My teachers are just good. No fair, especially in the upper grades, but they get the materials in our brains.
The school is unbelievable, teacher are extremely involved in the students. The faculties is also unbelievable, I was almost about to move the area but I don't think I will find a school like this anywhere else. My daughter is in second grade and she love this school.
The faculty, staff and parents at Brightwood are all fantastic. High level of parental involvement and everyone's goal is provide the students with a safe and pleasant environment in which to learn and strive for academic excellence while having fun. We are very fortunate to be at this school.
I personally think the school can use a little reform in the area of testing and the emphasis by teachers on STAR testing in general. I'm of the philosophy that parent involvement in their children's education is critical. I don't mind checking homework, but Brightwood takes this concept too far and gives children homework during vacations and holidays, if not homework then reading assignments, and if not reading assignments then projects. Or better yet, all of the above!! I'm not a parent who will stand by and allow my kids to suffer in silence. So enough is enough... find a way to teach effectively without drowning the students in schoolwork because... (guess what?) quantity is NOT quality!! If this school can improve it's academics without leaving emotional or stress scars on a child, then the rave reviews are well deserved.
My son just finished 8th grade and attended since K. Excellent school with academics at the top of the list.
As an alum of this school, all I can say is that this school really helps prepare you for challenging intellectual rigor later on in life. My teachers had a lot to do with this, and although they are no longer there (it has been a while since I attended) I am confident it is just as rigorous as when I was there. I attended other public schools before and after Brightwood and never did I feel as challenged as I did here. And that challenge only served to fuel my desire to thrive. I feel as though I received a private school education (better than most private schools I've seen) at a public school price.
I am a parent of a 1st, 2nd and 8th grader, Im really happy with the school, teachers and principal. Excellent school with caring teachers and staff
I'm going to take my chance to go here as a female 8th grader. This school seems really nice and such and I cannot go back to my old school. The test scores here looks outstanding.
I am a parent of a son in 8th grade and he has informed me that their are not a lot of activities in the school because of the new principal. I believe that is true and I would like the old principal back
My son is first grade and we love the school ..but alot of student is being injury at the school yard. need to improve and teach them the safety rules. Example ' do not run when you heard the bell ring' that could cost others to injure. The school teaching is great just if can't believe homework were also asign on the weekend and holiday ? ..
outside lunch cafeteria areas are super dirty with spiderweb, heavy dust , and lots of leaves between benches and tables. They don't allow kids eat inside the caferteria if they don't buy lunch from school. This school should concern more cleaning.
The teachers there are caring and always strive for new ways of teaching the kids. Like any other schools, they need help financially to improve class rooms' equipment and furniture. For many years, they have maintain a score of 9 even though the city is not as well off like South Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, ect.
I love this school. My daughter has been at this school since Kindergarten and she is now beginning the third grade. The teachers play a big role in the children's lives and give them personal attention. The parents at this school are very involoved with the school and help with volunteering ALL the time. This school has the highest academic ratings on the Academic Performance Index (API) Report.
New principals (Mrs. Tambara) is awesome. She has taken back the school from the few parents who where buddy buddy with the old principal. The school has made students and cirriculum its priority. The school has tons of activities for everyone and everyone is always invited, but just like any organization you always have bad seeds who want to destroy all the good and this is what we saw at Brightwood. See for yourself Brightwood is an excellent school and very strong.
Although with outdated facility, Brightwood has excellent teachers in lower grades and strong PTA. The strong PTA with LOTS of parent involvment is what make the school stand above the other schools in the area. Hopefully the new principle will develop better dynamic with parents.
This school is run mainly by controlling parents. Admin. needs to take control back. As far as the academics, the teachers in grades K-4 are excellent and really are interested in seeing ALL children suceed. The teachers in grades 5-8 are only interested in students who are already on top. Any child that is average or below slips through the cracks. The AVID program that is designed for students that are average is not being implemented correctly therefore ineffective. The school's only concern is that their test scores show their school is the best.
Brightwood is a very good school. my son really likes his K teacher Mrs.Hou. He likes to go to school everyday even now is summer.
Strong parent involvement. If you want to prepare your child for a good 4 year university, Brightwood will give your child the proper tools to succeed. This school is not for the lazy. If you work hard with your child, he/she will have all the neccessary tools to succeed.
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