My son love the school and teachers. Very well balanced wrt academic as well as other activities. School choices are totally dependent on kids and parents. This is a great choice for us. The optional club choices are really good; teachers and aides are really approachable.Only drawback I can point out is regarding after care program for halfdays as it will be a huge help for working parents and who will have to take off or work from home to pick the kids. It will be great if they support working parents with a solid aftercare staff/program.
We went to BBS for over five years and left last year. There has been a large turnover in staff (administration, teachers, and aides) since then, especially the last year. There was also a lot of families that left the school, I would assume the retention rate after fourth grade is low. When we started there most teachers had masters degrees, when we left people without BA degrees were being offered teaching jobs. The principal is also the owner, she does not have an education in teaching or school administration, and this is a for-profit charter school. Much of the amenities and extras the school has is funded by the PTA and parents. The reading program after K lacks structure, the computer applications are outdated, most of the curriculum is teacher driven so your experience depends on getting a good teacher each year, socially the school is very "clicky" and staff kids do receive preferential treatment. When we started the curriculum was more advanced than the average public school classroom, I do not think that is the case anymore. I would definitely not recommend this school for any student on an IEP, 504 Plan or requiring Special Ed services.
My child has attended this school for a few years and I've found it overall to be a cut above. I am grateful my child is in a class of 21 students and 2 full time teachers. They are learning yoga in PE, harmonizing like pros in music, studying art history and real life math skills. Creativity is encouraged in writing and presentations that boost self esteem. After school clubs include a show choir, clay class, and multiple athletics. The statement that more than 10 teachers left last year is inaccurate. While there was an increase in turnover, its not always because of the school itself. A couple teachers resigned due to their husband's job transfers. I would take any overtly negative review with a huge grain of salt.
A financial summary was sent home to families and raises more questions. Business owners have multiple expenses to upkeep property, which is ingested by the owner not the parents.This is one ex. of a huge expectation that parents should fund everything from papers/pencils in the classroom to fixing toilets, which is an operating cost. Another big change in this school is staff members and the entire front office staff leaving for better employment opportunities. Is the environment behind closed doors so awful that many teachers, aides, and all front office staff have left? Parent involvement and support is evident in this school, so what atmosphere is this principal creating that produces such a high turn over rate 12 months? After researching the financial statement further, more questions arise where money is going, ex: prop 301 money should be given to teachers yearly. After questioning staff they have not been given this money in the past several years. Other schools in Chandler give their teachers 1500 a year (public and charter). So this financial record is incomplete. Why is the principal/owner, not taking care of the people that makeBright Beginnings excellent.
Yes, we are thrilled to be building an additional classroom to alleviate the long waiting lists. The new room should be completed by fall break and students will then be back to eating in the lunch room. The classroom in the cafeteria was set up this summer just like all of our classrooms. We are thrilled to be staring our new year with great families, excellent students and a supportive administration.
This school just went down a few notches. My son reported they made the lunchroom into a classroom (more revenue?) so now they have to eat in their classroom. He is so disappointed as am I. After care just went up another $50 a month this year. Went up $50 last year. We were given a giant list of supplies to buy (larger every year) and then told the administration decided to use their own planner so we now have to pay $6 for the one they chose in addition to the one we already bought. First day....what's next. 4 years ago we were told funds were being raised for a decent lunch room/multipurpose room and then never heard another word and now the children are eating in their classroom. Ridiculous!
We found BBS eight years ago through greatschools.com as we were researching places to live before our move to Arizona. We visited BBS for a tour of the campus and knew immediately that our children would do well there. We were impressed by the online information about the quality of the school, but fell in love with the atmosphere of a caring, supportive learning environment. Our three kids love their school and are excited about the new middle school as well. I hope that people who have questions about the school come to campus to see for themselves if it is a good fit for them. No one school is perfect for everybody, but I feel that my kids are doing well here and I have no complaints. Also, nobody has ever suggested or requested that I post an online review. I update my review periodically because as time passes, I feel it is helpful to the other parents looking here to have up-to-date information and feedback. This review is my honest, unsolicited opinion as a longtime parent at this school.
As a very long time parent to 3 kids. One in hs, jr. h and my last at bbs elemen. I find these negative comments sad. I want to believe all the criticisms false, however, if there is any truth to any of them let that be a wake up call to fix them. No problems=no complaints. I also realize you will not please everyone and that is why we have choices for our kids education, people! Don't like BBS don't go there. My experience has mostly been positive so I don't see any reason to not recommend bbs.
We have been at Bright Beginnings for 5 years. My children are thriving, having fun & being taught by loving wonderful teachers. All of this talk about NEW principle is ridiculous. She has been the principle/owner since we have been there (& the year before I think too). Of course all places have growing pains when change happens. The people posting negative comments about things do not even have children at BBS anymore as they are in jr high now. We have been nothing but pleased the past 5 years. This year is BY FAR one of the best. There's a new music room, wonderful healthy lunches with lots of fresh choices and the gossipy parents who's children went here before have all left. It is a VERY positive environment and my children love to go to school. They are learning above grade level, being challenged but in a fun and loving way. We are all here to support one another and do the best for our children including the principle and her new wonderful Asst Principle (former teacher) who is always outside greeting the families as they come to school. Please do not believe rating from others who do not or have not even attended the school THIS year & have no place to judge right now.
