I have read the reviews of this school and I am quiet surprised that so many of the comments directly reference expected involvement and money. Let me state I had 4 children go through Bess over a 10 year period. All of them came out of the experience loving their teachers, their administrators and their classmates. The problem today is too many parents want to simply drop off their kids at a school and just expect them to learn by osmosis, not holding them accountable for their shortcomings or their lack of self preservation, then want to blame the "school" or the "teacher" for their own inabilities as a parent to be able to get their child to the next level. School in general is a team sport, unfortunately in today's environment if you want your child to get ahead you have to be willing to put in the time. If you don't then someone else will. It is a basic life lesson, to get ahead you can't just sit on the sidelines and expect to be the number one draft pick. I, nor are my children perfect, however, the education they received from WA Bess elementary was exceptional. The school has won numerous awards for it's academic success and continued commitment to our future. Be a parent.
when is the open house for this school or the sign up day,so i can put my kids in school here?
This school is okay as long as you can run up there and make you face known at every event. Every child is not treated equal. Money is a HUGE deal at this school. $5 this week, $2 next adds up in a hurry when you have more then one child. As a parent you must make sure that you are fully aware of your rights because this school will not help you if not. You must fight for your child and make it known that you will, after a while they realize and will give your child what they need. If you are not going to stand up for your child this is not the place for you!
I am more disappointed this year than ever, My child is fifth grade and you would think the parents would be wanted & needed to help as much as you can, not limit the help only by the grade parent, The teachers are the most rudest no personality , I acyually have a issue with one teacher that I should had taken to the principle , Parents want to be involved , Teachers has there own little click...And another thing all this school ever wants is money, money, MONEY, What are they doing with the money? They justify what they do , but no actuall proof......
I would not recomend this school to anyone. The teachers and principle continued to harass my children and make them feel very unimportant. This school Is not family friendly.
I am forced to give this school 1 star. It deserves zero stars. We are working parents and attend as many events as possible. The teachers seem nice but teach our kids nothing, and do not treat all children equal.
Excellent School! The teachers and principal are fantastic. There is also a great after school program close by in Carolina Galaxy. I would say this is the best school in Gaston County!
I am sad to say after 8 years of sending my girls to this school this is the last year I will get to have my children attend this school I still remember my oldest daughters first day she was scared to death but her teachers were so nice but straight to the point of what she was there for just put our minds to rest about any concerns we had a great start I think even though we have had some issues with some teachers all of the teachers that my oldest daughter had helped us to raise an A honor roll,AIG, beta club,bible club,battle of the books club child out of a very shy little girl and for that I am very grateful to tim and his entire staff but mostly my daughter that I am very proud of she loves this school and so do I God Bless
I was appalled to read such stellar reviews of W.A.Bess. I had heard this was a great school, and had my son attend kindergarten there. It was the worst mistake of my life, thus far. I am a former teacher, and have lived in many different parts of the U.S. My son's self-esteem plummeted; his individuality and creativity were stifled; he began to have behavior problems. All of the childrens' work looks exactly the same. The teacher, although nice, did not teach my son anything he didn't already know when he started the year. If you want to give a school here the title, 'School of Excellence'...go to Gaston Day School!
Definitely an above average school. My son has been there since Kindergarten and will be attending 2nd grade this fall. The teachers are excellent and the school gets good marks for achievement from the State and Federal govt. My only complaint is security could be better and safety during drop off and pick up of your child. The parking lot is a free for all and getting into the parking lot is a accident waiting to happen.
Wonderful school! I had children there for 9 years; the youngest finished 5th grade there last spring. We miss Bess terribly. My children recieved a top notch education there, and were always loved and encouraged by wonderful teachers and adminstration. The programs there challenge gifted students and also help those who struggle work to their ability. There is a lot of parent involvement and they do a great job raising money to purchase extra computers, books, sports equipment, and other things to provide the teachers and students with the extras that make a big difference in the quality of education offered. The principal and his staff are always available to address any concerns. Communication from the school to the parents is great.
I am very pleased with this school. We moved here in June, so my child started 5th grade at Bess. New school, new challenges, new friends, and her teachers have helped her transition beautifully. She is encouraged in her strengths, like reading, and supported in subjects that present more challenges, such as math. The school deserves the awards and recognition they have been accorded. I'd rate this school at the top of the class!
Excellent school of the highest degree. Teachers and staff are courteous and helpful when dealing with children who need extra help or more incentive to do their best. School consistently meets and exceeds all of my expectations for my children.
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