"Our school is best known for its focus on math, science, and technology."
Students enrolled 358
Hours 8:00 AM - 3:05 PM
School leader Alper Tekten
Transportation options Yes
District Triangle Math And Science
Before school no info
After school Yes

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312 Gregson Dr. Cary, NC 27511
Raleigh, NC 27601

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(919) 651-1418
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3 stars
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April 25, 2014
This school is just amazing my son is in 7th grade and he enjoys the school climate so much. The school is coming along great and I can already see higher grades from my son. The faculty gets everything done in time and for the students well being. There are sports clubs and there is a promise for sports teams in 2014-2015 school year! TMSA Tigers are so successful with their countless achievements in chess, math, science, robotics, and talent. They offer turkish and Spanish and my son has enjoyed it. The teachers are certified and work to their students needs and they push them to be the best.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2014
This is my family's first year with TMSA and WOW! What a year! My child went from doing not so well in his classes to really becoming motivated and working diligently and earning all A's and B's at this school. The curriculum is challenging and hard and I am seeing material that is +1 to +2 years above his grade level. He is thriving! The teachers have all worked so hard helping him to achieve his academic goals and have been so responsive. I got an email from his Social Studies teacher back in 5 minutes! 5!! Nowhere else have I seen this level of dedication from the staff and administration! Way to go TMSA! We will definitely be staying !

