I would not recommend sending your child to this school. I am still debating if I am sending my son back to this school for this fall. The Principal has no control over her staff. The Morale is low. There is a lot of bullying and the Principal turns the other way. Instead of suspending the bullies. She just tells them to stop. She rather they not miss school so they can get paid for attendance.
I attempted to register for the 2012 school year and Ben Lamond lost my sons kindergarten entry forms. I found out one month to school starting that they had no record of his enrollment. I reported them to the district and requested a transfer to a different school in the district. My transfer was approved and I am very glad that my child will not be attending a school whose office staff cannot be dependable.
Not pleased. School is in Program Improvement. Recent Parent Survey result comments by Administration seemed to have caught them off guard when they don't know why "adequate" or "ineffective" were the chosen answers. I'm more surprised that they didn't see it coming. There is very little "fun" here, and very little compromise. Students might want to perform better if they were recognized academically throughout the year instead last day of school and a once a month Student of the Month assembly. Morale is down all over due to budget cuts. Needs much improvement.
What a professional staff and dedicated principal! Our whole family loves this school. We are proud to be Bears. There are many opportunities to stay involved and be part of your children's education. The PTA is super involved too!
I used to be proud to have my children attend this school. Unfortunatly that is no longer the case. The current principal is power hungry and tries to intimidate the parents into falling in line with what she believes. If you don't agree with her she will single out your child and make their life miserable in the little ways she has control. I am in the processing of moving my child to another school as she is doing nothing for my child!
My daughter began attending Ben Lomond last year after attending another school in the same district for three years. I could not be happier with her progress. Her teacher put her heart and soul into her students. The staff is incredibly friendly, professional, and dedicated. There were more parent-involvement activities than you could possible imagine, and the teacher involvement was spectacular, even on a Friday evening! We cannot wait for the new year to begin.
My son finished kinder at this school. I felt that attending kinder at Ben Lomond was probably very similar to going to a private school. Luckily his class was only 17 kids. The curriculum that they receive at this age, I think as a parent, was a bit much. I can't complain I have other friends in other Covina schools where the children are bombarded with homework. Of course depending on the child and how much they absorb is how much they will take. For the studius, they love it. His teacher was Mrs. Kramer, she is a great disciplinarian and was able to get him to be where he needed to be, though he's not studius. Overall, from the kinder experience he is where he should be at a cheaper price, for the same type of education, just a few more kids. See you next year.
This school has great potential .Its lacking in advanced programs .The staff is great and the new principle is a great lady.I wish they were up to date with Advanced math programs such as Accelerated Math and push for more reading such as Accelerated Reading and having students test on books at tested grade level or higher on books of choice( not classroom text books).Kids learn from enjoying a book.Text books are not a child choice of reading they don't want to read them .I feel the school is behind in learning and could use a push.Not enough incentives to get students ready for state testing and to achieve higher goals.
Parents are very active at the school. We usually have more activities this year it has been a little less do to construction.
My son started here at Ben Lomand and he came from a private school and so I had my concerns, but can I just say what a blessing this school has been from his teachers to the principal and parents. The quality of teaching is just awesome my son loves school and feels very safe as do his parents. Ben Lomand is a gem hidden in Covina!
Ben Lomond School has been a great school overall. The only complaint I have ever had was that the ladies in the office are not friendly when you call with questions (snotty). Other than that, the principal has held up the school pretty well since the last principal left a few years back. My son has loved every teacher he has had. They offer music, before and after school care, tutoring in which the teachers have done on their own time, parent power classes, and it's a California Distinguished School. It's a school that I would definately recommend. We will definately miss the teachers. The teachers are what make it a good solid school.
Ben Lomond is a good school with caring teachers for the most part. I am a bit disappointed in the relatively new Principal. She seems unable to truly relate to the kids and when she interacts with them, it appears to be very forced and the kids pick up on it immediately. The prior Principal was so incredible that anyone following her would have a difficulti time filling her shoes
A fantastic network between parents and teachers keeps families informed so all involved parties can work together for the benefit of the children. Impressive teachers gain the respect and admiration of their students.
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