Broadneck is an exceptionally well organized institution with generally high quality teachers and a top-notch administration.
Broadneck Elem School has all kinds of fun activities like jump rope club, chess club, dance programs, school plays, band and choir, enrichment classes, etc. so our kids have had fun and met a lot of other kids quickly (we are new here). They also really like their classes and warm, experienced teachers. Good fieldtrips like drownproofing and Biztown are so practical.
The way this school is run is deplorable. Listening to my child and her friends speak of the teacher and the school environment would make one think they are in military school. Deadlines, prohibiting parents from being involved, strict rules, etc. The kids at this school get 20 minutes a day for recess and none on days they have gym! The lunch menu is horrendous and there is little emphasis on physical fitness (staff included).
2 of my children have gone to Broadneck and we are VERY happy with the school. The teachers (all of them that we've had) really care about the kids. I have nothing but great things to say about this school.
I have three kids and 2 currently at the school, my eldest is now in middle school and doing very well. It is really a great school and the teachers and administrators are excellent. I would like to see a foreign language being taught but understand the constraints. PTO is great and considering the size they really provide great quality education and lots of support to each child. The new closed in classrooms which were finally finished in August 2012 now make it a world class school.
Great staff and wonderful learning atmosphere. That is why it is a Blue Ribbon school.
I am happy to say that the morale problems that may have existed in the past, seem gone. Both of my children have gone through Broadneck and have had wonderful experiences. I was originally concerned about the open space layout- but they never had problems with this situation.
Our child attended this school from 1st to 5th grade and we have been extremely pleased with Broadneck Elementary: all the teachers she had were excellent, two were even nationally certified. There are many extracurricular activities, the school atmoshpere is pleasant and friendly and the parents are very involved. It is a great school!!
We moved here 2 years ago from Ct. and we are so happy with our school. The principal, vice principal, guidance counselor, and teachers have been so incredibly supportive. We consider ourselves really blessed to have found this school.
Its a great school with lots of extra curricular activities. The PTA is very good and the Teachers very friendly.
Having been raised in the well-regarded Severna Park school system, and now raising our own kids in the Broadneck Elementary school district, we were pleasantly surprised that Broadneck seems to be easily on par with the best in Anne Arundel County. We have noticed none of the morale issues cited in another comment. While the 'open space' layout is one of the few negatives, my understanding is that Broadneck is next on the list to have full walls added. As for the complaint about teaching to the test, teachers throughout the state are more-or-less required to this. Whether this is good or bad, it's not unique to Broadneck. Finally, while one person commented on sending their children to private schools, keep in mind that such schools often employ teachers who lack credentials to teach in public schools. Going into debt for elementary education is far from necessary in this school district!
This school is all about it's status. They teach to the rated tests and neglect curriculum for the weeks leading up to them. Teachers refuse to use email and written communication is reluctant. Our child tested high in math, but very low in reading and after repeated requests for LD testing, the school refuses. On a good note, the extra activities are abundant and the PTO is excellent.
Broadneck Elementary is an excellent school. I have had children in this school for the last 12 years. All 3 of my children have thrived in this school because excellent teachers and staff. They were all nurtured and challenged academically. My oldest, who is in high school now at Broadneck High in all honors and AP classes got a great start at this school. His 4th grade teacher got the children's science project up on a space shuttle in 2001. It was a life changing experience for us all.
What a great school! The parents are what makes this school a success, and they have got to have one of the strongest PTO's in the state. Just try volunteering for a fieldtrip and you'll find yourself on the waiting list every time due to the overwhelming parent involvment. Most teachers are phenominal, although I would like to see them rely on email a bit more for communication to parents. One 5th grade teacher outright refused to use email to communicate to parents. Overall though, the teachers are all there to help the kids excel.
Broadneck used to be a top school. I have volunteered for years and watched the declining status academically and emotionally. Overcrowding and classrooms scattered (as well as outdoor trailers) with partitions separating instruction areas creates too many distractions and unhappy teachers/staff. My older child is leaving for middle school after this year and we will be sending our second grader to private school next year to avoid the downward spiral we see at Broadneck.
Great school, Great teachers and parent involvement. New principal has brought some wonderful changes.
Has a good reputation in the county but keep in mind most of the public schools here are horrible. Broadneck elementary has morale problems with the teaching staff. This isnt a bad school but the former open space design leaves much to be desired. On the plus a very active PTA and community support. There is a reason many kids go private in AA county.
Excellent School! Extraordinary parent involvement, parent-teacher communications, brilliant program!
This school was great when we got here 3 years ago. Now it is starting to get so overcrowded. Some of the classes have up to 30 kids in them and the poor teachers have no aides to help. My daughter tells me that she raises her hand to ask questions and the teachers are too busy to help.
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