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PK-5
Public district
Austin, TX
Students enrolled: 556
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6700 Arroyo Seco
Austin, TX 78757

(512) 414-2039
(512) 453-8928
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May 13, 2015
Although I am new to the school due to the fact that the afterschool program moves me around from different schools, I found that Brentwood is by far one of the few best schools where students showed interest in not only learning but also in teachers. When i first worked with the students there, I notice first that they showed their knowledge of manners and values that I found no other schools display. They show that friendship and collaboration is important for them, which is one of the most important part of learning when they grew older. Furthermore, they are willing to work things out with the teacher on projects that not only promotes their communication skills but also be able to be creative in ways that I don't always find in other schools. The only problem is the environment and looks of the school (which is a pretty old building) makes it draining in energy for me and for the children. If they work on that, then the school becomes a better place to learn. Keep up that value and spirit even if the academic performance of the school is not high compared to other schools.

- submitted by a teacher

August 14, 2014
Brentwood has been incredible for both of my boys. My older son, going into 4th grade, has had the most fantastic teachers every single year. He is challenged by Aspbergers, but has had love and support in the regular ed classroom and with his "support system" in speech and social skills therapies. My younger son, going into 2nd grade, has also had amazing teachers the past 3 years. It is truly a community school, with great parent participation, loving staff, and highly skilled, dedicated teachers. Cannot say enough good things.

- submitted by a parent

June 06, 2014
Brentwood is AMAZING! We have no complaints whatsoever. Our son is in the special ed program for speech and social skills, and the teachers and programs at Brentwood have been amazing. It is also such a wonderful environment: positive, environmentally conscience, fun-- we love it! There are also gardens tended by different classes all around the school.

- submitted by a parent

February 14, 2014
I have one in kinder here. The teachers have always been extremely respectful and helpful. My first encounter with the lunch lady wasn't great but I get it... You don't like what you're doing. I do not agree with one of the other reviews. I feel my child should have a fun transition into 'big kid' school. My child is 6 and reads to the class when they have time. Prefers chapter books to anything else. We have nightly homework and she shows an ability to figure out real world math problems. The school is doing something right. Kindergarten isn't the time to begin studying for your SATs. Brentwood elementary is fantastic!

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2014
Because we are a blended family, we have a child in Leander ISD, and one at Brentwood, only 1 year apart. The academics at Brentwood are WAY behind. Kindergarten is more like a daycare. The rooms are full of toys, playsets, etc.. I would image the parents giving good reviews for academics here have no idea what it's like at a good school. The kindergarteners in Leander ISD are writing stories, reading, doing real math problems, while our son at Brentwood is still working on writing his numbers 1-20. He doesn't read - AT ALL, has not been taught any phonics, no math skills. They're not learning handwriting, etc... Oh, but at Christmas, the kids did a lot of gift wrapping! I guess this was a fine motor skill activity, but that's pre-school. In Leander, they do that type of stuff, but it's tied to a lesson, like patterns, etc.. And safety - no way! They utilize the public park next door for a play area. There are 27 registered sex offenders within one mile of this school and they have the kids playing in a public park that's not fenced in. We've had notices this year for both Pertussis and Bed Bugs.

- submitted by a parent

November 19, 2013
We love this school. My oldest son spent six years here, and my youngest in in second grade. The single best thing about this school is the teachers. They care. A LOT. It's a warm, welcoming, diverse, artsy school where kids can figure out who they are in a safe environment. Other things I love about this school: * Academics are solid. Math, reading and writing are emphasized at an early age. Students who are struggling receive extra support. Students who are excelling are given greater challenges. * Tribe system. Instead of desks, classrooms have tables. Students work on group projects, as well as individual assignments. Students are encouraged to learn from and teach each other. * Inclusion: The school has several special education departments where the students receive support. But most of the time, students with special needs work with their peers. This helps all the students appreciate the values of compassion and understanding. * The neighborhood. Everyone gets along! When we disagree we act like adults and fix problems together. Love love love this school.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2013
Brentwood is a great neighborhood school with excellent parental involvement and diversity. The teachers are all very engaged and act as advocates for the kiddos. I applaud them for trying so hard in the face of Texas school defunding. In first grade my son's teacher helped ID a learning disability and started the documentation process, in second grade my son's teacher was a great advocate for him and helped move him along the onerous process of getting him the support he needs, and now his third grade teacher is focused on helping him reach goals that will help him succeed. I love that! My one complaint is that it's so hard to get the school (and district) to invest in children with LD. I know it's related to money, so I can't entirely blame my school's administration, which has also been supportive within the restrictions imposed by the district and ultimately the state's defunding of public education. So a big fat THANKS to Brentwood Elementary for caring about my son's education.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2013
Great neighborhood school. We relocated here last year and everyone has made our daughter and us feel very welcome. Her 1st grade and now 2nd grade teacher has been great at challenging the kids and keeping learning fun and relevant.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2013
Brentwood is amazing. The teachers are great. The parents are great and the community is everything I have been looking for. I love volunteering in my kiddos classes.The school is growing and we are getting more amazing creative teachers. The only negative is the limited lunch. I think we should be able to eat lunch with our kids every day not just Tuesdays and Thursdays.

