Pretty disappointed in our (mercifully) short stay at Morris Brandon Elementary. My son started kindergarten there in August. On Thursday, September 21, I got a note home in his folder saying his class had too many students in it and he was going to a new teacher on the following Monday. Knowing that I was starting a new job in a different state the first week in October, I called MB staff and asked that he not be moved so that he wouldn't have to have three different kindergarten teachers during his first two months of school. I was told no by admin staff, who said "you're asking me why you child has to move, well, it had to be someone's." She went on to tell me that my son was selected to move because he met a required demographic of "average, male student" needed to keep the classrooms even. You can imagine how it feels to be a mother, trying to help her five year old transition smoothly to an out-of-state move, and learn that his teachers don't care about his personal needs because it's more important that they can plug an average male into their new class. I then sent the principle a lengthy email explaining our situation in detail & asking that he be allowed to stay in his current class short term. Again, I was told no. We were treated very much like my son was a space-filler who needed to be moved around to meet statistics. I was so surprised by their inflexibility that I emailed his first teacher and asked if there were any other outstanding reasons for selecting him to move, because I wanted to know if she had had any issues with him that I could work on. She replied to my email, addressing me by someone else's name, and thus cementing our impression that this school is disinterested in families on a personal level, and that kids are not cared for individually. We feel very fortunate to now be in a kind and loving elementary school; stark contrast from MB.
My children just completed 2nd & 5th grade. They have both had a great experience all around. The new principal is engaged with the students, faculty and parents and is a refreshing change. The incredible support of the teachers and the Brandon community makes this school a special place.
The previous Principal was horrible. The teachers are not all that good except a chosen few. I agree with the previous parent, Mrs. Leathers is absolutely amzing. My son had her last year and she was amazing. There not too many great teachers like her. If your child is not a "typical learner", this is definitely not the school for you. teachers are not going to go above and beyond to ensure your child is learning. They teach to the test ( CRCT)not to ensure the child is learning. If you are not apart of that in crowd you are treated like an outsider. They ate getting a new Principal so hopefully things will change. It is very political and some of the room parents worry more about giving the teachers enormous gifts rather than holding them accountable.
My son (grade 2) and daughter (grade 3) attend Brandon. We moved from LA mid-year and transferred after the holiday break. My kids' teachers were so warm and accommodating in helping them get acclimated to their new school. Ms. Leathers, Ms. Bass, Ms Guttery, truly amazing teachers - simply the best! I love the academic pace of the school. Keeps the kiddos on their toes but in a way that's fun. Lots of school spirit here and great parent involvement. No tolerance for bullies either, by the kids, teachers or parents which I adore. Everyone looks out for each other. The carpool system is so well organized. Mr. Featherstone and other grown ups who help with carpool really go above and beyond. Its a happy place for a kid to be!
I attended Morris Brandon for all 6 years and enjoyed everyday single second! I'm in sixth grade now, and honestly I would go back to that school in a second. The teachers are all so amazing, can't pick a favorite! Morris Brandon will always have a special place in my heart. If you're looking for a good school to send your child too, this is the place to bee.
I sent my child to Morris Brandon Primary Center for grades 1 and 2,and my 9 year old for 3rd grade at the main campus. I did not particularly like the teachers or the principals there, but I thought the principal at the Primary Center was a good one.I recently took my children out and I sent them to Pace Academy which I thing is a better fit for them. Overall I don't recommend this school to parents looking to send their children to a good elementary school.
Morris Brandon is absolutely fantastic! Our kids have loved the school, and have thrived in this very kid-focused, achievement oriented environment. The teachers do a great job of connecting with each child and sparking intellectual curiosity based on that child's individual interests and talents, in spite of the large classroom sizes noted elsewhere in the reviews. We really couldn't be any happier, and feel as though our kids are geting a better-than-private school education without the private school expense.