My family and I moved to Monrovia/Bradbury in June of 2012. We moved from Kirkland Washington (Lake Washington School District), one of the top school districts in the country. My oldest daughter, Sophia had just graduated Kindergarten when we moved. I loved her school back in Kirkland. I didn't think moving to LA I would be happy with the school. I was very wrong. Bradoaks Elementary has proved to me to be extraordinary. Sophia finished her first year, as a 1st grader and is now in 2nd grade. I have absolutely loved both her teachers.They are always available by email, classroom updates are always sent out and I truly feel like they love my little girl. I'm not worried about her being at school. The classrooms sizes are around 30 kids....which I hate to tell you, that's normal! Her kindergarten class back in Kirkland was 30+ kids and that was in a top school district! The principal....words cannot describe how amazing she is. I have never seen a principal standing outside at 7:45 in the morning helping kids get out of their parents cars and getting to class. She treats every child like they are her own. She is all about the safety of our kids and keeping them safe.
My son has a had a wonderful experience so far! He started in K last year with an amazing teacher, and is now enjoying 1st grade very much. The Principal is a force of nature: active, intelligent, compassionate, and strong. We feel very lucky to have a great public school available for our son's education! The only area where I think they could improve is their policy of forcing the kindergartners to be silent for five minutes of their lunch, which results in a "time-out" if not followed. This is their social time and should not be used to test their controls, unless there is a serious behavioral issue.
My 4 boys attend to Bradoaks 3 already graduate from there my#4 next year I very happy with all them teachers staff too the only the cafe staff should be more happy and provide a good attitude w/ the students also Alicia the manager to be more creative to serve more options and about food not only burritos and burn food or over cook the students needs a better good quality food that's why they are there for them so please do something about it.
Outstanding teachers! My little girl is so lucky to have such a dynamic third grade teacher such as Mrs. M. Congratulation!
My son has been at Bradoaks since his kindergarten year. He is now in third grade. I find Bradoaks to be a wonderful place to learn. The teachers have all been very dedicated and easy to work with. The principal is very visible and easily accessible when needed. The school celebrates children's successes, and encourages growth. The library is accessible by all, as well as the computer lab. The PTA is very active in providing learning experiences and fun activities for all the students. This is a wonderful place for children to learn and for parents to play an active role in their child's education.
BEWARE OF THIS SCHOOL. YOU HAVE TO BE A VERY ACTIVE PTA MEMBER TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE LIBRARY. ONLY ACTIVE PARENTS AND KIDS CAN USE THE LIBRARY. VERY RUDE LIBRARIAN. HER NAME IS FORREST.
My children have attended Bradoaks for the past 5 years. The principal and her staff are responsive and committed to providing a healthy learning environment. I am very pleased with my childrens' progress thus far. The school routinely holds after hours events, and I am always surprised how my kids want to stay after in order to participate. One would think they would want to get as far away from school as possible as soon as they could! In regards to the comments made about Mrs. B, I can share my own experience. My son is quite challenging, yet Mrs. B has gone way above and beyond to work with me to help him get on track and we have seen huge successes this year. She does come across as short; however, I think she's just a no-nonsense woman. She DOES care about the children in her class and I have no reservations about her at all. Unfortunately, class size is probably true. Monrovia USD, as well as every other school district in California, has faced huge cuts to their budget. Fortunately, the rumored school closure didn't materialize.
I was very happy with the school until my daughter started second grade in September of 2010. We were shocked by the lack of homework at this school...there is no homework! Class sizes have increased by 5-6 students per class as well. I personally think it is a funding issue but we were told that some of the parents were complaining that the kids were getting too much homework. I can not say that I am happy with the current situation at this school.
I was very happy with this school until my son entered the 4th grade. Unlike the other parent who reviewed and commented on Mrs. Bolin, my son had a horrible experience with her. She did not help him at all and humiliated him constantly. I volunteered at the school and heard her yelling at the kids from the room across. I emailed her to ask her a question about an incident and she practically told me off via email. Later the apologized but it was uncalled for nevertheless. My son became depressed in her classroom and was referred to a psychologist. This year I moved him to another school and miraculously he is happy, outgoing and getting straight A's.
My child has been attending school here for 4 years now and I must say that I have seen substantial improvements over the years. When she began she really struggled to maintain a passing grade however this year she has the most wonderful teacher Mrs. Bolin who really cares about her and has helped her gain confidence in herself which ultimately resulted in her making her grades. We will be sad when she graduates next year.
I love this school. My son has attended there for 2 years now and I love all the community/parent involvement activities done. I think Mrs. Bires does and exceptional job as principal and really tries to exceed expectations of parents, teachers and students.
Staff is highly trained in brain-based instruction... new principal is active, visible, and engaging. After school choral program available... funded by PTA. Garden Club is vibrant and well-attended. PTA needs to grow... an exclusionary element, that prevented many from participating, has left.
Bradoaks has made a lot of improvements over the past seven or eight years. They now offer a pretty solid academic program. Some teachers might go a little overboard on the homework, though.
This school has good test scores but lacks community involvement. There is a small group that leads the school. After hours activities are limited and no after school playground activities.
Excellent school with wonderful teacher participation. A great art program and parents are encouraged to participate. The academic programs were innovative and encouraged the child to grow. Am unfamiliar with the sports program, but there are many fun and educational extracurricular programs. Parental involvement is encouraged and fostered.
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