I will always regret sending my boy here. It was a terrible experience for him. Every negative post rings true. It seems to me that girls do better, for whatever sociological reason. My son entered as a President's Scholar--3 years later he didn't even manage an 85. Each year he began determined to do his best in his SP class, but overcrowding, lackluster teachers (pace to the exceptions), general lack of vision, and a principal more concerned with dealing with crises than helping keep bright kids motivated, dragged him down in mind and spirit. Think twice. And be advised that not all SP classes offer Regents work--assume nothing. BTW, intensive tutoring got my kid a high test score and admission into arguably the top NYC Public H.S. Not because of Baruch, b ut in spite of Baruch.
I have gone to Simon Baruch for three years. I love the school even though the community involvment could be greater. I am in the SP program and always have been in it. The teachers are very suportive and they are always helping students by giving up their time.
Simon Baruch JHS 104 is a great school and is a stepping stone towards higher goals for my daughter who is currently in the 7th Grade SP program. I do however wish that there were a few more afterschool programs that will get the kids off the streets and learn more international studies (that their world is a much bigger place than they can imagine)
I went to this school for 3 years and I loved it. The teachers are really nice and understanding. I learned alot in 104 and I will never forget my 3 years there
well I am not necessarily a parent I am a student at Simon Baruch(going into eighth grade) and I think that the school is good if you are on the teachers deans and staffs good sides, or you don't really get any special attention. but on the other hand if you (as the student) don't stick out either with really good grades or really bad behavior (your basically mediocre) then that's what you get mediocre attention. see if you don't have a close and personal relationship with the teachers you might not necessarily be student of the month, but hey that's just my experience at Simon Baruch. and I am not looking forward to going back there for eighth grade, I am dreading it! - nothing special in NYC
For two years I was the Poster Mom for 104. This past year, with a new principal, things changed. In 6th & 7th grade my daughter was in SP. With a 95% average, in 8th grade she was not put into the Regents class. The principal would not return my calls, emails or hand-written notes. The atmosphere in the general education class was not conducive to learning, and her two 'good' teachers have both left. She went from never missing a day of school to begging me to stay home and being frequently upset.
I love this school. I feel really safe and we are all a huge family.(sometimes) The teachers are great.
I go to Simon Baruch Middle school the teacher are very helpful and willing to teach. Our principle is splendid. Our school policy is strict and fair. We also have homework help every Tuesday and Thursday.
I stayed in Simon Baruch for three years and really benefit from it. Simon Baruch was filled with awesome people and teachers. I think that those three years where so far the best and most exiting years of my life. I made unbelievable friends and not only that but learned quiet a bit to. This is the best school ever the teachers are amazing the students are great and the education is great too. Right now I'm in NEST and all I could say that Baruch was 1000 times better! When you finish Baruch u feel amazing u meet tons of new people and learn a lot. 104 is the best school ever I strongly recommend it! I graduated from it and trust me its everything good compare to other schools!
this school has an amazingly good education and the school also makes your child feel like home.the school has teachers who care about them and 1 on 1 attention even though the class sizes are in large amounts.the school can provide your child with music,sports such as basketball,baseball,football,soccer and other sports due to popular demands. the school also has afterschool programs such as chess clubs and sport teams.the school can also asure your child a great learning experience. the school also have a great divided race of different cultures.the school provides school lunch for your child. it also has its montly fund raisers.the school also has a spacious gym that has new gym equipment.the school is very clean and sanitary.
Our son is in 8th grade at Baruch, having started in the SP program in 6th grade, and moved into the General Education program in 7th & 8th grades. The teaching has not been good in the General Education program, and our impression of the SP program was the teachers had a 'sink or swim' attitude. As soon as our son started sinking, he was not given much attention at all. He has had no music, minimal art. The drama program has been terrific, and the level of parent involvement in the SP class was substantial. He has loved (and continues to love...) his friends. But middle school is the great black hole of education, and Baruch is a large school -- not great for kids who are apt to get lost.
The quality of this school depends on what type of student your child is. I had no regrets sending my oldest son to this junior high school, where he was taught by teachers who were not only interested in his academic development but his extracurriculars as well. He was taught by the most encouraging individuals who kept him challenged with accelerated classes and assignments. However, I did not send my younger son to this school since this school does remedial students a diservice. For example, remedial math students were taught by the someone who taught the woodworking elective class. This is a very good school if your child is ambitious. If he needs more attention, send him someone where else.
The staff here is wonderful!! They care about your child and their development. They will contact via phone, email, or cell. They keep you abreast of everything! i will recommend this to school everyone.
This middle school turned out to be the perfect match for my son who is kind and disciplined. Although the school itself is not a' lock down ' school, it has just the right amount of traditonal codes that make it a safe environement. The school is large and offer much in the way of liberal studies such as art, music, computer, but we found that the regular classes such as math, history, language arts and science offered the most. In the classes where he excelled, he was put in the advanced placement classes much to our satisfaction (and his). Mind you, he is not a genius. Just a fun high school kid who should have the opportunities that a lot of the kids ffrom the suburbs have. He now attends Manhattan Hunter High School for the Sciences. Our son made good friends and had good teachers.
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