My rating is due to the way I have been treated by the office staff as well as the teaching performance of my children's teachers. In my experience the office staff is judgmental and rude and acts as if I am bothering them whenever I have a question. I am to the point where I dread having to even talk with any of the office staff. I have expressed my concerns about several things to the principal and to the superintendent and none of my concerns have been addressed and most concerns are not even responded to. It has been a very frustrating experience as a parent of a child in this school. there are a couple of office staff that are friendly but most of them act as if I am bothering them and are more interested in judging my parenting then being helpful. As for my children's teachers I feel they do not challenge my kids enough and are more interested in developing friendships with them then challenging their academic needs. This school has been a major disappointment and I am looking into other schools for my children.
All three of my children attended this school. We couldn't have asked for a more wonderful experience. The teachers were caring, knowledgable, and hard-working. Because of Bridgeport, my children are now lifetime learners and thirsty for knowledge. After reading the next few reviews below, I have a feeling that they are disgruntled Charter School parents that all got together one night to bash an amazing school! Shame on you! You have no idea what a bad school is until you've sent your child to a school in LAUSD.
Bridgeport Elementary is a great school! Besides the awesome staff and wonderful PTA, there is a great feeling of community. It's nice to see so many parent volunteers helping out in the class. I feel students are getting a top notch education!
It is scary and very disappointing to find out that Bridgeport Elem is been run by such a group of teachers and administrators. If you don't belong in their click or group , then you better . This school does not deserve the reputation that it has. Neit They are not interested in the success of the students The teachers have no motivation. The curriculum is watered down. Very unprofessional and rude office staff. (Don't get fooled by their pretentious smile. They are not honest. They play games which they cover up pretty good. The school's bathrooms are not maintained. lunch tables and area is left messy too often. They usually would clean up when an inspector is coming.. Most of the good teachers are gone. Those who are left (except for a few) are mostly friends with the principal or some other administrators. They have no field so they share with the park. Safety. Is a concern
My kids had been attending Bridgeport for a few years. The Principle and the office ladies have attitude issues. Teachers are lax and lazy, making your kids grade their homework. Some don't even grade homework, so what is the point of turning it in. Yard duties are mean, and kids are mean. You would wonder why they have high STAR scores?The answer is most of the Bridgeport moms can afford to stay home, teaching their kids with school work and studies.They help the kids more than the teachers. Also, there are a lot of dramas at Bridgeport. Like other reviews said, its all about money. The PTA just cares about how much you donate,but never use money wisely. My kids had been having walking field trips to supermarkets in hot summer days. What can they learn at a supermarket or pizza restaurant? I'm sure most of us moms take our kids to supermarkets for grocery shopping many many times already. Also, this school is about relationship. If you are a PTA staff or you donate a lot or you have a good relationship with the teachers or principle, then your kids will be placed with a good teacher. The school is Superficial.That's why I pulled my kids out.
I wanted to like the school, I really did. But I never warmed to it. The building and grounds are cute and the parents are "pretty," but that's all superficial. My kids didn't seem to learn much, and it always seemed to me that the school was more focused on presenting beautifully-matted art work at Open House than actually inspiring the kids to learn. We had one inspiring teacher out of the 8 we had; the rest just went through the motions. Lots of busy work, lots of pointless homework, and lots of bored kids. There is lots of parent involvement, but I didn't see that as a good thing because they aren't just helping prepare materials, they are actually in the classroom teaching unsupervised. It was really weird to me. Kids can also skip recess to go into another classroom to grade papers or tear out worksheets, and they get "paid" with candy. All without parents knowing. Safety is also a concern at Bridgeport. Anybody can walk in and around the campus, and the kids play in the park during recess (which is not school grounds nor is it fenced in). Again, I really wanted to like it--it's a cute place, but after 3 years, we are outta there!!
This school is overrated, they teach to pass the start test!! The staff is not friendly! They care only about $$$$$ to enter the principal's club! It is crowded and some of the teachers are old and mean! It's all about the star testing and $$$$$$$! Glad my kid is out of there!
I was so happy to be enrolling my kids into a 10 school. But now, a few years later I have been looking for ways to get them into a better school. This school seems to only care about STAR testing scores. The teachers are lazy and really need their performances reviewed more, if at all. I am not a believer of tenure when it comes to teachers. I believe in performance and a love of teaching. Last year both my kids seemed to watch way too many tv shows in their classes and both were bored and not even close to being challenged. Seriously Bridgeport, you really need a total re-evaluation of all your staff and curriculum including where all the funding dollars go. If the new charter school opening this fall got over 1000 sign ups then shouldn't you look into what they're doing right? And how and what they teach? It's no wonder my kids always complain about how boring school is. They're not learning enough.
We feel so fortunate that our children are able to attend Bridgeport! Our children have received a wonderful education! The PTA is very dedicated and works hard to provide great programs for our kids.
