For the last 3 yrs we have been very happy with our child's school. I do however have to concur with some others that the lack of organization from management has been prominent this year. I don't believe that there is one particular person at fault, but that if there was more communication between management-parents-teachers, the school could be one of the best in its category. As parent, I propose that concerns be heard and positive changes enforced. If parents feel that they are being heard, they will transfer that feeling of wellbeing to the children, who in turn will be more enthusiastic to be in school and therefore this translates to better grades a well. I would recommend this school to others but do ask management to please get back on track! As for teachers, I think they are well qualified and loving but have lately encountered that their temper is running a bit short (screaming). Lets not forget that you are dealing with children. Children will talk, will giggle, will run, will be happy and always BE KIDS! We love Bridgeprep and don't want to go anywhere else...Let's make those changes and go back to where we were 2 years ago! :)
Love the cozy-family like feel of this school! Teachers are awesome, know every child by their name. The school does many activities during the year to promote parent involvement. My Son loves going to school every morning! As with everything, there is always room to improve but I think that Bridgeprep is doing a great job! the turnout at the school events, shows you how much the families are invested in their school! So happy to be here! The only negative is that many times parents gets frustrated with the miscommunication with teachers. I would also like more variety and quality in the after-school sports program!
Yes, the schools needs to improve, what school doesn't but my son is doing very good. The teachers are excellent! The facilities are clean and well located. It is small and the parents are very involved. It is a shame that some parents are calling the principal useless, what a derogatory name to name the principal. If all the parents get together and expose their concerns to the principal using one voice will be more productive and good for the school and all involved. Respect should be the norm, even when we don't agree with others.
Been there since they started. What I LOVED about them: - Great location/parking - School size. Small school, everyone know your kid by name. - Stupendous community and diversity. - Magnificent teacher/parent communication. What I didn't like: - Poor management and communication with parents (Principal / School Smart Management) - Disorganized - Very deficient daycare What I see after three years: - Horrible daycare - Principal's absence. She manages two schools. When she is at campus, is totally inaccessible. When you rich her face to face, she cannot talk to you (always running or too busy to listen). When you miraculously can have a word with her, everything is a big no and acts with a defensive attitude. Absolutely useless, rude and prepotent lady. - Some teachers sub estimate bullying in class letting them to escalate until more serious incidents happen. - Other teachers yell at kids on daily basis. - Parents needs and suggestions are ignored. - Everything that is not convenient to communicate to parents, even if is a must, is kept as a secret. You are losing a great community and great students. Please, ASAP Change the management now and recover your greatness.
To be completely fair I should concede that 2013 is only the 3rd academic year for this school that began in 2011. As with any new endeavor there have been "growing pains" that have been challenging for the school to move past, perhaps an inordinate amount of them for a school no longer in its infancy. There are many problems with this school that stem from poor management, poor communication with parents, lack of transparency and a complete disregard of the opinions and concerns of the parents. As parents we are fierce advocates for the interest and welfare of our children hence our feedback should be valued as benefitting our children will benefit the school, enhance its reputation and bring accolades for Smart Management, the vendor hired by the school district to run this school. We as parents are gravely concerned with the current status of the school and feel much of the blame falls on Smart Management and the principal they have placed at ths school. This principal is no doubt well meaning but regrettably unable to meet the needs of our children as she does not respond to our questions/concerns. is absent/unavailable for too much of the time and does not accept criticism.
OMG, last year was perfect just because we had the perfect teacher, this year is terrible, the principal never is in the school, administration has no organitation. if you have question no body have answers !! I
Bridgeprep (as it's now called) has the best teachers! My son loves it there. However, if it wasn't for the teachers I would probably not have him there. I'm less than impressed with the principal and it can be SUPER disorganized. They're not great on communicating things either. These are my two major issues with the school. My son went to kindergarten last year and entered 1st grade there today. This is a great school that with more attention from SMART management, another principal and more staff so they can get organized, would be the best charter in Miami. Get with it, SMART management!
