I am surprised by the negative reviews because they aren't true at all. The middle school is awesome. The math instruction is very individualized with real homework (no IXL) and a lot of direct instruction (6:1 teacher:student ratio in my student's class). The principal is firm, but very kind.
The current principal really brings down what would otherwise be an excellent school with many uniqe offerings. Hopfully she will retire soon as she is completely lacking in leadersip ability. Unfortunate.
Middle school needs a lot of work. There's very little math instruction. Homework was just to do 20 minutes of anything they wanted on Khan or IXL, and they weren't help responsible for it. They're supposed to be an individualized school but the only thing that is really individualized is math, and this just means that the kids are moving at their own speed. This sounds great, but it translated as no speed at all, and too many kids in different places. The teacher could not possibly keep up with all of them to give them solid instruction. Not a good formula for teaching math. The Principal seems very ineffective and argumentative. We've moved our kids out.
If anyone is looking for a place for their kids to take swim lessons I highly recommend Broomfield Academy! My boys have had three lessons so far this summer and have learned more already than they have in the previous two summers combined. Elizabeth has worked with each of them at their own level (one loves water and the other not at all), and has been extremely flexible to allow us to schedule lessons at times and days that work for us, not on a set schedule. Amazingly I am only paying $5 more than I was for semi private lessons at the rec center. I can't recommend Broomfield Academy highly enough for swim lessons!
I like the fast pace, especially in math. My children are thriving. I am confident my middle school child will be ready for Algebra II in 9th grade. I have heard of changes in the elementary school to "Math-in -Focus" or Singapore Math, which will slow down the pace for better understanding. It's not my preference, because we are a math family. I am thrilled with the LA instruction. This is where BA shines above the rest. My children are improving in writing and reading comp. The technology classes are great too. I like the programming and 3-D printing. I also like how well-rounded the school is, balancing STEM with the Arts. I don't believe administrators are micromanaging these forums. They seem very responsive to comments and are very invested in the school.
The earlier reviews on dec 8th &16th are interesting. its as if the school watches bad reviews and attempts to negate them with positive ones. I Could be wrong :-) I agree with the parent from Feb 20th, Their math needs a review. Teachers are pressured to run through the curriculum. Often my kid comes with HW on topics not touched on at school. If you look at the review from Dec 16th you will understand. It mentions that their child in 2nd grade learnt 6 NEW Topics in Math in a span of 21/2mths (Dec break incl)! It shows how quickly they want the child to move. Please note that my child is TAG and very capable of handling pressure and fast pace. However, as a parent I think its important to sit longer on some units. There's quality and then there's quantity. Depends on what you want for your child. Other areas also need to slow down. Kids start on a project, take materials from home and often do not finish it because of lack of time. Individualized placements are based on convenience of groupings by teachers rather than actual tests/reviews. The Principal and the teachers need to sit down and find the best way to get high achievement without compromising on quality.
Overall it's good academically, but there is a lot to be desired with the math program in the middle school. The aren't enough kids to justify giving consistent and direct instruction (there are too many students at different places in the curriculum). Students just sort of have to work on their own, and try to figure out concepts without preliminary instruction from a teacher. They can ask questions and try to get help from a teacher but this doesn't always work. Otherwise, I think it's a good place on a social level, which can be hard to find in a middle school.
In three short months, my second grader (started in October) has learned multiplication and division, fractions, money and time, and geometry. He just finished a unit on the Constitution and the U.S. Government. He has also written and typed two essays, read 12 chapter books, leaned over a hundred vocabulary words (such as aquarium and enormous), and will be giving his oral presentation on Isaac Newton today. He also joined the math club, which he loves. My daughter joined the 6th grade two months ago. It's a little too small, but very sweet and very innocent. The schoolwork is manageable. So far she has given three oral presentations (including one in Spanish and one on sports in Feudal Japan), a forth one is due in January. She is working out of an accelerated 7th grade math book with just one other boy. She has already had two big tests in Physics and one on 17th century Europe, She has written several essays and stories and has read three adult novels. All this has been done in two short months using a computer provided by the school. She also takes archery and swim lessons for PE. This is my experience. I hope this gives parents an idea of what to expect from BA.
I am saddened to see this post about Broomfield Academy. We have had such good experiences here and see our children happy and learning. All schools have fundraisers. That is the norm and they are optional.
Broomfield Academy is going downhill. Most of their teachers are new with little experience. The turn around of teachers is high. By the time the teacher learns how individualization works they leave. I think their program up to 1st grade is their strength. Over the past year they have had many fund raisers. They need funding for every little thing. Middle school fundraising for their trips, fundraising for a new playground equipment. Almost ever month there seems to be a bake sale, jamba juice etc etc..The latest one was discriminatory. The children whose parents participated in fund raising for playground equipment will be allowed to wear out of uniform clothes for 1 whole week. Those children whose parents didn't/couldn't participate due to financial constraints will come in uniforms. Such open discrimination amongst children for a financial decision that their parents make is completely thoughtless and reckless. Also, the middle school has no science lab, no sports, no clubs. The Principal tries hard to solve issues with a smile and positive attitude but with no actual progress. Boulder Country Day is slightly lower than BA in tuition but far better facilities.
