I am a parent who lives and works close to the school and I am very concerned about how the teachers/staff speak to the children. In the yard for example they often yell and scream orders, punishments, and threats of no play for any child who is moving or talking after the whistle........I saw a teacher yell directly in a child's face once. I have also seen the staff embarrass the children by punishing them with 'no play' etc.. If I had a child at this school I would certainly make it my business to pass by during yard time. It is so bad at times that I have called the school to complain and my children don't even go there........the children's parents are at work and I would want someone to stand up for my children.
My child has been attending since the school opening and I must say I am impressed with the expectations the new administration has for students. Those of you complaining,must not understand what it takes to graduate from college. With the recent state test results, it proves that the standards set were too low to compete in a collegiate setting and I think the new expectations are helping to prepare students to attend college on scholarships.
I would advise against any parent to send their child to this school. My child had four teachers within a years span and their curriculum did not include science and social studies. When I spoke with the principal about the issue she seemed very flippant about the whole situation. She said the kids were very far behind in reading and math that the teachers had no choice? I removed my child from the school because I dread what will come of the middle school where there is a teacher for each subject when they clearly cannot keep ONE fifth grade teacher established. MY son also had a 504 plan that was DISREGARDED the entire school year even after I got in touch with a parent liason at National Heritage. With everything said, I'm sure the staff is well aware of who I am, one of the secretaries was "nice" enough to be rude and nasty to my child after I got outside employees involved with the issues I had with the school. No education, lots of drama. Better off sending your child to a public school. Good luck.
No established PTA. The principal will welcome the start. But, it is a hurdle. Toxic staff views overly involved parents as a nuisance. Eager parent volunteers, be careful! Your effort may be misinterpreted. For a stress-free year, focus on your child's education.
Wow. Well I am glad I did my research before interviewing with this school. I have already worked at one school with a horrible administration- that's enough! It's a shame because until that situation is fixed, you aren't going to hire or keep quality teachers very easily.
I have had a wonderful experience at Broolyn Dreams charter School. My son currently goes there and is receiving a great education. I have very high expectatinos of my son so too much homework is not in my vocabulary...sorry folks but we have to expect better. AS for the teachers, My son is not a saint.. but I had communication with his teacher and I think EVRY parent has to advocate for their child, don't leave it up to tthe school... make you presence know weather your child is doing well or not you will be the attention you need. Administration: I can honestly say I am only used to this one and I have had no problems speaking with the Prinicple or Dean. As for the PTA folks complain of... you are a parent I am sure Administration would have no problem with you starting one....Oh that is right.... you are waiting for someone else to do it...smh My only concern would be the projects... some need more time to complete them. They are pretty involved and they take time. A well rounded student would not be home the whole break just doing the project they will be out and about.
Everyone is exactly right in what they are saying, the problem with this school is the administration. There is a huge inconsistency in the expectations from one student to another. There are kids in this school who have SEVERE behavior issues and should have been kicked out a long time ago but no actions/consequences are taken. This results in other students thinking they can act that way and not get in trouble. CONSEQUENCES NEED TO BE CONSISTENT! Learning becomes extremely difficult for the students who are around these troubled students. Principal seems to let her feelings of sympathy make decisions which put all other students in a bad situation. Besides that there is a clear favoritism among teachers... no professional development for new teachers who are just thrown in there to handle it all on their own
I am very satisfied, I know homework is a lot ,but trust me is better now than have kids that are not prepare for collage. We just don't like rules. parent
I am so disappointed in these review seems like these review were all written by disgruntled employee. too messy for my taste
The teachers are very caring. They maintain a high level of standards and expectations. Even the office staff and other school personnel are involved in the lives of the children on a personal level. I am thoroughly pleased with the level of education. The best part is experiencing peace of mind knowing my child is in a safe and nurturing environment.
My child attended this school since it's opening in 2010. The experience was great up until now. The new deans, principal and administration staff are nothing compared to last year. Why all the changes? If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I won't go into details of what I've experienced with this school, but Dear Yvette Wilds (former principal) and Me. Burgos (former dean) leaving Brooklyn Dreams was a huge mistake. May I ask; who does the hiring here? It looks like they are hiring people they're friends with instead of hiring qualified people. My child's 5th grade glass is already on their THIRD teacher for the year! She's a substitute and I was informed that they're searching for a fourth teacher! This is clearly unfair to the students switching teachers every couple of months.
New principal and deans. Employ friends and family of friends. Lack of leadership and professionalism, good ol' gal staff friendship/network, questionable teaching and management credentials and/or inexperience (select few), disregard for parents and concerns, no PTA/PA, admin-run fundraising events, overkill homework and testing, monthly notice about bed bug infestation, shared lunchroom and physical education area (multipurpose room) = no gym or auditorium: DISASTER. Brooklyn Dreams Charter School's curriculum is managed by National Heritage Academies, Inc.: COLLEGE READINESS (satisfactory) New 2012-13: full-time nurse, guidance counselor and special education services (satisfactory)
Till last year this school was good, but with new management this year very bad and very disappointed . Too much home work for parents
The current principal should go back to her law practice, She does not have a clue as to how to run a school.
The principal is a belle. Ding-a-ling! She needs to work on her management and leadership skills. Perhaps she should go back to her law practice and is not well-suited for a career in education.
Although the classrooms and school building are beautiful, there are some significant problems with this school. One of the main problems is in the area of leadership. The principal is new and aparently needs some time to develop in her placement in order to be effective. She does not have the ability to communicate with teachers and parents and should work on that important skill!
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