My daughter attended Branson School Online (BSO) four years and graduated in May 2013. She is now happily attending a selective college in Texas, studying vocal music performance, and is doing very well as a freshman with all As and Bs. She recently commented in a phone call home that in comparison with many of the other incoming freshmen, she feels she was extremely well-prepared for college through her academic experiences at BSO. Her teachers, counselors and the administrative staff were exemplary in meeting her needs in preparing her for college. Part of her success she also attributes to the opportunities BSO afforded her, such as their concurrent enrollment program. She ended up graduating from high school with 45 credit hours from a community college and the majority of those credits were accepted by her school. She, as well as we parents, received personal attention and all problems that arose were resolved quickly and expediently. Without reservation, she and I recommend BSO as a superb alternative to bricks-and-mortar school for the mature, diligent and ambitious student.
I had a positive experience at this school. I am a graduate from this school (2004) and I appreciated the expanded opportunities I was able to engage in without sacrificing my education. Attending BSO encouraged me to develop independent study habits that have served me through college and career. I found value in taking ownership of my education and time. In response to the post on 11/15/13 - wow, it sounds like your family has had a frustrating year. I am a parent now with one school age child and I would heavily advise you to communicate clearly your concerns to the school's administration. You will very likely find that they are willing to work to address your concerns. In my experience, attending an online school requires a strong partnership between the school's staff and the families in order to provide a thorough and positive educational experience for the students. Communication and exploration of potential solutions to perceived issues is key. For your children's sake, please escalate your concerns to the administration and help them gain the insight they need to make your family's experience as positive as many other students', including my own. Best of luck!
The experience here is contingent upon the abilities of the teacher, especially since the children do not get a great deal of opportunity to interact with their peers like in a bricks and mortar school. Therefore, a poor teacher equals a poor experience. My son's sixth grade teacher makes egregious errors in social studies, math, and science--three classes she teaches. Moreover, it is our experience that her teaching style is convoluted and her planning skills are poor.
We have successfully had our children enrolled in Branson School Online since 2009. I could not be happier with the organization, instruction, education and educators. Our first child started as a kindergartner and two years later our second child began his kindergarten year. If you are looking for a non-traditional school opportunity, I would highly encourage you to consider Branson School Online. Parents do need to be involved and be willing to work towards your child(rens) success, but the resources and support needed for ultimate success are provided.
I can't say enough good things about Branson School Online (BSO.) My son went to a highly rated public school, and by 1st grade was having severe behavior problems that weren't getting effectively dealt with. We made the decision to switch to BSO. The 1st day at BSO, my son's teacher gave him an assessment test and adjusted his curriculum appropriately. When he misbehaved and had problems in class, the teacher, counselor, principal and I all had a meeting within 24 hours of the incident to set up a plan for success. Fast forward 1.5 years later (he just finished 2nd grade) and my son is excelling in all subjects. He meets weekly with his teacher and the school counselor. His test scores are significantly higher than that of the average 2nd grader. All of this and more is because BSO has dedicated, highly educated/trained, and extremely caring teachers/staff. Everyone at BSO works to form a personal relationship with students' families, and the teachers' are tireless in their efforts to ensure each child succeeds. If you are an involved parent who wants the best possible education for your children, then you will be highly satisfied with BSO.
We just finished our sixth year with BSO and we love it! I feel like it gives us the best of both worlds. The kids are able to school at home with me, yet the curriculum keeps us on track and we have the support of some really amazing teachers. We plan to continue for many years to come!
My school is awesome. You work at you own pace which allows you to do other life things. Like spending time with your family, going to doctor appointments and work if need be. The teachers are amazingly smart and dedicated to all of their students.
We had a very positive experience at Branson School. Our grandson came to live with us and was struggling with school. With the patient guidance and support of provided by the teachers and staff of the school he excelled. It was a year that really challenged him and encouraged him to use his talents. I would highly recommend Branson to families who want a good solid education for their children in an environment that is supportive and encouraging to both the student and the parents.
