Parents, every school/teacher is different. Brywood is an excellent school. My son attended K, 1st and now is in 2nd grade here. He has had great teachers! When you read negative reviews remember that every school has grumpy parents too. As a parent, we must work with our kids to help them work towards their potential. Brywood is a wonderful school.
Just wanted to second the a parents review that the front office lady is STRAIGHT RUDE and UNFRIENDLY. I am a single working mother. I pick up my son during my lunch. It is very hard to pick up kids when you cannot depend on teachers to release children on time and when your a few minutes late that the lady at the front is so SNOBBY that she give you a judgemental look. She is the first person to represent the school they should really take a look at her professionalism and how it affects the parents.
If you are looking for Kindergarten teachers who don't care about your child or his/her needs, then this is the school for you. One of the Kinder teachers really needs to retire and the kids say she is mean - she never smiles and doesn't want to be inconvenienced with any communication or needs you or your child may have. The other Kinder teacher is a minimal effort kind of person, uncompassionate, disorganized, poor with her communication, and very mistake prone. My neighbors warned us about the Kinder teachers and told us to go to another school for Kinder and then transfer there for 1st grade. We should have listened to them. The Principal is leaving so you won't have to deal with her. She supported the teachers in whatever they wanted to do, even when it was totally inappropriate or not in the best interest of the child. One of my neighbors said it well of the Principal, "she doesn't manage her staff, they manage her". We are disappointed that this is what we got for the solid reputation of an "Irvine school".
This is my second child that has started school at brywood, and I must say it is just as bad this time around. My son hates going to school and cry's everytime. The kindergarten teacher that both my kids have and had needs to find a different kind of occupation. Very unhappy with the pick up the parking the times. Went for the first time to eat lunch with my child and to do so u have to sign child out. Can not eat lunch on campus. I cant wait to move schools.
I am very disappointed. The front office lady is very grumpy and never smiles. The school also asks for money to much.
I have 2 daughters attending Brywood and they both love their teachers and the school. They look forward to going to school everyday and come home happy. I have attended many events orgnized by the school and PTA, it's clear the great level of effort paid by the teachers, principle and the parents. The teachers work hard to accomodate different level of learning and very supportive. The principle is capable, professional and enthusiastic. The facility is a bit old, but it's the people make the feel of welcoming and beautiful.
I can't believe this school is rated a 9! Our son was in kindergarten this past year, and it was a horrible experience. I am sad to say that many other parents had similar experiences as we spoke while waiting to pick up children. The teachers are downright unfriendly, and the negative tone is set from the first day, when children are corralled into a room to wait with aids while the parents have their 'back to school night' in the morning. Not even a greeting for these young children! My child cried about having to go to school... which just shouldn't happen in kindergarten. Parents were not allowed to be involved in the class until February, and then it was only to be stuck in a back room away from kids. I felt very uninvolved in my young child's education and was extremely disappointed. The only positive was that my son did seem to learn a lot. We were unimpressed with the principal and the office staff. We are actually looking to move before our younger children enter kindergarten just so they will have the opportunity to start their school experience on the right foot. I've heard the teachers in first grade are better... I can't imagine it could be much worse.
The teachers are Brywood are mostly good, there are a few that continue to raise questions as to why when there are so many teachers out of work why does Brywood keep it's weakest links? The clerk at this school is ridiculously rude and the Principal knows it and does nothing. The clerk has been very inappropriate even teasing my kids. The Principal domains over everything at this school in a very controlling manner. She has favorites who may do as they please and all others need to stay out of their way. The school has been grooming its lawn and made it unavailable for kids use for almost a year now, this is not your house, the lawn want be perfect, let the kids play. I was very involved and saw behind the curtain too often to ignore what I saw and what I know.
I went to this school for my younger one, I was disappointed so much because of the clerk lady at the front office. Not only she gave me a bad impression ( no eye contact and very blunt) but also did a unusual( district clerk said) lousy job, so I need to go the district office again and wait a long line and have to explain things what happened! I heard a lot of good things about the principal they had but we don't get to talk to the principal that much than the office lady.
Although the quality of teachers vary as in most schools, I got the sense that all teachers try hard, and they do emphasize education and good manners. The only negative is the facility is not all that impressive, and there are too many students per teacher (33+). Maybe this is due to the budget crisis affecting CA.
My children have been attending this school for a few years, We have found the teachers are very good with the children and understand how to get the best results for different types of children. We have also found that many any of the complaints that we have heard from other perents are not based in facts or reason. many times people look past the flaws of there children to blame the educators for there lack of perenting. This has been a great school for our oldest 2 children and we look forward to sending our youngest 2 there as well.
Very happy with the teachers, the administration, and the parent organizations. There's even a unique dad's activity council that hosts extra events above and beyond the PTA.
Brywood is a wonderful school and I feel their teachers are amazing. They are highly qualified, care for their students, and really challenge each child to perform at the best of their ability. I am impressed also with the great principal who was new this past year! My child had a great Kinder experience and the K teachers are SUPERB! They care deeply and are very affectionate towards the children.
Solid school with veteran teachers, excellent standardized test scores, active parent involvement.
This school has a very involved well trained teacher staff as well as a great PTA that parents are encouraged to be a part of. They train your child for future sucess.
I am excited that my daughter will be attending Brywood Elementary. The Kindergarten palyground is one of the few in Irvine that is secured by a locked brick wall so the kids can't wander off. The front office is strict on their rules and require phone passes from teachers in order for a student to make a call. Even if the student pleads.
As the parent of a special needs child, I have been consistently impressed with the teachers, principal, and support staff at Brywood Elementary. I find the personnel easy to approach, and everyone has been willing to create an environment in which my child can learn.
If you think school should have more educators than politicians then this is not the one for your children.
We hope that Brywood is not typical of the Irvine Schools because it has been a big disappointment. Kindergarten was a rude awakening from the caring and nurturing environment of preschool. My child and several others that attended K there were overwhelmed with the performance pressure and workload placed on them. They learned to dislike school. The teacher we had was unprepared to deal with kids having touble. The result was a very unhappy child. When you send your child to this Kindergarten, be extra vigilant about knowing how he is doing. A kid that is ignored will crash and burn quickly in this environment. Don't wait for the school to notice the problem.
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