The after school program here is awful they treat those kid terrible and talk to them like animals, constant yelling especially from this one teacher in particular i think ms gordon is her name all she do is yell it worries me imagine how those kids feel. so glad my hours changed and my child no longer attends the after care program. As much as parents are paying they should respect those kids.
Briar Vista is an excellent elementary school with a caring and engaged staff. It offers teaching in the Montessori method, a unique opportunity amongst public schools. The size of the school is not overwhelming. There is good parent involvement and support.
I have three girls at BVE in 3 grades, this is our third year there. I had always heard lukewarm reviews about the school, but we were determined to make our local school work. The girls are on the Montessori track and we have been thrilled with the education they are receiving. The teachers are engaged, smart, and caring. At BVE, all of my girls have blossomed into students who love learning and who are EAGER and EXCITED to return to school this year. As parents, we are proud of the school and proud to send our kids there. Under the leadership of a new principal this year (Cammie Neill), we have great expectations for the best year yet!
Positive changes at Briar Vista are making it a great place to be! This will be our second year in the Montessori program with daughters going into first grade and pre-K. Last year was great thanks to our wonderful teacher Ms. Mendello! I'm expecting this year to be even better thanks to the leadership of our new principal. The mood at the school is positive, welcoming and vibrant. Our PTO, administration and teachers worked so hard over the summer to reinvigorate into our school. With parent involvement continuing to grow we are looking forward to an exciting year with Ms. Lakus and Ms. Rogers!
We love Brair Vista Elementary! The Montessori curriculum is fantastic! My daughters teacher is amazing! Briar Vista has a lot of very dedicated and caring teachers. The new administration is wonderful! Briar Vista has a new principal that is very positive, caring and dedicated! She is already making wonderful positive changes to the school. We are looking forward to a great school year!!
I c bad reviews above esp regarding the teachers and staff. However this year in 2013 We have an awesome new principal who has turned the school around we also have at least 10 new teachers. Our pto has expanded and done tons of improvements in the school that I'm so happy with. I think this school is up and coming. This is also a school that is part of the cluster charter with get bank elementary. This being a new year I would give this school another chance!!
My son is entering 2nd grade at Briar Vista - it is a fabulous school. His teacher is wonderful, and we are so lucky to have Ms. Lakus for three years! We dropped by the school to see the improvements they made over the summer, and saw his teacher in the parking lot. The teachers are just amazing. There is a new principal, and I've heard great things about her from the teachers. This is a fantastic neighborhood public school with a unique Montessori approach. I know other posters have complained about the school, but it seems their kids never went there. We have thought about moving, but have decided to stay where we are, mostly, because our son is so happy at the school we wouldn't want to leave it.
Ran into a problem when trying to get my son in for prek. They were unorganized about how to sign up and downright RUDE. The front office and principal need to find another career path bc they hate what they do. So sad because children are involved. We moved to Gwinnett for the better schools since and couldn't be happier. I would NEVER have sent my son here. We aren't desperate. I wasn't going to post a review until I read the reviewer below me. I completely agree with her words. I cannot speak for the teachers or the school only my first impression of the front office staff. That was enough to scare me away.
Briar Vista has an awful principle and the staff is extremely rude. It's seems like they dislike the children and it pains them to be there. The afterschool is not any better, the parents are spoken to aggressively and so are the children. DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS HERE....
My son is just finishing his first year in the Montessori program here in Kindergarten. He is able to read beyond a first grade level, he can do math I wouldn't expect to see until 2nd grade and his maturity level exceeds my hopes. His teacher was committed, responsive, involved, and completely dedicated to her class (how many teachers have you met that would come to one of her student's birthday parties on a Saturday afternoon). Everyday my son comes home telling me what he learned and excited to go back the next morning. I don't think you can ask for much more.
This is our first year at BVE and we are really excited to be in a public Montessori program! It is fantastic and our teacher this year is wonderful! We have been following what has been going on with the PTO and are excited about our future with BVE!
