Had high hopes, and even moved to the area for this school when it had a great rating of 9. I was appalled. Particularly shocked by what seemed to be rampant bullying and a culture of striving for average alongside a lack of action by the school. We were seeking an environment that optimized stellar academics & personal character to build a foundation for future success. Year over year, Bedwell consistently seemed to groom other qualities and fell short on our expectations. After several years of hoping the next year would be better, we made the hard decision to move to another school. We are so lucky we found the environment we desired for our children elsewhere (as did many other families that left), but unfortunate we had to leave Bedwell to do it. This is a massive school and I'm sure optimizing the environment is tough to do. I wish Bedwell luck.
I am a grandmother who has attended numerous events and activities at Bedwell and am very impressed with the school, staff and positive learning atmosphere I have observed with my three grandchildren. As a former Board of Education member and President (New Providence) I recognize the outstanding qualities that are necessary to make up a successful school system! Thanks for offering my grandchildren such a wonderful experience. Joan Figlar
Bedwell is an excellent school with very committed teachers. The individual needs of the students are met and challenges are given. The school is welcoming of parents concerns and involvement. There is a strong sense of community. I feel that the education my children are receiving at Bedwell could not be better!
Wonderful school with great teachers and a very active HSA. The classes are on the smaller side and parents are always welcome. There are many events throughout the year that encourage community. Thumbs up!
Bedwell is a small school set in a town that is all about community. The teachers have been excellent and really care about the students. The HSA is VERY active, creating a very rich culture for the parents. I particularly love that there is only one elementary, one middle, and one high school in the town. This means I will know all of the children and the parents from Kindergarten on up. How wonderful to watch the children grow and change over the years in a district where 96% of graduating seniors go on to a 4 year college.
Transferred here from one of the supposedly great local private schools. Bedwell is a breadth of fresh air and my son couldn't be happier. His teacher is awesome and he loves going to school everyday. Great to be around local families too.
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.