Balboa City School, made positive changes in my child. I said upon begin there and now, I should have moved here earlier; instead I hope that he would have been "accomodated" in the public schools. I hoped, and I hoped... Having, both ADD and an LD my son has taken a ful load and has greater self esteem and confidence. He know nows success and hold his head high. The Director, himself suffers from ADD, he is accomplished and has and does recognize students for their strenghts and talents are always encouraged. The focus on problem-solving and critical thinking, not memorization is HERE and this is of great important for all children, but even more for the students that attends this school. I raise my hat and say job well done!!
At first I thought this was a terrible school. Mostly because I was not used to such direct communication from the administration. When my son was first starting at Balboa City School he would still lie to me and say he had no homework and the school always called. At first I believed my son. That led to some friction with the school. But we had some meetings and got everything straightened out. What I was so impressed by was how the counselor did not yell or even punish my son even when though my son was trying to make him and the teachers look bad. But pretty quickly, probably within ten days my son started to do well and I continued to get notes home saying how well he was doing! Never before did a school or a teacher take such an interest in my child's education. The result is phenomenal. All his standardized test scores have gone up by a great deal. The school is very very organized and structured and the really helps the students know what they should be doing. Another thing I like is that they do not give three or four hours of homework a night.
I am a former student of this school, and since I have ADHD and didn't really succeed in other schools I seemed like a fit for the school. I was wrong. The classes ran at snail's pace, so that a half a semester's work was stretched throughout the entire school year. The teachers were either exceptional or awful. I commend the wonderful writing and poetry program at the school; the teacher was wonderful. The wonderful feel of going to school in the city and being able to walk to Balboa Park for PE, and everything good about this school is overshadowed by the mainly awful instruction and hostile environment caused by the students and the administration. I understand how this school can be a fit for some, but for me and many others, it is not.
Balboa City School have wonderful teachers who are dedicated to helping students realize their potential within a small classroom setting. They are very open to working with both student and parent which is rarely seen today.
I am a private educational therapist. I appreciate the approach on meeting individual needs through the comprehensive program at Balboa City School. With OT on site, dedicated counselors and teachers, and small class sizes, the students truly receive the support they need to realize their potential.
this school has been soo good for my son!They have counselors on campus at all times, if the kids have problems they are there to help in a moments notices. Good Teachers and one on one education.
The teachers at Balboa City School really go out of their way to accommodate students' learning disabilities. Teacher, counselors, and other staff work well as a team to assist students and parents. Additionally, Balboa City School keeps their classroom sizes to a minimal, so students receive a lot of attention from their teachers.
Balboa City school has not only educated my loved one, but stimulated her to think about decisions and policies of the school, and then speak her mind when she disagrees. Staff interaction with her allows her to express her opinion and then asks questions so she can more fully support/express her feelings. She is growing into the type of person who will be a great contributor in all areas of life!
An amazing turnaround for our son. I agree with all of Kathy's remarks.
Balboa City School provides one on one personalized attention to each child in each class. They also develop self esteem, goal setting, and academic ambition in each child.
Interaction of students, parents and staff sets the standard for all schools. Outstanding!!!!!
I love how this school is accommodating to students with special needs! :) There are tons of hands on programs that are beneficial to students!
In spite of my long time commitment to public education, moving our sophomore to Balboa City School was the most important decision we have made for him! Our public schools would not/could not help him develop needed academic skills and compensation strategies for his severe ADHD. He went to school every day feeling like a failure. His freshman year was a disaster as we watched him struggle without any assistance or intervention. We now have our great happy son back, thanks to Balboa City School! He is experiencing lots of success and his self-confidence has blossomed. Because he is with other smart special needs students and teachers who care about him, he is talking about his bright future. He knows now, what we always knew, that with the right support and skills he can be successful!
The students are very happy here. They learn a lot each day. They look forward to school. The get good preparation for college. There are lots of computers.
I like this school becuase they have many services that help students grow as people.
This is an AMAZING school. My daughter has struggled her whole life with schools, and at this one she has finally found a home, where she is accepted for who she is and is praised for her amazing intellect, not for her social status. the small classes are so great, there are 5 people in her class, not 50. It is a refreshingly original school!
I have watched MANY students excel and thrive at our school! Watching these students develop and grow is quite amazing!
Constructive, effective environment for kids with learning differences. Saved my child's life.
Dr. Parker, the principal and director, has a wonderful rapport with all of the students.
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