Treetops is not for everyone. If you're the type of parent that thinks you've done your part by simply dropping your child off every day, then you may want to stay with a public non-charter. Treetops requires parental involvement. They do not hand hold the students nor do they hand hold the parents. Want to know how your child is doing - ask. Need a parent teacher conference - schedule one. Academically you can not top this school. True, some conveniences of a public non-charter are missing (no buses, no cafeteria, etc.) but you need to consider what you're after and whats really important. If an outstanding education is your goal, you've found the right school.
Treetops has been a transition from a large public school to a small caring community. Our family expects character education to be prevalent in daily curriculum and it is so important at Treetops. The faculty demonstrate their love of the philosophy and understand education is so much more than "the test" yet hold students to a higher academic expectation. I agree with other reviews, it is not for everyone, but it is a terrific fit for our family from the director to the care taker!
It s a very good smaller school, we have not had any issues as of yet. Though because of their lack of funding & dependency on parents (who are required to volunteer 60 hours a year or pay) to do things that normal schools have taken care of automatically is where my only big concern comes from. I love the open door policy community feel and parent involvement that drew me to this school yet I have seen firsthand where things can slip thru the cracks or things that a regular school has that they do not. As they say no school is perfect & one school can t be everything for every student out there still trying to figure out if this school is meant for us.
Treetops has been a blessing for our family. The wooded campus and small class sizes are a good fit for my boys. This school is a community and the communication & relationship between the teachers, parents, and administration demonstrates that. I can look at my kids' grades online 24 hrs a day. If I have a specific question about their progress, I email their teachers and I receive a reply usually within an hour or two. Communication has been great!
The best thing going for that campus is the location; even though the school is in the city, it's nestled amongst trees and nature. This school prides itself on safety and academics however in my opinion these are two areas are weak and need the greatest attention for improvement. Additionally communication regarding the individual student (progress, etc) is next to none; on the flip side lots of communication between school & parents for fundraisers & food drives. In summary, I feel this school expects far more from its' students and families that what you're likely to get in return.
I am so thankful that Treetops is a small caring school that places the responsibility and accountability on the student while allowing parents to monitor progress through the parent portal.. Education is so much more than academics, it includes being held responsible for our "jobs" in life. For school age children, school is their "job" and they must take ownership. Treetops has been a school that encourages all students to "own" their school work and grow into who they are. Our family has been at Treetops for 7 years with children in all levels and we are quite pleased with the level of education, personal and academically. I love how the administration does not try to hog the spotlight by allowing each teacher to take credit for what takes place in the classroom. Our experience has been terrific and we anticipate all three of our students to graduate from Treetops School.
After searching for a school that would recognize our children's individual character without downplaying the educational process for many years, I had just about given up. This school is a gem! Every person on campus cares about my kids! My 11th grader just completed his 3rd year, scored way above the national and state SAT scores, and still loves school. Who could ask for any more than that? My middle school student has decided she wants to be a social worker because of the community service she has participated in for the last 3 years. Wow!
This is our third year at Treetops and I continue to be amazed at the level of care, level of dedication, and the level of quality education my children receive. That is true from the caretaker to the director and every person in between.
Academics continue to become more and more rigorous as my students continue through the grades. I love this school!
Our family has just completed the first six weeks at Treetops after having been in a private school for the last 4 years. The change from private to public was something I was dreading. Sometimes the dread is worse than the deed. Our daughters teachers have demonstrated nothing but a caring dedicated effort towards our daughters education. The classes are small (14 to 1), the atmosphere respectful, and a challenging currifuclum is taught. I love the parent portal for grades, the standardized benchmarks to insure the curriculum is up to state standards and the simple fact they care about my child.
What a difference Treetops has made for my family. I have students in every level of this school and could not be more pleased. Parents are involved as they choose to be but the faculty is involved every day, for every student. I do not have any experience with students who have special needs or learning disabilities, but my four children have excelled in all classes and have exceptional scores on state and national tests (ACT and SAT). I love that all students are welcome, nurtured and given the opportunity to be whoever they choose to be.
