Birch Hill is an excellent school. My daughter is really excited and looking forward to starting her new school year. The teachers and staff are excellent and provide a great environment for my child to thrive in.
My stepson goes to this school and I am completely unsatisfied. School has paperwork showing shared custody yet we have to constantly remind teachers to send him home with copies of report cards and notices. We have to reteach him how to do problems on his homework that the "teacher" supposedly went over during the day.
My son had Mrs. Gorelick this year for second grade and would have had her again next year for third grade, if we had not decided to move to another state. She is the best, most amazing teacher my son has ever had. She is very patient and encouraging. My son loved going to school everyday and was so sad b/c we were moving and he would not see her next year. He actually cried b/c he did not want a different teacher, he loved her so much and enjoyed her class. I was amazed at all his improvements, especially in his reading level, since having her for his teacher. Losing her as his third grade teacher is the only disappointing thing about our move. I wish I could throw her in box and pack her up too....LOL! Mrs. Gorelick~ you are awesome!
When my son was at a private kindergarten, his teacher informed me that she felt he was intellectually behind and should be coded. I took him out of private school, knowing he was a bright child and sent him to Birch Hill for first grade. His teacher immediately recognized his learning issue as being an attention problem. She referred him to the reading specialist and I had him tested through his doctor's office. He was diagnosed with ADHD and with the school's help and a few lifestyle changes (diet, and behavioral) my son has thrived. Birch Hill staff has been by our side every step of the way and I now have a happy, well adjusted, straight A student! The staff at this school genuinely cares about each and every child that walks through their door and are slow to pass judgement but quick to offer help.
I was a previous student at this school two years ago and I think that this school is amazing. The taechers and the assembly's and where the fundraising went to I thought was really thoughtful and fun. Mr. Mckean, mrs. Donohue, mrs. Chaperian, and mrs. Nagle were my teachers and I thank them very much and for all the good times.
My Daughter went to this school for all 5 grades and she and I knew she was very lucky to attend this school. Her Dad died when she was 6 and that year was rough for her until she was assigned to Mrs. Johnsons class. Mrs. Johnson had a similar situation as a child where she lost her parents. I can not put into words what a wonderful inspiration she was to my child and myself as a single parent. We had to move out of the area of Birch Hill and we applied for a variance per special reasons and she was accepted to continue learning at Birch Hill for all 5 years. I wish I could write more but word count wont allow. Thank You Birch Hill for saving my child. We love you all and will never forget. Ms. Kim Mello