Broadmor's faculty and staff are at the top of their game. They are inclusive, sincere, and take a smart approach to utilizing their resources. These folks are there for life. They make every family feel included and will go above and beyond what it takes to help kids succeed. It's a rigorous school that moves kids at a quick pace. They use the latest research to make sure that kids are given the most appropriate levels of instruction, homework, and extracurricular activities. They let kids be kids; they understand that when kids are young, playing *IS* working. Learning happens through play, and Broadmor knows that.
Major con of this school: its size. There are 25+ kids per class, and there are often 4-5 classes per grade. To say that kids get "lost in the shuffle" is a bit of an understatement. It's just not possible to give kids the individual attention they need when there are so many of them in each class. Teachers and staff are fantastic if individual problems or challenges are brought to them, but they won't notice if something's wrong unless someone tells them.
Haven't had any experiences with bullying, but I'm sure that despite the size of the classrooms, if something is brought to a teacher's attention, she will address it fairly and appropriately. However, teachers won't pick up on something if it's not brought to them.
My child has some special needs that require one-on-one coordination with faculty and staff. They have been overwhelmingly cooperative and helpful as we navigate this unsure space. I've had to educate them on what they can do to help--they aren't already experts--but by doing so, we've built a better relationship.
There are 2 kinds of parents, generally speaking: those who think that a lot of homework indicates that a school is "rigorous," and those who understand that homework is about building habits (like, say, brushing teeth when you're 3 years old) but that learning happens best through play when kids are young.
As they get older, kids need to learn how to manage their time, take responsibility for their learning, and acquire strategies for using resources and asking for help when they need to. Homework teaches that. It reinforces what they're already learning in school. But there is a point at which too much is too much.
When kids are young, all the research indicates that playing IS learning. Younger kids learn by engaging imaginatively with the world around them. That counts as WORK for them. Reading is the best thing they can do when they're young, and as long as reading is considered homework, I'm there.
I agree, because I feel that the school does its very best to instill these qualities in the students. However, it doesn't help the school if the students are not being taught to develop the same values at home.
I have been a Broadmor Parent since the 2009-2010 school year. This school used to be an amazing school. Over the years it has been on a steady decline. There are many amazing teachers at Broadmor. Ms. Lieber, Mrs. Browne, Ms. Nelson, Ms. Harden, Mr. Salazar, among many, many others. They truly care about their students and you will definitely see it as a parent. Unfortunately, the parent involvement that used to be such a big presence at the school has declined or the quality has gone down. I really hate to bash other parents, but until the year before last, there were never parents getting out of their vehicles and into cursing/screaming matches during the afternoon pick up. Last year was the worst. This year is the first year, where they had to send out a memo at the start of the year reminding parents of the rules for pick up and drop off... What ever happened to the common respect and courtesy that I had always seen the parents extend to each other? There are many more poorly behaved students than before. You know something is wrong when I'm walking by kiddos to the playground for drop off in the morning and a third grader runs by me and tells me to "move the eff out of my way..." The school is on the decline, but it's not fault of the teachers. I am not a fan of Mr. Fritch but I don't think that I would blame him either. Parents really need to reign in their kids. If your kid is a bully or misbehaving don't defend their actions. Don't be a jerk in the afternoon pick up line either. The problem is with the parents more than it is with the school.