- submitted by a parent

October 04, 2013
Brentwood is a great neighborhood school. Caring teachers and involved parents! Kids get the attention they need.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2013
I love this school, and so does my son. I've been very happy with the quality of both of his teachers, and love the small community feel of the school.

- submitted by a parent

August 06, 2013
Academics: Much less workload than our previous elementary school, but still enough to challenge. Do not think the homework load was enough to ensure conceptual mastery. Staff: Front office staff were mostly rude to parents and did not have very hospitable interactions. Door entry personnel were very kind and made it a pleasure to drop kids off. Also appreciated the curb side service at the rear of the school each morning. Security: Despite always having the doors locked at the appropriate hours with a doorbell for entry, I thought it was rather too easy to just enter, pass the front office, and go to any destination you wished. Teachers: Very pleasant, always open to interact after hours with parents over concerns, or just to provide feedback. Facilities: Outdated, cramped and in need of expansion and repair. Community: Brentwood is nestled within the Brentwood area of Austin. Some of the parents in my children's classes were extremely friendly and interacted well with the other parents. Others, not so much. I saw two drug addicts stumbling just three blocks from the school on day one, not the most re-assuring sight with my kids just three blocks away.

- submitted by a parent

June 01, 2013
I placed my child in Brentwood because a friend recommended it. My son is dyslexic and falls under the 504 Program which requires an annual meeting regarding his progress. The counselor forgot entirely about the meeting and I had to go to the principal to have one set. I notice that the teachers are really great but the administrative and office staff have a real anti-social attitude. I think they are great with their buddies and neighbors but the rest of us tax payers are a real bother. In the end, Brentwood is better than some AISD schools but I would not choose this school if you have other options. We came from a far superior program at Barton Hills Elementary in Austin so maybe it is just that I know how good schools operate.

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2010
Brentwood Elementary has been a great experience for my two kids. The teachers have all been good to excellent. The older child achieved excellent TAKS scores while at Brentwood. He is now getting great grades in his pre-AP classes in middle school. My younger child is also on track to do very well on the TAKS test. More importantly, both love to learn. They particularly love the innovative art program. The award-winning green initiatives at the school are integrated into the curriculum and include composting and organic gardening. The parent involvement is outstanding. When my oldest was about to start kindergarten, we visited other schools and considered sending him outside the neighborhood or to a private school. I'm so glad we decided to keep our kids at Brentwood. It s a wonderful, supportive community.

- submitted by a parent
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April 25, 2010
It's a great neighborhood school, that's well integrated in the community and participates in many great events. Their organic garden is also something special.

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2009
This is a great school. You can tell that everyone really cares about the kids here. The curriculum is exceptional. I am very happy to call brentwood our home.

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2009
I'm loving our neighborhood school more and more each day. There is such a strong sense of cummunity among parents and the children, many of whom have known one another since infancy. I love walking away from the school in the morning and feeling confident about our decision to stick with the neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 18, 2009
Brentwood rocks they have great teachers and yummy lunches too!!!

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2008
Our experience at Brentwood has been very positive. The teachers are wonderful, with few exceptions. My son's teacher is just amazing and worked with us so well on some anxiety issues he developed. Brentwood has progressive programs lacking in other schools: multi-age classes with teachers who work as a team; the Tribes program, where children learn to work as a team; Lifeskills that emphasize traits such as integrity, friendship and humor. These programs happened because the principal is open to trying new things. My son is reading 1.5 years over grade level and comes home with so many interesting facts and questions that I know he s learning and his curiosity is being nurtured. It s a small, friendly school with diversity in ethnicity and family income, which is important to me. PTA is working hard to increase enrichment opportunities. I m involved and we do get support from teachers and the principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 21, 2008
I love living in the Brentwood/Crestview neighborhood, with one exception: sending my child to Brentwood Elementary School. I have been incredibly disappointed by both teachers and administration at Brentwood. My child will not be attending Brentwood next year. I have attended information sessions at several other elementary schools in the area and have been shocked at how far Brentwood lags behind them. I place blame with the principal, who seems content with marginality. The PTA tries to make things better, but without the support from neither principal nor teacher, their efforts are stopgap, at best. There is great potential at Brentwood, it is an up and coming neighborhood that boasts many excellent qualities. But I am not willing to sacrifice my child's education in the meantime.

- submitted by a parent

November 09, 2007
Brentwood is one of the best kept secrets. The teachers are there for the kids. I can personally vouche for them. I have a child in high school now who at one time was way below grade level in reading. They work with my child until he was caught up. I also have another child there now and the teacher devotion is still there. We use the life skills at home that are practiced at school. There are a few active parent volunteers that are really there for the kids. We also enjoy the box tops store. We are so glad the parent has kept this going over the years. It seems to get better and better each year.

