"We are best known for Being one of the best schools!"
Students enrolled 440
Hours 9:00 AM - 3:35 PM
School leader Dustin D. Knight
Transportation options Yes
District Lancaster City School District
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425 Whittier Dr N
Lancaster, OH 43130

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5 stars
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October 18, 2013
Tarhe is the best Elementary school my family has been part of! My older daught. went here 3rd.-5th. Now my 2 grandkid's attend we are proud to be part of such a great group of people....

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October 17, 2013
This is one of the finest schools that I have ever been a part of.

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October 17, 2013
My son started here in Kindergarten, he is in 1st grade this year. He has behavioral issues but that has not kept the staff from devoting their full attention to his academics and not just his behavior. He is a great student and every teacher has helped him blossom. The teachers are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure each student has their best learning tools available, even if that means implementing change in norms. The parents of the school are also devoted to helping the school and its students e the best they can be. Tarhe is a Great School!!

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October 17, 2013
Tarhe is great a great school! Parents are very involved here. Sometimes it is hard to tell the teachers from the kids though because of the way they dress.

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October 17, 2013
Tarhe is an excellent school with happy, positive teachers and great attention to success in the classroom for each child. My two sons have finally enjoyed school this year after transferring to Tarhe from another school outside of the Lancaster City Schools district. They are learning and improving noticeably in math and reading. The Principal, Mr. Knight, knows all of the students' names and makes the students feel valued and noticed. It is a good atmosphere for learning.

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October 17, 2013
The principal and staff do a tremendous job here! My kids look forward to school each day! We moved into our current home just so our children would be able to attend Tarhe Elementary!

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October 17, 2013
Great elementary school good leadership and great educator. My children are excited to go to school

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
Tarhe is a wonderful school with an excellent staff and very involved parents. We had a very easy transition transferring in from another school. We are very proud to be a part of the Tarhe Elementary family!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
This school is awesome. The teachers care about every student, use technology in their lessons, and help increase students knowledge daily.

- submitted by a teacher
October 17, 2013
Wonderful school with great staff! Mr. Knight pretty much knows each student by name and greets them daily!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
I can not say enough wonderful things about this school and staff. From the principal who knows every student by name or the kindergarten teacher willing to wipe the tears of my terrified kindergartners eyes all the way to the custodian who you will find opening katsup packets and fruit cups for the kids at lunch. I attended this school as an adolescent and feel so lucky and blessed that my son went to Tarhe all of his school years and now my daughter. Tarhe is not just a school it's a Family!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2013
Tarhe is a great school overall but there are some areas that cause me concern. The reading program in kindergarten seems to be lacking. Reading is such an important educational need that I feel reading groups should be done daily in kindergarten. For both my children it was hit or miss whether they had reading at school. I had to work very closely with my children to see to it that they were able to read adequately. While I take responsibility to see that my children are learning by working with them at home, I feel the teachers also need to be doing their jobs! The other major concern I have is during inside recess. I think it is dangerous and inappropriate that the students are left unattended in the classrooms during inside recess. A teacher walking the halls and occasionally popping in is not acceptable! To expect a room full of kindergartners to make wise choices all the time is preposterous to me! If I were to leave my children unattended at home for 15 min to 30 min I would be in trouble with the law. I understand teachers are allotted breaks but the school needs to come up with a better solution than leaving kids unattended.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2013
Great school that challenges my children academically and encourages the use of technology. Great staff and principal!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2012
Thank you so much to our very hard working PTO. They have already organized a walk-a-thon and a family fall party last Friday night. What a wonderful way to support our Tarhe students and their families.

- submitted by a teacher
November 02, 2012
I have been w/ this school 8 yrs and I still love it. Principle makes a point to learn students and parents name, open communication and always an email away. Teachers are all wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2012
This School is a Great School. The principle is very involved in the school and you can tell that he really cares about the students. The teachers are wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2012
There is no school that will be absolutely perfect for every student every time. Mr. Knight and his staff work create the best possible environment for learning outcomes. I have, and have had students attending this school. It's reputation was a deciding factor in our move to Lancaster. ABOLUTELY NO REGRETS!!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2012
Tarhe is a great school overall. Most of the teachers and staff are caring. The principal is a good principal who always makes his best effort. He is friendly and pleasantly acknowledges all students. However, several timed math tests for ALL students, including the very young, is going overboard. Tarhe is a safe place for children and the playground is also fairly safe. More staff on the playground at recess times would make it safer. The teachers should have adequate training to be able to appropriately handle children with mild developmental disabilities. I don't agree with having the teachers video tape children when they are misbehaving and then playing the video back to the child. Tarhe did have a Holiday program, but the children sang to each other in the gym. The parents were not allowed to watch because there wasn't enough room. It would be nice if Tarhe could consider having a Holiday program held at the High School, to accommodate the children and their parents. One teacher in particular was dressed inappropriately on numerous occasions. Aside from my suggestions, Tarhe is the best elementary school in Lancaster.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2012
I have always found the staff incredibly helpful and caring towards my children. School is a safe and fun place to go with supportive adults. The PTA is very involved and provide lots of support for the teachers and children in the school. The facilities are decent, albeit crowded. My only complaint is with the limited availability of higher-level books in the library appropriate for 5th grade students. I have had to supplement my children's access to more challenging reading material through the local library. Overall I think Tarhe is a great school, and I wouldn't send my children to any other school in the area.

- submitted by a teacher
May 22, 2012
This really is a great school, and i could not be more happy for my daughter to attend here. Mr. Knight the principal, is so great with the kids and so involved. I love my daughters 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Byas! If you are looking for a grade school in the area where the teacher and parents are equally involved this is the school for you!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2012
Academics at Tarhe are excellent. If parents are looking for a school which employs teachers who balance education with instilling confidence and pride in their students, this is your school. My husband and I went back & forth between sending our kids to Tarhe or private (Catholic) school. We are so impressed by the level of academics being taught that we have decided to keep the kids at Tarhe.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2012
Tarhe has been a wonderful school for my daughter! There are very caring teachers and the principle, Mr. Knight is wonderful. He makes learning an exciting experience for the students. My only suggestion would be for the school to have more extracurriculars for the students so that there is something for all students to do that gets them involved. Kudos the the staff for a great year!

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no rating May 21, 2009
This is a great school. The principal works hard to keep all programs running. The teachers are great. The only suggetion I have is to work a little bit on the extra curriclar activities. Other than that I love the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2009
One of the best schools I have ever worked at. Very friendly and caring staff.

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no rating November 09, 2008
tarhe is a great elemantary school because we always have anything going on!!!!!we love tarhe and the teachers

- submitted by a student
September 09, 2008
My daughters and I love Tarhe. I have found the teachers and staff to be extremely friendly, knowledgeable and eager to educate the children. It is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 06, 2008
Tarhe is a great school with wonderful staff. Our son is in the first grade - this was one of the best decisions we made for him. I am an alumni from Liberty Union and did not know much about Lancaster - We are glad we gave it a shot! Mr. Knight is a very good principal and seems to know every student by name...that is very impressive, you can tell he loves his job and cares for each and every student. I would advise anyone thinking of enrolling their children in Tarhe to trust these reviews they are straight from the parents - we are the ones that know the most about our children and their needs. 'We are Tarhe!!'

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no rating September 05, 2008
Tarhe is a wounderful school from staff to principal. The staff really care about the children and whats best for them. I have two children at Tarhe and anytime my children have had an issue with anything the teachers have always been willing to listen and help in any way they can. It will be a very sad day for me when my children have to move on to junior high. Thank you Tarhe staff for having such big hearts.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
Tarhe has a wonderful staff across the board. The principal and all of my childrens' teachers have done an excellent job communicating to parents, which I believe is extremely important.

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no rating September 04, 2008
Me and my husband both went to Amanda school and didn't know what to expect from the Lancaster schools. We had even considered sending our son to Amanda. I am happy to say we are very pleased with Tarhe and I am glad we made the choice to send our son to such a wonderful school! Mr. Knight is really great with the kids and the teachers are awesome! I like to volunteer and help out at school whenever possible and have gotten to know so many great people. I will be sad when my kids have to move on to junior high. It would be nice if there were after school activities and field trips. My son is in the third grade and has never been on a field trip. Other than that Tarhe is great!

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no rating September 04, 2008
Great principal leadership, and for the most-part wonderful teachers with shared goals for our students. Safety and discipline mirror what we teach at home, with actions have consequences and a golden rule approach,how can we as parents ask for more.

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no rating September 04, 2008
My daughter just started Kindergarten @ Tarhe and this being my first experience and also being in a new town, I have to say it was a pleasurable one. It was a little crazy at times but I was always put to ease by the Principle or his Secretary. So far I would have to rate this school a #10.

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October 22, 2007
I agree that Tarhe is an excellent school. I have thought about private school but I believe more strongly in the public system since both of my children have attended Tarhe and both are very successful in school. The combination of strong leadership, individual teacher excellence and acceptance of students' strengths and weaknesses and a willingness to work with each student's range make Tarhe stand out amongst the best. The emphasis on safety help parents comfortably leave their children at school each day.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
My husband and I were very pleased with Tarhe Elementary when our son started there last year. The principal is outstanding and were couldn't believe he knew not only our son's name after approx. 1 month; but greeted every child by name; you can tell he loves what he does. The only thing I'd like to see more of are after-school activities; but overall it is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2007
We are tarhe! we are excellent! our school motto says it all! excellent staff, excellent programs, excellent parents and the most important thing... Excellent students!

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August 29, 2007
We have had a wonderful experience since moving our child from a private school into a public school. This has been the best decision we have made for our daughter! The teachers and principal at Tarhe Elementary have made our daughter feel welcome and have made the transition of schools very easy for her. Tarhe is definitely a top notch school to us!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
Tarhe is one of the best elememtary schools in Fairfield County. Great staff and principal. I would recommend Tarhe School to any family moving into the school district. Keep up the excellent work!!

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August 28, 2007
This is our 11th year with Tarhe Elementary ( 3 kids). Other than two uncooperative teachers, which is not unexpected for 11 years, our family has had a positive experience with this school. Mr. Knight is one of the best principals in the Lancaster School systems, and is always willing to listen ( if not always willing to agree). Our youngest child has LD issues, and the professionals at Tarhe (through LCS) have been very helpful. I believe that more art and music should be added to the curriculum, but with the State's testing mandates, that is a problem in every elementary at this time.

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- submitted by a teacher
August 28, 2007
Tarhe Elementary is definately one of the best schools in Lancaster. The principal is outstanding! He greets each child every day, knows them by name, and even forms great friendships with them (he becomes their buddy). The teaching staff is also outstanding. They along with the principal, hold a very high standard for teaching and the kids receive a very high quality education. We love Tarhe!

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August 28, 2007
I have been actively involved in the academic careers of my children, and have to say without a doubt that Chief Tarhe is a top knotch facility. The staff is caring, kind and willing to help whenever asked. The only disappointment that I experience is from my perspective as a PTO Representative. We have a great school, with a lot of resources, but our parents need to take a more active role. Everyone is busy, but it seems like the same small group of volunteers always does all of the work. Let's get behind our school and show them that they matter to us!

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August 28, 2007
We moved to Lancaster two years ago from Hilliard and weren't sure what to expect. Well, I can say that TARHE exceeded our expectations! We have been so happy with the teachers and the principal, they truly care about each student and their education.

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no rating August 28, 2007
Our daughter transferred to tarhe about 3 years ago and we love it! the principal is awesome! he really cares and you can tell. The school has great activities for kids and families. We are also glad to have mrs. Carpenter back!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
Tarhe has good academic programs for the kids. I wish band was offered at the fifth grade level instead of sixth. As a parent, I am involved with the school as a volunteer and try to help as much as I can. The school welcomes any parent wishing to help. There are no extracurricular activities offered after school. The community provides a few choices each season.

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August 28, 2007
We have had a great experience with the Tarhe teachers we have been blessed with. We really like how the teachers bond with the students.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2007
I have to say that Tarhe Elementary is probably one of the best elementary schools in Lancaster. The teachers care about the 'whole' child. The children are cared for and receive a high quality education. The principal is phenomonal! He is so kid oriented that my children just love going to school to see him and have him greet them each day. He helps the teachers provide a great education for my kids and a safe environment for everyone. If you are someone considering moving into the Lancaster area, I would strongly encourage you to consider moving into Tarhe's attendance ares. -Happy Parent

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2007
Our daughter has been at Tarhe for 2 years now and we have been pleased with our experience. The principal is very involved with the kids and the teachers welcome parental involvement. We will be moving due to a job transfer and hate to leave.

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Tarhe Elementary School
425 Whittier Dr N, Lancaster, OH  43130
(740) 687-7330
Last modified Tarhe Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tarhe Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 64 reviews.