Scholars have endless support from teachers and staff to reach their personal goals. They set and achieve high goals year after year because they believe all scholars deserve the best education possible. Scholars struggle with the accelerateday curriculum, but teachers have hours after school for tutoring and academic enhancement. Scholars only fail when they give up on themselves.
The school holds scholars accountable for poor choices and praises them for good ones. Every opportunity is a learning experience and scholars are encouraged to view they own self conduct as a representation of their family, country, and school.
I understand that many parents have had poor experiences with the current administration. However, I believe that the school has a bright future as new leadership is taking over. The teachers are dedicated and willing to work with students before and after school and on weekends. They take students to events off campus and encourage scholars to engage with their own communities. The academic rigor and growth continue to speak for themselves on standardized tests. The Tindley system isn't for everyone. It takes a village to raise young men into leaders, scholars, and future role models. It only works if the parents and family are on board. It's not an easy school, but it sets young men up for success in theit future academic and extracurricular endeavors like no other school in the area could offer.
While the concept of this school is great, the actual implementation falls short. It is a culture of adults bullying children and belittling parents. My son and his friends are very nice young men - courteous and well-mannered and definitely interested in getting a good education. Unfortunately, most of the administration's time is spent is trying to catch these young men doing something wrong. As another parent stated, it is very much as if they are in the prison system already, rather than young men attempting to get an education. My husband and I recently attended a parents' meeting to discuss concerns with Ms. Marshall, the new Chancellor. While it appeared that she was very interested in everything the parents had to say, the atmosphere and culture of the school actually worsened after the meeting. It left the impression that the children of the parents who spoke up are actually being penalized for their frank and honest expressions of dissatisfaction and frustration. My child will not attend this school next year because I do not want him to emulate the behaviors that he is seeing adults display in this environment.
Tinley Prep Academy is a school of excellence. The school structure instills in the sons of excellence self control and self discipline...qualities these young men will utilize throughout their lives. I'm impressed with the academic structure as well. I believe this is the best inner city school in the community.