Today my son returned to BASC after having started his high school experience. He could not wait to go back to share in his accomplishments no different than he was able to share his learning with his peers and mentors while at BASC in an atmosphere of individualized learning and partnership. I was asked what helped prepare him for his transition, and I replied the instilling of emotional well-being and confidence that he can meet any challenge with the tools he not only received but integrated during his 4 years, his middle school years, at BASC which were truly a gift.
My son is in his second year at British American School of Charlotte. He is 12 and in his 12 years we considered and toured almost every private school in Charlotte as well as the leading public schools. It was an easy choice. This school truly stands behind their motto and deliver "personal learning". This starts with the team and family feeling you get from all the staff. You can feel their happiness with their jobs and school family immediately. It is clear they are a team and happy to be so. This translates to them knowing their students uniquely. Each teacher seems to know my son whether they have taught him personally or not. And all this leads to a safe and invigorating learning atmosphere. The teachers feel safe to take risks and support each other, and this passes to the students. Their curriculum gets learning and development right. It is based on the kids and not on arbitrary rules. It is detailed and thorough and my son thrives. We are extremely happy here!
Make no mistake: This is a for-profit school, and they do a good job of selling an image.I would urge anyone reading these reviews to take note of the dates of the reviews below. The school encourages parents to post positive reviews whenever a negative one is posted online. So please, take all the five-star reviews with a grain of salt. My story: My child was at BASC for five full years. After a one year in the exemplary CMS school in my neighborhood, I wish I'd never spent the money. BASC is good for 2-3-4 year olds, and they have some good teachers, But the small class size in the older grades can really work against a child socially. Almost every parent I know who's had a child at BASC takes that child back a year when they leave. They don't learn study skills or how to handle exams. For all the talk of high academic standards, diversity and international focus, our local elementary does a much better job, and with better discipline and perhaps most importantly, accountability. Another issue is the transient nature of many of the teachers. Very often, they literally don't even set foot in Charlotte before coming here, and some don't like it (and it shows.)
Teachers are phenomenal here and contrary to what is said below, there is no yelling here. I am a veteran parent and volunteer much time at the school on multiple projects. I have never seen or heard of any yelling. Between my 3 children and 7 years here, I have spent a lot of time there. The admin is extremely objective and very willing to listen to calm reasonable parents. I would suggest reading a fabulous book called Mindset by Carol Dweck. The beliefs in this book are embraced at the school. I believe the curriculum at every level is top notch but not for one looking for a traditional education. I don't see any deficits in some areas as mentioned below. I see a school that is extremely forward thinking, very personal in their approach, and very conscious of preparing our kids for a global world where the jobs they will have probably have not yet been created. Kids are loved and respected, academically pushed when appropriate, motivated, and their achievements are always recognized here no matter how big or small those achievements may be.
As an expat family who moves in and out of international schools frequently, we couldn't be more happy with BASC! The teachers and staff truly understand the needs of children, especially ones who are transitioning to new cultures, new learning styles and new friends. We first found BASC after returning from an assignment in Belgium and this is our second round at BASC. We spent the last year in London and our three children picked right up where they left off with friends and curriculum. A huge emphasis is placed on individual student learning and personal development. We wouldn't have our kids anywhere else! I believe the teachers have a true love of teaching children and you can feel it when you walk into the school! Our children are so sad to be leaving this year as we are off on another assignment. However, we will never leave our BASC family and are confident that through the efforts of the staff, our children are prepared for our next adventure!
Our daughter has grown exponentially since enrolling at BASC. She is suddenly reading (she is not yet four years old), speaking both French and Spanish, and has become much more socially aware. She dislikes the weekends, and constantly asks when it will be Monday again so she can go to school! It doesn't get better than that!
By far, the best school in the region. My children are excelling here. We love the diversity of the school, as well.
Someone termed this school Charlotte's best kept secret and that is the truth. If you are looking for a school with excellent academics, but also a caring atmosphere, BASC is it. We are thrilled with the progress our children are making. They are way ahead of their peers and they simply love attending school. There are so many differences in the way this school approaches learning - too many to describe here. Its amazing.
Finally a school where children learn! They never come home annoyed after 7 boring hours of doing nothing. They receive help, if needed; they are pushed further if required. Very open minded environment focused on the global world. Teachers are very well prepared and great people. Staff is wonderful.
I usually would not even consider writing a review. But when I read the negative parent review incriminating basically all British schools, I felt like I had to react. We arrived two years ago from abroad and our kids were indeed welcome right from the start in BASC. They keep feeling very comfortable in this school (better than in any of the previous countries). We are very happy with their progress, both scholarly and socially. Teachers can give a lot of attention to each kids thanks to limited number of kids per class and are doing a good job tailoring the lessons to their potential. I am happy we selected the BASC.
