While there are a few not so great teachers, for the most part the quality of the teachers on show here is excellent, and the relationship between teachers and students is very good, since the class sizes are so small. No teacher here is unwilling to help a struggling student by sparing some of their time for the benefit of the student. It is clear that the teachers enjoy their jobs here.
While the majority of teachers are fairly reasonable in their homework amount, the amount of homework adds up quickly. There are also a select few teachers that do give unreasonable amounts of homework and this places a heavy burden on students that participate in a lot of extracurriculars.
The challenging nature of academics as well as academic interscholastic competition, speech in particular, helps driven students develop persistence and accustom them to the competitive nature of the world. However students who are not driven to take advantage of the opportunities provided to them will not gain much here.
There is a culture of disrespect for the administration at this school, in particular towards the principal, and dress code restrictions are sometimes enforced overly strictly by administration. However, there is bias again towards specific students who are unfairly punished for their dress code violations, while others who are far more obvious in their violation of these rules go by unpunished for reasons unbeknownst to me.
Brownell-Talbot has been my home ever since I was a toddler. Ive grown up in the small class sizes, the loving faculty and staffs arms, and have grown to love going to school. Yes it has had its bumps in the road, but with a new Head of School things are starting to look up! I enjoy the small class sizes and the relationships that form out of them. The teachers always make time to help with anything from school to personal life. The academic rigor puts public school to shame, and i felt more prepared for college my SOPHOMORE year of high school than my friends at public school felt their SENIOR year. The College Prep aspect has an amazing councilor, who works tirelessly to have each student ready when application season begins. The School is also taking leaps and bounds in technology, as our infrastructure and resources grow yearly. A huge robotics lab with 3-D Printers allows students to begin their adventure in creativity all the way down in Lower School. The school has often been known as a "rich preppy school for snobs", but this stereotype has been mostly washed away. The students who work the hardest are those who are lucky enough to get scholarship to this amazing school. Most students aim to go above and beyond anything previous classes have done. The competition pits classes against each other occasionally, but also creates a strong sense of school pride. So while the school does have its occasional flaws, the reviews here fail to capture the amazing experiences available at BT. - A lifelong Student
I have a daughter in the third grade with a severe, life threatening peanut allergy. The school promised me they were a peanut free zone but there is peanuts and peanut butter everywhere. When I complained I was told they can't police other parents. My child can die from this allergy. I am sure other children have the same severe allergy and a written policy is not enough.