The Baton Rouge International School is a phenominal school. The world is becoming more flat every day; understanding and communicating with other cultures will be essential. It is a rare opportunity for a city the size of Baton Rouge to have such an asset.
I have to say I am a bit suprised by some of the negative reviews. I have two children at this school, one in 3rd and one in 1st, and I could not be more thirilled. The curriculum is incredible. The parents are extremely enthusiastic and involved, and the leadership in constantly trying to engage all of us to make this the best possible experience for all. I have many friends with kids in other private schools, and most marvel at the access we have to the administration, teachers and staff. More importantly, the opportunity for our children to be multilingual (not to mention being exposed to diverse cultures and backgrounds) and therefore have the ability to compete in a truly global world, is simply unparalelled. I love this school and can't say enough good things about it.
I love the school! I have a little boy who is in 2nd Grade, and everyday he amazes me with something new he learned from school. The curriculum is a little overwhelming for me (the parent), but my son doesn't know any better, he's been at BRIS since pre-shool. He certainly does not seem overwhelmed, and is excelling academically, in three languages! You have to be truly invested in your child's education to keep up at BRIS; and yes the fundraising is non-stop and frustrating some times. However, when I compare the price of that same education anywhere else in the USA, I'll gladly raise money for the school, rather than pay the hefty tuition of an international school (and higher cost of living) in New York, Houston, San Fransisco, Atlanta. We should be thankful we have such a school in Baton Rouge, LA!
I have 3 children attending this school and I can not say enough great things about it. Not only does the school test scores ranked it in the top 1% nationaly but it also teaches acceptance of people from all cultures and backgrounds. It may cost more than some schools supported by a church, but my childrens' education is priceless. They have a no bulling policy so I know my children are protected and the school requires parental envolvement so I know the parents who send their children here are involved and invested. It is an excellent curriculum and your student graduates with an international baccalaureate opposed to the typical high school diploma. People ask me 'what about religion?' And my answer is 'I can give them religion outside of the school but I can't give them this kind of education outside a religious school. My children will graduate multilingual!!!'
This school has great education in only languages. The higher grade levels do not get the right education in their english classes. My opinion if you want a english teacher get a british or an american teacher that can speak, pronounce, and spell perfectly in english. And don't get teachers with a temper they need to know how to handle something calmly if something or someone upsets them. The Science, History, Math, and Language Arts is very poor at this school. They have a great physical education, art, languages, and music program but besides that nothing else is good. The cafeteria food is not appetizing nor is it healthy. They do not teach the english subjects on the same grade level as other schools. If your child is from the ages of a couple of months-5 years old this would be the perfect school to send your child to.
I agree with the posting dated February 20, 2010 and would strongly suggest parents look in another direction when selecting a school.
There is a high turnover of teachers. The school is not organized and cannot explain the curriculum.
My daughter just started going to BRIS in August. Within the first week she was speaking spanish and could count to 20. She was doing french numbers up to 10 the following week. We had to go out and buy the rosetta stone french version to keep up with her. This school has completely surpassed our expectations. Sure you have a lot of fundraising to do. But I think parent envolvement with your childs school gives your child an advantage over other kids. You know going into this school that the parents that are here care about their childs education and the school that provides it. I would gladly give my time and money to help my child succeed in life. I think you should feel grateful that your child can get this education in this melting pot of a world.
I'll admit that I was a bit unsure about the school at first. As an educator, the European curriculum seemed strange to me. My four-year old just started her second year there and I am absolutely amazed at the amount of French, Spanish and even Chinese she understands and speaks. Yes, there are some organization issues, but that is to be expected of any school growing at the rate this school is. But it is more than just a school, it is a community. All of the other parents that I have met have been wonderful.
I have two children enrolled at this school, one in Pre-K and a toddler in the Early Immersion Language Program. The school not only focuses on its multingual program, but has a well rounded curriculum that includes technology, music and art. The children learn math, language arts, science and other disciplines in Spanish, French and English, providing them with several ways to approach a problem. The teachers boast about the students being two grade levels above their peers at other schools, not to mention their fluency in French and Spanish and working knowledge of Chinese. The parents are required to participate heavily in fundraising as this school receives no public nor parochial funding. This education is a great value when you consider that your child will graduate knowing four languages.
This school unfortunately does not live up to its much inflated reputation. It is very poorly managed and is plagued with organisational problems. The potential for the creation of a successful school is being lost. Many other schools within the BR area can offer a higher quality of education that is tuition-free.
My two-year old daughter has quite proficiently acclamated, to my amazement. The Head of School tells me that she understands most of the spanish spoken to her already. This is truly remarkable since she just started attending the school and has never been introduced to a 2nd language before . I love the environment! Catrina, DDS
my daughter has been attending for 8 years now. for me, there is no other school that can even compare to the education and one on one attention she is receiving. what other school can have your child speaking 3 to 4 languages, learning at higher grade levels and making podcasts all by the age of 10?
we love this school there is lots of fun activities to keep your kids on thier toes!!!
The school's endless fundraising is overwhelming. It will probably be a great school in a few years but now I feel that it is just unorganized and I don't want to risk my childs education waiting for them to get it together.
This is a very good school. The children are well taken care of and given an outstanding education. The only drawback is that the fundraising never ends.
I am thrilled with this school. Children must be 4 or younger to enroll because by age 5 they are trilangual. After only a month my four year old routinely uses spanish and french words at home. The parents and staff are incredibly dedicated and truly provide an encouraging and nurturing environment.
THis is an incredible school. We have two children there and they are excelling in every way. Our oldest speaks 3 languages and is rading 3 levels above her age. The teachers are much more than teachers, they are very caring and involved. If you want a school that puts education first, then this is the place to send your child.
This school has the potential to be a great school, it is still in the early years. Sometimes the package looks well until you open it up and see that it just a pair of designer socks. It is a very involved school and they depend on donations-fundraising from the parents continually. I think that my children suffered a great deal at the school. I wish that I would have asked more questions and sought out the many parents that pulled their children out of this school. If I had known more about the school my children would of never in a million years attended the Baton Rouge International School.
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