We have attended Belleview for 2 years now. We do live next door and my kids are not excluded in any manner. We have had nothing but positive things to say about the school, the staff, and how the kids are cared for and treated. Academics and test scores are some of the highest in the district and we are also happy about that.
We unfortunately did not have a great experience at this school. It's high rank is a bit deceiving in that we were coming from a similarily ranked school but they couldn't have been more different. The bottom line is that your kids won't be happy here. A simple walk down the hallway will show pictures of unsmiling children and you will hear teachers yelling at students. Class size is definitely a factor and so is classroom morale. There are no play dates after school and there are strict rules around things that should be fun; Iike eating lunch and recess! My kindergartener actually had to answer a question correctly before being allowed out for recess! This school is sadly a miss, but it has campus middle school as a positive neighbor. Maybe it can take a few lessons from them?
Coming from TN we made sure that the school we picked had a rating equal to what we were leaving. This school ranked 10 out of 10 and we cannot figure out why. The schools physical appearance is lacking in that it has not been maintained well, updated, or fix the water damage to the ceilings. The odor walking into the building is wet and mildew. The equipment they are using is severely out of date and their STEM program is a joke. Add in that instead of challenging children they make everyone else fall behind to keep all kids on the same level. For instance, my daughter tried to use a much larger word and instead of correcting her on her spelling the teacher told her to find an easier word that she could spell. How is that advancing our kids? Take the easy route is the wrong answer! Especially when the teacher sends home notes that aren't spelled correctly! It also has done no good to say anything to anyone at this school about less than par actions because they do not care.
Ms. Tiffany Kophs is the principal. This is the main reason that Belleview Elementary is FANTASTIC!!! Ms. Kophs is wonderful & loving, yet firm. She can perfectly balance both the business and the human side of any interaction. She is real. She cares about the kids and the families of Belleview. She looks you in the eye and really listens to your concern. She makes it her business to really know each and every one of the kids' and parents' hearts and minds. We hope she stays for a very long time!!!
As a former staff member, there is nothing special about this school. It meets District standards and guidelines. Has dedicated staff and teachers, and functions fairly well within the community. The community is the problem. They expect everything done their way, show no patience, grace, or tolerance toward anyone, and they display elitist behavior as the accepted norm. Do yourself a favor and find a school where the adults involved know how to treat other people. Education is districtwide, behavior is community-specific.
I think this school needs a more current review, so here goes. Belleview is a great school- this is my son's 3rd year there. I've been impressed with how they have stepped up their anti-bullying efforts, and they seem to intervene in situations before they become patterns of behavior. The teachers my son has had have been great for him. Though some have been quite strict, it has been good to make him aware of his responsibilities. One thing I'm not a fan of this year is the lunchroom monitor using a microphone to keep the kids in focused and in line during lunch. Let the kids have some time to relax and enjoy their food without feeling like they are at boot camp with a drill sergeant! We have a new principal this year, so I'm assuming it was her idea?
I have a love hate relationship with this school. Love-before and after school program, the teachers, yearly carnivals, and after school programs. Dislike-how the PTCO is held at NINE AM, so only stay at home moms can attend. Dislike-when my daughter was bullied at school, it took a while for the principal to step up.