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2007
My child is in kindergarten it was a rough start at the beginning of the school year. New teachers came in and students got pulled from classes into the new class. Over all the school is great! Great people, Great parents and wonderful community. Security could be better at the school. More parents and visitors need to make sure and check in at the office every time you enter the school. I feel that needs to be inforced more. I'am very happy my child attends Brentwood elmetary in Austin Tx.

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2007
At the heart of the Brentwood and Crestview neighborhoods, Brentwood Elementary is one of the best kept secrets in Austin. Brentwood was built in 1951 and hasn't changed much since then. The classrooms are quaint, the teachers are friendly and communicative, and the administration is extremely pleasant to work with! We love Brentwood for their commitment to building community both in and outside of the classrooms. The emphasis on lifeskills (like integrity, honesty, courage, etc) and the Tribes curriculum have spilled over into our daily home life. We also love Brentwood's diversity, both economic and racial, and the extra mile that the teachers and staff put it to build bridges across the divide.

- submitted by a parent

January 17, 2007
I transferred my 7-year-old son from an elitist private school to Brentwood in 2000. He was angry, sullen, withdrawn, and soured on school thanks to his past experience. The amazing teachers at Brentwood not only brought him back on track, they transformed him into the exemplary student he was capable of being. They did more than encourage and enable him to shine academically; they taught him to excel socially, to make friends, express himself truthfully and articulately, and work through conflicts to the lessons waiting on the other side. They created and enforced reasonable limits, but they never judged or condemned. My son is now an honor student who has excelled three years in a row in the Middle School Magnet Program, and is already planning to attend an Ivy League School. I truly believe we owe his success to Brentwood's four years of love and care. God bless this school!

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2006
Brentwood is a great school with a nurturing staff. Learning is hands-on and the philosophy there is to teach to each individual child.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2005
We have a child who just entered first grade and have been very happy with Brentwood. The teachers are professional and the students seem to enjoy learning and get a lot out of the school.

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2005
Great school. Committed teachers with a focus on progressive techniques.

- submitted by a student

April 20, 2005
It is a very good school, with good morals. And they offer a good choice of academics for the kids to particapate in.

- submitted by a parent

March 26, 2005
Brentwood is a unique little school with a progressive philosophy. I enjoy teaching at the school and I know the students enjoy learning at the school.

- submitted by a teacher

January 14, 2005
Thank you Brentwood! I was paying a lot of money to send my two kids to a private school. I lost my job in 2001 & had to stop. My eldest was also developing a real 'tude about school. Little wonder. Turns out he was way behind in reading skills. The folks at Brentwood had him evaluated and placed in a tutoring program. Now he is only a few months 'behind'. And perhaps more importantly, enjoying school again! The private school took my money and wanted me to drug him when he acted up from frustration. Brentwood helped him instead. Thanks Folks!& God Bless You. -T

- submitted by a parent

October 09, 2004
I can not say enough good things about this school. I find the staff, parents and volunteers willing to help in anyway possible as well as they keep a friendly/positive attitude! The school is well diversified in all aspects and I will greatly miss the feeling of comfort and education that you feel in the halls of this school everyday of the week, when my child moves on to middle school!

- submitted by a parent

September 27, 2004
We have been very pleased with Brentwood. There are a lot of oppurtunities at the school to have different experiences. There is an active PTA and more parent involvement than our last school. I also like that it is small compared to other elementaries.

- submitted by a parent

May 10, 2004
Brentwood is a great school. It is a small school where students get lots of individual attention. The multiage program is a smart program. The principal is gifted at picking and hiring wonderful teachers. We have been apart of the Brentwood family for eight years. The staff and teachers are outstanding. The parent involvement is very high. I can not say enough good about Brentwood.

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2004
My daughter attended K-5, and participated in G-T program. I volunteered each year to help with fieldtrips, etc. and found each team of multi-age teachers to be outstanding. Very positive experience and solid academic preparation for magnet programs in middle school. I was very impressed with the multi-age classroom possibilities.

- submitted by a parent

February 18, 2004
Brentwood is a fantastic school! My daughter is in third grade in the multi-age program and loves school. Being with teachers for two years is very beneficial. Our teachers are the best and our parents are very involved.

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2004
My son only went here for kindergarten and I couldn't wait for the school year to end so I could transfer him out. The leadership stinks and the teachers are left to make up for the principal's lack of leadership and indifference.

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2003
This is a terrific school! I love the multi-age program and the diversity of the students. The community is currently working on landscaping and beautifying Brentwood. The project is well thought out and promises outdoor classrooms, a community garden, a rain collection system and much more.

- submitted by a parent

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Brentwood Elementary School
6700 Arroyo Seco, Austin, TX  78757
(512) 414-2039
Last modified Brentwood Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Brentwood Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top