I searched every choice school on the internet in Lake Worth, Boynton and West Palm Beach area, over thirty at least. I took all these things and more into consideration. Keep in mind that I visit the Palm Beach County Website, I receive all the school email updates for the area, and I continue to read the Bright Futures board minutes and newsletters. Bright Futures is offering a private education that not only meets, but exceeds some of the private schools I visited. My goal next year, (as should every parent that is getting a private education at no cost) is to volunteer, be the biggest cheerleader and offer any skill or talent that would make the school grow.
The Good: Parents are involved with the school which makes it feel like a community. The Bad: Teachers are unprepared, high turnover, unprofessional and unprepared administrators, the school is disorganized The Ugly: When I transferred my daughter out of Bright Futures, she had to take intensive classes to catch up with her peers. She was below grade level in math and reading even though she had good grades at Bright Futures. Parents need to step up and demand better or transfer their kids out.
My son graduated the 8th grade last night from Bright Futures Academy. It was a great ceremony and many of the students received awards and recognition for achievements. My son was at the school for 3 years and has benefited tremendously from his time there. He has grown in responsibility, academic achievement and sports abilities. He totally positive experience for him and for his classmates.
this has been a terrible year at BFA. I don't think my daughter learned much and the turnover of teachers was terrible. In addition, they promoted teachers into positions that exceeded their skill level. They lack serious organization and I hope to transfer my daughter elsewhere. She can't afford be behind in her education.
My children moved from private schools to Bright Futures and I couldn't be happier with the experience. The very few issues I have mentioned to administration were handled immediately. (It appears that disgruntled parents of expelled students are venting on this site). I love that the children are tested quarterly and placed in groups according to their level. With this system the entire class is in sync with the education and no students are holding up the class or falling behind. My daughters have thrived in this environment and appear to be a year and a half ahead of their friends from our former private school. It's been a blessing to attend BFA for the past 7 years and I only wish they could start a high school!!
We will miss BFA now that all of our kids have graduated. It really is a wonderful school. Too many people expect it to to be too many things. It's a public school that you have to be involved with as a parent. They aren't a babysitting service!
This school definitely does not deserve the five out of ten stars it is currently receiving. The teachers are no where near qualified to teach the subjects they have been assigned and the administration is no better. They go around telling all the kids how poorly they're doing and how much it is going to affect them in high school, when in reality, they were never prepared for it. Any question asked seems to be a major inconvenience. This school could improve by actually listening to the students once in a while, because believe it or not, they're a lot smarter than you give them credit for. Truthfully, I think there is no hope for this school at all.
We've been very happy at BFA for 6 years now. For the most part we have had outstanding teachers. I don't think this school is for everyone. I've seen many families leave over the years seeking something "better." I can honestly say that I don't think that there is something "better".....different maybe. No school is perfect and I don't claim that this school is. But what I do know, from our personal experience, is that BFA is a good school! I love that the teachers AND administration KNOW my children by first name. I feel they care about them and want the best for their future. My children have been happy, safe and learning something everyday. I love the small, private feel of this school. I love that if you don't like it...you can leave! Simple as that. We support BFA and are proud to be there!
I don't believe that the last two posts were actually done by teachers. All of my daughter's teachers are wonderful, dedicated people who care about how well she does not just academically but socially too. I know several of the teachers outside of school and they say nothing but good things about the school's administration. To the REAL teachers of BFA, take it from a parent - KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.
This school stinks they do not care about these children at all!!!! They hire teachers last minute and they are terrible for our kids. Extremely unorganized ONCE AGAIN NOW they are panicing about the FACATS. They don't care about bullying I have addressed the school and have not even recieved a reply. The principal says he recieved tons of e-mails, e-mail me again. Something is seriously wrong. When a teacher is telling the students no one is getting an A on this project and they didn't even hand it in yet, its not right. They don't know how to encourage children to want to learn. Lets be glad they are moving!!
My 6 year old first grader is very happy at Bright Futures. I am impressed with math teacher this year. My daughter is learning fast and is able to do her assignments herself. It is not easy math. We are working on spelling and reading as well as other subjects. I like that there is also music and art as well as spanish. When I drop my daughter off and pick her up (they have longer hours than public schools, she is there for 7 hours), I feel the staff is dedicated and they know all students very well. I would imagine private school could feel like this. I am big fan of charter schools for many reasons. I have my fingers crossed. It is A rated school. Yes, TV is allowed on rainy days and I was not happy about that at first, but then my daughter spends there 7 hours every day in first grade, so I understand that if the kids cannot get the energy outside, they may need something to get a break at this age. They are moving to Juno Beach in August. It is further for us, but there will be buses from Riverside campus, so I am looking forward to it.
