." We too had personal experience with this new take over. The principal was let go for no apparent reason other than a high expectation from the teachers. I know some of you may think that it's the teachers that are doing all the work, but think about it, if it wasn't the principal who insisted and expected on nothing but the best do you think these teachers will perform? I am not saying that all teachers at Tubman are bad, but not enough that care about children are there now! So, why fire the principal? Maybe, just maybe because she was about to release the bad ones and so this new hideous board voted to oust the principal first so that she can't perform her duty. We are taking our kids out because we too are afraid of what will happen next school year and the year after next. Whomever the new principal is, he or she will be afraid of doing his/her job as he/she may get fired So ask yourself this question, "Is this what you want for your children?" "Do you want to look back 5 years from now wishing you would have done something differently for your children?"

- submitted by a parent

October 20, 2013
I was told that this school was great in their academics. What I wasn't told is that there wasn't a school nurse, conditiins in classrooms were difficult for children and teachers while they still have a long way to go in repairs and construction. I hadn't seen bungalos since I was in elementary, my daughter who is an perfectionist and straight A student pkays violin and reads shakespere on her spare time found it stressful at times, she takes school seriously, my son was deemed below in everything so he wasn't asked to try as hard as other students he basically got away with doing less work by acting dumb, and lastly my other daughter was being bullied so bad she wanted to kill herself. I talked to teachers the principal and the school therapist....I removed my children asap.

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2013
have spent my life evualuating businesses and other functional entities, and have observed that in nearly all cases the organization reflects the attitudes and values of the owner/boss/ or in this case, principal. This individual is the epitomy of what I would wish to run the academic side of my (2) children's lives. She is ACCESSABLE beyond belief, and controls the curriculum and the teachers for the best CHILD ORIENTED results, which you will never find in a city bureacracy that fears the backlash of unions, etc. Everyone says, "What about the children?"... Well, here is someone doing something about it!!! It is intellect and imagination... She has only been there 3 years & what she has done to lift the academics and the atmosphere is nothing short of miraculous... A new add..All of this crying about the principal is pap by new age parents! Do you want your child in an efficient academic institution, or a crib that pampers to bureaucratic unions and whining parents?? If the latter, go to a public school. If the former, get your child in here, ready to learn.. That's what you'll get here, due SOLEY to that fearsome principal & the carefully selected teachers & policies.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2013
i love the school the staff is great as well as the primetime people are great, but i dont like the professionalism of the principle of this school she is very rude and offensive. I have tried to give complaints in the past but there is no one to go to. other wise this school has one of the greatest teachers they go over an beyond for their students

- submitted by a parent

December 02, 2012
This is not the best school. It has poor leadership and therefore poor teachers. I removed my child from here as soon as I found out the situation.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2012
This is my second year at Tubman and my fourth year teaching and this school is by far the best school that I've taught at. I have taught in school district schools as well as several charter schools in the San Diego area. No school that I've taught at cares about all of their students the way Tubman does. We strive to make each and every student college and career ready and prepare them with the skills in order to be successful in the real world. The idea of college and career readiness begins in kindergarten. The kindergarten program has been completely revamped from the classrooms to the garden. Kindergarten has small class sizes between (15-18) students, giving the teacher the opportunity to work with small groups of students and focus on each individual child. Tubman focuses on the whole child, providing students with the opportunity to engage in art, explore the garden and school orchard, go to the library and computer lab, and engage in Physical Education two times a week. Each kindergarten classroom also comes equipped with 3-4 computers in order for students to complete activities and assessments in a comfortable and safe environment. Stop by to check out this program!

- submitted by a teacher

September 02, 2012
After having worked and observed at several different public schools in San Diego County, I can say that HTVCS is one of the few schools that truly cares about the students and their needs. The class sizes are small, specifically in K (15-18 students), and students are able to develop a personal connection to their teachers and school staff. Also, students are encouraged to grow and thrive as a person by being exposed to other subjects besides just Reading and Math, such as P.E., Science, Social Studies and Art. Kindergarteners also have their own safe space to explore, with their own playground, lunch area, and garden.

- submitted by a teacher

April 29, 2012
Tubman has given me an opportunity to use different techniques and strategies to help my students learn. I love that I have many opportunities to integrate technology in my teaching everyday!

- submitted by a teacher

April 13, 2012
I have had kids at this school for over the last 13 yrs - seen 3 different principals and the current one is by far the best & has been quick when change has been needed whether it be change to curriculum or change in staffing to meet the needs of the students - great school

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2012
I love working for Harriet Tubman Village Charter School. I believe that over the course of the year the entire team has come together to work very hard to build a school ready/college bound school. There is a very strong community involvement and parents know and appreciate that our students are there to learn!

- submitted by a teacher

March 25, 2012
I have a 7th grade student that attends HTVCS. I am very happy to see the school year come to a close. The leadership can be compared to that of Napoleon - there is very little parent involvement - PTA meeting times & locations are undisclosed, board meetings are not truly open to parents, for months I tried to get a schedule for the board meetings to no avail. During the 3rd week of school the entire 7th grade staff was removed for unknown reasons - parents who were concerned were not allowed to express concern in any forum - The school would really benefit and grow if new leadership were in place - Really a sad situation for the students and staff - school has great potential - but just not very progressive

- submitted by a parent

March 14, 2012
I really enjoy being a part of this school. The students are very respectful and are eager to learn! :)

- submitted by a teacher

March 10, 2012
Tubman has implemented a rigorous standards-based program across all grade levels. We are focused on student engagement and mastery of standards. We have begun a systematic change in mathematics instruction, focusing on understanding mathematical reasoning as opposed to the traditional algorithms. The AVID program has been implemented in grades 6-8, with one AVID elective class and AVID strategies used in all middle school classes. This year administration made the decision to create a 6th grade honors class and challenge this cohort of students in math by placing them in a pre-algebra class. The intent is to groom this cohort to successfully complete algebra as 7th graders and geometry as 8th graders, similar to what many traditional larger middle schools offer. Additionally, based on results of school-wide strategic planning, our school community is committed to focusing on integrating STEM into our charter. The first step we are implementing at this point is recruiting elementary teachers that are strong in math, as well as providing consistent professional development in math for all K-8 teachers.

