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Tacony Academy Charter School

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Submitted by Anonymous on September 21, 2011 10:54 am

**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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Submitted by Anonymous on March 7, 2012 3:11 pm

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.

Sincerely sumbitted,
Mrs. Murray

Submitted by Anonymous on November 15, 2013 11:15 am
Personally I love the school and my child always has a ton of HW and studying to do I say if you dont like it pull your child so another child can have a chance to attend
Submitted by Anonymous on March 23, 2012 4:08 am

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on May 30, 2012 1:22 pm

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on June 3, 2012 3:24 am

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.

Submitted by Anonymous on June 6, 2012 12:01 am

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 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.

Submitted by Anonymous on August 27, 2012 11:18 am

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 !

Submitted by Anonymous on September 17, 2012 12:29 am

Is there a "Back to Schol Night"?????????...or any forum to open the lines of communication between parents and school administration???????????

Submitted by Anonymous on September 27, 2012 12:13 pm

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!

Submitted by Anonymous on October 31, 2012 2:07 am
The communication at the school is very bad. They do not go to the parent first. They assume things before they ask.
Submitted by Anonymous on March 27, 2013 1:20 pm
I agree 100 percent. They assume alot of things and never try to resolve issues with a parent. COMMUNICATION BEYOND STINKS. THEY ACTUALLY WENT AND CALLED DHS INSTEAD OF COMMUNICATING WITH A PARENT ABOUT A DUMB STAIN ON A SHIRT NOT A SERIOUS ISSUE. WOW. They always mess up attendance and say children were absent and late and they were not.
Submitted by Anonymous on December 5, 2012 11:35 am
The communication between parents and staff is horrible. The school does not want you involved at all. Tacony is ALWAYS fundraising. Where does the money go? I went to the school meeting yesterday, they did not want to answer any questions from parents. Someone asked about the salad bar that parents gave money toward last year. No one addressed the question. There is no security there, and the student are able to bully everyone, without anything being done. My son used to feel safer when Mr. Nelson was there. He is not there anymore. I wish they would bring him back. A lot of the parents and students really miss him.
Submitted by Anonymous on February 20, 2015 7:48 am
Mr. Garris was taking the schools money until he "resigned"
Submitted by Anonymous on December 10, 2012 12:23 am
Love the school so far. Have two kids in TACS, one just started ther & 2nd grader has been there since K. Challenging curriculum, safe environment, caring teachers. I'm also happy about plans to renovate current building - Fox Chase is an area I feel safe sending the kids to school in, so I'm glad they're staying. Opportunities for parents to help & voice concerns are increasing. Great alternative to my local public school which located in a horrible, old, overcrowded building!
Submitted by Anonymous on February 15, 2013 5:51 am
I think if a lot of parents read the school website on a regular basis, they would maintain up to date. All current information is there. Use it instead of choosing not to so to have something to complain about. Ask your children everyday how their day was instead of tagging along to what FB says. Keep your parent/teacher conferences instead of showing up at school unannounced and expecting teachers or administration to disregard their students or other parents appointments to meet with you. Be an adult already. Be responsible for your own decisions and stop looking to blame school just because you are lazy with your child's schooling. Participate instead of criticizing. Know your child's busing information instead of assuming there is just one bus. To stay informed, you need to participate & show interest in your child's progress. Spend quality time with your children instead of quantity time with your FB & blogs. We've been with the school from year 1. Have always known what is "actually" happening because we listen to our children & not FB, because we check the website & not parents blogs, because we participate in conferences & not just wait for mail, because we keep our appointments & not expect a reminder phone call(its not a doctors office), because we follow policies & not create our own, because we make ourselves available to our children's needs & not just expect a difference without participating, because WE are the parents & no matter what, we are the ones responsible for our kids. A lot of the school staff know the students schedules, bus info & club info better than their parents. Parents shame on you. Participate, don't wait around to criticize.
Submitted by Anonymous on August 6, 2013 11:10 am
Submitted by Anonymous on October 24, 2013 1:56 pm
I'm a parent and I would have to disagree. We live in a technology world and I check the web everyday. Whether is facebook, Instagram but first and foremost my children's school website. It keeps me up to date about everything going on in the school. Alot of parent don't use it and complain. That is the communication today. But anything I had an issue with my children. I address the teacher first, if I feel as though we did not accomplish anything, then I address Mr. Garris and he is amazing. Mr. Parker also will get to the bottom of and he doesn't take sides So I would recommend K-8. My children love the school family. Only thing they complain about is the new teachers that don't know how Tacony is done and best believe they tell. If the don't hear from them, then I tell. But they school you safe and they do alot they you just have to be involved.
