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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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