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Clarksville, TN
Students enrolled: 894

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3585 Sango Rd
Clarksville, TN 37043

(931) 358-4093
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October 07, 2013
This is our fifth year at Sango, and we are sad to be moving. The faculty and staff have been excellent. They have worked with my children to help them excel and considered their individual needs. We've been so blessed to have our children here.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
This school only cares about test scores they do not care about the children. If a child try's to be a child they are wrote up. If you want your child to do homework from the time they get home until they go to bed this is the school for you. There are very few teachers who truly care about children if your child has any special needs go somewhere else if you have boys expect a letter wanting an ADD/ADHD SCREANING because in this school children are expected to be mini adults. They rarely go outside for recess because they say its to hot or to cold instead the children have quiet indoor time. Children are going to have extra energyif they cant run it off and be children. If you have an issue and need to talk to the principal save yourself the time and just talk to a brick wall that will be more productive. We are currently moving just to get out of this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
It seems to be a good safe school to send you kids. Teachers seem caring, but be prepared to enroll your kids in the military! Factuality bully kids with constant write ups for the dumbest things! My son got a write up cause a child went to tattle on another child and mistakenly said the wrong name. So we explained this to the factuality and they did not care. Also be prepared to be spending every night doing school work and avoid extra circulars activities because they won't have time.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2013
Overall, this is an excellent school. I feel completely safe with my children here every day. The school is very well organized and for the most part; efficient on every level. The academics are challenging and their are many caring teachers. The only area that concerns me is the most of extensive pressure put on children at TCAP time. It is discussed from the start of the year and my children missed many recess times at the end of the year with reviews. They "teach for the test" a great deal here and although I believe in setting a high standard-the amount of pressure on the children to "preform" on TCAP is too much. Overall, this school is a very good experience; but they should consider their overall approach to the state testing with students.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2012
You can volunteer at the school usually are by joining the PTA and also by the teacher sending out newsletters or emails asking you to volunteer for certain things in the classroom. They just sent out flyers asking people to volunteer to work the book fair. Yes the car circle is very slow but that is my only complaint. The school welcomes parents to come eat lunch with their kids and even have tables set aside for this purpose. My child is thriving in this school and is happy.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2012
The office staff is very dry and not very welcoming. Instead of a "hi, how can I help you" it is more like "what do you want" attitude. The previous review that mentioned that they go to the school to see their son...well, the school must have changed their policies because I couldn't even get past the front desk without an appointment either with my child's teacher or to even get to the library to assit the librarian...so much for them making it easy to volunteer. The car circle is extremely slow and if you end up at the end of the line, then you can probably expect for your child to wait outside for 20 to 30 minutes before you are up front. Your child either rides the bus or you use the car circle. There are no other ways to pick up your child unless you sign him/her out early. I have def seen more efficient use of a car circle. This review is not acadeic based but policy an service based.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
The only parents that don't have a problem with the demographic break down at Sango are the 84%. I'm disappointed in the lack of diversity among the staff at Sango. I'm grateful that my son will be attending Caramel Elementary in August. There is definitely a lack of consideration of others at this school. The school secretary had the audacity to ask me if my son and I have the same last name? This wouldn't have been a big deal had she asked the white lady who was also signing in to eat lunch with her child the same question. Never assume it only shows your ignorance and lack of professionalism!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2012
This site reports the child ethnicity ratio as 84% white, and a combined 15% other. I'm curious to know the teacher ethnicity ratio. I've heard horror stories of staff leaders accusing children of color of using profanity simply because the staff member did not understand the dialect of the given child. Also some rules of sending children having difficulty in class to another class with upper-level, older children. I don't see how that is conducive to learning and I don't think it is why my taxes help pay teachers salaries. With such a large mismatch of cultures, I wonder if the teachers receive training in diversity.

