There is one elementary school and everyone goes to the same school. This is nice because I moved from a town with 5 different elementary schools and heard, "which elementary school are you in....". People would try and have playdates with kids from their elementary school. It really segmented the town. So, that is good. The academics are good. The kids have reading homework every night and usually some math work. We actually had our one son check out a prominent private school and spend the day there shadowing another student. After asking him about his experience, and specifically about math class, he said, "actually they are behind us in math...what they were covering in math class, we did this a few weeks ago." The school offers an additional math class in the morning before school for gifted students. They also offer music and singing lessons before school too. I read some of the other reviews about yelling. My kids have mentioned this to me before. I think it comes from the lunch ladies, its not the teachers or other staff. Not that this is ideal, but, that where its coming from. I think I would give the school 5 stars if it wasn't for the lunch ladies.
Great school with great teachers! I couldn't ask for anything more for my children. We moved our children to Bedwell after having them in private school, and I feel that their education has only improved at Bedwell. Staff is very caring and loving, bullying is no more a problem than anywhere else. The staff is very aware of what happening in their school.
Lots of bullying and the school does not enforce. Academics are just ok. A very large school, not nurturing at all. I've seen lots of yelling
Bedwell Elementary has small class size and excellent, experienced teachers who are kind and friendly. Kids with learning differences or non-native speakers of English are integrated into the regular classrooms and have lots of support at school (OT, speech, ESL, PT, Reading Recovery, etc.). There are no foreign languages (major missed opportunity) and very little recess and gym. There is way too much focus on test preparation. Parents are not involved in the classroom after first grade. The academic quality is excellent, particularly in math and science. Writing instruction begins early and is well-developed. There are "specials" in technology, music, enrichment (e.g., gifted), library and art. The parent teacher association is active and well-organized, albeit a bit of a clique. The student body is not diverse (a reflection of the three towns in the district). All in all the education is better at Bedwell than many of the area's private elementary schools. We have two kids there and are satisfied with the quality of instruction and commitment of the teachers and administration.
My child went to Bedwell after leaving a private preschool and I was so disappointed. The curriculum for kindergarten could not compare to what my child had already learned. It was a giant step backwards and I would not recommend this oversized school to any parent whose child is advanced.
I have had 3 children at Bedwell and happy with their education and quality of the teachers. The kids have had good academic and social experiences in the school and like any larger school, you need to communicate with the teachers and be engaged to make it the best possible for your kids.
So very happy that I chose to keep my son in public school. I have saved THOUSANDS and my child is receiving a truly quality education that he is enjoying daily.
I was a student at bedwell from 1999-2004. i would just have to say that my years here were the greatest. i had the best time during recess and in class. i'm not sure due to all the teacher protests recently if the school is worse now, but when i was there it was awesome. the only downside were some of the aids in the lunch room. many students didn't like them. lots of good times -when the power went out, recess time, lunch time, halloween parades and when mr. lampa was there!
Bedwell is an incredible school. The teachers are so committed to the children. My third grade daughter has had one good teacher after another. The administration is active and positive and the HSA is really invovled too. I am very pleased with our experience!
Our first year here with a 2nd grader. The teachers style is to grade homework and hand it back to the student with a remark. It is then up to the student to ask for help or guidance. This doesn't seem appropriate for 7 and 8 year olds. I've called, emailed and written notes with little results, placating responses. I just got my daughters report card with 'requires direct and frequent support' in the area I've been alerting them about. Parent involvement seems to be discouraged - the school has very little in the way of extra activities. My girl isn't as excited about school as she was last year.
Academics are good. Though school is too large for an elementary school - open periods (lunch/recess) do not have enough supervision.
The school's curriculum is geared toward the ASK testing and teaches students to think like the tests, thereby giving them high scores in the State. The downside is that students are not taught to learn or think creatively and the administration has a low tolerance for a child's unique style and personality. They have been known to refer children for outside testing and medication management when they are non-comforming and non-compliant. Parental involvement is discouraged beyond kindergarten unless the event is organized. Music, art, sports, etc. are basic and unremarkable.
An excellent school with small class sizes, great teachers and involved parents.
excellent school with teachers who care about the students and who are responsice to parent concerns.
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