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K-5
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Montgomery, AL
Students enrolled: 570

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2525 Churchill Dr
Montgomery, AL 36111

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(334) 284-8014
(334) 284-8096
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November 28, 2014
I have to say that we have been apart of the Bear family since my daughter was in kindergarten. She is now in the third grade and I pray when she enters middle school that it will be under the same circumstance that we are now.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
The Staff dedication, parent involvement, and family atmosphere are why we love Bear and feel so blessed to have our child there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
The teachers are awesome. My child has learned so much this year. The school is amazing

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
My son has been at Bear since he was in Kindergarten and he is know in 4th grade. I can tell you I wouldn't want him going anywhere else in Montgomery. The school, teachers, and the staff are simply amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
My step son has been at Bear since he was in Kindergarten and he is in the 4th grade now. The teachers and staff are amazing in the work that they do.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Not only do the teachers love their job but they love our children. We could not ask for a better learning enviroment for our children. We are so thankful to be a part of the Bear family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
Its great for the kids they are always ten steps ahead of the private and the public shcools. The teachers love the work they do and they love the students. Great teacher parent comunications. Bear rocks!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 25, 2010
This is absolutely the best elementary school in the country!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
The instruction is very challenging yet the teachers make it a fun learning environment. The entire staff gets involved in motivating the kids and the parents to excel. You get a sense that the teachers care about their students success. It's also a safe and creative atmosphere. It's the best elementary school a parent could ask for!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
We have a grandchild in this school and we attend student programs during the year and we have a family member who is an amazing teacher and through her we hear about the incredible parent participation and the fact that they do not have so many of the disciplanary issues that are such a problem in other schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
The teachers and administrators work hard and work with parents and students so everyone can be successful. Everyone cares about eachother.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
I love Bear Exploration Center because the teachers and staff care enough about our children to challenge them every day and hold them to high standards!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
I love Bear because the teachers and the staff are excellent. Our children are challenged without ever feeling overwhelmed. So many fantastic parents are involved, and I love the diversity.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Bear Exploration Center is the best place to work. The teachers are like family, always ready to share ideas and lend a helping hand. The students work hard to live up to the high standards we set for them, and the parents/PTA are an amazing source of support.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
Bear teachers and staff really care about their students and hold them to high standards. Each class lesson is designed to challenge and inspire the children. Teaches and staff are so good to work through problems with the children and their parents.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 23, 2010
Bear is the the type of school that everyone should experience. With an excellent science lab, technology lab, library, and music program, it creates an atmosphere that is more of a hands-on approach. Children are required to maintain a B in conduct, so teachers have more time to teach rather than focussing on behaviorial issues.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
The teachers honestly care about their students. And it's a green school!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
I love Bear because the parents are 100% involved with their child's education.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
The teachers at Bear are fabulous! They really care about the students and do their best every day to teach the students all they need to know.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
I have 3 children ranging in age from 5 - 16. Over the years we have attended several different schools in the Montgomery area. In our experience Bear is BY FAR the BEST! Bear has a principal that cares and is very involved in everything that happens there. Her staff follows her lead. I have never seen a group of teachers with such a sense of community. It's like a big family. My children feel welcomed by everyone there. Bear makes learning fun! I am so proud that we are part of Bear, and will be sad when we are done.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
It is overall a great school with the best teachers, staff, students and the parents in town!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2010
If your child has special needs - even if they are gifted and make excellent grades - get out and get out now. Bear School refuses to cooperate with anyone who has a child with special needs. We've moved to our regular zoned school & it's so much better. There's less stress, loving teachers, great communication with the principal. I could never catch the principal at Bear. They made promises to us that they did not keep, and I was a very active parent - them stabbed in the back, so to speak. My kids regular school also has a computer lab - and it's much more impressive than the one at Bear! They have a TV studio also, plus Quest for the gifted students. I'm glad I got my kids out of there when I did.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2010
My two children attended Bear Exploration Center from Kindergarten through the 5th grade and my husband and I so very grateful our children had the opportunity to attend this wonderful school. The Principal, Mrs. Elizabeth Hill, really cares about each and every child enrolled in the school, knows them all by name, and does an outstanding job. Every teacher at Bear is truly dedicated to helping their students learn and they all teach with love. Bear even has regular substitute teachers who only work there and are just as loving and devoted the the students as the fulltime teachers! Bear stands tall among the schools in the Montgomery County system. Bear is the very best school in Montgomery. If you are considering sending your child to Bear, stop thinking about it and make it happen!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 07, 2010
My son started Bear Exploration Center in 1997 and now he is a senior a LAMP. My daughter completed Bear last year, and she's now in middle school, but Bear Exploration Center is where they got their great start. What a wonderful school!!! Mrs. Hill and the teachers there are absolutely wonderful!!! I was really sad when my children left Bear because the teachers and I had developed a bond of friendship and not a bond of parent-teacher. I highly recommend Bear to anyone who may be interested. Like in all things, the foundation starts at home, but in the world we live in today, it is satisfying to know that there are others [like the faculty and staff at Bear] will reiterate the same morals and values you teach your children at home.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Bear is wonderful. The teachers are very caring. It has an incredible science lab. The kids are also get to go to art and music. Honor's chorus is offered for those who try out and keep their grades and conduct up.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2009
We are very pleased with this school. The teachers are terrific. The kids are learning so much and having fun. The parental involvement is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2009
Best school I've had any of my children in..the teachers are wonderful and they show they truly love the children...great staff and very parent-friendly..safe also!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2008
Awesome school. Very academics oriented, and excellent at building the self esteem of their students. Success through good old-fashioned hard work! Excellent leadership, excellent teachers, excellent parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2008
Bear has been such a blessing to my family. The principal, teachers, and staff are friendly and interested in every student. I could not be more pleased with the school. We have been part of the Bear family for 5 years now.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 08, 2008
Second year Bear parent - great school - incredible organization skills taught - no misconduct allowed -allowing more classroom instructional time and less on discipline - class A school

