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Bear Creek Elementary School2
Posted February 03, 2015
- a parent
The best thing about Bear Creek is the gym teacher who along with at least 5 other teachers are truly talented. The worst thing is the principle. Bear Creek thinks of itself as a neighborhood school when really what is going on is affluent people from all over the Nation buy their way into this school. In our time there we knew of people renting houses they did not live in just so their multiple children could attend, they actually lived in Thornton. Saying it was cheaper than private school. The science fair was shut down because it became too competitive, one mum was actually a rocket scientist and basically did her kids project for her. Also be warned the PTO is very aggressive and if you are unable to make a sizable contribution your families name will be know by others. The principle has a very special and close relationship with the PTO leadership, and it is a very cliquy group. In summery this school is elite.
This is an exclusive school, where you have to be wealthy to be living in the neighborhood and attend. The principle is driven by test scores, and having the "best" school in the area. We found the teachers to be remarkable for one of our children who is a academic achiever, but appalling for our other child who was not academically driven. The treatment was worlds apart. The professionals at this school seemed to know nothing about Learning Differences, which is shocking. Interestingly our child was also carefully coached around the test scores (see other reviewer). The PTO is extremely active, and raises huge amounts of money but not once in six years did I ever hear about the school donating some of it's surplus funds to a less fortunate school. The community at Bear Creek is all about Bear Creek, those are not the values of our family.
This was our neighborhood school. At this school, our child was given answers for CSAP tests by staff, was told by the principal he would be suspended for tearing a paper ("destroying school property"), was told by a teacher that he could never learn math, was pegged by the school psychologist with a diagnosis he didn't have, and was reduced to tears on "graduation" day by the music teacher, who ruled with an iron fist. This is not a school for kids with any learning differences. The psychologist also told us our child "could never make it in middle school" (he did, and did great). It required legal action to keep our child's placement here which we did because he had friends and some truly loving, great teachers. Avoid this school unless you are a wealthy white family with athletic kids who have zero learning issues. The principal is a Ken doll bent on cooking the school's math scores for the sake of his own career. Check out Mesa, a friendlier school in same neighborhood. Parents are very involved at Bear Creek - the good part is this generates money and amenities other schools don't get. The bad part is the alpha moms are competitive and intense.
Our family has been at Bear Creek for 6 years and we have been happy to see our children grow and flourish at this exceptional school. It is a neighborhood school, and with home prices sky-rocketing here, the community is not as diverse as other sections of Boulder. But as I watch my oldest preparing to enter middle school, I can do so with relief, knowing that she has the knowledge, study skills and maturity to handle the next stage of her education. Thank you Bear Creek!
Our child was going to BC for 2 years and her math and reading comprehension have been consistently low. She was assigned the ESL program, even though English is her only language. She has trouble with paying attention in class so at times she would be disruptive. Last month her behavior was very bad so we disciplined her. She went to school crying and the principal called *** on us. A couple weeks after the *** visit, and them finding nothing wrong at the home front, they actually had the nerve to call us to set up a conference. By then we have already been looking at alternatives, and have decided to pull her out and home school her to try to undo all the bad habits she has been picking up at this school. Perhaps their call was their way of trying to bully her out of their school since they are more concerned about the overall test scores than they are the individual children. I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone, especially if you have children with darker colored skin.
My child was there for 5 years and he couldn't read. The principal told me it was my fault and he caused a horrible fight in my family. After I finally had enough I took my son and sent him to another BVSD school and with in 2 months he was reading. Run away from this school unless you want fake people, spoiled children, and a principle who should have been a politician.
Bear Creek is a remarkable community of educators who support the whole child. I have two kids at Bear Creek. From in-class learning to supporting exploration beyond the classroom, Bear Creek creates an environment where every child can succeed and flourish.
Bear Creek can boast about every teacher and its most loved principal.. it was voted a Blue Ribbon School, and has been a Green Star School for several years.. with daily student involvment in a zero waste goal for the school. The kids compost recycle and precycle and get their parents involved.... The school has implemented You ROCK slips to reward all noticed positive behavior such as respect, compassion, diligence, and responsibility.
Bear Creek is an amazing community of academic, social, and extracurricular interests. The Principal, who is in his fifth year, is fantastic, and the commitment and passion of the teachers is unparalleled. Put simply, this is a terrific elementary school supporting the holistic development of all the kids.