We have had a negative experience with Bedford. The teaching staff is inconsistent and if you have a child that needs a bit more help you can basically forget any level of professionalism. We recently took out daughter out of Bedford. She was being tormented by her peers for not holding to the academic excellence this school hangs its hat on. If you are a parent looking at school districts please look at another school. My daughter's self-esteem has eroded and with a middle school age girl it is difficult to bolster no matter how much parental intervention. Think again before going to Bedford.
This school is great for my daughter. Here, she made new friends in a quick second and still is getting an education. The academics are good and the friendships that she has made there, seem to go on forever. I would recommend this school to another parent.
Great if you have a gifted or child with special needs. There is a great broad middle though that is falling between the cracks. If your not a pushy parent you'd better become one if you or your child wants to be heard.
Bedford is an exceptional school with an amazing variety of activities and resources for middle schoolers. The overall quality of teachers is quite high, and they work together in "pods" so younger teachers are working side by side with more experienced teachers. Core class are solid. Other programs (Music, Language, etc) are excellent.
and what they say about bedford in safety and discipline is wrong discrimination and crude Jewish jokes run ramped in the halls along with retard jokes a place were students are shuned to sit alone at lunch! from a 2009- 2010 7th grade student
Bedford is absolutely a good to great school. The staff are generally knowledgeable, with some exceptions, and care about the students. The gifted program has an amazing teacher in Kerstin Warner and the history department is especially good under the leadership of Lynn Washington, who is also a brilliant teacher. The music programs are fantastic, and the chamber orchestra and jazz band are filled with opportunities and gifted musicians. The play provides a great opportunity and is at a very high level. While gifted students will not be challenged in all of the classes, the staff certainly make an effort to work with students to challenge them. I absolutely recommend this school.
As an eighth grade student at Bedford Middle, I greatly enjoy the academic opportunities offered as far as the classes (class size is excellent-14-24 students- despite the large grade) and helpful teachers. The 'pod' system works very well to create a strong team atmosphere and group support. This class arrangement breakes the large grade into smaller teams of 80 or so children. The teachers work with us as a whole to prevent bullying and if there is a problem they try their hardest to work it out as soon as possible. The three years I have spent here have been positive and educational. The 'mean girl' issue which another review had addressed is one that occurs in all schools, public and private, large or small. Bedford has dealt with any issues in a timely and appropriate fashion, making sure no one is feeling stressed about their environment.
The quality of the educational programs are top notch, comparable to a private school our daughter attended previously. The physical plant is superior as well. The teachers are excellent. My complaint is that it is a large school and that the daily schedule changes every day of the week. Also, the administration does little to address 'mean girl' problems, relational bullying which is widespread at the school. That issue alone makes the school unsafe and stressful for many children. If we had it to do over again, we would not send her to this school for that reason alone. At a certain point if the environment is too stressful, the kids stop learning no matter how good the teaching is.