Community is awesome, school is awesome! It is like a village where everyone watches out for each other s children. An abundance of parent volunteers help enrich our school campus. Our new principal is doing a great job turning our school around and focusing on academics and common core standards.
We have a great new principal starting this year with a focus on academics by improving teacher instruction. Her previous experience also includes being a turn-around school consultant and expert in common core standards testing. Already there have been good changes made and we are very excited for the future.
We are so lucky to live in this fabulous community. Lots of sunshine, very little fog knowing our neighbors, having so many involved families at our schools, living on a mountain, being able to walk/bike to school, minutes from SF as well as the rest of the peninsula, and an active parents group of support. (This list goes on!) Brisbane has good schools and mostly terrific teachers from which many students have gone on to competitive high schools, colleges, and careers. But everything can get better, right? It is exciting that so many families work together to make Brisbane and our schools even better than they already are. BES teaches a model call Highly Effective Teaching (HET). Students are tought public speaking, holistic report creation, carrying one idea to a different idea and finding similarities, being kind, finding solutions rather than problems, being responsible, having an innate desire to learn, how much they enjoy learning, the questions that they ask, or their ability to work in a group on a team. These are all such important life skills. BES also offers a variety of afterschool programs and a flexible aftercare program (all fee-based, but reasonable).
This year the Brisbane Elementary School Leadership Team will be working on bringing a Sustainable Edible School yard to our learning community. This project will include a full industrial kitchen, a classroom in a full garden, a gardening club open to the community and healthy food to our students. From this project we hope to improve community and student knowledge around sustainability, healthy eating and how to keep our bodies moving.
Brisbane Elementary School is fabulous in many ways. It's a warm, friendly, safe environment for children. The building is beautiful. It's well maintained and charming in ways that new schools aren't. There is a library, art and music classes and after school care. The principal is very involved and accessible. Teacher quality varies from excellent to not. The fatal flaw in this school is academics. Reform math and a strong constructivist pedagogy have resulted in poor performance on standardized tests and students that aren't prepared for middle school. It is the classic outcome of constructivist pedagogy: the children have positive feelings for subjects but are not good at them. If constructivism and reform math are your cup of tea, this school is for you. If you are seeking rigorous academics and the possibility of a career in science or mathematics for your child, stay away.
This is my son's first year at BES and I can't say enough about this school. These teachers really care about their students. My son's teacher even did a home visit to better bond with the 'family'. The principal is out mingling with students and teachers alike every morning and knows many of us by name. Parental invovlement is also great here. Parents regularly volunteer in the class room, fund-raisers and even just watching the kids during their breaks. My son went to a private school for 3 years and I have to say the educational standards at BES is stellar compared to the private school. My first grader does book reports, spelling tests and math games each week. I highly recommend this school to anyone looking into good quality public schools.