The school has teachers who are a mixed bag. The Principal is approachable but unless the teacher reports anything to her, she just ignores you. The IEP team is great and supportive. My child dealt with English as a second language and got SLP--who was nice and supportive. My biggest problem was that our child's first grade teacher had no control over the class. Through out the year he was not just bullied but abused by some of his classmates. Kids poking pencils in his rear end, locking him into the bathroom, and hitting him on his head or stomping on his hands. The Principal told me that they don't have a zero tolerance policy and some aggressive kids stopped but others continued their bad behavior. Generally speaking, approaching the parents was more helpful instead of going through the teacher. I understand that kids but the teacher needs to make sure that she can control her class. Unfortunately this year--I did not get that feeling. However, the kindergarten class was much better run as despite the high number of troubled kids in that classroom, the teacher had an upper hand.
My child is an introvert but never troubles another soul. He is also one of the youngest kids in that class. I found myself apologizing for my child's behavior several times. The teacher basically reminded us that the kid has to stand up for himself and deal with it himself. This is for a kid who is 6 years old.
A response to the parent concerned about overloading: My daughter, too, was overloaded from Brookvale after a week of school had already passed. She was in Kindergarten, and it was a big transition (for me and her) to have to go to another school until she was called back to Brookvale. Overloading decisions are not made at the school level, but are made by the district, and the school's principal must follow the district's policy regarding making room for kids. Many schools who have enrollment lotteries are able to tell parents about overloads before the school year starts, but in many other cases, decisions can't be made until after kids show up for school in September. Overloading is the black spot on FUSD's image, which is otherwise a great district. I would love to see changes made to how the district handles enrollment, as I agree with you that overloading is hard on teachers, parents, and most of all, the kids. I'm also sorry that you did not feel that the principal at Brookvale adequately addressed your concerns, but ultimately it is out of her power to do so.
We have moved to Fremont few months ago June 2012. I have two boys 1st and 3rd grade. One week after school started I got a call that 1st grade are over loaded I have to send my youngest to different school. We have encountered this before at different school. But difference between other school and Brookvale Elementary is other school let you know before school starts so I can send both my sons to different school but Brookvale let you know after one week after school has been started. My 3rd grade son already made friends and didn't want to move. My wife work early in the morning and now I have to drop off my two sons at school starts same time. And my wife have to pick them up almost same time as well. I have talk to Brookvale principal. I have explain my situation and only message I got from her was many families are same situation as you they are taking it so should you. Principal is saying they have made decision and it's final there are nothing I can do to keep my sons at Brookval.
The Staff is the highlight of this school. They are probably amongst the best I've seen / interacted with. What I also like is the mix of students that attend this school. I am sure this will go a long way in developing a more global personality for my kid.
My two children attend Brookvale and could not be happier. The teachers are attentive and really care about the children. The PTA is formed by the most amazing group of very friendly and caring parents. They are very involved and make the school better and fun.
My children have attended Brookvale for 5 years, and we have not been happier. The school has a wonderful staff who care about the students and their learning. Every teacher that they have had has been open to talking with parents and to them volunteering their time in the classroom.
Brookvale has an intimate school setting that allows the teachers, parents and students to keep the lines of communication open, it's all about the family, it's all about the kids. The school secretary keeps things running in tip top shape, she is very professional.
Impossible to find a better elementary school. Great, caring, staff. Lots of welcomed parent involvement. Fantastic multicultural, diverse, and very sweet student body. A nice learning atmoshphere and a really nice group of kids.