Submitted by Anonymous on November 15, 2013 11:50 am
Well instead of complaining pull your child and find another school I have two children here and LOVE LOVE LOVE the school
Submitted by Anonymous on October 24, 2013 1:32 pm
You mention really valid points. Get involved in you child school life. If you ask they will tell, but if they don't think you care they will not say anything. I was reading someone's comment that said Tacony does not give test or homework. I missed that ship because my girls have been there since day one and they bring homework daily unless they receive a pass for doing something outstanding. I was a parent teacher night, I sadden to see only about five parents in the room. Tacony needs to clean house. If you and you children are not abidding by the rules you need to go elsewhere because you are making the school look bad and you are bad influence to my children. Yes they website is informative about everything that goes on in the school. If you can check FB you can check they school's website. Lead by example!. Yes my daughter has someone that tried to bully her and I schedule and appointment with everyone and the situation was handle before my daughter got out of character. It called parent involvement.
Submitted by Anonymous on February 15, 2013 3:54 pm
And the Highschool isn't better...
Submitted by Anonymous on November 15, 2013 11:06 am
Don't like it leave No one is stopping you !!!
Submitted by Anonymous on February 21, 2013 3:35 pm
The parent comments...well said. My family and I have been supporters of Tacony from day 1. Like most new schools, there are bumps and curves that need to be worked out, it has only been 4 years. For most charter schools, it takes 5+ years to get it where it needs to be. I also get tired of parents complaining so much. That Tacony blog on FB is just public bashing. If you are so unhappy, take your child out, it's not a necessity to be there. My daughters still love the school after 4 years. That makes me happy. I have a great relationship with the staff and there are teachers there that really care. This year has been the best so far. I wish that k-12 could be in the same building together, but if the high school gets a new building, so be it, as long as it is nice. I would like to see more security thought. But all and all, it is much better than our neighborhood school.
Submitted by Anonymous on March 6, 2013 12:23 pm
My son has been goin there for three years, he has been bullied, his one teacher treated him like shit and when you call the school to complain, they don't have time for you or they don't call you back. My husband has gone up to the school and they don't treat him right, that is why my son will not be going back there.
Submitted by Anonymous on August 6, 2013 11:35 am
Been there!!!! I removed my son also . I felt bad putting him back in public school but Tacony wanted to leave him behind , said they tried everything couldn't help him with his spelling and reading. That's funny maybe you should give a spelling test like everyother school in america I said . How about I spoke to the new Principal in his new public school they put him where he belonged and he made honor roll all year long. I figured out it's the school that needs help not my son.
Submitted by Anonymous on September 11, 2013 7:49 am
Unbelievable. This is the same exact issue I am currently in. I withdrew my daughter out of Tacony Monday morning bc they retained her in 1st grade. I enrolled her in public school Tuesday and they said they're was no reason for her to be left behind. She had a very good 1st day of 2nd grade in public school :-). I don't know what's so great about a charter school anyway.
Submitted by Anonymous on September 11, 2013 8:37 am
Nothing at all - the public has been sold a bill of goods on charter schools. In fairness, there are some good ones, but they're the ones run by educated parents and teachers, not the for-profit ones that have popped up all over urban populations. In DC, any Jane or Joe can open up a storefront charter school. Hope your daughter has a fantastic year.
Submitted by Anonymous on April 14, 2013 12:53 am
This is a horrible school. Its a shame how the high school made promises they couldn't. For one this is not a caring school community. Two the education is bad and isolated. The high school kids never go on trips like *musems or nothing, except the end of the year trip. Three they kept firing everybody and going from one teacher and one vice principle to the next. The school is not stable. The 11th grade will graduate without the new building they promised. Don't not send your child to the high school. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO TACONY ACADEMY HIGHSCHOOL.
Submitted by Anonymous on June 12, 2013 11:15 pm
Obviously if u don't k ow about tacony or don't go here then don't speak about it ok leave our school alone the high school dosent want to go in trips they think there too cool so don't speak about us were very educated we no alot if things that other children don't knoe thank u so much because we're very educated !
Submitted by Anonymous on June 12, 2013 11:33 pm
Tacony is the best school I ever went to I love this school who ever Dosent it's not taconys fault tacony has a GREAT educational experience tacony has fun activitys and we have alot if work to do tacony may look messed up but there learning is perfect I love tacony I'm 11 and my name is Siarah Benjamin I love this school if u don't go here and ur child does dont believe the bad things they say becuz it's not true thank u tacony ! For your good edecation and making me a better leaner IOVE TACONY <3
Submitted by Anonymous on June 18, 2013 2:09 pm
