Not at all what I expected. My son was in a private learning academy before he started kindergarten here. He was very well prepared to start school (i.e. reading, writing, etc.). We thought we'd try Bouie since it was suppose to be a "good theme-school"...wrong. It started out great, with an awesome, caring and engaged teacher. Then after that it slowly went downhill. His 1st grade teacher didn't seem engaged or happy about being there or talking to the parents. Now he is finishing up 2nd grade and this teacher was a joke, very unorganized, lazy and incompetant. Needless to say, my son will be going back to private school so that he can catch back up to where he needs to be. Good riddance Bouie Elementary!
This school is a Theme school therefore, they are not very supportive of children with learning issues.
This school is a JOKE. The teachers are the worst I have ever seen. They smile in your face and tell you how wonderful your child is doing all the while it is a lie. The teachers are not teaching at all, they are giving A's and B's when some of the kids can't even read!! Second graders can't read or do simple math. I am so disappointed with this school. The test scores will come out and that will tell the tell. But sadly it starts at the top. The principle is a bully, she has no leadership and she is really the root of the problem. Bouie has gone down under her so called leadership. These are our black kids, if we don't stand up for them who will?
This is a solid theme school. In all the trouble that Dekalb County has had this past year, Bouie Elementary continued to perform well and maintain its credibility. The Discovery program is excellent and I wish that all the children could attend.
Bouie is a good school for children that can keep up pace with the lessons being taught but if you have a child that is not as advanced this school is not equip to handle them. They do off EIP classes that are a total joke becasue the child has to leave their homeroom class to attend and often times the teacher is not there and what is being taught is not what the homeroom class is learning. Let me say if you have the funds to pay for outside private tutors or learning centers Bouie is a great school for your child if you don't then you will spend countless hours reteaching every night what should have been taught in class.
Bouie Elementary widely recognized and respected throughout the state of Georgia as a really good school. I've had 1 kid pass through Bouie, one kid there now and another on the way in a few years. The school provides a nurturing setting for the children where it's not all about CRCT scores, although they are important but it's more about the development of the child. Now I will say... the teachers at Bouie have expectations: they expect the children to come to school in uniform. They expect the children to behave like they're in school. They expect the children to be prepared and ready to learn and they expect the children to give there best effort to learn a somewhat demanding curriculum. Shame on them! I personally don't think that this is too much to ask .What we have to remember is that this is a "Theme" school. Expectations should be a little different right!?!? Generally speaking the parent involvement is great at Bouie as parent hours are mandated. Although we love it at Bouie we also recognize that the school has some challenges that need to be meet? But show me a school that doesn't. I have and will continue to recommend Bouie to people I know.
This is my first year at Bouie and so far so good. I have a child in Pre-K who is reading already so I am looking forward to the upcoming challenges. For the parents who have so much to say about the amount of homework given, you need to utilize the FREE tutoring sessions that they offer as well as the afterschool care (they assist the children with their assignments). Clearly there was a reason you decided to place your child in the advanced structured atmosphere so if it is too much for YOU then by all means free that spot for someone who would appreciate it!
I was a Bouie parent from 2001-2010. The Discovery program is EXCELLENT. Saw many changes during that time - mostly bad. Also saw many good, concerned parents find better options for their students before 5th grade and I wish to God I had done the same. My younger child who finished 5th grade there last year had an exemplary school record UNTIL she encountered the 5th grade. Her main teacher made that year VERY, VERY difficult - not properly teaching the curriculum, not keeping up with the rest of the 5th grade team, loosing my child's assignments (and even a textbook that i had to replace), making errors grading her assignments, even marking her tardy several times because this veteran Bouie teacher did not realize when the school day started. I was warned by SEVERAL parents NOT to take these issues to the principal because they had done so in previous years only to have this teacher take it out on their kids. The 5th grade team as a whole was unorganized and negative and axed several of the traditional 5th grade privileges to punish the actions of a few. For the record, we did meet with the principal on at least two occasions but things really never got better.
This school may be so called good is not.The teachers here are horrible and don't take consideration to what they say before they say it.The only children who get treated well is the teachers children.They are the only ones allowed to speak at the awards ceremony.Some of these parents are afraid to tell the truth.My child has been there a long time excelled but if you are not a teachers child forget it.My child is an honor student and does not like this school your better off going to chapel hill.
