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Tacoma, WA
Students enrolled: 273

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3002 South 72nd St
Tacoma, WA 98409

(253) 571-3200
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April 21, 2015
the bulling is out of control. My son was being bullied in his class, yet he was the one getting in trouble.or moved. When I talked to the teacher about the behavior she made every excuse for the bully and then made my son feel shamed for it. Telling him he's no longer allowed to sit next to the bully like he was the one in the wrong for telling. Why is my son being moved and shamed and not the bully? I brought to the principal and the response I got was great at first but the "meetiing" that was supposed too happen still hasn't... Not only that the lack of response from staff of creeps being allowed on the play ground actually playing with students was appalling. When I mentioned it to the teacher the response was "oh I think that's a parent I'll just tell him to only play with the students he knows." Did I hear that right???? Also middle schoolers were on the grounds cursing/talking about drugs/smoking/throwing things and when I brought that up the response again appalled me. The response was "oh you know middle schoolers," excuse me? No I must not know middle schoolers cause that is unacceptable. Now I'm avoided cause God forbid I ask anyone at this school to do their job.

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February 17, 2014
I agree with the mother who just posted in jan of this year. The bullying at this school is absolutely RIDICULOUS. I have a child in KINDERGARTEN and has been bullied non stop and nothing is being done about it. Bringing up concerns at this school does absolutely NOTHING. As they just get shrugged off and everyone who works there acts like you're wasting their time. The safety at that school seems to be of NO concern as ANYONE could just walk onto the playground from the main street and snatch a child. Or a young child could just wander off. I constantly see school staff standing with in view of parents and STUDENTS smoking like its no big deal. And the office staff STILL cannot get my address or phone number straight even though I have written it down NUMEROUS TIMES and have sat there to make sure it is entered correctly in the computer. A week later they some how have a different addy and number. I would NOT recommend this school to ANYONE and my child will NOT be going there next year.

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January 31, 2014
I have a first grader and a third grader that Go to Arlington and I have had so any problems with the new principal Wendy Pye Carter and numerous teachers. There is constant bullying and the principal just puts the bullied in a room with the bully and makes them both apologize to each other. When my kids switched Oliver from Sherman they year before there was a period of 3 months where they had done the exact same worksheets already. Arlington was THAT behind. The teachers that I have dealt with don't know how to deal with children. Or parents for that matter. There are plenty of other schools in the area that are better. Choose one of those!

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August 23, 2013
We've had 2 really great teachers and 1 not so great one. The new principal is super friendly compared to the one before. She's awesome. I have concerns about the safety around the school. Someone needs to be watching the pick up area. There are too many close calls with the kids and speeders. Nobody says anything to the parents smoking on school grounds. And there was at least 1 small child that wandered off school grounds and ended up on a very busy street.

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March 18, 2013
Great school has changed a lot over the years one of the best schools in tacoma

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April 15, 2010
My only complaint would be that the principal doesn't really engage with the parents or the children. It's really strange. He does engage with his staff though.

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June 07, 2006
This review pertains to the first grade program at Arlington Elementary during academic year 05-06. The teachers are truly devoted to their job; however school and district administration are not dedicated to the faculty. Our son is one of 29 students in the first grade, and the school has continued to accept more students into the class. We've spoken to the teacher-- she has no TA or other assistance for her classroom. During parent-teacher conference the teacher advised us the district and local administration has no motivation since the majority of the parents are apethetic to their kid's situation at school. The school has a high transient student base. Staffing is not expected to increase hence there is little likelyhood the student/teacher ratio will improve. Our son has been subjected to violence at school. Due to the teacher's overload we observed our son's academic progress was initially delayed.

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August 21, 2003
This school definitely raised the standards for what I expect from teachers. My sons 3rd grade teacher Mr.Freeburg was an excellent example of leadership and success. He always pushed the students to help them excel and supported them in all areas. He was in contact with us anytime he had a question or needed our help at home. There was never any worries as to whether or not my sons needs were being met. Awesome teachers!

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3002 South 72nd St, Tacoma, WA  98409
(253) 571-3200
Last modified Arlington is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Arlington Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 9 reviews. Top