I have been a student here for 7 years. I have no idea what the previous reviews were talking about. K-2 grade was the best years I have enjoyed at this school. The rest was horrible. Just horrible. First of all, there was too much drama. There's not much to say about that. Second, was bullying. The staff will not help you. The end. My best friend and I was bullied and they did nothing. The good news? I gave the bullies what they've asked for. The bad news? My best friend never did. She kept getting bullied and eventually, the staff no longer believed her. She'll tell a teacher that someone is saying mean things and you know what they say? "don't tattletale" or just wave her off. She had been bullied so many times, in the end, I told her, "don't trust the teachers, don't trust the staff, they won't help you. They'll only accuse you and make you sad. Stand up for yourself, I'll help you." We got through sixth grade like that. Third, the staff will forget you. I mean literally what I said. This doesn't happen to everyone nd sometimes I wonder if its only happened to me, but the teachers tend to forget me. I am still only starting to recover from that scar they left. In third grade, the teacher never gave me a Christmas present( a big deal back then) but gave all the other students. In 6th grade, I was accepted to nehs and turned in the money and form. The office said I never turned if in so therefore I was not accepted as a member. Sometime in fifth grade, we were supposed to get our school pictures but the teacher never called me. So I went to her at the end of the class and she said she forgot. I am just starting to recover from these scars. I am now in the ninth grade and I would remember being in junior high and staying all tensed up when the teachers call us. I was always afraid of my name not being called. Now, I have more confidence in myself. I can rant a long time, but I'll stop. Some background information you should know though: I am an all A's student in case if any of you thought the reason for the staff's treatment was because I was "bad". And I did not dislike everything. There was a fifth grade teacher I had loved and he would be the reason for me coming to school happy. I did not dislike all the staff either and there was a librarian who I liked that retired 3 years ago. I am sorry that I had never felt at home here.
Former Ann Arbor Abbott parent here. While still concerned about the level of expectation, my daughter is catching up in most areas. She still seems less interested in learning and going to school than before we moved, but communication has improved. Her instructor seems to genuinely care about her success, and the schools principal is very receptive to parental concerns, which is highly appreciated. I maintain my opinion that the work load for children her age is excessive, we are slowly adapting to Burr and Utica.
I am so surprised by the previous reviews. I understand that no school is perfect but Burr Elementary is a perfect fit for my family. My daughter started there last year, entering 4th grade. She was welcomed by her peers from day 1. The leadership of this school is exemplary. Mr Hardy and the staff do everything they can to help the kids be successful. They have numerous clubs, summer learning programs, dedicated teachers who selflessly volunteer. (They started homework club). My child learned to blog book reviews, sew a quilt , and how to deal with bullies. I love the small group instruction strategy. It keeps those who are proficient from being bored and those who need a little push to catch up. There are also many volunteer opportunities for parents. We do hallway math for children who may need a little help or further what they already know. I love how they do not single my child out when I volunteer. They rarely (maybe just once) put her in my station when I volunteer for Math rotations every friday. Not every parent can volunteer and it is not from lack of wanting. My child has been very successful this year. THANK YOU BURR!!
I would not let your kid go to this school, to much bullying, and drama, when kids report things to the teacher about bullying they tell the kids to go back to their seats, plus the principal does nothing about it or even let the parents know about whats going on in school, kids started bullying my kids this year on the bus and in school, we had a meeting with the principal about it, and he did nothing to solve the problem, we had to deal with it all year. then at the end of the year my kid had a bruise on her leg and he called c.p.s on us saying we beat our kids and i push my kid off the prouch..and never called us to find out that my kid fell off her bike... don't go to this school, my kids are going to a new one this year. i think 5 years of this stuff is enough...