This is a great school. My children (now in the 2nd & 3rd grades) have attended since Pre-school. The school continues to focus on academic excellence with a foundation that started at Pre-school. They are a Biblical based Christian school that includes weekly Bible memory verses in addition to all other regular curriculum subjects. The Parent Teacher Fellowship works with the school administration to address issues, suggestions, and future goals of the school in the same way that a PTA would. This is a private school that is growing and as such may have a few growing pains. With that said, the school is truly striving to be a school that offers it s students the best environment and opportunity to excel academically, grow in their faith, and be prepared to face challenges as they move forward. Bulling is not tolerated but our kids are also being taught to work through their issues with each other in a respectful, caring, and Christ like manner. I would recommend this school to anyone that is seeking a more family-involved approach to their children s education. It is well worth the tuition, which is lower than most private schools.
My grandson has been attending school at Bradshaw for almost 4 years. He is getting a real education, in that he's being taught how to think, not just how to take tests. The campus is very safe. As this is a private school, very little misbehavior is tolerated. The curriculum is Christian focused, but follows all State of CA Dept of Ed curriculum guidelines. It feels a little expensive every year I pay his tuition, but the payoff is his excitement about learning. I will do everything possible to keep him in this school.
We have been here since preschool, our daughter has thrived there and is now entering kindergarten. We have had some difficulties at school (who hasn't at any school?) But, we have had our concerns addressed immediately. There are a number of rules that are expressly stated in the handbook. Once again, it is a Christian school, biblically based and that comes with the truth that is the scriptures. We plan to stay through HS. In her classes, there have been a number of mixed race and other than white children, quite diverse population.
Not a good school. Very deceptive! DO NOT send your child here. If you do, you will be disappointed!
Terrible school. Very intolerant of anyone that is different. They also lack the ability to deal with anything that is remotely a challenge.
My 2nd grade daughter was really nervous about going to a new school and making new friends at her first year at BCS. It seemed as if all of the families were very close and knew each other quite well. I volunteered at many school events in the time we were there and I had no parent even attempt to speak to me. They only associated with each other, and their kids were the exact same way. My daughter was being bullied to the point where she'd fake being sick when recess came so she could go to the office and wouldn't have to face the other kids. My daughter was going to the front office nearly everyday because she was getting bullied, and the office administration did nothing but point fingers at me for allowing her to not deal with the bullies herself. All of this happened within two months, and we immediately decided that any public school would be better than this school that was claiming to preach God's word. As soon as she transferred to public school, she was EXTREMELY behind. My oldest daughter has friends who attend the middle school, and all of them are a much worse influence than any public school kids I've seen. Don't waste your money on BCS, you'll regret it.
This school has a warm and caring atmosphere. My two children have gone there since preschool. We have been very happy. The teachers respond to our concerns quickly if we have them. Many of our friends have kids that attend BCS and love it as well!
The teachers are wonderful. I had read other reviews about children that are struggling will not get help, I have to say I have 3 children attending the middle school and the teachers are going out of their way to help the one child that is struggling. ( Tutoring during lunch hours, after school tutoring) I love this school, the teachers are amazing. It's not perfect, but my children are happy and learning in a wonderful environment.
Not good for our student who was a preschooler. A horrible experience with the teaching staff. Sad and very disappointed in the preschool administration. All teachers should be trained in Diversity..,I will never ever recommend BCS to any parent! And when asked why? I will share my horrible experience regarding our student.! Parents be aware & listen to your children when they come home and tell you about their day at BCS!
Our son has attended Bradshaw ever since he was in pre-school. We love the school, the teachers and the administrators. We have found the staff to be loving and compassionate with the students, and very professional. I work for a school district, yet I choose to have my son at Bradshaw, where he is not only receiving an excellent academic education, but also receives Biblical teaching and has the Christian lifestyle modeled for him by his teachers. But parents need to remember that this is a Christian private school, and a key reason many parents choose Bradshaw is because they teach and affirm basic Christian doctrine as well as teach academics. So if parents or students live lifestyles or promote beliefs that conflict with those teachings, they should not be surprised when the school takes appropriate action. If a parent or student does not agree with the religious teachings at Bradshaw, it may be that this is not the school for you. Just don't try to make the school change to fit your beliefs, because it will not work. God willing, our son will stay at Bradshaw until he graduates high school!
I have sent two sons to Bradshaw Christian High School. The best thing about this school is the positive safe environment, which is why I gladly pay for a private school when public schools are free. The amount of homework greatly depends on how many college level courses they take and the speed of the individual student. I my case my second son took about 1/2 the time for the same class workload (10 versus 20 hours/week). Each student will have credit for about 6 college classes when done. The students were homeschooled before they entered, and I love how classmates and teachers reached out to them. I've seen great friendships form along racial and economic lines. Expect the students to hear a Christian message and be taught those values in most classes, which I think is a big plus. Teachers and coaches care about my kids. Even in this economy the school continues to grow. They do hold students accountable for their actions, another plus. If you as a parent spend time at a function, you will be impressed by how these young adults are kind and personable.
