Curriculum is mediocre; could and should be more rigorous with science and math. With parent involvement and a good amount of time studying at home, kids can ace this school easily. My problem is when the school runs their mock emergency drills, they fail to inform parents that they had one. There are so many ways to send out alerts nowadays, that there shouldn't be any reasons why they don't. My child came home scared and said she saw a masked man through the window. That is terrifying for a child especially when the teacher herself didn't know of the drill and was scared too! They didn't advise the children afterwards that it was only a drill leaving the kids to wonder and be fearful.
The only reason I am giving one star is because of the principal.
Ms. Arnold is terrible when it comes to handling bully situations. Victims are usually the ones who get in trouble for defending themselves while the bullies, at best, get a warning.
I'm not the only one who feels this way either. While the teachers and academics at this school are well above standard that doesn't mean anything when you have to comfort your child everyday because the principal lets their bully get away with making everyday for them a nightmare. A bully BTW who is well known by the staff and principal to be a bully and my child is not the only victim of this bully. This would never stand if Mr. McAfee was still there or even at the Power campus. Sadly, this may be our childs last year at the Crismon campus due to Ms. Arnolds inability/unwillingness to protect our child. Other than the current principal (and the bully that is still allowed to attend this school) it really is an amazing school.
This school was established over 20 years ago. It's consistency in curriculum, standards, and ethics had continued to produce amazing results. This school has never compromised its values, and as a result, it has been going strong all this time. Students that attend this school are well advanced when they enter high school. Not only do they excel in academics, but the high standards that this school upholds, sets the stage for them to be kind and productive adults. What more could a parent want?
because as a parent and not a worker at the school I rate the services my child gets from the teacher... it is not unfair to rate something that you think is right... then if teachers are going to rate their own work place is and unfair because is a bit like cheating, they are not the majority they are the ones giving the service not getting it... (is like a store i get sandwiches for my whole crew and if I don't good service or bad treatment then I rate them low) and if we cannot voice our opinions on the school webpage on anywhere then how are we supposed to ask and comments about things. In another note we have been saving all the notes of the homework my son does and unfortunately feel the teacher is trying to fail him, I can't believe that because a few spelling words missing the whole homework is counted a zero. but we'll see what teacher's got to tell me on the PTC.
To Ms. Arnold, our principal, for helping us to acheive the high standards that this school's philosophy upholds. It is a constant effort, and we continue to strive to be the best. I want to thank her for the passion she has for our school, the love she has for our students, for her values, and for her example.
Teachers at this school go through rigorous training and meetings. BFCS hires teachersand those that uphold the school values, and are highly qualified. It is a team effort, teachers can only be as effective as the parents allow. If it is not followed through at home, there is not much teachers can do. As a teacher, I am so grateful for parents that are involved in their child's education!
The amount of time spent on homework is by grade level. Accomodations are given for any special needs. The typical amount of time for a 2nd grader to spend on homework is 45 minutes. The parents are told to please not let them spend more time on their homework, than their alloted time per grade level.
Respecting students is mandatory in our school. Our teachers and staff must model the behavior they expect from their students. BFCS carefully selects its teachers and all of its staff members that hold the important virtue of respect and integrity.
Our students are taught compassion and empathy through constant acts of service. They are taught unity as a school, classroom, and community members. This school encourages all acts of kindness and compassion for all. It is demonstrated on a daily basis by all of the staff and administration.
Through monthly virtues, and constant communication with the students. Students are rewarded for acts of kindness, honesty and service, mostly through intrinsic motivation. We have a "Positive Discipline" plan set in place. Our students do things because they thrive on positive praise and encouragement.