The teachers are a little more attentive to the students. My oldest like to draw when he's bored and his teacher has implemented drawing in his classwork to keep him on track.
my 5 year old hasn't come home once with anything bad to say. Love this school.
My son started kindergarten and this is his first week. He has got lost or/and left behind twice. I dont feel my son is safe at this school. When i asked the teacher about it she couldnt remember what happened or where they were. It was only one day ago. This really concerns and worries me. I am looking for another school to enroll my son. My
this is going to be a wonderful year the teachers involvement and communication with parents as well as students is wonderful as well as the academics taught, my son was fascinated with the music room and can not wait to attend!
It's sad to see what Burton Glen has become. Two years ago I posted a positive review for Burton Glen, thanking them for the school's handling of my children. Today, I find myself scrambling to find a decent school to transfer my children to.
Pay attention to this site!!! I wish I had. My son started Burton Glen two days ago, and I cannot believe the amount of disorganization and unprofessionalism exhibited by this charter. Leadership is nonexistent, and job titles/ responsibilities seem to be undefined among administration and staff members. Hallways and the common area in front of the building is complete bedlam, with students swearing, yelling, pushing, and throwing objects. I will likely have to be making a change for my child before the end of this year.
Oh my goodness, the August 1st parent review sounds a lot like an advertisement! I definitely agree with the pervious comment. Talk to parents who have been associated with Burton Glen to get your information. I find it hard to believe that such well spoken, and obviously educated family (August 1st) would find Burton Glen to be a satisfactory choice, let alone an exceptional one for their children. In my experience, well behaved, hardworking students are abused by the bad ones and ignored by the teachers trying to keep the classroom under control. If you were a parent writing a review, would you use the format and wording used by the parent reviewer in the August 1st comment? Sounds like an advertisement to me.
Be leary, and very very careful what you believe concerning Burton Glen and National Heritage Academies! The best way to evaluate this school is to talk to parents who have actual expierience with this place face to face. Be active in researching a school for your children. Burton Glen has turnover rate for teachers and administrators that is most troubling to say the least. The "interm" principal has just been replaced by another "interm" principal this week. Many teachers at the middle school have been driven to tears on a regular basis by undisciplined students. Many have quit over these problems. State test scores are atrocious (MEAP), and bullying is frequent. Burton Glen is also frequently unwilling to acknowlege or deal with serious problems within the school.
I have so many things to say that I don't know where to start! I am a VERY protective mom who was nervous and worried about sending my son to school after the death of his older brother for the first time. However, Burton Glen Charter won me over very quickly and allayed all my fears! This kindergarten/ middle school is the perfect blend of academics, culture appreciation, and socialization. They promote independence, creativity, and a genuine pride in learning in all of their students. The entire staff is devoted to guiding each child in discovering and maximizing their strengths while encouraging them to tackle new tasks/learning experiences they may not be familiar with. The staff also provides a very nurturing environment which I was very drawn to and one I had not observed with other schools when I was choosing a school for my other children and believe me, I looked!. I see the progress my son has made in the 3 year he has been there and my husband and I are amazed! He has become a confident, independent, and respectful little man who loves to learn. He is excited to come home each day and share all he has learned and accomplished!
This place has many major problems. The focus of this school does not appear to be on education, but rather covering up and denying shortcomings within the school. Every person you talk to at this place will tell you something different. It is hard many times to know if they are being untruthful, or just unaware of what is going on in this building. Administrators lack professionalism, and many teachers are substandard. The major concern of the administration at this point is not correcting problems in the school, but rather implementing a "weird" and difficult manditory uniform policy for next year. The uniforms that have been choosen include odd colors that have to be ordered from the school, and cannot be purchased elsewhere,and ties for boys and girls. This school is difficult to deal with, and does not provide a good education to students. Burton Glen is a poor choice for your childrens educational needs!
Prospective Parents- ACT WITH CAUTION!!! I don't even know what to say about his place. The school itself is abso;ute chaos on a regular basis. Principles refuse to recognize problems even when they unfold directly in front of them. Many students that make up the student body are discipline nightmares who are not delt with at all. The leadership at this place is a joke to say the least. Avoid at all costs. Do not be fooled by anyone who works at Burton Glen telling you that this is a good safe school for your child!!!
Some of us find Burton Glen to be a great place. Those parents that have experienced such negativity, GO! STop tearing down the school with your foolish comments. Pack you and your kids up and find somewhere where you are happy. There are plenty of schools. My children love Burton Glen and they are doing well, why would I move them because I don't like what procedure is in place.
