I have 2 children at Terrytown Academy and have had nieces and nephews that attended this school ALL of us are very satisfied with the school. The staff has always been helpful to me and my children. My children are learning things I never did in school. I have read the other comments and I do not understand the comments about not enough days, I have checked with the state board of education and according to what they say a school needs Terrytown has more days then needed . We never have half days like most schools which I think is great as a working parent. I CAN NOT imagine any person there not feeding a child I have forgotten to give my oldest child lunch money and called to say I was bringing the money and was told do not make a special trip we always make sure they eat. Seems to you have other issues and are taking it out on the school. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND TERRYTOWN ACADEMY TO ANY ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This year was my kids first year attending TTA. The experience has been nice. The staff is always kind and courteous. I would suggest making a few adjustments to the lunch menu to add more nutritional items to the menu and allow students to bring more than just warm-ups and sandwiches. Overall my kids are learning and doing well so I have no complaints. Mrs. Cindy goes above and beyond the call of duty. My daughter is in the third grade and she is studying things that I don't remember learning in the third grade. There is no doubt in my mind that the students at TTA are getting all the tools needed to succeed in life. My 4 year old daughter is in Pre-K she has learned so much this year already. She is very excited to go to school every morning. My children will be attending TTA next school year. TTA is an excellent school! I would encourage any parnet to look pass the negative comments and try them out for yourself. You will be amazed! I read these negative comments before I registered my kids at TTA and I am very glad I looked pass the comments and decided to give TTA a chance. It was the best decision I could have ever made for my children! I eat, sleep, & breathe TTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I don't know what this school was like in the past, but I can tell you that for the past few years, this place has been nothing more than a daycare. I don't know where they get their teachers, but they should be ashamed for working at such a place that does not teach anything. I checked my niece's homework when I had her for a week, and the teacher marked items correct that were incorrect. The same thing happened on three tests IN ONE WEEK! No wonder why this place is not accredited. I called the school to ask about the seemingly short school year, only to get yelled at with the administration office demanding me to tell them what child at the school I knew. Padding grades to keep parents happy is nothing to be proud of. Then having a school year that is 20 days short of the state requirements is downright shocking. My niece is now barely hanging on at the local public school thanks to a few years of straight As at Terrytown Academy despite spending 7 hours on homework a night and having excellent tutors. PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILDREN FAR AWAY FROM THIS PLACE!!!
I don't know where these get what they are saying about Terrytown Academy, but for the past few years, this place is a desert wasteland to take money of innocent parents who cannot afford a better private school but believe private is better than public.
In my experience, the school year is shorter than legally required school years. The teachers do not teach anything on or above the level of the grade the child is attending. And in my experience, teachers mark homework assignments and even test items as correct when they are not. They pad the grades so the students look like they are excelling and the parents are happy. I knew a boy with severe learning disabilities who attended and somehow managed to make straight As. However, his standardized test scores were extremely below average. And when he transferred to another local private school, he flunked out in the first nine weeks.
I warn you to beware of adminstrators that immediately turn to verbal abuse and accusations at a single question.
Also, when children are learning how to write their ABCs in second grade, you know the teacher isn't teaching state standards (I'm talking about print, not even learning cursive yet).
Do yourself a favor, choose any other private school or public school in the area and enrich your child's education with homework help and extracurricular activities. However, leaving your child at home in front of pbs everyday would be better for your child than this school!
My children attend Terrytown Academy and we love it. The education hey are receiving is very good. Tuition price very reasonable compared to all other private schools on westbank. At lisadey, all text books are now new! The administration is always very helpful and caring to the students. I would recommend Terrytown Academy to anyone looking for a private school.
