The school is outstanding. My child has had three amazing years with outstanding teachers and one so-so first year teacher. Concerns about that first-year teacher were addressed by coaching and mentoring to make her better. Improvement was made, but not to the outstanding level we have come to expect. That was a good example of a reasoned response to the parent's voice. The dual language program is very effective. My child is as comfortable talking to kids or adults in Spanish or English and switches languages with ease. My child is completely fluent and reading above grade level in Spanish and English. It is a very well designed program and one of the reasons we moved to the district. I did the research on dual language and the program before we moved. The gifted program is also great; my child has made amazing leaps since entering the program. In reading some of the negative comments and the way were written, I am not sure if they will be happy anywhere. My experiences with any issue raised with the school or teacher is that were addressed quickly and intelligently. While I may not have agreed 100% with them, we were never far apart. Great School.
I have 3 children that have attended NBS from Kindergarten through 5th grade. This is a wonderful community school. Parent involvement is overwhelming and positive. My wife and I volunteer regularly and frequently run into other parents at the school doing the same. The generousity of many families who donate resources to the school (i.e. every single classroom has a Smartboard) also adds to the overally environment of excellence. I am proud to say my kids go to North Barrington Elementary School. Go Colts!
We are very pleased with the 220 district I have a high schooler, middle schooler and 2 at NBS . At NBS starts the solid foundation of excellence forming great study habits & excitement Thor learning -
Just started with the school and the Kindergarten teacher is great! I can not speak so highly of the principle. Overall the school seems great and I was very excited to have my son go there until I found out one day that the class was unattended for some time. I addressed the issue with the teacher and the principle and the teacher handled the situation promptly and professionally. The principle, on the other hand, tried to sugarcoat the situation and act as though it was not a big deal. The safety of our children is a huge deal!
2012-2013 School year -- the district made class size issues a priority! Thank you for letting the outstanding NBS teachers perform their best and allowing the students to have a positive classroom environment.
North Barrington, as evidenced by the overwhelming community approval, middle- and high school preparedness and test scores, is an outstanding school. My daughter has attended schools in nationally ranked districts outside of Illinois and NBS is on par with those schools in terms of opportunities, services and curriculum. It seems as though there is a very small, loud group of parents who are unhappy that students from the lower income sections of the district are getting the opportunity to join our school community. I hope that those few squeaky wheels won't deter families considering NBS.
Absolutely the worst school to send your child to. Overcrowding in classrooms is causing lack of attention to students. Principals concept on bullying is delusional. Her Boys will be boys attitude on bullying makes me think that she actually supports this type of activity. We all want safety for our children and I just don't feel safe sending my child there. Also cleaning up the school and practicing safe hygeine is not number one on schools priority. Some teachers are great but some teachers need to be let go with their principal. Do some research before sending your child there.
This is an outstanding school. As shown by test scores and national rankings, this is a very high-achieving school. I think the previous negative review might be a reflection of one child's difficulty keeping up. The staff at NB bends over backwards to ensure EVERY child has the resources needed. I have both a "gifted program" child and a 504 child in this school, and both are equally valued and provided for.
To give you perspective on parents and teachers, the PTO runs a charity auction annually that regularly raises five-figure amounts for the school - with past donations including electronic "smart-boards" and playground equipment, and with teachers donating quite a bit of their time. There is definitely a tight knit and medium-sized (40 or so) group of active PTO / parent / room-parent participants, but keep in mind that most parents both work, so not a surprise. School night events (plays, movie nights, etc.) are well attended and the teachers take extra time to participate. Even the janitorial staff are supportive. In terms of the dual language immersion (spanish, chinese), it's not for everyone, but every grade school in District 220 has at least one class since it rotates each year - those parents with kids in it LOVE it, and the spanish classes have sufficient native-speakers. Testing is important and done well. The facilities are well maintained. The principal is active and visible. We are very happy there, and we hear very few complaints. Special needs issues are dealt with (our child received speech services).
I could not diagree more with the previous comment. My daughter will be graduating from fifth grade and has attended North Barrington since kindergarten. The teaching staff is excellent and the gifted program is exceptional. I don't understand the previous comment stating that 'the only thing that matters here is testing'. This has not been my experience in the ten years that my children have attended this school. My child is sad to be leaving, as all of my children were.
How things change in just a few years. The school has great resources, but the only thing that matters here is testing. There is so little content in the program- science and social studies, especially. We spent 5 years fighting to get one child special services because the district didn't want to pay to even do the testing. Meanwhile, we're losing staff across this district due to budget restraints and a very poorly thought-out dual language program that takes more space and money than it should- to the detriment of the other kids. Parents can be nasty, here, and the volunteer pool is too small, as a result. Every year is worse than the next. Can't wait to leave, and have heard many people say the same thing. Test scores- great. Attitude, learning and fun- horrible.
We had an excellent experience while my children attended North Barrington School. Most teachers were caring and compassionate and individually connected to teaching each student. The gifted program (pull out) was exceptional.
My children became a part of the NBS family in 2000. We had just moved from Singapore and a British International school. From the first day, the children as well as my husband and myself have been made welcome. Any time there was a question, the children's teachers (that's true for all of them), Dr Cross (the principal) or other staff (including office staff and the nurse!) were there to answer and help. As parent involvement is rated very highly at NBS, I was very soon deeply involved and made lots of friends, not just amongst the other parents but also the staff. We have now returned to the UK and both the children have no problem whatsoever fitting in. On the contrary, they are eduactionally far ahead to a point I have to supplement their education. Noth Barrington School is a positive experience all around!
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