I disagree with all of the negative comments regarding the principal and teachers. This is our 3rd year at Buffalo Ridge and we are beyond thrilled with our children's education. They have had fantastic teachers and have excelled academically. I volunteer & am in the school on a weekly basis. I know most of the staff at BRE extremely well and they go above and beyond... I believe many people have the opinion that teachers left because of Sarah McAfee. That is simply not the truth. If anyone had inside information, they would know several left because of other circumstances. The teachers that were let go were not asked for their jobs back because they weren't teaching to the standards that Sarah demands. That is the way it should be in my opinion. We are grateful for BRE for providing our children with such a great education. It is a wonderful atmosphere and we couldn't be happier.
This school and community has been so hurt by the district and now an extremely poor choice in principals. She reallocated the budget to provide assistance for herself and not the children. Reduced special education, reading intervention and psychologist for the children so she doesn't have to work very hard. Arranged no activities for the children outside academics (and we wonder why our children are becoming so violent and hurt.....leaders like this) She broke a state law and excluded parents from having input in any decisions regarding our children or the school. A teacher from each grade has left this year. She needs to go!
I wrote a review before the end of the school year that was subsequently flagged and removed because of the level of truth I put into my experience with the principal of the school. Since my review, this principal who manages the school through a spreadsheet has laid off numerous staff at the end of the school year including special education citing budgetary and reform concerns. Yet Douglas County school district continues to operate at a massive surplus. The truth is the "old school" staff who have done an amazing job but are not aligned with the principals and superintendents personal ambitions are being removed to make way for their privatized club. The very core of Buffalo Ridge Elementary is being ripped out so that a new age agenda of a couple of people can be enforced on our children. I can honestly say that being witness to the gradual deterioration of the school from within breaks my heart . My family made a conscious decision to move to the school district because of the stellar education that WAS offered. We won't be staying where parents are treated like intruders and the great teachers are being forcibly removed.
After years of having leadership concerns at this school there was such hope that our new school principal would motivate the staff, parents and children. I'm sorry to say that the staff is frustrated, the parents are angry and the kids are suffering. This is not the principal for our school. She is very controlling and clearly the children are not her first priority. She makes many promises and doesn't follow through, she does NOT support or motivate her staff and the parents are treated with no respect and not a value to the school. DCSD should put a successful seasoned Principal to pull the school up from years of poor administration and move this Principal out.
Over-crowded, unstable leadership, unhappy teachers, no teacher assistants; the over-all tone toward the children in some mid grade classes from the teaching staff is curt and unfriendly. Wonderful parent community.
I don't agree with the previous writer about our NEW Principal. I think her motivation, disorganization, lack of spirit and leadership is really hurting a well established school. I think her "vision" is misguided and seems to be about what "she wants" and not really about the kids. She wants to make a name for herself, so what about the kids. She isn't the leader we needed and probably a better assistant principal.
This school is on the up. This year (2013) brought a new principal who I believe is making fantastic changes. The kids now have ability grouped learning which I love and so do my kids. Sensible candy in the classroom policy, better drop off and traffic procedure. My point is that the principal really cares, she's highly motivated and constantly striving to improve. Eventually this school will be leading the district.
What these reviews don't tell you about is the alcoholism that was present in the school last year.... By an eductor of significant importance to the school community. The bullying that occurs without reprimand, of the educators who wouldn't put their own children into this school. Just do your research.
Great school. I have been in quite a few and BRE rates at the top of the list!
Teachers at this school go above and beyond!!! Great school !! I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this school
Outstanding Public school. The teachers and parents are so involved in the success. These kids go to Rocky Heights Middle school and then Rock Canyon High School. All John Irwin award winners. National college admissions Directors treat this group as prep schools.
This is a fantastic school! My kids loved going there and the teachers were always upbeat and helpful. The entire staff teaches the children to be respectful and positive and there is absolutely no bullying or negativity. The homework is appropriate for elementary school and the children have plenty of time for after school sports and activities.
This is the only school that took my kids in when our home school was no longer a place to learn. After reviewing sites such as this, I thought we would give it a go. I am MORE THAN HAPPY WITH THIS SCHOOL. The princple and her staff welcomed my family with open arms. I have a daughter that was bumped up a grade, (as a solution at the prior school for a GT kid), and BRE made her a top kid in her current grade as well. Mrs. Kennedy is one of the best teachers I have ever come accross. She does not accept medium performance from a kid who can and should give more. Mrs. Jaramillo has been the teacher for both of my kids, and they both soared in her class. Mrs. Sedersten is tough, but great for giving kids who work, confidence and room to grow. A super family community school with a ton of heart.
I love this school. My children have been attending this school for 4 years and we have absolutely no complaints. The teachers are very caring. If your child needs more of a challenge the staff will work with you. Obviously there is not one 'perfect' school out there and there will be things that people do not like. I can't believe people actually say that American Academy is somehow better. How? If the teachers are 'amazing' there well why can't they be amazing here too. Are we honestly suppose to believe that all 'smart kids' go to the charter school and they 'unchallenged dumb' kids go to the public neighborhood school? Yeah, right! I was brought up to believe that if things are too good to be true, they usually are. We should all be thankful that our children have an oppotunity to attend such a fine school.
Bufflao Ridge is a wonderful neighborhood school. We are blessed to able to have this school within our Castle Pines community. The teachers are caring and are truly a valubale part of our community.
Hopefully you get ms. Smtih, cause she is the best teacher a kid could ever have. I had her for two years and I absolutly loved her. She is kind to her student and loves everyone of them.
This is a great school. The teachers work well with the students and the overall program is very effective.
My son has attended 1st grade on C track and I'm very happy with the level of teaching quality, parent involvement, etc. My son is loving school. The only complaint I have is the hours he is in school. Currently he is in school from 8:55am to 3:50pm. I would like to see school begin earlier leaving more time for after school activities and homework.
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