I would not recommend this school for any child. Very disappointed with how a particular staff member was allowed to treat my child. She has no business working with children or in any profession that requires any customer service skills whatsoever. Very unprofessional.
We originally chose Bradley Academy for their affordable pre-kindergarten program. We enrolled our son at the age of 4. We loved the small class size and advanced curriculum. His teacher communicated with the parents via email weekly and he had weekly homework. The homework encouraged parent involvement in their children's education. He entered kindergarten with the ability to read and write. He also had weekly homework assignments and book reports in kindergarten. Now his entire class is being promoted to 1st grade at or above 1st grade reading and math levels. The administration has had a few changes over the last 2 years, but all changes they made have been positive.
This is one of the most innovative schools I have ever come across - I love their approach to education!!! They have a Family Services department that is an outstanding as they are very pro-active in reaching out to families and getting them involved. Their website is also very unique in the way that it keeps you up to speed on all events... Definitely a Great place for your children!!!
Bradley Academy of Excellence is a K-8 charter school full of very caring & academically proficient teachers & staff. Their curriculum includes a blended learning aspect with teacher instructed class time while utilizing Mac/Apple computers in the classrooms. In addition, they offer an ABT Ballet Program, prof. level Dance/ Musical Theatre, & competition level Baton as part of their specials curriculum. I've been involved there since 2011 & my children are students there since 2012. My experience there has been great as a parent & as an educator. The school has had some growing pains since its expansion in 2011, & challenges with communication have primarily been the issue. However, clearly the vision of the Director, Mrs. Burston, the principal, & the Family Liaison Dept., is one that's dedicated to the support, guidance, education, advancement, & accountability of, not only, it's students but of its faculty & staff. I am proud to be a part of, & serve, the Bradley community, & my children's academic progress, Ballet & State Champion Baton accomplishments are examples of the opportunities the school can & does provide-especially if you'll invest yourself in your child's education.
Bradley has had alot of turnover in staff but still good school. Teachers send e-mails and has phone messenger service to inform parents. Wish they would bring back performing arts program my grandkids have excelled at this school small enrollment let's let's staff and parents to know each other.
I would not recommend this school to anyone. The leadership at this school must be replaced for there to be any improvement. This includes all people at the front office. They are unorganized and under qualified to work at the school. The front desk staff have a bad attitude and lack of training. The sports program needs a lot of work as well as support for girls teams. This is the only school that never put a calender on its website. They can't even make a commitment to a calendar. You are better off sending your kid to the public school down the street. This school is an embarrassment to our community.
Bradley Academy of Excellence has shown major growth since they moved to this new location. they've taught the students Business skills, life skills, college material, high school material, everything! It's an amazing school. i really liked how when my daughter got there in 6th grade she was really shy, and when she started performing, man did she love it! 6th and 7th grade were amazing for her! all the performing arts she did and performances they did at the high school were amazing!!! this year well, they have no more performing arts, math 3 times a day, no recess and the new front office lady is rude and sends off bad vibes! i like how they let students be their trainee in the front office. And the girls that are up there as trainee's are super friendly and best part is, one of the trainees are bilingual! They should keep working up there! As well as the nurse! she's really nice and friendly and is bilingual too. It's a good school, but i think that with all the pressure on the students, it makes them act the way they are. I hope this school really shapes up and figures out what to do before they get more negative comments throughout the year!
This school should just shut down please do not bring any of your kids here its just not a good place to be. And if i could i would rate this school zero stars
Please do not attend this school.....It was the best decision to take my child out of this school. Since my child has left, he happier and excelling at the new school. The administration is dysfunctional and there is no communication. Please be careful....
Bradley Academy of Excellence is an up and coming school that is finally on the right track. In the past they had terrible teachers, but now they have real teachers who actually teach not only grade level material but beyond it. My daughter who is now in HS finds her English classes a breeze because she already covered the material in grade 7 and 8 at Bradley. They have a world class Ballet program, performance arts program and even added several new things no other school can offer. I heard they even have baton twirling now. Is the school perfect, no school is. It does have its limitations however, despite the shortcomings, it prepared my child well for HS and strongly encourage parents to check it out if they want something different from the traditional normal school where your just a number, but more intensive, focused, individualized instruction.
I am sad to say that after a year of having my son in this school I was forced to take him out. I am very disappointed this year the school really needs to work on organization, communication, and curriculum. Parents if your children attend this school make sure you take serious look at what goes at the school and what your children tell you. BEWARE!
