African American – 33%
Latino – 22%
Asian – 2%
White – 37%
Other – 5%
Activities & special programs:
18, 24, 26
School did not respond to survey
**this school is for k-12 eventually. My son is in 2nd grade now...and started in kindergarten. They are great as a learning school, but the bus system sucks.,, they always yell at kids etc, also they do not have a home and school. I believe parents should be able to contribute help with ideas for fundraisers. This year they are bring back a Yankee candle fundraiser, which screwed up almost everyone order last year....and we received xmas stuff weeks after xmas, they would not refund or credit for something else.....well you can keep it, my son wont be selling it.....they lost over 400.00 in orders that I got last year....
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This school has turned out to be a great big disappointment. There is absolutely no consistency in learning. My daughter knows more about each of her teachers' personal life than math, history, science etc. Our children are crammed in the school like sardines. My daughter is in the 6th grade. She has been in this school from the beginning. They do not have the common courtesy to communicate if whether or not they will be building a state-of-the-art school as proposed/promised when they first opened. This school has yet to pass AYP. This will be my daughter's last year there. They had an incident whereby they closed the school for 2 days. Something about a threat of violence. They have yet to send one thing home in writing explaining to the parents what happened, how it was resolved, etc. Shame on this school and the entire Administration for the many things and qualities it lack in being just a Good School. My daughter told me that she does not view Tacony as a "Caring Community". All they do is play, play, play. No consistent homework or studies.
My daughters education here is great~ i love her teacher and could not ask for more there. Bus company is awful... I was almost hit by one failing to yeild to a stop sign in the parking lot thiis week. Same regular driver. At this point in the school year he knows where they are at. Administration still has a LONG way to go as it is a newer school and I agree there is nol PTA and the school is opposed which CONCERNS me to no end! My daughter has thrived here. No school is perfect. As a newer school there is alot of room to go. Also there, as stated above, is no sibling prefrence as stated. At least in this years lottery. I was unaffected. I know those that were. Before applying confirm that with the staff if that is an issue for you.
Education here is great!!! This is a new school so there will be changes and growing pains for all. The bus company is horrible and I am hoping they will do something about that. Yes, we have been promised a new school for the kids but it seems like something always comes up when they try to acquire land or a building which is NOT the school's fault.
Both of my children attend Tacony Academy. In their eyes, they are happy. In my eyes there still is alot of growing. Many of the teachers really care about the students. There could be better communication in regard to Administration and parents. The bus system is not good, I choose to drive them to school everyday. My main issue is the bullying that goes on. Some students are REALLY bad. Tacony has to be looked at as a priviledge, not a necessity. Some student should have been expelled 2 years ago. But, they are still there. Tacony has to start cleaning house, in order to make this 'Sharing, Caring' environment work.
This is my daughters first year here, and for her to be in kindergarten i am very dissappointed to say that communication between teacher and parent is horrible. i never get results for the test that she takes. I expected so much more when i enrolled her. And the school just doesnt live up to my expectation . There no tolerance policy is also not.in effect as they claimed, my daughter comes home with a new bruise frm the same student almost weekly. I understand thay this school is new, but thry really need to try harder. Im not at all happy my daughter being here. I dont think she be coming here nxt year.
This school has been a great Disappointment!! I have had more then my share of bad experiences with the teachers &Vice principal they are very unprofessional. My child has been in a reading program the last two years there to help him advance which has done anything but good at least in their eyes. My child has been there since day one and has never had to take a spelling test. They have never made AYP its no wonder why kids are struggling. They are sent home with new stuff and have no idea how to do it they either get it or they are left behind. My child's last teacher was by far the rudest and would make fun of him in the class room in front of other students . I can't tell you how many times he would come home in tears. My husband and I have met with the teacher Vice principal and Principal over these matters and got no where . The school was shut down for two days with no notice to parents if it wasn't for the news I would of had no idea what was going on. My child is terrified to return this year. I could go on and on about the problems this school has but I will end by saying he won't be back !
Is there a "Back to Schol Night"?????????...or any forum to open the lines of communication between parents and school administration???????????
i agree that the bullying here is constant an the staff do nothing at all to stop it. i think the parents of the children being bullied should get togehter an see what we can do to help our children out. sometimes we need to as parents take our childrens problems into our own hands. My child is bullied everyday. Im so sick of it!
I have 2 children in Tacony on Rhawn Street. I was initially very impressed and pleased with the education that Tacony offered however, when my son became the target of bullying, then I began to have problems. I brought it to the attention of the administrators and teachers several times and each time I was assured that this would be the last time something like this happened but the bullying continued. My son wants to stay home everyday because he doesnt want to go to school. He feels that this situation will never get better. Hes scared to go to class, lunch, the bathroom, the gymnasium, etc for fear that this boy will continue to harm him. Im not sure why the school feels allowing bullying is acceptable and us as parents are supposed to sit back and take your word for gold. If you have a "no tolerance" policy, they why is it not in effect? Why have I complained over 9 times about this one particular situation and still NOTHING has been done, in fact its getting worse. Does my son have to be hospitalized before this situation is taken seriously? I am a fan of Tacony because I think their education is impecable however, what is education when you have children so scared to go to school that they cant even concentrate on learning? Children should go to school with one thing on their mind, LEARNING, but instead my son goes everyday with am I going to get punched today? And then the one time that my son did defend himself, after the 4 times at this point that I did complain to administration that he was getting bullied, he defended himself one time and he was the one that got in trouble. He was given detention for pushing this boy because conveniently kids saw my son push him away but not the boy mug my son on the side of his face. Knowing that this boy has been hurting my child, they sooner defended the bully, then my son who merely defended himself and its completelty unacceptable. A child resorts to taking matters in their own hands when the adults that they are supposed to depend on fail them. Tacony is opening itself up for lawsuits if they keep this up. Unfortunately, my son will not be continuing his education at Tacony next year and its not because of the lack of education, its because of the lack of caring that the administrators show towards children who are being bullied on a daily basis.
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699 Ranstead St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 839-0082
Fax: (215) 238-2300