In reading these reviews, it's like some of you are talking about some other school--not the TTE on Castle Pines Pkwy in Douglas County. Here's my experience at TTE--classes with 30+ kids, no homework pretty much ever, no communication from teachers regarding what's being covered or tests/projects/etc. The trouble isn't just an issue with the teacher. The class size makes it pretty impossible to help anyone excel--but it particularly penalizes the brightest students. I suppose I might feel differently if I just trusted the school to do a good job. I firmly believe that it is important to have active parental interaction during the educational process to support the learning. It is through being informed about what is going on in the classroom that a parent has the opportunity to work one-on-one with their child to solidify the learning that takes place at school. It is at home that we have an opportunity to clear up any leftover things that aren't learned solidly in class. This doesn't happen at TTE. They pretend that it does, when clearly it doesn't. I guess that having a truly exceptional school before TTE has ruined the facade that TTE portrays to the unsuspecting parent.
My son attended Timber Trail for a little more than a semester before extenuating circumstances moved us to a new area. My son's 1st grade teacher was absolutely phenomenal. I am also a teacher (different school), and I loved so many of her ideas that I implemented them in my own classroom. She was creative, compassionate, and organized. Already above grade level upon entering the school, my son's math and writing skills improved significantly in his short time there. The office staff was very friendly and seemed to know every student by name. The principal, Michele Radke, was incredibly professional, caring, and compassionate. Ms. Radke made me feel so welcome in her office, I felt like I could talk with her about pretty much anything. I also met many parents at students' birthday parties, and I did not think they were "snobby" at all (as an earlier post claims). The school grounds are immaculate and the school environment is welcoming and warm. I cannot speak highly enough about Timber Trail. My son's new school is rated a "10" on this website, but I still reminisce about his time at TTE.
After a not-so-great experience at a nearby charter school for K-1st, we anxiously moved our daughter to TTE for 2nd-5th grades. This was the best decision we could have made!! Our daughter was given the extra help that she needed and was also challenged in the areas she showed a need for. The teachers and staff are amazing, professional and have given our daughter more than an outstanding education. I can't say enough good things about this school! Our daughter is in her last week at TTE before moving to 6th grade at RHMS and it's a bittersweet end for us. Thank you TTE for doing a wonderful job teaching our children, helping them to be kind leaders, harboring confidence and for preparing them for their next chapter.
We have been at Timber Trail for three years and have been impressed by the commitment of the staff as well as the broad offering of enrichment activities (science club, book club, lego enginereering, running club, choir, band and others). In addition, the TTEA (pta) does a great job with both fun activities and fundraising. We are happy to have our kids at Timber Trail and to be part of the TTE community.
What a huge mistake! We moved from out of state and chose Timber Trail based solely on test scores. They don't challenge kids. It's like the teachers just get by with what they have to teach. There is no communication between teacher and parent. There is no way a child can excel at this school.
Huge classes, no homework, no science...go elsewhere if your child is smart. We moved from out of state in January & chose where to live based on school reviews. What a disappointment. My 4th grader who was in the gifted program at her old school doesn't want to go to school anymore. She has 30 kids in her class. She never comes home with any homework. Consequently, I have no way to reinforce her learning. There's no contact from the teachers regarding upcoming tests & test reviews, etc. At the same time, my previously straight A student doesn't seem to be doing well, but it's hard to address when she never brings any work home except a bad grade here and there. With no prior information on what they are working on, it's impossible to support the educational process. Giving them one star was being generous.
We have been very impressed with Timber Trail. The teachers are engaging, motivated, warm and very qualified. Also, the leadership is open minded, flexible and responsive. Next, the extra curricular programs are becoming more pronounced thanks in part to a wonderful parent/teacher organization. Finally, the office staff is helpful and friendly. Overall, a wonderful environment that our family is thankful to be a part of.
We moved here 2 years ago for the school and we could not be happier. My 3 children have thrived under the leadership of a great principal and the attention of wonderful classroom teachers.
We have two students at this school with two very different teaching needs. Timber trail has done a fantastic job of meeting our children's needs and fostering a wonderful, caring, and great academic environment. Our children are enthusiastic about school and their teachers.
My wife and I have been very happy with this school. Our daughter has been attending TTE since half of 2nd grade and she is now in 4th. When we arrived at TTE she was behind grade wise and holding her back was discussed. Luckily we did not hold her back because thanks to the extra help given to her by the TTE staff she is now caught up.
The parents at this school are snobby and clueless. If your child is average he may do well. If your child is above average, send him somewhere else. We pulled our son out after 2 years because they only teach to pass csap. That is not a well rounded education. The parents running around there could not be more full of themselves. It is ridiculous.
teaches only to score well on standard tests. Education is not well rounded and everyone is obsessed with scoring high on csaps. Your child will leave here able to read, write and pass a math test AT GRADE LEVEL ONLY. they don't teach ahead at the risk of not scoring high on csap. If you want your child to work at full potential and work ahead, this school is not for you.
I have been so disappointed in this school. The overall attitude from the staff is one of apathy. We have had one strong teacher out of 4 years at this school. When you try to raise concerns with the principal and vice principal it falls on deaf ears. I truly wonder if they are even in the classroom enough to have a handle on what is going on. They do not challenge the higher achieving student what so ever. They barely teach science and the everyday math program is a complete joke, it does not establish the basics necessary to be successful in math.
I totally disagree with the previous poster about TTE being for the average student. Their tests scores speak volumes...they have some of the highest csap scores in Douglas County including scoring higher than American Academy in almost all areas including math/sciene (which is suppose to be a math/science school) in 2009! TTE was also named in the 5280 magazine as one of the top elementary schools in the Denver Metro area and the only other school in Castle Rock was Flagstone Elementary. WTG TTE!!!
Our daughter finished k-3 before leaving for a private school. The reading at TT is wonderful, but our daughter is behind in Science and Math. She was put into a remedial math group at the new school. We became frustrated with the lack of communication at this school. In comparison to other neighborhood schools, this is a good one, and well suited to the "average" student. If your child falls above or below the "status quo" I would continuously monitor their academic progress and look for outside testing.
This summer my family moved from out of state to Castle Pines North; we chose this community because of the reputation of Timber Trail Elementary and have not been disappointed. My child is challenged daily and is given a great deal of individualized attention. My daughter's teacher is phenomenal; I credit her with the fact that my daughter is now reading two grade levels higher than when she started at Timber Trail eight months ago. I also volunteer at the school and am impressed with the professionalism of every staff member I have encountered at Timber Trail.
I don't agree with the negative posts at all. We have been at this school for two years, and the teachers and administrators have been wonderful. They have taken time to meet with me and my husband on several occassions to discuss our child's academic performance and to formulate plans specific to his success as a student. They work extremely hard to ensure this, and the hard work is showing in our child's success.I cannot say enough about their dedication. So I am very sorry to see these negative comments. It has not been our experience at all!
I agree with previous postings for TTE. This school started out so well but made very poor choices in new Principal and Asst. pricipal and the school has suffered greatly because of this. I to am suprised more parents don't demand more accountability from seriously lacking administrators.
We are very diappointed with the direction that Timber Trail has moved in the past few years.
I completely agree with the previous post. Being new to this school I am so disappointed with my child's teacher, she does the bare minimum. There is nothing exciting or challenging in this classroom. The teachers I have worked with do not seem to truly care about the kids as people. When I discussed these issues with the principal, it was brushed off and not taken seriously. There are many other parents that feel the same way and are looking to move out of this school as well. If you have a choice don't attend Timber Trail!
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