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Mayo Demonstration Elementary School4
Posted March 23, 2014
- a parent
I have one child at Mayo and one that has moved on to Thoreau. I think Mayo is a wonderful school. The teachers work really hard and put in so much of their own time to make sure they are presenting quality material. The only thing I would change is the grading system. My child was not prepared for middle school. She was not used to grades and the importance of them. Thoreau was a complete shock with the amount of homework especially in math. Please prepare our children for fractions and grades. I know that fractions are hard for their minds at this age but it will hurt them when they move on to middle school. Maybe introduce grades at the Armstrong level.
This school appears wonderful on the surface. I think for some students this is something fantastic. But it's not for all students. There is little accountability regarding homework, little communication between parents and teachers. The STEM program was something to be looked forward to this year. However, we now have 15 weeks left in the school year and we've yet to implement anything from the program at all. Unless you are a carefree family that can let things just kind of flow, this is not the school for you or your child. It is not for everyone.
Mayo is a diverse community of active learners. The teachers are intellifent and professional, and beyond dedicated. With the implementation of STEM, the math and science focus will be fully realized. A hidden gem in TPS!
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Mayo. The atmosphere is the most conducive to learning I have ever seen. The principal knows all the children by name and his involvement is unparalleled. The tribe model is a wonderful way for children to learn to work in teams and as mentors. The extended day program allows my child to participate in all the extracurricular programs we were involved in at our other school only now I don't spend our valuable evening time driving all over town. We came to Mayo after a less than desirable experience at another Tulsa School. We have seen a complete 180 turn in our child's attitude about school. He wants to go and loves to learn. We are so excited to be part of the STEM program at Mayo and look forward to more wonderful experiences here.
This school makes sure that kids are given as much attention as they need to make sure they get the information required to move successfully on to the next phase of every subject. The variety of learning styles are accommodated by teaching in the manner each child understands. The faculty is warm and generous, and excellent at communicating with the parents. I wish I could have attended a school like this when I was a kid, and I am so grateful that my daughter has the opportunity to experience it. It has given her a confidence level that every child should feel about learning and exploring. I highly recommend it as a safe and fun place to grow and learn. It's not your normal school. It is a community resource and hive of excellent people. Also, the PTA is wonderful, and definitely not the kind that makes you wonder what they do. It's all very awesome.
We moved our child while there was still time to help him. He couldn't read and had a hard time with math. The teachers blew hiim off. He is in a traditional classroom now, which has helped enormously. With tutoring, which should have been provided at Mayo, he has almost made up the year and a half he was behind. I would never send another child to Mayo.
Your ratings are based on too many old reviews. Since 2009, Mayo has fallen into a decline. Too many students can't read, others can't do math, and it's touted as a school for math and science. There are too many distractions away from learning. The school puts emphasis on field trips and special projects, but many parents are having to send their children out for math and reading tutoring. On close examination, qualifications of many of the teachers don't hold up. Some simply aren't qualified to teach in the areas for which they are claiming expertise. Move to Union or Jenks and send your kids there.
This shining star of a school has fallen hard . Standardized tests scores continue to decline. Many bright students are forced to get tutors to insure they have the basic reading, spelling and math skills to survive in middle school. This gradual decline can be seen over the past 5-6 years and is most likely attributable to poor hiring choices. The current staff is simply not as competent, in the class room, as those who started the school and developed the Mayo concept. This can be seen primarily in the older grades (4th and 5th), but staffing problems exist throughout the school. It takes the best to build the best and the today's Mayo is just not making the grade.
Mayo demonstration school has an environment that encourages involvement, individuality and provides the opportunity for any child to succeed. The excellence in this school trickles from the top down. Mr. McKenzie has developed a model learning environment that attracts passionate teachers and support staff. The year-long theme and hands on learning involves the children in a very effective way. The children that are lucky enough to attend Mayo will be involved, successful, confident adults and active members of their society.