Beacon is fantastic for the right student - but this is true everywhere, no? My child went to an elite private school from pre-school through 8th grade (the private schools is one of the most difficult to get into in NYC, crammed with celebs & movers & shakers) & Beacon's teachers are, at minimum, 100% better - many 1000% better - than the teachers he had. Yes, Beacon's crowded, yes there are kids who smoke everything & do everything, get high during the day etc etc - but that's true EVERYWHERE. It's all about the teachers - the athletic teams (hello, the tennis program is insanely good - best in NYC public or private) - the theater program BDAT. The one area the school sucks in is the college office. Beacon doesn't seem to care AT ALL about getting their kids into top-ranked colleges. That's kind of refreshing in the world of college hysteria but if your child wants to go to a top 50 school you have to make that happen yourself. Beacon will not help you. You need to hire a college counselor, tutors, do research, talk to people etc. In every other way, this school is amazing. But you and your child have to get involved, be part of the community, and support the teachers!
My daughter is a sophomore at beacon this year and she loves it but I'm not sure I do. I'm not sure I love her friends. She comes home after a late night of partying each night with the scent of cigarettes and other bad things. She learns a lot at beacon but I'm afraid her bad habits will interfere with that :(
I graduated from Beacon this June and wanted to share some of my experiences/insights. Teacher quality at Beacon is spotty for such a well respected place. Overall I have had more awful teachers here than great ones. As a freshman, there is little support and guidance, however I know there have been recent efforts to improve upon this through summer bridge and big sibs. In my experience the advisory program has been useless and a waste of time, that said other students were luckier with this. Academically, Beacon does have an innovative approach to learning. Students have the ability to select a lot of unique classes and their college program with Fordham is fantastic. However, the classics are entirely neglected (we never once read a Greek tragedy and only read one Shakespeare play) and the lack of textbooks/regents can give teachers an excuse to teach irrelevant course material. Socially, Beacon is home to a lot of hipsters and brooklyn artsy types and drugs and partying are rampant. I would not recommend Beacon for anyone who is not incredibly self-motivated. If you are not, it is just far too easy to slip through the cracks here, academically and otherwise.
Committed, hardworking, caring teacher dot this school, flooding their crowded classrooms with joyful exhuberance. Is there a lot of work here? Oh yes...expect your child to have hours of homework that they will have to negotiate. But somehow, they work hard for these teachers because the payoff is so great. Could not be more thrilled to have my child attend here.
this school prepares you so well for college . its one word amazing, take it from me i graduated from there !
I am interested in acdemics, but I also love the arts?? Is Bard a good school for me??
Beacon is not all it is cracked up to be. Overcrowded, overworked staff and it is hard to find any personalized attention. Leadership is focused on helping the ones that are doing very well do better and turns its head on those who are struggling. Drug and alcohol issues that the school turns a blind eye to. Too much solicitation from the PTA for money. A very elite Manhattan Public school that behaves like a private school. Was hard to get quality advisory attention without pressing. Leaves a very bad taste in the mouth, will be glad to be done with it. Having had 3 kids in NYC Public High Schools, I fail to see where Beacon has earned its quality reputation-
My daughter is a freshman and I am so glad she attends Beacon. It is a very safe school. The population is diverse and my daughter has learned so much about different cultures. The teachers/advisors cause the students to think for themselves and to question things and not just accept things as they are. My daughter is excited to go to school and often comes home discussing topics she learned in school. She has grown so much as an individual and I am so happy. I am proud to be a Beacon parent.
Beacon is a progressive school that values education and requires students to proudly present their work at the end of the year as opposed to taking a silly, bubble and answer regents exam. THANK YOU, BEACON!!!
very warm and nurturing environment. Cares about the love of learning not just test scores...
My child is excited to go to school. When ever I ask' How was school today' the response is ' great', My child is challenged academically and artistically. Beacon is everything a parent could ask for in one school.
My son could not be happier and nor could I. He is getting it all, academics, the arts, sports, and supportive teachers.
open minded , student centered , research based, fosters independent and critical thinkers and leaders ,performance based assessment is great preparation for college,
The teachers are amazing and always accessible and the students are all very friendly. It's a great school!
Our son is so happy at Beacon. He loves the teachers, students and all the sports and clubs they have. We are thrilled that he is at Beacon and is so happy there.
Excellent academics, a program that stimulates kids to think and question, and not simply to memorize, promotes involvement in their social environment, encourages their creativity...
The teachers are amazing. I learned so much. I feel so much smarter than my friends at college. It really teaches you how to express yourself well and gets people interested in academics.
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