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Great school!! Teachers/Staff really care. OUTSTANDING Personal ,friendly parents,PTO is Hard working group,working to ,support teachers and staff ,Many Activities for any child to take part in. Clubs for fun and Academic Teams, OM,Math,Science,Chess, IEP are worked with for any child that has or needs one. Parentsare always welcome in the school and class rooms, To visit or work with the class all you have to do is BK and ask , WE wear uniform which is very helpful in keeping bulling out, NEW building ,Smart broads in all room used in teaching and children use them in class time along with tablets, Home work as in all school several projects each term, Worksheet are used as review.Test grades prove we are a strong academic based school.Here it is cool to have A's. If you need tutoring it is here Saturdays or afternoon with the child teacher Yes all free! If you want drama then please do not look at this school.We have a great school and welcome caring supporting parents, This fall we will have a new media center,Gym With room to grow and have KG-12 in yrs to come !!,WE have 3 here KG/2/6 they love it, We work and support the staff and teachers any way they need !!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Our daughters 2nd year. 4 th grade she Love the teachers she has had, Many are young and will to work hard in working for what best for the student. .Art teacher is very cool all the kids love him, PE teacher is great in working with all the groups from KG to 7th, This fall we will have a new full furnished gym. Along with a new up to date media center, All the class rooms have new smart broads. Teachers are willing to work with any parent . The school has several after school clubs ,Free all can go if they chose to or the child can go to tutoring for extra help, I love seeing all the Academics clubs and the awards they earn. We enjoy the parents support the school has, Several are in the school each week.. We paid for buses pick up in several area of the country. The buses are also used in field trips, farms,zoo,local museums. We just did a weekend trip to DC 4-7 grade with staff and parents. It was a great learning trip . You can bring lunch or we have a local caterer reasonable. We wear uniforms It is great !If you want a strong school in MATH and SCIENCE but well rounded in all areas look here, see what a charter school can do for your child. TMSA Tigers!!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
TMSA saved my child! Public schools refused to work with him or recognize his talents hiding behind learning disabilities. The caring staff at TMSA worked with him and allowed him to learn in the way that works best for him. He is now one of the top in his class surrounded by incredibly gifted children from all over the world. At TMSA they look for every child's gifts, and if you are willing to help and encourage your child to participate, he/she will shine here. The teachers are the most devoted educators I have ever seen.Teachers will come to your house to help your child if they need to, but TMSA won't promote a child to a higher level until they are ready. Some say this is unfair, but public schools limit gifted courses to very few students. At TMSA any child that shows interest or ability gets advanced opportunities, even if they are not the "favorites" of their teacher. If you do not want your child to be immersed in an environment where being smart is cool and learning is expected to continue outside the classroom, then this school is not for you. I give thanks every day for TMSA and how it has changed our lives in so many wonderful ways.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2014
I would just like to say I am soo thankful for the Saturday tutoring. It's an extra, free option for my child to succeed! There are certified teachers that tutor on Saturdays which is amazing! Do you know another school that does this? If tutoring starts at 10 then why would you show up so early? If a mall opens at 10 do you show up at 9 and complain they did not let you in? I have always been taught if you show up somewhere too early then it shows you do not respect others time. Let me say again.. It's a Saturday. They are educators, not babysitters so quit whining that you couldn't dump your kid on them for more than 3 hours ON A SATURDAY! I have a solution for you.. A) offer to help, B) come on time and say thank you, or C) don't go!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2014
I pulled my children out of this school after one full year and a bit of another year. There are too many problems within this school for me to list, and other parents have listed several of them, all valid. The teachers are over-worked to an extreme. There is absolutely no organization between administration and teachers, teachers and parents, or administration and parents. It was so stressful for our family while the kids were in school. Our 10 year old had 11 teachers, moving from class to class, not leaving time enough to change classes and actually settle down to learn for the next class. It was complete and utter chaos, and I joke not. Although I do think this school *may* have future potential, I would never send my kids back to this school. They made a lot of promises, almost all which were broken. We are now very satisfied with our public school. There is order, communication, less worksheets to fulfill and more class time. The stars this rating asks me to fill out does not include "administration," in which I would give a one star. Some of the teachers are fairly good, and some don't speak English well and are very hard to understand.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2014
I came to school early in the morning today for my child s weekend tutoring. It turned out that nobody was at school until right before 10am. I don t even know who runs this weekend tutoring, but it is so unorganized. Action needs to be taken!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2014
Math classes are not nothing but worksheet. I thought my child would get a challenging curriculum in this school, but obviously he does nothing but worksheet in his classes. Clubs are optional and very good opportunity in this school. Children loves their art teacher, he is very friendly. Enjoying P.E. classes at school. Hearing a lot of good news from the academic teams. This school has a potential to be one of the best schools in the area, but they need to come up with a better curriculum and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2014
The fact that my previous comment was deleted says a lot. I fell for the hype and promptly removed my son from this school soon after. I believe the school has potential but I will not take that gamble with my son. I didn't like that the two classes on the same grade level were not in sync. One teacher gave homework while the other did not. We came from a charter school in another state that had the same weekly homework packet for both classes in a grade level. They taught the same lessons and followed the same curriculum. They helped those who needed it and stimulated those who were thriving. There was never anything different going on in the classrooms of the same grade level. The teachers were also HIGHLY qualified! Also being told about last minute changes and events is tacky and unprofessional. Carpool line was insane too! However the parents were extremely friendly and helpful. I do miss the warmth and unity amongst the parents but the school was not for my family.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2014
My son has been in the school from the 1st day, and he is sooooo happy and doing so well at the school. The Principle and teachers are very professional, caring, responsive. How many school principles can call every student name? how many of you can get response of your email from either principle and teacher in a few minutes? Even 10 pm. Yes, we have seen that at TMSA.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2013
In the beginning I was one of the biggest advocates for the school in the community, and TMSA s first year was wonderful -- the teachers were caring and engaging and children completely enjoyed going to school. Unfortunately this school year has been a different story. For whatever reason, it is painfully clear that the administration is not communicating effectively with the teachers and parents or apparently with each other. For example, if you ask one administrator a question, either they will put you off or refer you to another individual. Many things are announced at the last minute to where people do not have enough time to adequately prepare for these events.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2013
I have a child at TMSA and, like a number of other reviewers, am so glad we were able to get him in. It's disappointing to see the overall average scores on here, but would note that there aren't a lot of 3's as much as many who love the school (4-5) and others who gave very low scores. Some of those unhappy people left and, although it may sound unpleasant to say, I'm very happy they did. They had the wrong priorities in my opinion and I'm happy to not have their influence anymore either directly or indirectly through their kids. The school is new still and there have been bumps in the road, but that's to be expected when you start an entirely new and ambitious enterprise. I could write quite a bit, but characters are limited. Quick takes then: Curriculum: challenging and advanced. Teachers: dedicated and very hardworking. Projects: allow problem solving and creativity - Good for them and the other kids hearing about them. Atmosphere: At his old school, it was 'uncool' to be a smart kid and to love learning and respect your teachers. At TMSA, that's 'cool'. Uniforms: Love them! Small classes: Allow individualized attention and I love that the kids are growing up together.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2013
We have been in this school from day one! This year is great !! Wonderful Hard working staff, Caring teachers always willing to help ,Building is a dream. Very High Tech.Smart broads,PC, safety is top of the list!! Will be a great school for our son to grown in,Yes he has some learning problems but they have IEP in place and Doing very well. Love having afterschool clubs,Sports,Lego,Chess ,Band,crafts,volleyball so many all free and teachers leading , I have read that some were not happy with the school but parents must be involed and want to know what going on and support the school.Had been in a magnet just to big, Love the small classes 20 we get to know all the kids and will be growing up with them till 12 grade we hope. lead them and many parents help also. PTO is working to help out in many areas for the school. Saturday clubs are great if that what you want to do. After school help with studies free, Afterschool day care till 6:00,We ride a bus that meets at the local K mart ,We pay but worth it! Call today see what going on in TMSA.Look at the web page, Get on the list i this is a life choice what best for your family,That makes a great group no one forced to come here!

