It's a Great School, the teachers are great, the atmosphere is conducive to learning. I wish that there were more activities for boys as they are more active. Gym once a week is not enough. Children need not only academics but a chance to be a kid. The daily homework can be taxing on a child. Don't get me wrong it's a great school, however it needs enhancements in music, sports, and activities.
Welcoming environment where the children are challenged, supported, and nurtured. Dedicated faculty and staff. Principal is first rate. Very happy my third grade son is a student and I am proud to be a TAG parent! PTA is awesome as well.
Standards are very high at TAG and it is a wonderful place for my child to learn. The teachers are absolute gems- they are creative with the curriculum and dedicated to helping every child shine. From what I can see, it also seems that teachers are well supported by the administration. The students are smart, but they are also kind and respectful- and with so many TAG families coming from diverse cultural backgrounds and neighborhoods around NYC they learn from each other and are forming a beautiful community of their own. My child loves this school and I wish I could give TAG 5 stars, but the reality is that it has a way to go in terms of offering students a more rounded education. Kids lack access to physical activity (no school playground, no organized team sports) and arts programming- though the visual arts and middle school music programs are terrific. TAG could also do a lot more with the Technology program. But in general changes are headed in the right direction at TAG and our family feels we are part of a special school community.
TAG has proved to be a fantastic school for my daughter. She is part of a wonderfully diverse community. Her peer group is outstanding. The teachers, administrators, and staff in the building are committed, beyond belief, to supporting and nurturing the children each and every day. The parents are united in supporting the school and finding ways to leverage resources to ensure that TAG offers a enriching educational experience to all the young scholars.
My daughter has been attending since 1 year. It has been a great experience. Very hard working teachers. Principal is very dedicated.
Great curriculum. Many enrichment activities. PTA is very innovative and dedicated. One of the best schools in NY.
I feel honored that my DD has the opportunity to attend TAG. The parents are warm and welcoming. The education professionals are focused on challenging our children and it motivates them.
I am a parent who has a 7 year old/2nd grader at the TAG School. My son formerly went to public school in Elmhurst/Queens. There is clear and sharp improvement in his reading, writing and math skills. More importantly my son's attitude towards his education has improved dramatically He is suddenly inspired to learn and is enjoying every bit of his experience at TAG. The teachers are passionate and employ innovative teaching curriculum. The PTA is very proactive and works closely with the schools administration to address both the school and the student's needs. Because of the small size of the student population, it has a very "collegial" if not "familial" atmosphere. The commute from Queens is challenging but worth the effort.
TAG is amazing. It cares every aspect of students growth. All the teachers here work extremely hard and care about every single student.
I would not want my children to go to any other gifted public school. Where else would you find such a diverse gifted school? The students are sweet and polite. The academics are rigorous and challenging. All of the teachers go above and beyond for the children. The PTA is exceptional and gives 110% to the school. I am proud to say my kids love going to school every day and look forward to meeting their teachers and classmates. The only downside is that we don t have our own building. We have to shire space with a high school. Space is a big issue for our kids. They have gym once a week and crazy lunch schedules. Our kids deserve more from the board of education.
Not only the students are a diverse group, the teachers and staff as well. Many of the parents in TAG are active in participating in school activities. There are always parent volunteers on school trips. Their curriculum really challenges the students and they offer many different programs as well as after school activities. The only down side to the school is that they share the building with high schoolers from Esperanza. Many parents were disappointed when we lost the fight to the school expansion.
This is a "jewel in the rough" kind of school. The teachers are fabulous and impose extremely high standards. Their writing requirements would make many adults blanche. Many adults have shabby skills today because their teachers unfortunately were not strict enough with them, letting typos and sloppy grammar pass. The students are wonderful. For geeky nerdy kids of all social strata, this is a safe haven where no one is put down for wanting to learn. TAG needs to raise more money but already has great diversity (NEST needs diversity, though it has money). The current PTA is extremely high morale and has planned lots of cultural, sports, social and fund raising events which are important for community building, given that the students hail from five boroughs. Sure, the school is in a mean and scary neighborhood at night and in darkness. However, in the daytime, it is perfectly fine, tons of people walking to work, taking kids to school, no shootings or muggings. NEST's neighborhood is no great shakes either. I have never felt my child is unsafe once she is inside the building. Gym and PE could be improved but this is true at virtually every school.
By far the most diverse population of all the G & T schools in NYC, with a strong emphasis on academics. Honestly I had to catch myself after the first few months of complaining about how rigorous the courseload was, not to mention the amount of homework, and say "HELLO" that's why you wanted your child at a gifted school ... so he would be pushed and challenged and held to a higher standard! The new PTA is very dedicated and is working tirelessly to bring new programs and address the shortcomings with respect to extracurricular activities, with new programs like Chess and Piano after school, a debate team, Sunrise Spanish, Phys Ed Plus,etc. added all in the space of a year. With the increase in parent involvement and better school morale, I am excited to see what the future holds for TAG as it seems to just be getting better and better.
