My understanding is that the only way for charter schools to survive is to grow and to capitalize on the economies of scale. This school has done amazingly well with the limited funds given to charters and whether people like them or not, they do provide parents with an option. I too have been a part of the school for a number of years and know that ALL of the administrators were teachers before going into administration. Additionally, ALL of the administration have been working at the school for at least 4 years and have extensive experience working in the field. What other school can you walk into and see the Principal? Most of the time at other schools you can't even get the Principal on the phone, they are generally not accessable. Some people just see the glass half empty, I have not seen a decline but instead improvement. My kids do go to a park for PE, the school uses Orf instruments, the EDU Garden is amazing and the art teacher CHOOSES to find free resources and STILL wins tons of contests with student work. I was sad to see the cuts in staff, but I have faith that the school will pull through, they always do!!
I hope that if you are reading these reviews as a prospective parent you are not heavily influenced by the negative reviews. Most of the parents who come on here and complain are the ones whose children have been kicked out for seriously misbehaving. Half of the things they say are untrue or based on ill-formed notions on how a school should and employees should behave, and it s absurd that they can come on here and post these inaccurate comments.
We love BFA! My children have been going to this school for 5 years and overall it's been great. I appreciate that this school will get rid of disruptive students. I appreciate that this school can get rid of teachers who are not up to par. I appreciate that this school will..to some degree teach on different levels. I appreciate that my children are learning art & music, spanish and have PE everyday. LOVE the Edu-Garden! My children are happy, learning and safe! I appreciate that!!! I don't appreciate the parents who are constantly bashing the school with their toxic negativity. Most of these parents have had their children in 3 to 4 different schools before they reach middle school! CRAZY! This is the real world people....let's prepare our children for that. There is NO perfect school. I have friends at many different schools from private to public in many different states, and each one has its faults. Learn to speak up, get involved in your child's education and don't have unrealistic expectations. Spreading you issues around to other parents isn't helping your child!
FCAT time is a good time to determine if the school is doing its job. Im afraid they are failing. Teachers are using bribery tactics in a ridiculous attempt to get better FCAT scores out of the children. Giving prizes and incentives for doing well on FCAT practice tests is not only morally wrong it is incredibly discouraging for the students who try their best and fail to get the reward. A lot of parents/children are leaving BFA and I understand why now.
This is a school with problems from the top all the way down. Most of the teachers are unqualified to teach, and most of the administrators are grossly unqualified to run a school. I'm talking basics here, like teachers who don't have a degree in the subject they teach and administrators who don't have advanced degrees. Curriculum: what curriculum? The school is a chaotic mess. Students didn't even have schedules until the second or third week of school! There is no clear discipline program, and students are arbitrarily kicked out while worse students remain. Speaking of arbitrary, the teacher turnover rate is astronomical, and it isn't as if bad teachers are being let go or that better teachers are replacing them. At the elementary school, it's not rare for a teacher to be fired in the middle of the school year! Charter schools are here to give parents a choice, so don't choose this place.
Look at the test scores. That tells you everything you need to know about the quality of this school. The administration is unprofessional.
Poor facilities, few resources, horrific administration with little education, curriculm design with no idea on how to implement it and inconducive school hours. I will not allow my child to be in such an environment any longer. The kids there deserve much better.
The teacher turnover rate is astronomical...that should tell you everything you need to know about the school. As a parent who communicates with teachers frequently at this school, the immaturity at the administrative level pushes teachers out where it ultimately has a devastating effect on educational value for the students. There is no way I can consciously tell another parent to send their kid there.
I have two children that attended bright futures for the first time this year. They come home and hold extensive conversations about what they are learning in school while using the academic vocabulary. My oldest informing me that she learns better has made me realize that Bright Futures was the best choice for our family.
This is the best job I've ever had. Not only it is rewarding working the students and seeing them learn new things everyday, but I've never had supervisors and bosses who supported me so much. My co-workers feel like family. Such a great place to work.
We have been very happy with the family environment at Bright Futures--a departure from most public schools. Bright Futures really fosters a sense of community between students and staff. We especially love the arts and music program. Even in kindergarten, my son is learning music theory--what a gem.
Bright Future International School is the best school in Palm Beach County. It allows a child to learn in a wonderful environment. The staff and administration at this school should be rated A++++++.
We transferred to Bright Futures from our public school for two reasons: to be in a school where parents are vested in their children's education and to provide a more academically challenging environment. No doubt we made the right decision. The teachers are fabulous, truly dedicated and I love how peer groups are utlized and continually evaluated. The communication with teachers is great (love the weekly newsletters, use of the agenda, timely e-mail responses, etc.) Have also had positive interactions with administrative staff. Tremendous parental involvement and volunteer opportunities--a complete 360 from the public school we were at. As a parent of four, feeling connected to our kids' school is important to me. Right now, we plan to be with Bright Futures for many, many years.
Thier freedom to teach in a way that the teachers enjoy shows thru to the children. The international studies and computer use has taught a more world view to the children which makes my children well rounded
Bright Futures is a wonderful charter school with oustanding teachers and faculty.It provides a well-rounded education with families of all different cultures,races and backgrounds. Each child is considered unique and has something special to offer.Children become more respectful and tolerant of others which is so important in these times. I am on my third child here and love the school and would recommend it to everyone.
You don't attend Bright Futures because you live in the neighborhood. You enroll your child because you want something better than the options available to you based on your address. At Bright Futures you become part of a family that not only wants MORE from their school, but is willing to put back into their school. Parents, teachers and staff who go above and beyond every single day.
It is a great school, great teachers, small environment and well equipped to teach the kids.
We have been at this school for 3 years. We are very happy! My children are learning, they are happy and they are safe! I love the small feel of the school. What I don't like is when parents get together and badmouth the administration. It's toxic! If you have a problem go to the administration or teachers. I have never once been ignored on any issue I have had to go with them about. I see many parents at this school who 'school hop'. Transferring their kids from one school to the next looking for the 'perfect' school. (poor kids have no sense of stability...those people will not be happy anywhere). Personally I don't think a perfect school exists. Every school has flaws. But, I believe Bright Futures is doing a great job at teaching our children. The teachers are wonderful!
I am pleased with the academic challenges at the school. My son is doing very well. The teachers are really nice. However, as far as the administrative staff, I am very disappointed that parents don't receive timely communciations about what is going on at the school and events. Very frustrating. They offer an aftercare program, but it's unreliable. Notification of cancelation of aftercare often happens at the last minute and parents have to scramble to find alternate options. On a day-to-day basis, the school is fine, but from an administrative standpoint for parents, they need to make huge improvements.
We didn't have a good experience with the school. The discipline is too rigid to the point that students are not having fun while learning, instead they have to conform to 'one size fits all ' Behavioral Expectation Chart. If your child happens to deviate an inch of the forming line, for example, it will be cause for disciplinary actions. Some of their teachers forgot what they were like when they were in elementary schools. Kids will be kids. Although we need to guide the children to the path of virtue, we should not chastize them to the point that their self-esteem may be at stake in the process.
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