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This school develops strong character in its students, like integrity, compassion and respect:
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This school effectively supports students with learning differences:
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This school effectively deals with bullying:
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There are 17 reviews about all of the school topics.

Handles bullying effectively: Disagree


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When bullying occurred, there was little to no intervention unless there was outright violence. There was no attempt to work on social skills to avert bullying problems.

Effective school leaders: Disagree


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The atmosphere of a school is often determined by its leadership. This was a negative culture driven by a determination to do well on the tests and not develop children in a holistic fashion.


Develops character: Disagree


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They talked about character but didn't "walk their talk." The children needed examples and more proactive approaches to developing character.

Teacher effectiveness: Disagree


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Little creativity. Brusk. Use too much jargon in parent meetings.

Amount of homework: Strongly disagree


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Excessive homework that was the same format every night. Variation would have made it more interesting and easier to motivate children to do the work.




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Didn't challenge the higher functioning kids at all. The work was all rote and required 0 creativity from the children. Basically the work was soul-sucking. My child felt that his teacher was too intimidating to ask questions. Teachers made extreme use of jargon and often answered questions about what one thing meant with MORE acronyms and jargon. The school was not proactive about creating a kind and welcoming atmosphere for children. We went to Birch because it was well-rated but it was a terribly disappointing experience.



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I went in to let the teacher Know that on the 2nd day of school that my son had gotten a concussion. she brushed it off and sent him to play. When the bell rang, my son didn't know where his classroom was. Wandering on the playground, she Stared at him and shut her classroom door. Another teacher saw him and helped him. At this point, he doesn't even know what his teachers name is. Watching this because I knew something was wrong, I got out of my car and took him to his classroom door which was locked, and explained yet again his concussion to another teacher. My son also needs speech, so he is sometimes shy or hard to understand. So the teacher opens the door, and let's him in like its no big deal. For the best scho in the district, I am so far very disappointed by the lack of attention ON THE 2nd DAY OF SCHOOL! There was also no cpunication to change my sons schedule. When I was notified via the principal, she then later denied it. Teachers have bad attitudes and office staff isn't very friendly either.



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I've dealt with several elementary schools in different states, different parts of the U.S. and this school out shines all others by far. The teachers and staff are caring and go above and beyond for not only the students but their families as well. I highly recommend trying Birch Elementary out for your children if you ever have the chance.




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My two children in grades 4 and 1 began attending Birch at the beginning of this school year (2011-2012) and both have received a great education and love their new school! The teachers and staff that we have encountered have all been wonderful! The school facilities are newer and well-maintained; the school atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. And the emphasis on character education is a great bonus! We are very pleased with our experience at Birch!

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They have gone above and beyond my expectations! The students really are the number one priority.

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Last modified Birch Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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