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Burbank Elementary School5
Posted August 13, 2013
- a community member
I am so proud to be member of the Burbank Community. It is an excellent elementary school and has proven that it meets the needs of students by offering a rigorous academic program presented by dedicated professionals. Besides an excellent academic program students become proficient in the latest technology which begins with IPads in Kindergarten and continues with Keynote presentations in upper grades. Children are expected to be respectful, responsible and safe. When I first began teaching at Burbank 7 years ago our API was the lowest of any elementary school in Hayward at 613. In 2012 our API soared to 841. I am currently a substitute teacher and am extremely proud to be able to still call Burbank my home.
Please turn back now if you care about a good education, forget it! Burbank doesn't even know what that means! The principal is sarcastic & dresses ready for a BBQ, she's not professional, never returns calls or can meet you, just like their youth spcl. Parents never volunteer & don't care. A staffer told me that the administration was a mess. Office staff rude w/ attitude. There are very few good teachers. Academics is not a priority & my children did not learn a thing.They cater to Spanish speaking students. It's a joke to ask for English fliers. No extra activities. At every point of contact with admin. was attitude because your English speaking. It's a joke when they say there is no money but every month the parent calendar caters to Spanish speaking parents like learning English etc., Last I checked this was an elementary school not a job center, shouldn't our money go towards children? Shame on them we are not here to teach parents anything, its their responsibility to get off the couch & help themselves. We aren't setting a good example by enabling their behavior, uh that's not how the real world works. Worst school ever! Move out of the Hayward School District! O stars!
My daughter reads and writes Spanish and she is able to sound out letteres and words, spanish is a new 2nd languge for her. She is able to do the same in English and I'm so impressed being that she is only going into the 2nd grade. Her teachers are very involved. I can't wait for my Kindergardner to start this year!
My daughter has attended kindergarden this year and started not knowing to speak spanish, now not only she speaks it but writes and reads it. the principal is very involved accesable and it's always on her fits helping as a yard dutty,lunch,parking. everyone is very nice.
I've been involved at Burbank this past year and it has the most dedicated, hard working staff of any school I have visited. They are dedicated to make sure every child succeeds with high expectations for staff, students and parents. The staff is working diligently to improve their academic performance. Burbank has an active parent group who are very involved in working with the staff to make Burbank a school where every child succeeds no matter what their socioeconomic or academic needs are. They are very excited to move into a beautiful new school this year.
Burbank offers an excellent Dual Language Immersion program, in which English-speakers learn Spanish and Spanish-speakers learn English. Both groups learn to read and write (plus do math, science, etc.) at grade level in both languages! What an advantage for the kids to become bilingual, and the program also really promotes cross-cultural understanding. Burbank also has English-only classes. The teachers at Burbank are passionate and dedicated, and the new principal (a former dual language immersion teacher) is fabulous and puts a lot of heart into what she does. Science, P.E., Music and garden classes are taught during the day and there is an after school program. Burbank will be re-opening in a brand new state-of-the-art campus in the fall of 2008- how exciting to have a beautiful new school!