I'll start with the fact that we moved to Valencia from SFV in order to find better school for our children. Imagine how excited I was when we bought a house that was going to Bridgeport. Gorgeous new school building, very friendly ladies at the front office, that promise you, that you got into the best school in the area... A dream came true... Well, the dream was over when I met one of my kid's teacher and on all 3 questions I asked , she answered " You bet". I knew there's no good ahead.... The year my kids spent at Bridgeport was a loss of year IMO. They learned everything from the books, no interesting projects, no science lab, nothings like hands on. The teachers don't care at all about how the kids are doing. They are there to teach for the STAR testing and there it ends. Yard duties are not really nice. There are lots of mean kids from "wanna be rich" families, and the teachers are doing nothing, because these parents buy very expensive holiday presents. The school has many teacher's kids, principal's and assistant principal's kids in and of course they get better teachers. Oh, and if you donate 1000$ you can be in principal's club. And this part I "like" the most.!
When we moved here i thought o how beautiful and it looks like a really nice school... Not the case, the teachers do not give a hoot about the children. If you are not in their little box of what a student looks like or how smart they should be then your child will be a target for them. My child has special needs and was treated like something was wrong with HIM its them!. I also considered another school but change for my son is hard. Will see how this year goes
Initially I loved the school. Now that my children have been attending for a combined 8 years, I am liking it less and less. Yes, the academics are satisfactory, however, there is a problem with finding teachers who actually care about their students as human beings. When I think of a teacher, I picture one who is nurturing, caring, and genuinely enjoys his or her job. A true teacher is one who leads by example, building the children up as opposed to breaking them down and being punitive at every possible turn. A true leader is one who is able to think 'outside the box' to get children to learn; not just regurgitate what their teacher's manual says. The teachers we have dealt with at Bridgeport are seriously lacking in this department. There has been only one we truly loved (for all above stated reasons), but unfortunately he is no longer teaching at Bridgeport. The yard duties are considerably less than satisfactory, as well. Things here are so bad that we are enrolling our child who is currently attending (as well as the youngest) into another school next year. It's very sad to see the direction this school is going. It had such potential for excellence.
I honestly do not know where all of these positive reviews are coming from! Having two children who attend Bridgeport, I find the disappointment with the staff, teachers and especially the principal, continues to grow each year, so much so, I am now looking into enrolling my children elsewhere. The lack of communication from the school to the parents regarding upcoming school activates is almost non-existent, unless you consider a day or two notice of an event satisfactory. Not only does the school lack communication, they also plan most school events/functions during working hours. I missed my daughter's performance in the school play because it was scheduled for 2:00 p.m. The school has no regard for the parents who must actually work for a living. The staff seems annoyed anytime you ask a question or call in to get information. I have met several times with the principal to discuss some of the above issues, as well as others, it is such a waste of time, talking to her is like talking to a wall, nothing ever changes. Before enrolling your child at Bridgeport, take the time to look at the other schools in the district. Just comparing websites speaks volumes.
6 months into kindergarten and my daughter is doing great and loves it. Outstanding principal who is involved. I can't speak for the other grades, but K is awesome!!
Our children attended this school until we relocated to MI. We have missed the academic rigor this school offered as well as the focus on health and wellness and cultural diversity. Our children are in a school district labeled "9" and "10" on this site, with top test scores, yet the close-mindedness and general ignorance of the community reigns supreme. We really miss the healthy mentality of this area and the focus on character building at this school. Finally (unless this has changed) we remember that nutrition was stressed at Bridgeport, and candy/"junk" food was strongly discouraged. Again, in fat-laden MI, anything goes and even the teachers bribe the students with junk!! If you are considering this school/district, go for it. We miss leaving this area every day.
We moved out of state and can now compare schools...All I can say is there is no perfect school. But Bridgeport has a lot going for the kids: a strong Principal, caring teachers and office staff, great PTA and lots of after school activities. If you are one of the parents who hate the state testing, just know that if your child is not in the "Advanced" level, don't even start dreaming of competitive colleges. Various States purposely lowered their tests/standards so they can get federal funding. Even kids know this. By 5th/grade, they knew that STAR tests are a joke.
We'll see, so far the teacher is sweet, but super stressed out! My son is scared to have fun because of the rules. The yard duty teacher is a screamer who does not know how to talk to kids.My son is really coloring inside the lines to make due while he is there, yes he is learning but at what cost? Keep pushing those test scores higher and higher and your teachers will start combusting, that stress trickles down into the classroom. I can't really blame the school though, It's the iphone social/cultural phenomena to do better and move faster at the cost of our kids. Parents want this, I am just not convinced I am one of them or if I want my son to be one either. He is doing ok, but fear of 'breaking the rules' as motivation is not a strong indicator that we are building leaders.
The teachers, administrators and the campus are awesome. The teachers are there because they want to be there. They not only meet the requirements but exceeds them. My kids love to go to school because they are having fun learning. They are challenged and taught not only academics but character values. As my daughter's 6th grade teacher said, 'kids learn where they feel accepted and loved.' This is so true about our school and it's staff. My younger daughter's teacher feels 'lucky' to have my daughter in her class....what an awesome attitude! Not many schools can please both parents and the children...but Bridgeport does!
Being a parent of one child, a 3rd grader, I cannot express enough how happy we are that we belong to this school. From Kindergarten to now 3rd grade all of my daughter's experiences have been wonderful. Extremely kind, thoughtful and dedicated teachers. Staff that are nice to be around. An administration that is determined and hard working. We love everything about Bridgeport, from the beautiful grounds, the staff & teachers, the location and the other families that belong to the school as well. It has to be the best elementary school in the area. Hands down!
The teachers, staff, everyone is there making a difference in our children's lives. Love them!
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