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2008
I have a son who is ADHD and not on medication. The teachers there are very patient and have worked well with him. I also have a daughter who attends Bear and we are absolutely amazed at what they are learning. The Principal is awesome and very involved in EVERY student. I must say that we are very blessed to have our children attending Bear. Thank you to the entire school faculty and staff and PTA.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
How can one put into words how much your kids' school means to you when they are partly responsible for turning not only one, but both of your kids around. One child had a very difficult time adjusting to kindergarten when he started at Bear, but now is doing awesome and loves his teacher so much. The other child had more serious difficulties, which took three years to get under control after I finally had him tested, which was recommended by his teachers last year. He is now thriving and doing awesome! I still have a good relationship with all past teachers we have had. They genuinely love and care for each child, not just their students. The quality and amount of parental support and leadership are also top-notch. I must also add, the quality of education and experience would be hard to match by any other school in town.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
My daughter has attended Bear since Kindergarten, and we could not be happier. I have never had any problem with any teacher or staff, in fact it is very much a family environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
If your child has ADHD and it does not respond to medication, this is not the school to send your child.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2007
I have 2 children at Bear. I absolutely love it. My oldest daughter was in another school prior to Bear. I have seen the difference. These are the best teachers I have ever seen. They really love to teach. We have not had a bad teacher. My oldest daughter is in 5th grade. It is challenging in the upper grades but we expect it to get more difficult the older they get. They are teaching our children to be responsible for their schoolwork. Although I won't say it's been an easy ride, the children know what is expected. If you want to see an example of how education should work, take a look at Bear. It's phenomenal!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
Bear exploration center is a wonderful school! my child has been at bear for 4 years, and all of the faculty are awesome!each and everyone teacher and specilaists are the most caring indiduals , we have ever experienced since our children have been in school.I highly reccomend this school for your child. The science lab teacher is awesome, we have three bearded dragons, a conjoure(a very colorful bird!) and we also have a new addition this year her name is gracie bear, a dwarf rabbit! the children are allowed to take a the animals home if mom and dad approve. The computer is alot of fun too! please come take a tour of the wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2006
Bear Exploration Center is a wonderful school and has been a blessing for me and my kids. This is our third year at Bear and I have two kids enrolled and will not hesitate to enroll my third child next year. The teachers are wonderful and the you couldn't ask for a more attentive and caring principal. My daughter is in the 4th grade and yes, the curriculum is hard but that's what I expect in a magnet program. Otherwise, she would be somewhere else. Her teachers are very supportive and work hard to help the kids succeed and have always been accessible to my husband and I whenever we've needed to discuss anything. We've never had a problem! My 5 year old has the absolute best kindergarden teacher in Montgomery...Mrs. Susan Brown. I can't begin to tell you how truly wonderful she is. All the teachers are great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 02, 2005
To the parent who spoke so harshly about the 4th and 5th grade teachers: My child was a student with your child during those years. I had absolutely no problems with the teachers. My child is attending Baldwin Magnet School this year. Had it not been for the 4th and 5th grade teachers preparing my child on how to stay organized, how to read and make notes and how to study, I do not feel that she would have done as well this year at Baldwin. However, because she developed all these skills, she has a 3.5 GPA at the end of the third nine weeks. So to the other parents of Bear students or future parents of Bear students, please know Bear is an excellent school and prepares your child very well for the years thereafter. Thank you to the 4th and 5th grade teachers. You are the best! -Former Bear Student Parent

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2005
My son was in the program and I was very pleased in the beginning also. Unfortunately, the strict environment was not suited for him and the efforts we made to keep him there made him miserable. We pushed him so hard to keep him there and he now HATES school. Maybe he would not have if he had been in a lower pressure environment. Other children I know do very well there, but not my son.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2004
I've had two children at Bear. We started the first year it was a magnet school. This year was our last year with Bear. I loved the school in the beginning, but when my second child started 4th grade it went all down hill. Fourth and fifth grades are horrible! My child totally lost interest in school and learning. There was so much pressure put on these children that it was unbearable. Just about every parent I talked to felt the same way. If it could stay the way it is with K-5 - 3rd grade I think it would be a great school. These grades have some really excellent teachers and they really seem to care about their students, I did not feel this was the case with the 4th and 5th grade.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Bear Exploration Center is an outstanding school. This school is a math, science, and technology magnet school that offers excellence in teaching in all subjects. I couldn't be happier with the education my children are receiving.

- submitted by a parent
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Bear Exploration Center
2525 Churchill Dr, Montgomery, AL  36111
(334) 284-8014
Last modified Bear Exploration Center is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bear Exploration Center Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top