I could not be prouder to be a Providencia teacher and have dedicated my career to this school. It is a privilege to serve these families and work with this staff of amazing professionals. The PTA is very supportive of our students, staff and families. Our principal, Mrs. Culbertson, is a blessing to have as our instructional leader. She has dedicated herself to Prov., serving as a teacher, curriculum specialist and now, our principal. The site is newly remodeled and we lead the way with our school-wide Power Hour, hiring add'l teachers to provide small group, targeted instruction for all students, five days a week. This highly structured instruction is not only for a child struggling with a strand of lang. arts, but those who are proficient and advanced as well. Students are held to high standards and the enjoy learning. Every child has weekly music and every 4th and 5th grader learns to play the cello or violin. VHI invested $30,000 in new instruments for us alone! Providencia is the only BUSD school who has earned a 10 in their similar schools ranking! We are a CA Distinguished School and a Title 1 High Performing site where excellence is the norm, not the exception!
My daughter just finished Kindergarten at Providencia, and I couldn't be happier with this school. She had a great year and my experience with the school (as a parent) was very positive. The PTA is very welcoming and they organize many fun activities for the students. Providencia is a small school that feels like a family. The staff is hardworking and the principal is great. The kids really LOVE her.
I TOTALLY disagree with the parent who wrote about the leadership and the PTA . All of my children have gone to Providencia and they have had the BEST experience. They have loved all of their teachers, learned so much, and met so many lifelong friends. The new principal is WONDERFUL and from the very first day she was so approachable and it shows how much she cares about the children. This school just keeps getting better and I am happy that my family gets to be a part of it.
My boy has been going to this school for many years. He had the man principal for a couple years, and now the lady principal for his last year. The lady principal has been here for a long time, as a excellent teacher and also as a great vice-principal. She knows all the families and kids and always wants to help everyone. A new music program for the whole school started this year, and my boy learned to play cello. He really liked the student orchestra of cellos and violins and all the musicians visiting his school. It made him feel special. I think he will do well in middle school because of all his years at Providencia and how hard everyone has worked to bring great academics to the children.
I am glad that some parents at the school just told me about this website. I didn't know about it before. I have been a Providencia parent for 6 years. The school has come a long way since I first started. The academic program is strong, the teachers work so hard, and they have a new music program that gives music to all the kids. My daughter learned to play the violin this year. The API has gone up like 100 points in three years so the academics are good. Now I like that they offer other programs like with music, art, and drama. My daughter is happy, so I am happy.
The principal is the most greatest person I'll say. I have tree kids in that school and I am glad we have him as principle because he is down to earth and my kids love him. I fill we are a big family.The staff are fantastic,teachers awsome.
We have fallen in love with the school because of the VERY dedicated teachers, supportive parents and great leadership by Mr. Kissinger. It is such a relief to know that my children are guided well & provided the best education possible.
This is a nice school. It looks a lot better now. But I don't like that the kids spend all of their time practiceing for state testing, like that is the only thing that matters.
I am a grandmother of 5 and 3 of them attend this school.It has come along way,My childern went there in the 80's and it was the budget school,now we have made remarkable strides .Greatest principle school staff are loving with my grand children.I am at the school alot because I do fundraising .And the parents really back us up,we are a community within the school..
Providencia is an amazing school. The teachers are dedicated to the children & the principle is a very caring man who helps out throughout the school any chance he gets. The PTA is really involved & is always willing to do their part in insuring the children have an enjoyable experience while learning. This school deserves to win. Our CST scores were so improved last year, & even with all the budget cuts, our teachers still manage to give the children the best education. As the vice president of our schools PTA, I can say, that this school is one of the best schools in Burbank, if not the country!
This is a great school! The students are doing excellent in statewide tests and are among the top in the city. The parent involvement is excellent, whether it's PTA or just helping out during the day. The principal, Mr. Kissinger, is very involved and is always offering a handshake and an open ear to all. The teachers are excellent and take great interest in nurturing all their students.
I am extremely happy with Providencia and the new Principal. Mr. Kissinger' has just brought the school to life. His tireless dedication along with his staff have just made Providencia the envy of all schools, not just in Burbank. My son started Kindergarten last year with an amazing, highly educated teacher, Miss Banian. And now that's he is in 1st grade with another great teacher, what else can I ask for! There is no doubt Providencia is just going to get better and better throughout the years!! Go Panthers!
Providencia has a new Principal as of 2008 and let me tell you, the entire school hasjust rallied in spirit, love, pride and so on. Dr Kissinger and the dedicated teachers and eager children are to thank here. My son excelled in kindergarten with Mrs Montgomery in '08 and now in the start of 1sr grade is in yet another stimulating class taught by a veteran teacher...I couldn't be happier!
My daughter started kindergarten this school year. She loves the school - her teacher, Ms. Magner, and most of the staff that she comes into contact with. I am very happy with her reading, math, and science concepts learned this school year. She is very excited about learning and can't wait for school to resume in the fall. I would recommend this school to everyone!
My child no longer goes to this school. One positive was they have great community programs. The office staff is hardworking, but it's an unfriendly atmosphere. There afterschool program didn't emphasize on doing homework and it created more work for us as we work full-time. Two years in a row my child had a substitute teachers a couple months before school ended due to pregnancy. They didn't follow the same rigorous program and rules as their primary teachers and it caused my kid to fall behind in certain areas because of the lack of continuity with times tables, etc.
I am a very disappointed parent of two children who have attended this school. I settled for this school because it is closer to me so I am part to blame for not doing my research. Though this school has some great teachers, and has potential to be a good school, it almost seems like the interests of the children are put aside ( no A/C in some rooms ) The atmosphere of this school is very sad compared to others that I have visited in the district where you could feel and see the warmth of the staff and children. I had to pull my child out of there and he actually likes going to school where he is now. I won't make the same mistake when he goes to middle school and will try for open enrollment for my younger one next year.
My son started Kindergarten this last year and has been very happy in his class. His teacher, Ms. Hofman, is highly qualified and the interaction she has with the children is extremely positive for them. Academically, my son has done so well. I am extremely happy that my son has had such a nice experience his Kindergarten year. Maria Wilson
From the first day of school, we felt like that we had sent our child to boot camp. The principal is a very aggressive and in some points rude. She expects a Stafford child otherwise she will recommend the student to the districts program call 'outreach'. My child s efforts were not recognized and never heard a positive word from his teacher or principal.
From my child's first day at this school I was able to see that the school wasn't warm and receptive. The teacher's are unprofessional and the overall feeling was that this is an unhappy staff. My child's efforts went unrecognized and the teacher never had a positive word to say. She scowled over her students everyday. Actually, the experience caused my child trouble personally and academically.
The enrichment programs are virtually non-existent. With a school district such as Burbank, the resources are available; however the district, community and administrator must realize the needs of not just the English-limited students, but the student body as a whole.
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