I am a former teacher at Simon Baruch, I had the extreme, thankfully brief, displeasure of working with the "new crop" of teachers that have recently taken over . This may sound harsh, but I cannot understand why so many individuals that obviously can't stand children and have no work ethic whatsoever decided to become teachers. Thanks to its teachers, Simon Baruch is now among the saddest of examples of where this country s entire public education system is headed. If you care at all about your child, you cannot allow the system to place them in Simon Baruch. I ALSO KNOW FIRST HAND THAT A GREAT MANY OF THE GOOD REVIEWS WRITTEN ABOUT THIS SCHOOL ON THIS SITE WERE WRITTEN BY THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION.
This is the worst school ever. My daughter has been attacked and beaten several times by boys here, AND NO ONE WILL DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. Advice: IF YOU SEND YOUR KID HERE, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE GREAT HEALTH INSURANCE AND A GREAT LAWYER. The teachers and principals act like you don't even exist.
The principal is inadequate, as is a large number of her staff. They don't seem to have the skills to run the school, provide discipline, structure, and the attention kids need. The principal seems to be more concerned about maintaining an "image" and her job than really doing what's best for the kids. There's violence, a lot of kids cursing, and rules breaking everywhere. If the teachers like you, you can basically do whatever you want. If you're too quiet, too loud, too smart, not smart enough - you will not do well here. The teachers and students will pick on you. Not a good faculty.
One of the best schools here. You can meet new friends and exellent teachers that actually care about you. Before I was a lonely kid, when i joined Baruch i become popular and that definitely changed my life.
The housing system allows needed individual attention. The teachers and administration are fantastic. The drama after school is the best in the City. Our child could not have had a better middle school experience. Three cheers for our Principal Gaetani,and Viva 104!
My son is now a 9th grader in one of the top specialized high schools in the city. He was a Baruch SP student for all 3 years of middle school. We find that MS 104 prepared him better for the rigors of this high school than some of the smaller middle schools did for his friends. He is excelling in math and science and credits that, in part, to the solid background he got in both subjects at Baruch. A bigger middle school makes for an easier transition to a big high school, and, in general, the specialized high schools are big!
My son attended 104 6th through 8th sp program and he is now in a very well known hs.104 did not do a good job as far as the homework load and quiz prep. H.s is a major step to climb.
i am not satisfyed with the quality of understanding of the students along with the teachers, i am really unhappy.
The school has a nurturing environment, with all teachers here being intelligent, stimulating, energetic and enthused. to the post dated September 18, 2008: I am not sure what is meant by 'especially those of us with students in the SP program'. My son is not in the SP program. But he is far from a 'problematic kid', whatever that means. He is friendly, smart and hard working. So are many of his friends who are also not in SP. Some of these students just require more attention and a smaller class size and/or have particular issues with math and/or writing. On the other hand, there equally are 'problematic kids' in the SP Program. My son has generally been treated by the teachers/administration with equal care as the SP kids, but I do remain concerned about segregation and tracking . I believe it to be not a problem at Baruch.
i love my school that im going to the teachers are really nice and i get a great education their.
The education is awesome and so are the teachers. But there are too many bullies and people not following the rules there. Such as no cursing and hoods and hats on in school. If there were less people cursing and wearing their pants the wrong way (up to their knees) I think that school will be rated 5+ to me
The teachers in this school are amazing. I began to love Social Studies ever since I had Ms. Davis as a teacher and I loved science ever since Ms. Wiltz was my 7th grader teacher. Both the science and social studies department have amazing teachers that make you want to learn but the math teachers in this school have a lot to learn. For the three years that I was at Simon Baruch I hated going to math because of the teacher's inability to teach a topic and speak understandable english. If your child struggles in Math then they should definitely get outside tutoring because you will not learn a thing at this school. The French teacher was amazing and I learned a lot from him. Mr. Ealey was great teacher and challenges each student by creating hard tests and teaching them high school topics. Overall, this school has amazing teachers.
My daughter is now in 6th grade Simon Baruch Middle School. She likes it there, she gets good grades but the people there dont treat her nice. If I were you parents dont put your child in MS 104.
I would like to point out that the assistant principal Mr. Daily (I hope I have the right speling) was great in helping us to solve an issue. His level of dedication is huge given the fact that it was a sure thing to find him at his desk at 7 PM when I called. I hope there are more people like Mr Daily at Baruch.
We don't like Baruch. It is very crowded and very burocratic. My daughter was assigned there and her grades are all 'A' but the school keep us waiting to put her in advanced placement. There are a lot of disciplinary problems and we don't find any feedback from the counselor. Don't go there.
The principal is okay. She like all the rest of the principals. She is very responsible
As an ex-teacher of this school, I have to warn both parents and students. There are some absolutely great teachers, but their hands are tied by an administration that cares a lot more about looking good than being good. Behavior problems are swept under the rug, and children that start by acting out in normal ways quickly find that without boundaries, they can do whatever they choose. The good kids are not given the attention they deserve because the teachers have to spend so much of their energy trying to keep the problem cases from terrorizing the building. Classes are overcrowded, and the SP program is honors in name only--the work is no more challenging than the general education classes. There are much better schools in the area. 104 was once great--it no longer is.
In response to the post dated July 17, 2008, I agree the administration often seems to be more concerned with dealing with crises than finding ways to keep the brighter kids challenged and I agree with the post dated April 17, 2008 that it would be incredible to get the kids more involved in international studies... the Mock UN Program is right down the street! On the whole, however, I think Baruch provides a solid educational experience and the more we parents-- especially those of us with students in the SP program-- bring our concerns to the attention of the administration, we may be able to make a difference. I don't think they disagree; unfortunately the school is required to take problematic kids that may fall out of other schools. The administration's philosophy seems to be to try to keep the bottom from falling out is just spread way too thin.
I loved this school so much. I wish i could go back. But I graduated. The teachers were great and friendly and do were the students.
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