While many of the teachers are great, some are very ineffective. There are some classes where the students do not know what is expected of them and where requirements for assignments can change randomly for certain people.
There is a lack of communication between teachers as on many days students can come home with very lengthy assignments from each subject as well as being given no time to work on them in class. Some classes have even had to have students come in during the study hall period in order to get assignments they could not hand out in class.
There has been at least one instance in this school where a child who had done something wrong and had not been punished went to the teacher and confessed what they had done. They felt that what they had done had not been noticed, so being honest they told the teacher of what they had done. To this the teacher told them that they were "just going to give them a break, but since they wanted to be punished they would be happy to do that." What does this teach our students? That it is better to lie and get away with something than to be honest and just get punished for it? Please tell me how this builds any sort of mortal characteristics at all.
This school does have quite a few decent qualities, however, there are more negatives than positives in this school. While you may get a decent education with quite a few of the courses (mainly in the fields of math, science, and history) you are likely to find massive problems with other areas of the school. The first of these core fundamental problems is their treatment of special needs kids, especially with some examples of at least one staff member actually bullying them and treating them as lesser beings or "inconveniences". The second one is the problem with the rules and their enforcement. There is a massive amount of inconsistencies within the school as well. One of the core problems being the dress code and its enforcement. Though it specifically states in the student handbook that there are no extremely short shorts allowed or low cut tops a majority of students wear these and only a few are ever punished. This is only made worse by the fact that only certain teachers only seem to enforce it, much to the dismay of the principal's statement of how they would all do their part to enforce it. Another problem with the dress code seems to be with special events. The school regularly has things like "Dress-Up Days" where students can dress up in costumes based on the day's theme. However, it appears some teachers do not get the memo as on these days most of the staff will be fine with these costumes. However, some have been known to become very hostile if one of these costumes has a hat as a part of it. Hats have always been a part of a mock holy war within the school as the principal is very fanatical about hats not being worn inside (except for on days where you dress up, of course in which he is fine with that). While that is perfectly acceptable some teachers will become very aggressive towards you for wearing a hat in school on these dress-up days. So, in essence there needs to be consistency on that aspect of the school ruling because when it comes to a lot of these "school rules" there are too many mixed messages for a student to possibly understand what is acceptable. This can also transfer over into the class as well. As there are some teachers who love to have discussions with their students and small debates where in others your grade can actually suffer for questioning a teacher. So, in the end, do not go to this school.
Bottineau Elementary Central School is the worst elementary school in ND. The administration is terrible, specifically the Principal and the Superintendent. The retired principal had a problem with "keeping his hands to himself" and abused children in the school. This of course, got swept under the rug for numerous years. I have been asked to "leave" the school if I had a problem with things and go somewhere else. If you have a child with special needs, you're better off homeschooling. They don't care for special needs children, as they perceive them as a burden and an inconvenience to them. They have zero experience with special education and have zero knowledge or training in it. All the teachers are associated with the administration and they all back each other up and continue to teach poorly. If your child is getting bullied, you will be the one getting a phone call for your child being seen sticking up for themselves. There are apparently no para's to watch special needs or other children in school and on the school bus. I can't stress enough how terrible this school district is. Don't send your child to Bottineau school district, home school or move! Awful school.