As many do, we bought our home in part, because it was in this school district. I expected to love the school. Kindergarten was a big disappointment with teachers that were " phoning it in". In fact, one even told me "TGIF" as she turned away from, rather than deal with, two students physically fighting. What's worse, the lack of responsiveness. Teachers did not even reply to my email(s) letting them know one student had threatened my child. After that it took three calls to the principal (over a week) to get her to return my call. Once we meet, the principal was extremely concerned, but clearly vested in protecting her teachers. ...too little, too late. I know there are some wonderful teachers at the school. My suggestion is only to be aware that they aren't all great, or even decent.
This school is very fun and well. We have many fun field trips, lots of ways to do fun math, writing, and other subjects. Burton Valley also have a very strict rule about NO PEANUTS OR TREE NUTS, or other nuts. Burton Valley's food is not bad, yet not very good. We have break and lunch, have a great library, great art teachers, fun teachers who are strict, yet fun, and too many more things:). For some people who may have trouble reading, we have a classroom call READING LAB. If people have a bit of trouble talking, they can go to SPEECH. Burton Valley also has a MARYWOOD for children who's family might have work after school and can't pick they up. GREAT BURTON VALLEY FOR KINDTERGARDEN-5 Grade:):):):):).
Don't go here if you have a bright child. They don't "believe in" acceleration. Your child will have the opportunity to top out at average, nothing more. After many discussions with my daughter's teacher, getting absolutely nowhere, with her reading scores actually declining from where they were at her previous school in another city, I dislike this school strongly.
Great teachers from K to 5th. Lots of fun fieldtrips, and a very happy atmosphere. One added perk: kids from Burton do much better as they move to Stanley Middle School because they've been able to make more friends in various classes vs. those from smaller schools.
Having recently moved from an area where my children attended private schools, Burton Valley is our first public school experience. I am so impressed with the quality of our Kinder Garden classrooms and the parent involvement is outstanding. My son's class is diverse in culture and Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Micallef are amazing. We are still new to Burton Valley, being that this is our first year and only have positive things to say about this school thus far.
Whether or ot a school is "great" depends vastly on who you ask. Most parents at BVE that are from "around here" and have know only BVE or other California public schools will tell you they love the school. However, if you ask people who have had their kids in public schools in other states, you will hear a different story. So yes, by some standards this school is perhaps a 9 or 10 out of 10 but maybe we need to adjust our standards instead of patting ourselves on our backs saying how lovely it is here.
I've been a BVE parent for 8 years (3 kids) and ours is a multi-cultural, hispanic family. I was sad to see comments that the community is not diverse, one poster even calling their neighbors "stepford wives". Get involved in one of the many fun school events or step inside a classroom, and you'll see a broad range of students and parents who have one thing in comming: they clearly care about education. I value the dynamic, high quality of teaching here, the safe environment, and the inclusion of character building as part of the curriculum. My children have enjoyed everything from instrumental music instruction to extra-curricular theater production. I couldn't ask for a better learning environment for my children.
I had to second your comments to "I'm an incoming parent." I loved your description of the "caravan of suv's." Completely true! I've had kids at Burton Valley for more than 5 years and while I think well of the school the fact is that the earlier posting referring to residents as "stepford wives" and the above-referred posting's assertion that kids who are different are ostracized are both more than somewhat true. However, there are very nice people whose kids attend the school and you just have to find them and avoid the sorority sister/cattery contingent, because they are alive and well at Burton Valley and do have kids who have already inbibed their limited outlook.
To "I'm an incoming parent in the Fall of 2010 "....you clearly have a lot to learn and since you have not yet been here long enough, perhaps you should wait before making such sweeping generalizations. There is not an ever-increasing non-white community here. Children who are different in race and religion, those who are artsy or a little different are called names and have been ostrasized. I can't give you specific examples in this forum because the kids and parents involved wouldn't want to be recognized in my descriptions but I assure you that "diversity" is just a catchphrase just like being a "green school" while a caravan of enormous suvs is parked outside in rows is a joke. Sure, it's safe here and that's wonderful....it should be, it's all million dollar homes. Why would you feel the need to be defensive if it's really so grand?
I'm an incoming parent in the Fall of 2010 and have lived in the area for 2 years now enjoying the preschool community. Every single parent in these two years, who has a child at BVE, has raved about the school. We specifically bought moved to the area not only for the accolades and feedback on this school, but for the area as well. We came from Berkeley and can say that we'd prefer to have the side effects of a more affluent community and "teach" our children to appreciate the differences in people and their ways. It is sure better than having to teach them that AND explain why someone is getting shot at in the middle of the day in downtown Berkeley. Every area, school and family will always have some sort of issue. But ultimately, we can decide how we get involved and who we connect with (or not) and enjoy those people that matter most to us. Since I've been here, I have connected more with the ever-increasing non-white community of the area. It DOES exist and I'm happy to be a multi-cultural and caring parent in this area. And yes I'm white and a business owner.
This is an average school that pretends to be an excellent school. While it's a rather ugly public school, it's in an affluent area and the PTA asks for an initial amount of $375 from parents at the beginning of the year and parents are pummeled with fundraising all year long. All that money doesn't make it a better school and there aren't progressive programs or extracurricular activities to show for it. It seems as though they would charge for Open House night if they could because there aren't too many activities that are free. The community is almost entirely white and very uptight and it's very stepford wives.
My niece and nephew are in the Early Intervention Progam at Burton Valley. They both have made phenomenal progress. Great school with program that needs support to continue program for special needs kids.
wow I am now a ninth grader and live in arizona, but B.V.E will always be in my heart, I have been to six schools in my live and that school was my favorite my teachers were there. The program is advanced and all the school in arizona didnt have half the programs as BVE I love that school if you are looking for a school to send your child this would be a really good school !
Burton Valley has fantastic teachers and administrators. The LASF program is lacking though. Most of the money the parents at BVE donate to LASF goes to Stanley Middle School and Campolindo High. They need more PE programs. Parent involvement is high as this is an affluent communtiy that can afford many stay-at-home families.
Burton Valley is a large school that functions as a smaller one. There is a great parent/teacher/student community. The new principal is a team builder with good knowledge of the community and great intentions.
My son is currently a 1st grader and both he and our family enjoy being part of the BVE community. All the teachers we have had so far have been fabulous. They know exactly how to motivate the kids and instill a love of learning that is so important at this level. The principal is new this year and has not made many changes. But the teaching staff seems to have great respect for her and I look forward to her continued leadership at the school. Parent involvement and commitment is tremendous. Lots of opportunities for parents working both in and outside of the home.
Burton Valley Elementary (BVE) is an extremely engaging school with tremendous faculty. The parental involvement is at a very high level and there is a strong tradition of excellence.
Fantastic school with great teachers at all grade levels. Plenty of extracurricular activities, a great music program, fantastic community support, and an extremely positive environment for all children. This is also where the GATE program resides for the district so it's ideal for families with gifted children who live in the Burton Valley neighborhood. Overall, Lafayette is the BEST place to raise families, particularly considering the high quality education throughout the district.
BVE is an excellent school. The parent support is key in helping maintain a strong support system at school and in the community. Teachers are all well thought of. Developmental method of teaching in K is geared toward educating kids at their own rate. Superb environment to raise a family.
My daughter goes to BV. BV is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. He is a great example of a leader. Thank you BV specially Mrs. Mc Cann for bringing out the best in my child and giving her the encouragement and confidence she needs to go out into the world!
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