Posted May 7, 2013
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To the parent who posted about their son being one of this year's graduates: I completely know what you mean. My daughter is in this year's graduating class. I cried through most of the graduation. Seeing these children grow into mature young adults and realizing how much work went into that from their teachers and the administration made me value this school so much more. My only wish was that I found this website much earlier so that I could have left a good review a while ago.
My son is graduating in just a few weeks from Bay Ridge Prep. I just had a conversation with him tonight about what he wants do over the next few months since it's his last summer here before going away to college. His response: "Right now, I just want to take in every last minute of high school." Granted, I was a bit surprised since most kids can't wait to graduate. So I started asking him what he'll miss most about school. That turned into about 45 minutes of stories about his experiences with his classmates, the friends he made, his teachers who he believes are "probably the coolest teachers you can ever have" and all the interesting little facts he learned along the way. It really struck me how confidently he spoke about his school experience. I couldn't help but smile and tear up just a little bit. He is truly a well-rounded young man and I have Bay Ridge Prep to thank for that.
I have worked at Bay Ridge Prep for many years in the middle school as a math and reading teacher. I also worked in the lower school. My twin boys attended the school from kindergarten to third grade. Sadly, we had to move for my husband's job to Long Island. Bay Ridge Prep is an amazing community of teachers, psychologists, and directors who take the time to know each student. Every child is looked after, worried about, celebrated, and worked with to achieve academic and social emotional goals. The teachers make learning exciting while building important math and reading skills. Bay Ridge Prep offers myriad activities to excite every child - art, drama, sports, karate, chess, building, science, etc. When my boys went to public school, they were more than prepared. I miss the intelligence of the teachers and administrators, and the great feeling that permeates the corridors and classrooms. Thank you Bay Ridge Prep for giving us so many wonderful, productive, and sweet years. We miss you terribly!
I am a proud alum of BRP and can't imagine being where I am today without all the support, guidance and preparation I received when I was a student there. I started in the middle school, went to the high school and graduated 2 years ago. At first I was hesitant about continuing for high school because I was attracted by the idea of going to a bigger school and having that high school experience you see on TV and in movies. THANK GOD that I stayed at BRP (and I guess thank my parents for pushing me to stay.. and footing the bill!) I was able to take 2 college level courses while in high school. I'm midway through college now and it's because of BRP offering those courses that I feel comfortable in a college class and was able to tackle college-level work without any hesitation from my first day as a freshman in college. If I could do it all over again, I honestly don't think I would change a thing.
My son has been at Bay Ridge Prep for 6 years. The teachers realized he is advanced in math and have worked to set up a program for him that capitalizes on this. At the lower school level, he is also pleased by the after-school offerings, including karate, track, and basketball. The lower school director often spends her lunch in recess time with the students, pitching for wiffle ball. The kids are well supervised and given many opportunities for enrichment (like chess, which is offered during the school day). I really like the conversations that are fostered, such as developing strategies for when you are frustrated and how to get yourself into the best place for learning. These are real life skills that he ll take with him into the world some day. In the meantime, I m so happy that I enrolled my child in this rich environment. For a small school, their theatre and music department is top notch!
My daughter has been in the school since Kindergarten, and has progressed through all three divisions. She is an accelerated student, and the school has done a great job of keeping her motivated, interested and challenged. She has a nice peer group that have grown up together and continue to support one another. Over the years, I have found the quality of the faculty to be high; dedicated, hard-working professionals. Another plus is that the administration has an open door policy, so any time I ve had feedback to share, they have been appreciative and receptive to it. I m happy to be a member of this close-knit community. If you are looking for a school where your child is genuinely excited about their studies and are surrounded by mature role models, look no further.
Good school for kids with special needs or mental disabilities, but otherwise poorly ran, very low expectations and total chaos that staff would turn their back on or even secretly encourage and get involved with. Watch out before investing in the upper school unless your child has serious special needs and needs an easier high school experience work wise.
I have been a student at the Bay Ridge Prep middle school for a long time .Bay Ridge Prep has a nice atmosphere the teachers are very friendly. However, some of the teachers can be ineffective when they are dealing with disagreements between students and at times, favor kids .Like all schools, there is some disagreement between students. The times when a teacher is involved, there is very little done to resolve the argument. Some students don't even tell a teacher when they are having a problem with another student because it will be of no use. I agree with them. There is a lot of favoring done by the teachers. It may be because some of the students have relatives or parents working there. Most of the teachers are very nice and have sacrificed a lot to help make the student comfortable. I rated Bay Ridge Prep as favoriteble mainly because of my friends and 60% that are very nice. Without the students and those teachers my review would be a lot different. --Submitted by a student
I am a former teacher who worked at BRP, and by the end, I was happy to get out. The other reviewers who claim the faculty and administration plays favorites is absolutely correct. In fact, the majority of the staff/admin are related or have been friends since high school or something, all of them kind of weirdly devoted to the old guy who heads the high school. There's a big emphasis on the "psychology" they use to shape and direct the school, but their tendency to allow bullying and favoritism completely undermines their stated mission. They are also blinded by jargon and technology (which I recall few people using effectively). Inappropriate social contact between favorite students and faculty/staff is also a problem, in my opinion, with things like the LS/MS PE "teacher" promoting his band among the students, selling things and giving inappropriate hugs to adolescent girls. (He's also related in several ways to the people who run the school.) This might be a great school for some kids, but for the most part, I was very disappointed with the difference between their stated ideals and the slanted, prejudiced way kids were treated.
