This used to be a great school. With a quick change in administration and staff it has become an nightmare. The current leadership does not show any care for the children. It's sad to see a good school go down the drain.
The teachers really focus on my children well being when it comes to learning very safe and clean enviroment.
Bradford Academy is ok. My children are leaving this year. There are lots of changes that are 'supposed' to go into effect this 2009/20010 school year, including changes in administration. There are too many new teachers, who may not be able to challenge the children. They need to stop being afraid of the children and in some cases the parents. This is also a parenting problem as is true at any school. Bradford needs to improve on positive goals for the children and helping the children meet or exceed their educational goals. The orientation felt a little negative, with a lot of focus on what will happen if the children or parents break the rules, etc. I would have liked to hear more on positive expectations. Good Luck Mr. South, and Mr. Thomas!
I am a teacher at Bradford Academy. This is an outstanding school where the teachers and staff truly care about all of the children. Are we perfect? No! There are many things that we deal with on a day-to-day basis that take away from the teaching process. Many students face various challenges at home that are brought to the classroom: coming to school hungry because they haven't eaten since lunch the day before, homework is not done because there isn't someone making them do it, along with many other factors. We have students with varied levels of ability - for example a 5th grade class may have students with ability levels from 3rd through 6th grade. And we need to accommodate All of them!! Parents need to do their part too - not put it all on the teachers! Education begins in the home!
I've found that this school is far behind what others schools teacher or should teach our children. Such as, handwriting assignments by 3rd and 4th grade...teachers that do not talk to the students letting them know what's going on with an assignment or grade for that assignment. I don't feel this way about K thru 3, but so far 4th grade teachers are lacking big time.
This is a great school, with lots of Extra Activities for the Children.
I an a former student of Bradford.And I have to say this is a great school.The teachers are very helpful.There is alot of afterschool activities to choose from.They teach you alot and have high expectations for you.Although some of the students are not always disciplined enough.I think this is a great school.
My daughter is an 8th grade student at Bradford Academy. This is her second year at the school. For the most part, I am content with this school and the educational experience that my daughter has received. However, I am very concerned about the behavior of many of the students. It is very obvious that many of these students are facing some serious problems at home and in their personal lives. These problems are causing students to make bad choices and ultimately act out in school. A child's education is an invaluable investment and should be partnership between the parent and the teaching staff. To ensure the success of this wonderful school, a screening process should be implemented for the upcoming school year. This process would help tailor the school population to become more conducive to learning and productivity for the teaching staff. Behavioral issues manifest at home!
I am satisfied and content with the structure of Bradford Academy. I understand that every issue I might have may or may not be met. Bradford has improved the traffic coming and going tremendously. Parents need to be a little bit more patient with the process, your not the only one who has a child attending. It could much much worse.
very unorganized is my experience regarding the security of the school exp. during dismissal
i love bradford academy !!! it taught me alot ! n ive been there since 3rd grade . i really enjoy bradford academy n whoever is reading this n youre not going to bradford academy , go on there website n youll b amazed at how much kids like me love the school !!
For parents who are on the fence about enrolling their child in Bradford, let me first say that I believe with all my heart that the principal & his staff truly want the best for the children. The goal is to see that every child graduating from Bradford will be accepted to the college of their choice. However, in their pursuit of academic excellence, they're presented with major challenges that not only affect their teaching ability but the ability of other students to thrive in this environment. The composition of students is indeed unique. The student body is compliled of kids from various socio-economic backgrounds. A good majority of the children come to school with issues & attitudes that preclude the teacher from being most effective. Needless to say, the social climate leaves a lot to be desired. Without a more selective enrollment process Bradford will never meet its goal!