I continue seeing posts from "previous" employees...It's very sad that these previous employees cannot seem to move on and feel the need to bring down a school where they have previously taught. You may have had some experience that has caused you to feel this way, but should you really use this type of forum where the effects go far beyond one person? Do you think that badly of the people you used to work with? As a CURRENT employee, and an employ who has watched a few teachers come and go, I can say that I am very happy with my job and my administration. I enjoy my teammates and the other teachers I work with. I love my students and my families. I feel supported, and I feel comfortable knowing that if something is bothering me, I can speak to the person I need to FACE to FACE. It is very sad that future and current parents are going to read these false statements being made. To all the parents out there, I hope you will see past these "previous employee" comments, and see them for what they are.
As an employee, I can honestly state that I have only ever known the owner to completely support me. She cares about me inside and outside of the classroom. The education that the children at this school are getting far exceeds any other elementary school in the valley. Amazing staff are attracted to this school for many reasons and are extremely qualified to give all the children at our school well rounded, individualized, learning experiences. If I didn't feel this way, I would certainly get a job elsewhere as I am extremely qualified and would have no problem doing so. I am sure the other teachers as the school feel the same way.
This is our first year at Bright Beginnings and we previously attended a traditional academy. What a positive difference BBS has made on our child. After two difficult years of my child dreading school and it being a daily battle to get to school this year has been a blessing- a complete turn around. Not only is our house a happy place in the morning I am having to rush to catch up with my child who wants to hurry up and get to school by 8 AM to have some additional play time with friends before school starts. The teachers are loving, smart and fun and the front office has been nothing but helpful. Thank you BBS for the positive impact you have had on our family. We look forward to many more years to come.
I am a parent at BBS as well as an experienced educator and I enrolled my sons at BBS two years ago after researching over a dozen schools In our surrounding area. BBS has proven to be a great match for my boys. At kindergarten and 1st grade both are working and being challenged above grade level. Each time I have spoken with administration it has been an open, encouraging and pleasant discussion. My feedback was encouraged, accepted and even invited back. These reviews should focus on the kids and the instructional progress they make that is created by great teachers in BBS classrooms. Be positive advocates for children and the learning environment that allows them to soar! I am pleased with BBS and the instructional model that is being delivered to my kids. Administration is doing a nice job of facilitating all that BBS offers to our children. There is so much to be greatful for at BBS. Let's share and enjoy the positive. It's so healthy for the kids and teachers as well as the community.
After 4 years at BBS we could not be any happier. Not only are our children excelling they are happy and social. We have been fortunate to have great teachers and aides and small class sizes. I do not really understand why a select group of ladies feels it necessary to take jabs at the admin/principal. My children love the principal, they feel like she is their friend because she reads to their class and has every month since we have been at BBS. She says hello and knows their name. Really if you are not happy with a school then leave. It just gives us a better teacher student ratio.
We have lived in several different states and our children have attended several different types of schools. Before moving, four of our children were old enough to attend Bright Beginnings. Our oldest completed 6th grade and was so advanced academically that we advanced her a year. She entered high school a year early and is still a 4.2 student. Wow BBS! While that alone would be a stellar accomplishment for BBS, we cannot rave enough about all of the extracurricular options that the school continually offers. The school also offers before/after care. For a busy family trying to juggle different schedules, this option is priceless. Finally, on a social/caring standpoint, this school is impressive. There is a genuine concern for the children and their development is important to everyone. There are many options for choosing a school in Arizona, but for a parent looking for strong academics without unnecessary homework / busy work, extracurricular activities for all interests, family like environment and group of teachers with a genuine interest in every child, there is only one choice...BBS. Thank you BBS for the solid foundation and great memories you gifted our children.
Parents, BEWARE! I totally agree with the post from the previous parent. BBS administration puts several positive comments after seeing a negative comment to boost up the rating. Just go back and read all the comments. You will see the pattern of who's writing what..... The principle (owner) is there just for the $$$....
As a parent of three children who have all gone to Bright Beginnings I can't even begin to imagine our life without it. My oldest is in high school and she is at the top of her class. I attribute this to the wonderful schooling she had at BBS. The principal is open and welcoming for any parent to go and speak with her. She puts the interest of the children first. The teachers and aides are amazing! We moved to BBS from our neighborhood school and it was one of the best decisions we ever made to ensure that our children are well rounded, and well educated.
I'm searching schools for my daughter who are 3 now. We went this school to get some information. It seems a little bit expensive for pre-school(around $1100.00 for full day from 7am to 6 pm.) and we are invited to join school tour next week. Probably, we'll join but I wonder a lot about them. As a parent or educator do you suggest this school especially for the little kids up tp K3? If you know more about the conditions and future plans of this school, would you mind share your thoughts?
As a teacher, I can tell you the BBS is a terrific place to teach! I smile each day as I arrive ready to take on my day. The aides are instrumental in getting our students to excel; be it helping in the classroom, lunchroom or teacher's workroom. Our principal will go to great lengths to help us succeed. She truly loves the children as her own. I have had multiple offers to teach elsewhere. I choose to stay because of the fabulous families, supportive administration, kind and productive staff and peer teachers that help me be the absolute best teacher I can be. This is not only a cooperative work atmosphere, it is a caring, positive and challenging environment for our students.
The administration is extremely rude and unprofesstional--never friendly to parents or the PTA who provides a ton of support to her teachers and students. We left this school after witnessing the Principal's astonishing rude behavior over and over again. Wow, what a change to be a school where the Principal smiles and comes up to talk to you! Too many great families are leaving and fortunately for them their are many other top notch schools available where the administration is friendly, grateful and caring towards the students and families.
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