Administration is very disorganized - parent teacher conferences are a 6 minute joke. Sign-up process was botched twice and then the actual conference was a joke. They sent out a parent survey, and then the one teacher you did meet didn't even read your survey.
I am all for technology in education, but the teachers are not even doing their job now. For Language Arts/Humanities, the 6th graders are told to go to Newsela and read articles and answer questions. Little teaching is done. Math teachers follow the math textbook/curriculum with little creativity or passion. And there is no differentiation at all in the classes, even in math. The academic expectation is very low at BIS. It's mid-November, and my 6th grader has only finished reading one book in Language Arts (in the process of reading a second now). The bar is WAY low.
"effective" approach = no homework. My 6th graders gets homework twice a week; and it is usually 3-4 math problems that can be done in less than 5 minutes. In elementary school, the kids were asked to read 15-20 minutes a day, in 6th grade, there is no such homework.
Burlingame Intermediate School is a place where students receive a high quality education and also have a chance to grow as individuals. With strong administrators who continually strive for improvement and who are eager to engage with parents and students, the school continues to be on the forefront of new ideas in education. Its recently introduced Humanities Curriculum prepares students for the challenges of the Common Core on the high school level and the school was also one of the first in the area to teach design thinking, which encourages creativity in problem solving and which was developed at Stanford University's School of Design. Parents, teachers, and staff make BIS a special place.
Burlingame Intermediate has been a great experience for my children! Students have access to a number of phenomenal enrichment activities including an annual musical that is top-notch, electives that include an excellent Jazz Band/concert band, instruction that embraces design thinking, project-based learning, and excellent use of integrating technology! It is a diverse student population and the teachers are supportive and knowledgable.
If your child is gifted or doing work above-grade-level then BIS may not be the school for you. In previous years, they segmented both language arts and Math by ability but this year they have eliminated that and so all the kids of very wide abilities are mixed together. Kids who took pre-algebra in 6th grade are now in the same Common Core 7th grade math. The explanation by the administration is a joke - for those in regular math it's too challenging and for those who were in advanced math it's too slow (so no one benefits).
We were disappointed with our daughter's experience at BIS. Part of it is no one's fault, with 1000 kids, your child will be "just a number" to them. Even as a straight-A student, most teachers seemed to have no idea who my daughter was. (With a few exceptions, there are some wonderful teachers, but they are few and far between.) Academics are sub-par. In "advanced" language arts in 7th grade, they read 2 novels the entire year, one which my daughter had already read in 5th grade at her private school. Some teachers have trouble controlling their classes and not much is learned. With Common Core, this year they have now done away with the advanced programs (which weren't particularly advanced to begin with.) Kids who took pre-alegebra in 7th grade were put into Common Core "Math 8" instead of Algebra in 8th grade, and those who had already taken algebra were having to re-take a new Algebra instead of Geometry in 8th. Not wanting another wasted year, my daughter begged for a change. We were fortunate enough to be able to find (and afford) an alternative situation for her for 8th grade.