For the record the TEA does not have it in for Treetops. Aside from a takeover a couple of years back and one hiring issue from like 2005 the TEA has had no issues with this school. It's a good place. My own children have had only positive experiences there. As for the idea that test driven schools are the wave of the future I agree. Has hands on learning really been shown to provide a better school experience for kids? My belief is the work force is in need of people who have information and know how to access it. Seat work worked for my parents and grandparents. It will work just fine for kids in the present. As for the "environment" of Treetops yes it's a bit of a burden. I'm sure the school is looking to develop alot of the acreage around it with classroom buildings because the ways of the past are outdated. My guess is that if the school could sell off a good chunck of it's 20 acres it would.
Love this school! The people in charge are friendly, firm adult educators not my childrens friends or buddies. They expect the best effort in work and behavior. They continue to work for a common goal, which is my childrens education. There is an environment which holds its best teachers by convincing faculty there is a place that believes in them; which is trickled down to the students by the modeling they see everyday.
First semester at Treetops has been wonderful!! We love this school, the teacher, the principal and the campus.
Social media is a wonderful tool but I hope as people read these reviews they are aware that there is no filter by anyone. Treetops is a wonderful school that offers a different learning environment while exceeding the State of Texas requirements and the private school accreditation. I am sure that people are not always happy with everything but that is true with every school. The director and teachers care. Is it perfect? No, isany school? My children (ages 9-16) have developed into their own at this school and we couldnot be happier.
After reading all of the reviews about Treetops both positive and negative I decided that we would give this school a chance and moved both of my children there this year. I can not say enough good things about this school, both of my children have adjusted to the small setting and have been accepted by their classmates. We have found that one of our children is behind coming from AISD into this school and his teacher has been exceptional with helping him get to where he needs to be. The communication has been great with us and their teachers, if I have had any concerns their teachers have responded with care and understanding. There is a trade off going to such a small school, but the things they have gained are much better than what they have given up.
Treetops is the best decision we could have made for our boys. The classes are small and they are getting the one on one attention they could not get in public schools. I love the communication from the teachers and office staff. I love that I can go up there at anytime and see my kids or have lunch with them. They are happy and learning and that is all I can ask for.
Treetops was not for us. My child just finished his first full week at his new school, and we could not be happier with our decision to leave Treetops. Reading through these reviews, I have to agree with most of the negative ones. Many parents who are seeking a quality education for their children end up leaving this school due to poor leadership, limited enrichment, and a poor curriculum that does not challenge students who are capable of excelling past the state's minimum requirements. However, if you have a child with emotional/behavioral issues or ADHD, this school provides a very conducive learning environment to help guide these students through the school day.
My son and daughter have attended Treetops for several years. I have watched them develop a close but appropriate relationship with their teachers as well as the school director. I love how they are so comfortable with who they are and have taken a real interest in their education. The philosophy of "giving back" that the director continues to foster is from K-12 and makes me a proud parent of the Treetops community. It is a recognized campus that has also continued to make the federal annual progress, something that many schools in the Fort Worth area cannot say.
As the husband of a teacher at Treetops along with having all 3 of my boys going there, I have been very happy with Treetops. I get to see both sides (teaching & learning) every year. While it s not perfect (I wish it had more extracurricular actives such as sports), my wife loves teaching there as much as my boys love going there. Most of the teachers are good and the administration has been very responsive to any issues that we have brought up. The small classes are great for my boys to get individual attention. I am also proud that they worked hard to bring their rating back up to Recognized this year. Unlike some of the other negative posts, I don t think the school is dirty & love the outdoor feel of the campus. As for the Co-Op hours complaints I saw, I know many private schools require the same on top of your tuition. So consider it as way to give back to your children s education.
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