Towards the end of last summer, we bought a home, that is one third the size and ten time older than our previous home in Ellicott City, for the sole reason of being in the Burleigh Manor/Centennial HS district. After only four months of my daughter's attendance at Burleigh Manor, notwithstanding the hardships of moving from a large new house to a smaller and older house infested with problems, my wife and I, including our daughter, can safely say that we made the right decision.
I am moving from NYC to Maryland and I did some research on the schools and found this is one of the best schools and am looking forward to going there this fall
My first year at the school was this past year, 8th grade. This was my favorite school year in my life, no argument. The teachers are intelligent, funny, and genuinely care. This is a notable difference from other schools I have attended. The students that go to this school actually want to befriend you and they are (pretty much all) extremely kind and helpful. The classes are fun and make you want to go to school. Most of the kids want good grades and will often work extremely hard for it. I remember that at past schools I went to, there often wasn't that much motivation for the best grades. However, at Burleigh, there is a huge effort to achieve great grades and most work extremely hard to get them. I know that this year, I started to work hard because of the influence of those around me, and my work definitely paid off. The music program also takes you on great trips (Hershey Park and New York, for example) and that's also a lot of fun. All in all, there is a spirit and energy in the atmosphere of this school you can find nowhere else. I love & miss Burleigh, and I emphatically cherish the one year I was fortunate enough to spend here.
The teachers are funny, nice, and smart. The classes are also fun. :D I really like the trips we get to go on, like New York City, and Hershey Park.
We also recently moved to Howard County after several years of living overseas and we have been very happy with the academics and activities offered at Burleigh Manor. From the minute I made contact with the office staff and Mrs. Propert, the wonderful 6th grade counselor, I knew we were in the right place. Mrs. Propert was extremely encouraging and spent a lot time with us, ensuring that our son was placed in the right classes. I do agree that I wish Howard County offered foreign language options earlier than 7th grade, but that is county-wide, not just this school. This school has a wonderful diversity of students and a real culture of acceptance and achievement, things we were really looking for in a school. Our son is very happy there and so are we.
We recently arrived from an overseas and have been very disappointed with BMMS despite the good reviews. Our children have performed very well in international schools as well as at this school (both have straight A's). However, there is an over-reliance on online learning, way too much homework, much of which is busywork. The other disappointment with Howard Co schools is second language instruction is not offered until 7th grade. Our children have had 2nd and 3rd language instruction since Kindergarten. As a result, placement has been an issue. Our children have gone from loving school to dreading it. Even though we are in a transition year as returning expats, friends of ours who have returned to other areas within metro Wash, DC have not experienced similar problems.
This school is the best. I'm in 6th grade and already made friends with almost half the school. Everyone in this school has something to be proud about! The student counsel of this school is awesome! They plan great activities such as dances and tournaments. Also the teachers are great. Some are strict, some are nice, and some are very funny. They all teach with great skill. If you are new to Howard County, try to enroll your child in this school!
I'm currently a 7th grader and this is my first year. During the summer my dad kept telling how wonderful this school was going to be and how much more I would learn. And I really must say he was right! I've made so many friends and most of the teachers are awesome! My favorite class is band with Mr. Brodie. The music programs are the best! I really do love this school.
I am currently an eighth grader and I have thoroughly enjoyed all three years at this school. If you do go to this school, I hope you get Mr. McGurl, he's the best science teacher ever. The other teachers are amazingly good too. There is never a dull day at Burleigh! I love this school and I am going to treasure and miss these days...:(
What to say. This school is the best. Im now going into 8th grade where i know i will learn tons more. In 7th grade I took the HSA and i did quite well becasue the teacher prepare you so you know what you are doing. I LOVE this school.
This school is great! My child has made lots of friends and the word 'nerd' is used in a good way at Burleigh Manor. Some of the teachers are very tough, however, and assign a lot of homework. Overall, however, I am pleased at the cooperation between students, teachers, and parents. Burleigh also has a lot of after-school intramural programs in sports (ie-running, fencing, volleyball, basketball, and more!). They also currently run a after-school homework club for struggling students. Burleigh constantly preforms above average on all of the state-wide tests, such as the MSA. Many of the students often take the Algebra 1 HSA in 6th(!), 7th, or 8th grade and preform exceptionally well. Burleigh even had a 100% pass rate for the 2006-2007 school year! I highly recommend this school!
I am a parent for the second time of a child attending Burleigh Manor. I would like to say that I love this school. My family is in the military unfortunatley we moved to another statefor almost a year and my husband was deployed so we decided to move back to this area because we love Burleigh Manor and Centennial High School. Yes, the work can be a lot but if I can remember correctly, the only time my child has complained about a lot of work is when she missed a day and had to make it up. Other than that, it doesnt seem to be overwhelming for her. I think our children need to be challenged and pushed. I would like her to learn hard work and discipline now, than to learn it when it is time to go to college. I love this school! Keep It Up!!
This is a fabulous school. Truely fabulous. But Here are some things I wish they would improve on: Also, I have been sent many letters about obesity.I see that it is an important issue, but I ask why they have just added a snack machine? It just doesn't make much sense. Next, my child continuously complains about some of her teachers. She says that some of them just lay on the work to hard. Once, she was up until eleven o clock doing math homework, and she was in tears because she had about fifty graphs to draw in one night. So my recommendation for the parents is that this is a very good school, but you might want to prepare them for the extra hard work/
I am currently an eaight grader at Burleigh Manor Middle and I cannot say that I am more proud of this school. I come to school everyday excited to come and learn and be with friends and i come out with a expanded mind. I love all the teachers and all of the students here and I would not want to go to a different school besides Burleigh,
I'm an eighth grader at BMMS, and i have gone there for all three years and i love it. It's now an national blue ribbon school, and it has great teachers, great education, great extracurricular activities, and the music program is awesome!!! we rock!!!! i got into all GT classes, and the new principal who came when i started sixth grade, is really good, and is helping us to improve even more, educationally.
well actually i am new student here, I have only been here for a week after moving from new york and registering for the 7th grade a week before school started...........and I Looooooooove it here already! the teachers are great, the principals are great, the programs are great, the classes are great, and i just loooooooooove it!!!!!!
this is an great school with exellent teachers and a terrific principle. I'd highly recomend this school to new students.
The overall academic level, high expectations, and excellent music program school make this school appealing. The quality of teaching varies considerably, however, and much depends on which teacher your child gets. Some staff members could benefit from some sensitivity training. Not a great atmosphere for sensitive or creative kids. The fairly new principal seems interested in bringing about some positive changes and hopefully we will see some this year.
This is an excellent school, if we were not moving to another state I would have my child remain here. The teachers are excellent, the guidance counselor is great and the new principal seems to be off to a great start. I love this school and would reccommend it to everyone I know. Now there are a few knuckle heads at the school but the good by far out weighs the bad!
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