I agree 100% with the poster who commented on Dec. 8 '15. My experience: After a year of K at Brentwood, SON tested below grade level in reading entering First, didn't even remotely meet the TEKS. He had regressed based on his Pre-k assessments. Hoping for a bump over the summer. They expect the parent to teach the child everything and for the Kindergarten child to be reading at the level of a mid-year first grader. Homework every night. Staff promises help for struggling students and brags about the resources they have but they never deliver. They just talk about what they are going to do and never do it. I have suspected what the poster on May 3. '16 said is true but I have no proof to back it up, just a feeling I get when I talk to teachers and other parents. If you want proof that this school is in decline look at the Children At Risk website over several years and decide for yourself. My advice is if you want your child to succeed then stay out of Brentwood. Go to Gullett for great teachers and staff. If you can't go there then find anywhere else. Brentwood does NOT rock!
For kindergarten kids 20 minutes of homework is assigned every night plus 20 minutes of reading. That is a formula for burnout by 3rd grade. This school is a mess because of their history of low ratings by organizations who track such things. Look it up. Children At Risk Austin Elementary Schools.
The new principal lost a busload of good teachers because she is inexperienced and just plain not smart enough to be a principal. Harsh. True. The teachers that stayed are mostly the young or unhappy ones. Now she is hiring more inexperienced teachers. The community feel is there because of the PTA, but not because of the principal. Sorry to be harsh, but now you have the inside scoop and isn't that what reviews are for?
After a year of K at Brentwood, mystepson tested below grade level in reading entering First, didn't even remotely meet the TEKS. He had regressed based on his Pre-k assessments. 6 months in a new school and he was on track and was ahead by the end of 1st. Kindergarten was more like day-care, not learning based.