For the life of me I will never understand why they continue to recognize students that have attended 12, 13, and 14 years but no longer recognize the top academic students at graduation. They are listed in the graduation program but not ranked. The young man that should have been valedictorian last year gave the only speech worth listening to at the ceremony. I was told the school changed the recognition requirements in the middle of his high school years. Getting an award for a parental decision is ridiculous.
My child has been in this school for years now and is now in high school. I feel that many of the comments about the school is correct. They do not offer books for classes and tells the students to look online or watch on YouTube if they don't understand it. Parents can hardly help them because they don't have a book. It is true about the front they put on when prospective parents come tour. They are not ahead of the public schools. I am shocked by the way they run this school. It is over $650 per month plus a $500 supply fee up front when no books are being given. They don't offer things like school dances in high school. Homecoming week will not be something the kids will remember because it just isn't comparable to the public schools. I am very dissatisfied even though my child is in the "click". I'm not sure if I am going to continue or try a public school next year. There is bullying at this school and they are turning their heads from it now.
Great school. The Headmaster is a pompous jerk, but other than that...it's a great school with great kids.
If you notice, most of the negative reviews are from parents whose children were not performing well academically or who had some type of personal issue. Things happen, but to base your opinion of any institution on extremes is wildly inaccurate. I attended TRA for 13 years (graduated fairly recently with a full academic scholarship to a private college), and all of my neices and nephews are there now. TRA is not perfect; children mis-behave, and teachers are human. However, I always felt VERY safe and as though my teachers genuinely cared about me and wanted me to succeed. Plus my class of less than 50 students had over double the amount of scholarship money offered to the closest Tipton County public school whose graduating class had over 300 students. As for complaints about homework, sure we had a lot, but we were taught to "learn for life" not just for a test. I never missed out on anything because I was too swamped with homework. Concepts and principals were taught in class;you were expected to practice them with your teacher & at home. I usually don't post reviews, but the extremity of the comments below take away from a person's ability to get a real idea of TRA - good/bad
The upper school principal told the high school students that if they were having trouble with a teacher or a subject that they could google it. Wow, I wish he had told us that before we enrolled, we could have saved all of the tuition money.
My childreen were at TRA for 4 years and then we had to move; I always knew TRA was a "good" school, but I took it for granted, my children are head ans shoulders above their peers in a new state. Thank you TRA! Your rigorous academic program and Christian focus prepared my children for the future. It is incredulous to believe some people think public school cirriculums are synomous with TRA's...maybe the course work was too challenging there, it is truly college prep!
Curriculum changes are made but not communicated to parents until after the re-enrollment deadline. Teachers are allowed to bully students. Communication is last minute, if at all; next day events are often publicized by text the afternoon before. The tuition continues to increase without added value. Common phrase used by families who have left: "we weren't getting our money's worth". Typical private school population with all elements represented including drug users, promiscuous students, and snobs. The staff puts on a great show when you tour. Prospective "stakeholders" should talk to current and former students to get the real picture. The board and headmaster call all the shots. They decide what is going to happen and then tell everyone else when it works best for them. It is really unfortunate because in years past there were waiting lists to get in. The area is in great need of good, quality private schools as the public system is in disarray.
Don't waste your money. It's is not worth it. Definitely not a Christian environment. Been in existence 40+ years & still doesn't have a band. During the first few weeks of school, my child was subjected, without my approval, to a movie during PE which contained the F word more than one time, a rectal exam and several other inappropriate content scenes. The movie pertained to obesity which has made my child think him/her is fat, when in fact, is not. There are also several children on the verge of eating disorders and this movie has only encourage this behavior for the worse, including my child. The parents are snooty and have their clicks. Elementary administrative staff is rude, nobody smiles. They are always more wanting money for something-tshirts, $2 not have to wear uniform, some other event that my child hates. The only reason I send my child here is because our house hasn't sold yet. Not a positive classroom environment for my child--hates it here. The teachers tweet during class and don't care that this interferes with the childen's learning. They offer no special help for the children who aren't up to snuff and make them feel inferior when they try to ask a question.
Put it this way, my children attended TRA for four years, tuition kept going up, we couldn't afford it any longer. Now they are in public school for free and are happier, learning just as much, and less stressed. I was pleasantly surprised!
