Burroughs is NOT a good choice if you are looking for a school where kids are seen as individuals with individual learning styles. The environment is highly structured and very conformist. Burroughs is heavily into testing & practicing for testing. Conformity is the rule. Administrators are NOT helpful if God forbid your child has needs that fall outside the boundaries of their routine. If you want your child to THINK, and not just test well, then this is NOT the school for you. We pulled our daughter out of Burroughs in the 3rd grade and went to Barton which is an excellent K-8 near Lake Harriet. There we found accommodation for individual learning styles, cooperative learning, more diverse student body, and a totally different environment and approach to learning.
great school for upper middle class white kids with a stay-at-home parent who can volunteer every week. Way too rigid and NO focus on the individual child. they are strict about teaching kids how to test well. it has made my child really stressed and frustrated. i am so disappointed. I feel bad for the teachers because I think many of them are great, but can't step outside the "program" and help each child learn to their own abilities. and the parents.... YIKES! So much pressure and over-indulging. Let the teachers do their jobs and shut up already. The school has more money than 2 other schools in MPLS combined. Enough with the fundraising! Jeez.
We have 1st and 3rd Grade boys at Burroughs and couldn't be happier. The teachers are committed and sincerely care about the children. The parent community is amazing and very invested in the success of the school. I would highly recommend this school.
I am extremely dissatisfied with this school. The staff was completely unresponsive and not well-versed at working with children as unique individuals. Conformity is good to a degree, but not when it belittles, betrays trust, and creates defiance and hostility. I felt this school was not equipped to reach my child, and that this past school year was a waste of time for everyone involved. We will not be returning in the fall, and I would not recommend this school if you are searching for a place that nurtures, respects, and fosters growth in learning.
Burroughs has been a wonderful school for our twin boys for the past five years. Tim Cadotte, the principal, provides top-notch leadership and really cares about educating the kids. The teachers are outstanding.
My child is in 1st grade and I have to say I am really impressed. There is a traditional academic base, but with a lot of emphasis on creativity. There is a willingness to work with parents, in fact parents are expected to get involved. This is a very fun and open school, and what a gorgeous building! The only downside is that classes are very large in the lower grades, but my child's teacher has no problems with it. After a few years of the recent changes that may change. My child loves going to school!
Highly focused on academics, but I've never seen a stressful atmosphere as described. Great teachers, great principal, and a lot of parent involvement make this school wonderful. We couldn't imagine sending out children anywhere else.
Burroughs school has an outwardly "open" environment, but once you are inside, it is entirely different. Stressful atmosphere for my child; boots must be lined up perfectly in the hallways, children must walk silently in the hallways, and an overwhelming focus on academics. If your child is different, especially academically or emotionally, this is not the right school.
Huge academic focus. Strong principal leadersip. Very strong parental involvement - some teachers may lament 'too strong'. The specialty programs are first rate. This is a private school education at a public school price.
The teachers make learning fun and who else has their music teaching playing the accordion in the lobby every morning when they come to school. Rock and roll at the end of the year!
I am a grand parent who is very involved with my grand children. I have been very impressed with every aspect of our grandson's experience at Burroughs. He was having some problems at a private school and has advanced in several subjects. We are very impressed with his growth and development through his experience at burroughs.
This school is phenominal. We have been delighted and amazed by the quality of teachers, the facility, the curriculum, and the overall feeling of community and involvement of parents. We can't imagine a better place for our kids.
I must take issue with the previous submission. I have had children in the school since 1995 to the present, and one of the things my wife and I have always appreciated is the safe, all inclusive environment created for all kids regardless of race, religion, economic status, or where the children live. Our experience with the teachers has been simply extraordinary in every situation. All kids are treated with care and respect, and those that need more personalized attention will receive it. I can attest to this because my child has benefitted from this. My personal opinion is that it is a gift that will pay dividends for a lifetime for the kids that are able to attend Burroughs.
Burroughs is a great school for upper middle class white kids. Unfortunately, the school and community are not very tolerant or supportive of different races, religions, or sexual preferences (see previous posting.) From an academic standpoint, there is a huge focus on reading and math. Anything to increase those scores! Socially, I wam looking for a more open- minded environment in the next school we choose. ces/ religions/ sexual prefernces.
Why does principal Tim Cadotte want to expose our young children to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) curriculam that Hale school is considering and possibly implementing? Is this a necessary program and worth tax payer dollars? I would rather see money spent on better programs.
I went there in the 80's and my daughter goes there now. There's no better school as far as I'm concerned. GREAT Principal in Tim Cadotte!
This is a fabulous school! Oftentimes I walk my 3rd grader to her class, and we are immediately greeted by music played the music teacher on various instruments on different days. All through the school teachers are stationed in specific spots in hallways to greet the students. The kids get a very positive experience 1st thing in the morning. I always come away from there with a smile on my face. I have had interaction with the pricipal for many years now, and I can say he is an intelligent, very caring individual, whose primary concern is the well being of all the students.
I am a Burroughs parent of children both of which have educational issues. They don't fit what some people may consider the 'average'. I have found the administration, teachers and support staff overwhelmingly adaptable. The many accommodations that have created have been above and beyond what any family could expect. Burroughs holds high expectations for the peace, safety and nurturing environment. All of the teachers are of the highest professional quality. I am grateful we have a school in our neighborhood that feels like a family for our third child. Thank you Burroughs staff.
Burroughs has not disappointed me. Ii is a wonderful school with great leadership and teachers. My daughter has Mr. Sam larsen in 2nd grade- she calls him magical. He truly upholds his class to high academic standards. I hope we have teachers of his quality all thorugh her school years. Unfortunately, due to overall reduced funding to schools in the City of Minneapolis class sizes and extra-curricular activities have taken a hit.
Burroughs is a very good school with great parent involvement. Many parents in the area have the option to send their kids to private schools, yet choose to send them to Burroughs. If the class sizes were kept under better control, I would give an even higher rating.
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