Excellent School. Rigorous curriculum that challenges gifted youngsters. My now soon to be 1st grader loves the school and for me that is half of the learning process. If a well adjusted child is happy with there learning environment, that is a child that will perform. We are both looking forward to the next chapter!
To the poster who said that there are only enrichment offerings for K-2, that is simply untrue. While K is offered a general music class, 1 - 4 have weekly violin instruction, and 5 - 8 has a full fledged band program with instruction in wind instruments, and a fabulous band instructor. There is also a glee club for the middle school students. K -5 (NOT just K-2) have art (once a week), technology (twice a week), physical education (once a week) science (twice a week). The reason only K - 2 has spanish in the morning before school starts is because it is ALREADY offered within the curriculum in 4 - 8. The PTA would like to expand it to K - 3 so all grades (K-8) are covered. There are weekly enrichment clubs during the first semester, and weekly enrichment clubs during the spring after the NY State tests are over, with offerings like Stone Age Art, Puppetry, Mask Making, Art History, Theater, Robotics, Fitness & Health. There is a Junior Great books program for 1-8, Latin for 3rd grade, and Story Pirates for 3rd grade. K & 1 go to the 92nd street Y for music performances several times throughout the year.
TAG is a vibrant school with a rigorous (not rigid) curriculum combined with a wide array of enrichment offerings. There are many dedicated parents at the school who care deeply about helping both the school and the children reach their full potential. My child is eager to go school every day, loves her teacher and has developed wonderful friendships with her peers. I feel lucky to have found such a gem of school which is truly unlike any other school in the city. I am impressed with the level of parent commitment, not only to their own child, but to students across grades. For example, the highly successful math team for the upper grades is run by a brilliant lower school parent who volunteers his time to the group, and who helps tutor other students at the school for free. The debate team for the middle school is run by a lower school parent volunteering his time as well, and the robotics team is run by a former TAG parent, assisted by a parent of a lower grade student. And the fabulous talent show this year was put together by a lower school parent who left work early every day to help both middle school and lower school students develop their acts and rehearse.
TAG is a great school. Writing negative reviews on a public website simply demoralizes the community that your child is a part of and is unproductive. Share your concerns with directly with the other parents at the school and organize to make a difference instead.
It's interesting that Great Schools gives TAG a "10" rating - which has to be due to the test scores. While TAG's test scores are high, so is the amount of test prep packets done in class & for HW in grades 3-8. The curriculum could be greatly improved compared to the other city-wide G&T's who have been using Singapore Math for years I heard that TAG is JUST NOW considering Singapore. Although our students get prepped well for testing they are not immersed in a wide variety of enrichment so they can be well-rounded, independent learners. Some PTA parent will argue that students have violin, early morning Spanish, and chess however, those are lower grades enrichment teasers that aren t continued 3-8. My 6th grader felt that violin was a joke only 7-10 students use them at a time while the rest of the class just sits in the auditorium reading & doing busy work not even related to music. Other schools have K-8 chess programs & teams, TAG only offers it K-2 and then students are left to play at their leisure oops, no leisure time because they don t even have chess or other board games during recess. No wonder some kids lose it & run wild when they get a free moment.
For a G&T school, TAG is "a good school" that's better than the district and neighborhood options. I disagree however w/the parent who said that "the children are diverse in every way." Diversity is improving in the lower grades (K-2) however 3-8th grade is not as racially, ethnically or socio-economically diverse. I do agree w/ the parent who addressed the concern about school leadership. Mr. McCormick was AWESOME and helped bring a lot to TAG as a classroom teacher & as an administrator - programs, organization & his warm personality. It s just a shame that he had to work under a principal who lacked the true vision needed to take TAG to greater heights. School leadership appears to have a lack of creativity & innovation to address the learning needs of their gifted population. In my 12 years as a TAG parent (3 children have attended this school) Ms. Cesar has NEVER been interested in bringing money or programs to TAG and seems to just want to fly under the radar and do the bare minimum so that TAG can remain considered a City-wide G&T school.
Many wonderful children and families herel But the approach is very rigid and the school is not skilled at differentiating learning. Much learning occurs at home; homework is assigned on material that has not yet been covered in class. My son did well at TAG but did much better by switching to a school that created many different small groups during the day so that they could really challenge him where he needed it and help him in other areas. He became a more independent learner elsewhere because he stopped getting drowned in busy work. TAG can be a good option for absolutely academically perfect kids who need no recess or physical activity (sometimes recess is banned for the whole grade because of bad behavior!) and who do not flag when they are yelled at for silly things, For some, it is a subtly discouraging place, whereas perhaps it makes some kids stronger. The school does a great job exposing kids to a wide range of information. Parents are enthusiastic at first but tend to give up and stop participating over time. This is likely due to poor leadership by the principal who feigns interest in helping to further develop the school but always lets real change slip away.
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