If you feel lost in the crowd at a normal high school -- or even one typically considered small -- this is one place that's firmly in the opposite camp. This is a tiny school, and that means that individual attention is absolutely unavoidable. You can't be easily bullied or ostracized because the faculty would find out instantly, and because with so few students, a would-be bully can't really isolate anyone. You also can't slip through the cracks academically -- if your grades are slipping, every teacher and administrator will know about it and will help you as much as possible. In my experience, it takes a willful insistence on not turning in assignments to fail at Beddow.
That said, I'm sure a tiny school isn't for everyone. When I was a student at the school about 10 years ago, I benefited tremendously from security from bullying in particular. But I had classmates struggle with the lack of a typical social scene or athletics program. And although the staff works hard to ensure a diversity of neat extracurriculars, you can't choose from a huge array of programs and courses like you can at a big school.
Overall, it's a safe place for a student to emerge with a strong education, as long as the school's academic offerings are in line with your own wants and needs, and as long as the small size isn't a fatal flaw to you.
I am a Grandparent who took my grandson from a failing curriculum in the Atlanta school system and was referred to Beddow by very close friends. I can't say enough good things about the school, all of the things that are necessary for a student to succeed are there. The low student to teacher ratio was a definite plus, for kids like my grandson there is no where to hide in terms of assignment completetion. The teachers are very involved in the entire educational process, not just homework checkers. Over a two year period I watched my grandson go from an underachiever to a serious student demonstrating his real potential as a student and active member of the community. Not only did the school improve his educational stature but also his self esteem by allowing him to recognize what he could achieve giving the proper environment. I owe a debt of gratitude to all the staff and administrators that I personally will never be able to repay. Thanks Beddow for being there Ted Farmer
This is mychildren s first year attending the Beddow High School. In the past, they attended Prince Georges County Public Schools. As a parent, I have seen nothing but positive results from the transition. Initially, my children struggled withthe transition. Therefore, the teachers went the extra mile by spending one on one time when needed. The teachers were always nice, respectful, and always allowed my boys to keep their dignity. As a result, they have assisted me with mending my children s education back to health. Additionally, whenI drop my children off at school, I have no worries. The other children at The BeddowSchool are respectful hard working young people who see the value of getting agood education. Consequently, I don t worryabout my children picking up a lot of negativity and bringing it home I feelthat the school is a safe and comfortable environment and excellent place formy children to learn. I could not havemade a better choice.
Our son has been a Beddow student since the age of 4 1/2 attending the Fort Washington Montessori campus. After he graduated from the 6th grade we joined The Beddow School in Accokeek. Needless to say, we are still extremely pleased with the school s challenging curriculum and varied electives, its dedicated staff, the diverse student body, and the Head of the school. If you are interested in investing in your children s education, I strongly encourage you to consider The Beddow School. This is an excellent private college preparatory school with an outstanding record of high school graduates earning scholarships to colleges and/or universities. If you and your child are willing to do your part in furthering their education this is the place for them. Come and join us. Helen
Our first year, and so far so good; students are very supportive of each other and the environment is very friendly, respectful, takes away any concerns about mean kids; to date, teachers have been great; size has its pluses but also its limitations, overall very satisfied.