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New Bern, NC
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Forest Street
New Bern, NC 28560

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May 06, 2014
As the 2014 school year comes to a close, we are just as pleased with Brinson as we were when my oldest started there 6 years ago. We are a military family. We had a child or children (depending on the year) at Brinson, left for a year, and then returned to New Bern. My older two kids missed Brinson terribly the year they were gone. They were happier and overall got a better education than at their other school. Our youngest and middle child are currently there and continue to thrive. The teachers are very engaged. Sure, some are better than others, but I haven't had a bad teacher experience so far. The school does very well on standardized tests without obsessing over and stressing the kids about the tests (as compared with another high achieving local school where my friend's child developed test anxiety and spent most of third grade stressed out to the point of not wanting to go to school - and she was a good student). Brinson finds an excellent balance of urging the children to excel while not smothering them. My ONLY gripe is that I wish the curriculum spent more time on grammar. If you are moving to the area, rest assured that Brinson is a positive, safe place.

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April 28, 2014
Brinson is a wonderful school! We have been so happy with every aspect of our child's education while a student here. The teachers and staff truly put the best interest of the children first. Our new principal brings a fun energy to the school and the kids love her. She has very high expectations for the faculty and the students. The PTA and parent volunteers are very involved and work to make Brinson such a special place.

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June 17, 2013
My daughter just finished kindergarten this year at Brinson and I am very pleased to say this is an excellent school all around. I believe her teacher had pure dedication to each and everyone of her students. I believe her teaching tactics were excellent. She didn't have her students learn only from worksheets and books but from hands on activities which make kids want to learn. What a lot of parents forget is, it is not only the teachers responsibility to teach our children, it is ours as well. It is a group effort and we both (parent and teacher) have to be on the same page. I believe at Brinson many parents are involved with the school and there children and that is why this school has tested highly. A lot of people say Brinson is a "military" school, I disagree. Brinson is there doing what is meant to be done, teaching our children. Giving them structure and discipline and setting them up for success. They are teaching our children to become productive citizens!

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April 23, 2011
My daughter has attended Brinson since kindergarten. Although the front office personnel are not the most welcoming, she has received a top notch education. She has had excellent teachers and I could't be more thrilled with her third grade teacher. She has gone from reading on a third grade level at the beginning of the year to reading on a sixth grade level in a matter of months. If you want a strong school without all the fluff, this is one to choose.

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August 30, 2010
We moved from VA public schools and were very disappointed with Brinson in terms of accelerated and special needs children. They do not have accelerated placement until Grade 4 and all special needs children are lumped together by age. A lot of the teachers have limited expectations for the children.

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November 07, 2008
I was very excited to be entering Brinson however I've been very disappointed with the rudeness and the low teacher moral. The school shows very little respect for the children. I haven't found one teacher that sounds excited to be a educator. I feel as if the educators in this school are educators becasue it is a JOB not becasue it's a passion. I am shocked that my child is in school fro 8 hrs and comes home with 3 work sheets. This isn't the school that we thought it was.

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January 23, 2008
I know outside play time is not why we attend school. However, since my daughter has come home with many blisters, I feel it is time to update the boring and very limited play structures. I think all other areas are looking good. The principal is great too!

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May 16, 2007
Brinson is by far the best elementary school in Craven county. It's awards prove this. My son attended all 6 yrs at Brinson and my daughter is currently attending. To say that Brinson is like a Military school is laughable. Brinson allows plenty of room for individuality. However it does require that all students be considerate of others. There is also classes for special needs children that do not do well in a normal class room enviroment or do not do well with their peers. There are rewards at Brinson for reaching goals just as there is in life. However each goal is set for the individual child. So they are attainable. The programs are state wide and not Brinson specific. You will not find a better school anywhere but your child will have to work. It will not be handed to them. They prepare your child for middle school and beyond!

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September 14, 2006
My children have attended Brinson for 4 years. It is a very rule ('process') regulated learning environment, with zero tolerence. It reminds me of a military school. I have found Brinson's environment not to be flexible for an 'out-of-the box' thinking child. My daughter has excelled wonderfully, albeit she does have a nervous breakdown if she forgets her homework. However, my son's spirit for learning has been severely diminshed. There are goals set by the teacher for accelerated math/reading. If you don't make the goal, you don't get to participate in the reward activity. My son has lost his drive to read and do math. They both require computerized tests at the end of each book and math concept-don't pass, no points. It's taken the fun out of learning. In my opinion, the school's teaching for the accolades at the end of the year and the child is their means.

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April 01, 2006
We spent 4 years at this school before moving. We were completely spoiled and it will be hard to find a school that compares. The teachers maintain a very high standard as you can see by their test scores. The main emphasis at this school from kindergarten is reading proficiency and comprehension using the Accelerated Reading program. Not only are academics at a high standard but I was also impressed with the emphasis on character building. They focus on one character building word per month and really instill a zero tolerance of bullying. The children are very well behaved in the halls. My children loved the school. I only have one concern about Brinson and that is the size of the building and the amount of children moving into the district. It is busting at the seams but they are resolving this.

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January 13, 2006
My daughter attends K at Brinson and I am so pleased with this school! Every month they emphasize a character trait-this month is perseverence. Her teacher, Mrs. Edwards is an amazingly calm, warm and caring teacher. Every class has an assistant. And parents are ALWAYS welcome! Her homework is age appropriate. Time is allowed for play every day-both inside and out. My only suggestion would be for the children to have PE more than once/week. My daughter comes off the school bus HAPPY every day!

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Brinson Memorial Elementary
Forest Street, New Bern, NC  28560
(252) 514-6431
Last modified Brinson Memorial Elementary is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Brinson Memorial Elementary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 15 reviews. Top