I attended school at TRA for 5 years. At the end of those 5 years, I had to undergo 2 months of psychological counseling and I transferred to a different school due to the treatment I received from the "Christian" children there. This school is probably the least-Christian of an environment that I have ever been in. The school administrators are happy to tout Christian ideals and morals to prospective parents. They dispose of that when it comes to disciplining bullying or protecting students from the psychological abuse of their fellow students. You are gambling with your child's future sending them to TRA. They may fit in, they may not, but if you are at all concerned about their emotional and intellectual development, and particularly if you have reason to believe that your child is "different" in any way--intelligence, race, height, weight, sexual orientation, income or anything else that may come to your mind, you need to keep looking. This is an unhealthy environment, and frankly, the return on your investment is marginal even if your child excels at TRA. Their curriculum is unremarkable compared to public schools in the area.
This school offers a well-rounded Christian education. Although it is a small school, it offers many extracurricular activities for the students.
I love Rosemark! Everyone that says they don't recommend it is wrong! They have gotten a lot better with the whole Christian situation. We have great chapels every Thursday and we pray in our classes before we start! Come to this school!
If anyone believes this school stands on Biblical beliefs need to think again. Our oldest child attended one yr and it was horrible. We placed him back into a public school in our district and have already had 2 christian speakers for the dads and moms. Did we have it at TRA no! The leadership of the administration only listens to the certain ones of the school. My money was wasted.
We have 2 children that have been at TRA for 6 years. Before that, they were in Tipton County schools and the difference is unbelievable. The safe, Christian environment at TRA makes school feel like home to them. They are comfortable with their peers and their teachers and therefore able to relax and learn. The administration has changed over the years for the better of the school. The headmaster is dedicated to the advancement of technology and school facilities and also to the professional development of the faculty. The education that my children are receiving is top notch and their test scores are consistently high. We feel like the tuition is very reasonable compared to other private schools in the Memphis area, and the facilities are better. As with all schools, there have been a few bumps in the road, but they have been handled in a professional and timely manner.
I love that we have chosen TRA. My child is learning so much, and he is loved by his teachers. He is learning things that my students did not learn when I was teaching a grade level higher. Parents are involved with their children's education here and they are accepted by the teachers.
Tipton-Rosemark Academy is a great school. It is small enough where my child and I are know by all the teachers and administrators. The only downside to the school is that the headmaster wants it to constantly be more of a public school rather than a private school. Homecoming has been listed as only being one day instead of the usual week. Most parents have forgotten about homecoming and how it was a big part of our high school lives, but I do and I realize that it will allow my kids to have a week off and have fun so that they will be focused for the next.
This school was the biggest disappointment I've ever experienced. The people that run this school are more concerned about appearance and parental conduct than the welfare and general education of the students that attend. Christian ethics are not practiced at this school, contrary to what is published on their website or in their mission statement. Tipton County schools are excellent schools and the curriculum is the same. The test scores of some of the T. county schools are actually even higher. This school is very known for it's student expulsion rate. I do not recommend it.
Our children have been in private schools all their life. We have two at TRA and they have been there for two years. I am thinking of making the switch to Tipton County schools. The tuition keeps going up and I think they would get the same education at a public school. My kids have so much homework every night I am wondering what they are doing in school all day. Middle school has started slacking on the feed back from teachers. We use to get weekly reports on our children's grades. Now I have to wait for a progress report. There is no program available or help offered if a child is not doing well in a subject. The clicks are also pretty evident. I do feel like my kids are very safe here.
We have three children at TRA (5K, 4th, and 5th)and have been very happy with the school. We would be keeping them in the school if we weren't moving out of state. Although we were a little disappointed that there is no GT program, the school was very responsive to our children's needs. For example, we showed them the Readers Digest Word Challenge information, and they signed up enough students to participate. The academics are solid, and the teachers love their jobs. The only thing we won't miss is the high expectation in terms of parental involvement, specifically with incessant requests for money for projects and fund-raisers. It's not a lot of money, but I wish they had a buy-out option at the beginning of the year, because it's hard to keep up with all the requests. Still, it keeps the tuition cost down, and some parents enjoy it.
This is a loving school that is a bit misguided. It needs some strong leadership that will help grow the school into a real college prep school instead of a 5 day a week church. I am an extremely faithful Christian that takes my child to church and provides a nurturing home. Why am I paying five hundren dollars a month for my child to get no better an education than what she could get in the public system I am zoned for? I have 2 nieces in 2 different school zones near here that are in the same grade as my child and they are learning the same or more advanced subject matter than my child. Also, TRA is not as safe an environment as the public schools in Tipton County. We are transferring to Tipton County schools fall of 2006.
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