Excellent teachers, great discipline and awesome students!! My son started on 6th grade and loved both Latin and French programs. Everybody was very welcoming and friendly. The general feel is one of respect and eagerness to learn!
I have a current second grader and an incoming kindergartner. We could not be happier with the administration, staff, and teachers of BFCCPS. Our second grader is challenged in his work, and absolutely loves being part of this community.
Sinking. Ship. The new administration is ineffective and failing at keeping this school thriving. Parents in the last few years have begun (and continue) to pull their kids out and/or not send on their kindergarteners on to bfccps. Although the principal is lovely, she does not have the communication skill set needed for her position - when dealing with parents one or one or as a whole. As another review had stated, the politics are also working against this community. Parents are continually subbing classes or so highly involved in the PCO that it has blurred the lines between the parents and administration. This school is about to grow in a major way as it regionalizes - I know my kids will not be there when that takes place. If it's not working as it is now, it's hard to believe it will get better with three times the students. I am truly disappointed in our experience with this school and it's administrators.
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.