Tubman far exceeded our expectations (and assuaged some of our concerns) of putting our kids in a DC public elementary school. The place is staffed with highly qualified teachers from great universities; they are young and engaged and highly motivated and can speak with authority on nuances of academic pedagogy, which is to say they really know what they are doing.
The school is clean and orderly and well-run. Discipline is well-managed. The school administration does a good job of communicating with parents, and there are a variety of interesting activities and trips for the students. Ms. Delabar gets high marks for being very present at all times, for demanding great performance from her team, and for setting the bar high. Safety of the children is clearly important throughout the building.
Tubman's greatest strength is clearly high quality teaching staff, and a support administration focused on high performance. I'm withholding one star only because there's more room to grow in the areas of art, music, some minor admin details, and such. We have been very impressed (and surprised).
Our two kids (grade 2 and K) started attending Tubman Elementary 2 months ago. So far, we are happy with the school. The teachers and the assistants are very competent; they know well each of our kid's strengths and weaknesses, they have given us plenty of home practice materials to keep them challenged. They truly care for the kids' education and well-being. Communications = great. The principal is always around; you see her chatting with the kids, the parents and I've seen her sitting down in classes to observe. The building is clean and organized. The kids in their classrooms always seem to be in controlled, calm and well behaved. I only wish the school gets more funding next year to invest a bit more in arts and music.
My children have been there for a year and we all really love the school. The facilities are great, students and staff are very diverse and respectful. My kids have learned a lot in one year and enjoyed every minute of it.
As the new vice president of Tubman School PTA I am very proud to say that Tubman test scores in reading and math improved dramatically. The principal is very committed and cares much about the school. The teachers are also committed and care about the students.