Our daughter attended this school from K through 5. We would not have dreamed of sending her anywhere else. The year round model stands out for maximizing student learning. The teachers are experienced and dedicated. The TAG teacher is unparalleled in challenging and energizing advanced students. Lower performing students receive excellent supports form specialized teachers and the extra school time. And middle of the road students -- like mine -- aren't lost in the shuffle. My daughter received personalized attention to meet her needs and challenge her at her level. The principal Mr. Paschal is easy going, friendly, approachable, and responsive. The art, P.E., and music programs and teachers are the highest quality. With Alexandria's great new superintendent, I think the entire system will be headed in a positive direction.
Tucker's focus is passing the SOL's and closing the achievement gap, so be prepared for a lot of test prep and a curriculum that test-based. If your child lacks a supportive home environment and resources in order to succeed academically, this is the school for you. If your child does well in school and does not cause a problem, they will be overlooked.
My son LOVES this school - he transferred from another school in the area and it is like day and night - he progressed rapidly in his reading and writing capabilities and enjoys his time there. the teachers are friendly and fantastic and the principal responsive and helpful. We feel very comfortable in this school and look forward to sending our daughter there soon as well!
There is no better place than Tucker! I have been extremely happy with not only the school and staff but the overwhelming involvement of parents and the community in the success of Tucker. Previous reviews have mentioned large class sizes. As is the case for all ACPS schools and the projected growth of the West End of Alexandria, this is a big indicator of how wonderful this school is. More families are seeing the benefits of the modified calendar as well as the diversity of Tucker and are CHOOSING to relocate their families to the area. With the City's plans to construct more housing developments in the nearby areas and other areas in the West End of Alexandria overcrowding in the entire city will be at the forefront of future discussions. Do not take the opinions of reviewers at face value as they are subjective and only reflect the views of a few, do your research, visit the school, attend an event and/or speak to families in the community. I guarantee the majority of the conversations had will be positive. I am proud to be a Tucker Parent and you will too should you be given the chance!
My son just enrolled here in Kindergarten. I am very happy with ratio to student to teachers. It is just way over crowded. This school was rated very high now is dropping in every area of testing. More and more are moving out of this area despite the expensive housing nearby. I am definitely moving him after this year.
Very very over crowded. They have a poor curriculum. A lot of the boys are very rude and pushy. They nee to focus and lower the population instead of having them all packed into one school with not enough teachers. Take a look at the horrible test scores. Move your child ifyou are smart. The school used to be an award winner now it falls below the state level on most of the tests.
Tucker Elementary School was a great experience for my son who was in the 2012-13 Kindergarten Program . His teacher was young but very good. My child had some attention difficulties and his teacher was able to implement a behavioral program/token economy to increase his attention span and work performance. The teacher and principal were always willing to discuss my child's progress and ways to support his academic and behavioral goals. In addition, the staff was respectful and communicative. My son entered Kindergarten unable to read and now reading at a 1.5 reading level (of course, I as a parent supported his goals at home as well). I also loved the diversity and SES differences at the school as well. Great school and well ran!!!
I am the proud parent of 2 Tucker Tigers! Tucker has excellent teachers who go beyond their work to educate and enrich the children. The principal and assistant principal are strong leaders who care about our children. The academic program is fantastic and gives the student the opportunity to learn and apply it in a day to day basis. The year round program is a great tool for working parents and the kids look forward to it. My oldest child attended Tucker from K-5th grade, now my youngest is a Tucker Tiger and loves it as much as my oldest one did.
This school formly had 5 stars, instead of 2, based on test scores. The fact that it has dropped like this should be a wake up call to the Alexandria government and school system.
We are not pleased with Tucker. While there are some good teachers, the administration and cirriculum are not great. Most families moving out of Cameron Station do so because of this school.
My son was suppose to attend this school for the 2011 and 2012 school year. The registration process went smoothly but then in June when I was expecting a welcome letter instead I received the letter saying that they had over the limit registrations this year and that I have to choose another school within a week or else they will do a lottery and if he is not selected they will send my son to any school of their choice. I called them to find out whats going on they were very rude. I have always heard nice things about this school but my experience wasn't at all satisfactory. They should have informed the parents before hand that they were having issues regarding the available space. They did announce in the open house that they are cutting down no. of kindergarten classes this year. But this was nothing I expected. Then I have to go through the list of schools they provided to see which school will be appropriate and how far is it which was a headache. Anyhow I must say the teachers seemed nice and friendly.
This school is absolutely excellent, from the extraordinary kindergarten teachers to the atmosphere of high expectations. The teachers are warm and kind, yet they do have steep standards for their students. Of course, like anywhere, there are a few duds personality-wise, but even those few still seem to have the success of the students as their priority. There is a diversity of culture, but it's amazing to watch the kids just think it's normal to have so many students of so many different backgrounds.
Tucker is a great school. It is definitely a community school where teachers, parents, administration and the community work together to teach and enrich our children's learning experience. The year round schedule is great and works really well. My children have been able to opportunities gain skills and learn about many other subjects that are not part of standard curriculum. Tucker has a diverse student body where heritage is celebrated, not discriminated.
Best school! Love the staff and the facility. It serves a diverse population and get great results.
Tucker in an excellent school, my kids love it and so do I. My oldest son is currently in 4th grade since k. The staff are very professional and care for the students. The modified schedule works just great for us and the intersession classes are very positive for the kids. The cultural diversity has a positive and incredible influence for all of us in our family. The communication and security in the school make me feel very comfortable. Unfortunately, we will be moving out of state and my kids will not attend to Tucker next school year, but I strongly recommend Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School.
Tucker is a great school with a superb staff and involved parents. My daughter loves the school and is always excited about learning. The modified school schedule has a shorter summer break and longer periodic breaks throughout the year. This schedule helps break up the learning into nicely dispersed chunks, so the kids are never away from school too long (the summer break is about six weeks). The school has a great focus on academics and works hard to develop good young citizens. It has a broad ethnic and social diversity, which is a refreshingly positive influence on my daughter. My son starts at Tucker next school year. He can't wait.
Since K my son has gone to this school. He is now in 3rd grade. Each of his teachers have been great. They are stiff, but that is what makes Tucker such a great school. The teachers always answer to the emails and assist you with anything you need. They care for their students and their weillbeing.
Great School all around. Solid Curriculum, highly knowledgeable and trained staffs, great Intersession program and a lot of activities for parents to stay involved. The schedule is a bit stiff, but of course 'you can t have your cake and Eat it too'. there is definitely an upside on having a continuous schooling schedule with minimal interruptions-for parents who don t know, Samuel Tucker is on a modified school year schedule-. Altogether a great school in Alexandria/VA with a great little lady as its Principal.
My daughter has been at Tucker since beginning Kindergarten (she's currently in the final quarter of 3rd grade), and I cannot be positive enough about the school & it's staff! In spite of it's exceedingly high minority and mobility rates, the school as a whole continues to meet/exceed expectation academically, and the social impact of such a diverse socio-economic group has been incredible - not only has my daughter excelled academically, she has also had the opportunity to learn first hand about countries and cultures from friends her own age! The staff is also very responsive - every year I think she's been in the most capable teacher's classroom, but after having interracted with nearly all of the teachers in the school at some point, I'm pleased to say that the level of dedication and enthusiasm the teachers bring each day is the standard and not the exception!
What an excellent school! Our daughter is in second grade and attended half the year last year right after we moved and all of this year. She has excellent grades, excellent test scores (as do most the kids) and enjoys the school and it's diversity. That's always a plus in an inter-racial family like ours.
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