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Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit

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K-8
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Detroit MI
Students enrolled 332
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School leader Mrs. Melita Smith
District Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit
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3 stars
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April 07, 2014
Now that the leadership has changed, I am hoping to see more school improvements and better overall management.
- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
Nataki is my former school I went there since I was in the 3rd grade. I loved that school but at one point of time they didnt have textbooks to take home and I didnt like that so I had to transfer to ludington but I really wish I didnt.but nataki has really and truly educated me, and I am very grateful. I am getting staight a's and once in a while a b. I love all of the students and im in contact with them, I miss my former teachers, and I hope nataki gets the 5g to help their school, and hopefully build new facilities.
- submitted by a community member
August 16, 2013
Times have Changed... Nataki has served our family over 13 years. Last year was extremely challenging. I am a concerned but I am also hopeful. I'm going to put my confidence in the staff /board - overcome financial obstacles, teachers - commit to a mission of educating with dedication and compassion. Any Nataki parent reading this message - WE have got to step up to the plate and do our part for our collective good. After all we are training the folks that will care for the planet AND US! DO GOOD!
- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2012
I love this school! The students, parents, and staff are wonderful. I wish they had a high school.
- submitted by a community member
July 10, 2012
Nataki is a great school. I have been going there since I was in kindergarden. Over the years the school has changed. The principle unlike other comments is great. She is supportive and very nice. My problem is that they are starting to let in very bad people. It seems like they don't even care who they let in. Also some of the teachers give tests without even noticing the student or notice us 2 days in advanced. The office staff is very nice though.
- submitted by a community member
January 20, 2012
This school has changed since 2010, The Principle has new rules, they don't care about the kids only the teachers. When the students finish the 8th grade they will not have a graduation. The school all of a sudden dont believe in graduations. The students are not allowed to discuss or have a birthday wish. They celebrate Nataki Talibah birthday the owner of the school child who passed away 30 yrs ago. Every teacher select their own teaching method, if your child is advanced more than others they will get board because they will have to learn the same as the other students. The uniforms are very expensive they require 3 sets which cost about $300.00 per student.
- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2010
I am a former teacher of Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit. With every job there are flaws. I have nothing but very rewarding and rich memories of my experience here. Being at Nataki taught me to be resourceful, creative, and excited about the learning experience. My children thrived because I thrived along with them. Although I can truly say I was an excellent teacher with a huge love for my parents and students what disappointed me most is the fact that the school leader did not think to ask why I was leaving or good bye for that matter. Even though this was a damper I will never forget the experience. I carry the skills, the experience, attitude, and the motivation with me at my new school and I am blessed to say that good teachers bring positive energy.
- submitted by a teacher
July 13, 2010
My son and I love Nataki! The teachers are not only qualified and hard working but sincere. He has excelled in all areas because the school environment is set up to do just that, allow students to be educated with a wholistic approach. The whole child is educated in more than just the three Rs! This school is in the business of educating citizens for the world to love.
- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2010
My son started attending NTSD as a kindergartener and will be entering the 4th grade this fall. We love this school. Although there has been some teacher turnover over the years, I find the teachers to be caring, dedicated and committed to excellence. They have a very strong Parent Group which supports the school like no other organization I have ever seen. Along with field trips for the students, the school/parent group plans family events, such as the Annual Family Weekend Trip. The school celebrates no holidays except Kwanzaa, which is filled with activities for both parents and students. I ve heard parents complain that we don t do Black History Month in the school EVERYDAY is Black History day in the school. From the Kindergarteners to the 8th graders, the students are always immersed in the rich history of their ancestors. Philanthropy is also a big part of the NTSD culture. This school teaches the students how to be global citizens of the future. I am blessed to have found such a wonderful school for my son.
- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Nataki is a wonderful school. My son is a 4th grader and has attended since kindergarten. He has learned many lessons outside of the traditional educational experience. I have recommended this school to several friends and they have transferred their children to Nataki. The programs, projects, parent involvement are spectacular. Wonderful family oriented environment.
- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
I love the school for it's curricula, the teachers are amazing and always involved with my child. The only negative thing I can say is that their tardy policy is ridiculous! I really don't want to take my child out of this school but I'm really on the verge of doing so if they don't change the policy!
- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2010
Our family is completing its 9th year at Nataki Talibah this year. We continue to love the philosophy and mission of the school that encompasses our entire family. Nataki Talibah consistently provides a well rounded education that prepares students for the academic, social and economic demands of our society. This school also continues to grow and expand in its development, totally embracing the culture of change. I considered many options before choosing a place for my children. I have yet to find a place that addresses their learning, development and existence in a better way.
- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2009
My son loves Nataki, ans is looking forward to first grade in September 09 school year. There are three children with some serious issues in his class, due to a lack of parental discpline at home. The spitting, punching, bulling, goes on without being corrected. I will give them another year to see how they handle matters, because I do like the teachers, but if they do not follow the rules they have outlined in their own hand book, my son will be pulled from this school. Nataki really could be a great school with the right people running it.
- submitted by a parent
no rating August 16, 2009
I taught at nataki for over 2 ears and would give this school one star. That star would be for its excellent teacher. Nataki hires great teachers, however they are so horrible to their teachers that they become unmotivated and most of then leave. If you are looking for a school to send your child I would look elsewhere. If you are looking for a place to work please... look elsewhere!
- submitted by a teacher
July 14, 2009
Nataki is the best school in Detroit. Because the curriculum, teachers and leadership empowers the students to be independent minded citizens for this great country.
- submitted by a teacher
July 13, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
July 02, 2009
I also am a former teacher of Nataki. I choose to leave this school for many reasons. The new leadership in the school is lacking in many areas including ' people skills' they ignore major problems in the school and with the students. There really is no outline for what should be taught. The school is 100% African American, yet no African American history is taught. The school does not teach tolerance, look somewhere else.
- submitted by a teacher
no rating June 24, 2009
It sounds as if the previous review was submitted by a disgruntled employee. How brave of you to hide behind this email. Nataki did loose a few teachers this year as did many schools throughout the area. I am not stating the school is perfect there is definitely room for improvement. Specifically with discipline of problem students and keeping the best teachers. I plan to give Nataki one more year to determine whether it is the right fit for my child.
- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2009
as a former teacher of this school for many years I urge you not to end your child to this school. There is no plan for what is taught, no books, and no discipline. as a teacher, you teach what you want and skip what you want. The school places huge emphasis on the ' shows' they put on and hardly any on academics ( please look up meap scores). Those running the school have no idea how to run a school or a business. The teacher turnover is huge- 50% of the teachers left this year. Please stay away.
- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2009
I have been a Nataki parent for six years, at one time I had three children now there are two children at the school. I am extremely disappointed with the lack of importance placed on academics. The curriculum lacks important ELA elements for grades K-2 such as: teaching begining readers phonics and and decoding skills. I cannot count how many times I have had to reteach an entire lesson to my child that should have been taught in school. I would like to have a book, or a website or even a teacher's phone number to reference when reteaching a lesson to my children. I am going to miss the 'community' feeling of the school but, even that seems to be lacking as of late. Kimberly Mckay parent
- submitted by a parent
no rating March 27, 2009
I give Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit 5 stars. Life and school is more than academics. It's thinking outside of the box, teamwork, thought provoking, inspiring, nurturing, and innovativation. NTSD comprises all these attributes and more. I am proud to be apart of this school, it's culture, philosophy, and family and all 4 of my children are excelling.
- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 05, 2009
I had two children at NTSD, now I have one. In my six year experience at NTSD the parents lack of involvement has been my biggest complaint. This could be the great school it was if the parents stepped up and did their part.
- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2008
Horrible school- terrible curriculium.
- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2008
My son is going to first grade at Nataki this coming school year. I hope this year is as joyful as the last. Since he started at Nataki, he has been developing his reading and math skills to my total satisfaction. He has also become more outgoing when it comes to other children as a result of the culture at Nataki.
