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K-8
Public charter
St. Paul, MN
Students enrolled: 320

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1031 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55103

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(651) 492-7106
(651) 789-0117
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July 26, 2014
TCGIS is a wonderful school that is dedicated to the students, the staff and the supportive community that surrounds it. There have been many changes that have transpired however with the dedication and devotion of the staff and administration, the school has been a raving success in the last few years. Numbers are up, the teachers are energized and motivated to move forward and the building itself is expanding. Wow! How fun to be a part of this excellent school!

- submitted by a community member
April 17, 2014
My child is in 3rd grade and we are extremely pleased with her learning. This year has been challenging, getting used to the new location. And drop off and pick up have been a mess at times, but I don't think that any move to any location would be much smoother. We would have quickly outgrown the old location, and at Como we will have an actual playground! Someone else mentioned that the feel was different, and it is as parents aren't able to drop off and go in/chat every morning like they used to. Once the new building is finished I believe that will change. TCGIS is a wonderful community with caring staff and teachers and very involved parents!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2014
My child is half way through the kindergarten year and so far we are very pleased. The lessons are age appropriate, fun and creative. He's treated fairly and has made many new friends. We love our teacher--she's great at communication and in addition to weekly emails, she will let you know how things are going--whether well or not as well--and supports collaboration between parents and faculty to provide the best possible experience for the student. Homework is (rightly) optional and prepares them for establishing the habit next year. The new building which was supposed to be ready last fall, encountered some unexpected problems so it won't be finished until this summer. However, regular communication from the director has smoothed over some of the bumps and was done so with candor and in a non-defensive way. TCGIS follows a 'responsive classroom' model which was one of the main reasons we chose them. Once some of the drop off/pick up kinks are worked out and the new building is in place, I think this TCGIS will be awesome. We feel fortunate to be at this school and are looking forward to the years ahead. It doesn't surprise me that there's a waiting list again for next year.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2014
If your child is advanced, avoid this school unless a new director is chosen. She is vehemently opposed to advanced placement for students, even if they are way too advanced for their class. She expects that differentiation would be made in the classroom, but this is not happening. I am very actively involved with the school & parents & have heard too many complaints. My kindergartner who has been writing for 2 years was forced to trace letters, learning one letter per week, even though we requested that the teacher have children that can already write, freehand write letters, words or sentences depending on their skill level. While some mathematically advanced children could add, subtract and multiply, they had to sit through instruction to teach them the numbers 1-5. The classroom experience is complete chaos & when the disruptive students prevent any learning in the classroom, the school focuses on the disruptive students, punishing the entire classroom by taking away privileges including the ones necessary to learn! Too many children are reporting that they hate school, are bored with school and want to stay home. Aren't kindergartners supposed to learn to love school?

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
This school is good. But the parking and student drop off pick up is a nightmare! Also a concerned about kids attending school in a construction zone with some kind of potentially unsafe substance found.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2013
We are very happy that we found TCGIS. We have a son in KG and daughter in 1st grade and we are very happy they love their school. We don't speak German at home but our two kids sing in German all the time. Small class size with two teachers, very involved parents, an excellent principal and awesome new location. Hope it will be the best School in MN.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2013
We were not happy with the direction the school is going so are removing our children from the school. If you get in with the right click of parents and board members at school then you are set but if not, beware that your children are irrelevant.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
We have a son entering kindergarten this year and I've been extremely impressed with everything so far, from communication (they do a weekly newsletter) to opportunities for involvement. The director has been great! Parents of kindergarteners are allowed to enter the first week of school. I'm not sure what the concern is from previous posts. If they were being bused to school you wouldn't be stopping in everyday. The new space is beautiful from what I've seen so far. They've taken great care in making it a eco-friendly and they plan to add gardens. They offer a week long camp and family day a few weeks before school begins, which is a great way to lesson first day jitters. We are looking forward to the next year. Absolutely no complaints so far.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2013
I noticed all the reviews were 5 stars until July when this new director takes over. Hmm . Makes you wonder. Is she a typical beaurocrat concerned with her rules or is she truly interested in the kids? Should her priority be the school neighbors and trivial parking issues or creating the right atmosphere for learning? Is it good to start off fighting with the parents or would she be better off being flexible on issues that aren't worth going to war over? Lets hope this school gets better, not worse!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
I really loved this school last year but I am not so sure about policies at the new location. The new location seems to have a different "spirit" from what the school exhibited last year. The school was previously a family and community oriented enterprise, a warm, embracing place where collaboration between staff, families, and others was encouraged. I hope the voice of the families is listened to in the coming school year. It would be a shame to lose such a great place.

