My child's experience at this school was not great. His kindergarten teacher loaded the children up with homework sheets which were often poorly formatted and punctuated. When he finished his work early, he had to write lines over and over (which effectively punished him for mastering the material), and there did not seem to be any opportunities for enrichment. After two years, we moved to another Loudoun county school which is better at serving children's individual learning needs.
My kids love this school! The teachers have been fantastic and parents are really involved and encouraged to participate. The class material for each grade has actually been more advanced and more thorough than one of the local private shools that one of my neighbors attend. Our experience has been exactly what we wanted for our kids - kind, caring teachers dedicated in seeing that our children are well educated and socially well-rounded. I have not personnally dealt with the special education teachers so I cannot speak to that. The teachers we have had so far really care about the kids and get very attached during the year. My son was heartbroken when one of his favorite teachers retired last year, but now she ocassionally comes by to visit the school and check in our her students and they are thrilled to see her. Tolbert has been a great school for us.
This school is AWEFUL. My oldest son is special Ed. and received very poor support. We have had several SPED instructors and no one was qualified or capable of helping him. The assistant principle is friendly but not proactive. We have had wonderful teachers and amazingly poor teachers. From year to year you never know what you are going to get. My youngest son is at the school now and he has a great teacher. Last year he had an AWEFUL teacher. Not the best school and this is no secret.
I understand your pain. Tolbert is not a school you would want your child with special needs to attend. I cant say on this site the name of the special education teachers, but to give you a hint, one is older, one is younger and they always share a classroom. If your child is assigned to either of these special education teachers.....run, run, run! If you ever have a problem with either of these teachers, dont contact the assistant principal. They will not do anything about it. Go straight to the principal.
We moved almost year ago to VA, and our daughter started 4th grade in Tolbert. We are really happy with school and teachers. School staff is very friendly and cooperative with parents. We like diversity at school, racial and social. Our daughter likes field trips and things that she learns in school, especially Science. We like Mrs. Galati who is so dedicated teacher. Teachers in this school love their job. The most important is that our daughter loves school (teachers and kids). The only thing we would change in this school is lunch menu at cafeteria.
We've been nothing but impressed with this school. Our daughter went to Kindergarten and now finishing up 1st grade here at Tolbert and it has been the most rewarding experience. This school offers many after school programs, ie. science, art, chess, cheerleading, volleyball, indoor soccer, pom dance, etc. just to name a few. Also, the teachers and administration are first class. Parent involvement is welcomed and there are numerous opportunities to get involved! I would highly recommend this school to anyone considering it.