This is a school for children who need to be held by the hand to get by. Little is expected of them as far as homework or completing ones work, rules are written but rarely followed. Hardly an acceptable environment to prepare one for the workload of high school.
I am a former BRP student who attended the school from the fourth grade up until my junior year of high school. Leaving was the best single decision I have ever made. Many of the teachers played heavy favorites which in turn lead to grade discrimination. However, there are a few (3) teachers who could teach and cared about the education of their students rather than their own appearence in front of them. Many of them were stubborn and couldnt understand the concept that they may be wrong. I remember 2 specific situation in which I approached a teacher who misused a fact with detailed and accurate information and I was told that I was wrong and disregarded. Most of the people in charge were completly imcompetant and incapable of handeling situation properly. As pertaining to the curriculam, I am in college at a difficult school and I was not prepared. At Bay Ridge Prep, not only was studying not essential, but it was barely needed if needed at all. Comming into college, I found rather quickly that I was not prepared and this I had to take on a lighter workload beacuse of it. It took another whole semester before I learned the necessity of studying. 7 years of my life, wasted.
Hello, I am a Bay Ridge Prep student. I have been a BRP student since the seventh grade, and I am graduating this June, and all I can say is, I could not imagine a worse high school experience. My parents have paid $12,000 (I have a half scholarship) each year for me to be miserable and anxious every day. The school is small, but it's too small, I almost feel trapped. There is not enough space for the 190 students in the high school I feel very uncomfortable. Next there are the teachers, most of which, I like, but certain ones tend to have a lot of favoritism. This favoritism is very evident, and I'm not the only one who has mentioned it. I'm doing well academically, but I do not study one bit or try that hard and I have maintained a 3.7 GPA, so it's not challenging if that's what you're looking for. And as for the students, maybe it's just me, but there is always so much drama, because the majority of the students there have never been to another school and they have the maturity of a Kindergartner, I'm not even exaggerating. This school is pathetic, and I regret not transferring to another school, thank God I'm leaving in a month!
I was horrified to see that we were paying approximately 23 grand for this school and to find out that my son was getting picked on by other kids. So much for a preparatory private school. The school was rented and not completely owned. I expected this school to have a better surrounding and students to be well behaved instead of picking on my son. But the only good thing about this school was that the teachers were well prepared in teaching the students that wanted to learn. As well as the faculty would contact the parents to tell them what is happening in school about there child.
This newly founded school (approx 13 yrs) has grown from 30 students to almost 400 students. Needless to say for a school without a campus, this, in my opinion, speaks for itself. This schools academic design is genius ! In my opinion when one pays for a private school you hope to see your child excel academically. In short,to sum up my experience and that of many others, children excel to their highest potential . In order to achieve this goal, in addition to academics they concern themselves, and take into account, a child's emotional intelligence. This develops a well rounded human being. It is no wonder this school was founded by three PhD's. I highly recommend this school. bayridgrprep.org .
I have three sons. One graduated from BRP and is in a highly rated high school in Manhattan, one is in middle school and one is in the lower school. I could not be happier with the curriculum, quality of teaching and atmosphere. All students are treated individually and given work according to their needs: my middle school student is given advanced reading material and additional work in Science. The teachers are all caring, dedicated and nice. It is a kind, nurturing and intellectually creative environment. A playground would be a nice addition but that is my only complaint.
I love Bay Ridge Prep. I love the teachers, the small, cozy building, and (most of) my classmates. I wish I could spend forever there. It's my home away from home.
My son attended BRP for one year. Based on the open houses we thought the school would be much more progressive and emotionally supportive than it was. We found BRP to be a very traditional school with standard 45 minute lessons and a lot of rules and structure. Children are taught to write in kindergarten by taking dictation and they teach reading by encouraging the children to guess what the text says based on the pictures. The reading method completely confused my son. The children were taken outside to play only once a week. We were disappointed by the overall environment and the curriculum. I thought the curriculum was weak in both math and social studies. I would not recommend this school if you are looking for a progressive school with a well rounded curriculum.
Well educated, kind and caring teachers and an outstanding, highly qualified administration! My son just began his fourth year at the school and must be one of the few children around who thinks summer vacation lasts too long! He is a confident learner and a motivated student because of the school's belief in individualized instruction and appreciation for a child's individual learning style. It is one of Brooklyn's best kept secrets and I am happy that my family is in on it!
My son was a student at Bayridge Prep in the mainstream program in the high school for one year. I was not at all impressed with what I saw. While the teachers were supportive and friendly, there was very little if any discipline and students seem to run the school. There is little direction from the principal and his methods seemed to me questionable. In addition many teachers do not have teaching certificates which is compulsory in most schools. The bridge program in contrast seems well run and effective. I would only recommend this school to parents enrolling their children in the bridge program.
BRP is only for those who need a supremely strong support system. The teachers are top-notch, but they devote their time and effort to ensuring that nobody feels inferior (which is defintely a noble goal), however this greatly hinders the potential of those students who do not need this constat attention and can move through more advanced material at a much faster pace. If your child needs more help than the average student, then, by all means, prepared to be awed by the loving community at BRP. However, if your child is an above average student, then his/her attention-needy classmates will certainly hinder his/her potential.
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