some of these reviews are not reliable. The British School does not have a high school. They provide a very demanding curriculum, the classrooms are too small for the number of students, there is no outdoor play area for the elementary kids and up (the reception and nursery does). In general is a good school but is not worth the high tuition. It is a for-profit school and it clearly shows. Parent body is obnoxious and pretentious. I would say: stay away.
In response to the March 30th posting, the British School compares to Latin and Parker because of its academic program. Whether it is for-profit has nothing to do with it. What I can tell you though is that we certainly do have a community, a strong one, but it is directed by our children not our bank accounts or last name!
My children attend the British School and have learnt to enjoy learning, are at ease with the teachers, have made many great friends and are achieving good results even in their weaker subjects. Extra curricular activities are fantastic. Paris as a school trip? In my day and at my school we would be lucky to visit a dairy farm or the local abbotoir. I live overseas away from my children but feel as comfortable as a lonely parent can be knowing that they feel safe and happy.
My three kids go to the british and they love it! my youngest is in the preschool program and he loves going.My eldest is in 11 grade and she is being exposed to many wonderful colleges.The teachers are wonderful and very helpful.If you are considering sending your child (or) children this is the place to go! excellent feedback on how well your child is doing and you will truly be getting the best of it.
My daughter started last fall in the nursery program, and we couldn't be happier. She absolutely loves it. She is having so much fun at school, and we are so impressed with all she has learned thus far. We just love the community there - the other parents and students are just terrific. And her teachers are absolutely fabulous. The opportunities for individualized learning are amazing as well. The feedback has been extremely thorough and comprehensive, and the school has been incredibly responsive in terms of addressing parent concerns such as creating additional opportunities for involvement in the classrooms. We cannot imagine a better overall school environment.
I have two children at the British. It is a wonderful school, and my children are thriving in this academically rigorous, and challenging environment. The teachers and the principal are receptive to your comments. Is it perfect? No, it has its own negatives. But having seen a lot of other schools, by far, this is the right one in the city for my kids. I am shocked at some of the negative reviews that were submitted earlier. I have been with the school for 4 years, and have been happy overall!!
I am student at BSC and I am thrilled with th eresults that I am getting from the school. I recently moved from England and am receiving high grades in all mt subjects. I am in the High school and am enjoying every minute in it. My attitude towards learning has changed dramatically and bow find every subject fun and interesting. The transition from England to Chicago was easy and the school welcomed me with open arms, I made friends in a matter of days. The teaching staff are with every step of the way and can be thoroughly relied upon. I like my teachers and have found that they know me much better being in smaller classes meaning they can adapt around my personal skills. I would recomend the school to anybody.
I have two children at BSC and couldn't be more thrilled. My five-year-olds are reading, speaking French, adding numbers in their heads and telling time....and they absolutely love school! The teachers are wonderfully caring and knowledgeable. Parents have lots of opportunities to get involved in classroom activities and school policies. I agree that Headmaster Horton doesn't suffer fools. And I truly appreciate that the buck stops somewhere. No parent has more sway with the administration because they make huge donations. You pay your tuition that's it. What a refreshing change for Chicago private schools.
BSC is indeed a good shool with both strengths and weeknesses, I do not think however one would be that hard pressed to find other schools that are as good if not better. There were indeed classes that were greater than 20 last year, it is my personal experience, this is simple addition. I do, however, believe thay have now addressed this. My biggest concern now is the school's commitment to a high school, whether it is the actual building or the administration's ability to help usher students in to a good university. The school is already outgrowing its space and seems to look more and more like a nursery school as they add more classes for the little ones. I see no actual movement toward a new high school. It is nice to hear promisses but already rumors abound as to the proposed HS site going to a different company.
I have been reading some of the negative comments and cannot believe we are talking about the same school. I love the school. I have three children attending and all of them love the school, as well. You would be hard pressed to find a better education in this city. Contrary to earlier comments, they do NOT increase class size over 20, teachers are not harsh toward the children, and they do not just admit anyone whose parents can line their corporate pockets. Ask the people still on the waiting list. Is the headmaster warm and fuzzy? No. He is busy growing our school and he doesn't suffer fools. He does, however, care about our children and their learning, safety and welfare, which is what we are paying him to do. Another comment suggested that most parents are unhappy and that is absolutely false. In fact, it is quite the opposite.
This school has a small bullying problem in the high school. The high school staff does nothing about it, except as a talk with the bully/bullies, tells them they are not allowed to attend/participate in an event/activity, etc., that lasts for a week, and then the school forgets about it. If it is the same bully, I believe the school should have an idea and should have a firmer disipline policy.