- submitted by a community member
August 28, 2011
Strong leadership. Excellent and caring teachers. An abundance of extracurricular activities that teachers run on their own time.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
We moved across town so that my son could attend Sango, and I could not ask for a better school. The teachers and the staff have been extremely helpful and patient in working with my son and I. They are very quick, responsive and on the ball in responding to requests for LD testing, and in maintaining open lines of communication. Though my son is still struggling due to ADHD and LD, I feel that they went above and beyond the call of duty in the accommodation they provided. Thank you, Sango!

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2011
I scoured this site before our military move. It is true test scores are very good, they spend weeks taking practice tests and putting pressure on students and parents about the results. The culture is extremely protective. They rarely go out for recess it is almost always too hot or too cold (my child had three times as much recess when we lived in Alaska.) Quiet indoor recess is not a substitute for outdoor recess, especially for active, younger children. It is an enormous school. If you have children that are excellent students and hope they will potentially do homework from the moment they get home from school (which is half an hour longer in the spring to make up all the "snow days") until they go to bed, this may be the school for you. If these other things concern you, don't let that 10 charm you like it did me. I know parents who drive their kids across town to Moore Magnet and love it.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2011
I applaud Ms. Vaughn for using her talents in an effort to get the school faculty on a path that focuses on the children instead of their inbred values. It must be difficult. I've noticed a complete turnover in the diversity of the faculty, and it must be a challenge for minorities in that school. I wonder if those posting five stars are of the 90 plus % majority of the school population. I will watch closely!

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2011
Sango Elementary is the best school in the county! Mrs. Vaughn is an excellent principal with an outstanding faculty and staff striving to meet the needs of all students. My kindergarten student has exceeded my expectations for growth this year. I am so thankful for such a wonderful place for children to achieve academic and social success!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2011
I am shocked to read the negative comments about Sango. My son has been there for 3 years and he (and we) havebeen so happy with everything at this school. His teachers have been warm, caring and very focused on teaching. The strict atmosphere allows teachers to do their job - teach - rather than focus on discipline all the time. I have never found any of my son's teachers to be demeaning or uncaring. My son is thriving in this environment and enjoys the rewards for good behavior and the recognition for hard work in academics. Do not be deterred by these comments. Every parent I personally know at this school is very pleased!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2010
Wow! 5 stars for Sango! We wish to thank the faculty and staff for another exceptional school year. Well done, Mrs. Vaughn, as you maintained the highest of standards in your first year as principal of Sango. We appreciated your open door policy, active listening, and sound decision-making. Our daughter (1st) thrived under the direction and caring of Ms. VanSickle. This young teacher set a sterling example through her dedication, competence, organizational skills, and positive attitude. Kudos to you! We look forward to 2nd grade, and for our youngest to begin kindergarten in 10 days! Keep up the great work! From appreciative parents with Sango Panther Pride!

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2010
We were very disappointed with Sango. The emphasis is on "appearances". The children are overlooked and expected to act like adults instead of children. When issues are addressed with administration, she is unwilling to consider any options besides her own. We are thrilled that our children are attending a different school now. The change has been tremendous. Rossview Elementary is high in academics while allowing children to be children.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2010
Very happy! The academics are great! This past year I had a son in the third grade and a son in K. Both of them enjoy the school greatly. I do have a slight problem with how strict the discipline is. My older son was sent to the Principle's office numerous times this year and was on the verge of being suspended for things I did not perceive as worthy of being sent to the Principle's office for.......disciplined and a note sent home....yes...suspended for...no. Unless the student is flat out threating another child or fighting or causing physical harm to another, (which my son was not) how can a third grader possibly be on the verge of suspension? Despite this slight problem this year, I am very happy with the school and would highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2009
We just moved here from Indiana and I was a little hesitant about the schools out here. I have absolutely fallen in love with Sango Elementary! The staff is extremely helpful and welcoming. Mrs. Cotter and Mrs. Morris are amazing and my children rave on and on about their teachers. Communication is great! There is Powerschool and the teacher always email back right away. I see why this school is rated 10 out of 10! Keep up the great work Sango!