I'm glad you have had a good expierience! What you describe is what the entire school used to be like. There are still a few good teachers, but not near enough to make up for the current administrators. A parent told me the other day that NHA has replaced the school DSQ and school board president. This is a positive change considering a month ago they were unwilling to admit BG even had a problem. What I was told is the new DSQ seems genuinely concerned about BG but I am bothered that apparently he said one of his goals is to improve or rebuild the current principle's atrocious reputation. (WHY) NHA has acted WAY to slowly to problems and does not yet seem fully ready to recognize the real problem. Maybe they can turn it around, but it will likely take a lot of time considering how bad this school has become. These folks are definetly not good at service after the sale. Be cautious, we are still pulling our son out.
I'm not surprised. I have also talked to many people at NHA. I was finally able to speak to a head person a (DSQ) after several un returned calls. This guy didnt even listen to what I was saying. He kept talking louder and louder and interupting my every word. there are no regularly enforced rules at this school. Students behave horribly with staff doing nothing. There is a no sagging pants rule but when i visited the school awhile ago the middle school dean was doing it too. This is not a good place for your kids unless they have severe behavior problems and know how to fight. They wont be thrown out. this school expects very very little from students, and absolutly nothing from parents. Very Very Sad. We are not returning
They don't have a choice but to put up with this school the way it is now. All the good students and staff have left or are leaving. I was getting a call almost every other day last summer begging me to send neighbors, friends and relitives. The call wasn't even made by the principle, but instead by a lower level administrator who used to have the respect of many parents. BG and NHA has so frequently lied to parents that no one would believe them even if they did try to change at this point. I have to consider the safety and educational needs of my child, and sadly BG does not satisfy either need. Bullying and fighting along with verbal and physical assualt are commonplace. I would not recommend this once great school to anyone the way it has become.
Thank you to the parents that have really tried to work and negotiate with National Heritage Academies to improve Burton Glen. It is a shame that the efforts appear to be fruitless. You would think that they would be more receptive to negitive feedback, and make nessessary changes the way they so value the school surveys. I guess not. So long Burton Glen!!!
My kids have attended this school since K. They are now in the 2nd and 4th grades and how drastically this school has fallen. I have to agree with the other reviewers on the principal. She is out of her league as a administrator. With so many negative reviews of her and complaints i am kinda surprised she has not been removed. I don't really care what happens to this school anymore. I've already enrolled my kids in another district for next year. My kids are so happy to be leaving but not as happy as I am to be honest. The bullying is way out of hand. My son took it for a year until he finally had enough and started to fight back. He has had 3 fights this year in school. He was a timid kid just two years ago and this school has changed him forever. If you looking at this school for your children i suggest you keep looking. It won't be long and they will need metal detectors here. I am not exaggerating either. So long Burton Glen this family will not miss you one bit.
Well the time has come to move on! After 7 yrs at BG I have to say it's a real shame what the Principal has done or NOT done I should say. I am appalled at her promises and then refuses to follows thru. Took me months to get a meeting with her which turned out to be a JOKE! My son was severely beaten in a classroom and nothing could be done as the teachers are not allowed to break it up. No one from the school cared enough to call and ask how he was doing and later the Principal refused to look at photo's of his face. To add insult to injury he was suspended for being involved and then further punished by being removed from the Safety Squad after serving for two years. He was devasted! The Principal refused to contact the parents of these bullies or even address the the problems of bullying. As a result a few days later one of these students brought a lighter to school and caught a young girls hair on fire burning her scalp and arms. Perhaps if she would have done as she so promised in our meeting this terrible incident could have been prevented. I contacted NHA Superintentant and requested a phone conference, took the day off work and after being reminded by email he never called.
My son started kindergarten there and had a wonderful year. They have some of the best teachers that care deeply for their students. First grade began with a new principal who has taken this once great school down to the dumps. She does not listen to the parents nor will have a sit down meeting no matter how many times you call. It is sad what this school has become. The best teachers left as well because of the attitude of this principal who decided to switch teachers to different grades without the teachers input. The bullying and swearing became a big issue and my son was only in first grade. A mandatory uniform policy was to be put in place the next year and only a certain brand was allowed to be worn. We pulled our son and are so happy with our new school as Burton Glen continues to fall from success. Very sad how no one seems to care
I have two children that previously attend BG, both of whom started there in Kindergarten. Last year, fortunately, my daughter graduated and started her freshman year at Davison. My son, however, continued attending BG for fifth grade. About 1-1.5 months ago after my son was punched, I decided it was time for him to leave and he now attends Davison as well. As stated by many other parents the bullying has gotten out of control. I sent a note to school with my son stating that he had my permission to defend himself if he was hit, punched, kicked, whatever and was told that my son would also be suspended for defending himself. Everyone there has turned a blind eye and many of the reputable teachers have left. I strongly suggest finding another school for your children to attend and hopefully it is not another NHA school. I have a notebook full of times/dates that I called and complained to corporate and it didn't make a difference so don't waste your time.
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