My name is Brandon Champion and I went to Bear Road for the past 5 years. I was just writing to say that Bear Road is an awesome school. All of my teachers- Ms.. Swenton, Mrs. Wentzel, Mrs. Barbuto, Mrs. Paninski, Mrs. Pontillo, Miss Congdon, and Mr. Wojcik- were phenomenal! I bet every other teacher is great, too. Thank you for the great support, Bear Road! Sincerely, Brandon Champion Age 10
Transferring into this school and realizing how far behind this school system is compared to the rest of the country is alarming. Kindergarten is only a half day in this district and the children are barely able to recite their ABCs. The teachers and staff are caring. I think lack of funding play a huge role in the deficits in general. If you have to live in the greater Syracuse area, you could do worse.
I have a child with special needs and have been alarmed by the poor educational experience. The teachers and therapy staff have been engaged in excuse-making for poor progress related to diagnosis when much better progress was made the prior year with a more talented staff. The therapy staff has concerned themselves primarily with issues that have nothing to do with their training. The principle and staff have been defensive and incapable of being receptive to constructive criticism. Do whatever you have to do to avoid your special needs child attending this school.
Bear Road Elementary is probably the best school in North Syracuse. Through all of my children, it is the one school that I feel really cares about the kids and I cant thank them enough for giving my children the best opportunities in the district.