We`'ve got 2 kids at Bon-lin elementary, and would happily recommend this school. Every year our experience is positive, from pre-k onwards.Our kids are happy,and are always looking forward to school.
The school has a student support team that helps to identify and support students struggling in the classroom, for whatever the reason. This team meets every 4-6 weeks to monitor students' progress and make adaptations to learning strategies and interventions utilized for the student. If progress is made, the student is continued in monitoring, or if lack of progress is made, a referral for additional educational support/services may be made. Prior achievement test results and benchmark performance is used to sometimes identify students in need of support, but often parents have to and need to, get involved in the process. Parents can request that their child be monitored and supported, and usually also have to request updates regarding progress outside of the typical report card.
We are military and moved to Memphis in summer 2013. I was quite concerned with Memphis schools so I did a lot of research before picking Bon Lin. This school has been absolutely WONDERFUL. From the principal to the teachers, everybody has gone out of their way to get my 4th grader settled into her new school. The teacher morale is very high and it shows in the smiles on their faces. Communication is fantastic and there are plenty of fun activities to participate in for the students. The students are so well behaved and respectful and the teachers actually enjoy teaching. I can't say enough good about this school.
I have a 5th grader last year and she loved it! I loved it as academics are very important. I liked the staff and the children were for the most part very well behaved! My little has moved on to middle school now.
I am very pleased with this school. My child has attended for four years and I have been happy with all of her teachers as well as the administration. The teachers are very committed to the students and it shows. Parent involvement is highly encouraged by the school and parents are very involved in many activities and programs.
Focus is on TCAP and maintaining high test scores. The school does not have a strong stance on bullies which has been a problem where my son has been hit, pushed and shoved 3 separate times in the first 5 weeks of school. They work hard to bring the struggling students up to passing but do little for the gifted students to challenge them, at least until they reach 3rd grade and get into APEX.
My son is in his 3rd year at Bon Lin and I couldn't be happier with it. The teachers have been fantastic. He's been challenged academically and they've had programs to help him since he struggles socially. The principal has been very involved, as is the PTA. When I join him for lunch, the food is good for cafeteria food. My son especially loves the breakfasts.
School is relatively new and quickly becoming overcrowded. My son's class had 22 students this past year and the teacher was overwhelmed. Not willing to work with parents. Was told several times she was willing to work with him, disassociating the fact that if she was going to work with my child, she had to work with me too. Dissatisfied with the previous 1st grade teacher too. Great at communicating with parents, but failed to teach my child to read anywhere near an appropriate level. Paying for private tutoring this summer due to lack of quality teaching. Very regimented schedule with little time for energy release, not good for boys. A LOT of focus is given to the TCAP and Gateway tests. Principals is overrated and retiring. Replacement may be better.
We have 2 children currently going to this school and our oldest is a Bon Lin Middle. This is the way a school should operate. It sets the standard.
Everything is great. The teachers and staff and kind and do a great job with the studetns.
My daughter and son have both attented Bon Lin Elementary. The staff is GREAT! We are very happy with this school!
The school mean teachers in some cases my child has dealt with that. The school's lunch is lacking nutrition.The does not me children's needs.(even if they are above average) They are putting preschoolers in that school which is not safe. They do not have good teacher for them either. I wouldn't recommend this school to any children.
I think that Bonlin has wonderful teachers, but if you are not in the 80% of the 'average' student then there is a lacking in your needs being met. Of course there are programs for students who have special needs it but I think that Shelby County could do much better. Not only with special needs students but also APEX students. The main area that this school along with most in the country is the food is lacking in nutrition and is almost inedible.
We could go up against any private school in the area. The teachers are fabulous and truly love their job and care about the kids. I can't say enough good things. We are fortunate to have a great adminstrators as well.
My daughter is in Pre-k. I am very happy with the teachers, program and the overall!!!! I'd recommend this school to anybody, it is wonderful!!!!
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