This school's administration mantra is punish, punish, punish. They do not attempt to educate by example. Penalties are given with the intention of humiliating your child and there is no initiative of working with the parent. Teachers are great, especially in the areas of French, music, history, and English. In the long term, with the school moving to a regional charter school, there are concerns with whether the current administration has the competency and leadership to manage the change.
I'm not sure where the parent got their information regarding technology being basic "most middle schoolers are doing Powerpoint presentations and video reports." My first grader created a Powerpoint presentation on dinosaurs and my second grader created an automated "cartoon" of the water cycle. Lastly, my seventh grader created a video commercial in honor of the Super Bowl. We felt their technology exposure exceeded our expectations
BFCCPS is proof that the physical plant does not make the school. My daughter graduated last year, and we could not have been happier there. The teachers were, for the most part, really engaged with the students. The community emphasized character education and responsibility for your own behavior. This was a wonderful experience for our family, and I would encourage other parents to explore this wonderful school.
I have to agree with the previous comments. The school has dedicated grade level teachers. French which is fantastic and the students are practically fluent by eighth grade. Art and Band are creative and inspiring. The other elective activities are lacking greatly. Physical education is executed very poorly. The first grade students learn the same thing as the eighth grade students with the teachers wasting half of the class on meaningless chatter. Latin education is non existence and a waste of time. Technology education is very basic and most of the students are beyond the curriculum. Students in other middle school are creating ppoint presentations and making video reports. The facilities are grossly outdated. The students lack enough books. Books can't be brought home since two classes share them. The creed "parents are the primary educators" is taken to the extreme, with the administration allowing parents to call too many shots. There has to be a line. Hopefully the school will get their act together with the new head of school.
This school was very strong five years ago but has gone downhill in its quality of teaching and its school environment. The teachers in grades 1 and 3 are excellent. The special ed staff is fantastic. But overall, the school does not manage the school day well, the facilities severely limit the instructional opportunities, and too many of the staff are parents who became chummy with the administration. The Latin program is a joke, and the middle school is sorely neglected. The school aims high with a classical curriculum and the MA state standards, but in reality falls short of the mark.
BFCCPS has some of the most dedicated teachers I've met since my children were in school. I attend the programs open to parents and grandparents and I;m always impressed by the enthusiasm exhibited by the students and teachers alike. Parents are very much involved and I think the combination makes this a vibrant combination that motivates their young students. This school deserves to be reognized as a superior learning institution.
The school has been a great experience for my two children. The music and Arts program are top notch but the real plus is the the interaction between staff and parents. The school is run by real a great group of administrators and the the teaching staff for the most part is first class.
This Charter School is proof that when parents are involved in the mission of the school, their children excel in their participation and understanding of their studies. I am grateful for the choice I was afforded, to make in the best interest of my children's education, to send them to this public Charter school. They prepare children to be leaders in their communities and to love learning.
What an amazing place. The BFCCPS has helped my child grow intellectually, helped develop his character, and fostered the beliefs that I have as a parent. The arts enrichment program is beyond compare, the character ed program fantastic, the familes, staff and teachers all come together to make this school a very special place for any child to learn and grow. We are truly blessed to have such a great example of what learning and schools should be.
Academic programs are wonderful, and the school does a great job of incorporating character education and public service. Music program is very good and arts are emphasized well. Extracurricular activities are limited, but community activities are very accessible in this community. Parents make the school go.
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