I would not recommend this school to even my greatest enemy. I taught at this school for three years and saw things that parents would be mortified if they knew were going on. There is NO curriculum (they will lie and say they have Saxon Math and Spalding, but they don't), half of the "new staff" is not qualified to teach the grade level they are teaching, and the school is very unorganized. Things change last minute constantly. Discipline is a free for all of this school. It all depends on who you are and how close your family is to the charter holder to determine what your punishment will be if your child gets in trouble. The safety measurements to keep students safe at this school are a joke. During the three years I worked there we didn't have one "scheduled" fire drill. The only fire drills we had were when students pulled the alarms or the cafeteria ladies set them off making lunch. Even after Sandy Hook happened and teachers voiced their opinion about needing to have a plan incase anything like that would happen in Arizona, the administration failed to ever create a plan or address our concerns. Please do not send your child to this school! -A concerned teacher
This school has such potential but the charter holder refuses to spend any money on a reading curriculum. Teachers have to find their own resources so there is no real cycling in the learning. Cycling meaning the same topics are learned each year in an organized manner. There isn't even a library at this school!
I have 2 children currently in the school 1 in pre-k and 1 in the fifth grade. The school has shown vast improvement over the last year. I have to agree with this statement regarding Mrs Berston not quite sure how she ended up carrying the charter. My children's education has grown to levels that far above what I expected them to be. My kids are involved in several activities that they would not be able to be involved with if not for the school. They have after school sports, student council, and new after school programs that help with math reading writing and tutoring for those in need. They keep me up to date on what's going on in the school whether it be after school programs teacher conferences or anything else I need information on. I am very involved in my children's education and I volunteer my time and effort at the school also. I have seen students that have a lot of disciplinary issues and those issues have been resolved within the school whether it be expulsion or helping that child overcome the issues. I understand some parents might have issues at the school but that's every school every school has issues it's up to you as a parent to help resolve them.
Please reconsider this school if your child is on an IEP. They are unable to provide proper special education. The company that provided special education to this and many of Arizona's charter schools always tried to cut corners financially and the ones that suffered were the children who are not properly served. The special education program did a disservice to my child with special needs. The only positive comment I could make is that my child felt welcomed and flourished socially. There is a heavy dependence on the online curriculum. I truly hope they hire their own special ed department or go with a new vendor for future school years.
I do not recommend this school. It's a great interesting concept for a school. The digital curriculum, performing arts, and language class made us interested in Bradley initially. Then the school year went on and we observed things were not right. The students are not being taught at their levels. Students are often unsupervised. The lunch room is disorderly and overly loud. There is no order at times. Students run through the hallways and completely ignore requests from adults unless they are yelled at. Administration is dismissive toward parents. When you voice a concern, you are not taken seriously. There is a lack of caring. Schools need to be run by those with a heart for the children, not business people who only see the bottom line. Please be careful if you send your child here. Pay attention to what is going on. Ask lots of questions. Visit often. Stay involved.
If I could give this school zero stars I would! My son is a 8th grader and put him in this school in hopes of a stricter school with good leadership in witch I was sold on during my fist visit to this school. They have had a couple different "school leaders" in the few months I have had my sin there, they don't follow there own school guidelines nor do they force them. They do offer free buses but my son has to be at the bus stop by 6:50 am school starts at 8:30am and does not arrive home until 5:45pm or later and school is released at 3:30pm! My son likes the school but I think it's because he gets away with anything there no wonder kids are bullied there all the time no supervision! They are also way behind in there teachings. But don't take my word for it you'll find all this plus more wrong within 3 months of your kid attending here. Good luck, glad its our only and last year here!
First I'd like to point out that the school location has changed. It's no longer located in Avondale, but it's in a brand new building in Goodyear off of Lower Buckeye and Sarival. A very good move and a very nice neighborhood compared to the old location. Anyway, I LOVE this school! My son seems very happy and has learned a lot in his first year at Bradley Academy. His teachers and the administration in general do a good job of communicating. Updates are emailed at least once weekly, and anytime I have an issue to discuss with his teacher she gets back to me fairly quickly. The homework that he brings home seems challenging enough, and I really love the fact that if he "forgets" his homework at school I can check online to see what his homework is and print it out. The school is very much about technology and has some great programs at each grade level. The only thing I'm not too fond of is their transportation system. The buses aren't reliable and they seem to have trouble communicating issues. But other than that, I am completely satisfied with my and my son's experience with this school!
my kids went here and were always bullied and the school wouldn't do a thing. i pulled my four kids out and seen a major difference in grades and attitude!
this school has really great teachers and some good staffs. if your child is inrolled to this school they are sure to leave 50 times more educated then before they came here. this education program is great. the only problem is there is a lady that helps run the school name tanya burston and she has no respect for parents and is very rude. she makes this school look very bad because she has no respect for others and for her to be someone that is in charge it makes you not want to deal with the school. if she leaves the school then this school would be 100% perfect.
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