I was so impressed with this school in the beginning. It looks nice and the office staff is pleasant. The traffic is bad, but that didn't bother me if my child was being treated well. When I attended the orientation, I got the feeling that this would be a great place for my son. I believed that the teachers, counselors, and principal would be more understanding and patient in regards to the differnent maturity levels and the mindset of our your young boys. It seemed that they would inspire and motivate my child. I was so wrong. Granted the teachers are human beings, I feel that a teacher is or should have the ability to deal with the different personalities of our children, inspire them, and encourage them to be better. I was wrong. Very frustrated and disappointed.
Parents beware! My son is a ninth grader currently attending Bradford, I plan to make this year his last. Where do I begin, traffic is an issue, due to the limited space in the surrounding area and the administration has decided to expand the school by having the high school built in the same area. The academic programs do not address the needs of the students and leave them unprepared to compete... judge for yourself by examining the overall school AYP report (annual year progress). If you inquire about your childs progress or make comments about the academic material, the staff and administration are immediately offended and take a defensive approach. I saved the best for last, parents of students in ninth grade were asked to purchase the required text for the English class. Save yourself the disappointment and trouble and find another school and do your research!
*****Beware***** This school is horrible, the lower L principals are not sensitive to the needs of the parents or the children. They take little incidents and blow them out of proportion and they call you to come pick your kids up for the dumbest reaasons. And they don't mind calling you all the time to come from work. The teachers are not equiped to deal with certain situations and they want the parents to come sit in the class all the time. It's just crazy. I could not wait to get my daughter out of this school! She was un happy and not functiong well at all due to the stress of the classroom being out of control all of the time.
My family has been at Bradford since it first opened. I have not had a problem with the academic program. My kids are currently in the 2nd and 4th grade. I have become concerned about a number of things with Bradford. 1-The traffic is horrific anytime you have to dropoff or pickup of your children. Many parents are so ignorant and don't abide by the rules. Also, they make it hard for people who want to park and walk their kids to their classroom. I am particularly concerned about the learning environment for my child, who will be in middle school for the 2009-2010 school year. The behavior of many of these kids leaves a lot to be desired. I cannot fathom how my child can learn in this environment. It is a shame with the number of students at Bradford the participation at the PTA meetings. I doubt that we will return.
This school is shameful to be considered an institution of education for today's youth. Sadly, I feel it is a holding facility with alot of lipstick, to contain children who have been failed by their parents and other school systems. What they need to learn, such as life skills, discipline, and anger management, are not being taught to them at this school either. The increase in enrollment has not been a positive. The violence and failed structure are off the hook. Although administration is trained to be upbeat, the overall tone of the school has bad energy. For every child that they enroll, money is to be had from the state. On this note, I have seen students and administration treat other students and staff with total disrespect. I pray for Mr. Borowski, principle, to stop the further damage in these young lives that he is responsible for. Stop fooling people!
This school is a big disappointment. The teachers act as if they are afraid of the kids. The kids do what they want to do. This is my kids 3rd year there and they have had 3 vice-principals. They arent learning a thing. Tihs school is only there just to be there, and to build a high school, that wasnt thought through all the way. They should stop teaching at 5th grade. The teachers are too busy giving this baby work to the babies, the older kids in 3rd and up arent learning. They are holding my kids back form alotof things. The pricipal needs to get a back bone and run the school and stop letting the extra cirriculum teachers and students run it. Nothing is getting accomplished at Bradford, and I intend on reporting/writing a letter about it. What a waste of school.
Bradford Academy is a fast growing school the image is very delightful and the administration and teaching staff are working very hard to assure that the image does not stand alone.
My child is in Kindergarten at Bradford. He has one teacher & one assistant. I feel that they have done a great job with the class. My son comes home wanting to do his homework & read books.However, I do not like the how the school is from Grades K-8.After school the upper classmates roam the halls singing very inappropriate songs, running up & down the hallways, & they do not pay attention to the staff when told to stop.No home training at all! As far as the MEAP scores, parents need to help their children with their homework.Bradford is suppose to be adding a high school.Not a good idea! Why add a high school when you can't control the kids that's already enrolled?
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