I'm really pleased with the education my son is receiving at Ben Gamla. The teachers are very involved and meet the needs of each child as an individual. It's wonderful to see all the administration, including the principal Mrs. Washofsky outside during dismissal making sure the car pick up lines run smoothly as they greet everyine with a smile. There is a strong sense of community and my son comes home everyday telling me how much he enjoys school. I'm happy there is so much parent involvement and glad for the volunteer opportunities. My son is learning Hebrew already and feel at ease he's in a safe and secure environment!
Problem number 1: This school lacks proper discipline and is way understaffed. Problem number 2: Students in this school have no extracurricular to look forward to other than art. Some students do not even get the opportunity to physical activity (which is crucial to growing kids). Art is the only elective that students have, no music class, no band, no chorus, no drama, no dance, no home economics, it's ridiculous. This explains a lot of the behavior problems in the school. Apart from the fact that students are frustrated that teachers keep quitting. How are students suppose to explore their talents before they go off into college if their abilities are not awakened? Its just sad, and I feel sorry for the kids that attend this school.
There a number of problems with this school. I say this as a student who has been at the school for two years now. For two years the staff and administration have done a decent job of handling school matters. They provide enough extracurricular activities even though they run on a tight budget. The school has absolutely no sanitation issues. The issues it does have are as follow: Lack of disciplinary action on bad students Underqualified teachers Teachers teaching subjects they have no expertise on (former PE coaches teaching History) Too many teachers deserting the school (like true frenchmen) Sadly, most of the issues mentioned above are mostly due to a vast majority of under-disciplined kids. The student body doesn't care at all about the school. In fact this year no students volunteered to do yearbook. After a certain teacher left, 3 history teachers were in and out. Most of them either unqualified or just not able to manage a classroom. Again, it is the student's fault for being total d*cks to the teachers. But overall a pretty average school. Not worth $300 though.
The orientation last night was awful! I could barley walk in or breath or hear anything. It was like a bad disorganized flee market. Very disappointed! Is this what the new administration going to be like this year!!!??? Where are the Board of directors in all of this.
Not ok really some things just need to be fixed and some teachers just can't teach they need to check this persons back round they also need to get sport teams for middle school because I was on a team and it was all fake we barely cheered at any games but one and we couldn't even stand up they need to be more serious about extra curricular activities
School is a B! We had a great year last year and are looking forward to many more! Ben Gamla is not run by losers for losers! I think his teacher and the principal were great!!! We will do fine without your negativity, as I would not want my son in a classroom with your youngster! Call and schedule a tour, don't let the crazies scare you away. Great small school with a lot of potential to be an A in the near future.
I am a parent to a middle school student at Ben Gamla. We have been with the school for three years and have seen a change for the better. The new middle/high school assistant principal is working to class up the upstairs. The teachers are dedicated to their students and most the middle school team teaches straight through without a planning period. The teachers know their subject areas and are motivated to effect change. It's a shame that some of the parents can not see how dedicated the staff is and to stop interfering.
I went to this school last year in 7th grade... Like in every other school there are those mean/popular girls, but this school you were either mean, popular, not really put in a group, or bullied. Going to and from school on the bus was horrible not to mention i had to wake up at 5:30 or 6:00 to make the bus and a few times I didn't even make it. The highschoolers were especially mean to certain people on the bus. Overall the lower school I cant say anything for, but definitely didn't like the middle school. I heard they got a new principal but that doesn't change the way the kids are.