ZIS is AMAZING!! We have 2 children enrolled, and couldn't be happier! I believe the reason this school is so successful, is because the principal, and the PTA. Sra. Wester is very hands on, commands attention when needed, and is very empathetic to the students. The PTA is successful as well, they continuously come up with ways to earn money for the school, and invest it in your child's class rooms and education. We have only positive comments about the program as well. It was a little stressful thinking our Kinder student would go into a room where she didn't know anyone, but also, didn't know the language. I believe it is harder on the parents than the students! We adjusted well after a few visits with the teacher, and the explanation that our student's brains are well equiped to handle the challenge, and we should just watch and see how magnificent our child's brain is! WE LOVE ZARROW!! Highly reccomend it!!
After reading the other reviews I wanted to make sure that it was known that since then the principal in question has left and new one came and went and we are now under the direction of an awesome principal. Sra. Wester has been highly praised by parents at her former school and they were sad to see her leave. Their loss is our gain. Zarrow is an excellent school and a great opportunity for our children. Parent participation is like none other I have ever seen. They truly take to heart the old saying "it takes a village to raise a child" I'm so thankful to be a part of that!
Zarrow offers students the chance to become bilingual which is a great asset. With only 2 classes per grade, it has an intimate feel that cannot be achieved at some of the larger schools. The parents tend to be very involved which is both a blessing and a curse. No school is able to meet every one's needs but being at Zarrow has been a mostly positive experience for our family.
The bad news is this school has performed far below its potential because of the poor leadership. The good news is the principal has now been removed (effective at the end of this school year). Now there is at least a chance for this school to become what it was intended. This bold move by the Tulsa Public Schools administration was the right thing to do and will benefit the kids tremendously. Just think, no more bickering about the principal. And, teacher turnover should now reduce down to the average of other schools. The work of all the parents who spent so much of their time and energy trying to improve this school by forcing a change in leadership has now paid off. Congratulations to everyone who participated. And, to the skeptics, I am sure you will see a brighter future for your children now.
I have been a Zarrow parent now for 4 years. I know every school has it's areas for improvement. With that being said Zarrow is a wonderful school with wonderful teachers and a wonderful prinicpal. I am sure some parents who read this comment will not agree and will try to disclaim me but I have been a very involved parent for all the years that I have been at Zarrow and I can honestly say the principal is one of the hardest working prinicpals that I've ever seen. She truly has our children's best intesterests at heart as well as her staff. I have seen her prove this time and time again. I am thrilled that all of my children have had the opportunity to attend Zarrow. It has been a wonderful experience for us and them overall.
The individual teacher and parent commitment holds this school together, The childredn receive a decent education. There is a hugh and dissapointing gap in what this program is and what it could be. Parent commitment, teacher commitment and the immersion concept should provide innovative, world class results. It presently produces good results. Incompetent leadership is seen in the micromanagement of small details, while larger issues such as ciriculum are neglected. There is to be a trend to remove ones child once the Spanish emphasis is removed in the upper grades. There is little excitement for education from the children or the staff. Fair management-very poor leadership. Very sad.
The situation at Zarrow is complicated. The parents are interested and try to be involved. By positioning herself as the protector of the teachers, the principal has put a glass wall between the parents and teachers. Parent input that is embraced in other schools is stifled at Zarrow. The teachers, when they stay, are excellent. However, because the turnover is high, there is little consistency from year to year. The yearbooks tell the story all too clearly. Teachers leave and students leave. This year's fifth grade class is less than half the size of the class that began together at Zarrow. The principal is hardworking, polished, and up-to-date on all the district policies. This does not make her the best fit for this school.
Wow, I've been surprised by some of the criticism. I can't say enough good things about the school. I've been overwhelmed by the quality of teachers. The children have a strong bond with them. I feel extremely fortunate that my daughter has had an opportunity to attend Zarrow. I have two children who have attended Union Schools and have been pleased but Zarrow is far superior, especially when you consider the students are learning a second language. The outstanding work by the teachers and administrators should be encouraged. Keep up the good work.
Zarrow Interational is a great school. The children learn a second language, have the opportunity to participate in an exchange program, and are continually challenged on a daily basis. I highly recommend this school.
