My daughter has attended Burtonsville since kindergarten and she is doing very well. Her teachers are engaged and there is constant communication. She gets homework on a daily bases. Couldn't ask for a better school.
This is such an awful school. There is no communication between parents and teachers. Every teacher teaches in different way. I have reached out several times to the teacher and the principal and have been assured that they will help me help my child, but they always FAIL. The students are so not disciplined. The teachers aide that watch the kids during lunch have play favoritism and give their favorite students basket balls , other kids are left on their own. My son was pushed by another student and hit his head and told the aide and he was ignored. Through out the year his teacher only had negative comments about my son, I approached her on giving me constructive criticism so I can help him and to point to resources so I could help my son. She never followed thru. The principal is never available . She is only business oriented and does not care about students. Like someone else mentioned, bad kids get all the attention and kids like my son who are quiet and follow rules are ignored. I wish they change the principal and teachers. This is very poorly managed school
They give homework once a week. I don't know what they are teaching, only find out when my son brings home worksheets that are in correct / incomplete and he says he didn't understand the concept and when he asked his teacher she ignores him
Like I mentioned in my review, school aides have favorites that get treated well and other students have to just follow those privileged students and hope they will get to play basketball. School lunch time, kids who are quiet and eat lunch get ignored and kids that break rules are closely watched. The days when the bad kids are well behaved they get rewarded and good kids are ignored. I have witnessed this first hand, I have volunteered and see this done all the time
My son went here for three years and every year he liked school less and less. The teachers were great but the environment of the school was unwelcoming. I felt as if I was visiting my child in a low security prison every time I'd get buzzed in. The kids were mean and my child was never challenged academically. Now we've moved out of the county and my kid "loves" his new school. I can see that our experience at Burtonsville is not how public school has to be.
We moved out of PG County to get the Montgomery County School experience. Two years later, it has been very clear that Burtonsville is not nearly far enough away from the county line...it is only slightly better than actually being back in a PG County schools. So, even though it means I am about to start driving over an hour to get to work each day, we are moving back to Harford County to make sure our kids have quality schools to attend.
Burtonsville Elementary School has the best principle in the world! She loves each and every one of the students that attend her school, and wants the best for every last one of them. She is so involved, and works so hard for these children; she knows who every child is by face and name. She is a remarkable woman! And wants the best for all of her students, as well as her school!
when we moved into the Washington DC area I picked this neighborhood because of this school for three reasons staff, leadership and results. All are very good. Mrs Goff the K1 is teh Michael Jordan of kindergarden and Mrs Renfrew is to reading what the Wayne Gretsky was to hockey.BES gets results that defy logic. It is the only school I know that has a rising diversity rate but maintains increasing test scores. How do they manage to teach so many ESOL student to read above the average? Of all the things I think we can indicate as the reason BES excels truly much of it has to be leadership. Ms Smith is both inspiring and disciplined. BES is the bes