I agree with other comments below. Brookridge is overcrowded. Organization is lacking and parent communication is poor. The merge should have been more thoroughly thought out. To now consider re-evaluating boundary lines and uproot children who have been Brookridge students the entire time due to the overcrowding from the merger, is beyond disappointing. Shame on SMSD for allowing this to happen. The destruction of a wonderful school is in the palm of your hands.
This school is way too crowded. Since the merger with Dorothy Moody there are way too many kids. All classes are at the state maximum and they have had to take over the art room for additional classroom space. Communication between the school and the parents is not very organized. I think there are a lot of good teachers at this school but leadership seems very lacking. The average student teacher rating listed on this site is comical for anyone who has a child attending this school.
This is a great school, both of my children currently attend. We can't say enough good about the teachers, or their dedication to their students. For example My son was having a hard time with writing (he is left handed and 5 years old) his teacher recommended that he stay after with her to work one on one every Wednesday. That was at the beginning of the year. He now writes better than most of the students in his class. I would definitely recommend this school to any parent. The school does seem a bit crowded. However to the previous poster I would say you can always go to smsd, and print the school calendar; I thought notices sent home were reminders. This IS the first school year since the merging I am sure what didn't work this year will be reviewed and changed. I don't believe the merging of the two schools means that Shawnee Mission "messed up" the only real time it becomes "not comfortable" is dismissal after school. Which by the way has improved since the beginning of the year as well. My children love going to school here, and I love the fact that they are receiving a great education.
I don't know if it is due to merging with Dorothy Moody Elementary but this school is WAY over crowded! Kids have art on a cart, music in their classrooms, mixed grade gym classes. No advance notice to parents about school events - we found out on Wednesday about an event on Friday....oh and you expect what??? The principal is doing her best, the teachers do their best but Shawnee Mission messed up by pushing so many students into one small existing school with minimal modification. Not cost effective, not comfortable and not working!
We really love this school. We bought a home in the area, and our son had previously been at another nearby school that we were quite sad to leave... But we would never go back! The opportunities that the children have at this school are far beyond what I expected. The teachers and principal are wonderful and very attentive. The student body is very diverse both ethnically & economically. The programs and curriculum are amazing, and as far as I have noticed they don't "teach to the test" yet still have great scores (though not noted on the Great Schools site, it is listed at smsd.org). I was also very impressed by the amount of time my sons teacher took to really educate, and they used very creative ways to teach, which kept the kids interested & learning! I would recommend this school.
We love Brookridge! They have a great staff, many of which have been here for a long time. I can't say enough good about them. They have been so good for our children. Our experiences here have been positive ones. We have been at this school for 6 years now, and have a child just starting. There are lots of involved parents, and the PTA is fantastic. The rating on here seems low, because this is such a fantastic school.
I have two children attending this school. Staff and teachers are so dedicated that my kids, with very different learning styles, are flourishing. I wish a higher percentage of parents were involved, but the ones that are involved are superb!
Terrific school. Great teachers across all grades. Excellent art & music and a real gem for a Coach!
My son attended this school for kindergarden thru second grade. It is a wondeful school that encourges parent involvement. The school has a great music, art and P.E schedule.
Both my children have attended this scholl since kindergarten and have flourished. The teachers have continually challenged our children to excel. As an ESL sight this school has also offered my children the opportunity for intercultural exposure. The principle is a friendly and professional lady who takes her job seriously. She listens to feedback and acts on it accordingly. School test scores are one of the highest in the district, especially when you factor in the ESL kids who are just leaning the English language!
At first glance, you'd never guess what goes on behind this school's doors. Poor leadership qualities in principal and staff. Teachers that act more like children than the children. I moved to get my kids out of this place.
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