The Prep School
Bloomington, IN 47404
About This School
In 2010, The Prep School had 7 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Indiana average is 18 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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The Prep School Reviews
My eldest has been going to TPSA for 3 years. Our daughter is in her second year at TPS (for preschool). I could not be happier with the education they receive. They learn not only about basics (math. English, science, music, history and art) but also Spanish, karate, community and basic life skills. The school is well balanced with learning and fun. The teacher to student ratio is low which means more individualized care. Each student is tested on their skills several times a year to progress and are given work according to how they are learning instead of everyone learning the same thing at the same pace. Its easy to see the way the teachers teach at TPSA is working very well. In comparison to many other kids their age they are more knowledgeable about money, states, history, presidents and the community just to name a few things. The teachers are always well prepared and have things planned in advance and have a class schedule. We receive weekly newsletters explaining what they will work on each day of that week. If I were to switch my child to a public school he would be learning things from last year (we wouldn't do this my kids LOVE this school as do we). I have never seen or had any special needs children in any of my children's classes so I am not aware of any of the issues stated in the review above. Also, the teachers and principal are very easy to contact. All staff makes time to speak with the parents and they encourage very open communication. We are extremely happy with TPSA and TPS we will definitely be staying with this school until our kids "age out".
My child has attended this school for four years. At first we felt this school was accommodating and challenging. They advertise for teaching a year ahead of public school curriculum. Our daughter is above grade level and we found this very appealing.
However, now that she is getting older we are beginning to notice a lot of flaws in this organization. The curriculum for the intermediate grades are not established, and it seems as if teachers make up the curriculum for their classroom. Additionally, they do not use text books in any of the subjects and I worry that she isn't receiving an adequate education.
The school does not have special education services, but they have accepted students with special needs and are not able to support these students. My child's teacher has had to leave the class alone multiple times to "deal" with one specific student that has special needs. It is very concerning that the teachers simply leave the room and class unattended. There is not a principal that manages the building and the overall management of the school. The director "floats" between the two schools. However, I know that she often doesn't go in to either school. I have heard many other parent concerns about the discipline being too lax. The teachers don't have anyone to turn to for support with troublesome students.
The most troubling scene that I recently witnessed was a teacher that received a phone call on her cell phone walked out of the room and left her group of kindergarten (or very young) students to take this phone call. She proceeded to carry on this conversation while waving to me. I was incredibly appalled and am very thankful my daughter was never in her class.
My family used to have many positive things to say about this school, and we even recommended it to our friends that weren't happy in public schools. I would now say that the school is not well enough established to claim a K-6 elementary status. There is a very high teacher turn-over and overall it seems to now be a poorly managed organization.