This school is the best that has happen to my son! I have found the principal to be supportive w/responsible parents and matters under her control. My son teachers are and have been responsive to the needs of the student and as a result my son has moved up the grades with no problem. Today, my son (eventhough he is in lower grade) he is reading and doing math work at the fifth grade level and he is very motivated. His disposition is the reflection of the school's environment and the high quality of teachers the schools has on-hand. The fact this school is inside of a military base gives me the peace of mind I could not get in any other school. The only observation I have is for the office staff to be more customer oriented and stay away from gestures to improve their bad repution. A parent
This is an outstanding school to send your children to. This is a school of choice. Those parents who are complaining need to do us all a favor and find a new school! The principal is a great person. Very professional and supportive. She is very friendly and goes out of her way to know each parent in the school. The administrative team at Tinker needs to do some work that reflects the principal's leadership and caring attitude...
I cannot let the negative review be the last one viewed on this site! The principal is an outstanding individual. Very professional and supportive. She is friendly and goes out of her way to know each and every child in the school. Those children are treated like her own. She is aware of their feelings and needs and goes out of her way to comfort them. The administrative team at Tinker is awesome. This is a wonderful school to send your children to. This is a school of choice. Those that are complaining need to do us all a favor and find a new school!
I am very disappointed with this school and it's principal and the teachers time and time again it has been shown this principal will uphold her teachers even when proven to be wrong let alone constantly ignored or disregarded unless you lose your temper and let it be known that you will take issues further then they only present a quick fix not taking care of the problem TOTAL DISAPPOINTMENT!
Tinker is an excellent school. I have had 2 children in this school for the past 3 years. We commute in about 45 mintues from another county. Since I work on MacDill it is nice to have the children so close. Parents are always welcomed to come to the school for classroom visits, eat lunch with your child, volunteer, etc. The person who complain about not receiving a phone call back... why didn't you stop by the principals office? Although there is on secretary/admin lady that I do not care for, I do not let 1 person ruin this great schools and great teachers. Tinker is a great school with great teachers. My friends in my neighborhood complain of the school we are zoned to go to because of the large student/teacher ratio. At Tinker, we have had the good fortune of low student/teacher ratio as compared to other local school.
I'm seeing all of these complaints from disgruntled parents and it amazes me that they continue to send their child to such a 'horrible' school. Why are they complaining when they can pull them and send them somewhere else? If it's that bad, get out. My children have attended the school for 3 years and I have never had an issue. If you want to speak to the teachers, they are available. They may not get back as quick as some may want but they do get back. As for admin and the front office, try dealing with parents who are upset all day. They are doing the best they can. As for communication about activities, etc., those go out quite often. Try checking your student's Wednesday folder or their backpack. Tinker has been an A rated school for 7 years for a reason...they get the job done!
This school is absolutely in dire need of improvement. I called the school three times and asked that the principal call me to hear solutions on some of the existing problems (safety issues) and I am still waiting on a call. The office staff lack professionalism and competency. You have to pull teeth for registration information and forms (when they can find them), don't have the number to transportation for newcomers, and when it rains they can't manage getting the bus positioned or even control traffic. The secretary has a nasty disposition, constantly rolls her eyes, and sighs when one makes a call or asks a question. Very little information is ever sent home concerning education or activities. What activities?
This school is an amazing school. My child is now in first grade and has had the same teacher in Kindergarten and now again in first. I think the teacher/parent communication is wonderful with an e-mail list serve, notes back and forth, newsletters, reminders, updates, etc. I feel like I am in the classroom and know what is going on when I can not be there. I would recommend this school and teacher to any parent.
If I could give it a '0' star rating, I would. Sounds like a repeat to other reviews, but they are right - communication is horrible, teachers/staff yell at the children, and asking for help from the administration doesn't get you anywhere. Very sad that this is the school experience that the children of our military families are being subjected to. Much improvement is needed to make this school truly an 'A' school.
For this school being on a military base, it is not up to par. The school should be sensitive to the children and their needs; especially, with having deploying parents. They have horrible communication. We found out in kindergarten the reward system, when the kids get things right - they give them handfuls of candy and then wonder why they are all over the place. Our son has adhd and we feel have they have been single out by some teachers - we are disappointed with how you try to get help from the teachers and answers on homework and you get ignored. This is not the way and education system is suppose to be - more less on a military base. The board needs to come in and set structure and get teachers that care about students and their education.
Tinker is an outstanding elementary school. With the adjustments and move into a brand new building, the teachers and administration have worked very hard to keep safety and instruction at its best. Parent involvement is crucial. It would be great if more parenst would be involved rather complain when issues arise. Tinker is GREAT!
I think Tinker Elementary is a awesome school and the principal is super. they have helped all of my 3 boys grow and learn. I have one son who has alot of trouble and they keep up with his needs.I would recommend this school for all. It does have trouble with outside but i believe it is cause its in renovations!
The principal needs much improvement, the administration is not professional at all. This school is a disappointment. Teachers need to worry about school studies. I hope next year they will be big changes.
I am impressed with the achedemic program intended for my son's first grade. However, I am very dissappointed with the teacher follow up to concerns. The questions are asked and completly ignored. There is also very clear favoratisim amoung students and parents. My son requires extra attention, medicaly and educationaly, there has been no follow up to his needs. I am always chasing down answers about his education. They also have little outside recreational tools, no playground at all. The kids need things to do.
The administration lacks leadership and follow through. Parents are given the run around regarding problems in the classroom. There is obvious favortism amoungst parents. When administration is approached, they tend to blow you off, by saying,'Give it sometime!' PLEASE!!! I want my son to feel safe at school. Tinker could be a great school...Perhaps a new adminstration is in order. I'm hoping to PCS soon and get away from here..
The teachers at this school are great but I feel the administration doesn't strive for excellence. She can be very frustrating. The school had a high turn over among the teachers this last year so there are many new teachers.
My son has attended this school since Kindergarten and is now in the fourth grade. My daughter attended Tinker from first grade and now she is in middle school. I can't say enough positive things about Tinker. The school is undergoing renovations and will soon look as wonderful as the school really is! They do stress the FCAT, but what school doesn't in this area?! Reading is stressed also! I would recommend this school to anyone who PCS's to Macdill!
We have not had a great experience with the school overall, between having to beg for any extra help for our daughter who has a learning delay and the mixed signals from teachers when we wish to come in and help! The school seems like it would be great but over the past two years we have had nothing but disappointments from the teachers and administration.
My son has been going to Tinker for 4yrs and my daughter just started the pre-k. I always ask other parents for recomendations and then we'll request a teacher for the following year. Eversince it's been great. Oh, and I love the fact that they wear uniforms.
Tinker has been a dissapointment for my family. The Administration doesn't do a good job on following up with issues going on inside the classroom. The teachers you can either get a very good one or one that I wouldn't recommend. It is too bad that this school couldn't be focused better on our military children and the consistency that they need. The media specialist is awesome!
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