This is my second year at Taylor International Academy, but not my second year of teaching. I've been teaching for 10+ years and all of my experiences have been Detroit Charters. This is the first school where a real difference was being made with the students here and the parent and teacher connections were truly genuine. The parents here seem to value their child's education and they are real partners. The students grow as individuals socially, as well as academically and with testing. The teachers work cohesively with each other to ensure that students are receiving a top-notch education. I would send my own child here.
When this school first started I was extremely excited for my child to be educated here, but of course all of that changed when the leadership changed. Since the change, in Jan. 2014, the school is in complete chaos! The principal calls himself making the school safe for the children by have a closed campus which has discouraged parent involvement by limiting access to teachers and other staff members reguarding their children's education. He has poor management skills, bullies and disrespects his entire staff (let's it be known that since they don't have a union that it's either his way or the highway), and parents. Don't get me wrong there are some great teachers and staff at the school, but due to lack of strong and competent leadership it's impossible for the teachers to teach and the staff can't do their jobs effectively. The students (especially middle school) are out of control! There have been several fights in which students should've been expelled for, but have been allowed to return to the school after their 2/3 day suspension. It's not a safe school and my children will not be returning there in the fall!
This school started out with an abundance of potential. Unfortunately it failed to live up to its' potential when it changed the leadership in early 2014. The current principal runs the school more like a correctional institution rather than a school. Communication with teachers has been significantly reduced if not eliminated. This prevents parents from knowing what is going on day to day. The school is on lock down; parents are not permitted to enter and the staff literally stands guard at the outside entrance like correction officers. This policy was not implemented as a result of any incident, but is simply the mind set of the principal. Teacher morale is at an all time low and it reflects in their interaction with students and parents. The leadership has forgotten that education is a partnership between student, staff, and parents. I would not recommend this school to anyone who wants a quality education for their child. I am pulling my children out at the end of the school year and I am not alone in my opinion. The majority of students and parents are not pleased with the current climate and direction.
Taylor International is one of the worst charter schools in Michigan. The staff is relatively new and inexperienced. Sending my child to TIA was one of the worst mistakes I could make as a parent. My child's academics has declined as well as his self-esteem. If you are considering this school for your child please research their test scores. You can expect for your child to suffer academically and socially. This school should be closed immediately due to their poor scores and lack of effective leadership. Please check out their MEAP and MAP scores!!! If you love your child you will not think twice about putting them in this environment!
Taylor International Academy is a good school that has a lot of potential for greatness. The new principal is during a wonderful job in restructuring the school to achieve that greatness. Of course when change occurs, negative comments appear. We have to remember that it takes a village to raise a child. Educators cannot do it alone. Taylor International Academy does not give up on a child. Taylor International Academy has so much to offer such as small class sizes, morning care and after- school programs. With some of the recent changes I must say I like the closed campus (safety for our children and teaching staff). Also, the arrival / dismissal time and procedures. Taylor International Academy Principal is leading the school to greatness.
My children spent two school years at TIA. The best way to sum up the school is "all that glitters is not gold". This school first appeared to be near perfect. But as the school year progressed, I realized the curriculum was way off. TIA employs teachers with little to no prior experience and allows them to create their own curriculum. Lets look at the new programs TIA implemented: Music - after meeting with the music teacher she believed teaching 4/5th graders sheet music was too early. In public schools, children in the 5th grades are playing instruments. At TIA that is impossible, because you first have to learn to read music notes. Gym - the gym teacher believes goals for 4/5th graders is working on hand/eye coordination. Excuse me? That is developed in KINDEGARTEN. Art - my children spent weeks working on a simple owl art project. Walk through the schools and you will hear nearly all the teachers yelling at students. UNACCEPTABLE. TIA treats kids like they are in a military school. Please send your children to a public school where they are respected and taught according to their grade/age.
My children have been with Taylor International Academy since 2010 and now I fell that it is time to make change. When we first started it was wonderful, the classes were small, the parents, kids and staff were friendly and Mr. Borowski was very welcoming. However, over the years there have been many changes and we have tried to hang in there. Unfortunately, this last change, the principal retiring in the middle of the school year and new leadership changing the start/dismissal times have forced us to come to this. I also agree with the comments regarding the after school program. I actually pay more for an outside after school program because I could not deal with the way it was ran. Overall, I can say on the learning aspect the teachers try there best and my children have learned a lot and they were happy.
Taylor International Academy is a wonderful school. The school stands by their word and follows the mission and vision they have created. TIA says they will provide an alternative learning choice for students, that they will ensure high academic achievement for all students, and that they will practice academic and social skills to compete internationally. The faculty and staff cares for each of these children and makes it a goal to see that not only their class is successful, but that each and every student is in understanding and receiving the amount of attention/work they need. The students interact with technology daily and are taught to appreciate the arts through a number of encore classes including music and Spanish. TIA also stresses an international component, which is also holding to be true as a group of students went on a school trip to Poland this past spring. I believe in TIA and like the direction they're headed.
I am a huge promoter of Taylor International Academy. I understand that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and frankly I am sure every school has their positive and negatives. TIA like other schools does have its ups and downs, but the positives continuously outweigh any negatives and that is because the success of the children is in best interest, and that is what is most important.
