Hey, former student here. I see a lot of reviews from parents and thought an inside view could be helpful. While I attended from 2002-2008, I'm guessing nothing has really changed based on the reviews I've gone over.
I was in the middle as far as intelligence went and, for the most part, stayed with the pack. One thing I remember, though, is that if you excelled in one area and tried to really jump ahead they would try and catch you and push you back. I was a very avid reader and was ahead of all of my peers. While were learning to read, I was reading chapter books. On trips to the library, I wasn't allowed to check out the books I wanted because they were 'too complex' for me even though the books I brought from home were the same kind as those I wanted from the library.
Another thing I noticed is that they shunned single parents. I was the child of a single mom who wasn't able to participate in anything. When she was able to, she was looked down on like she didn't belong.
The teaching style, for me personally, worked great but that could just be just how I learn. One thing I remember is that if you were bad at one subject, though, you were considered...lesser than the others. There was homework everyday but it also wasn't heavy and I was always able to complete it within 10-15 minutes at most.
The food was very good and if your lunch money ran out, instead of denying you lunch, they gave you your lunch still but just said you couldn't get extra stuff until you brought your money. Then, the money you'd racked up would be docked from the money you brought in.
Dresscode was law there once it had been implemented. I remember being stuck in the office while people argued whether the shade of my blouse was white or eggshell and getting sent off because I couldn't tuck my shirt in because it was hemmed. They were very nitpicky in places that really didn't matter.
The day care place they worked with, Clayton, was a godsend for my mom who worked late often in those days. I have fond memories of them and hope their service is still available.
I am very frustrated that my daughter became sad and angry because I couldn't give her a big fundraiser check like the parents of her friends. The overemphasis on fundraising and using our kids as pawns to earn money for the school is very disturbing. Our kids should not be put in positions of earning prizes by who can get the most money. It is shocking that an educated community like ours at Tanglewood would allow this to continue. We need to put a stop to this destructive method of exploitation that has continued for too long at Tanglewood.