My son attends K at OBCES. The teachers are very dedicated to their students and have phenomenal communication with the parents! I recommend this school to my friends in the neighborhood with children approaching Kindergarten!
Living in the city of Cleveland, I honestly do not know what I would do without OBCS. I have three children who attend. The staff is totally dedicated to our children.
My son is in third grade at obcs and i love this school im proud to have my son attend this school
My son goes to OBCS and I love it. The staff is great and always present. They actually care about the kids that attend there school.
Both of my daughters have attended Old Brooklyn Community School since kindergarten. My elder daughter started with the school in the old St. Luke's Church facility. The school has weathered all sorts of changes: it has relocated twice,and it changed its curriculum from Montessori to character education. The curriculum change although necessary was hugely unpopular. I personally still miss the Montessori method. But, I don't see any other Cleveland public schools educating their children so well, so happily and so safely as the staff at Old Brooklyn. I think the principal is truly dedicated to giving each child a valuable educational experience and she has a knack for finding absolutely terriffic teachers. The staff here is great, the parent volunteers are highly motivated and involved, and the students continue to thrive.
My child whole goals and out look has changed f0r the better...she can't wait to attend school each day thank you
My son started 1st grade at OBCS last year. This year he will be joined by his brother who is entering Kindergarten. The school has done wonders with my eldest son who was failing behind academic standards but excelling beyond his class at a Cleveland Public school. The staff is marvelous they are friendly professional and caring. It's a safe and nurturing environment for children. The only area lacking is extra curricular activities. Overall a great school.
My children have been at this school for 7 years. It has undergone many changes, yet through it all, they have been able to maintain the best and most committed teachers, who take an interest in each child. They gave extra help to my son when he was falling behind, and now he tests above average in most of his classes. They also gave more challenging class work to my other child who is advanced and works at a grade level 3 levels above her age. I feel the school is safe, nurturing, and committed to a quality education and more. I don't agree with everything, but that is the way it is at every school. I reccomend this school.
This school was started as a Montessori School in the late 90s. When we toured the school in 2005, we were told it was still Montessori. But on the last day of school in 2006, parents were informed in a letter that the school would now follow a traditional curriculum. What a big change to make with no input from the parents, and no advance warning! Those of us who want our children in a Montessori school did't have time to transfer schools because of the last minute notification. The principal, when asked about the changes, passed the buck and blamed it on the Board of Directors. And at the next board meeting, the directors made it clear that they were not interested in the parents' concerns. The Constellation schools are a good alternative in Cleveland. But talk to experienced parents to get the real story before signing up!
Our first two years at OBMS were very positive, with a really good Montessori experience for our daughter. Then, the principal instituted very anti- Montessori 'improvements' to the curriculum such as grades, a clas schedule, and workbooks. It very rapidly became a traditional school.
I couldn't ask for a better education. Parents, teachers and principal work together to benefit the child. children are taught morals and values. Individual needs are met. Very close-knit community.
Curiously, without a full time nurse at OBMS, unless one is staffed this coming year, the board of Constellation Community Schools is intent on adding 4 or 5 more schools to the 11 already open rather than use available funds to improve services or facilities for these original schools. The teachers are excellent and committed. The administration seems without focus or direction. We sincerely hope this changes. At a meeting last year the principal lamented that charter schools didn't have the finances to defend against negative campaigns from established public school administrations, government offices and the media. Later in the same meeting, when asked if it would be possible for charter schools to pool their resources to help finance a positive information campaign, the principal said this wasn't necessary since any negative statements made against charter shools are no longer considered news worthy. Which is it, a problem or not news worthy?
This school does have an extremely dedicated and helpful staff. I was so happy to be able to enroll my son, especially after our horrible experience at Ben Franklin. I am amazed at my 6 year old son's reading and math abilities in Kindergarten! We love the school and our whole family is happy with the school.
My son has been at OBM since its start with only 32 children and its 2 teachers. I love the Montessori method of teaching. I have seen this school grow, watched many changes and still consider it one of the best educations my child can get. I have my concerns about its rapid growth and have noticed the Montessori methods decreased. But the parent involvement, teachers are still the best. Then again my opion may be biased remembering the 32 children at the start of it all. Generally, OBM would still rank in my top 5 schools for younger children.
My three children attended OBMS. One child for 3 years and the others for 1. Overall I would say this school is a good alternative for those parents who are not able to send their children to a private school. The school has a dedicated staff. There is a few extra curriculars available but not many. One major draw back for our family was what seemed to be a curriculum more centered around a heavy multi-culturism agenda. Discussions allowed surrounding everything under the sun, except anything to do with a Christian view. The main focus seems to be on every other culture except our Western one. OBMS is based loosely on The Montesorri Method of Teaching, and is becoming more and more like a traditionl public school. Again, if you have no other alternatives other than Cleveland public, this may be an option for you. K.McNeilly
My oldest son has attended the school for 5 years now, and I am still pleasantly suprised every year by the growth and enormous amount of parent and teacher supprt here. I have a younger son in his second year of kindergarten and my other two boys will be attending soon enough! This school has the best staff, led by the best principal in the district.
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