Having attended pvt international schools in Europe and Asia, I feel 100% at home sending my child here. The Midwest can be quite insular culturally and this school offers the 'full' international experience, both academically as well as culturally. Children thrive at this school because they are exposed to a challenging curriculum in an international environment. And children are remarkably more adaptive and open-minded than the parents that have posted the negative comments here surrounding the British admin and staff. I believe that these 'customers' are in culture shock. They want the benefits of a world-class education system, without the strain of adapting to other cultures. Anyone that has done business internationally knows the British have a different style of communication than Americans. Learning to navigate cultural barriers is an asset that your child will automatically pick-up here. This school is exactly what Chicago needs and we're excited about it's growth.
The school is neither as good nor as bad as the reviewers suggest. The quality of teaching is the big positive. My kids seem way ahead neighborhood catholic/public schools, and they have developed a real love of learning. The downside is the school's heavy profit motive and utter lack of understanding of issues that are important to American parents and high schools. As but one example, BSC has no counseling on high school admissions. They do not even give students the types of standardized tests that they need to apply to the City selective admission high schools. The school is also ridicuously expensive. It is funny to see another parent compare the school to Lab, Latin, and Parker because this is exactly how BSC tries to justify its tuition. Lab, Latin, and Parker are some of the most selective schools in the City. BSC takes any kid able to pay.
A friend directed me to this sight and I've been reading with some amusement. I had my children at BSC but switched into Parker. Our personal experience found the classroom environment to be great but the administration horrible, and quite frankly disrespectful to parents. While I agree that one's school choice should be about the children, many families value the sense of community schools foster. Our experience now is rich with a strong sense of community and tradition as well as a focus on community involvement. We found BSC to be souless, maybe due to growing pains or cultural differences. If you are a family that values community you will likely be dissatisfied. As to the comment that schools like Parker, Latin and Lab focus on parent's income and giving above the child, that certainly has not been our experience at Parker, quite to the contrary, we've experienced an incredible attention to each child and their particular learning styles. I agree with previous posts that the school has great potential but is being held back by it's administrators.
We need to be a little bit more objective. I don't believe the school to be either perfect or poor. Of course the school has some areas for improvement. Classrooms can be cramped, there's little outdoor space and the administration can be tetchy. However, that does not get away from its many strengths. It is a good choice if your child is bright and willing to learn. It is a safe, secure learning environment for your child who will have fun with wonderful, motivated little classmates. It has been going for only 6-7 years, and yet in that time it has made an incredible impact in Chicago. It is ranked alongside Latin, Lab and Parker and yet unlike these, focuses on the child and the child's learning rather than how much the parents earn and can donate to various fundraising drives. BSC is one of the best private schools in Chicago.
I am truly shocked at these comments! The education provided by the school is by far the best that I have ever seen, and no other school in Chicago can come close. I can appreciate that security of our children is at the forefront of the school hence the initial requirements of parents not entering the building. I have noticed of late that events are now being introduced so that we can enter the building during the school day. The elementary section of the school is thriving! The school offers many great extra curricular programmes after school which helps us working moms a great deal. The Music and Language school on a Saturday is excellent. My child and I attend French classes together and he takes piano Mini Mozart piano lessons which he loves! I would recommend this school to everyone with kids aged 3 11.
I was directed to this site by another parent who was shocked at the bad reviews. I, too, am surprised. This is a wonderful school--perfect, no, but overall we have been very happy. Some problems have come since a recent (1/08) move to a new location. With new security, there is limited parent access--but I feel they are trying to find solutions to satisfy parents. My children are receiving an outstanding, well-rounded education. The teachers are motivated, energetic and extremely skilled at helping all children attain their potential. There are some communication issues with a few members of the administration, but I do not think any of it has harmed my children's education. Like the last reviewer, I am happy they focus on the children and not the parents--not all schools do. My children LOVE going to school everyday and their education has exceeded our expectations in every way.
At the end of the day, do you choose a school for yourself or your child? This school is fantastic educationally. I have been very impressed with the level the children have attained in all areas. Many of the parents writing the reviews on this site seem to expect that they should be the school's main focus, but instead the focus is actually on the students. What a nice surprise. And good news for my child.
As a long term parent at the school I echo most of the comments shared by the other parents. I however would recomend that you 'do' send your kids to the school as the educational standards are excellent and children thrive at the British School. My child is very happy at the school and is doing very well. I, however, fully support other parent's views on communcation by the school adminstration and leadership. They need to remember that the parent's are customers and be treated as such. Work needs to be done here by the school adminstration and leadership. This IS where the parent's frustration arises. I only hope the leadership learns from these messages. Apart from the communication this is a good school.
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