Caveat emptor! This school is a major scam. The student body attrition rate is a staggering 85%!!! The average ELA passing rate for grades 3-8 is below 70%!!! And don't be fooled by the recent blue ribbon award status. The DOE never visits the school. They simply take the application at face value and base the award only on test scores for grades 4 and 8. It says nothing regarding diversity, cooperative learning, curriculum, music, arts, teaching quality, and teacher training all of which is sorely lacking at this "school." If you truly love your kid, keep looking!
I'm a parent of a child attending the school currently in the second grade. The English and writing instruction is horrible. The teachers believe it's ok to discipline children by threatening to call the police, and making them stand for entire lessons, not participate and public ally ridicule them in front of classmates. My daughter regularly brings home classwork and homework marked A+ by her teachers yet full of mistakes and errors. They even inflate the grades on benchmark tests to make everyone look good. They only do 4.5 hours of didactic instruction each day while public schools have 7 daily. The homework assignments are nothing more than tons of black and white xerox copies. Reading assignments are stolen from Hooked on Phonics - what a scam!!! Faculty and teachers do not like to be questioned or approached regarding issues - they turn defensive and blame the parent for being a trouble maker and not "understanding" their approach. In short, this school is a nightmare and a hoax of an educational institution.
This school is a total waste of money. Save you money and go to a free public school. I had to take my child out of Babmi and put him in a public school and he is much happier now. Overrated, poorly run school with under-trained, unprofessional and unmotivated teachers.
At every school anyone can find the bad and the good things. I have two kids there. I think it's a great school. All teachers that I meet care about kids and if they don't do homework or don't bring it or what ever what: they called and remind and remind and remind. They push kids to study, they help them to do better. I was suprized when my younger got 4 on a state tests without any tutors. And he is not a storng student. The school provide hot meal, normal, maybe some russian style but my juds love it. My oldest was in a public school before and I was really not happy( and he was in a gifted class) he likes to say: I barely eat for three years in a public school and now I can eat. Of course like in every school you can find negative but all positives crossing out all negotives that you can find.
It took me a while to write this comment, but I feel that maybe, it will help other parents decide if they really want their child to attend this school or daycare. I would not recommend this school for anyone, as the teachers absolutely do not care about children. These schools do not have anti-bully program, so the children are beaten by other children and the teachers do nothing. Moreover, the teachers can yell and slap children themselves.
My daughter, who was 4 at a time, had her mouth taped along with other 20 children, because their teacher had a headache. It all was visible on camera. That was one of many incidents of this kind. Now, both of my children, thankfully, out of this school, and still remember it as nightmare and still thank me for taking them out of this school.
Think twice, before sending your children to this school!
Overrated, overpriced, loosely managed school with the biggest accent on charging clients lots of money while hiring poorly trained, uncertified, inept teachers. This is not a school - this is an overly expensive parking lot of your children.
Wish city would take this school as a model for public schools. cost per child is much lower than what city pay. Most parents are happy with education. I am very happy. The only reason i am posting the review is because i was looking for official address and did a quick Google and got to this site. I really do not care what others think I know I am doing the right thing for my child.
After reading the reviews I decided to post one myself. As a parent of a child who attended Bambi for K and also as the husband of someone who taught at the school. Most of the teachers are NOT licensed. Some of the younger teachers have yet to graduate college let alone have a master's. My daughter needed therapy after the negative reinforcement techniques used by the teachers. When we got next to the school each morning, this usually happy child would put her head down and beg not to go. When she couldn't do 2nd grade math problems (in Kindergarten) the teacher actually threatened to write "DUMMY" on her forehead with a permanent marker. When my wife confronted her, she didn't even deny it. The admin staff encourages teachers to give good grades even if the children don't deserve them in order to prevent parents from pulling their kids from the school. My wife who is a licensed NYS teacher with a Masters pulled my daughter out and left the school herself. By far the biggest mistake we ever made.
My kid had been studying in that school starting from pre-school and finishing last year in the 9th grade. Unfortunately there wasn't 10th grade in the school, otherwise my child would have been there for sure.