My children have had a wonderful experience at BES. The school has strong art and music programs, a gifted program, and many after-school enrichment options. The focus of the school is not to raise test scores but to develop the whole child--there is a lot of emphasis on community, kindness, movement, and creativity. Academics are strong, with children getting what they need no matter their level of ability. I love this school!
Barrington Elementary School serves some children well, especially if you are a parent who can volunteer during school hours. However, if your child has any learning differences which need attention or differentiated instruction, his/her needs will go unmet. This district continues to be a District In Need of Improvement and 35% of this year's second graders are not reading at grade level (posted on their own website).
I have read the reviews for Barrington and feel that much has changed with this school in the past few years. I think the new principal has proven to be a focused and compassionate leader. The staff seems professional and focused. My daughter has not had a bad teacher yet: she is in third grade. She is scoring high on the standardized tests, which tells me that she is getting a good eduction. The school has a great enrichment program, excellent REACH program and generally more extra-curricular programs than any one student can do. Cudos to the principal and her staff for leading our school and its students to succcess.
The moment you walk in BES you feel a sense of community. Everyone is warm and friendly. If you need anything, the friendly office folks are there to help you. My children had a great experience at the elementary school. I think the academics are challenging and the staff is knowledgeable. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful school!!
I love Barrington Elementary! The teachers and administration are friendly and student-centered. I have had two children attend the school and both loved everything about it. Every morning when I walked into the school, I was greeted with a friendly 'Good morning,' by the Guidance Counselors and the Assistant Principal. I did see some parents get 'testy' with them when they were politely asked to get a pass to walk down to the classrooms. Why get mad at them for keeping the school safe? Some people amaze me! The counselors and administration always smiled back at the rude parents and explained that they were following protocol and keeping the school as safe as possible. This is an extremely safe school because of the safeguards that are put in place.....and enforced. Good job Barrington Elementary! We are fortunate to have such a wonderful and caring, and academically challenging place for our children
I think starting the dare program very young is a great thing as they go from a tiny school to a huge high my son started the DARE program in 3rd grade and I helped sargeanrt Banion so I feel the younge the better he now manages one company works for another and just got an award from the attorney general of the united states kids are given choices alot younger education will hopefully help them make the right ones.
My children attended this school and I do have to say it was so bad, we were willing to walk away from the house we owned at the time just to get them out of it. There is nothing nice I can say about the staff. I only encountered one teacher, Miss Atherton, who was taught my children anything of value. I am not sure if she is even there anymore. As a parent, I had many concerns and none of them were addressed. If I had to rate this school on a grade system, I would have to give them an F, and thats being nice. My children recieved nothing attending this school. I am thankful our house sold and we were able to relocate. If you are looking to buy in Barrington and have kids, look elsewhere or you may be sorry.
BES is an OK school, but certainly needs a lot of improvement. The principal at the school is fairly weak, the kingergarten teachers pretty much rule him. Speaking of kingergarten, everything they do is cookie cutter. I've had two children go through two years apart. What the most recent child brought home for projects is EXACTLY as my first child (down to the color and everything). In addition, the playground is nice but on a bed of pebbles (which the students aren't allowed to touch. They also may NOT speak at lunchtime once the last person goes through the line..this is crazy! I'm desperately looking for other options. Now, my 2nd grader is learning about drugs and alcohol...she has no clue about this, why are they INTRODUCING IT TO HER AT THIS young AGE. Schools should stick with the basics.