November 18, 2013
Very mixed feelings about BBMS. No question the results are excellent; its graduates *all* routinely get into some of the best middle schools in the city. However, this may be because of parental involvement, small class size, & the happy environment, not because of instruction quality, academic rigor, or the Montessori process. Only 2 of the teachers are certified Montessori, & only 1 is warm or interested in parental participation. BBMS does offer yoga, Spanish, & some years art, some years science. But these are only once per week--woefully inadequate for real learning. Science instruction in particular students all seem to love, but it generally consists only of once-weekly demonstrated experiments & accompanying background, with no regular daily instruction. Its physical facility is small & offers little in the way of physical activity. Woe to any parent whose child actually is gifted; advanced instruction is nonexistent--& resisted. At best, BBMS offers a relatively low-cost way to avoid the public system, a non-threatening environment, &, of course, those remarkable results. It tries hard, but is limited, maybe because of its size. Note: ownership has changed.
- submitted by a parent