I'm a parent at this school currently and though they offer quite a bit in terms of field trips and special activities (music, Spanish, art and PE) I really don't believe they hold the children accountable enough with daily homework and learning of the basics (spelling, math and English skills. I'm actually considering placing my child in a more traditional learning enviroment before they fall behind.
This school is wonderful. The principals are friendly and available to all parents. Class size is small and the students recieve alot of one on one with their teachers.
My child's experience at this school has been excellent. Her kindergarden program includes spanish, sign language, art, music, computers and much more. But best of all, she loves the teachers.
This is a good academic school with some really fine teachers. We chose it because they offer a nice balance between academics and creative learning as well as some flexibility for individualizing instruction. Example, our child goes to the math class one year ahead of her grade. The school suffers from some disorganization and inconsistent quality in teachers. Make sure you meet your child's teacher in advance and talk to parents of children who have had the same teacher and you will have great results with this school. The administration is not consultative and as a result you feel that important decisions are made arbitrarily or 'off the cuff'. Example, while on vacation last year, 1 week before school started, we received a phone call that our child would have to 'test into' her year ahead math class the next day. Reasonable policy. But why the last minute announcement?
I went to this school for 3 years. I loved it. The teachers I had were great. Since then it has changed though. It isn't the school it used to be. I still think its okay though.
We sent our son to pre-K here and it was fantastic! The teachers care about the students, they strive for a variety of learning styles and experiences for the students. There is a sense of community at the school.
Words cannot explain how wonderful this school is. I took my child out of public school because I didn't feel that she was getting any quality education. BBS teaches to the higher level student, and in doing so, brings all children regardless of levels upwards in all areas including academic, social and personal growth. The staff is wonderful. When your child has to reenter to the public schools they will be at the top of their class.
Bright Beginnings has an excellent academic program for all grades. The teachers use all types of learning. The kids enjoyed the music and arts program as well. I just wish it had gone all the way to the 12th grade!
Bright Beginnings is a wonderful school. The teachers and assistant teachers are incredibly caring and well-organized. The office staff 'has their act together! The campus is beautiful...clean, warm, inviting. Spanish, Art, Music, PE, and Health are taught by passionate experienced teachers. Parent involvement is available in any area you would like. (I helped at reading time.) We love the family hikes, Skateland evenings, school performances, and family dances. The school gets better each year! We have had kids there for eight of the ten years they have been open. They have the best achievement test scores because they teach the kids to think!
My child attended preschool at Bright Beginnings because administrators said that their Kindergarten had higher standards than most of the public schools and that their Pre-K program would prepare the students for the Kindergarten. After paying $2,000 and completing the preschool program, my child was entered into a 'lottery' for Kindergarten enrollment and was not accepted. The school does give siblings preferential placement, but does not offer that to pre-K students for Kindergarten. My child doesn't understand why he has to leave the school and friends that he loves.
This school is wonderful! I am so pleased with the teacher's commitment to the education and well-being of their students. There is a great deal of parent involvement, as well. It really is like a small community surrounding. The teaching philosophy emphasizes reading skills very early on, which continues to be valuable throughout education. My child is going into junior high next year and I am quite concerned about the quality of the public schools in this area compared to our experiences at this charter school.
Very supportive principal according to teachers; participates in activities that draws outside talent into the school for art and other subjects; small class size; very good at listening to parent input.
Best Charter School around! Great parent involvement and small class sizes. Wonderful, caring, dedicated teachers.
The best thing I ever did for my son was to enroll him in this wonderful, innovative school! Excellent education and a close-knit school community.
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