I really enjoy being a part of this school. The students are very respectful and are eager to learn! :)
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.
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!
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!
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.
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:)
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.
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.
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.
Teachers are great! Parent involvement not encouraged at all...but teachers make up for lack of encouragement esp from the principal.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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