My child just finished his/her first year at BOS. We have been to so many different schools I was just happy to get my kid enrolled in any school. Well- from registration to the final tests this week, this school exceeded my expectations by miles. The teachers make the difference. They are THE most dedicated individuals I have ever met in any school. My child was not allowed to fail or give up. "that's a first" in all our school experiences. Our local brick and mortar schools are all award winning schools, they don't come close to matching Branson. Branson's curriculum is excellent. The expectations for your child are much higher than we ever anticipated. It's very tough but well worth it. I don't want to forget the office staff, technology and the counselors. All unsung hero's that keep the school running so efficiently. THANKS TO EVERYONE!
i loved Branson started as a junior and in that one year graduated a year early with taking a couple summer classes that i didn't like in normal school i loved in branson and they offer a lot of really good and different classes.
Branson School Online is really a wonderful well rounded program. My two sons have been in Branson for 2 1/2 years and they have both achieved so much due t the great teachers and support staff. This school has given us the opportunity to not only provide our sons with an education but also to spend quality time as a family. We have tried other online schools and Branson is the only one that has made educating my sons priority through smaller class sizes and personal interaction, as well as keeping me as the parent and learning support informed and involved.
The teachers care a lot, the content is wonderful. I'm floored that the school only has a six out of ten when all the reviews give it five stars. There are always fieldtrips, and they try to spread it out all over the state so that everyone can get involved. The teachers do so much work and put in so much effort for every student. For kids who are fiercely independent and don't like brick and mortar schools, this is a great alternative. But at the same time the school finds ways to bring parents into the picture. Calls every week to check up and say something positive. As long as your child can motivate themselves even a little they will prosper immensely at this school. My daughter and I both have had a wonderful experience at this school.
I like this school because I learn better at home with my mom. -A Branson Online Student
Branson School Online is the best online school in Colorado, hands down. I give it my highest recommendation!
My three children, currently in grades 2, 5 and 6, have been enrolled with Branson School Online since Kindergarten. Each of my children reads and demonstrates math skills significantly beyond grade level due to the excellent teaching staff and teacher created curriculum at Branson School Online. I am impressed every day by the availability and dedication of the teaching staff. In my opinion, Branson School Online is the very best option for students and parents searching for a high quality alternative to a traditional classroom education. My kids are safe, happy, learning and thriving at Branson School Online.
Branson School Online is the BEST homeschooling program a parent can ask for! It has been a very pleasant school year for both me and my child!
Branson is Amazing!!! The teachers are soooo helpful and patient. The curriculum is great. My kids are learning way more then if they were in a public school having to wait for their teacher to help 30 other kids. This program gives us the flexibility that we need and the great education our children deserve!! I would recommend Branson to anybody and everybody that would like to be part of their children's learning experience but still have the guidance and help from a teacher. Its best of both worlds and keeping your kids safe. :)
We have been with Branson for 2 full years now. I can't tell you how great our experience has been. Is it perfect? Of course not, but it is perfect for us! My children are now going into 3rd and 7th grade. They are well adjusted, prepared, organized and on track. When they were in public school, they got mixed grades, not enough attention from the teachers and were completely disorganized and behind. They are now both straight A students. Even better, they ENJOY school! There are subjects that they struggle with, but I am there to encourage them along with their teachers and we keep them motivated, as a team. The four teachers we have worked with have been wonderful. If you are considering homeschooling, this is the way to go.
I have to admit I was skeptical at first, that an online school could compete in many ways with public school, but also had the expectation that it would surpass in others. That was 4 years ago. Each year has been an outstanding success! We are totally pleased with our decision to enroll our daughter at Branson. The biggest concern was the lack of teacher/student "face time" compared to a classroom. With the goto meetings, phone calls, and what I can only conclude are exceptional teachers, this has not played out like I anticipated, rather, it has been the opposite. Each year, the teacher has impressed with there ability to recognize and correct any emerging problems, better and more quickly than our experience with public school. Our daughter is not the best student, however, the best is being brought out of her on a daily basis. From an involved dad, sincerely, I can say "Thank you for really caring about my daughter!" to all Branson staff/administration.
Branson School Online has been a wonderful option for both of my children. We have been with Branson now a full 2 years. The teaching staff, principal and the counselor are all superb and give my kids the attention they deserve. My kids are very different from eachother one is on the honor roll every quarter and barely puts forth any effort and the other has to struggle and works considerably harder, but both have received more time and attention from Branson's teachers in these 2 years than they received in their first 5 years in a Cherry Creek School. I would recommend Branson to anyone.
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