- submitted by a community member
August 15, 2013
Our family is so grateful for the constant dedication of our new director at TCGIS. She has worked tirelessly, juggling more hats than most anyone could handle. With several new staff, and a very large construction project to oversee, her energy and professionalism is astounding. I've been a long time parent and supporter at TCGIS, and I have never been so pleased with the school as I am now under her remarkable leadership.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2013
I would recommend this school to anyone who wants more for their child than the run-of-the-mill district school experience! We are very happy with our daughter's first year at TCGIS. The school provides a very attentive, meaningful and supportive learning environment. The teachers are outstanding. Our daughter was very quiet, shy and withdrawn in the beginning, but grew tremendously in her confidence, social skills and academic skills over the course of the year. Her individual needs were met daily and her talents were nourished in a way that wouldn't happen in a typical district school because of the small class sizes and the interns in each classroom. The teachers are allowed to do projects and activities that aren't allowed in a typical district school, like Holiday parties, and treats from home on students' birthdays.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
This school has a wonderful community, small classes, and a devoted staff. Our kindergartener is picking up German quickly even though we are not speakers at home. There are two adults, including one native speaker in every classroom. The classes are generally not over 25 students. The music program is very creative, and the after school programs have a lot of interesting variety. The kids get plenty of recess and have regular gym class. They also start learning Spanish in 5th grade. Parental involvement is exceptionally high.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
All 4 of our children attend here, and we have been with TCGIS for 7 years. We have enjoyed volunteering in different programs that are a part of the School & PTO. I continue to be amazed when I hear my children speaking and singing in German, since we do not speak it at home. German is spoken in School throughout the school day. In third grade English class is introduced. Our oldest has been learning Spanish since 5th Grade, in addition to German and English--something we just couldn't find in our local public schools. We have hosted a couple of the German-speaking interns in our home. This came in handy for explaining homework in German, and it was interesting and fun getting to know them & about various aspects of German life and schooling directly from a German native! We are excited about the School moving to the Como neighborhood this next school year (2013-14.) There will be outdoor play space and larger auditorium/multipurpose spaces that have been lacking in our current building. The School has great leadership and caring teachers. 1 Con: There tends to be more teacher turnover than public schools due to the nature of having some native Germans who eventually return home.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2013
Great balance of keeping kids interested in learning and academics. Our Kindergartener is thriving despite having no German roots or ties. By having him think in another way (ie German) during the day, he is being challenged and his mind is more flexible and creative. The teachers are supportive, caring, and have performed beyond my expectations. My kid came home one day telling me about balloons and how they change shape when weather changes (ie ideal GAS law concept!) or how he can make a "battery from a lemon!". We love conceptual based learning, and so far so good! The community at the school is also very supportive. Parents are very involved and truly care about the school and making it excel. My son is eager to go to school because it is "fun." He learns, uses his imagination, and plays whether it is during Sport/gym ("parachute game"), music class (exploring different instruments, types of music from all over the world, putting on performance at Carnival of Cultures), or learning math concepts in German! We really enjoy the International feel of the school. Great on-site afterschool activities as well (chess, musical instruments, yoga, etc). My boy loves Kinderclub too!.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2012
Our daughter will be entering second grade this fall, and can't wait for school to start. Her teachers have been wonderful - they really care about the children. We love the small class sizes, and individual attention she receives. Although German is the language of instruction, the school has a truly global feel, with children learning art and music from around the world. Our daughter has made wonderful friends, who have the nicest parents. We have not yet felt the pressure to buy certain things just to fit in. The kids play imagination games on the playground, along with other fun free play - balls, cones, hula hoops - good 'old fashioned' fun and movement. I'm excited that she will get to learn Spanish starting in fifth grade, too. We'll be sending our younger two children here in a few years, as well. The school is searching for a new permanent principal, so that aspect is currently up in the air, but I have faith that the board will make a good selection to lead this growing school forward, and continue this truly global education for our children.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2011
This language immersion school has as its mission educating children for global citizenship. In its relatively short existence, the founders, administrators, faculty, staff, parents--and students--are successfully fulfilling that mission. The school is characterized by a rigorous, German-based curriculum; strong leadership; active parent involvement; commitment to the arts and to service; and a lovely community. It is an excellent school that is easy to recommend to prospective parents.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2011
My daughter started at TCGIS in 1st grade and is now in 4th grade. She speaks highly of her learning experiences and brags to others about her school. As a parent, and public school teacher myself, her attitude speaks volumes about the success she feels as a learner. She has excelled in learning German, spoken and written, and is a confident learner in English, math, science and arts classes. The small class size as well as teacher and intern in each classroom has been wonderful. TCGIS is a great fit for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2011
TCGIS provides a great learning environment for kids. Our two children are thriving, and impress us with what they are learning, not just concerning the German language. Each and every staff member is devoted and caring. Individual learning styles and personalities are met with respect, and the small class sizes ensure that problem areas are noticed and help is given. The international community is fun and supportive, which makes it easy for us as parents to identify with our kids' school. And that in turn helps our children to give their best.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2011
I am so pleased and proud to be a part of TCGIS! My daughter loves attending, and misses it on the weekends! I love the small classes, and especially that every class has an intern. The staff is nurturing and supportive. My community school would have been easier, but I know that TCGIS is the best fit for my daughter and family

