Tahoma Middle School is a great school. All the teachers are really supportive and understanding, and will always help you with anything. The electives are all very fun, also with great teachers. At first, for me, it was a little hard to navigate because it's so old and all the grades were spread out between 3 floors. The only thing I didn't like about TMS was waiting in the gym for 20 minutes before classes started. And maybe the elevator, it scared me for a while, having to take it for 6 months. Otherwise, the kids, teachers and staff members are all very kind and supportive. Overall, Tahoma is the better of the two middle schools I've attended, the other being Del Webb Middle School, in Clark County School District, located in Las Vegas Nevada.
This school is focus on educating the students to be responsible adults in the future, a self directed learner. All information for students to access to is at reach. Dividing students into a team maybe an advantage to all since teachers collaborate on whatever weaknesses each individual has, to find ways for one to achieve a higher goal. So far, our son is enjoying it though has commented that expectation is too strict. His first week grade are almost all "A's", he learned to prioritize in finishing his homework and submitting them on time. This school had achieved consecutive years awards for a reason. So far so good for our sixth grader.
TMS is a pretty good school with pros and cons. It has great math and Language Arts programs and many good teachers. Most teachers don't let kids bring backpacks into the classrooms, instead they have to try to fit all of their "stuff" into their locker, which always seem to jam making you late to class.I personally don't agree with splitting the grades into "teams". I wish they had more extracurriculars, especially a debate team. Other wise Tahoma Middle School is pretty awesome.
I have to say that both schools are insane for having having two 'teams' for each grade. People go to school for education, and if they are not willing to learn because they don't feel comfortable with their surroundings and their classmates, what's the point of going to school? Teachers will say students will be distracted and they won't learn, but for most students they won't try to achieve goals... unless they have an excellent, fun teacher that they would consider their friend. The rules at Tahoma Middle School can get a little too strict. For example: Students are not allowed to bring back packs to class and instead they HAVE to store their belongings in their assigned locker. The misfortune of this is that sometimes they students classroom is too far away from their class, making them tardy.
This school is a very nice school, but can be really strict. Some of the teachers are much better than others, making it a fifty fifty chance if you will like the school year. They also have these stupid teams, which divides the grades in two and one half does not have classes with the other. You have a poor chance of getting on a team with your friend.