The administration is masterful at selectively reporting the school s successes, while conveniently omitting any mention of its failures. The same organization that awarded MacLaren s sparsely populated high school an A gave the middle school a B- for overall performance and a C for student academic growth. Check out the website if you don t believe me. Now the middle school did receive an A for academic proficiency, but the implications are still concerning. What it means is this: MacLaren s middle school students are enrolling with high proficiency levels, but their performance is actually declining. In other words, the majority of students are not making a year s progress in a year.
My daughter was diagnosed with ADD in third grade and has a 504. I was a little nervous about the response I would receive when applying for a charter school. The staff at Thomas MacLaren welcomed her with open arms and have been very helpful in ensuring she has all the support she needs both during school and with homework. The communication I continually receive from the teachers has been beyond my expectations. I could not imagine my daughter attending any other school.
This school has been such a blessing for my two kids Learning had been brought to life by teachers who are excited about the curriculum and who spread that enthusiasm to out kids! The skills that each child receives in orchestra are unmatched by any school in the city.
Excellence from the top down. Could not be more pleased with the leadership, administration, teachers and curriculum. Best decision we ever made to send our child here.
Our school is fabulous!! The curriculum is challenging and fun! The teachers are very knowledgable and seem to really enjoy the students they teach. Each class has an advisor and any concerns are addressed immediately. Classroom sizes are small and each student known well by classmates and teachers. I would recommend Thomas MacLaren to anyone.
This school takes the politics out of education by focusing on best practices in education. My wife and I were sick of schools focusing on test scores, and political motivated curriculum. We found Thomas MacLaren to be a school that focuses on a child's education! I have never seen a more motivated, caring staff anyplace I have been. They have met and exceeded our expectations and our child is thriving.
TMS is an outstanding school, with a well rounded curriculum. My kids have thrived here. There is the right balance of pushing the kids to excel and helping them when they struggle.
This school is amazing! Love the culture, academic challenge and emphasis on character. Thomas MacLaren has been the best education we could possibly ask for for our child.
Thomas MacLaren actually does what it says it is going to do. It lives according its mission. The teachers are alive to the world and help my child become ever more awake, reflective, and learned about the world in which she lives. It is not just for the gifted, but for all.
This school teaches future adults how to think for themselves with the available data and also shows them how to look for and understand the information they don't yet have. It is outside the "proverbial" box and learning becomes an exercise of wonder with the world and its people.
The teachers at MacLaren are very hands on and communicate several times a week with us, which is so great! I love the smaller class size
Thomas MacLaren has changed my daughter's life for the better She is happy to go to school everyday. She loves her teachers. The teachers instill the love of learning. There is a level of respect between students & teachers unlike I've ever seen before. This school has stepped away from the culture of the day & reclaimed integrity & decency.
This school is giving our daughter confidence in math and science and great friends as well. There are no "cliques" or bullying or other undesirable behaviors we saw with my older children's middle schools. The academics are terrific.
At Thomas MacLaren, students are actively engaged in their learning and embrace the expectation that their lives will be enriched by becoming a life long learner. My perspective is based on having had 3 children graduate from their neighborhood high school which was also an excellent experience. I've worked at a large, suburban, public high school and the standard of excellence at MacLaren along with a faculty whose mission it is to help each student reach for their potential, is beyond compare. MacLaren is not only a community of learners, but one where the individual is celebrated and encouraged to be accountable for his/her character in the journey to adulthood.
Thomas MacLaren School is the best. I wish I could give it more stars. Here are just a few reasons: 1. The staff works hard to make time to coach kids individually. 2. Class size is around 18. 3. Curriculum is rigorous, but school expects all kids to rise to the challenge. 4.Teachers don't assume they know more about your kid than you do. 5. My kids have made significant progress in subjects they had previously always struggled with. I couldn't believe when my daughter, who has always hated math, came home and talked excitedly about infinity.
Thomas Maclaren has been such a great school for our daughter. She is engaged in the learning process and excited about going to school. She is challenged and encouraged in each class. Each teacher is committed to each child's success. We know that upon our daughters graduation she will be ready for the demands of higher education.
So glad we found Maclaren!! I love that they focus on not only what to learn but how to learn! Their Orchestra program is amazing! My son has loved learning to play violin!
My daughter just started 6th grade at Thomas MacLaren and we could not be happier. The teachers are so involved and really show how much they do care about her education. The commitment from the faculty is amazing and I have never seen my daughter so interested in learning.
I love this school, but what's more important is that my kids love this school! We are a military family transplanted from Germany and this is more than we could have asked for in an education for our kids. As one reviewer has already stated, this school isn't just for students identified as gifted, but for those that are it offers a challenge that a gifted kid can't help but accept. The teachers and staff are amazing, caring educators that truly care about our kids education and well-being and keep us not only informed but involved in all aspects of their education. This school is truly outstanding! It's only a few years old, but is definitely on par with all the other charters that have been out there for a while. Do your research and you'll see that MacLaren outshines them all!
Thomas MacLaren School provides and education that is not only rigorous, but is beautiful. It is for all students, not only those identified as gifted. The depth of the common (to all students) curriculum combined with the quality of the staff makes Thomas MacLaren School a very special place to learn. It is wonderful that our children do not need to chose between a rich life in the arts and high math and science courses. They get it all! We are completing our 3rd year at MacLaren and feel very blessed to have found it.
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