Bouie Elementary Theme School in Lithonia, GA is a surprisingly very organized and positively engaging public school. I'm very pleased with our first year so far with us coming from a private school. My daughter is in 2nd grade and goes to afterschool which helps with homework (they have a lot) and weekly tutoring (even on Saturday!!).
My son has been a student at E.L. Bouie since first Grade. He was off to a great start with an outstanding teacher, excelled as an honor student, citizenship, student of the month, but since has fell through the cracks along the way. All learners are not taken into consideration at Bouie. If your child is not a high acheiver that can excel on an accelerated path, this is not the school for your child. The teachers are not trained to adjust to the student. As a parent, you will find yourself teaching and tutoring your child into oblivion with unlikely results.
I must say that my child has attended Bouie Elementary since Pre-K and now it has been 4 years, my child attitude towards school is very negative. The dislike for school has become stressful in my household some of the teachers are not supportive or caring as they should be when dealing with elementary students. I am very displeased with the opportunity to conference with teachers, and as always it's on their time. They send work home which takes 2-3 hours to complete which has overwhelmed my child. I don't feel that it's a warm and nuturing environment.
I Love Edward L. Bouie beause of the beautiful children and the dedication of the parents in keeping hem beautiful inside and out. The children at Bouie have great self esteem, better than that the children of Bouie have great soul esteem.
The school has about 20 to 25 students per teacher not 16. The school staff ( my opinion) only focus on the CRCT test. My child was an all A student from Pre K to 2nd. Now this is his first year at Bouie and his grades are dropping. I don't know if it is stressful or he just have to adapt to this particular school environment. I cant say exactly if the school is stressful, but to each is own. Staff is really nice though. I personally think that they are speed racing through the things that should be taught just to get to the CRCT assignments to keep up the school test scores.
We just concluded our second year at Bouie and I was sadened by the lack of a cooperative spirit from teachers and counselors. It had a 'class system' feel to the environment. I made every effort to be voulunteer and assist and still felt like an outsider. My child's social development digressed and it was a stressful environment. I am truly glad the school year has ended; for my childs sake as well as mine.
This is my third year as a Bouie parent and I have been thoroughly disappointed. The leadership, as others has mentioned, leaves alot to be desired and there is tremendous stress being placed on students in order to maintain a reputation. The focus on test scores is extreme, meanwhile master of basic concepts is a secondary objective at best. I have decided that I do not want to subject my kid to this level of stress anymore.
Excellent teachers and adminsitration. Both of my chldern attend and the Bouie environment simulates one of a private institution. After school program is first rate. Go Bouie!
So far I am really disappointed in the performance I see at Bouie Elementary. This is my daughters first year and I have not seen much progress in her academic success. She is in Kindergarten and I guess I expected so much more from this school than I have seen. Her teacher does not communicare very much with me about her perfromance. The faculty encourages you to purchase a Notebook at the beggining of the year that is suppose to keep you informed of updates and a means of the teacher communicating with you, but everyday my daughters notebook is empty, the teacher doesn't not write in it at all. Basically this school is just all hype, there really is no difference in this school and any other public school.
I have been a Bouie parent for 7 years! Our first year at Bouie was our first time attending a public school, and it has been a great experience! The teachers are dedicated to educating the children, the discovery program is amazing, many of the teachers are enthusiastic, and the after school program (and summer camp) is top notch!!! We've had the same after school program Director since I've been there and she is wonderful--- she loves the kids & it shows! Bouie is committed to developing future leaders of tomorrow! There are multiple programs and activities that encourage learning that s fun to the kids (Science Night & Math Night). I also love that there are special programs like Bouie's Progressive Young Males, a program for boys that encompasses etiquette, community service, college tours, and topics relevant to being a young man!
My kindergarden daughter just completed her first year at Bouie Elementary.The school is Outstanding,Outstanding, Outstanding! She had an extraordinary teacher. Highly organized,nurturing and challenging (Ms.Oliver) I was extremely concerned about her first year in public school. Bouie did not disappoint! In fact, it was even better than the private school she attended the previous year. The principal, teachers, and staff were also very helpful and courteous. This is a rare find!
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