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2009
As a teacher, I am honored to teach at Sango. It is a remarkable school. As a parent, I am concerned about the PTA this year. We have always been a school known for parent involvement, but this year the PTA has done much less for the teaching staff and has all but stopped communicating with most of the parents. I don't know what has changed this year, but its not a change for the better. We have so many wonderful parents at Sango who would love to support the school if they were only contacted.

- submitted by a teacher
October 29, 2009
We moved to this area in large part so our kids could attend Sango. After one rough year there they now attend private school. Weeks of my 1st grader losing recess (as a class) and having to sit boy girl boy in the cafeteria to cut down on chatter was enough for me. My 6 yr old cried most afternoons, she was starved for play, relaxation, warmth and freedom. She was a prisoner in that school. She is also an honor roll student with zero discipline issues, often overlooked when her hand was raised. If students get out of their seat they are told to sit down without ever finding out why they are up. I do not feel my child was treated like a person at this school but an inmate. She is so much happier at CA!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Overall I am very happy with Sango. My only concern is last year my child was in the 4th grade and they had a tremendous amount of homework. Also his backpack was very heavy and he wasn't allowed to use his wheels. I mean if I have problems lifting it, how do you expect a child to?

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2009
I went to sango in fourth and fith grade and there is no better elementary school in the county with better teachers!

- submitted by a student
June 21, 2009
Sango follows the curriculum set by the state of Tennessee, but does so in an above and beyond method. The teachers level their curriculum to meet the needs of the students in their classrooms. This is difficult to do, and as a parent of a high performing student, I am extremely pleased. The teachers use a variety of techniques to reach a variety of learning styles. Yes, Sango has high expectations of everyone. But why would anyone want low expectations in a school? This is the best school my children have attended. We are military and I have seen 6 different schools in 4 states. Sango is top-notch!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2009
Great school and great safe, clean environment, my kids love it! grateful parent, Marie Smith

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 28, 2009
My daughter attends sango and she is in Kinder and she loves it. She has learned some much since she has been there and the staff are great and take great pride in their work . I love Sango.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 20, 2009
we just moved to Clarksville from Florida we choose Sango elementary because all of our friends who PCS here before us told us that Sango was be the best school in the area, my child went to a very expensive private school in Florida, moving him to a public school made me very nervous however I can say I have been nothing but pleased with the level of education Sango has offered my children, people say the only thing the school care about is test scores, however at the end of the day our children are taking the tests and scoring high, so remember the test are done by our students not the teachers nor the parents, our children are the ones making the grade and that just tells me that the teachers are doing there jobs. Thank you for care and cultivating our children.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2009
My husband and I moved in April to put our daughter into Sango Elementary. Her other school was lacking the teaching ethics that we were looking for. She is now doing much better this year. Sango is a school that welcomes parents with open arms at anytime. The teaching staff is top notched and education is top priority!!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2009
If you only care about test scores this is a great school, but as others have pointed out this comes at a great price. While I agree in the importance of education, I feel that children should be given a comfortable place in which they are allowed to grow and develop. My daughter was forgotten in the back of the room because she did not cause trouble and was only an average student in their eyes. My son did not fit into the mold (which few boys do) that was expected of a student at this school and therefore was constantly being criticized. As a result I pulled my students out and went back to work as a teacher myself at another area school, Barksdale. I have never regretted the decision. My children enjoy a well-rounded education, including recess, as well as great overall school test scores.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2009
I bought a house in the Sango zone because of how I heard what a great school it was with the best test scores. Well, that may be true, but my kids were miserable there. If a sterile environment with an uncaring principal and lots of rules with no recess is what you want for your child, this is the place for them. Happily, my children no longer go here. I have several neighbors who are paying a pretty penny for private schools because of the same issues. Think twice about the cost of those high test scores.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 30, 2008
Being a military family I searched for 1 1/2 years looking for the best school district in the Montgomery County I found that this school was everything I was looking for. The staff is excellent and the parents are very involved. Sango is a fantastic school!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2008
Being a military family and concerned for our childrens future, I tend to research the schools that my children attend. Before coming here, I did my homework to see out of the 19 elementary schools in Clarksville-Montgomery County, how Sango stacked up. I do have to say we have been nothing but pleased! Sango, is yes, very clean and structured and contains many rules. The children are also held to high standards concerning academics and responsibility. That is where the parents step in. Besides, most studies show that children thrive in a well-structured environment. My children have. They love their teachers (and so do I) and the extracurricular activities offered. As a military family, we were embraced from day one. They know and understand some of the challenges we undergo, and help the children thru them all. There is even a deployment support group that my children are a part of.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
am writing about my daughter-Baylee Denny who had the honor of having Mr. Howell for her fifth grade teacher. She has attended Sango ever since kindergarden and hands down he was her all time favorite-Her grades and reading skills went way up -he would keep parents informed about spelling words for the week by e-mail He was just great! His reward-he was not asked back-he was treated very unjust-thank-you Melody and Bruce Denny

