The education received is mediocre and for a private school, I have many concerns: hiring new teachers right out of school, tenure-like positions for teachers who have been at the school for years without performance measures, un-engaged educators, and large class sizes, an unexpected finding at a private school. Many people send their children to Kumon to augment their educational experience at St. Charles. Indeed, the junior high math curriculum is not on par with public schools, only going to Algebra I for 8th grade. The reviewer is correct about the division between students and parents. By no means is it across the board, but it is there and prominent, so hard to ignore. The tuition may seem low, but there are hidden costs that are not factored into the published tuition so proceed with caution. All schools have issues and we are not so naive to think that these issues do not occur in other private and public schools. But if we had to do it again, we would not have chosen St Charles knowing what we know now. There are great things about the school--the uniforms, the before and after school clubs/activities, the band program, to name a few, but for the cost of a student to attend, especially at the rate for non-Catholic families, the education is lackluster.
10/15/2013Childrens Adventure Learning
This is the "best daycare" center in Tacoma or pierce county we've seen after touring many daycare centers in the area. The facility is very clean and safe. The teachers there are very friendly and they're very good with my children and other kids.. My wife and I are thankful we found this daycare for our kids even though it's a bit far from where we live, but we're willing take the extra commuting time just to take our kids to this daycare because we love the security, safety, cleanliness and all the friendly teachers. We also love the fact that they have 24-hour security cameras not only in parking lot, they also have many security cameras in their outdoor play area and in every classrooms.. The owners of this daycare are also very nice and accommodating to us, they are accessible even on weekends and week nights and they even gave us their personal cell numbers just in case we have any questions which is is really nice . It shows that the owners really care about children and their customers.. Great place for kids.....
09/28/2013Time for Tots Child Center
Recently toured this center and my child will not be attending. The director, Jen seems nice. They have very reasonable rates and are flexible with scheduling and drop ins. However the other staff member, in the toddler room, had a shirt on which literally allowed for about 6 inches of her stomach to hang out over her jeans.. Not a good look for any work environment. It's a very small place, yet unfortunately lacking in charm. Most of the toys were pretty ragged and the carpet was dirty. Some of the kids were napping on matts about 5 feet from the front door. It seems the lack of space causes things to be very cramped. There are definitely worse, yet definitely better places out there. Hope this helps anyone looking.