I have 2 students who have went to Broadneck. We moved here from out of state (military family) and the overall experience is mediocre. The school does offer several after school clubs. They do have art & music. But the school is extremely over populated. The over population creates several issues, from rushed lunches, clubs that are full, to lack of personability for students and parents. It's a rather militant environment, with so.many.rules. The students have very little recess (weather permitting). Some of the teachers who run the jump rope, dance clubs are very exclusive and do not allow just any student who wants to participate in it to do so. The academia is driven by state testing. The teaching styles are not innovative. There is very little technology used in the classroom, other than the "smart board" used by teachers. There is an excessive use of worksheets, and the lesson plans seem outdated. The teachers are not easily accessible and communicating with them can be a challenge.
My recommendation would be to seek out a smaller elementary school in the area. Parents of other schools nearby seem to have a very personable, welcoming experience there.
There is very little homework assigned, and when it is, it's monotonous and uninspiring. The teachers give out worksheets of assignments to write vocabulary words three times each, use in a sentence, and abc order, every single week.
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.