There's much to be said about a school where the community scores are so disparate. Personally, I have experienced/seen the worst of the public education system at Tarver - mutual lack of accountability from the district, administrators and teachers; principals who have an aversion to handling "difficult" situations; teachers who demoralize students who need additional help and students who have accepted mediocrity. This behavior stems from a mandate that is handed from the top down - there are only a handful of schools in Adams 12 that I would even consider being relatively at par with the type of education that should be expected for our children. I have given Tarver, its principal(s) and teachers five years and three students to prove to me that I can entrust them with the education of my children and they have all failed. I am enrolling my children in private school and moving as far as I can away from Adams 12. I would advise you to do the same.
This is a great school. The new principal this year is really improving things. All the teachers are wonderful. I never have to worry about who my child will get because they work together well to get the best curriculum possible to the kids. The parents are becoming more and more involved which is excellent. This is one of the better schools in the district.
My last of 5 children entered the school last year. I used to love it, but since the principal changed, the quality has gone down. The teachers (most) are great but they are really treated badly and are doing the best they can. I did have HUGE concerns with the full day kindergarten teacher and my child was terrified of her. Luckily, her assistant made up for her weaknesses and we got through the year. I was very happy with my son's 3rd grade teacher and volunteered in the classroom so I can attest to the quality she provided. I have heard other parents concerned about the new principal as well, but luckily, he's not the one teaching the kids. I am however, pulling my children out of this school.
This is our first experience with public schools in Colorado. We are pretty happy with Tarver thus far. I'm impressed with the weekly spelling words for the 1st graders, and most of the work they do. My only complaint is that even though my son has complained about school being too easy, Tarver doesn't have GATE or some other program to challenge the kids who need it. Most likely we will be looking for another school to ensure my son stays challenged, I don't want him to fall by the waste side. I can't speak to what the parent involvement is, I have offered to help, but haven't been taken up on my offer. Overall I think that Tarver is a good school with teachers who care about the students.
Endured a third performance of "Frog and Toad". As many times as this "play" has been performed through the years one would think the teachers would have developed good sets, costumes, etc. But NO.... Teachers are given an afternoon "work day" once a week. So all the parents have to make special arrangements to get the kids picked up at 1:30. Are the teachers using that 1/2 day working diligently? No, drive by at 2:00 and the parking lot is empty. Bullies run the playground. Where are the playground supervisors? When they are found (usually getting coffee) Things reported to them get the canned response "what do you want me to do about it? During the snow last year where is the custodial staff? We finally carried our own shovels and cleared the area by our child's classroom so the kids don't stand in snow.
I am very impressed with the academic success at Tarver. The principal is so involved and the staff memebers are incredibly attentive to the students. They are rewarded for positive behavior and great achievements every day. I am impressed with what my child is learning in the classroom and in their special rotations of gym, music, technology and art. Proud to be a Tarver Tiger!
Like every school...some teachers are fantastic and some are less motivated. This school has a significant lack of parental support for their students. If more parents were involved in their childrens academics, there would be more time for learning new curriculum. Its easy to blame the staff when your child struggles but you cant make progress when there are several students that dont get the home support they need. This school offers a very supportive and positive learning environment.
The school has low academic challenges for students who are above average. Most work is ungraded & teacher emphasizes understanding the concept, accuracy doesn't matter.
This is our 3rd year at the school. We have two students there. Students aren't taught the RRRs in class, they are too busy 'working' on computers, playing supposedly educational games, field trips, programs, extra recesses, and who knows what else. All the real teaching work is sent home for the parents to do as the child does homework. Might as well be doing home school. I am an engineer. The math 'system' they are teaching called 'Every Day Math' simply isn't. It presents the most ludicrous ways to perform simple things like multiplication. I will be surprised if any of the children ever learn how to multiply correctly. Reminds me of the 'new math' I was taught in 5th & 6th grades (1968?) that almost ruined me for life. There is a reason the charter schools in this area have huge waiting
Tarver Elementary School is a very friendly school from all aspects; within the classroom, the front office, library, cafeteria. The instructor involvent with students is very high and at an intense level. The instructors are very positive. Extra activities are many and either free or low priced. The extra activites are done very well are great fun and very educational and quite memorable. The children are given goals to be able to go to some of the extra activities and these activities are so wonderful, the children really strive to meet the goals to be able to participate. The school is very open to parents and the primcipals are readily available. They have tons of books in the library as well as the Front Range Book Mobile which comes once a week. The PE, art and music programs are very good. The kids do have to share computers. Great school!
Crowded classrooms, but par for the district. Teachers very involved. Great PTO.
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