Want a school with a caring leader who listens to your concerns as a parent? Then Bush School and their new leader, Dr. Belcasto, will certainly disappoint. She doesn't answer emails or calls, has a "higher than thou" attitude, and not only is rude to parents but also the students. She barks orders into a megaphone in the halls and is texting on her phone rather than trying to build a rapport with the pupils. It is truly a shame that the previous principal had to go. The only thing that saves this school is the decent teaching staff. I am worried, however, how that staff will suffer under Belcastro's reign.
The school was great when Derek Straight was the principal. Since he has been promoted and they have a new principal Melanie Junge the kids and staff are not as enthused about the educational experience anymore. She has greatly affected the overall atmosphere of the whole school. My daughter has nothing but problems and the teachers dont help. They are behind in math and to get them up to speed they are jumping teaching 4th and 5th grade math in one year so they can use a new book with little regards towards the childrens academic performance. The bullying is out of control and they also call your child to the pricipals office and give them warnings without ever notifying you and when you call because your child comes home crying they never return your phone call! You have to stalk the school principal to get answers! I grew up here when it was great now its just so so and mediocre! I will be looking for a new school!
I have been very happy with Bush Elementary School. My daughter went there for 3rd and 4th grade. The teachers were have had are excellent. My daugher received extra help in areas she needed help. The principal was wonderful in dealing with any problems in a timely manner. The school goes on many educational field trips. There are many activities to keep the kids busy and excited about school. Their is great school spirit. I would definately reccommend to a friend to come here.
school is very clean,teachers are very understanding,this school has integrity,not overcrowded,nice environment outside,most children are very well behaved,my child attended there a couple years,5 star school compared in the suburbs ,my children been from elgin,carpentervill,to,mchenry ,this school is like night and day compared to the rest!!