Just replying to the parent who responded to my post. I am a parent. I loved the school. It isn't perfect- things change too often, the teachers are often young and less experienced, they have decided to have a high turnover rate (bottom scoring teachers are asked to leave), and there is no due process for teachers. There are also limits as far as ESE services provided. However, if you are looking for a place where kids can dig in a garden to learn science, read across the curriculum blending social studies and English, and learn math - pulling from various sources and not just following rote in a textbook, this school may be for you. It's small, family-style learning. It's truly a wonderful school. But, it is not for everyone. And that's why it is my opinion (as a parent) that they get such a diversity of reviews.
My son has been at Bright Futures for two years now and we have had nothing but a positive experience. He has excelled in all of his studies and really enjoys learning. I have always been able to email his teachers with any questions and the response is always fast. The administration has done a wonderful job in OVER Communicating to the parents. Having friends in the public school systems I find that the communication we received from BFA is not the norm. I have asked many questions of the administration and have even gotten responses in the summer months! The parents are given every chance to participate and assist in their childs educational development as well as many activities. I see the same negative email is being posted by a disgruntled parent. It seems the same negative comment is posted to give BFA a low score. It saddens me to see this as BFA is really a great school and they make every effort to help all children learn and grow. BFA is now looking to expand and offer more grades with the goal of opening a high school and we couldn't be more excited!!
Overall, I have been very pleased with Bright Futures. I have two children who currently attend, and one who has attended BFA for 8 years. My children have had some amazing teachers over the years, and the administration has always taken the time to address any issues or concerns. I could choose a private school, but our children have received a quality education this far at BFA. I would recommend it to a friend.
My daughter went here for one year and she was better off not even attending school! She didn't learn anything! The school is awful and the instructors are useless. They show movies during class and don't even have textbooks they can take home. As a parent, sending my daughter here was a decision I really regret.
There are still many people who love this school. They are not the people who move their kids to a different school from year to year looking for perfection. Most people that are happy don't come here to give a review. Usually sites like these are the disgruntled people who've been kicked out or have a bone to pick with administration. As a parent you need to be involved in your children's education. Communicate with their teachers and or principal. This is our 6th year at this school and we are still very happy. We are realistic in our expectations and we are active in our children's education. This is the real world people! Teach your children how to deal now or they will be in for a rude awakening soon enough!
We have had another outstanding year and yes, we will be back in the fall!
Great Schools has again violated the terms of it own rating process. In publilshing irresponsible, uninformed and irrelevant speculations about the school. It is most curious to see any connection between the comment posted May 19th and reality. Florida's Governor and Legislature cut funding for all schools, including Charter Schools, causing layoffs across the State and District. Private school have been hurt by economic conditions and have lost student population causing layoffs. Bright Futures is pursuing newer facilities for its current student base. Bright Futures is a choice school and one has to choose to come there.. Anyone unhappy with Florida funding cuts might want to join in asking the Legislature to think about restoring funding to our children. Great Schools loses its credbility when it permits these rants. Perhaps this website is becoming a good idea gone amiss, and rename itself instead Great Griips.
My daughter is in kindergarden, she has thrived this school year! If every parent fufilled their commitment to the school, All would be good,it takes a village to raise a child!
I understand that no matter where you go some people are NEVER happy with any situation and you will always have parents who complain. Well, I am not one of those. I find that if you don't like the way something is, then maybe as a parent you should step in and ask if there is anything you can do to help in the areas you are not satisfied in. If you want to make a community/school better, take the initiative to improve what YOU can and I promise, you'll be happier! I would start by changing the negative attitude. Look around at the ones that typically complain, they complain about all areas of their lives. Ever heard the saying, "It takes a community to raise a child?" It's true! This is a fabulous school in all areas! Art, Reading, Math, PE...you name it, my child is exceeding & soaring at this school; absolutely loves it! My oldest child went to private school all through Elementary & Middle and I have to say this is far better than private schooling. You get the same close knit feeling with better academics. Also, I am sure there are going to be some negative comments coming from teachers recently let go. Don't blame the school, the government made the budget cuts!
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