- submitted by a community member
December 03, 2013
We are Very happy.Appears some were not and it is best they left,Our children are well cared for the teacher are Very caring,Alway answers email,etc Many parent just want to complain and never come in to the school But that ok.All children have a agenda (unless they lost it) KG-7 grade each child is treat special.The classes are fill with all levels of children ,Many parent do not understand or want to help.BUT we are a warm group of parents/teacher/support staff, Always working for the best in our child(we have 2) I Am in the school 2x a months ,I see and know what happens ,Each must deside,This is a strong school and will be a outstanding school from KG - 12 , New building,Clean, safe, Please come look at the school ,see for your self don't let some sour person take away a chance you may have for a strong ,well rounded education for your child, As for clubs they are great , Many are teacher lead,Math.choir,band,etc many parents lead,Free Tutoing and even on weekends from your child teacher if needed, All you have to do is be a concerned parent you see this is the best charter around !

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
Stop deleting my comments here. Unprofessional teachers/admin people around. Not a welcoming atmosphere in this place. Treating different classes in a different way, which is not fair.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2013
This is an excellent school! It is in its second year. They sent out the EOG results for last year. I am so happy to see that TMSA performed better than almost all of the schools in Wake. I am so glad that my kids are in TMSA. That is an impressive start for the first year. I am so impressed with the progress in both academics, facilities, staff development. Thank you so much and keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2013
Not satisfied with how the school treats and involves students in the learning process. If your child is not well above average, than there is no hope for success or support. I would have to agree with other parents as the school is very discriminative with regards to gender and nationality. The teachers are very young and expect students in lower grades to already "know" . Teachers are unresponsive to inquiries and they are also not well-informed about processes. Students have no agendas or syllabi...but come home and say they have a big test the next day. Young children should not have to cram the night before a test! Teachers should make parents aware of learning initiatives and provide parents with an agenda/syllabi especially for 1st & 2nd graders and not expect the children to write down or take notes on what they say (not in 1st or 2nd grade). It is a "weed out" school. If you are not academically gifted, then there is no challenge. The clubs are a joke and tutoing is NOT tutoring as they advertise. Hoping all the best as the school grows and matures.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2013
Both our kids are in this school...I have heard bad reviews...please spend time to find out how good this school is...our family loves the school, the staff ...they r in a new building now , I would give them some time to get into routine...the kids are happy and so are we...

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
Awesome school! My daughter did very poorly last year, but we expected that having recently moved from Nash county. The teachers worked with her, and the dean called me to set her up in the weekend tutoring to help her catch up. My daughter is extremely happy here!:)

