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Greenbrook Elementary School4
Posted January 28, 2015
- a parent
So far mostly so good. One teacher is a bit rigid for my tastes (quick to mark tardy, a little "snappy" etc), but my child is learning well, so I will not make a big deal when I know we will encounter many styles over the years. The school overall has a charm to it with active engaged parents. My criticism: there is too much emphasis on fundraising. I am a working parent. I am glad to donate to the school's nonprofit to pay for teacher aides, extras and pay the higher rate by choice. I don't want to be bombarded with all kinds of events, buy this & that, during the year. They should scale that back & focus more on just getting straight-up donations, which is way more efficient per hour of effort and direct the volunteer energy to the classroom, not running events. there's enough to think about to support our children, homework etc , I don't need a bunch of extra stuff to buy or attend! Have mercy please!
School is tucked in a very nice community. Feels that you are in very safe neighborhood. The after school program, Kids Country is very good. The new principal seems to be on top of things. Don't like : I really don't like the school environment when it comes to diversity. At one point, the school has a big banner that they value diversity. That said, I really feel that kids over there are not really exposed to this - and not just the kids. It's one thing to say it but another thing to see if they really have it. I can see that it's not in the school's culture. During my son's first day, the teacher paired him to another asian which I thought was very odd. I also never felt that their teachers are sincerely engaged with us. Even though we had the option to stay in this school, we decided to move to our home school in San Ramon. What a difference. Teachers are very, very engaged and has a good mix of diverse cultures, backgrounds and languages.
Snobby clique school ....ridiculous . Parents are very competitive and bullying goes on. We moved here from Central Valley for the school but this is worse than many schools in the Valley. Principal leadership is missing. This is a school for you if you own a fancy car and want to spend your working hours volunteering for the school.
To the parent of the last post, titled "Snobby clique school": We lived in the Central Valley a while, ago, but I don't share your experience. The economics of the parents are all over the spectrum, and so are the attitudes. There are a lot of "down to earth" parents here, and I hope you will give them a chance to reach out to you. Yes, Bay Area schools seem to have a more competitive atmosphere, but within SRVUSD Greenbrook definitively has a lot more community spirit than many other schools. I think the principal is doing a great job reaching out and listening to parents, much better than the previous one. I encourage you to attend some of the community events, if your schedule allows that. Parent involvement is such an important factor in a school's success. And yes, it takes an effort to make time to do this in addition to your work and family schedule, but I think it's worth it. I am giving Greenbrook 4 stars, because I am overall satisfied with the school, but there is always room for improvement. What kind of improvement would you want to see?
Excellent teachers and strong Principal leadership! Our kids love going to school (except when there is a ton of homework to be done). The school provides positive learning environment for its students. There is a great parent participation, which is so beneficial for the students. On the other hand, I think the curriculums are a bit overwelming for the kids...
We transferred to Greenbrook last fall from a relatively new school in the district. At the time it was a difficult decision, but one we do not regret. The staff, students and families at this school are a 10 out of 10 in our book. I love the smaller size (600+ vs 900+ students) and the display of respect along with fun from the kids. My children were challenged but not overly taxed by the work load. I felt the teachers listened to our concerns when we arrived and that they helped our kids feel at home very quickly. I will advocate for this school community from now on!
Overall, Greenbrook is a good school with a lot of parent involvement. However, I would caution anyone who is transferring in to this school from outside the district or even outside of Danville. The emphasis on academics is very strong and extremely competative. It was a very frustrating adjustment for my child. We transferred from a top 10 school from another district, which has nearly the same test score ratings, and my child was quickly labeled as "behind the curve." This district, and especially the schools in Danville, are VERY competative. The curriculums are actually 8- months ahead of most schools in surrounding districts. While many parents demand these rigid standards, let's not foget that children should also be enjoying school and not pressured to get into Harvard at age 7!
We have been incredibly happy with our experience at Greenbrook. The teachers have high academic expectations, differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of all of the students, and care about the success of their students. Greenbrook parents are supportive of the school. We have been thrilled with all of the 'extras' including a fabulous school-wide talent show. Our daughter has thrived in this environment.
Greenbrook elementary has an incredible staff and an equally amazing group of parents. But what I love about it the most is the kids! The kids are Greenbrook have huge hearts, they work hard and they want to be the best students and members of our community that they can be. Greenbrook rocks!!!