My son has been in school since day one. And yes there has been many bumps in somethings however my son is doing wonderful. My daughter starts kindergarten next year and she is excited. I have never had any problems with any teachers returning my emails or calls. The spelling test does bother me. That is something we work on at home. The school is trying to get more things done but parent involvement is weak. I try to goto fundraising meetings and other school activities but it always seems like its always the same people volunteering and showing up at events. GET MORE INVOLVED and you will see the difference. Its your children educational foundation. The school cant do everything they need help. The bashing on fb and other places are horrible if you think its better elsewhere then go. There are plenty of others who would jump at the chance to have your spot.
Submitted by Anonymous on June 28, 2013 12:01 am
The young lady posting (Siarah)..I agree the school is pretty good. Students do complain about the bullying and bad kids though. They still have work to do. My friend was bullied by your sis for 2 years. I'm not sure what happened to her, but she had a great year.
Submitted by Anonymous on July 15, 2013 7:08 pm
I plan on sending my son to Tacony on Rhawn street this year. Is the bullying that bad? No spelling tests? I also understand that Ther will be Spanish this year. That is a good thing. How about the math? Please understand people - no Child Left Behind came up with This "AYP". This is a joke. I just would like to know about Bullying, Math, Spelling, English, Science & History.
Submitted by Anonymous on October 24, 2013 1:17 pm
Academically if you are a parent that is involved in your child's education send them to Tacony. Their curriculum includes spelling and vocabulary test. So whoever said that is not paying attention to there child's school. Question your child, go to the parent teacher conference or send someone on you behalf to find out what you child is and is not doing in school. They have very approachable staff, although some are not so tough as others. They will love the school it is a caring community. They do need to clean house on some of them kids though. Its ashame you can tell the student who's parent are not involved because they are ranting and raving on this page because their child was kicked out. GO TACONY!!!!
Submitted by Anonymous on October 24, 2013 3:02 pm
If Tacony is a public school, it can not "clean house." Charters are notorious for "dumping" or "cleaning house" of difficult or "under performing" students. Guess where the students go? Yes, neighborhood public schools.
Submitted by Anonymous on August 18, 2013 9:23 pm
Just reading through these comments, it is no wonder how some dislike the school. More than half of the comments being made, lack basic spelling, punctuation, and capitalization, where needed. The kids are not the only one lacking in education. I can only imagine the calls and visits that are made to the administration here. Nothing like dealing with hyperactive school kids all day, only to have their over-reactive parents come in, demanding attention, screaming and yelling, throwing a temper tantrum like little children, because they simply don't read the updates and information available through the School's website or actually sit down with their kids and work with them on their homework (which may be a good thing, considering the aforementioned, rampant, grammatical mistakes). If you want professionalism, act like an adult and speak like one. Remember, you're getting your child's education for FREE from public money, money that is ultimately taken away from the PUBLIC schools, which are also endlessly complained about by the same parents. If you're not happy, cough up the cash ($3,000-15,000 a year) for a private education or go to a public school. Plain and simple!
Submitted by Anonymous on October 24, 2013 1:18 pm
It's so true how horrible they spelling and lack of education many people have. Hopefully it's there phones mispelling for them, lol. But if you don't like the school take you kid out and make room for someone who will love it. If I am not satisfied in anything I won't deal with it. POINT BLANK!
Submitted by Anonymous on September 11, 2013 7:54 am
This school has bee a horrible experience for me and my daughter. I am from NJ, and I allowed friends of mine in Philadelphia to convince me that "Charter" schools are better than public schools here. HUGE MISTAKE. My daughter attended this school for kindergarten and First grade. She was fine in kindergarten, but after 2 months of first grade, her teacher was already speaking that she may be retained in first grade! I have never in my life heard of anything so bogus. School wasn't even in effect for 3 whole months. She claimed she was not on the level of reading where she should be. They offer after school tutoring (which consists of playing), so she did that until the end of the year. At the end of the school year, I had a meeting with the teacher, principal, and counselor and they said she had improved a lot, but recommend she be left back. But they also gave me the option to move her to 2nd grade with alternatives. I chose to move her to 2nd grade, and when this school year started 9/9/2013 we get to school, only to find that they placed her in First grade again anyway! I immediately told the principal to bring my daughter back because we were leaving. I enrolled her into public school the same day. The vice principal at the public school looked over my daughters report card and evaluated her. She said there was absolutely no reason for her to be retained and she will be placing her in her correct grade. I am so relieved. Tacony Academy was not helpful, lied to me about my daughter moving forward, they have had 2 threats in 2yrs. One for a shooting, another for a bombing. Their tutoring is a waste of time, and the students are bullies. Not to mention the BUS. I can be here all day discussing the bus. My husband almost had to cause physical harm to the driver, my daughter has ran off the bus screaming, it never comes on time etc etc etc. please BEWARE of this school