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 02, 2008
Sango is a good school in respect to test scores and grades. However, it is a very sterile environment. There is no proud displaying of the childrens artwork or classwork in the halls. I think the artwork is thrown out. I know we don't receive it.this is not a touchy feely whole-child nurturing school.The kids are not allowed to speak in the halls or touch the walls. they are yelled at in the cafeteria if they talk too loud. if they ask if they are going outside today, the teachers say now they are not because they asked. dont try to contact the principal. she is kept incommunocado behind an army of frontline people there to make sure no one breaks thru the lines.if you do get her, she wont change anything because her way is the only right way. my child has been very unhappy at this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2008
I couldn't think of a better school and Mrs. Story is such a positive roll model for students and parents alike. My son is so happy and is over the top in all his subjects. The state would be better off to study and mirror Sango in all aspects of learning and discipline.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 13, 2008
Excellent academics, wonderful teachers. It is on par with the private schools my children have attended. However, my only complaint is the parent volunteering. The volunteering opportunities are monopolized.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2008
I am very happy with Sango. My son was in life skills (he is autistic) and has recently been transferred into regular classes due to his advancement. I believe that this would not have happened if the teachers and aides had not worked with him. The teacher that introduced him to regular classes actually went to the Special Ed teacher and asked to work with my son because she saw so much potential! He has come so far and I truly believe its because the teachers and us (the parents) worked together and communicated are expectations for my son. We have always had a hand in the decisions, he is afterall our child.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
Very disappointed with Sango Elementary. If you did not put your child into day care or pre-school prior to attending kindergarten, you are in for a rude awakening. I have asked my child on numerous occasions what she learned at school today. The response I receive is remarkable. My child has to be taught at home after school to understand what the teacher was teaching. The school s expectations are extremely high. It is the parent's responsibility to ensure that their child is learning what they should. For parents looking for schools, make sure you know of the academics prior to picking your childs school. A kindergartener is expected to know kindergarten academics prior to attendance. Kindergarten is teaching first grade academics. Ensure you know of the requirements prior to sending your children. For example; your child is expected to know their ABC s and numbers up to 20. And to recognize them. This is tested before the first day of school.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2007
Very disappointed as a parent and educator. Sango has the appearance of excellence, yet lacks the student focused environment to inspire children to learn. Its all about pristine clean work free walls, silence and shiny hardware for this principal. Parents are not parteners, they told their place and expected to support the learning enviroment regardless of serious concerns. Parents do not have a voice. Its interesting to read these comments. As an elementary teacher myself, I never imagined I would ever have an academic/teacher problem at a 'top performing' school with an 'a/b honor roll' kid who scores high on state testing. I believe most teachers at Sango are wonderful. However, when a problem does arrive do not expect support from administration. AND, ask your child if they had recess outside today! High expectations are not met with support, thats the parents responsibility! (here is really why the school scores high)