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2011
We are thrilled that our son has the opportunity to be challenged academically and learn a second language at the same time. Our kindergartner is already speaking German sentences and shows enthusiasm for exploring other languages as well. The school has a warm environment, created by the teachers, parents and children themselves. At recess time, the kids use their imaginations to come up with ways to play, and my son says he has more fun outside now than when he attended a preschool with 3 full playgrounds at his disposal. The teachers are engaging, parents are involved, class sizes are small and each room has a German intern to assist the teacher. We are very happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2011
We love our experience at TCGIS! Excellent curriculum, great dedicated teachers and staff, fantastic leadership and unprecedented partent & community involvement. The small class sizes are so suitable for Kindergarteners to feel inclusive and save. We could not have made a better choice.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2011
We are so pleased with our experience at TCGIS! The sense of community is strong, and the personal attention our child is getting cannot be matched.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
It's the only school in the Twin Cities that let's my son learn in a German environment. Also, it has a great community between the teachers and parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Wonderful school! Great curriculum & love the small class sizes.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2010
We are not German speakers however we value learning another language and culture. The small class sizes and the ability to become bilingual are tremendous benefits. In my opinion, the lack of a playground or gym is the biggest drawback for developing large motor skills and just having time for fun. There are many opportunities to volunteer, which benefits every child and the community. This has been a very good school and I would recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 06, 2010
I have two children attending this school and they love it. We lived in Germany before moving to St. Paul and we are thrilled that this school exists. My children are challenged academically and feel very comfortable at this school. The school is growing and sometimes the growing pains are evident but all the staff is caring and want to do what is best for the students. What I really enjoy about the school is the sense of community. There are many different opportunities to get involved and my experience has been not only positive but fun! I really appreciate the small class size and the fact that every classroom has not only the teacher but also an intern from germany. This school is the perfect fit for our family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 05, 2010
The school is lacking playground facilities, physical education facilities and there is interaction with older children that are present in the school. The school also lacks a well rounded faculty and the student population. I choose to put my child in a different immersion school.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2010
Sometimes, I can't believe how much I lucked out with finding this public school! My son and daughter are thriving at TCGIS, and are very happy there. As non-German speakers, my husband and I are amazed at their language skills and at their curiosity about the world. Parent involvement at the school is extremely high. As a parent I feel like my concerns are heard and addressed, and more importantly that if there is something about the school that bothers me, I can affect change. My voice makes a difference, which is something we did not find when our oldest went to a typical public school in a large district. What the school lacks in playground equipment, they more than make up for in a challenging curriculum, safe environment, small classroom sizes, wonderful staff, and involved community.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2010
We have 2 kids at the school; this is our 3rd year. We are not German speakers and don't have any special connection to Germany, but were drawn by the promise of small classes, an intimate learning environment, and the chance to give our kids the gift of bilingualism--something that can be hard to come by in the U.S. if your family has been here for awhile. We have been very pleased. The school manages to do a great deal on a tight budget. The facility isn't perfect, but the staff is fantastic and we found people to be very welcoming once we realized that you don't have to speak German to be involved. I appreciate all the volunteerism, which benefits every kid, and also like the positivity and energy of the PTO. And the new director is a gift. Sharing the bldg. with a HS hasn't been a problem.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2010
Excellent school! We are very pleased with the teachers and the director of the school. My child's teacher is incredibly kind, generous with her time, and manages the classroom extremely well. The school follows the Responsive Classroom guidelines, basically the social curriculum is as important as the academic one. I've had a couple of issues that I've taken to the director - she handled them swiftly and fairly. Very impressed with her! Children are occassionally sent another classroom to 'take a break', to help them collect themselves to return to their classroom. This is no different than other schools. I have found the discipline procedures to be incredibly fair, non-punitive, non-shaming, and given as growth opportunities for the children. The school community is open and welcoming. The fact that my child is also learning German is secondary at this excellent school. I highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2009
We are a non-German speaking household with 2 kids who love this school. Our somewhat shy oldest can read, write, and speak German with ease and confidence. Under the guidance of our phenomenal Kindergarten teacher (she's smart, kind, creative, motivating, understands different learning styles, has great classroom management skills...), our youngest is finding her way in what is essentially a foreign country to her. As a parent, I appreciate the multitude of ways to get involved and to be a part of an interesting, international community. I have great confidence in the leadership of the school--a thoughtful Board, an active (and very fun) PTO, and a Director with a vision and an action plan for educating children to be bilingual, informed, active world citizens. It's a newer school with bumps as it grows, but after four years, we know the big package is a great fit for our family.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2009
We have three kids at the school. They now all speak two languages fluently, and it hasn't come at the expense of high academic standards in other subjects. Wonderful new director; passionate and engaged teachers; very strong and active parent community. Highly recommend it!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
Great staff, great kids, and the immersion program is excelent

