The reports we have from students who have attended are that actual physical bullying is not addressed. When we hear students being called strings of profanities outside in front of staff (all the time, daily) we know that it is not. However, there is a sign that promotes "inclusive language" outside. Perhaps that is a reference to a subcategory of verbal bullying.
Administrative leadership at Brooks has been declining in responsiveness and accountability steadily over the last ten years in the area of student management. We have engaged with all levels of school leadership and find them to be uniformly unconcerned.
It's fair to assume that parents do not instruct their kids how to curse in the worst kinds of vulgarities and run into oncoming traffic. These behaviors are tolerated under the direct management of teachers, administrators, and an Oak Park Police officer. These behaviors do not develop integrity, compassion, and respect in the students.
From what we have observed, teachers outside let students curse at the top of their lungs any time and for as long as they wish without consequence, and let them run into busy traffic. This demonstrates a lack of concern.
There is very little discipline in the halls and stair wellsb I have seen fights, FRUSTRating/ ssive behavior, vulgar language, etc. Where is the security staff? Officer Collins cannot be everywhere...to many hot spots in the building. This does not help your kid TO LEARN.
I love Brooks and all of the teachers and staff TRULY care about ALL students. There are no favorites, they are all treated equally and provide an environment that is diverse, fun and extremely challenging to students.
We teachers differentiate in many different ways and students do not have to feel overwhelmed or under-challenged. There are many extra-curricular opportunities and we have made AYP several years in a row. The biggest problem is that the school board and district administrators tend to submit to a small group of vocal parents, some of who will aggressively push their personal agendas regardless of the effects on the majority of other students. Many teachers at Brooks live in town and their kids attend. I don't know how long this will continue with property as expensive as it is.