'Learning is fun!' I never thought this would be like that for my kids but it is now. Until a couple of months ago, going to school has always been a struggle and something that they had to do. That is not a concern anymore, I see my kids flourish and not only in learning but also socially! The school is such a warm environment with outstanding teachers!
Such a fabulous place to learn!! Our children have attended the school for 5 years and we couldn't be happier! Such a nurturing environment and the learning is top-notch! Individualized lesson plans and project based learning make the schoolwork challenging, fun and also teach valuable critical thinking skills. Imagine a place where a teacher measures his/her success by the success of each student and where every child is valued for their unique gifts and you'll have an idea of the incredible learning that goes on in each and every class. My children come home every day excited about what they have learned. The school also has such great cultural diversity! School uniforms also help to keep the focus on learning.
I also am writing to disagree with the previous negative posts. We have been in the school for 6 years and have NEVER come across the issues of bullying or inappropriate discipline from the teachers. This school harbors a community of tight knit families and staff that work together to make the school the best that it can be. It would be hard to keep something so offensive under wraps in a school like ours. Beyond the amazing teachers, the individualized learning and the diverse student body, this school teaches respect and appreciation of oneself and of a much larger world outside the school doors. Surely issues arise as in any institution and they are addressed...whether big or small. The unique learning style is a sure fit for our kids.
The past review is a complete lie and someone who has no clue what they are talking about. I have never in all my years at the school seen or heard what this person is referencing. If those things did actually happen everyone would be aware and no one would leave their children at the school. This school is unique in that the older children care deeply about the younger ones, offer up assistance at recess & lunch, the parents are excellent, administration responsive and teachers excellent.
We were very disappointed and shocked at some of the things that are allowed to happen at this school. There is terrible gender-based bullying which is not addressed. Looks like all of the British Schools run by WCL (World Class Learning, the parent company) have the same problems. They operate schools in Houston, Chicago, New York, Washington DC, Charlotte and Boston, and all of them are reviewed on this site. Study the negative reviews from all of these schools, and you will have a pretty good idea what this school is like, especially regarding the interactions with leadership! Some of the teachers are well known for yelling at the students - even very little kids, to the point that many of the kids come home upset and crying at how they have been treated. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL. The "feel good" thing at the beginning is just a facade. This school is a real mess.
We had high hopes for this school. We were very impressed by the individualized learning concept and the curriculum seemed wonderful. Unfortunately the leadership here is very inadequate. Serious problems are not addressed. Every year there is huge turnover in the staff and students. The image they present is just that: an image. Not reality.
This school truly is one of Charlotte's best kept secrets. It's intellectually challenging, but it also prepares children emotionally and socially for life in an ever-changing, multi-cultural world. It's a very close-knit community, and I believe both I and my son have made life-long friends there. They are really willing to work with your child -- playing to their strengths and strategizing through their weaknesses. It's not a one-size-fits-all approach. I also like that there's very little snobbery or elitism there -- something I fear I see at many other private schools.
We are in our 6th year here and extremely happy. My child performs well in a small class environment with lots of attention and she has thrived academically and socially. The teachers and curriculum as well as the overall philosophy of the school make it what it is. Over the years, I have noticed a big difference in BASC's Math program versus other schools. Kids move along at a quicker pace than American schools. Concepts are introduced at an early age and expanded upon as the kids get older. The sky is the limit here. If your child is ready, teachers are keen to move them forward in a very gentle way. The school's philosophy supports Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligence concept and they encourage the children to identify themselves within this model. A great school that I would highly recommend!
I think the school is phenomenal. The curriculum is lively, highly imaginative and of very high quality. I do believe there has been recent turnover of staff and a few teachers, but keep in mind that all of the teachers are from the UK and all topnotch, brought in each year. As for staff, the headmaster brings in only the best administrators and staff to keep the school running like clockwork.
This is an extraordinary school, and it has made a phenomenal difference in our daughter's life. The teachers are excellent. They truly know and care for each child. Individually learning styles are supported, and our daughter's self esteem and confidence has increased dramatically during her time at BASC. The school community is cohesive and nurturing, and we love the interaction between grade levels. Furthermore, the international focus is evident in the student population, the teachers, curriculum, festivals and celebrations. The British American School is wisely educating it's students for a future in a global world where 8 out 10 of the jobs the children will have do not even exit today. There are many fine private schools in Charlotte, but the British American School has a unique emphasis on the child's learning and long term growth and development. It is truly unique and one of the city's best kept secrets.
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