I have a child in lower school and one in middle school. The education is top-notch, the teachers are dedicated, and the families are committed. The community feel is real, not just a marketing promise. Kids are encouraged to be who they are, whether that be an athlete or a mathlete. There is no pressure from the teaching staff, nor is the homework useless busywork. The comments regarding bullying are patently false. BT is an excellent school that offers opportunities unparalleled in any other school or district in Omaha.
The only good part of this school is the teachers. Most are passionate about teaching and care about their students. The administration is far removed from what is really happening with their student body. The disparity is wide between what the school projects themselves to be and who they really are in the community. Of all the educational institutions that should be teaching emotional intelligence, this school should be on the top of the list. Brownell Talbot is too busy trying to spin how wonderful their community is when, in fact, their students are bullied, categorized, and isolated. They push their students too hard to perform so much so that the pressure causes a large majority to develop anxiety and suffer from stomach issues as early as first grade. By the time these students reach sixth grade, they are well versed in the art of cheating. The drug and alcohol problem is horrendous. Brownell Talbot touts that their students have the highest ACT/SAT scores compared to other private schools, but the fact is that there is no data reported to suggest that this is true. They tout that their students are widely accepted to Ivy League schools; however, this is false. In fact, if you throw enough money at them, your student can graduate with a "D" average, be given an award for some ridiculous category that means nothing, and be given a stellar recommendation letter so that he/she can actually be accepted to a sub-par college. The tuition is ludicrous. If your son/daughter attends all the way through high school, you can expect to pay as much as the cost of a four-year college education out-of-state. The teachers are paid less than any other school in the Omaha district. Until the administration is really interested in creating a safe environment for students to learn at a pace that leaves the student excited about learning instead of dreading the process, free from bullying by other students and takes an honest look at the heightened substance abuse issues, it is not worth the time or money to send your child to this school. With exception to the teachers in this school, Brownell Talbot is unworthy of holding a position of a great school in this community. Don't believe the hype and the status of this school. You will be disappointed. Do your family a favor and save the extra money for your child's college education.
The problem in this regard is that teachers are not sharing with one another the amount of homework each class is giving out. For example, it is not uncommon that a student will have 4 or more tests given on the same day.
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.