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2007
Sango is very structured, there for they have rules that they abide by and follow. So on the surface it may appear there is a discipline issue. But it is because they actually address issues in a very professional manner. That is the exact reason I think it is an excellent choice of school for my high achieving children to attend. The teachers are top notch, and if they are not, you probably will not see them back the next year and other teachers in the community with scramble to fill the vacancy.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2007
My child has been attending for two years and with each day she looks forward to the challenges of school. I have talked with several parents and teachers that have attended other schools in the county. It is evident that not one other school compares! I encourage you to see for yourself. Organization, discipline, appearance, professionalism, and community; this is what I want for my child throughout her elementary and secondary education school systems. If you are military, the school and its teachers are prepared and eager to embrace your child in your absence. This is a foundation for their academic careers and I am confident that it is a strong one! Army Veteran

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2007
My daughter's first grade teacher was excellent. All the teachers I know at Sango are great teachers and most parents have few if any complaints about the teaching staff. The problem lies with all the rules. My daughter is always coming home to tell me of a new rule. If you're looking for flexibility and do not want your child treated like a cog in society's proverbial wheel, this school is not for you.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
I have been teaching at Sango for a few years now. Perhaps parent involvement is key in students' achievement. We certainly have the advantage of having terrific parents. Beyond that I have never seen such genuine care and concern for students and for each other in any other group of teachers. Sango is a well-oiled machine run by top-notch administrators and dedicated teachers. As a teacher I feel a sense of accountablity to parents, students, and administration. From day one I have been pushed to grow and develop as an educator. I am proud to be part of the Sango community.

- submitted by a teacher
February 16, 2007
Sango students' academic scores are among the best in Montgomery County. Parents considering Sango should realize that this is not entirely because of what Sango is providing, rather the support the parents' provide at home. There are a few things that have caused disappointment. I was disappointed, as a Kindergarten parent, that the Administration did not welcome or introduce themselves to new parents. Also, the school has few discipline problems but is average in providing the feeling of a loving, caring, community.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2006
The reason we chose our home was because it was zoned Sango Elementary. Our daughter came home from her first day of school to say she wanted to be a teacher at Sango when she grows up! This school is well-run with dedicated teachers. The parent involvement is tremendous. It is top-notch!

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
My oldest daughter has attended Sango since kindergarden and I must say, I would not let her go to any other school in the county. Test scores prove that Sango is by far the best! It takes a village to raise a child and I am so thankful my village includes this school. What a wonderful job all of the staff do! Bravo!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2006
My fourth grader will probably just pass this year. Do to the fact that her grades do not refect my childs academics but her responsibity. And unfortunalety, the teacher has been unable to teach that. Seriously, how can a test be missing (by several kids) and it remain the students fault only. My child was always an honor roll student and now barely passing. As well as other students with who's parents i have spoken with. Hello-red flag. If a teacher has a three page printing of students missing assignements-why is no one questioning this.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2005
I have a 4th grader, 3rd grader and 1st grader. this is the 3rd school my 2 older children have attended and it's by far the best. It even beats out the private school they attended a couple of years ago. Wonderful, caring teachers who are interested in challenging the children to their full potential. There are several (very inexpensive) extracurricular activities available to the children, like chess club and bookclub. Many of the parents are involved with things like accelerated reader, math superstars etc. The school is very appreciative of parent volunteers and recently had a 'thank-you' breakfast for us.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2005
I have one child a first grader, enjoys school there so much, they have a beautiful, very clean, place for children to learn. Very safe environment. Proud to be a parent.

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Sango Elementary School
3585 Sango Rd, Clarksville, TN  37043
(931) 358-4093
Last modified Sango Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sango Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top