Brown Summit Middle School is a wonderful school. It is very small -- about 80 students in each grade, but we like that. The teachers are very caring and responsive. So it the principal. I do not understand some of the negative comments regarding a supposed lack of diversity or supposed lack of rigor. Indeed, Brown Summit has both diversity and rigor. The school is challenging without making life miserable, which is a good balance. I never worry about my child's safety and the students are focused on academics, rather than fashion and gossip. The school does not seem to have the cliques you typically see in middle school. The students are kind to one another. (The comments regarding the Mo Green's son are out of line. His son is very polite and comes from a very nice family.) There are extracurricular activities, such as Mock Trial Team, Math Club, Lego Robotics, Chess Club etc. There used to be a basketball club. There are not sports, but your child can play sports for the school in your attendance zone while attending Brown Summit. We love Brown Summit and would highly recommend it.
My daughter loves Brown Summit Middle school. The teachers, staff and principal are wonderful. They truly care about our children. My daughter has been challenged academically like she has never been challenged before. Not only does the Brown Summit team teach academics but they teach and show our children about social responsibility through their To the Top (TTT) program. The bottom line: this school is the BEST middle school. Please do not take my word for it, just look at the Top 10 Middle schools in NC. Thank you BSMS for teaching and caring for our children.
I don't have words to describe how amazing this school is. The teachers are very good and pay attention to all the students. (Don't let the gray hair fool you!) The other reviews are just students who are jealous of the attention Mo Green's son is getting. My child informs me he recently recieved ISS so I am sure that I don't know what you are talking about.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this school. The advanced curriculum is challenging for those students that "breezed" through elementary school. The staff and administration are caring, concerned, and dedicated individuals that work with students and parents on any issues. My 6th grader absolutely loves this school and we are looking forward to having our other daughter join the Brown Summit family next year. If you are looking for small class sizes, a wonderful and caring staff, and a rewarding and challenging academic program this is the right school for your child.
This is the worst of the magnet schools in Guilford County. The principal is very uncaring person one could meet. She caters to Mo Green's child and cares nothing for the rest. She will also single out a child to torment.
I am a student in the 2012 - 2013 school year, and so far, it's been good. I am in 6th Grade, and love this school. It is a school that will push your child to new heights. Teachers watch students but aren't too strict, which some Parents complain about. To that I say this: do you want your kid to be sent to the office just for accidentally blurting out? I rest my case. The school is almost flawless, with the only flaw being when there is enrichment days. The schedule gets confusing, and the day overall feels like 2 days. The principle DOES care for the students, and so do all the teachers. If your looking for a school to make your child even better, this is the right school for you. If your looking for something stricter or bigger (the school is pretty small), this isn't right for you. Overall, a very good school.
I am student at Brown Summit and love it! Even though most of the reviews are harsh they are just haters that probably don't know anything about the school. This school deserves the blue ribbon award. Also the teachers are very kind and fun, they always have new ways for us to do our work. The principal doesn't have "pets" or favorites and isn't rude she is very kind and just to day helped my mom. The other staff is also very kind and will help if you need any.
This has to be the worst magnet school in the system. The teachers are unorganized and the principle is a poor choice for this school. She is rude to students and parents when they ask simple questions, unless you are one of her pets, and Mo Green's child is one of them. The other children she could care less about.
If you have a bright creative child, you'll want to look for another school. This school's main focus is on the End of Year Grade tests. They judge all students but this one test. They do not consider ability testing, portfolio, prior year report cards, other testing ect. This school would make a child believe they are nothing but a number! This is not where you want your child. There are many other excellent schools in the county. My child was bored silly during classes that focused on preparing him for an end of the year test. The Lincoln VS program, for example, can understand and challenge a gifted child. This school is for teacher pleasing over achievers. Blue Ribbon schools don't really mean all that much, since the school had to apply for this award and many other excellent schools just don't feel the need to be patted on the back by the government.
My daughter came from another county system to BSMS last (2011-12) year. She did extremely well her 1st year, and I would NOT want her to attend any other within this system. The principal and the teachers are very dedicated to the students, and the kids work very hard to show that dedication is not unwarranted nor unappreciated. Everyone I have met here, employees, students, and parents, are very helpful and friendly. BSMS won a presidential blue ribbon award in 2011, one of I believe only 3 such awards in NC. From everything I have seen, it is a well-deserved award. The school is named the BSMS Center for Advanced Academics and I can certainly confirm that the work level the kids do qualifies the name. But this harder level of instruction pays off for the students. Since they (and their parents) must do more to achieve here, they are more focused on the assignments. As a result, there is VERY little (if ANY) disciplinary, drug, or gang problems. (I would say zero, as I have NO evidence of any, but I will allow that there MAY be a small amount.) I have only good things to say about this school, and can happily recommend it to any other parent of exceptional children.
If you want your children to succeed, don't send them to this school. The teachers are lazy and do not care about the students. Your child can sleep through their classes and receive all A's. This is not the place to send a child that needs challenging work.
Brown Summit is an excellent school. My son is in his first year there and loves it. The teachers really care about the students, and I have found all to be extremely responsive to parent questions and concerns. This is my son's first experience in the Guilford County schools, of being challenged academically. I do wish there were teachers of color in the school, but hopefully that will change over time. As for the parent's comment that there were few students of color-I don't really understand that, as 40 % of the student body is either African American, mixed race, or other. There seem to be few behavior problems in the school, and I like the way the children work together in the classroom. I love the fact that the school cares so much about community service learning, though we are half way through the school year, and the students haven't done much AT school. Hopefully they will be making up for that in the Spring. Anyway, overall, this school is fabulous, and I plan on sending my younger children when they are old enough as well.
I am a student and I think this school is awesome! I read that somone said that ther are few teachers of color. Well that is an issue but, there are plenty of students of color we have a very diverse student body. Extra curricular activities aren't available. However the excellent academics makes up for this.
This school lacks cultural diversity. There are no teachers of color (Asian, African-American, Hispanic, etc.) and very little students of color. The only minorities are the cafeteria staff, custodians, and secretary. Although nice people with respectable professions, there should be some licensed teachers, administrators, or counselors of color to serve as role models for our students.
Brown Summit middle is a great school with a rigorous standard,small class Size and strong teacher /student relationships.
I am a student at this school and it extremely lacks extra activities.
My daughter is a recent graduate (2007) of BSMS. She had a wonderful experience at a new school. She was in the first 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes. Parental support was strong and needed at this site. Teacher turnover was a factor in her 2nd year but things stabilized and the school has developed an identity of academic excellence. This is a school for students that are advanced learners but may have some weakness in a single area. Because of the size there is no tutoring available. What a great school! I would send her there again.
This has been an excellent program for my eighth grader whom started here in the sixth. He is more than prepared now to enter the IB program at the local high school.
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