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.
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.
My son has been a student at Brownell since he was a toddler. The teachers are dedicated and my son's classes are challenging with plenty of individual attention because of the small class sizes. Best money we have ever invested.
Notice how a large portion of the positive reviews were written about the same time in October 2013. The truth is that this school is a huge disappointment. The education is fine if your student is average or slightly above. The school does not have the resources for gifted students as they will lead you to believe. The athletics are substandard. Bullying is a big problem. There are some interesting families in the community, but the school is "run" by moms who are basically middle-aged mean girls. One of the worst examples of bad behavior was the BTPA President last year (2013-2014), which says a lot about the school's values. It is not even close to a straight path to the Ivy League as someone suggested. Just take a look at what colleges their graduates attend. The bottom line is that there are many other school options in town that will provide your child with a better education, better overall experience, and they will get into just as good (and probably better) college when they graduate.