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
GO TMSA. the school is good teachers are grate students are ready to lean. school location is excellent!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
TMSA is perfect school environment for my kids.Thank you for all of your hard work.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
The last comment of a parent on the 23 of OCT is the summation of this school. We will get conflicting messages from this school. Why is our tax dollars going to such schools. The teachers are not satisfied. If this is a true public funded school, we the teacher and parents needs to be able to vote for the board and Admin. I will keep my kid in the 5th grade for another year and work with the PTO for some changes but if nothing happens.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
Very unorganized school, kids are not being taught by credentialed teachers, some just have college degrees, I believe they are even fudging the grades, as my child got almost all A's and he is defnitely not that academically gifted. Current principal very unresponsive, never has time to speak with you always puts you off to someone else and current dean is not qualified to answer any questions regarding academics. Thier favorite saying is "speak to your teacher". The school has no windows, the kids have a very limited physicial time, they get PE once a week for 40 minutes and the clubs leave alot to the imagination. Go to a magnet school or stay where you are!!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
We have been sending our kid to TMSA for a year now.we saw the lack of organization and adminstartion skills across the board. I do like to credit the admnistartion for working hard to make things happen during the first year but a recent event really disappointed me. our kid has food allergies and carries Epi-pen. we had provided the same to the school administration at the beginning of the school year. Today being the last day of school, we went to pick the epi-pen back but no one knew where it was stored. How can one expect them to administor epi-pen, on time, if need arises. unless you have a kid with food allergies it's very hard to comprehend the consequence of not beign able to administor the medication on time. The kind of insenstivity the principal showed when unable to find the epi-pen was dissappointing. Hopefully they will fix this by start of next school year and keep track of things. This is a life threatening situation for a child. They cannot ignore things which can harm a kid's life, and need to be more organized and be responsible.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
Upper Grade The science club was better than the science class. Did they every get a book yet? You do more Art work in History. LA great vocabulary words, hum... Math yeah great OK now how is all this used in the real world? I pulled my child out and I don't regret it. The administration was fine with me. I wasn't there to make long life friends. The teachers were passionate about their work. I do give them that much credit.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
Triangle math and science is barely a year, but one thing i have come to appreciate is the student population that is representative of the "real world: where you see kids who are Asian, black and white well represented. In most of the "good performing" charter schools that I know, the kids are mainly white and not exposed to the real world. When this kids get to corporate America and other higher institutions they are going to have to learn to learn about people who are different from them. Just check out the big companies in RTP, especially in the technical fields, multiculturalism rules. Good performing all white schools, watch out, your kid may be getting all A's but when they get out in the real world they will have to learn to interact with different cultures to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2013
This is an excellent school! I am so glad we got our kids in to TMSA last year. We would have no chance next year, as I heard there were more than 700 applications for only 10s of available spots. I read some of the negative reviews and I am so surprised with them. The teachers are doing their best and involved in education not only just in the classroom, but also with many different activities outside. All the teachers are highly motivated. They organize science fairs, train students for competitions. They visit students and parents at home. These people are working 7 days a week. Administration is very open. You can talk to them. They will listen and do the best for your child. I don't agree with "second class citizen students" comment. If anything, they focus on improvement of each student individually. There were couple of teacher resignations in the first few months. I respect to those teachers. But I also know that not every school is for every teacher. This school is for people, who wants to involve in education 7 days a week. I think the current downtown location is a limitation to many other things that they can do. I am looking forward for the new building. GO TMSA!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2013
This school was a great disappointment. Our child went from being at the top of his class at his old school to being treated like a second class citizen at this school. Students who are not in the advanced classes are picked on by the students who are. The faculty and students treat them differently. Volunteering allowed me to see the inner workings of this school, and it was scary!!! The administration is clueless, and they don't seem to care about the children. They give no support to the teachers. The teachers seem to try , but there is so much they can do. Three experienced teachers who really seemed to care have left. They have hired young, inexperienced teachers to take their places.The "play area" is dangerous. There is so much more wrong with this school that I can't list everything. My child is now going to a regular public school , and that school is MUCH better!!!! My advice:Do NOT send your child to Triangle Math and Science Academy. If you do, volunteer and keep a close eye on the situation.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2013
Excellent school!!!!Very competitive,enforced discipline,strong academic program.My daugther has learned a lot since she is attending this school, she is in kinder with a 2 grade level.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2013
We've been pleasantly surprised at the level of academic vigor our son is receiving at Triangle Math and Science. It has been a rough 1 yr at the Downtown Raleigh location. I'm glad to know the final location is in Cary. The skies the limit regarding this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2012
Wonderful school and staff. A little disorganized but it just opened its doors in Fall 2012 so can't be too hard on them. Very challenging and lots of fun for my first grader. I am reading some comments about the principal being "culturally insensitive", I think he is actually very nice and much more approachable than WCPSS principals that I have dealt with in the past. The clubs and after school activities are great. Within a year or two, once its established and has a new building, it bet it will have a long waiting list and will be hard to get in. I am glad my 1st grader is in, from the very beginning.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2012
Wonderful school. Staff is wonderful. Everyone makes you feel like part of the family. Small class size. Great parent involvement.

