I graduated from Bryant after having attended schools in Little Rock, and I have to say that given the options within the LRSD, students that attend Bryant have a much better chance to excel. Plus, all of the worth while schools in Little Rock have waiting lists which is how I ended up at Bryant. The teachers are top notch in the state (administration is a different story) and the money in that school goes a much longer way then funding in nearby schools. With that said, comparing any public school in AR to a public school outside this state is not a fair comparison. AR public schools constantly come in last, in the nation, when comparing test scores and literacy/graduation rates. My honest advice is if you live in the area and can't afford private school then send your kids to Bryant.
This is a good school. The district has experienced growing pains in the past several years because so many people want to attend. The high school campus is in desperate need of upgrade/expansion, but that is in the works and should be complete within a year or so. They offer a good variety of of AP courses. There is a lot of emphasis on athletics, but plenty of opportunities in others areas, as well. However, if you're child is average and doesn't seek out opportunities, they may be lost in the masses.
The posting who said that Bryant's reading scores are the highest in the county is simply not true. In fact, Bryant is not in the top five in Literacy or Math in the entire state. Check the exit exams, if you don't believe that. Go to the State Dept. web site and check. The bragging doesn't match the performance.
i believe bryant schools have the capacity to produce exceptional graduates. both of my daughters graduated from bryant. my oldest daughter received a sizeable scholarship from an in-state public university, graduated cum laude with a degree in biology and will start her first year of medical school in the fall. she was submitted by her university faculty as a candidate for a fulbright scholarship. my youngest daughter also received a sizeable scholarship from an in-state public university, is well on track to graduate with honors with a humanities degree. she scored in the 95th percentile on the reading portions of the act. she is spending a month this summer studying in europe. she plans to eventually obtain a phd degree. these girls took full advantage of the excellant ap courses and extracurricular activities available at bryant.
Without Bryant I do not know where I would not have ended up. It is because of Bryant's programs such as EAST and their Inttroduction to Engineering courses that I am where I am. With these courses I was one of few people able to figure out what I wanted to do with my life before college. I will complete my degree Mechanical Engineering in Spring 2010 and I could not be happier.
As a former student of the Bryant School district I can attest to the high level that bryant is on. While there are things that need to be improved, many things are in the hands of the students themselves. Bryant doesn't offer a 'sub-par' education as a former review likes to point out. For their child it might have seemed so because unless you put that child in classes on his or her level then it might seem sub-par. Bryant does a fantastic job at offering a wide range of classes on many topics and level. This assures that everyone will have their place. But like I said earlier unless the child or the parent takes the time to asses and realize that they are in the wrong classes you can't really complain about it. I felt that I was extremely well prepared for college and I am excelling there.
Parents and students do not realize how good they have it. With the exception of facilities Bryant High School meets students needs. If a stronger curriculum is needed parents should place their students in the AP program.
I am not very pleased with this school district. When I moved here I was told that Bryant was the best school district in the area but that doesn't say much I guess. My son attended public schools in 2 other states and Bryant can't hold a candle to them. The academics are sub-par and students aren't encouraged to excel. Students are taught to be average and to do what's always been done. I am seriously considering private education so that my child is actually ready for college when the time comes; without having to take remedial courses. A testament to this is the English and grammar written in most of these reviews.
I disagree with many of these comments. Many people think bryant school district is great. However, I as a student of Bryant High School am displeased with all aspects of the curriculum as well as the extracurricular. I came from two different high schools in another state and both were excellent public school districts and compared to them, Bryant has very little reason to be so proud. They are often disorganized and it took them months to get me into the computers. It was ridiculus. People who like bryant schools are comparing them to other schools in arkansas and isn't arkansas quite low on the totem pole when it comes to education?
Bryant is an excellent school. All of the negative comments are from parents who kids are mostly trouble makers or lazy kids who did not do what they were supposed to do. Academics is very strong and the 4x4 block has made all of the end of course scores move up each year. Bryant has the lowest amount of money spent on athletics in the 7A and 6A so people who say they too much is spent on athletics have no idea what they talking about. Its easy to gripe but at least state facts and not your opinions. My son and daughter love the school and neither of them are in sports. The teachers and coaches care about the students and want them to do well after high school.
the school is a great school for children to learn and prosper. It has an excellent extracurricular and the teachers are great it is a great school in general
I graduated from Bryant and loved the school. I was a second generation who attended Bryant. Now my brother's son is going there. While at Bryant, I is was involved in many clubs and took mostly AP classes. This school prepared me for College. As for the pricipal situation, I do not know who is in charge now, but Mr. Spadoni was always fair. Those who don't like this school can go to Little Rock or Benton. Former Student
I really like bryant school district....they have been really great with both of my children.
The counselors are non existent and are more concerned about the elite students instead of taking care of those that truly need counseling. The principal of the high school (11th & 12th) is a totally irresponsible administrator. Teachers and coaches alike look out for only their best interests not the childs'.
I would definitely recommend this school to anyone. I was involved in athletics as well as receiving several academic achievement awards, and while a lot of money is spent on athletics, it is worth it. The school spirit and fan devotion is what makes Bryant High School worthwhile. As a recent Bryant graduate, I believe it has a lot to offer, but the most important thing I learned at Bryant was how to survive in real world situations and how to approach other situations in life that not many other schools can teach. Bryant is a terrific school for any child.
I would not recomend this school if your student is interested in academic acheivements. Alot of funding goes towards athletics which people can do on their free time, and just seems pointless. My daughter went to Mills which despite its bad reputation, turned out to be better academically suited with the scholars program earning 15 college credits.
Wonderfully, terrific school. My child has been challenged, supported, encouraged, and expected to do his best. The teachers are very open to parental involvement and respond quickly to e-mails and really listen to what you are saying. I couldn't imagine my children attending another high school! They have extra curricular activities to meet everyones interest. The Band program is awesome. The also have a varity of classes to meet everyones interest from Art to Engineering to Nursing....the list goes on and on. My child is a jr and has already earned college credit because of the top rate courses offered. Go Big Blue!
The reading achievement is the highest in any of the Saline County schools. A few years ago, Bryant was rated the highest in academics in the state. Bryant gets my vote for the best school and also gets my children and my tax money. They excel in Bryant's programs, academic and otherwise. The teachers are A-one, a cut above any district in the county.
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