Brentwood used to be a good school, but in the last three years, it has lost it's focus. A change in administration is needed badly to boost morale and make this school what it once was. Teacher morale is low, and this effects the quality of teaching. The principal is MIA, physically and emotionally, and the other administrators do not seem to know what they are doing. There is little parent involvement in the school. The school is supposed to be a science and technology-base school, but there is nothing innovative or special in the curriculum. The teaching and discipline strategies are outdated. The school has so much potential, but it desperately needs strong leadership, which is currently does not have.
The best elementary education in the entire Los Angeles area. Sending your children to BSM will create the substantial foundation all future learning institutions can safely be built upon.
My son is in 4th grade and my daughter in Kindergarten at Brentwood Science Magnet. Our childrens' teachers at BSM have consistently been excellent, the academic level very high, the science labs are extraordinary, and there is a good after-school program (STAR), which is free. We also like the fact that our children are exposed to children who come from all over the city and speak 37 different languages. We have been thrilled with this school.
I love Brentwood! Some of the teachers special. I feel that this was the place that my son did become a little genius. I am happy with the school overall, I have very little complaint.
A few years ago, my son was bored and not at all challenged. All he would do is worksheets. When I moved my son to Brentwood Science Magnet, he just flourished. The school gives an enriched education where students get to participate in hands-on activities during science labs as well as receive art and music which has been cut from most other schools. My son has friends from across the city. I love the diversity of the school. I am also proud of the strong parent support. I could go on and on about why Brentwood Science Magnet has been a great experience for us.
This is our 8th year at this school (my older daughter is now in middle school having gone to Brentwood Science Magnet from kinder through 5th grade). This an is excellent school, with a strong line-up of experienced and caring teachers. My older daughter started middle school very well prepared, thanks for the excellent education she received at Brentwood Science Magnet. The student body is large in size and very diverse, and while that presents occasional challenges, the administration deals with them well and our overall experience at the school has been very good. The current Principal, Ms. Taylor, is exceptionally dedicated, kind and hard-working. Children are very fond of her, and parents respect her. I would recommend this school to any family that values good education, in culturally rich environment.
My child has attended Brentwood Science Magnet for four years. Overall, he has had a positive experience. He loves the science labs and has had a very dedicated teacher each year. Parents hear about "mainstream" education, but after having my child in private pre-school through Kindergarten, I feel each teacher he has had at Brentwood Science Magnet has been extremely dedicated and detail oriented. LAUSD budget cuts have certainly put stress on all schools at an academic and operational level. Despite these challenges, Brentwood Science Magnet continues to have a great community of students, staff, and parents who want to keep the school moving forward with great academic progress. I hope that any parent with concerns about this school will attend any one of the many monthly meetings about the school's operations, enrichment and GATE programs. With more parent involvement, this school will only continue to excel.
My daughter started BSM in the 3rd grade and she is now in the 5th grade, ready to transition to Middle School. We are beyond impressed with how much our daughter flourished while at BSM. The science curriculum is wonderful. We feel like she has had a well rounded education and she has had excellent teachers for each grade. The school size is much larger then the school we were at prior...this is not a bad thing. She has been in advanced Math and English rotations so that she is challenged academically and she has the greatest amount of respect for all of her teachers. Her CST test scores jumped dramatically year over year (especially in math) and 5th grade afforded a chance to go to Astro Camp. This was a wonderful weekend camp excursion in the San Jacinto mountains. Do not pass on this opportunity, it is the trip of a lifetime for kids this age. Our daughter entered BSM a shy violet. After three years, she is outgoing, confident and willing to challenge herself even when she is scared. This is something I would have never expected but it speaks volumes of how much of a positive impact this school has had. I cannot wait to send my son to BSM!
I love the school and the Principal works hard to improve the teaching learning process. My daughter is in first grade and the first teacher she had was a little bit irrisponisble and the principal changed the class for my daughter per our request and the teacher she has now is great and I am really satisfied with my first year experience in Brentwood Science school. Students also introduced many science labs which is wonderful.
We are in our last year at BSM. The first two years were wonderful under a fantastic principal and a great PTA. There have been two new principals since then and we have seen more rules enforced and less creative,educational activities. This school does NOT allow children to play before school begins in the morning. They are forced to stand in line, waiting patiently for school to begin. Even the younger children are made to do this. Not age appropriate at all. Out of five teachers, we have been okay with three, and LOVED one (who was let go due to budget cuts sadly). This school use to be wonderful. Now not so much.
I wrote the truth once and it was rejected. Bad reviews are not accepted. There are better options then BSM.
