The Bannockburn School community is highly educated and academically focused. The small school setting gives it an advantage that most schools do not have. It is a wonderful,safe and nurturing environment.
My son attended Bannockburn Elementary and is now at Pyle in middle school. This gave me perspective on how amazing this school was. Aside from principal changes and some inexperienced teachers (who imho compensated with tremendous compassion and a sincere desire to serve the kids) this is IMHO the BEST elementary school around since it's also the smallest. The community is unbelievable and I only now realize how incredibly LUCKY we were to have had the real privilege to be a part of it. I (and most importantly my kids and their friends) will cherish the memories!!!
They were really an amazing schol and still are. I realy miss BAnnockburn. My daughter now in 6th grade says this was a amazing oppurtunity and has taught her many things for the feauture.
We have two kids at BES and absolutely LOVE the school. The class sizes are small - most under 20 kids. The teachers are very responsive - emails or calls are almost always answered the same day if not just an hour after sending. The principal is new but he is terrific. You can tell that he wants to succeed and make BES the best that it can be. Of course, it is a public school so you have to deal with district issues and funding concerns. However, the warm and nurturing environment isn't impacted at all. My kids love going to school everyday and as a parent I couldn't ask for more!
Positives include a very involved and active parent community, attention to music and arts, and the push for kids to do well on standardized tests. Negatives, which might be true of all elementary schooling is that the heavy attention to reading and math ignores other subjects like history and science. Many of the teachers are right out of college and we've had 3 principals in the last few years. I had a serious concern about the safety of my daughter on her bus and reported this to the principal. He was very kind and reassuring, but he has failed to follow up on his promises to fix the situation and act decisively. He is new and probably still trying to find his management style. Saying what people want to hear to all sides, avoiding a situation and hoping it will go away is perhaps not the best approach.
The principal and teachers are terrific! They work together to have each child reach their potential. The kids are kind.
This is a very compettive and challenging school with a high level of academic standards. A fantastic principal.
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