Honestly, I can't believe some of the negative things a few people are posting. Of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but if a school doesn't fit your idea of what it should be, then find one that fits your style. You can't please everyone all the time. In my experience, Beckford is an excellent school! Very strong community feeling, and caring staff. My child is receiving a top notch education, which is remarkable considering the state of many LAUSD schools. The PTA working together with the school staff are responsible for many exciting curricular and extracurricular opportunities for the kids. All my child's teachers have been well trained, knowledgable, have supplemented the curriculum with appropriate fun activities, are skilled in dealing with disciplinary matters when needed (in a positive, not destructive way), and have been fair to all students. I feel as if my child is getting a private school education, in a public school.
The school is uninviting and prejudice towards families who speak up and voice their concerns. The principal, staff, PTA, and parents need to remember that parent(s) are their child's advocate... some requiring special education and other concerns.... no one can judge unless they are the parent dealing with the situation. For educators, this school lacks educated and compassionate staff members; stemming from the administrator. If you have a choice... choose another school.
I highly recommend perspective parents to attend PTA meetings and talk with other parents, teachers, and the principle before deciding on the school based on the reviews and test scores alone. Try to get the feel for the school parents in general to see if there's a *fit*. It's very important that you feel the *fit* before moving into the neighborhood. Also check out their school/community events like Family Fun Day and Trunk or Treat type of events. Do your homework before making the leap of faith! You don't have to live in the neighborhood to apply to the school since it's Charter. If not Balboa, check out Germain and Porter Ranch Community school around the area they seemed to have academic events like Science Fair, Math Night, and strong Art program (PRCS). They group their GATE kids into cluster together. Beckford does have GATE but all the kids are mixed in with non GATE kids, which means the GATE kids get the same instruction as the rest of the population, therefore there's no differentiated instruction for the advanced kids. So, there's no GATE class per se although they will tell you about GATE program. It will only matter when kids go into GATE in middle school.
Honestly, I don't like this school very much! expecially reagrding magnet school program application. this school is getting very weird feeling. last year, we applied, but the teacher didn't give my daughther ceritfied, but she didn't tell us. and this year we want to ask teacher if she can give her certified, the teacher and pricinpal told us this is confidential, but for most of our friends's kids school, the teachers will always direactly told parents, not confidential, I'm wondering if beckford does want to something which is not fair, that's why they want to keep confidential? also I feel this school doesn't have any special program,that is suprised me because it is called charter.
This school is fantastic. My son is now in 2nd grad and I have yet to have a negative experience with either the teachers or the staff outside the classroom. The principal is great..nothing beats seeing my son run up to her for a hug as I'm walking him to school.
Having come from Pinecest and having payed an arm and a leg and still being unsatisfied with the staff and academics, I cannot believe how comparable Beckford is in every area. I have a kindergartner and second grader starting this year and am very impressed with the staff and parent involvement. My kids just love it!
This school is a breath of fresh air for us! Having come from a school where my children were bullied and picked on and not supported by staff and administration, I have almost lost faith in the school system. That is until we arrived at Beckford. I have never had children look forward to going to school. They are eager to learn and happy to participate in class. The campus is clean, the teachers are very supportive of parents and kids, office staff is friendly and welcoming. I could not have asked for a better school for my kids. They are learning, happy, excited to go to school - what more can a parent want?
We have two children at Beckford, and a third entering in two years. Beckford has proven to be filled with caring and involved parents, a wonderful sense of community, administrators who welcome you by name (with knowledge of your children), and dedicated teachers. The campus is well maintained, and no stone is left unturned in providing education well above par of many private schools. Highly recommended.
The beauty of Beckford is the feeling of Community. There are many good schools with good teachers. Beckford allows for the parents to feel as if they are aiding with their children's education and the school encourages our participation. I believe the welcoming sense of community makes the student want to come to school, to want to be a part of the education process versus just going through the motions. That is part of what makes Beckford and exceptional school.
Great school with caring staff. You are always in the know about what goes on in school and your kids.
This is our first year at Beckford. We had heard so many great things about the school and were happy that it was going to be the school that our Kindergartner was going to be attending. . We had gone to an Open House, Parent Orientation and New Parent Visit; all prior to the start of the school year. All of the teachers, office staff and principal were so helpful. They have made this transition from preschool to public school so easy and painless. Our son LOVES school! He has learned so much in the first 2 weeks. He can't wait to go to school everyday, loves his teacher (Mrs. Yoon) and loves all of the new friends that he has made.
My school is Beckford Elementary in Northridge. We love our school...my twins just started kindergarten and are so happy.
My child started school at Beckford Charter this year. I have been extremely impressed with her teacher. I am also impressed by the level of excitement for learning on the campus.
My son is in second grade now and has been attending Beckford Charter since Kindergarten. We both are thrilled with the education and enrichment activities that are provided by this great school. My youngest son will also be attending Beckford, and I am sure the quality of education will continue to thrive.
Seriously, this needs to stop. Beckford is a good school. Ofcourse, everyone has there own opinons. If you are not happy with a school, you are truly doing a disservice to your child and yourself to not explore other options. It makes no sense to constantly argue with administration, teachers and other parents over this issue. No school, teacher, administrator or parent is perfect. It also should be clear that if you are not getting what you need from a particular school, it's time to move on.
Is this a place for parents, teachers and others to give their honest, personal opinion about their experience with the school? Or is this a place where parents try and retaliate, harass, and belittle other parents? Anyone who thinks it is ok to comment on other's experiences, talk about how much money someone has given or make comments about someone else's experience with the color chart should just be ashamed of themselves. This is the most God awful thing I have ever seen. Obviously many parents, along with behavior specialist know that the color chart has done a disservice to boys and especially active, ADHD or boys who are competitive and internalize their feelings. You do not have to have a psychology degree to know this or see it. Doctors are signing off for parents and asking that this not be done anymore. I think parents should become more knowledgeable about what others are experiencing, what is truly important to children, gain a better understanding of the school vibe and their part in it and quit talking so negatively about others that they know nothing about. It is so embarrassing as a behavior aide at Beckford to hear all of this. We are all adults.
Our first year , and I feel like I am being here for 3 or more years, teachers and parents are incredible, my son just finishing 3rd grade and he is the happiest kids ever in that school, made a lot friend and me too,,,,,school is clean, safe, has a lot after school program for all ages, so much fun !
We started Kinder in 2011 the same year it became a Charter. I don't know what it was like before, but it was considered one of the best in the area. As a single father, I am very happy with her education, safety and after school care from the YMCA.
My kindergardener came home very excited yesterday telling me Mrs. Brower (the principal) told him he may be at second grade level. I love that the principal and teachers are so uplifting and encouraging to their students. That is really important to me. I asked my son if Mrs. Brower knows his name (as she has 546 students at her school) and he responded, "Yes, she knows everyone's name!" How awesome is that? Also, I am very pleased with how much my son has learned in this first school year. He actually loves to read his own books now, which is amazing to me knowing how much of a struggle it was trying to get him to learn letters and phonics. I am perfectly fine with the his teacher using reward systems for behavior in the class, as I know my very active boy may need as many warnings as it takes. It is also a good way for me to know what his behavior was like at school so we can talk about it at home and find ways to reward him for good behavior in class.
This used to be one of the best community schools in the area, academically and culturally. But since they went charter, it lost it's community feelings and the new kids and parents are not as academically motivated and involved. The school reputation is not what it used to be in the area. I hope the principal is aware of these facts and do something about it to bring back the school.
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