I was not pleased with my experience at BVES. The focus is not on children in younger grades, only on CRCT testing grades. I was forced to move my child to a private school because I felt that the education being provided was inadequate. The school has a very high hispanic population and I don't feel that their voices are being heard. Administration leaves a lot to be desired. There is a disconnect between the needs of parents and the support provided.
I am very happy with my childs progress this year and the 1rst grade teacher. He is very happy about going to school and seems to be learning well. I do do not know how to communicate with the facality and wonder if they even want me to be involved. I do not feel we are a team. It is hard to meet the other children and their parents. My son wants to have play dates but there is no school directory and many parents do not speak English. The apperance of the school is poor. In the end...my son is happy and doing well.
Briar Vista is a very unique school in that there is such heart among the teachers for the students. You can see it at school events when you see a child light up at seeing their teacher and the teacher shines right back. Many parents volunteer at the school doing in class rooms and support roles for the staff. Culturally the student body is very diverse due to the location near the CDC and Emory University. When the school has their annual International dinner it is very much a international affair. The school has been doing this for over 2 decades and really shows how wonderful life could be if we all could sit down and break bread with one another
Our daughter is in her second year at Briar Vista. She has excelled there and is in the gifted program. She loves going to school and hates to miss it when she is too sick to go. The two teachers she has had, have been very good and committed to there work. I highly recommend this school.
I am a proud parent of a Briar Vista student. My daughter has been attending Briar Vista for the last two years and loves her classmates, teachers, and the school curriculum. My daughter has had two great teachers two years in a row, did outstanding on all the state tests, is enrolled in the gifted and talented class (she enjoyed learning about bridges, creating a blueprint and designing her own bridge out of toothpicks this past semester), and all the extra curricular activities at Briar Vista, such as Girl Scouts, Chess Club, Hip Hop class... As a parent, I have really enjoyed getting to know the parents at the school, being part of the PTA, and being a part of this great community. I look forward to my four year old son attending Briar Vista also next year.
Briar Vista is a diamond in the rough. I little gem of a school. We offer 2 tracks of education - Montessori and Traditional. We have music, PE and Art.
When we choose Briarvista we had seen the negative comments but spoke to parents, who said the contrary. My daughter is excelling and she loves the school, this is the most important thing in the world. I also have other family members that have children at the school and they love it, too. The preschool program is amazing and I hope to get my youngest in, next year. To provide a balanced review, Briarvista is not perfect but they are dang good. The administration seems to have a top down approach to leadership. I have noticed that teachers do not seem happy to be there many times. I understand that having discipline is very important but I want my daughter s teacher to be happy, period. I also wish there were more afterschool activities for the lower level children. I have not noticed that teacher discontentment has jeopardized my daughter's education in any way. I get weekly reports and curriculum updates from her teacher letting me know how she is doing. I have noticed that the school is always trying to improve, so I am sure some of the negative aspects of the school will correct themselves in due time. We are very happy with Briarvista and I am sure you would be, too.
Briar Vista continues to prevent the nonsense going on the DeKalb County School System level from penetrating to the classroom. We have 2 children there in the Montessori program and they are receiving an excellent education. Adding the traditional track has been a boon as Montessori teachers are no longer forced to try to teach the Montessori method to upper elementary children with no prior experience; imagine being a 4th grader who has already learned long division using a paper and pencil and having to learn how to use the beads and other manipulatives--annoying to say the least. At the same time, students who do have the self-control to direct their own learning are not frustrated by having to wait passively for the teacher to tell them what they are doing next. Montessori is great! This is our fifth year at the school and we haven't had a bad teacher yet. The only negative thing about the school is that there is a small core of parents who are involved, and a large number of parents who are content to sit back and let others do the work.
Don't get hung up on standardized test scores. Until this year Briar Vista was a 100% Montessori school, a teaching method that emphasizes the individual not the test. This is the best kept gen in Dekalb county. As of this year both Montessori and Traditional classes are avaialbe but the empasis on the individual remains.
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