- submitted by a teacher

November 16, 2011
This morning's visit to a middle grade math class was awesome! Students were engaged in making meaning collaboratively were very excited about what they were learning! It was inspiring to see the AVID methodologies present and in action!

- submitted by a community member

November 16, 2011
Tubman is the school to watch! Test scores are improving, there is new technology in every classroom, netbooks for 3rd-8th grade classes, new textbooks, new library books, new teachers, more electives classes, and a new AWESOME after school program director!

- submitted by a parent

November 16, 2011
The support staff is always visible. During every recess, you can see many adults out supervising. The computer lab and library are open in the mornings. I like the friendly office staff and the new Prime Time director.

- submitted by a parent

November 15, 2011
For the first time in a very long time, my child is receiving good grades and wants to go to school every day. I could not be more happy! It's due to the amount of adults that truly care about the students, especially the principal.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2010
My son attends Tubman Village (Kindergarten) and I have to say his teacher and principal are very dedicated to the children & education. I love the classroom, yard and garden (the children learn gardening which I love). I also love his teacher's creative approach to all subjects, especially reading and math. He has homework daily and we hear announcements from his principal every eve. My son surprises me almost on a daily basis with what he's learning-he plays music, sings songs, counts in several different languages, reads above normal level it's great. Keep up the good work Tubman Village:)

- submitted by a parent
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December 08, 2009
New principal at the school has no clue what to do or where to start. since my son started attending this school he has no homework yet maintains a A+ the bar is set very low for the children at this school not much is required other than show up so the school can continue to get paid. uniforms seem to be more important than education.

- submitted by a parent
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September 04, 2007
Many of the comments I just read are so true. It's nice to know that parents see how hard teachers work and care for our students education process. I can't say enough about the staff at Harriet Tubman. They are the glue to that school because leadership from the top is minimal to say the least. My analogy to principal leadership is like that of a well run business or restaurant ; If Principals keep their teachers happy (supplies, interacting, praise, etc), than teachers apply their teaching strategies much more effectively, and students learn and are happy. Believe me kids know when something is bothering us. They are like little detectives. T he teachers are amazing but the school lacks many extra-curricular programs and electives.

- submitted by a teacher

March 02, 2005
This school lacks leadership in the front office and it begins with the principal. Teachers seem fairly dedicated, although not much emphasis is made on preparing students for the amount of homework they will be receiving at the high school level.

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2005
Teachers are great! Parent involvement not encouraged at all...but teachers make up for lack of encouragement esp from the principal.

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2004
My children went to tubman until i removed them last year. Most of the teachers are great! especially the middle school teachers, but the frustration on trying to communicate with the principal was very frustrating-i wanted to be an active parent but i felt that the school did not welcome my help or welcome me even on the school site with or without an appointment-i feel that teachers and parents should be partners and i felt like had to leave my children at the door and that was it-unless there was a problem then i was expected to be there....The principal is invisible and always in a meeting...There are very few outside learning experiences-the best thing about the school is the teachers and staff (most of them) but communication is very minimal at best.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2004
My children were students at Tubman for years and it was an arts based school with art teacher, music teacher, and gardening but that is no more. The principal is never available to talk to. I feel that it is not as it is advertised.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2004
We love it! The school is a progressive's dream.

- submitted by a parent

August 17, 2004
This school is improving. The Principal has been trying to make the school better since arriving 3 years ago. As the only Administrator with no Assistant Principals, she may not be instantly available as some parents or teachers may want. I was able to set up appointment to meet her and she returned my calls. All the teachers are fully credentialed and work hard - many coming in early, working at night and on weekends and doing it without extra pay because they care about the children. It has teachers for art, music, PE, computer courses even for the kindergarten and first graders. The SD Superintendent and other School Board Members have praised this school's improvement and progress. I suggest you go visit the school, talk to parents, teachers and yes the Principal rather than just read negative comments. You owe it to your children!

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2004
On a scale of 1 to 10 this school is a 5. Why a 5 because there are some good teachers and staff but the principal is not a good principal. I came to the school thinking that this school would be the best for my kids and the safest but I have come to find out that it is not and all the things that they say it is. Alot of the staff and teachers are more into appearence what I mean is they don't care about the over all school just their own agenda. I would not recommend this school to any one. In one semester we have lost a teacher and many staff workers. This school is currently under going alot of changes and if we could get a different principal the school would be a success because she is not a caring person.

- submitted by a parent

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Tubman has class size reduction in Kinder-3rd and 5th-8th grades. Current class size average for middle school is 20 students, and it will not exceed 28 students per class. Our Algebra 1 class meets daily for 85 minutes in order to ensure the success of all 8th graders. Our Prime Time program is performance arts based. We offer cheerleading, dance, cultural drums, guitar, choir, and much more.

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Harriet Tubman Village Charter School
6880 Mohawk Street, San Diego, CA  92115
(619) 668-8635
Last modified Harriet Tubman Village Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Harriet Tubman Village Charter School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top