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10232 Barnes Ln
Tacoma, WA 98444

(253) 535-9887
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June 19, 2015
This is my sons first year at Christensen. Overall its been a great experience. The teachers are very nice and helpful. My son has excelled tremendously since Sept. In his math and reading. His teacher is outstanding and keeps in touch with me always calls me back or writes me during the year. The family nights were enjoyable the science fair was fun! I'm actively involved with my child which helps more then anything, and this next year my daughter will be in kindergarten at Christensen!

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May 29, 2014
This school is great, they have a lot of great programs for the kids to work with them on their weakness, as well as they help the kids grow physically and mentally. I really love how much my daughter has learn since she been assisting to this school, the teachers are great are know what they doing, my girl love them, and she loves the school as well.

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November 26, 2013
Christianson elementary does not follow through for a positive outlook for children with behavioral problems. Some of the teachers are fabulous but it is the higher that keep it from progressing.

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June 29, 2013
This is a terrible school. The staff has no warmth and does not care about the students. My child's teacher refered to the school as a "revolving door" of students and explained to me that students in poverty only respond to "yelling at them" because they are "ignored at home". While my student was not one of the students being yelled at, they are a good kid, I would not leave my child is this teacher's care and pulled my child as soon as there was an opening at another school. The teachers do not care if the students learn or not. They are unresponsive to the needs of the individual students. The teachers care more about the appearance of structure then if the students are learning necessary social and language skills. All in all this school is appauling. Do not send your child there.

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February 17, 2011
This school is like any other public school...the quality of teachers lacks due to the standard of pay, and the sad reality is that many of them forget why they wanted to be a teacher to begin with. The principal of Christensen is a condesending man with an inferiority complex.

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September 16, 2010
I have three daughters and have been involved with Christensen for the last 6 years. I am very pleased with the quality education my girls have received. The teachers are attentive to the needs of all children, make every effort to help those who excel and those who struggle, and respond to parent concerns and input. I am an involved parent and it makes all the difference.

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October 04, 2009
My fifth grader has only one more year at this school and I cannot wait to get out of here. The principal has a attitude that he thinks he is superior to everyone. There are some good teachers, but most of the staff seems like they do not know a thing about children. They expect way too much out of young children and set them up to fail, especially in issues of behavior. If you live in an area where you can choose your school pass this one up! I know several parents who have pulled their children out of Christensen the last two years.

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September 10, 2009
my son went to this school from kindergarten until fourth grade , I belive he had a great experience in learning and having his specila needs met.

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May 13, 2009
I am the parent of a kindergartner so we were new this year 08-09. We have had a very positive experience with full day kindergarten my son has learned to read, do math, even mapping skills learned in a fun way. It has been asked for and encouraged for parents to participate not only in the class rooms but for PTA functions, I have noticed there is not a lot of parent participation. The teachers have been great, I have noticed and appreciated teachers from the upper grades saying hello to my son by name, they take an interest in all the kids not just their class. Thanks Christensen.

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November 05, 2008
My son went to this school last year and we did not have a good experience. The principal is wishy-washy. He claims to want parent involvement but when he gets it, he complains about parents being there too much. The entire school acts as if parents are a nuisance more than an asset. Recess has been cut way back, behavioral issues have become top priority, and no one seems to actually care about the students. Franklin Pierce School District has continually asked for raising taxes to help the look of the school and upgrade sport facilities, but not to help their failing curriculum. I don't think any child should have to go to a school like Christensen just to be ignored, treated badly, and gain nothing. I am horrified that there's such a school like this out there; if your child goes here, pull them out before it does its damage.

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November 02, 2008
Christensen is a school that I would not want any child to have to go to if they don't have to. The principal is not supportive of teachers or parents; the teachers are more concerned with making themselves look good than they are about making sure their lessons are challenging to their students. I was forced to pull my son from this school and I would encourage anyone who has a child here to do the same. The only way that I would say different is if your child is below grade level, because that is exactly where the teachers teach. It saddens me to think that there are so many children that go this school who never have the opportunity to reach their potential. I truly feel like the students are academically stunted in this school. I say shame on the school district, principal, and many of the teachers.

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January 01, 2008
I am a parent and my daughters 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Balabat is great! The kids love her, and she gets them to learn so much. I WISH all teachers were like her. Overall the school is needing parent envolvment more then ever. The Principle could be replaced. I dont care for him that much, he has a chip on his shoulder.

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August 10, 2007
I have two grandson's that attend christensen elem. 3rd and 4th grade this school year and they both have been there since kindergarten and will continue till they start middle school,the teachers and staff have done a fantastic job and keep the good work up.

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October 12, 2005
My oldest son has gone to chrisenen since the first grade and is now in middle school. I have been very happy with the teachers he has had he is currently an honor student in math and language arts and I owe alot of that to the hard working teachers. If I would change anything it would be to get more sports. They have track and thats it. They also have a free after school activity called cougar club were they do all kinds of things from playing games to homework help and movie time and even have a bus that will take them home when its over. Another bus can take them to the local boys and girls club after school. I cant say enough about this school. I really love how they bring families together with their family dances.

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April 16, 2004
The teachers at Christensen are very dedicated and work extremely hard! I feel very lucky to have my children in their class. Unfortunately, in the past few years I have notice overall moral of the school going down. Teachers are stressed, and in my opinion not supported by administration. Parents feel de-valued by not being included in important program decisions. Most importantly our children feel the pressure. They are worried about the WASL, lunches are rushed, recess time reduced, and intermural sports have been almost eliminated.

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April 13, 2004
I use to love our school, I still adore our Teachers. But believe the district and school has denied my son a fair public education during the school year of 2003-2004 even thou he had a 504 plan, they did not abide by it. My heart goes out to the single parent who works 10 hours a day and doesn't know how to get the help for their child. FPSD wake up before we become a failing school. Christensen teachers thank you for being so devoted I know it has to be hard when you don't have a strong leadership behind you. A proud parent of 6.

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March 09, 2004
It seems that my child is learning but not as easily as he/she should. recess is cut short if a teacher wants, kids are late to lunch & eat a shorter lunch bcause the teacher wants to keep them in for his/her reasoning. As an employeer-we can not hold an employee from their legal lunch. My child sometimes is frustrated and tired when getting home. Kids shouldn't have to feel stressed from school. Challenged? you bet! Hungry & tired from drill camp? - I think not. the teachers say this doesn't happen but I know from other kids and parents, this does. Lets focus on all areas, not just the wasl and plans on paper to make the school & dist look good. P.E. was to be enjoyable. Recess used to be fun, now its all about who in the class will punish the others and leave no point for release. Lunch shouldnt be rushed- would you like to have 15 min to eat bcause your boss is frustrated? This causes digestive probs & more time in class rooms equals bordom & fatigue. What about music, a place where kids can express themselves? Time is cut short here also. Lets improve all areas, not just the agenda someone else has set, after their lunch, walks, breaks. Make Christensen a great and fun place to learn again.

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Christensen Elementary School
10232 Barnes Ln, Tacoma, WA  98444
(253) 535-9887
Last modified Christensen Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Christensen Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 19 reviews. Top