Submitted by Anonymous on September 20, 2013 2:42 am
Thanks for sharing us this very informative and well written blog post. I love every bit of it especially the points that you expressed. And I would love to come back in a regular basis so post more of the subject!!!
Submitted by Anonymous on September 23, 2013 12:26 pm
Amazing.... I can not believe the comments written on here by "adults". NO the school is not prefect however everyone needs to weigh the pros/cons and make decisions that are best for your family. No school is perfect, the world is not perfect. If you do not like the school/administration/ education go elsewhere and make a spot available for a child whose family will appreciate and take advantage of what the school has to offer. As a parent you need to protect your child and teach them in connection with the school. To many parents have a lot to say but do nothing. If my child was being bullied - I would take them out ASAP not complain and be a bigger bully towards the school. If my child had issues with reading or another subject I would consider tutoring. Of course if you take a child out of a charter and put them in public school they will test high - public schools in Philadelphia do not have the same standards as Charter schools.
Submitted by Anonymous on September 23, 2013 1:57 pm
All students in PA take the same test - PSSA or Keystone. Charter students, on average, do not score higher on the same, standardized test.
Submitted by Anonymous on November 14, 2013 9:06 pm
I love this school! I have three children here and I think they are provided with so many things they wouldn't get at our local public school: a caring staff, challenging curriculum, a variety of special classes (including Chinese language starting in kindergarten!), and there are also quite a few community-building events held throughout the year which we love participating in. The children who go here seem on average to be fairly well-behaved, but they are not perfect (mine included!), and whenever I've dealt with staff regarding any issues (whether my child was at fault or another child) they were always professional and helpful. This is our family's 4th year with TACS and I am very happy to be a part of the TACS family.
Submitted by Anonymous on November 14, 2013 9:15 pm
I love this school! I have three children here and I think they are provided with so many things they wouldn't get at our local public school: a caring staff, challenging curriculum, a variety of special classes (including Chinese language starting in kindergarten!), and there are also quite a few community-building events held throughout the year which we love participating in. The children who go here seem on average to be fairly well-behaved, but they are not perfect (mine included!), and whenever I've dealt with staff regarding any issues (whether my child was at fault or another child) they were always professional and helpful. This is our family's 4th year with TACS and I am very happy to be a part of the TACS family.
Submitted by Anonymous on November 14, 2013 9:15 pm
I love this school! I have three children here and I think they are provided with so many things they wouldn't get at our local public school: a caring staff, challenging curriculum, a variety of special classes (including Chinese language starting in kindergarten!), and there are also quite a few community-building events held throughout the year which we love participating in. The children who go here seem on average to be fairly well-behaved, but they are not perfect (mine included!), and whenever I've dealt with staff regarding any issues (whether my child was at fault or another child) they were always professional and helpful. This is our family's 4th year with TACS and I am very happy to be a part of the TACS family.
Submitted by Anonymous on November 14, 2013 9:59 pm
Wow...I couldn't get my comment to post, and now it's here three times! Sorry! :P
Submitted by Anonymous on February 5, 2014 8:52 pm
The is disorganized, Point Blank.
Submitted by Anonymous on June 12, 2014 5:19 pm
This school is in terrible shape. The principal and Dean are a major joke. They don't suspend students that should be suspended, and tries too hard to be 'friends' with the students. It was even ok for a 8th grader to bring a knife on a school trip. All of the students were aware of what happened, and he was allowed to stay. He's also still on the Baseball team!!! They have a lot of work to do.
Submitted by Anonymous on June 23, 2014 8:14 pm
I sat in the audience at my son's 8th grade graduation, enjoying it until a young man got up and spoke that has been in trouble over and over again in Tacony. He has cut class, got suspended many times and has a very nasty attitude. But, my son said, he's white and Mrs. RN really likes him. So many other students could have spoken. A lot of kids have never gotten in trouble, ever. The school always focus on the bad students and ignore the good ones. I saw a couple of students that were sent away for behavior to other schools. All of them were male minorities. This school is terrible. Now Mr. Garris is gone and Mrs. RN is the CEO?? What a joke. The school will probably lose their charter in 2 years. I'm so glad my son is done there and I knew the high school wouldn't and probably won't ever open. The poor high school kids have to be in that dirty old catholic school on Rising Sun ave. such a joke!!!
Submitted by Anonymous on February 18, 2015 2:43 pm

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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