My kids attended BGA for a total of seven years . All feedback from conferences, report cards, and other academic markers always excellent. I became suspicious when my youngest seemed to be woefully behind in grade level yet the school continued to tell us nothing but great things. Two years ago the kids begin attending Williamson County Schools. About three months into the school year it became very apparent what was happening at BGA. Both kids were significantly behind academically and while the oldest has finally caught up with his peers the youngest is still struggling. It appears to me BGA's retention plan is intertwined with academic reporting measures possibly out of fear parents will stop sending the check if the school is not sending home a As. This is a horrible disservice for the kids and parents. I deeply regret ever having my kids attend.
I have two children at Battle Ground Academy. My sons are in 1st and 6th grade. This school goes above and beyond every expectation I could have of a private institution. The teaching staff is exemplary. The moral standards and expectations of the students are maintained at a very high level. They learn so much, while at the same time developing the full well-rounded student. This school feels like family and is an amazing community of parents and students.
BGA has come a long way in the past 5 years. New leadership, fresh curriculum, and an influx of quality students has made BGA an excellent school. I would put the education my son is getting up against the best schools in the country any day of the week - and I have taught in some amazing schools. Thanks to the character education, The BGA Way, and positive peer influence, I have seen my son grow into a strong and empathetic young man. I can't recommend BGA highly enough.
BGA begins molding students of good character from day one, with The BGA Way. There is a culture of empathy, good manners, and civic mindedness that permeates the school. The Honor Code is taken very seriously.
My wife sign a contract to send my kids to the school. I was not sure if I wanted my kids to attend. My wife sent the contract in without my signature. I knew both signature were required as it says it on the agreement. I received a letter few weeks later from the school telling me the contacts were incomplete. It was apparent after receiving the letter that we did not have a binding contract. So, I didn't think any more about it and sent my kids to other schools. To my surprise the school will try to enforce (legally) the incomplete contracts. The schools contract "requires" both parents signatures. Which means a lack of both is not binding. But the school will try to enforce the contract without both. This is misleading and a trap. It is not a parents responsibility but the school to ensure its contracts are complete. An incomplete contract does not hind the school to reserve a spot for a student, nor does it obligate a parent to pay tuition if their child doesn't attend. To new and present parents, be cautious before signing. I find this to be a lack of integrity on the part of the school.
Battle Ground Academy high school seems to be stuck in 1978. Teachers use antiquated methods of teaching. Home work requirements are unreasonable (amount of time and some lack of meaningfulness). Current administration of the high school is militant and unyielding. The school prides itself on their honor code but it is widely ignored. The school seems more concerned with turning out "cookie cutter" students and less concerned with helping each child achieve their own individual successes...not much room for individuality. Not worth the tuition.
Battle Ground Academy was once a great school that actually focused on "honing" any student's given abilities in the right direction. The soul of the school was literally ripped away when they built the new campus and B.G.A. became a status symbol instead of an intellectual symbol. For the tuition that they are charging now, you might as well send your kid(s) to M.B.A. or H.H. so that they can get a real education for the real world which isn't limited to the bubble of ignorance and arrogance that is Williamson County.
I love BGA and cannot say enough wonderful things about the school. Our son absolutely loves going to school. The curriculum is challenging, yet age-appropriate. The teachers nurture the students, while holding them to high expectations. Our son has grown in so many ways, thanks to BGA. He is confident, thoughtful, hard-working, courteous, and strong academically. BGA is not close to our home but is worth the drive. I consider it to be one of the top independent schools in the Nashville area and heads above public schools. It is quite a financial commitment, but a decision that was easy to make. Go BGA!
We love BGA , my son went to poplar grove and we transferred in the 6th grade because it was time for a change . My son struggles with severe ADHD and BGA has been amazing in working with him . He is a highly gifted student and has thrived and loved school. Its worth every single penny for your child to say they love school daily. I think what people need to remember when choosing a school for their child , its not about finding the best school its about finding the best school that fits your child's needs , personality , abilities and likes . Thats why there are so many choices .