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New York, NY
Students enrolled: 495

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240 East 109th Street
New York, NY 10029

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(212) 860-6003
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September 16, 2014
Tag young scholars is for children who wish to be challenged. The teachers are excellent. PTA is wonderful. Parents are friendly.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2014
Strengths is it's diversity and curriculum with active staff. GEM in NYC, prepares kids for specialized HS and boarding/private schools. Test taking, organizational, communication, and technical skills are all balanced nicely with the limits budget, PTA is active to supplement programs. Sports and arts is probably not as strong as other schools due to budget but we supplement with programs at Lincoln center and sports leagues. Disclosure: we have two children at TAG and they/we are very happy

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
My daughter has been attending since 1 year. It has been a great experience. Very hard working teachers. Principal is very dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
Great curriculum. Many enrichment activities. PTA is very innovative and dedicated. One of the best schools in NY.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
TAG is amazing. It cares every aspect of students growth. All the teachers here work extremely hard and care about every single student.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2013
The children are diverse in every way, in ethnicity, economically, religiously, a true wonderful representation of NYC. The children are united by their intense devotion to learning, they are sponges. There is no bullying, I have heard them tease each other, but have also heard teachers say "stand up for yourselves,but most importantly stand up for each other." The principal works closely with the DOE and pilots remarkable programs to enrich curriculum. The parent coordinator is involved and passionate. Yes you get the emails, and you will be an informed parent! Not only informed about TAG, your child, school events, but learning opportunities in the community and around NYC. The PTA is strong and getting stronger, yes we have to work hard to supply some programs, but our parents are lawyers, bus drivers, police officers, housekeepers, what we have we work hard to provide for our children. This is like having a prep school education in a public school setting, and I am so proud that my children are TAG scholars.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2013
We love TAG Scholars for our lower school child. Our daughter is academically challenged and feels very supported by her teachers. The PTA is growing stronger and is working to raise money to support the lack of DOE funding for programs such as teacher's aides in the Kindergarten classes and chess as part of the K & 1st grade curriculum. The school shares space with 2 other schools but TAG is completed separated from other students in its own wing on two floors. !

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
I had the chance to visit TAG when my current 1st grader was still in pre-school. I was excited that there was a gifted school in Harlem that promised to meet the needs of my my child. Although I liked my child's teachers, sadly after 2 years I'm a bit disappointed because I find that I have to supplement everything from academics to enrichment activities. Other gifted schools & even many charter schools have chess, foreign languages & robotics programs for all of the students as part of the regular school day. For a school that been around for a long time, I hoped that there would have been a more rigorous academic math & writing curriculum as well as enrichment offerings parallel to other citywide gifted programs. Another disappointment is the influx of random emails I receive from the parent coordinator. Although this isn't the same person I met on my 1st tour, this lady doesn't seem like she has the skills to provide the necessary information & resources to parents. Hopefully the school will improve their communication w/parents & find ways to get parents more involved like workshops and volunteering. TAG could do much better otherwise it's just a regular school.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
Tag is a great school , I have 2 children there and they love it. The principal knows all the students by name and the teachers are amazing. I would recommended to all parents.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2012
This is an amazing school. My daughter finished second grade here this year. This is the most diverse classroom I have seen. 98% of the kids are children of hard striving adult immigrants and they are HUNGRY to learn and to excel. Many ignorant people out there (including a very inaccurate New York Times article) who lack real insight or ties to the school think this school is somehow "too heavily minority." But that misperception is actually a good thing for all the people who are truly in the know and are able to take advantage! Yeah, the facilities are shabby the neighborhood is scary there is no in school library but the teachers, the principal, the security, they do a lot with what they have. They are strict but loving. The writing program expects perfection from 8 year olds - no mistakes allowed (no indulgent attitudes here). The ugly plaid uniform sucks, but there are more important things to worry about.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
My child attends TAG. I am so amazed at the progress she has made since she started. In kindergarten she went from barely being able to read, to reading at a second grade level in six months. I also like the emphasis on character, self-control and good behavior, and that all of this is accomplished in a warm environment where it is obvious that the teachers care deeply about the children. I do have concerns about some of the administrative staff and wish that their professionalism and skills were at the same level as that of the teachers. I am happy that the principal is so receptive to parent input and involvement, though, and that we have been able to make some very positive changes as a result.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
I have my child going at TAG. They have great teachers.This is a great school for any child to be!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2011
My daughter is in first grade and she absolutely loves TAG! Her teacher is firm but nice.Her work is always challenging it's just a warm atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2011
The school is no doubt a gem in east Manhattan. People may have doubts about this school at the beginning, but as soon as you send your child there you will realize that this is a great school. My son is in the Kindergarten and he just loves it. His teacher Mr. Chohaan is excellent. For parents who are choosing a G&T program for your kids, I highly recommend TAG.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
TAG is a wonderful school! I started in the sixth grade and now I am in the eighth. Throughout those three years I have developed so much as a person by participating in challenging classes, and by making friends that are like family today. Last year in seventh grade I took a rigorous Biology Regents High School Course, and I am proud to say I passed with a 90 which now allows me to take AP courses in High School! I am now in an Earth Science Regents Course which is also just as intense as the Bio Course. Other than in science I have been offered the opportunity to take my Integrated Algebra Regents, travel to Washington D.C, involve in Socratic Circles, and explore Social Studies in a new way. Due to these great qualities of the school it has helped me become TAG Middle School's Class President! I am very proud of my position, and ever since I was elected President I feel like I have been able to make my fellow students happy by having dances, performances, potlucks, etc. Being in TAG has definitely made me a better, more mature, and thriving to succeed student that I am ready to attend Beacon High School in the Fall of the 2011-2012 school year!

