I have two children currently in this school. My children love going to school and they love learning and this can be attributed to a great curriculum and great, attentive and caring teachers. Small classroom sizes mean great teacher-student interactions and relationships. The environment is encouraging, with classmates praying for each other, teachers praying for students, etc. It is very much like a close-knit family, with high school students volunteering in the elementary classrooms, etc. In addition to the strong curriculum, our children have been learning how to interact in a community (learning how to care for each other, to take responsibility and take action). In addition to the regular classes, the school offers great extra-curricular opportunities - sports, clubs, classes. The school facilities need some improvement but the school is making some improvements in this area. Tuition is very affordable, with discounts for multiple children. Before and after school care makes this doable for working families like ours. We are very fortunate to have had our kids enrolled at TBS for several years, starting with Pre-K.
Tacoma Baptist offers a friendly, family-oriented, safe environment for children Pre-K - 12. The teachers are invested and show compassion and care to the students. Our kids love attending TBS and we feel fortunate to be able to send them there. The school focuses on discipleship and unity. My friends who have children who have graduated from TBS say their student was well prepared for college.
I totally agree with the last review. My children were going to New Hope for 8 years then to TBS 1 year now. (cause new hope doesn't have a jr high campus) I can say that New Hope is a more family environment, better education. My son was bullied last year at TBS and I called and emailed several times about it. Come to find out the bully has been going to TBS for a long time and has a history of bullying and is favored by the school. This kid never got in trouble nor suspended, at the end of the year awards ceremony he even received a spiritual award and stuff REALLY!. I was upset. Academics is lower than other schools. Last school year my daughter told me about all her classmates (at least 10) pulled from TBS during the year and these were kids she has known for over 5 years. You can tell the school is in financial need by the way the cut back on things. I would like to see the school go to uniforms, most private schools wear uniforms. My children do love it but want to go back to New Hope. If I could afford another school I would. Hopefully our second year is better if not I will be looking for a new place. ;(
I've had a student in elementary TBS for 3 yrs now. It started great and I was very happy. I no longer feel this way. While the academics and Christian value are much better than the public schools, the school seems to be run by which ever parent has the most time to spend there. The children of these parents are becoming the chosen ones for any and all events. The paid administration is turning a blind eye to bullying, unless it involves specific children. The only complaint I have about the academics is that is seems to be a repeat of the same stuff each year. There needs to be strong leadership and this school seriously lacks it.
TBS does have a core group of staff and parents who keep the school going inspite of present difficulties. This is true for most institutions of this nature. Parents must weigh the full picture which includes the drop in enrollment, loss of active long-time families, academic struggles(kids leaving and enrolled in local public schools must work to catch up to peers), second tier status from military branches when looking to enlist, yearly decrease of financial support (auction) on top of lower student body numbers and the move from foundational to more charismatic in regards to faith. Concerned parents desire change, many simply pulling kids as there is no access to school board, no perceived understanding as to problems. The product is sub-par and the atmosphere partial and while some kids might do ok at the same time others do not. The perceived value due to pricing is challenged by the one quarter drop of students the last 3 yrs. when people are looking for economic value. It is important to have a well-rounded view of what one is getting into, it is hard to pull a student from their friends even when a parent thinks it is best to leave the school.
Our family has been a part of TBS for thirteen years with three kids attending over the years. We have appreciated the Christian education and the spiritual growth, and the sports programs provided. The example of Christ in the lives of teachers and staff has been so powerful. I was also very glad that the school has an instructional support program which addresses learning struggles. My children have felt included and valued here. I am so thankful for this school in our area.
I have two children at TBS and I love how the staff and teachers love the kids. They care about the whole child. Spiritually, academically, emotionally. There is a joy that permeates the school. They also have a strong sports program. The parental support is evidenced through the Booster Club and the parent prayer groups. If you are looking for a great Christian School, this is it!
I recommend Tacoma Baptist Schools, If you are looking for a school that truly teaches a bible based education, you need to visit TBS. My kids attended another Christian School prior to TBS, and I have found the biblical teaching is priority at TBS. Great teachers, coaches, and staff. Very reasonable tuition cost, priceless biblical education. Parent
I have recently enrolled my son in the Elementary School. He loves going to school on a daily basis. Even more so then in his past school. The teacher and office have been great in how they communicate with us as parents. We have taken advantage of the before and after school care program and it has been very beneficial as we balance our busy schedules.
A small school with pleasing results. My family and I were impressed with the number of this year's graduating class who earned full ride or hugely significant academic scholarships. One student has a full-ride athletic scholarship at a Division One school. Dedicated teachers, enthusiastic parent volunteers, and support of several area pastors and churches from several Christian Denominations. We are also impressed with how many families still support and serve at the school even though their children have moved on. Our children are growing at TBS and we are thankful for its existence.
Agree with most recent posts. The school is changing, not positive. The drop in numbers is telling...especially troubling is exit of long-time families. Kids sportsmanship at athletic events rated -25 for this school year. Really? So many kids in sports and such a review is too bad.
This school now having a tough go. The admin is disorganized and slow with communication. Academics are weaker in some areas(half of the kids in science ap course dropped out). Enrollment down. Not recommended at this time.
Because of the consistently biblical instruction students receive from caring teachers.
The kids are great. They sincerely are seeking God's will in their lives and it shows.
They have a well rounded program - God, academics, sports, the arts, caring faculty, great coaches.
This school has it all---great teachers, students, sports & academics with a Christ-centered focus. We love it!
Great cohesive spirit, fun learning atmosphere and a genuine care for teaching not only academics, but God's word. I highly recommend it. The teachers and staff are fantastic.
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