This is a tough neighborhood and the challenges this school faces are huge. Discipline is a big problem. Physical violence is common. There aren't consequences and the students understand this. Also, teacher turnover is very high. If you're lucky and you happen to get your child in a classroom with a great teacher, great, but you just can't count on it. Several classes have gone through 3 teachers this year alone. The majority of hires are first year teachers, and the salary is lower than public schools. So the teachers who stick it out and do a great job are saints. The administration is positive and wants the school and students to succeed, but the school is definitely struggling, and things are not improving. Hopefully they will.
My daughter has been a student at this school for 2 years and I love it! While I agree that some of the teachers are not quite as experienced as I would like them to be, I think that the deans and the principal do their job in helping the teachers and correcting them when necessary. It is important that parents understand that YOU are your child's first teacher. If they have behavior issues or if they are not growing academically then you must ask yourself "What am I doing or not doing in this case?" I would recommend this school to EVERYONE! If you're a parent that is involved in your child's academic life, there's no reason your child would not succeed here. The support system at Brooklyn Scholars is great. I encourage parents to try it for themselves. Remember your children are only as great as YOU make them. Teachers are there to enforce the values and morals that YOU have already put into your child and hopefully they are all good things. If YOU don't put anything in, then you cannot expect to get anything out. Once good morals and values have been taught to any child, being academically successful is not a struggle. BSCS Rocks!
This school is ok but I would not recommend it. I went with this school for the mere fact that they endorse high quality education, leadership, discipline, and excellence. I have had nothing with problems with this school since my daughter started Kindergarten Fall 2012. They do not discipline well and do not have a real strategic analytical way of handling it. They suspend 5 yr old kindergardeners for not listening! If a 5 yr old had a tantrum, which most small children do, they consider that to do harm to themselves and others. Another means for suspension. It is ridiculous. They do not handle social behavioral skills at all. The education is ok. I think way too much HW for kindergarten and project assignments they are incapable of doing so parents are doing them, literally. eg. Take pictures of objects in your community that are shaped like letters. If you have a small child that has a hard time with self control, listening and just being a 5 yr old, don't enroll, they don't have the patience nor the expertise with very young teachers straight out of college, and deans that are the worse with very little guidance.
Although this school has been highly rated it is clear that there are some problems especially with leadership! The principal is new and does not have a clue as to what she is doing! Several new teachers left this year and the classes have been without a permanent teacher for a few months. The children and their needs are not being adequately met in this setting.
My daughter is currently is a student (5th Grade)..... and loves her school. The teachers are excellent. Strong communications between staff and parents. The Principal, Dean & other Staff members are phenomenal.....they actually know each child by their first names..............
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