I pulled my child out of TIA. I've read all of the reviews. I agree with pretty much all of them in some aspect. Let's begin with the most recent review. I hope that a TIA teacher didn't actually write this. If this is how she/he speaks to Parents, then I wonder how they treat the children when they make a grammatical error. The Principal is very approachable and does have a presence in the school. The after care program is ran like a zoo. The kids sit along the hallway dirty floors after their program is over. There is no control and the programs need to be organized better. Hmmm, I don't believe that the other parent was focusing on appearance. I believe that the parent was stating that there needs to be an emphasis on looking neat in school as well. This also contributes to preparedness for the "real world". "Tuck your shirt in". The test scores on this site should speak volumes. Overall, it just wasn't "my" cup of tea. I didn't care for how things were put together. Oh, and lastly. It's not about being a military school, but if a child complains of being bullied. Someone should listen instead of labeling them as a tattle tell. We are losing too many to suicide
The comments from parents are interesting to say the least. The fact that they're riddled with grammatical mistakes should tell you something right off the bat. Uneducated, uninvolved parents are always the ones that complain! No person and no school is perfect. Mr. Borowski is an exceptional school leader. He is in classrooms EVERY DAY, so the parent that said he didn't know what was going on couldn't be more wrong. How many times did that parent volunteer in their child's classroom? Probably not even once. A parent complained about bullying and also complained that there was a consequence for fighting! Make up your mind - you want a consequence or you don't? You can't have it both ways. The teachers work hard to move their students academically. Are you more concerned about whether or not your child is in a perfect uniform or about whether or not your child is college-ready? Personally, I'd choose an emphasis on academics over appearance any day. If you want to send your child to a military school, this is not your place. If you want to send your child to a school where the staff genuinely cares about him/her and your whole family, then come to TIA.
In the beginning we were so happy about our son attending TIA who would have thought that by the end of the year we would be so disappointed. The principal is so passive that its a shame. He does not know how to control the kids when they misbehave all the time. I pray that this school improves. Maybe it can start with more than one parent teacher conference, or a PTA. After the first PTC the report cards where just placed in the kids folders and if there was an issue we were to address the teacher. There is no support for all staff seems to just be certain ones. Our son will NOT be attending for 2013-2014. Our son was also called a tattle tale when being bothered when trying to learn. The teachers yell at the students almost everyday when its not the whole class instead of talking to just the disruptive kids. There are some good things about the school like the summer picnic, concerts, etc. Things they did do for the kids, however the bad in our experience out ways the good. Please parents weather bad or good experience share so that as parents we can try to make the right decisions with our child/children s education when reading reviews, and doing our own investigating.
I agree with other comments about the principal not having any administrative training. Students who need support do not get it and teachers are forced to do all the discipline measures on their own. There is no consistency!
Taylor International Academy speaks about how GREEEEAT their children's test scores are....if they are so great, then why is their GreatSchools score a 2? My two children WILL NOT be attending this school next year for 2013-2014. I was thinking of sending my kids to school for Summer School, but after reading the previous review, I am so glad that I didnt. So they boast of being a bully free school, however when a child tells the teacher about students bothering them.....they R labeled a rattled. Really? There is no direct leadership. I was really excited about the charm after school class, however there is no one to reinforce young men how to be young men. The kids walk around with the shirts untucked looking sloppy. The uniform dress code is not enforced AT ALL. I would not recommend this schoolto any parent that cares about their children self-esteem and education.
I totally agree with the last comment posted. I'm a parent of a child that attends Taylor International. I'm very disappointed with this Charter School. I will be pulling my child out for the 2013/2014 school year. He will not be returning. His second grade teachers accused my son the entire school year of being a "Tattle Tell". My husband and I encouraged my child to tell the teacher if someone was bothering him. They never wanted to listen to him. I tried to give TIA another chance. My son attended TIA for 1st grade as well. He's out for 3rd grade... The Summer Program was suppose to include Golf, Tennis. The Summer Program is almost over and NO Golf, NO Tennis. But, that's what we signed him up for. Total Disappointment...I wouldn't encourage anyone to send their child to TIA unless you just don't care about their education.
I am a parent at Taylor International Academy and I think this is a great school. They have a wonderful academic program and also a wonderful after school program. All schools have issues however, I think that the staff handles all issues accordingly. I feel safe when my child is there and I think the principal is doing a great job. Go T.I.A.!!
I am a parent at taylor o]international academy. This school is the worse ever. They punish all the kids. The teachers act like they have given up. The principal is worthless. The after school program is to expensive and and the staff is not trained. There are so many bullies in the school. No one even cares that good students are being bullied. Parents are pulling their kids out for the next school year. The school does not have parent conferences. This is a lost year for my child.
This school has been the greatest disappointment of my life. There is no leadership. The principal is a joke. He needs leadership training, and communication skills. He needs a realistic view of what is going on in his school. He also needs to be present more to find out or see for himself. Some of the students that are enrolled have severe behavior problems, and are not getting the help they need within this organization. There are so many fights and instances of bullying. My daughter was told that her class could no longer have gym because the class was fighting to much! The principal has lost control of the school, the students do not respect him. The curriculum ideas are great, which is why I came, however, the chaos within the class rooms prevent very much learning to happen. the teachers are trying but with no support and a class full of students with behavior issues, it is only so much they can do. This is a poorly run and managed school, I feel like our children are just being warehoused, and people are making a profit off just having children in their building.
I must say that I am very pleased with TIA. I transferred my daughter here from a Southfield Elementary school. When she arrived at TIA she was not at a 1st grade level at all! I can drastically see the difference in my daughters test scores from the fall to the winter. Every teacher and staff of TIA seems to have a genuine concern for each student. The principal Mr. Burowski is very approachable and is active in each classroom. The 2011-12 school year is only their 2nd year open and I can tell the great strides the children are making already! Thumbs up to Ms.Holloway & Ms. Thompson
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