I love this school, if your looking for a great school. This is te school for your child. It's sad that the ratng is so low, it's only for th reasons parents don't get involved. I'm a parent and I'm a very happy parent, that my child loves his teachers and the kids that attend this school...
My son attended Braly Elementary for 4+ years. This school is wonderful for kids learning. At times, the focus was more into bringing up the least performing kids up to the speed and thereby the above average kids get left out. Like any school, Braly has mix of great and ok teachers. Ms. Kamstra has done lot of improvements in the school compared to the previous principal. She has definitely contributed lot more towards safety and academic performance. The school suffered some setback with the API scores due to large exodus of people from the surrounding apartments as a result of huge rent increases. Nothing wrong with the school for the API going down. Its the same great teachers.
My child has been with Braly since Kindergarten. He is now in 3rd grade. Braly is a small intimate school where the teachers comes to know almost all the kids and parents. This school does not tolerate bullying and have a strong emphasize in working hard and helping others. Being a small school have a draw back. Our PTA does need more members to help out but some how things do get done. Our classroom probably need more parent volunteers but the teacher does not complain about it. My child always had teachers that worked with him to be a well rounded child. What does that mean? That means the teachers not only challenge his academic skills but also helped him to promote his emotional intelligence. My child is doing above grade level work. He always enjoys the science, the art and currently social study curriculums that his teachers have provided in the class. Right now he is getting the right amount of home work. Braly is lucky to be able to keep the music/drumming class for K-5 for the past 4 years. This is fund through our PTA. We have a strong principal that shows great school leadership and promotes all programs to support academic learning and emotional growth.
BRALY IS A TOP NOTCH SCHOOL! My son thoroughly excelled during his 3 amazing years at Braly, and is now excelling in Peterson Plus. Braly totally prepared him for middle school! There s a tremendous Writing Program, 4th & 5th grade Alex and Math Olympiad, participation in District Science Fair, and 3rd through 5th grade have weekly Critical Thinking class! Teams include Football & Volleyball and the PE teacher is awesome! The PTA supplements a fabulous Music Program, Reflections Arts, and many events and assemblies. Safety is key & anti-bullying strategies are worked on daily. Children learn boundaries & respect! The principal s compassionate wisdom, fairness, flexibility and open door policy is a stand out! (The Kids adore her!) The exceptional & supportive teachers and staff exhibit advanced levels of care. Their IEP/Resource is a cut above! There is a strong and close community of families and a constant striving to improve process. We are so happy we chose Braly for our son s 3rd through 5th grade experience. We highly recommend this academic dream! Check it out. Peruse their website and go talk with Ms. Kamstra and see for yourself. Truly a Great School!
This is our second year at Braly. My daughter loves her school a lot. Currently she is in First grade and her teacher Ms Smith is absolutely wonderful though we did not find kindergarten experience as great as first grade !
This is our second year at braly. Last Year my daughter's teacher was great , but the management wasn't much. We need our children to learn more in math/art/music and science, but by the budget cut it's impossible. as a parent we should donate some money so our children can have a better education.
My daughter has been in Braly for 2 years, she is in 1st grade now. I've liked her teachers so far. They have been very attentive to the students and really encouraged reading, comprehension and writing in the class room. I am not impressed with Math and Science thus far. I hope it has more focus in 2nd Grade. I wish there were more arts/music/sports programs in school. But it is not from lack of trying. District wide budget cuts have hit hard on extra programs.The PTA is trying very hard and help with fundraising for the schools extra curricular activities but they need many more members and involvement from the parent community to make a big difference and have a big impact. Ms. Kamstra is an okay principal but I feel like she is hard to approach and does not come across as a very friendly person. I've been here two years and have had very little interaction with her. I feel like its easier to approach my daughters' teacher for various matters regarding the school and district policies etc. than to talk to her. The school is very particular about safety of their students and have many procedures in place and enforce it strongly to make sure kids and parents feel safe.
This is our second year at Braly and my daughter loves her school, the teachers and staff are pasionated about their job. I also would like to mention the staff at the Extended Day Program, they are amazing and a big help for us. We feel really fortunate for being part of Braly!.
Most of the teachers are nice and make time to talk to the parents and students. Leadership not to good. Needs improvement in communication Academic programs on key but not challenging enough. Safety is top notch at school,
I just changed from ellis to braly a little while school hasnt even started and I have a feeling by all the exellent reports about the school that Braly will be even better than Ellis. Carol going to be a braly student
Principal and staff are excellent. They are great teachers and genuinely care for all students. I volunteered in my child's class and observed how teacher really takes time to teach the students especially the ones that needed the extra attention. Ms Kamstra is a great principal. Really listens and takes actions to improve the system. Teachers are very caring as well. I'm happy and proud to be a Braly Eagle parent.
My family has spent a lot of years at Braly. It is a small school, where everyone knows each other. The teachers and staff at Braly are wonderful and caring. The teachers and staff know ALL of the children,
One thing great about Braly is that the school is small, but very diverse. The school campus is clean and tidy. The teachers are friendly and caring. The downside, is that the cafeteria is too small to hold plays and functions. During the Christmas Play this week, a lot of parents were standing crowded at the sides & back. Also, it would be helpful if all of the teachers had email addresses in case parents had concerns about their child/ren. Lastly, security/safety on campus doesn't appear to be tight. During school hours past 2:20pm(when kindergarteners are dismissed) it appears anyone can just walk right pass the wide open gates and hang out by the classrooms while they wait for their kids(grades 1st thru 5th) to be dismissed at 2:45pm. My kid came from another elementary school in the Evergreen area, and they don't just let anyone in through the gates without clearance.
What I love so much about Braly Elementary is how the teachers are so enthuiastic about teaching.
We have excellent enrichment activities for our students. We are a small school with big potential.
The principal and staff at Braly school are top-notch...every teacher and staff member on campus greets you with a smile and takes extra time with each student...I spend time volunteering on campus and am always amazed by the care and concern given to the students!
Braly has small class sizes that allow for more one on one time between the students and the teachers.
Great and friendly staff and tons of fun, exciting, educational activities.
Wonderfully, caring teachers. We moved here mid-kindergarten and the teachers were amazing. High parent involvement, teachers consistently gave feedback and encourages child in areas of strength. Wonderful school. Lots of field trips, extracurricular activities.
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