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6-7 & Ungraded
Westwood, NJ
Students enrolled: 450

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20 Lake Dr
Westwood, NJ 07675

(201) 664-9000
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May 28, 2014
Love this school! The staff is amazing! We transferred here after our move and my child went from failing grades to running a B+ average. Not only is he learning he also loves going to school now! The PTO is fantastic, so much better than our other school!

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2014
As a parent, I found this school lacking, academically and socially. My daughter is persistently bullied and the administration offers no help. The curriculum is inadequate, almost to the point of boredom. When these issues are brought to the attention of the administration, they blame the parent and community. The principal actually told me the "diversity" of the school student body causes the school to perform low academically. There are inappropriate assignments, for instance, first graders were made to memorize the song "Somebody that I used to know" for their concert, and the students complained, but again the teachers and administration turn deaf to the opinions of the community. Here's the warning: send your children somewhere else!

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no rating
September 17, 2009
I Think Brookside is an excellent school and I am very pleased with the principal and the teachers.

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January 09, 2009
I think Brookside is a wonderful school for the children. The current principal is very good with the children, always trying to improve. Programs are always available to students (but with limitations of students getting in). Teachers are young and enthusiastic and willing to work with you. Children learn skills to move onto the Jr. High and I think it is great prep. I never liked 'no mark ups for spelling', but under the new principal Spelling is being looked at much closer... more improvments are sure to follow.

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no rating
May 12, 2008
Brookside has a new principal as of July 1, 2007. His leadership has changed the school greatly. The school is much more academic focused. The music department influence in the school has also been cut back. The focus of this school is now on teaching the children not making artsy book reports and other projects. There are many great teachers and some very poor ones at Brookside. Receiving a Star School award a few years back has allowed a few teachers think that they run the school. The open classroom setting of no walls and 75 students in a huge classroom reminds one of the failed attempts at this form of education in the 1970s. The new principal needs to clean out these teachers which will improve overall teacher morale. Overall Brookside is a great school. The new principal is always available to work with students and parents. The whole school district is working very hard to improve its academic performance.

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2007
Horrible setup for academics right out the gate, even though the administration claims all the groups are equal. Virtually no homework is given it was impossible to check progress, teachers were unavailable for extra help or feedback to parents. Only when there was a problem i.e. comprehension, was a parent notified. If homework was given, progress could be followed. Too many involved artsy projects, not enough focus on math basics. The math program used was very confusing. Too much focus on socializing and trips. Principal was not available, concerns were ignored and parents made to feel as though they were a nuisance. We are considering switching to parochial school for next year.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2007
Too much focus on the music program which only caters to kids with talent rather than teaching the children who actually need help. Academics fall by the wayside. The teachers seem to want to entertain the children, not teach them. Parent involvement is discouraged, not in words but in action. It's Star school status was earned more than six years ago, but it's not a Star school by any means.

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no rating
April 18, 2006
Too many art oriented curriculum projects. Good caring teachers Little or no parent involvement

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October 07, 2004
Great environment, curriculum and staff. We are very pleased with the quality of education.

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March 28, 2004
I have one child at Brookside. It thrills me to see how she has become confident and organized. The teachers have been nothing but great. Brookside truly is a star school!

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Brookside Elementary School
20 Lake Dr, Westwood, NJ  07675
(201) 664-9000
Last modified Brookside Elementary School is a Public school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Brookside Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 11 reviews. Top