This school has gone downhill since the previous principal left. He was strict but kids in this area need that type of guidance. My daughter is a 3rd grader and has been attending since kindergarten and complains to me on a weekly basis on how students misbehave and the whole class is punished due to the bad apples who have little to no home training on how to behave in a classroom. My daughter states that activities are not being done because the entire class is punished. Teacher turnover rate is extremely high. There are new staff members each year for gym, music, art and etc. They took away after school care which is a hugh inconvenience and the dismissal is awful because almost EVERY student has to be picked up, somehow. Lastly, they removed the grace period in the morning, not a huge deal but come on, most jobs give you a grace period. My daughter asks me regularly to go to a new school and we will certainly check into doing so. Another thing the parents overall are not friendly at this school beware.
Unfortunately, the school doesn't have fair disciplinary practices across the board for every child regardless of skin color. The staff is viewed as being correct and the student, especially if they are a child of color, is viewed as wrong. The current principal doesn't investigate incidents before suspending the student and the staff turnover is high. I am disappointed because I did see the school as being good academically; however, it isn't a safe place for students to go to where a parent can be certain that incidents involving bullying or false accusations against a child will be investigated completely and fairly. Sadly, a parent cannot really voice their concern regarding their child and the way the school is ran to the principal or the individual over them. To make matters worse, a parent can only go so far for assistance and it may not be resolved fairly. For the record, Trustpilot is a one sided review site that is monitored by Taylor Exemplar Academy. Other views that were posted by parents who are frustrated were deleted by the staff. In conclusion, students do not have a voice at this school. Concerned parents do not have a voice at the school. Incidents are not investigated completely before suspensions and staff stands by staff and not the student. The principal is unreasonable on this issue. This is a grave concern.
Adults lie and I do not trust the staff here at Taylor Exemplar Academy. The staff stand together too tightly where the children cannot voice their concerns in a safe environment. As a result, the wrong students are being suspended and children of color are being accused of incidents they did not do.
The school doesn't respect the students. Think about it, any adult who falsely accuses a student of doing something they did not do and will not listen to their side of the story doesn't have any respect for the child. There was an incident where a teacher yelled at a student and kicked his hat across the room. Another incident where a child was being bullied and the staff member turned their head and continued to talk to the person next to them. Children are not respected in this organization, nor in the laws. Ageism and Adultism is rampant in our society and it is apparent in education.
The school and the rules they are trying to enforce is laughable because the staff and the organization only contradicts what it preaches, especially if they are preaching "fairness to students" but they are not fair to students.
The school preaches integrity, honesty, fairness, etc., but the school and staff are not fair to students of color. I have witnessed an incident where a student (a child of color) was suspended after being accused of doing something the child did not do. After research and going to the principal, the child was still suspended. I read reviews where parents did voice concerns related to this on Trustpilot, but they were deleted by the staff at Taylor Exemplar Academy. Parents are not allowed to voice some concerns, especially if it "hurts" Taylor Exemplar's reputation.
It's a great school! My son really loves going there. The teachers and staff are awesome! By the end of 1st grade my son was in the 90th % for reading and math. Lexile reading range of 665-815 that's about 4th grade level. The school is academically focused but also teaches responsibility and accountability for your actions, which i love.