My son attended pre-K and 1st grade summer prep at Broomfield Academy. He is 2E. We were a bit worried when he began, but he did very well. He currently attends a "highly" ranked grade school, which does not do nearly as well for him. He fell behind in kindergarten at his current school, but caught up over the summer at Broomfield Academy. Our "highly" ranked grade school could use some lessons from Broomfield Academy. The teachers and staff have always been great. Principle is very affable.
We have been with the school since 1.2011.This is a fantastic school! My children are getting a very well rounded education. Not only do the small class sizes and excellent teachers promote advanced learning, but the school offers classes others do not. This includes chinese, spanish, swimming, art, music and PE. All of the staff is very commited to the children and learning. We have tried another private school in Broomfield, but this school far exceeds what the other school offered for academics. If you believe in early childhood education and investing in your child's future, this is the school for you!
What can we say about Broomfield Academy it was the best decision we could have made for our little girl. It s been almost 2 years since she started and we are still just as impressed as the first day. The staff and teachers have continuously exceeded all of our expectations. Watching how the staff and teachers interact with the kids makes it perfectly clear that they are genuinely concerned about all of the children and the education they receive. Our little girl is currently in Pre-Kindergarten and she is already starting to read on her own and perform simple math. Her vocabulary has grown by leaps and bounds and we are constantly blown-away by her advanced vocabulary and her ability to properly use these words when speaking. We are also quite impressed with her Spanish and Chinese skills. Broomfield Academy also offers many activities for the children including dance, music, swimming and more. A child s education is very important, and we personally feel that Broomfield Academy has been the best decision we could have made for our little girl. We look forward to watching her grow and flourish at Broomfield Academy.
We started our two children at Broomfield Academy this year (2012-2013) and we could not be more happy! Our children are learning so much faster and the are actually looking forward to school every day. The field trips are very interesting. The last school had ECO Cycle field trips and the kids were so bored. They come home with a positive attitude and talk about the "cool" tings they learned in school. The swim program has just been outstanding, which included snorkeling classes. We compared Broomfield Academy to other private schools and found there fees to be lower and they offer deals if you have more than one child. Our kids are in 6th and 7th grade and we will keep our children here as long as possible. You will also love the principal, she is very interactive, always smiling and positive!!
Broomfield Academy is a hidden gem on 120th Ave. I would have never known about the school if it wasn t for the recommendation of friends. The exterior might not be fancy, but the school is top notch. Our daughter has been attending Broomfield Academy since first grade. We love the school with its small class sizes and challenging academics. They customize and place her in learning groups that fits her need. As parents, we just want a school that can maximize our kid s potential, and BA certainly succeeds in doing so. Outside of academics, our daughter has been part of the school s performance group for a couple years and she loves it! If you want a school with caring teachers, personalized attention, fun yet challenging environment, this is the school. We find the money well worth it to invest in our kid s education. I plan on enrolling my son here next year.
Responding to the previous post: Actually, we feel we get a great value at Broomfield Academy. Sure, private school is costly, but its worth every penny of it. Our kids moved to Broomfield Academy 2 years ago from a well-known charter school and have really blossomed. The smaller class sizes and individual attention have especially helped my son. We love that they have a pool and get swimming lessons as part of the regular tuition. Our kids an involved in the soccer program, dance, swim team and capoeira. My kids have learned a lot of Chinese (and order in Chinese at the local Chinese restaurants - fun!) and Spanish too. We have been very pleased, and are especially glad that they have added middle school. We will stay through 8th grade.
We love this school but I wish it wasn't so expensive. I definitely think they need some organized sports and/or a gym for the older classes. The principal needs some work on actually seeing issues instead of just acting like everything is fine all the time.
We have been at Broomfield Academy since 2006. Our daughter will be in 5th grade this year in the new Middle School. We love Broomfield Academy. With their smaller class sizes and individual learning plans our daughter has a superior educational base. The teachers are great to work with and are focused on each student to help them achieve their best.
We moved from public school to Broomfield Academy in mid-school year and finished out the 2009-2010 school year here. We have been very pleased with the progress our son has made academically and socially. The school offers individualized learning plans that help each child to work at his or her own level--but not just that, the individualized attention also helps them to be able to excel and really receive instruction that is specific to their own needs. The teachers and staff are very open and focused on helping the children achieve all that they can in a positive learning environment. We appreciate the small class size (max of 15) as well. In addition, we feel that the school makes good use of their resources. In addition to focusing on strong academics, the children are exposed to a strong music program, drama, computers, as well as Spanish and Chinese.
We moved to Broomfield Academy from a local well-known charter school and have really been pleased. Our son loves sports and likes the fact that they have a big (huge, actually) sports field. They use 'The Den' for indoor sports on the few days weather doesn't allow, and they have ropes to climb, basketball, hockey, cup stacking and other fun stuff inside. Outside, they just added new 4-square, hopscotch, basketball and field sports. I was surprised to see a parent review suggesting a 'gym.' With such small class sizes, they certainly don't need it for sports. The school uses the nearby Broomfield Auditorium for big presentations and awards ceremonies. Its a few blocks away, but beats sitting on rows of hard chairs typical in the public schools for such events. I think they have it right regarding sports. Academically, its a 'wow.' The other reviews cover that.
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