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2008
Excellent public school! Dedicated staff and wonderful parent community. Our family did not speak German when my child entered the school two years ago...but something amazing has happened. My child can speak another language very well and I am picking up on it as well! The academics surpass other public schools I have observed (as a teacher and parent) with the added benefit of a foreign language. The students just completed their year end projects that they shared with family and friends. The students were so proud to share what they had learned and happily gave presentations in German and English! These kids are amazing!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2008
We found the academic standards too low even factoring in the time needed to learn a new language. We did not agree with the diciplinary procedures at this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2008
Was a very good school the last few years. Now moving to a larger building and sharing with college preparatory school for 5 years. Many unknowns and uncertainties for the future, but still retaining low class size and dedicated staff. They really care about the kids and are doing their best to create a great environment for learning.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2008
This is our third year at TCGIS - our child knew no German entering the school, and we speak very little German ourselves. Our child has thrived, and we are very happy with the quality of teachers, the small family-feel of the school, and feeling like we have a 'say' in our child's education. We love their 'no-sales' fundraising policy. Having at least one amity intern in each classroom provides a rich learning experience for the kids, as does having their specialty classes (gym, music, art) taught in German. We are thrilled with this school!

- submitted by a parent
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Twin Cities German Immersion Charter School
1031 Como Avenue, St. Paul, MN  55103
(651) 492-7106
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