We are currently on our 8th year at BCS. My girls are in 5th and 7th grades, with academics above grade level. The teachers have been absolutely amazing! The homework has been fair. No complaints with the work. I agree with the other comments about the administration. There is A LOT of nepotism. They are narrow-minded. I'm a gay dad with a master's degree in education, yet unable to volunteer as a teacher or be involved in leadership because of my sexual orientation. I'm conservative and in a committed relationship, but because my partner is not female, and of course we don't have have the option to get married, we are excluded from being too involved. I stay because my kids are doing amazing. I love the fact that I've known the other parents all these years and, as my kidsapproach the dating years, I like the fact that I know the boys' families already. The tuition at BCS is cheaper than other schools. It's expensive, but it's a private school.
I'm a Father of two girls at this school. For one, our 2 year old, this is her first school or childcare experience. Our other Daughter is in one of the Kindergarden classes at this school. This is our first year at this school and it is only 2 months into the 2011 school year. I first want to disclaim that I have no ties or affiliations with this school and this review is real and uninfluenced (because I have read other school reviews that I was highly suspicious of both positive and negative). I'm very happy with the school class sizes. Our 2 year old daycare has as many as 3 teachers for less than 20 children. Kindergarden is less then 20 kids for the teacher. Maybe it's the uniforms but the kids just look better also. Theres no troubled looking kids (scraggily dressed, messy hair, unhappy etc). All kids have a smile and get along etc. My kids come home happy also. Flexibility is awesome, I can drop off my kids as early as 6:30 am and pick up as late as 6 pm. Fortunately we don't have to leave our kids 11.5 hours but it's a nice option and the cost is the same. Value is evident; daycare is cheaper here than most other locations we checked and potty training is included.
The school is a true example of how discrimination has taken over school systems. The student handbook states that the school is a non-discriminatory environment-- but excludes sexual orientation. Sexual orientation other than heterosexual is listed as an "immoral" act worthy of disciplinary action and/or being excused from attendance at Bradshaw Christian High School. My son was expelled from the school merely because he stated that homosexuals shouldn't be discriminated against-- and the expressing his opinion on this "immoral" action was enough to be expelled and excused from coming back. My son is not a homosexual but was merely expressing his opinion that HATE shouldn't be taught in the classroom.
We are starting our second year at BCS, and couldn't be happier to have our son out of the public school system. He was not be challenged in public schools, and was being bullied. Now, he's being challenged academically, treated with respect from the administration, teachers and his peers, and is in a safe, loving and welcoming environment. The sports programs are wonderful, there is a strong arts department, the text books are current, brand new, and there are enough for every student. Homework takes no more than an hour on an average night, and sometimes up to two hours. My son is bi-racial and I've never seen, heard or even been given the impression that there is any racism from anyone on the campus. I have no problem with the fundraisers since the money is used to improve the school, and I love being able to volunteer in many areas of the school. Enrolling my son at BCS was one of the best decisions, and I couldn't be happier with the education, and closer relationship with Jesus that he is getting. Roll, Pride, Roll!
We love BCS. Our child is in a quality enviornment with good morals and balance. Certainly the cost and constant fundraisers are tough but the investment is well worth it. Academically...pretty good but as an earlier post commented, if you are struggling there is little support. I think my child would be worse off in the EG public system although probably posting better grades. There is a lot of homework and lack of support for those struggling, the expectations are quite high however my child loves BCS and has made wonderful friendships. Another ealier post made comments about racism among the administrators; I have never hears anyone making racist remarks and it's a good thing I haven't. It's true, sometimes it feels like there is a click with the administrators (close-knit family/friends) but the heart of BCS is not them but the families that surround our children. I have never seen such a supportive network at this large scale. You should see how many families attend academic events in comparison to much larger schools. There is good and bad in everything but the balance scale still leaves me saying...we will too be a BCS alumni family. Go Pride!
This school is not meant for ANY children (families) of color, racist attitudes and behaviors exist. On numerous occasions parents made derogatory statements and comments towards African Americans; one particular member of the school s tight knit family used the N word. The school also allowed a Conferate Flag to be printed in the 2010 year book. When questioned about it, the school administration said it was an oversight but never issued a formal apology beyond an email. I truly believe most Bradshaw Christian staff desires to educate children, I just do not believe the administration knows how to deal with race issues surface, particularly when it s among their own. It seems almost a contradiction to say my daughter academically and socially thieved at Bradshaw. Yet, both years she attended the school, she connected with her peers and a several teachers, establishing friendships that continued into college. Every organization brings good and bad points to the table. I just felt the administration tolerant racism.
We were at this school for several years and left for a variety of reasons. It is a small school with a small view of the world. School adminstration and teachers are not selected for their education or experience. Those in charge of the school are from a small tight knit family/group- teachers outside of that "group" soon leave the school. When we left we found our children were behind in academics.
My daughter attends Bradshaw Christian and our family does like the school. I do think it has a better than average academic program and the teachers are great. However, I have to agree with all the previous posts about struggling students. If your child needs extra help with subjects or struggles in any way, BCS is not the school for you. They are mostly interested in students who excel immediately and don't have a lot of time for those who don't.
GET READY FOR TONS ANDTONS OF HOMEWORK! I like the school, but we will not be returning with our students next year. Our fourth grader has on average at least three to four hours of homework each night. Our student is a good student, I can't imagine how long students who may be struggling a bit must spend. The amount of homework assigned in fourth grade is absolutely ridiculous. I am trying to figure out what my son is doing in school all day if he is coming home with this much homework. We don't want our younger two children to have to experience such a negative amount of homework, so we will not stay with the school.
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