- submitted by a community member
March 28, 2011
My daughter is attending the TAG school and she loves it. The teachers make sure that the parents are informed of there child progress in class and classes. I wasn't to sure about sending my little girl to this school we live on the west side of manhattan and next to us we have some of the best schools in District 4. Some parents feel its alot of work for there kindergarden child but i say if they have no problem with all the work then you should either. Remember there in a Talented and gifted school if they couldnt do it they would not not be there.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2011
i have been in tag for over 3 years choosing to go to this school was the best choice i have ever made in my life. for one, the students are nice, the moment you enter some one will take you under their wing and everything works out. not saying there aren't cliches because there are, the thing is, everyone is nice to each other. Also the teachers, they become more then teachers, they become apart of your life, like friends and family. not saying you'll like all the teachers in tag, but most of them, are the best ever. I am an 8th grade scholar at tag and will be graduating soon. believe me, tag also helps your kids prepare for high schools, and the shsats. i was able to get into Brooklyn tech and i know it was all because of the great help i got from tag. TAG is one of the best schools i have ever been too and i will miss the teachers and students deeply. if i could go back to tag earlier i would, but or now, i know i will never forget the great memories in my school. it really is one of the best schools in New York.

- submitted by a community member
December 21, 2010
My daughter was so excited about kindergarten; she was bubbling with enthusiasm on the first day of school. However, she is now no longer excited about school, and often she says that she doesn't want to go anymore. She regularly tells us that the kids are mean, and she is showing signs of real frustration. We don't blame the teacher. Her kindergarten teacher is actually a skilled veteran educator, but she is overwhelmed with handling a classroom full of strong personalities without any assistant teacher. I just assumed that a kindergarten class would have an assistant teacher, but I guess that's what you get in a NYC public school. The principal is a good leader, but I wish she had a bit more fight in her. I know another school that found a way around the hiring freeze for assistant teachers. This school has such potential and makes high scores academically, but it needs a strong community organizer either among the faculty or the parents in order to achieve in the other areas of the educational experience.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2010
My son spent 5 years at TAG and he absolutely loved it!!! We moved to Pa and had to leave and he was very upset! Ms. Cesar and Mr. McCormick are doing a good job but, the teachers were GREAT! Special recognition to my son's "second mother", Mrs. Goldstein (formally Ms. Kreindel) who showed compassion and love throughout the years there! There wasn't a day that would go by and he did not pop up in her classroom to say hello! Ms. Mohsin, 5th grade teacher, also a great person and teacher! She kept the lessons challenging and enriching! We will miss our TAG Family!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2010
Tag is one of the best schools in NYC. I just like everything about it, the administration, the staff and the teachers. The children are very well behaved and smart.My two sons are there and they are very happy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 18, 2010
i hate this school this school is nuts. all the kids are so mean and they are not so smart. i went to school for one year and hate it all ready hope it do better

- submitted by a student
November 12, 2009
My son started kindergarten at TAG this September. He loves it. The teachers are fantastic and the staff is great. We know he is very safe and taken care of while there. The new website, tagyoungscholars.com, is very helpful!! We were unsure about sending him when he first got accepted. We knew a lot about NEST and Anderson...but TAG was described as the 'hidden' gem. With the parents involvement this year at the school I have a feeling that will not be the case for long. These children work so hard and are so respectful. I look forward to the next 8 years at TAG and to all the opportunities this 'gem' will bring to our son.

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September 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 08, 2009
My son started the TAG school for Kindergarten; he is currently going into the 3rd grade. He has made great friends and great teachers so far. Ms. Kreindel; Ms. Natielo, and Ms. Tabrizi are all very excellent teachers that are dedicated to their students as if they were their own kids. I've also had a great relationship with Ms. Erica the conselor at the school.

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May 21, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
April 06, 2009
My son and daughter are TAG students. I am very happy and excited about the enriching curriculum and the teachers interest in each student. My children have developed wonderful study habits and look forward to going to school every day. To the teachers and administrative staff at TAG I wish to express a heartfelt 'Thank You' for the wonderful work you are doing!

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March 25, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 17, 2008
My daughter started at TAG in kindergarten last year after having attended an excellent pre-school. The education that she has received at TAG has been a perfect extension of her pre-school experience because TAG's curriculum is designed to get students involved in projects and classroom activities that are extremely advanced from the beginning. The pace is intense yet the teachers recognize that the students are still children and go out of there way to foster a positive and nurturing environment. Even though TAG doesn't get as much hype as other G+T schools the results that the children achieve are just as deserving of recognition.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2008
My daughter started TAG in kindergarten and has developed excellent study habits.; she is presently in the first grade. The principle is heavily involved and knows the children personally. The children have a since of pride in their school. The curriculum is well rounded with computers, art, music and science offered for all ages.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 10, 2008
TAG is a great school. The lessons are exciting and provide the children with a rich understanding of a variety of subjects. The class trips are relative and well thought out. The teachers are outstanding, the Principal is visible and respected by all of the students. The children are very bright.

- submitted by a parent
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Tag Young Scholars
240 East 109th Street, New York, NY  10029
(212) 860-6003
Last modified Tag Young Scholars is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tag Young Scholars Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top