This was our second year at Bridgepoint and we were very happy with the strides made by our children. This school does one very important thing and that is INSTILL THE LOVE OF SCHOOL at a young age. My 3 children woke up everyday ready and happy to go to school. Once there, they were encouraged to read and write daily so that these skills will become natural habits. I do agree that the principal may have had too much on her plate this year by taking on another new school and I thought the parent association last year did a good job of building a sense of community. These are just constructive critisisms as they are meant to help the school improve. Overall, this is a great place for children to THRIVE both emotionally and educationally.
Our child has been in this school for 2 yrs and we couldn't be happier. The teachers are incredible with the kids... even though they are a charter school they manage it like a private school! Everyone knows my child by name, Its a great little community. Administration encourages parent involvement. The classrooms are clean and orderly... My son loves the fact that he goes out to the playground (many times) twice in a day. Academics are also very good. My child comes from a gifted program in another school and it has been very comparable. School is big on reading! :) My child actually looks forward to going to school now! Principal is very involved and you can tell that she genuinely cares about the well-being of all her students. I didn't give it 5 stars because they do lack their "Gifted Program" and this is something my child would be in! and also because their after-school sports program is limited imo! I cannot wait until next year for my second child to be age-ready to be able to attend as well! KUDOS BRIDGEPOINT! Great job!
Bridgepoint Academy of Greater Miami is an excellent school. The principal is always on top of everything and the administration is the best. The teachers know exactly what they are doing. Even after care is professional and how they manage to help the kids with their homework and then interact with the kids outside in the student play time. This school is incredible. I would not change this school no matter what. Definitely a keeper. Have never been happier.
I am so disappointed, this is our 2nd year and changes/improvements we have discussed just aren't happening. The children are only allowed 1/2 hour of outside play per day. No wonder they are so active in the classes! They need another break to help them concentrate.Some classes don't even have windows for fresh air or sunlight - horrible. Don't be fooled by the pretty facade - it's like a jail in there. The after-care is not professional at all - I've observed children being yelled at for not sitting still at the tables, segregated by class - while the supervisors talk among themselves and text etc. I watched a child getting teased and when she started to cry was told "be quiet and sit down". This after being cooped up all day - not a kind and caring environment at all. I can't even remember what the Principal looks like, she's never there. We are looking for a new school.
I agree with the other reviews. Teachers are the ones who make the school look good, the office administration and principal are not great in dealing with parents concerns, there is no timely or reasonable response to parents. I also agree that the campus is great and the mix of students as well; as someone said before, fortunately for the kids, they enjoy their friends and classes and are happy but when real/bigger problems come in, I do not see good communication with adminstration, they definitely need a PARENT SUGGESTION BOX. The aftercare program has nice young people staffed, but they do not seem to have training, there does not seem to be any structure and the program looks desorganized.
We agree.The principal is absolutely incompetent and one year at this school is enough for us, too.
The school has great teachers and location. The problem is the administration and their view on parents and parental involvement. The only time they want your involvement is when it comes to fundraising and fundraising. The principal is currently working two schools and Greater Miami is not getting the attention it needs. We were promised many things from the management company that still is not in place. They do not take parents concerns serious and do everything they can to avoid having meetings. Many parents feel the same way and even some of the teachers are at this point getting tired of the admistration/principal. that is a BIG concern, when the best asset the school has is their teachers. Many parents are looking for other schools for their children at this point and the word on the street is that the school is good but the principal is impossible to work with, that I have heard from MANY sources. It had GREAT potential and I really had high hopes...........
The two other reviews are useful and kind relative to our experience. Reasons our children are no longer there: a) ignored class size amendment and assumed students would leave b) would not provide for gifted students in acceptable proportion c) forced out energetic, educated parent body by maneuvering around by-laws d) no differentiated instruction for non ESOL students in Spanish language class e) sparse and untimely admin communications f) constant and petty fund raising gigs without transparency or reportage
I agree with the above review. The management company makes you feel like the your child is just worth the money they get for them and the organization and communication from management is not good. The office is totally understaffed and the principal who isn't great also works at another campus. The teachers are wonderful and kids are happy however and it is a good mix of kids.
Wonderful teachers, absolutely incompetent, useless principal. Smart management, which is the corporation that runs the Bridgepoint Charter schools has mishandled and mismanaged several situations within the school. one year at this school was enough. Hopefully for the sake of the students enrolled there, things will improve; I wasn't about to sacrifice my children's education waiting for that to happen.
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