Pros: Good Private School
In today's society you live your life and hope that you make an impact on bettering the world as you know it. In order to face the tasks that challenge you it is important that you received a good foundation in your youth to assist you in making the decisions in becoming successful in all of your dreams and goals. It has been my experience in the last sixteen years that Terrytown Academy provides this solid foundation for its students daily. Anytime that I am able to visit the school I walk away with more support, respect, education, and motivation to succeed. In my career I visit all types of learning institutions; private, parochial, and public. I meet hardworking educators wherever I go, but the unyielding committment from the educators at TTA always make a lasting impact in my thoughts. These educators take care to give each of their students the attention they need. They spend 35 hours a week if not more teaching above state required curriculum, training, mentoring, and providing a caring positive environment with each student.
Congratulations to those TTA teachers for going the extra mile! To make a final decision in choosing the best school for your child I challenge you to go the extra mile- observe! At dismissal you see all these happy faces waiting to tell guardians about their day at school, or eager happy faces to tell a daycare worker how they spent their day. If time permits take initiative to be invited to a TTA graduation. I know parenting has unbelievable daily concerns, but know that your child at TTA is a guaranteed investment!
Both my children and now their children have attended this school which by the way was establised in 1969 which should certainly tell anyone they must be doing something right in order to stay in operation this long. The administration, teachers and other members of the organization have shown nothing but love and consideration for my children along with a great education. My grandaughter is currently in one of the better catholic high schools in New Orleans and is in all honors classes. Many students have received academic scholorships when entering highh school. Yes the facilithy is an older one but is always maintained . I as a human being find it enormously repulsive that someone would have the audacity to call other people common. To Lisadaye it seems like you are the one that is discourteous, unprofessional and as you put it lacking of class. Please check your spelling before you write another article demeaning people. Obviously these people have chosen to work at Terrytown Academy and not in the public school system. God Bless America
Pros: Dedicated administration and faculty.
My child attended TTA and I was very satisfied. She received a very good education from P.K. through 8th grade. She attended a catholic high school with no problems. Now I have a grandson attending and he also is getting a good education. The staff seems to be very caring and looks out for the best interest of all children. The facility is older but is maintained well. As long as my child and now grandson is in a safe environment and recieving a solid education that's all that matters. The tuition is affordable with not any surprise increases. I would recommend TTA to any one looking for a small school, staff that does not label children, and the education is good. Public school out of control.....
I was very astounded at the level of professionalism that was displayed. . The books are very out dated which gives me a strong sense that best practices are not put in place as it directly relates to student?s learning. I presuppose that the teachers are not highly qualified as stated buy the ?No Child left Behind?. It perplexes me as to why highly qualified teachers would pass so many public, charter, or independent schools to teach at a school that pays the bare minimum in salaries. . The classrooms, the books, the desks, the bathrooms, and the entire facility is ran down and is in need of major repairs. No one in administration has a sense of class, diplomacy or professionalism. . They are very discourteous, common and not too articulate. A message should be sent out to parents to really look into private schools before enrolling their children. Public schools are by far the best because they are certainly following the curriculum that is aligned with the state and the federal government. They and are hiring teachers that are qualified and prepared to bring students to new levels in learning and achievement. Parents must look beyond a good image and look toward the importance of a solid education for their children. I typically think majority of the children need an IEP and would be in special education class but since they attend a private school tat govern tier own rules, you are automatically mainstreamed because these types of facilities do not accommodate ADHD, Dyslexia, Mild Retardation, Learning Disabilities, Emotional Behaviors, Mental Illness, etc. . Something to think about.
I was very satisfied with the school. My son loved the school (he was a preschool student). The school was affordable and my son excelled in his class. There are small class sizes which are important in beginning classes. I don't like the fact that there is only one class for higher grade levels and no honor classes. Lastly, I thought the school should have better communications with the parents in reference to holidays and closings of the school.
Academic Program is good, but there isn't any hot lunches served to children. They can bring warm-ups or their own lunch, but there isn't a cafeteria where the children can buy hot meals like other schools. Also, the school hours have been 8:25 am - 2:45 pm since my granddaughter has been going there at the age of three years old. She is now 9 years old, the new principal changed the hours from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. I think this is ridiculous. Parents are accustomed to bringing their children to school at the hours mentioned above. It worked all these years, why change??????