If you post the truth it gets deleted. So in other words, if you say how GREAT this school is, they'll leave your comment up. So, the school would be GREAT if those in charge were GREAT. Let's see how long this one stays up. I resubmitted; noticed some errors in the last one. Submitted
We selected BSM for it's wonderful diversity and well-rounded curriculum. This science magnet offers a revolving schedule of four (4) labs - earth science, life science, physical science and computer science. GREAT model. AND art and music that is funded through the active parent group (FBSME). The art teacher is a renowned local artist who draws out amazing creations from the kids and the music teacher is a talented musician adored by all. In this age of horrible budget cuts it is imperative that parents, teachers and administration work cooperatively to make a difference. BSM works! There are GATE opportunities (e.g. parent involvement, lunchtime enrichment) as well as intervention and support for English language learners and other sub-groups. We had our daughter in private pre-school and Kindergarten and worried about the transition to this VERY large public magnet school. Best choice we ever made. She transitioned with ease (now in 3rd grade) - thriving academically and socially with diverse friends from a variety of backgrounds. My only wish is that more parents could be active on a regular basis (difficult because of work schedules and horrible LA traffic).
BSM is a great school! They have a new engaged principal who is very committed to improving an already great program (e.g. initiating a student leadership program for grades 3+). All staff respect diversity. The administration is caring and attentive, knowledgable, multilingual. Full time nurse and multiple specialists. Excellent science labs, enormous campus/park-like setting, heart of Brentwood, free bussing from your local school, free afterschool programs, lunchtime enrichment, family nights, etc. Excellent teachers who know teaching to the test is not a full education; utilize group activities and other approches to enhance children's learning. As a science magnet, critical thinking is emphasized throughout all subjects. GATE is embedded in classrooms with differential teaching; sciene labs would qualify as advanced science for all - hands on science. Our neighborhood school is a 950+; and we choose BSME because it is a great school, progressive, diverse, and respectful of children.
Teachers range from average to great. There are some who seem to invest so much into their class and others who seemed they didn't care. Class work and homework depended on the teacher. Some teachers were organized and others weren't. Some gave frequent updates between grade reporting periods and others gave none. It's best if parents are proactive with their child's teacher. There is no separate gifted program which was very disappointing. You will need outside didactics if your child isn't challenged enough. The diversity of the student body is a major plus. My biggest complaint was the morning drop-off time at 7:50 am (and no earlier) which made it extremely difficult for parents who needed to be at work by 8 am. There is a particular main office staff member who was consistently rude and did not seem to understand or care. Cafeteria food was fair. The student body is very large with large class sizes. The school is amazingly well-organized and maintained to accomodate such a volume of students. However, if your child does not excel in this kind of enviroment, I would recommend a smaller school. A lot of fundraisers throughout the year. Overall I give this school a C+.
Great school. My gifted son finished his math homework early, and the teacher brought in math students from UCLA to challenge the advanced kids. Three afterschool programs, two of which are free. One offered free was running $400 or more at other schools. Kids were greatly enriched in the free after-school programs: 2 musicals per year. My daughter entered the orchestra program which will last from second semester of her 3rd grade until she graduates from 5th grade. My son was in the 4th grade chorus. Both kids received 3 units of science, 1 unit of computer science, a unit of music, and a unit of art in addition to whatever is being offered by their regular teachers. Full magnet points upon graduation. Getting my kids into this school is like winning the lottery, and with the strong academic standards, this is a better school than my local charter school which is rated in the 900s but won't spend a dime tested my kids.
I was an alumni of this school, and I won't say when and my name. In the beginning, Brentwood was a terrific school, with a great education. But now, great teachers are being promoted to lower grade levels. Many excellent teachers were fired, and I was shocked when they fired a very good 4th grade teacher. The cafeteria food is okay. The environment is becoming trashed and the bathrooms are smelly and slippery.
I don't know how anyone can rate this a good school. I pulled my son out of a great school because of the good reviews on this website. I made a huge mistake! It's October 27th and to date I have not received one piece of corrected class work or home work from my child's teacher. Even after a letter to the principal and multiple requests to the teacher. The classrooms are very disorganized and messy. It seems to be a systemic problem and not just my son's teacher. A Big Sunday project is needed for this school- to help classroom organization, clean up and an auditorium makeover. So, if you're thinking of bringing your child to this school, think long and hard about it because I can't wait to get my son back to his home school!
This is my first year as a parent at this school. So far I am very happy. My childrenare so enthused about math and science, everyday they share their learning experiences, this brings me joy.
MY SON STARTED THIRD GRADE AND I LIKE THE ORGANIZATION THAT BRENTWOOD SCIENCE MAGNET SCHOOL HAS.
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