I have a 3rd grader and my 4th grader. Both of my children started at Tanglen and we (all) have been very happy. The teachers have been very solid with a curriculum that provides a good, clearly structured learning and social frame work. The Moodles site is extremely useful, chalk full of parent resources and tools that allow help at home and full transparency. The building (while a bit older) is very safe with secure protocol in place and enforced by responsible staff. The playground is brand new as of 2012. There is Challenge, Math and Reading programs for Gifted students as well as additional help for those in need. My children have never complained of bullying and there are consequences for disruptive ones in class. There are many, wonderful involved parents and volunteers who know it takes a village. Lastly there is a respect for all cultures and religious backgrounds. Your child need not worry about feeling out of place no matter your culture or religious. I know some long for the social fabric of USA circa 1960. I respect that but none the less Tanglen has been a great school for my kids.
I have a 3rd grader and 1st grader here @ Tanglen. My 3rd grader has attended Tanglen since 1st grade. This school has several issues, here are a few. *Bad behavior with no consequences. *Lack of communication!!! *Class sizes are huge, almost 30 kids per class. *No LRTs (Learning Resource Teachers). *No authority/leadership. *Depressing environment, building and playground are outdated. *Bullying rules @ this school, kids run the show. *Teacher morale is low, they are overworked and not supported by admins. *Overall culture of disrespect between staff, students, parent's. *Not enough options for gifted and talented students. *Recess is like a war zone/free for all/etc. *No cultural/holiday/birthday celebrations allowed :( Don't send your child here, their education will suffer. This has got to be one of the worst schools in the Hopkins School District.
My children have had a great experience with this school. The teachers are warm and welcoming. The parents are very involved. The principal is excellent, as she initiates solutions and maneuvers well within the political confines that some parents create. The staff and student body is very diverse, which brings on a whole new layer of education and learning for the children. I can't begin to say enough wonderful things about the school.
My kids went here a few years ago. The children at this school spent far too much time doing busy-work from workbooks, and later in the year, test prep packets. Reading was taught entirely from the textbook, no extra literature circles, etc. The discipline system was punitive, rather than rewarding positive behavior. Art lessons in the lower grades involved making a project that looked exactly the same as everyone else's. This school did not meet the needs of my creative, 'think outside the box' children.
My daughter just finished 3rd grade and I really like this school. The teachers are great. They treat every student the same no matter what your race or income is. Every year my daughter has loved going to school. I am very pleased with the school
Great teachers, totally overworked with the large class sizes, but some of the best teachers I know. Need a new principal, she doesn't deal with anything, doesn't know the kids names, doesn't know the parents and is totally unapproachable, if it wasn't for the great teachers and the parent involvement, we would be gone!
My son just completed grade 1. Both in K and 1st grade, I was concerned about class size, but each year what started as a class of 29-30 ended up at 26. With all the break-out sessions the classes do, the group sizes are smaller for the essential core subjects. I'm overall very pleased with Tanglen - parents are very involved and there are a lot of opportunities to participate in your child's classroom if you wish.
My son is currently enrolled in Kindergarten at Tanglen. Unforunately, there are 29 children in his class, as well as the first grade class above him. There is one assistant teacher in the class for half of the day to help out. We are outraged at the class size and feel there's no way our child can get the attention here.
My daughter is currently in first grade here and she also attended Kindergarten at Tanglen. My husband and I are both incredibly impressed with the staff and enviroment. This school also has a high level of parent involvement.
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