Tinker Elementary School is a small school. It is an old building. Teachers and office personnel are very good. There are so many extracurricular activities. It is a good alternative if you work or live on post at Macdill Airfoce Base.
This school has been a big disappointment. My children have attended this school for three years. Even though I love the teachers, the principal needs much improvement. More and more programs are being canceling and all the school's focus seem to be on the FCAT. To the point of stressing out the students. The welfare of the students is not top priority in this school. I will be moving my children to a different school at the end of the school year and would not recommend this school to anyone.
Tinker school overall is an excellent school. My girls love the teachers and thr school programs are geared for them. The expectations from the staff and students are great. Like every school, Tinker has its problems. The PTO, which is the only PTO in this county, is very closed lipped and you can not get a straight answer from them. I have had better results with dealing with a PTA. The principal you can not get a straight answer at all from. The really bright star at Tinker would have to be the media specialist. Makes it Great
Parental involvement is about the only plus for Tinker. Favoritism is commonly displayed among students as well as parents. Several of the teachers leave something to desire due to the fact that they rarely teach. Busy work is a common task given by several of the teachers. There are a few teachers that are excellent, unfortunately my daughter has not been in their classes. The mission of Tinker states they will broaden a child's mind educationally as well as broaden social skills. How do you broaden social skills without activities outside the classroom?
Excellent school. nice environment. Nice size class. Great location. After school program, cheap. very safe on base(macdill afb).
Tinker Elementary has the best principle and vice principle that I have seen in any school. They both put their heart into their job and the children are very receptive.
I think Tinker Elementary has a major lack of communication. It wasn't until I asked my daughters teacher how her behavior was in class, that I got an earfull. She had been talking, not following directins, and playing in line. If I had of known that before I would have made her stop. I still made her behave. I was just upset that it acutally took me asking before I was told about her behavior. The bad behavior had been going on for monthes. Now tell me that isn't a lack of communication.
I have had two daughters attend Tinker Elementary and am sorry they are moving on to middle school. Cheryl Tyo, principal, has a sincere interest in the kids' education and it shows. The staff in the office is always helpful and considerate, even when, as a parent, I was not as organized and timely as I could have been. The 'gifted and talented' classes are wonderful, as are the standard classrooms we were involved in.
Tinker Elementary located on MacDill AFB is great. My son has been attending Tinker for 4 years, since he was in 2nd grade. The ratio of students to teachers is perfect. One on one attention is readily available. They have chorus, violin and piano if your child is interested. The parents are all actively involved and the students are all very friendly. Making friends is easy. There are always smiling faces when you visit. The office gets to know you by name and are always available when you need them.
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