Based on 7 ratings
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To me, a mother of three brilliant children experiencing three different private pre-schools in the bay area and the valley, I can make a fair comparison among the private ones. Want to know what's good about TLC -- the location only, but that's not the reason of sending my son to the school!!! By reading the philosophy listed by the school, I don't find my youngest son has made any progress in cognitive, social and creative development over the year. Talking about curriculum listed by the school, my son was never provided the experiences in computer skills, intro to writing, reading readiness or science exploration at TLC!! Compared to my two older kids educated in other two private pre-schools with much less tuition, my youngest son was not prepared with enough education for kindergarten!!!!!!!!
My son attended Tassajara Learning Center. The teachers are loving, caring and kind. The classrooms are clean, bright and inviting. The curriculum is just the right amount of free play, structured time and teacher directed activities. This school has the best playground we have ever seen at a preschool (and I have seen alot with all the moving my family has done). I feel that no other preschool around here can even compete with the building, the staff or their early childhood philosophies. TLC is in a league of its own!
The structure of this school lends itself to disaster. The school caters to families who need a flexible schedule. Therefore, there are different kids there each day and some kids are there all day while others attend only the morning or afternoon. Although the kids who attend in only the afternoon are supposed to receive the same instruction and curriculum as the morning/all day kids, this simply is not the case. The school is extremely pricey for the level of enrichment and education that the kids are getting. The teachers are very sweet and the facility is beautiful... but I just don't feel that that justifies the cost. Overall, I think the issues with the school stem from the Directors/Owners. I think the business of making money is the priority of the school, instead of the academic and social enrichment of the individual students at the school.
The schedule is very a-la-carte, so there is a lot of pick-up, drop-off, and pretty much different mix of students every day. I don't even know if the teachers know all the children well enough to provide adequate care and coaching. Tuition is high and a lot of holidays, teachers' days.... Directors are very friendly but also too business- (and money) oriented. Good news is, school is clean; so it is a good school if cleanliness is the only thing you are looking for.
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