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.
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.
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?"
This is my kids first year here and their first time in a Charter. Its a small school, small class sizes, with a close community feel. I've been pleasantly surprised with the teachers and staff. Everyone is very respectful-both adults and children. They focus a lot on parent involvement as well as student involvement within the community.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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!
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
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!
I love "Breakfast in the Classroom"! The school is focused on academics and it shows because they are meeting their goals.
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.
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