Belle Aire is a place where the community and excellent teachers come together to create a great environment for the kids to learn and grow. It's fun to watch the Belle Aire kids go on to Herrick and North and receive citizenship awards, have big roles in the school activities etc. Teachers in middle school say they can tell which kids come from Belle Aire because they are focused as a result of the open environment at BA. And parent visiting Belle Aire can get a read on the school atmosphere just by walking through.
Belle Aire is a real hidden gem among Downers Grove area elementary schools. Its small size makes a huge difference in both the attention that kids get from teachers and administrators and the overall cohesiveness of the school community. My two sons both were very well prepared by their time at Belle Aire.
I have 2 kids that went through Belle Aire. There are many extremely excellent teachers there, who really love what they do. The size is small enough so that it's easy to get to know people & everyone looks out for each other. We had a terrific experience!
Wonderful school full of great opportunities for children. My oldest has been a straight A student at Herrick because of Belle Aire's learning environment. Belle Aire has a really friendly community, great curriculum, and the students are really successful in school. Teachers and Parents work very hard to make Belle Aire an amazing school.
We opted into this school. We think that the teachers, Principal and families have a fantastic relationship. We also use the special ed programs and have been so happy with the work that they have done with my child. Open classrooms don't seem to have any problem letting the kids learn.
This school has three significant handicapps that cause it to be a poor school. 1. The administration is complacent and does nothing to fight for better curriculum and resources for the students and teachers. 2. The majority of teachers are unispired and do nothing to challenge the students. We are now losing two young and dedicated educators because of the problems facing the school. 3. Finally, as indicated by some of the comments, the majority of parents in the community are small minded and focus only on social issues (like tag at recess). There are few advocates of challenging education in the school and community. I would consider alternative schools or communities.
While I was concerned about the open classroom layout of the building, it did not seem to interfere with the eduction of either of my sons. Most of the teachers are knowledgeable and committed to your child's education and growth. Parental involvement is strong. My only beef is with the principal, who seems to be a control freak, even trying to stamp out games like tag at recess.
I had 2 children attend K thru 6, one child was a star student and the second struggling with ADD, both had very good grades despite the distractions. I believe the open classrooms have helped both of them thru Jr. High and High School. I have a third child attending Belle Aire and am happy to be part of the school again.