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Upper Montclair, NJ
Students enrolled: 456

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87 Mt Hebron Rd
Upper Montclair, NJ 07042

(973) 509-4155
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March 03, 2014
This school is highly overrated. The teacher quality goes from extremely high to extremely low. Those who are on the low end lack pedagogical skills and probably should not work with kids at all. The principal builds the school ratings with a lot of "sweet talk" and only takes actions if it fits her personal interests. Be aware that all positive comments are mostly in January to February time frame. Right on time for the parents of prospective kindergarteners who look for school reviews.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2013
Our son graduated from Bradford. We were more anxious than he was about sending him out into the big World to for Kindergarden, but we were quickly put at ease. His time spent here being nurtured and developed was truly magical, and he scores in the top 2 percentile now in Middle School; Our daughter attends now (she could to wait to go to the school her big brother went to), and we could not be more satisfied or impressed with the experience.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2013
Our family has been at Bradford for 5 years now, with 2 children currently enrolled. Our experience has been fantastic. We have been very happy with the teachers and administration, especially the principal, who does an excellent job running the school. Our children have had a great educational experience - teachers have tailored the learning program to their needs and abilities and have kept our kids engaged and happy. The school is one of the smaller ones in the district, and has a very tight knit, active community of families. If there is a downside, it is that due to the small size of the school, Bradford does not have as much variety in music, arts and language as the largest elementary schools in the district. But we are extremely happy with the sense of community at the school and feel lucky to have such a great resource available to our family.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2012
Bradford school has blown me away with their caring attitude towards every single child. The principal is the best have ever come across and I'm a tough customer to please. I feel confident that I can raise any issue with either my child's teachers or the principal and it will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately. The education standards are very good also, right balance between striving for excellent standards and treating every child as an individual. Homework levels are just right - enough for them to work hard but not so much that it becomes stressful. Well done Bradford, we looked at ALOT of schools before choosing you and we are SO happy.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
This is a truly wonderful school, and the staff and principal are fantastic. Whenever the slightest issue has arisen, they've been very responsive. Our daughter's kindergarten teacher is incredibly creative, and she's had a truly amazing experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
I love Bradford because there is always a feeling that everyone is cooperating to meet the needs of the children and to give them the best education possible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Bradford is providing my child with a great education, as well as a fabulous sense of community.....it has been a joyous place for her to foster her love of learning.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
We moved to Montclair at the beginning of the school year and were immediately welcomed by the parents and the children. I continue to be in impressed by the real sense of community found at this elementary school. I feel confident sending my daughter off to school each morning that she will be surrounded by caring teachers, staff and peers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Bradford has provided a fabulous and nurturing learning environment for my daughter. The principal leads by example in treating each child as an individual, and the teachers have been encouraging, interesting, well-rounded, and dedicated to providing a caring and challenging environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
We love Bradford! It offers a warm, nurturing environment. From the principal to the teachers to the parents, there is a real sense of caring and community. My daughter has had an excellent first year there and has learned a ton!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2010
I have three children that are all attending Bradford this year. The principal fosters a warm , safe and caring environment. Bradford's teachers truly care about the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2010
I love Bradford because my children feel happy and safe going to school there. The principal has wonderful energy and inititative, and the teachers follow in her footsteps.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 09, 2010
all around fantastic school from the principal to the teachers to the students themselves.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
My son who has high functioning autism goes to Bradford. Bradford has super teachers who are dedicated to help children learn. The principal Mrs. Kirkman is very responsive and cares about children very much. She implements anti-bullying policy and communicates with parents to create an excellent learning environment for our children.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
Bradford has a great many strengths, namely, faculty and parents that truly care about the future of this school and giving the most to the students.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2009
Bradford is an exceptional school. The new principal, Naomi Kirkman, is outstanding. She is a former teacher, a Weston Award winner, energetic, lively, thorough and she really cares. Our son is in kindergarten and his teacher is also outstanding - she goes well beyond the call of duty.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2009
As the parent of two kindergarten students, we are very pleased with Bradford thus far. Even though the class sizes are big (24 and 26 students respectively), there are multiple teacher assistants and students from MSU. Parent involvement is excellent, and I'm impressed with the 'extras' - music, art, and tech lab each week, spanish, etc. I do feel that in Montclair public schools, there is a lot of attention on the problem students and those who really excel, the rest of our kids are in the middle and are pretty much treated that way, they are sort of lumped in with the larger group, that's just my feeling thus far.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
We have two children at Bradford and our older son is in his 4th year there. He has had excellent teachers and a very good experience, and his younger brother is thriving at Bradford, too.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2009
I have to say that our experience with the school has not been a positive one. We feel that there is a lack of communication. Our son has had several issues, however we did not find out about them until quite awhile after they have occurred. This was our first choice, however I have to say that we are unhappy and disappointed to say the least.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2008
We're extremely happy with Bradford! One unique thing about the school is they have a large number of student teachers from Montclair State in their classrooms. For our son, this translated into a lot of personal attention, especially in math, where he excells (in comparison, he was at a different school last year and often complained of being bored). Also, the parents and other families we've met are lovely -- very warm and down to earth, and there is a lot of parental involvement. The new addition to the school, and especially the new library, is beautiful!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 30, 2008
Bradford was our second choice of school but my husband and I are happy with our second choice. overall, The school has a great academic program. One of the second grade teacher Ms. Grubenman is an awsome teacher. She cares and she is concerned about the students well being. Great nurse, she is excellent with providing the students their medication on time. The school is also a great facility with some excellent fifth grade teachers Ms. Freeh and Mr. M.. They work together and provide extra assistance to the basic. I am impressed with the support service that my children receive from Bradford School. Antoine.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2008
The teachers and administration in this school are second to none. I have had 3 children go through this school in the past few years

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2007
We have been very pleased with Bradford. They have a great facility with some great teachers. We just wish they had a more extensive music program.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2007
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- submitted by a staff
January 07, 2007
Bradford was our second choice school. After being at the school for two years, I can honestly tell you we are thrilled that we didn't get our first choice. The school is incredibly well-rounded even without the MSU partnership. Ms. Vitone is a great principle and totally supports the teaches (as she should). I had to meet with her one time and I was impressed with her sensitivity toward my issue.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
this is the first year my son has attended the school however from what i have experienced the school is excellent. They have a partner program with msu that is like no other i have seen before. The PTa is also one of the most goal orienayed group i have ever dealt with. The children learn sign language and speak spanish as early as kindergarden.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
My husband and I are thrilled with our kindergarten's son experience so far at Bradford. His classmates range from fluent readers to those still learning the alphabet, but the teacher manages to keep everyone engaged by clustering kids according to reading ability. She goes above and beyond the call communicating to parents, too, by sending a comprehensive weekly class newsletter home with the kids. Sometimes, it's two pages long! The principal is lovely; she's always smiling and seems to want to get to know each child. My son loves school!

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June 07, 2005
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January 29, 2005
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- submitted by a student
September 15, 2004
Really good school. Curriculum is excellent. Clean, quiet well maintained school. Principal not as attentive to parents needs as she is with the children. Wonderful nurse. Overall very organized.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2004
Excellent experience for my sons. Lots of attention to the basics, and very creative activities.

- submitted by a parent
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Bradford School
87 Mt Hebron Rd, Upper Montclair, NJ  07042
(973) 509-4155
Last modified Bradford School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bradford School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top