My son has Autism, and this school has not only helped him cope, but we are now thriving. The program they offer is well rounded and complete. The staff is educated and they work exceptionally well with the developmentally disabled population.
Our son, 12 years old, has ADHD and did not do well in the public scchools. He could do the academic work but was subject to a lot of bullying because of his adhd. It reached a critical situation. At Balboa, as he said himself, he feels content, he is doing about the same academeically but is not subject to the bullying and teasing that occurred at the public school. We have a kid that is very happy these days and is doing well academically also. In the public shools We were lucky to get a response from his teachers for our emails. At Balboa the teachers are very good at keeping you up to date with what is happening and respond very quickly to your emails. We also enjoy the fact that they involve the kids in the community. Instead of field trips to a movie, they take the kids to a retirement community center.
Why do you love Balboa City School?My son is bipolar and has several learning disabilities. Before he came to Balboa City School the public school had written him off as 'unteachable'. thanks to the hard work and dedication of the teachers at BCS my son is now on his way to finishing high school and training to be a chef. They were willing to take a chance on him when no one else would and we are forever grateful for their dedication to helping special needs children.
It is a community of supportive kids toward each other, teaching is done to the highest level, kids can race ahead when they are ready. The school can react very quickly to individual needs, talents and interests. It does not have the institutional feel to it. With a closed but unifying court yard it creates a sense of freedom.
We love the small class size, the attentive staff, and the availability of counselors throughout the school day. Our child feels so much more comfortable there than in the public school system.
Balboa School has made an incredible change in my daughters life. Without them she would be a very lost lonely soul.
Balboa School is the best environment for my son. He gets the support he needs and his grades are outstanding.
Balboa City School has provided a wonderful educational and social environment for my daughter. She is developing into a well rounded and gifted student with many friends. This school has changed her life!
This school has the most trained and understanding staff who are truly capable of accommodating my special son!!
This school is a Godsend for twice exceptionally gifted students who don't fit in the 'normal' school system.
They work very hard to prepare our children for successful, productive lives.
This school works with special children and does a very good job. It has very small class sizes and yet still has a full curriculum
balboa City School is a school for bright kids who learn out of the box from the traditional ways of learning. In the 6 months my daughter went there, she is happier, more cooperative, and more empathetic with others than she ever has been. School starts in about two weeks and she is eagarly looking foward for school to start. If you are a parent of a child who may be left or right of center, and is often misunderstood, than I'd encourage you to look into this school.
For children who dance to the beat of a different drummer, this is the place! If you don't like the chaos of the public schools, the violence, teachers who don't know how to spell, the overcrowded classrooms and the disrespect, then this might be the place for you. Creativity is fully supported with so many opportunities to excel and such a variety of options...the sky's the limit. Dr. Parker has options for every child to excel. My daughter hated school and continually dreaded going. When we visited Balboa and Dr. Parker said, 'Give her a week here and I bet she'll feel differently about it', he was so right!!
This school is wonderful for children who are not on the straight and narrow path we, as parents, would like to see them on. The school handles social anxiety, immaturity, and non-violent emotional disorders incredibly well. Not for the drug abusing tween or teen.
The lower school teachers are good but quantity and quality of counseling and OT support is very problematic. The high staff turnover (my child had three counsellors in 2 years) is a problem and there is also a considerable turnover in the student population. The scheduling of parent-teacher conferences and arrival of progress reports is very haphazard and the school leadership is very inconsistant. I do not recommend this school.
Our son has made more progress in less than one term than what he did all of the previous school year. Most importantly, he finally likes school
This school is awesome! My child has learned more in 3 months than she learned in 3 years. The staff takes the time to teach our kids alternative methods of learning concepts we felt couldn't be accomplished and the low teacher-student ratio is part of this success. My child is more confident, is learning and has made great friendships. Teacher and Parent support is wonderful. The staff goes the extra mile to help your child succeed and feel like a part of our community. Hats off to Balboa City School for giving our family hope. Evelyn, Lower School Mom
I thought this school promised to help a certain type of child, yet gave up when there was real effort involved. Not that the administration didn't want to...it just didn't seem they were given the tools or resources to truly make a difference. The extracurricular activities, as exotic as they may sound, are not offered to every student (from experience). It has potential, if it is only steered in the right direction. Other parents have voiced satisfaction with the upper school experience. But the lower school just hasn't had the same success and feedback. The staff is very nice. But it just isn't enough.
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