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.
Poor leadership of the school limits its potential. Parents are not allowed in the new building. OK for England, but it certainly doesn't work in Chicago.
The school has fantastic qualities such as moticated teaching staff, a good budget and resources and small class sizes. Negatives are the leadership of the school. They can be extremely rude and limit the success of the school as they are not focused on the children's learning but solely on profits. Shame as it could be a good school, but it is simply average under its present leadership.
I have 3 children at the school with different personalities, learning styles and capabilities. I have found the curriculum to be excellent and individualized. The teachers are energized, motivating, talented and really nurturing. I have been very impressed the results and what my children have learned. As with most private is more important than that? The new school transition has been challenging for the staff but they are responding to parental requests. Shocked by some of the other reviews. I know many, many happy families.
One of the best school in Chicago : outstanding curriculum including French,Spanish and Latin and differentiated learning. Caring teachers. Americans might not be used to the European style where parents are less involved and curriculum is more loaded with varied subjects even at a young age. Discipline and respect are also taught. My daughter is learning at her own pace not at all emotionally distressed. But the elite education comes at a very high price tag and unfortunately because of this there is hardly any racial diversity.
The academic standards at this school are vry high. Each child is taught to his/her ability. the teachers are over all enthusiastic and caring of their students. It is a school suoa bit with growing pains but will become a sollid educational choice int he city of c with many fun rogjects
We had very high hopes for this school. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed with the harsh treatment of the children by the teachers and staff and unreasonable expectations from very young children. The cirriculum is notably outstanding, however, we did not believe it was worth the emotional toll on our child. The headmaster and the administration as a whole are authoritarian and patronizing toward parents. It is very unfortunate that there is little availability in private education in Chicago. I would strongly dissuade parents from choosing this school. Many children are unduly stressed and unhappy.
There is no high school here and doubtful that there ever will be one.
My child started at the school in September. His teacher is wonderful and he has a nice group of classmates. The learning and curriculum is rich and we are very pleased. There are some issues regarding parent communication and involvement around entry/exit into the new school. This is an issue, but the the overall education the children are getting should not be overlooked.
Profit not student oriented. Parent interaction is kept to a Minimum. This could be do to the current administration or be a 'British' phenomenom, however, the actions of the school conflict in many ways with the basic tenents of American education. Most parents here are very unhappy with the school but have no where else to go...
Headmaster and senior staff are arogant and rude. Parents have no input here. Chose another school for your children.
Rude arrogant staff. Profit based school and it really shows. Parents are not even allowed in the new building. Do not go here--you will regret it!!
This is by far, the best school in Chicago. The teachers are fantastic, the curriculum is challenging, yet stimulating and the kids come from good families who care about their kids and want to give them the best education possible.
I am very pleased with this school. I have had only positive experiences with both the teachers and the administration. The academic programs are excellent with an appreciation for learning to subject matter rather than learning for the test. There is an extensive music program with a blossoming music school as well as a variety of extracurricular programs. The sports programs are growing as the school grows but the children are either outside or in the gym twice daily. So physical fitness is a priority. Other priorities outside of academics include citizenship, manners, values. I believe parents are as involved as any other school. The administration seems to be working on opening up. I think some of this may be due to the school's British origins. American parents are used to more of a say in things. All in all I highly recommend this school to anyone.
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