Beacon Academy is a great school for all students. There is a good SE department, and the teachers are all very helpful and caring. This school has high academic standards and achievements. The social situation is very welcoming to everyone.
I pulled my chlld out of this school because of severe bullying. They gave no consequences tothe bully. School does not howhow to dealwiththis topic. Also,not much help academically..beware....
Beacon charter school is a great place for a child to learn facts and how to be a helpful community member. Our kids started attending Beacon in Fall of 2012. My kids have enjoyed full day kindergarten at no extra cost to us. Beacon Academy has chose to give all Kindergarten students a full day to give them a good start their first year. The best part of Beacon is the parent involvement that all parents commit to. The parent involvement and volunteering helps the teachers and administration to include the parents in the important job of raising a child mentally and socially.
We won the lottery when we got in to Beacon Academy. We've been so pleased with the teachers, staff., Great communication from the office, the principals, the teaching staff. I'd recommend this school whole heartedly.
I go to this school and i'm going to 8th grade next year and all I have to say is: It is terrible for socially awkward kids. Let me explain, all the teachers are very direct and blunt when telling me something bad and they are ALL very insensitive to me, especially the old SS teacher and the OS teacher are absolutely the most insensitive teachers I have ever know. If your child has a social disorder do not send them to this school they WILL feel alone, and they WILL feel very awkward there.
Overall, this is a very nice school with a welcoming community feel. Class sizes are not too big. The administration, office staff, nurse, and lunch staff are all great. The teachers tend to be younger and less experienced, but they all seem to genuinely care about kids. Most families live in Maple Grove or Plymouth, so out-of-school activities (family get-togethers, Barnes & Noble night, etc.) tend to be held in those towns. The school is trying to add a 9th grade, and possibly expand to a full high school. Some cons: There is not a lot of differentiation for elementary students. They say math is accelerated by a full grade level for the younger grades, but it only seems to be partially so. As with any public school, there is a strong focus on testing. There is no technology in the classrooms (i.e., no smartboards, iPads, or laptops), but kids go to technology class once a week, which partly serves as a weekly testing time. The volunteer commitment requested of families is helpful to the school but hard for parents who work full-time to fulfill.
Although the school is in it's 5th year, it is still working out some kinks, like a permanent location. I like the community feel of Beacon, and the parent involvement. I like that the teachers have a plan, but can veer off if the students have a particular interest in the topic they are covering. So far, my child has really been enjoying all of it, the maps, science, music, spanish. In her 2nd year, they're covering more math, Phy Ed and art as well, and I believe they'll get deeper into Character Education this year.
Our son started in kindergarden at Beacon and will be in 2nd grade in the fall. The staff is very responsive to parent concerns. In addition to applying the core body of knowledge the school stresses good citizenship values. We are very happy with his progress.
My child goes to kindergarden at Beacon academy.The things I like most about the school are their character education,communication of the school with parents and every day spanish teaching.My daughter loved the spanish teacher and within a week she picked up the language and was telling me all the colors in spanish.last but not the least is they have a school uniform which helps them to keep focus more on academics.They have chess club,gymnastics and art classes.Also provide good hot lunches.Get home work every day of course not on weekends.I like the core curriculum which they follow.Over all the school is good
We have 3 children in Beacon Academy, having transferred in 2 years ago from a private religious school. My wife and I have been very happy with the academics (Core Knowledge) in terms of structure and rigor as well as the quality of the teaching. Most of the children in our neighborhood attend our local public schools and, although the local schools are some of the best in the state (Wayzata) we feel that our children are getting a better education at Beacon. We have been particularly please with the math program (Saxon Math). The math programs other schools tend to use (whole math, Chicago math) tend to confuse most students. We are also happy with the sense of community at Beacon. The teachers and administrators are good at keeping us updated on what is going on at school and seem genuinely interested in our childrens' performance.
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