Zarrow is a wonderful school. I have one child attendig Zarrow. The children are safe, challenged, and enjoy learning. The teachers are highly qualified, as is the support staff, and principal. The humanities teachers are outstanding in their field.
The constant teacher turnover (30%+) is a huge issue at this school. They continually lose grade teachers not only at the end of the school year but also during the school year which is a great impact to the students in the classroom. There are 2 native speaking teachers left in the program and the remaining teacher's spanish speaking and teaching abilities vary greatly. It is sad the program has so much potential but is plagued by poor leadership. Several families have chosen to move their children to a more stable program and it has nothing to do with those children's abilities. Hoping for a greater future and new leadership.
Zarrow is a fantastic school, my child is getting a superior education. The staff and faculty has been phenomenal during our time here. I give this school a 10!! It is a school of choice and everyone has the option to chose another school for their child(ren) if they are not happy.
This school is failing the children. The only thing that keeps the children afloat is the fact that they are exceptional. They must test to get into the program and parent involvement is the only thing keeping them on track. Teachers always leave in the middle of the year. The principal needs to leave and go find work elsewhere. She is obviously unhappy and a very poor leader. There is no structure to the program. Because all the teachers keep leaving, no one knows what was taught the year before or what will be taught the year after. The students have no continuity in their education. The GT program is a joke. There are no school promoted extracurricular activities and the principal makes it difficult to conduct any activities after school. If your child does not get into Eisenhower, just forget about an 'immersion' school in Tulsa. This is not it!
Zarrow has been an exceptional experience for my child with an administrative and teaching staff that is sincerely dedicated to the success of each child. My child has been at Zarrow 1 year, and we have not experienced lacking communications from the school leadership. The school has received many awards and continues to be a strong community for the children and their families.
Academics is not the only criteria for rating a school. My experience as a substitute teacher at many Tulsa elementary and middle schools have helped me look at my child's educational experience at Zarrow with some balance. Not all students have parents that are so keenly interested in their child's education. The Zarrow learning community provides our children with a safe environment for which I am so very thankful. Yes, our school has experienced growing pains. Yes, I would prefer that the curriculum be taught by instructors who have ALL the tools necessary to give my child the best Spanish instruction. But we are limited by our infancy. Our first principal let the parents make many decisions and we loved that! Don't forget change is hard but not bad.
My child's first two years at Henry Zarrow were excellent. The third year was great but the last two years have been very disappointing. This principal is surly, uncommunicative, and she does not return parents phone calls. She's arrogant and self centered. She does not communicate with parents at all - None! The student teacher ratio is excellent and the curriculum is good but there is not as much Spanish taught as was originally promised (NCLB). I believe the school could be as good as it once was if the principal and her staff receive proper training on parent-administrative relations.
Zarrow, or probably any immersion program, is not for everyone. My daughter (now in 3rd) struggled at first and the 'No Child Left Behind' Teacher Certification requirements made finding certified teachers for whom Spanish was their primary language difficult. Several teachers has to leave after failing the Certification test. My daughter was the student of two, and I was sad to see both go. The written portion of the test (in English) proved too difficult. All these problems seem to be behind us now and the school simply rocks. We now have both kids there and I cannot imagine being happier with any public school. The specials (health, art and music) instructors are so outstanding I could use my 150 words on that alone. As with any school that requires an application, parents are very involved and Zarrow PTA has won state membership awards for the last two years.
We left Zarrow this summer after many years. We loved the school when the former principal was there. Since the new principal joined two years ago the school has really gone down hill. So many good families and teachers have left. I hope it gets better for all of our friends still there.
Henry Zarrow International is a perfect fit for my child. Each teacher he's had there have been great. They work with him one on one if he has a problem or they help bring out the leader in him if there is an opportunity. I highly reccomend this school to anyone considering it. There are not many times that you'll be able to provide such an educational difference in your child's life. This school will immerse your child in the Spanish language and by the time they enter 6th grade they will be in Spanish 6. Just think of the wonderful opportunities this will open up for them in the future. Plato said, 'The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.' The PTA has several opportunities for parental involvement. The students have several options for extra-curricular activities. From violin lessons to team sports. We have Music, Physical Education, & Art.
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