- submitted by a teacher
December 13, 2012
I have two children at the school, and both are doing very well this year. My oldest was always bored at two other WCPSS schools. It seems that 4th-6th is where they start to really challenge the kids, as they begin changing classes in 4th. There are obviously some things that must be worked out in a first-year school and there has been some turnover, but once the permanent location is settled, I believe this will be a highly sought after school by parents not happy with WCPSS. Teachers have been great and instrumental in getting the school on their feet, and my oldest is doing things I didn't even think about until +2 grades later (and I was Advanced/AP)! If you have children of superior intellect, I would recommend this school. If you have lower children or special needs requirements, look elsewhere. Their clubs/after school activities are very good for the first year and will expand next year. 4th-6th get foreign language AND Science every day! You won't find that in most public schools. Class sizes of 20 are a blessing after classes of 31 kids last year at our base school.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2012
This is the first school in his six years of public education that has gotten my fifth grader excited about learning. His science teacher is absolutely phenomenal and they are constantly doing hands on experiments. He is definitely being challenged more than he was at his previous schools, both academically and in organizational ways as he learns to change classes for the first time and be accountable to more than one teacher. I am just as pleased with my third grader's teacher. She is organized, communicates well with parents and constantly makes changes in the classroom to meet the needs of her students. Yes, there are some ups and downs as it is the first year of the school and the current location is quite cramped with little outdoor space. However, the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. My kids are quite happy here and that is what matters most to me.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2012
No disrespect to any of the teachers in which English is not their first language, it is very difficult to understand or if they understand what I am saying. My children have seen multiple children randomly leave this school and teachers as well. one of my children has had 4 language arts teacher as of the end of October. I just found out another teacher(which makes this the 5th teacher ) has left. I just found out that the school does not know where the school will be permanently located. Initially, I was told and it was indicated on the internet that it would be off of 540 by Aviation. Again, nothing but confusion, stress, and lack of clarity for this school.Both my children indicate that they do not want to go back there and are not motivated at this school. I personally do not feel that the teachers are not getting the support they need. I believe that they cater to the male gender as well as specific cultures. I agree with the other review that this school has potential but since my children are impressionable and miserable, I will not wait until this school has it together.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2012
I had high hopes for TMSA that have not been fulfilled. I am not convinced that they are following the NC Standard Curriculum; there is no school nurse, school counselor, or full-time custodian; it took 9 wks to put soap dispensers in the bathrooms, clean the yard that was scattered with debris, & hire a P/T custodian; there are students whose IEPs and 504 plans are not being met; children were not allowed to drink water throughout the day; for 20 mins a day during recess, 6th graders just sat at their desks, windows weren't opened for fresh air, and they rarely went outside; my child was moved w/o valid explanation from advanced math & science classes despite consistent 4s on the EOGs and As in the TMSA classes; my healthy child contracted bacterial pneumonia, as did many of the staff & students. Many of the teachers are hardworking and get little support from Administration (particularly the women). My daughters complained to me of subtle gender discrimination amongst the student body from 1 or 2 of the male teachers. TMSA has the potential to become a successful school. In the meantime, as the parent of middle schoolers, we cannot afford to wait for that day.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2012
If your kid is a male and is a genius this school is for you. Academic content is challenging, +/- 1-2 years above grade level but as with all things there is a price to pay - it's freedom of thought. The way the school is run it's their way or you can go back to WCPSS. Unless you luck out and get into the A classes in 4-6th grade right from day one, your chances of getting in later from the B classes is slim as there are only 20 spots in the A class, and if your child is identified as gifted but in a B class they will not be challenged at all. Because there is no gifted teacher they can not have a gifted program to challenge all the kids that deserve those services. You're better off staying at a magnet school if that is an option for you, plus there are no electives to speak of for middle schoolers. Except for the academic clubs, and advanced chess, all the other clubs are for entertainment even though they may be called tutoring. You do not get individual help in tutoring. The principal needs some serious social skills and cultural sensitivity training when it comes to the treatment of women. Their cultural values really do influence everything. Go elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2012
Management has no clue about running school. They don''t care about kids health and well being. Weird rules such as kids can't drink water from water bottle they carry, can't use bathroom twice, no snack break. The building is suffocating and kids complain about dirty bathrooms, no door lock, no soap and toilet papers in the bathrooms.

- submitted by a parent
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Triangle Math and Science Academy
312 Gregson Dr. Cary, NC 27511, Raleigh, NC  27601
(919) 388-0077
Last modified Triangle Math and Science Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-7. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Triangle Math and Science Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews.