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Oklahoma City, OK

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4500 Tinker Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73135

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(405) 739-1630
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July 09, 2014
Tinker Elementary is a great school. The teachers really go above and beyond for their students. This school is rich in technology and accelerated learning activities for all students. I currently have 2 students enrolled and 1 who has passed through Tinker. They have all been happy, safe, and challenged. Tinker does a great job making sure students are ready for the future!

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2014
My daughter loves attending Tinker Elementary! She loves everything about Tinker Elementary; staff, classes, and activities. She was so disappointed when the school year ended. She likes summer but she loves school more! She can't wait until August to start a new school year!

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2014
My son just completed Kindergarten and is really excited for 1st grade. The teaching staff at Tinker work really hard trying to challenge and teach the children that walk through their door. I have heard some complaints from parents about this and that, but you have to experience it for yourself. Only the discouraged complain and I know of MANY parents and students who LOVE this school. I don't take my children's education lightly. I know that those teachers have a lot of adversities with the ever changing education system. But they work hard! Thank you, Tinker for loving my son!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2014
My girls started attending Tinker last year. We have absolutely loved our experiences there! All of the staff is friendly & knowledgable. The teachers go above & beyond for the students. We love all of the fun activities they plan for the kids & families. The principal is always around to talk to & help in any situation. We love Tinker!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
My son has had noting but a good experience at Tinker Elementary. All of that is due in part to his teacher. I like the school because it is small, the staff is friendly and they have a good curriculum. You will see the Principal out just about every morning greeting the kids. Overall I have had no problems and my son really likes the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
My daughter is a 5th grader that has been going to Tinker Elementary School since October 2013. My daughter has been an honor roll student since the First Grade and has always been an above grade level reader. Since attending this school my daughter has come home crying because she is afraid she will have to repeat the 5th grade. The only thing they are teaching is how to take the state exam and I want to know why they make students run laps for discipline. My daughter has fainting spells when she over heats and my biggest fear is that the teacher is going to make them run laps and my daughter is going faint and injure herself.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2013
"No taking during lunch, you will choke. How would your parents feel if they got a call from us hearing you'd choked?" They want silence at lunch, yet KidzBop blasted. Want calm? Play calm music. Multiple times, 1st grader had to run laps around the large school yard because didn't write student number on homework, or forgot to write name. Teacher hollered at 3rd grade class on regular basis. Playground equipment is ancient. Bright spots: Mrs. Kubitscheck, 1st grade teacher; she's a star. Apple iMacs in computer lab. Sum up: it is running on survival mode, the school the district forgot. It needs experienced, proven Principal to revive it! It has a transitory student body because of Base, and also pulls from an economically challenged area. These things should be taken into consideration. Make the school a bright spot in the lives of these kids, not a drudgery. Grade school should not be boot camp. Show some grace to these children. Stop yelling. Treat them with kindness. Expect good things from them. Don't scare them about state testing. Stop teaching to the TEST and just TEACH!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2012
HHORRIBLE SCHOOL! I really thought I was sending my child to a great school but soon discovered this school if far from it. The school is ran like a army base and the kids are aspected to act like soilders. The kids have to run laps if they have to use the restroom when it's not the designated bathroom break time. Kids are picked on and there's nothing done about it and they are made to feel like there the problem. A teacher has admitted in front of the principal during a meeting that she hallers at the students and slams books on her desk when she wants the kids to be quite and tells the kids to shut up and she is still allowed to teach there. The principal said she was gonna handle it but has failed to and is now trying to switch the blame from teacher to student. My child WILL NOT be attending this school next year and I recommend anyone to NOT enroll there child in this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2010
I love Tinker! I have a child in the Fourth grade. I love the teacher group and the flexibility offered to my child. I also have a child in first grade that also is part of the gifted program. Both sets of my childrens' teacher call me for concerns or rewards. The principal is amazing! I hope to keep him for a long time since my first grader will be there for a while. The admin staff does seem a little strained, personally I believe there just is not enough of them. I would like to see more parent involvement or a monthly calander of events. Overall, I am extremely happy!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
I am very satisfied and feel very fortunate that my child can attend Tinker Elementary. They have the most kindest teachers and they give alot of support to the military families. My child's fourth grade teachers are willing to do anything to make sure she succeeds! Iappeciate all that this school does!!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2010
This school is completely lacking the necessary skills to be considered a "great school". The kids are treated like prisoners. There is no talking through the school day and the way the children are treated is horrible. For example, in the 4th grade, they lose recess or have to run laps on the track for sharpening their pencil during class or going to the bathroom out side of the predetermined bathroom breaks. I am one of many parents who decided after the start of the school year to pull my child from this school and we are perusing other schooling options.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
We came to Tinker during right before the christmas break of 09 and I have absolutely love it. My kids excelled, they loved it. The teachers were great and very involved! I have no complaints other than I wish the district would reinstate the AR program and maybe the had more choices at lunch!! Let's go PATRIOTS!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 01, 2010
My son attended 4-6th grade. One of his teachers that has been there for many years is an absolute busy body and does not focus on school as much as she does this nutty touchy feely keep up with the kids' love life business. He had a great 6th grade teacher. The principal is awful...unwilling to see any side other than the teacher and makes no bones about it. Moved out of the school district!

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2009
My son has been attend this school and I have been very disapointed in the lack of supervision. I really hated this school and will be switching him to another hopefully soon. Although I have to say his teacher did TRY to stay involved in his everyday situations my son was bullied and came home talking about it often.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2009
My daughter has attended both pre-k and now kindergarten at this school, and we absolutely love it! She has Mrs. Laughlin, and she is simply amazing with the children! The teachers are so creative and truly get to know each student and try to meet their individual needs. We love Tinker!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2009
I, like many parents LOVE the teachers and staff of Tinker Elem! The principal is rarely present. I have not seen her at evening activities, in the cafeteria, or on the playground. She does not interact with the children and does not appear to know them by name. In fact, one child thought the counselor was the principal! Something needs to be done! The teachers and staff deserve so much more. They work so tirelessly to give Tinker their best with so little leadership from their principal. My heart goes out to them. A Very Concerned Parent

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
As a parent, I've really loved Tinker! The teachers have been very supportive and helpful. I have noticed that the principal seems to be very 'absent' and difficult to reach. I've attended numerous functions where I've seen many teachers and other support staff but no principal. Maybe I'm just coming from a school with a very visible principal, but I would hope that my child attends a school where not only the teachers are seen on an everyday basis.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
As a parent, I appreciate the teachers and staff members at Tinker Elementary. They are friendly and helpful. There are people standing at the front of the school welcoming kids as they come in and leave. I have been very impressed with my child's learning. His teacher has gone above and beyond trying to let me know how he is doing and sending home stuff. The only thing I don't like about Tinker is the principal. She is never around when I've been there. She doesn't even know my kid's name. Overall, Tinker is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2009
I have a son that goes to Tinker Elementary and I really am impressed with this school. We came from a school that was behind in their studies and the teachers here are doing everything they can to help him. I think this school has high expectations for their students as well as for me. I enjoy their 'Pride' assemblies and their PTA was very nice and helpful when we came here. The teachers are very knowledgable and caring. In fact I was there a couple of weeks ago to pick up my son and I noticed all the teacher were in a meeting after school. They were in class learning about new ways of teaching. My son was exitced about knowing his teacher went to school just like him. I think these teachers go up and beyond for my child. Great job Tinker!

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March 24, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 23, 2008
This school deserves no stars..Totally unsatisfactory. My children have been going to Tinker since Kinder and I have had nothing but problems. The prinicpal has no leadership whatsoever. I do hope someone looks into this school..it needs serious help!

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September 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 12, 2008
This was my daughters first year at Tinker and I will not allow my daughter to go back. The teachers do care but the Leadership their starting with the principal who is horrible and doesn't care less about what is going on at her school. They make assumptions about certain students and parents and treat them differently. They dramatize everything to be worst then it is and speak down to you. My daughter stopped being excited about going to school in fear of what she was going to get in trouble for next: helping a classmate, wanting to answer all the questions, being cheerful and anxious at the start of every school day. Tinker needs to think about a complete makeover from the dilapidated building to the Administration.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2008
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May 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
The secretary deals with people in an unfriendly aggressive nature leaving parents with the feeling that their concerns were unwarranted and bothersome. The principal makes no attempt to respond to parents about situations in the school. Once the principal reassured me that she would deal with an issue and respond however; no attempt was ever made to get in touch with me. This school is the worst my children have attended in two states. The school smells, is unclean, and is managed in an unorganized manner and to date I have not encountered one skilled teacher currently employed at this school. Avoid this school at all cost if you value your child s education and future. Also it is worth noting that I remain anonymous due to a fear of reprisal directed at my children in the event that the author of this review is to become known.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2007
The leadership at Tinker Elementary is very lacking. The office staff is often seen as rude and indifferent. The principal does not return phone calls nor address parental concerns promptly. While the teachers are among the best, the leadership at the top is quite lacking!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
We have one child at Tinker Elementary. As she is in the first grade, I had hoped our experience would be positive. I am disappointed in the level of academics she is tasked to perform. She is bored and there is no accelerated learning program available for gifted children. The administration is not proactive in dealing with issues and concerns raised by parents. The PTO is the same group of individuals, year after year, all of whom are not interested in the assistance of other parents. I've found the school to be both unfriendly and not helpful. I am looking at other options for educating my child next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2007
The level of parental involvement at Tinker is outstanding. Thr teachers are great, and if your child is in a mainstream class it is truely one of the best schools to attend. Unfortunately, children with disablities are often given general treatment and many receive the same IEP.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2007
This is our first year at Tinker Elementary. I am very glad to say that the teachers are awesome. They put all their focus and energy on each individual child. They are available to hear concerns, comments, suggestions, and give my child and me their full attention during conferences. It feels like a big family away from home. I do not worry about their safety because everyone looks out for everyone else. They have a security surveillance, an impressive check-in system and office personnel that are always grateful to help you in any way possible.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2007
My oldest child has gone to Tinker for 5 years and I have 2 others that have been at Tinker for 3 years and we just love the school. The staff and teacher are supportive and caring. I would recommend this school to anyone come to Tinker AFB. We also would like to thank the PTO for all of their help and support. WOW, we are lucky to have such amazing educators for our Tinker children. All I can say is Tinker Staff keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2007
We have children who attended and are currently attending Tinker Elem. I have always been impressed with the school and the involvement of the teachers. My family loves this school. As a military family it is important to be at a place that cares about its students and their families. With excellent teachers, and staff members and hard working involved administrators we will continue to support Tinker even once all our children have moved on.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2007
This is my child s first year at Tinker and I must say that I am extremely disappointed with the quality of education that she is receiving. My daughter has always been an excellent study and I have never had a problem with her academically. However, when you move to a place in the middle of the school year and you are not sure about the surrounding schools my husband and I just let her go to Tinker because it was close. The staff and teachers do not focus on teaching the required things that kindergartens should know prior to going to the first grade. The quality of the academic programs are poor. I feel that my daughter has regressed since attending Tinker Elementary next year she will be attending a private school.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
Unfortunately I am very unhappy with the leadership at Tinker Elementary. As a military mom I expect better leadership from the school administration. The office workers are rude, a principal that doesn't respond to parent complaints. The PTSO is a bunch or rude women who treat working mothers like they don't matter. Fortunately for my son he has an outstanding teacher that really cares. Hint for PTSO: start treating your volunteers better and maybe you will get more support.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2007
I currently have the two students enrolled at Tinker Elementary for their second school year.There are some awesome teachers there that care about our students and their families. I have not been impressed at all with the principal. I have always been taught that everything rises and falls with leadership.The leadership that I have seen her display these past two years have been very poor. Also, their special needs programs like speech and extra reading classes that many children need to accomplish their learning skills have not been properly provided. They have failed our family with making sure that our child is not being left behind. Our child lost a whole year of these services, as well as a many other children at Tinker. It's a big responsibility running a school. People should take that into consideration before accepting the position. Parents need to stay involved in their child's education.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2006
This is my sons first year at tinker elementary.Since my son has been attending tinker elementary I have had several problems trying to communicate with several different staff members in regards to my child's progress.The school has serious issues with staying organized and keeping up with basic duties.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
While I would have preferred to send my son to a private school, as a single income family public school was our only choice. Additionally, because his birthday fell after the September 1 cut off, he entered a year 'late.' I found the curriculum severely inadequate; The Mid-Del Pre-K curriculum guidelines only required that students be able to count to 10 and recognize the alphabet by the end of the year. My son, who was reading at a 3rd grade level, was bored and acting out. No special considerations were given to academic needs. He entered Kindergarten this year and after struggling for weeks to motivate his teacher to help me work with him on a more academically appropriate level, I finally requested he be moved to a first grade class. I am not impressed with Tinker and will transfer to another district next year.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2006
I have been consistently disappointed time and again with Tinker Elementary. My son's teacher has been indifferent and insensitive to a military child dealing with a relocation. (we moved here with only 8 weeks left in the school year) The bathrooms are in disrepair with no stalls around the toilets, and broken plumbing. Our son will be attending a private school for next year.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2006
We love Tinker Elementary. The teachers and staff are amazing. They really take an interest in each student and seeing to their success. They provide extracurricular activities and continue to pour confidence into our students. Parents love to be involved with Tinker a place that is well appreciated. :)

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2005
Tinker Elementary is a top notch school. The teachers are professional and try to reach each student. They care about their students. My children enjoy the Walking Club and the A.R. Celebrations. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
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Tinker Elementary School
4500 Tinker Road, Oklahoma City, OK  73135
(405) 739-1630
Last modified Tinker Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tinker Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top