My daughter is having a horrible time at this school. The teachers don't seem to notice the problems in the school and I see parents and teachers alike getting frustrated. The principal while a great person is not cut out for this role and has caused a lot of parents to think about moving children to home school or to schools close by in Spearfish. There is a MAJOR bulling problem going on in the school district that is not being handles. I can see my daughter losing confidence in herself and the school every day and it is a sad thing to see a girl go from kindergarten loving school and reading like a champ to a 1st grader hating school and hating reading. My husband and I are considering moving to Spearfish just to give our daughter a better chance in school. If you are moving to Belle and have school age children I suggest you either home school or live in Spearfish and commute.
Although small and appealing visually, the teaching and staff are highly inadequate. The teachers exhibit little control over their classrooms and disciplinary action used is inappropriate and tends to hurt the child's feeling and self esteem. Aa far as higher learning, that is impossible in a setting where the class is gauged and held back by the slowest member of the room.
This school is very freindly and the atmosphere for the students seems to be very positive. The teachers in general seem to be more experienced and seem to have lost their enthusiasum for teaching though. There is very little differentiation for students on the top or bottom end of the class and students having trouble were never given any suggestions for improving their situation. The parents were never informed of the situation either and only found out after attending the P/T conferences. After asking what could be done to help the student improve, the teacher had nothing to suggest and focused on the positive points of the student. On the other end of the spectrum, students that are excelling do not have anythign that would help them work to their potential and seem to be bored in the classroom activities that are structured for a more average student population.