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!
Ok..,Mr Garris is gone....so where is the money now? Do you know how much staff this school has lost in the past 6 years? The staff does not even smile anymore. Mr. Smith does nothing. He is too busy trying to be cool with the kids as a Dean. Mrs. RN is never there. No one is happy, that's why they did not get approval for new charters, they are already a disaster.
Wow, What a review. I am curious, I'm thinking on maybe sending my daughter
to Tacony Charter High School for 10th grade, she is on waiting list. Do you think
it would be worth the troubles to continue to wait for her name to be pulled. This
doesn't sound like a good choice with such negative reviews. Do they even teach
life skills? What are some other current reports?
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