- submitted by a parent
no rating February 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2007
I had to read all the reviews about Nataki before I left my own. My students have been at NTSD for a few years and I have to agree with much of the information left in the reviews (good and bad). For me, as the parent, being at Nataki is a 'love-hate' relationship. There are days I absolutely love it and there are days I absolutely hate it. My children, absolutely love it! They love their teachers and are excited about learning. This year, my kids are excited about their homeroom teacher(s), Music, Dance, Science, and Language Arts. I have to agree that Nataki offers wonderful cultural opportunities for its students. My biggest concern is with the disciple of disruptive students. My children often complain that the same students disrupt their learning. Discipline is a major issue.
- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
Nataki has been a great school with caring teachers and staff. The programming although a little different helps the children think outside the box and know that they are valued and can accomplish anything the put their mind too. Nakati seems to be a great school for my son.
- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2007
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April 05, 2007
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April 01, 2007
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- submitted by a student
March 28, 2007
Nataki is sophisticated education which only sophisticated parents with a trust in philosophical basis can fully appreciate. My oldest daughter is a Jr. in high school. She came through Nataki from K-8. My youngest is now an eighth grader, having been there K-8 as well. They are both bright, independent thinking, resourceful and open to life's best. Most of all, they are confident and unafraid. I attribute much of that to a solid basis in rich educational experience that is both broad and deep in ways that are not simple to comprehend.
- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2007
Nataki Talibah is a wonderful school to be. For parents who want their children to broaden their learning experiences, this is the place. I was a student here from the late 90's to the year 2000, and the things I have learned from there have been carried on in my life. The meditation that we learned there to keep us alert and ready for learning, helped me concentrate on what we had to learn. I thank this school for everything they taught me and I will definitely recommend this school.
- submitted by a former student
December 04, 2006
I took my children out of Nataki last year because of transportation issues,and came running back as soon as I could. I am pleased with how this year back at Nataki is going, and I have pledged to myself and my children to be their first teacher, and not depend on the school solely to educate my child. To parents looking for a school, Nataki will not be for everyone. Mrs. N'namdi's philosophy is an unorthodox one, but if you are looking for a school with welcomed parental input, and teachers who can use their own creativity to arouse learning, this is it.
- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2006
I went to this school for 9 years and it was wonderful. It was always like a big family and I noticed when I got to high school how well nataki prepared us not just academically but socially!
- submitted by a former student
October 25, 2006
Nataki is an excellent school for the K-5 children. My son has just started the sixth grade and so far I am satisfied. He has a number of new teachers this year and I'm willing to give it a chance. I am aware of the difficulty with teacher turn over and personally I think it only harms our children. Things aren't always going to be perfect, but you take the good with the bad and do your best as long as you can. When all else fails, change is necessary. Depending on how this school year turns out, I will decide if my son returns next year. I'm optimistic.
- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2006
Absolutely Brilliant! The educational program at NTSD is well rooted in values I share and believe are important to the further development of humankind. Intellectual pursuits are encouraged for the whole family. I have been a parent at NTSD over the past six years and as I understand more about its philosophical base Psychology of the Norm I appreciate more and more the educational experiences I and my child have at NTSD. Not everyone gets it, but I see the children developing - independent and analytical thinking, compassion for others, confidence in their ability to figure things out and a willingness to work with others. I am so glad our family joined this community!
- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2006
My child is a eighth grader and I believe that Nataki was gone down hill with the change of so many teachers through the school year and the school work although my child scored high on the MEAP I still believe the school needs to do some major improvemnts for the students in the seventh and eighth grade.
- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2006
Nataki has really gone down hill in the years that we have been there. The teachers are doing the best that they can with no support from the leadership. It is sad to see the downfall of what used to be a wonderful school.
- submitted by a staff
May 12, 2006
I am a Detroit Resident which does not give us a lot of choices in terms of education. However I have been pleased this year with the third grade. I think education is fighting an uphill battle in the city. We want a lot for our children but as parents what are willing to do to support that. Funds are limited on every level. Overall I think Nataki is doing the best they can with what they are working with. When I hear parents speak of discipline I really wonder what does that mean. Children should come to school prepare to learn. These children are at the top compare to many public school students. The city on a whole is suffering but at least I feel that my child is receiving the best education the city has to offer.
- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
Thank goodness the school year is almost over. My eighth grader had four different Science teachers this year, and in April the Social Studies teacher quit! I have to enroll her in a summer program, because although her g.p.a. is well above 3.0, she is not prepared for high school at all; with the exception of math. I am very pleased with the math teacher, Ms. Wilson. She wants the children to succeed. She has done an excellent job! Everything else has not been terrible. The teachers don't like thier jobs, and it shows in the classroom. I would not recommend the middle school at all. My second grader however, is excelling in Elementary school. The teachers are dedicated, and my daughter has learned a great deal. It's hard to believe that this is the same school. After she completes fifth grade, she will be attending another school.
- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
I am a 8th grade student at Ntsd and these parents are right. We learn but not enough. We always have substitutes and never real teachers. The only teacher I think is preparing me for high school is my math teacher. I can honestly say I want to get out of this school and I am glad I wont be attending it next year.
- submitted by a student
April 04, 2006
I do not understand the comments of the other parents, I love Nataki and have two children currently enrolled. The issues the parents speak of are societial ones, that face every school district in the state if not in the nation. NTSD remains strong educationally and socially as they with parent assistance try to develop a whole child who is concerned about society and willing to help it progress. My child was personally sought by a top school in the area because of her grades and MEAP scores, we as parents fail to realize that we are our children's first and primary teacher. I as did my parents provide my children with knowledge at every opportunity and do not excpect a school to provide everything my children need to become productive citizens. NTSD is great and is truly a village for the children.
- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2006
Academically, Nataki Talibah does not challange students. The school does not have text books, the teachers must find/purchase materials on their own. There is no discipline within the school. There is a discipline policy, but depending on who you are, your student may be exempt from any form of discipline-follow thru. The school is 100% African American, yet no African American history is taught. The teachers are outstanding, but over worked. They work with what they have. They really care about the students, many of them volunteer their time after school in tutoring programs and sports. If it wasn't for the teaching staff, Nataki Talibah would not exist. My student will not be returning to Nataki Talibah.
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September 19, 2005
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no rating May 24, 2004
Nataki has lost my vote. The school is not what is was said to be. There is a high turn over rate with teachers. There are expenses for classes offered during the regular school day. In which students have to go off campus and miss more than one class. Also, there is no reinforcement with consistant homework and there are no text books. There are no strong sport teams. Cheerleaders are being taught improper basic skills and are learning in a way that could cause injury. My child has been at a stand still this year not progressing in the 5th grade. Nataki does not compete with neighboring suburb schools. My child will not be returning next year.
- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2004
My child(ren)attended Nataki for several years and unfortunately, the school has lost my vote as a great school. The teacher turn over is something awful and some of the ones still there don't have a clue. I get progress reports from time to time telling me my child has missed certain assignments that she herself has graded and commented on? I also agree that the uniforms are too expensive. Why do students need 4 different uniforms? My child will not be attending this school for the upcoming school year.
- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2004
My child has attended Nataki Talibah for three years and I find it to not be the same. I believe the prinicipal has overgrown her positon she is on a high horse and has forgotten about the children. She needs to practice what she preaches especially about organizational skills. Her office is a total mess. And her staff is not organized.
- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2003
nataki is a good school in the start but it starts to go down hill.they lose good teachers every year,and last year the 6th graders didn't learn any math or science. is that a good school you have to pay so much for uniforms some people can't afford them. safety is a problem
- submitted by a student
September 17, 2003
Nataki provides a well-rounded curriculam with an emphasis on developing the whole child. Nataki students leave with a sense of confidence and awareness of the world in which they live. Nataki students have an appreciate for the culture and the arts, as well as economic and social issues.
- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2003
This school provides a broad array of experiences and lessons in addition to traditional academic curriculum. Emphasis is placed on cultural diversity, world issues, philanthropy, community responsibility, entrepreneurship and family values. This school provides a learning experience for the entire family and has proven to be a thoroughly enlightening experience for me and my family.
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Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit
19176 Northrop St, Detroit, MI  48219
(313) 531-3720
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